POTD: High-Tech Setups from The International Sniper Competition

Eric B
by Eric B
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Photo Of The Day – We go back to the International Sniper Competition 2019 for a look at a lot of high-tech rifles, lasers and optics.

It seems that some of the competitors used their own personal firearms, which makes these pictures very interesting.

Above is a JP Enterprises LRP-07 lower with what I think is a PCS-12 upper, with a Nighforce Scope and a Trijicon RMR (by the looks of things). I can only assume the rifle is from a private collection. There is also a laser range finder on top of the scope with a remote button.

FN SCAR below, with Nightforce main optics, Aimpoint red dot and Laser Range Finder.


A competitor’s weapons used in the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) International Sniper Competition are made ready for competition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, March 18, 2019. Twenty-one teams competed in the USASOC International Sniper Competition where instructors from the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School designed a series of events that challenged the two-person teams’ ability to work together, firing range, speed and accuracy in varied types of environments. (U.S. Army photo by K. Kassens)

Above: Schmidt & Bender in a Badger Ordnance and “Horus Vision Model 2000 Blackbird” with an Aimpoint Micro.

A competitor in the United States Army Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition ejects a spent cartridge from the rifle.

A competitor in the United States Army Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition pulls the bolt back on his rifle to eject a spent shell casing after firing at a target at Fort Bragg, North Carolina

One of the most kitted rifles I have ever seen. So much envy.

What do you think of the setups?

Eric B
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, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Ondej Tma Ondej Tma on Apr 16, 2020

    I never understood why, when combining NVS or TIS and normal glass riflescope, people place the TIS/NVS first and riflescope second, instead of vice versa? Wouldn't the riflescope magnify the "graining" in the TIS/NVS?

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    • G G on Apr 17, 2020

      @Jerms You have to have a certain eye relief to be able to use the scope. If you mount the night vision device behind the scope you have to re-zero the scope every time you remove the night vision device.

  • Messier M41 Messier M41 on Apr 17, 2020

    Waste. Of. Time. And space. In your pack.

    Every single one of this "setups" looks ridiculous...as in "way over-the-top" level of nonsense. But, I'm not a sniper, so there you go. But I certainly wouldn't want to hump this trash out to the field EVERY TIME.

    • FarmerB FarmerB on Apr 19, 2020

      @Messier M41 It’s a competition, or in other words, a game. I’ve done these competitions and although they start out all sniper-y, they quickly become gamed with kit.