POTD: Sniping under Pressure and on the Offensive

Eric B
by Eric B

Welcome to another round of daily Photos here at The Firearm Blog. Here you get an insight into what firearms, optics, uniforms and equipment soldiers use and today we’re looking at a Sniper Competition.

Looking above; of all shooting positions, I think this is one of the most difficult ones, obviously depending on the distance. The Dragunov looks almost like brand new.

I recently tried a small hybrid match between IPSC and PRS (Precision Rifle Series) which looks a little similar to this. It was fun, to say the least, with distances from 5 to 515 meters. This looks more focused on the longer ranges, but still with the time pressure. Think points divided by time. The higher the score and the lower the time: there’s your winner.

Whoever can hit small targets out to long distances, in the shortest time is a good Sniper.

Auto-translated from Russian. I hope it makes some sense:

The shooters had to hit three targets with six shots in four minutes: a light machine gun at a range of up to 400 m, a belt figure at a range of up to 600 m and a growth figure at a range of up to 800 m.

In the exercise “Shooting with the removal of the aiming point”, the participants of the competition had to hit three targets “Belt figure” with three shots at a range of 300 to 600 m in three minutes from a prone position. To hit each target, the shooters had to adjust their rifle scopes. For each target hit in both exercises, the sniper was awarded 10 points. The result of each shooter was the amount of points scored.

A lot of Range Officers to observe this competition.

At the Brest training ground in Belarus, the participants of the Armi-2018 Sniper Frontier contest performed the fifth and sixth exercises of the first stage of the competition – “Sniper on the offensive” and “Shooting with the removal of the aiming point”

Adequate Hearing Protection: optional.

According to preliminary results, Russian snipers are among the leaders of the competition.

All pictures by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

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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  • B Snappy B Snappy on Apr 29, 2020

    Can anyone comment on the Russian scopes like the one used on the Dragunov? PKA’s and PSOP’s etc? What is the quality for the money? Are Russian magnified optics decent and built like a T-34 or are they all pay and no play? (Because they can be expensive.)

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    • B Snappy B Snappy on Apr 29, 2020

      @SP mclaughlin Thanks man! I’ve watched the reviews and tend to take them with a grain of salt. Does anyone have any real world experience that could also chime in?

  • Kaban Kaban on Apr 29, 2020

    >> belt figure at a range of up to 600 m and a growth figure

    Yay to wonders of machine translation. Unless times has seriously changed (and I doubt that) first is simply 1.0m by 0.5m silhoutte (that's 40"x20" for Imperial-minded fellows), and the second is 1.5, by 0.5m,