Snipers on Unstable Platforms

    The words “unstable” and “sniper” are two things you really don’t want to combine in one sentence, however in real life that choice may not be yours. On top of that you have the weather, temperature and wind to take care of.

    Shooting on the move can mean so many things. Just scroll down and watch these pictures, you’ll see a variety of unstable and moving shooting platforms as well as unstable targets.

    Unstable Platforms and Moving Targets

    The “Unstable Platform” was a five-day course which provided snipers from the U.S., Italy and Greece. By the looks of it they had great weather with a lot of sunshine.

    A keyboard warrior like myself would certainly have some issues with seasickness, even with only minor waves. I probably wouldn’t make a good aerial door gunner either, unfortunately. But shooting out of a moving truck, I could do that all day long.

    Below: Snipers and Spotters become sailors.

    Italian special operations forces engage floating targets from a Hellenic Navy vessel March 14, 2018, during unstable platform training held by the International Special Training Centre on the island of Crete, Greece.  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Italian special operations forces engage floating targets from a Hellenic Navy vessel.  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Multinational snipers participating in unstable platform training held by the International Special Training Centre sail aboard a Hellenic Navy vessel March 14, 2018 off the island of Crete, Greece.  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Italian special operations forces engage floating targets from a Hellenic Navy vessel March 14, 2018, during unstable platform training held by the International Special Training Centre on the island of Crete, Greece.  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Italian special operations forces engage floating targets from a Hellenic Navy vessel March 14, 2018, during unstable platform training held by the International Special Training Centre on the island of Crete, Greece. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Multinational special operations forces and snipers engage floating targets from a Hellenic Navy vessel March 14, 2018, during unstable platform training held by the International Special Training Centre on the island of Crete, Greece (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Weapons and equipment from multinational special operations forces snipers participating in unstable platform training held by the International Special Training Centre are stowed in a Hellenic Navy vesse (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Below: That’s a lot of Trijicons in one picture.

    An Italian sniper engages floating targets from a Hellenic Navy vessel March 14, 2018, during unstable platform training held by the International Special Training Centre on the island of Crete, Greece.  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

     

    Below: The sight is a Schmidt & Bender in a Spuhr mount, with Aimpoint on the right side.

    An Italian special operations forces sniper uses his rifle sling to stabilize his rifle to engage floating targets from a Hellenic Navy vessel March 14, 2018, during unstable platform training held by the International Special Training Centre on the island of Crete, Greece.  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Below: A left handed sniper I suppose, or shooting weak side as if the shot wasn’t difficult enough. Leupold scope with Aimpoint on the left side, not sure on the mount.

    (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Below: Some seriously long suppressors here.

    (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Below: Note the white target in the water, top right.

    (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Greek special operations forces and Hellenic Coast Guard engage floating targets from the shoreline March 13, 2018, during unstable platform training held by the International Special Training Centre on the island of Crete, Greece. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Below: Note the splash in the water as the sniper hits the steel.

    A U.S. Marine sniper engages a floating target from the stern of a Hellenic Navy vessel March 14, 2018, during unstable platform training held by the International Special Training Centre on the island of Crete, Greece. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Italian special operations forces engage floating targets.  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Below: This looks like a lot of fun, shooting out of a moving truck.

    Italian special operations forces engage targets from a the back of a moving truck  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    An Italian special operations forces sniper engages targets from a the back of a moving truck March (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Below: Using that red dot for a moment.

    (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Below: How nice not to have to worry about a back stop.

    An Italian special operations forces sniper engages targets from a moving vehicle March 12, 2018 during unstable platform training held by the International Special Training Centre on the island of Crete, Greece. The five-day course provided experienced snipers from the U.S., Italy and Greece with the opportunity to become familiar with shooting from unstable platforms at unstable targets. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Below: This looks so cool. Flat out in your Mercedes Benz Geländerwagen as yoou engage targets down the road.

    Italian special operations forces engage targets from a moving vehicle March 12, 2018 during unstable platform training held by the International Special Training Centre on the island of Crete.  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Multinational snipers familiarize themselves with targets prior to firing from a moving vehicle March 12, 2018 during unstable platform training held by the International Special Training Centre on the island of Crete, Greece. The five-day course provided experienced snipers from the U.S., Italy and Greece with the opportunity to become familiar with shooting from unstable platforms at unstable targets. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

    Below: Schmidt & Bender in a Spuhr mount with Aimpoint, and a very long suppressor.

    An Italian sniper fires from behind a barricade March 12, 2018, during unstable platform training held by the International Special Training Centre on the island of Crete, Greece.  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

     

    Below: I spot a Heckler & Koch HK417. Yes, that’s the black one with a Leupold hood on it.

     

    A U.S. Marine sniper team confirm zeros and collect data along with Italian and Greek snipers March 11 (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)

     

    Which one of these exercises would be your favorite?

    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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