Europe Best Sniper Team Competition 2018 (Part 2)

    A Finnish soldier chambers a new round into his sniper rifle during the field fire event as part of the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at 7th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, July 30, 2018. Europe Best Sniper Team Competition is a United States Army Europe-directed contest of skill that includes 19 NATO and partner nation participants at 7th Army Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, July 28-Aug. 2, 2018. Europe Best Sniper Team Competition is designed to develop professionalism and enhance esprit de corps. (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Last week we enjoyed looking at a number of pictures from Europe’s Best Sniper Team Competition.

    As you can see in the pictures, you need to be able to handle a variety of situations and firearms to score and win. Everything from medical care to shooting at targets with a pistol or sniping at long distances, in the strangest positions.

    There are 36 sniper teams from 19 nations competing in the U.S. Army Europe-directed, Europe Best Sniper Team Competition held at the 7th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area in Bavaria, Germany, from July 28 – Aug. 2, 2018.

    The Europe Best Sniper Team Competition will test competitor’s marksmanship skills, physical prowess, and mental agility while engaging in team building competition. The teams are Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States.

    (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Below: A Belgium soldier fires his FN SCAR in 7,62 mm through a slotted barricade. This is quite tricky, as there is no room for the handguard to fit and you have to tilt the rifle to see the targets which will change your ballistics. He is also, possibly, shooting with barrel support and that will for sure change your point of impact.

    (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    A Belgium soldier runs to his next fire position during the stress shoot event. (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    A Belgium soldier, right, fires at targets under the supervision of a Latvian soldier during the stress shoot event. (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Belgium soldiers fires at targets during the stress shoot event. (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    A Belgium soldier fires at targets during the stress shoot event. (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Belgium soldiers evacuate a simulated casualty. (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

     

    Polish soldiers get ready for the field fire event. Note the SAKO TRG M10, as selected by Poland.
    (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Below: That’s a nice camouflage on the TRG M10.

    Polish soldiers getting ready with their SAKO TRG M10 in the field fire event.  (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

     

    Below: A SAKO TRG M10 in the hands of a Polish snipers, scope seems to be a Hensoldt ZF 3.5-26 x 56 and the mount is a Spuhr.

    (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    The Polish snipers in the foreground fire at targets at the field fire event. (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Polish soldiers clearing a building. Can you identify the pistol? List of equipment of the Polish Land Forces
    (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Below: French soldiers in the same situation. Note that they have full gear on.

    Sako TRG M10. Atlas bipod.

    A Polish soldier adjusts the Hensholdt rifle scope. (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    A Polish soldier chambers a new round into his SAKO TRG M10. Note the insignia on the rifle scope. (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Below: A French soldier engages targets during the field fire event. I guess this is a Heckler & Koch HK417.

    (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Below: This picture gives you an idea of the distances and challenges, in this case for some French snipers.

    A French sniper with a HK417 (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    A French soldier engages targets during the field fire event. (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Below: Now time for some Finnish snipers, and SAKO TRG. A Kahles scope in a Spuhr mount, with a NightForce protection lens cover.

    A Finnish soldier chambers a new round into his SAKO TRG sniper rifle during the field fire event as part of the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition at 7th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, July 30, 2018.
    (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Finnish soldiers clear a building at the field fire event. (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Time to use the tripod! A Finnish sniper engages targets during the field fire event. (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Below: Finnish soldier with what I think is a RK62 (M?)

    (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Below: Most likely an Ase Utra sound suppressor at the end of that Finnish TRG.


    (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

     

     

    (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    A British soldier chambers a new round into his Accuracy International sniper rifle during the field fire event.
    (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    British soldiers board a Stryker vehicle at the field fire event as part of the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition.
    (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

    Below: Presumably a Sako TRG 42, used by a Danish sniper. Caliber .338 LM.

    U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Austin, right, assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade, observes a Danish sniper team at the water shot event of the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

     

    Here’s one of the videos from the event. This is from the Bulgarians using a Heckler & Koch MSG90 A2. Note that they are NOT using any hearing protection at all, that must be awful.

    Next week we’ll have a look at Part 3, the last pictures from the event and the winners.

    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. TCCC Certified medic.


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