POTD: Oglaigh na hEireann in U.S. Army International Sniper Competition

Eric B
by Eric B
The Óglaigh na hÉireann. Or the Irish Defence Forces.

In today’s Photo Of The Day, we see an Irish Defence Forces sniper team in action at the U.S. Army International Sniper Competition in Fort Benning, Georgia earlier this year. The firearm is a Remington Sniper Rifle, probably borrowed by the hosts, with a Leupold riflescope.

A classic type of competition. Handgun and plate rack.

Followed by some carbine shooting.

United States Army Sniper School – “Death From Afar” and “One Shot One Kill”.

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All photos from the Óglaigh na hÉireann / Irish Defence Forces.

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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  • Ncks87 Ncks87 on Jun 15, 2022

    Who are they training to shoot?

    Anti-vaxxers, climate change deniers, conservatives?

  • Alick Douglas Home Alick Douglas Home on Jun 15, 2022

    Looks to me that everything they have is borrowed from the hosts. I was under the impression that the Irish armed forces used AI sniper rifles. They'd typically have AUGs rather than M4s, and the chap in the second last photo has what I guess is an M17 pistol. Last I heard Irish armed forces were still using hammer fired USPs or 226s or perhaps Glocks. The tripod supporting the Remington looks like a RRS setup, expensive piece of kit, pretty rare outside the US.

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    • Jono102 Jono102 on Jun 22, 2022

      @Mike Could be my mistake then on 2018, I'll have to look through my photo's

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