Europe Best Sniper Team Competition 2018 (Part 1)

    In 2016 TFB took an extensive look at the Rifles and Optics at the Europe Best Sniper Team, you can check our story again if you like.

    It’s time again. Just about a week ago these pictures were released. The firearms are essentially the same, but the pictures are new.

    Europe Best Sniper Team Competition is a United States Army Europe-directed contest of skill that includes 19 NATO and other partner nation participants between July 28-Aug. 2, 2018.

    One of the exercises was to engage targets from a flying UH-60 Blackhawk, in an event called the High-Angle Shot, as if the other shots weren’t challenging enough.

    The location was the 7:th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr in Germany.

     

    Sniper team from Latvia, fire from a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) at targets placed across a lake, during the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr training area, Germany, July 28, 2018. Looks like a M110/ SR-25. (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

    Sniper team from the 2nd Calvary Regiment, return to the boat landing after firing from a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) at targets placed across a lake, during the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr training area, Germany, July 28, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

    The French team below is possibly using a PGM Hectate II (.50 BMG). I bet that rocks the boat.

    Many readers have contacted us and confirmed that the sniper rifle is a MAS FRF2 in 7.62×51 NATO. The scope is a Scrome J8 10×40 mm (Scrome is a french optics manufacturer specialized in high precision optic equipments). (Thanks!)

    -“I’ just need to make a quick phone call. Can you please stop shooting?” Sniper team from France, fire from a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) at targets placed across a lake, during the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr training area, Germany, July 28, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

    Here is a close-up.

    The Europe Best Sniper Team Competition is an U.S. Army Europe competition challenging militaries from around the world to compete and enhance teamwork with allies and partner nations.

    Sniper team from Latvia, return to the boat landing after firing from a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) at targets placed across a lake, during the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr training area, Germany, July 28, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

    Sniper team North America, made up of one U.S. Soldier and one Canadian Soldier, fire from a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) at targets placed across a lake during the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr training area, Germany, July 28, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

    Sniper team from France, fire from a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) at targets placed across a lake, during the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr training area, Germany, July 28, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

    Sniper team from the United Kingdom prepare to evacuate Timmy using a fireman’s carry during the stress shoot lane of the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr training area, Germany, July 29, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

    Sniper team from Slovinia, return to the boat landing after firing from a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) at targets placed across a lake, during the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr training area, Germany, July 29, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

    Below you can see the L115A3 (AI AWM .338) and a team from the United Kingdom.

    Sniper team from the United Kingdom prepare to fire a long distance shot during the stress shoot lane of the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr training area, Germany, July 29, 2018.. (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

    Another picture of the L115A3 (AI AWM .338) and a sniper working the VTAC barricade.

    Sniper from the United Kingdom prepare to fire from the kneeling supported position during the stress shoot lane of the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr training area, Germany, July 29, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

    The Finns are using the TRG of course.

    Sniper team from Finland prepare to fire a long distance shot during the stress shoot lane of the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr training area, Germany, July 29, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

    I think the standard issue spotter scope in Finland is made by Zeiss, but not sure what this is.

    Sniper team spotter from Finland watches for the bullet trace of his snipers round, during the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr training area, Germany, July 29, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

    Sniper from Finland cycles the bolt of his SAKO TRG to eject a spent casing during the stress shoot lane of the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr training area, Germany, July 29, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

     

    Sniper from Finland fires his last pistol round from the prone position during the stress shoot lane of the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr training area, Germany, July 29, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

    Sniper team from Finland receives a mission brief from a Latvian First Sergeant, before the stress shoot lane of the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, July 29, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by Kevin S. Abel)

    Thanks to Abraxas Spa, a picture of Bulgarian snipers using the Heckler & Koch MSG90 A2 during the Europe Best Sniper Competition 2018 in Grafenwoehr. 

    Europe Best Sniper Team Competition is designed to develop professionalism and enhance esprit de corps.

    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too. TCCC Certified medic.


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