POTD: Barrett M107A1 at Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition

Eric B
by Eric B
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount)

The world is hungry for visual storytelling, and TFB’s Photo Of The Day does its best to keep the feed live. Above you see U.S. Army Spc. Jackson Jacobs, an artillery forward observer assigned to the Tennessee Army National Guard, representing Region III, as he fires the Barrett M107A1 precision rifle on the Georgia Range at Ft. Greely, Alaska. The photo is taken during the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition, on July 11, 2023. The Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition tests the adaptiveness and lethality of our forces. National Guard Citizen-Soldiers remain ready and resilient to meet the nation’s challenges.

Below: The SIG Sauer M17 pistol on the Georgia Range at Ft. Greely Alaska.

U.S. Army Sgt. Bailey Ruff, a horizontal construction engineer assigned to the South Dakota Army National Guard, representing Region VI, fires his SIG Sauer M17 pistol on the Georgia Range at Ft. Greely Alaska , during the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition, July 11, 2023. The Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition tests the adaptiveness and lethality of our forces. National Guard Citizen-Soldiers remain ready and resilient to meet the nation's challenges. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount)

And of course, the M4 carbines were part of the competition as well.

U.S. Army Sgt. Quentin Holden, a UH-60 crew chief assigned to the Georgia Army National Guard, representing Region III, fire his M4 carbine rifle on the Georgia Range at Ft. Greely Alaska, during the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition, July 11, 2023. The Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition tests the adaptiveness and lethality of our forces. National Guard Citizen-Soldiers remain ready and resilient to meet the nation's challenges. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount)

I don’t know how these competitions are set up, but judging by the images the distances don’t strike me as very difficult.

U.S. Army Sgt. Quentin Holden, a UH-60 crew chief assigned to the Georgia Army National Guard, representing Region III, fire his M4 carbine rifle on the Georgia Range at Ft. Greely Alaska, during the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition, July 11, 2023. The Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition tests the adaptiveness and lethality of our forces. National Guard Citizen-Soldiers remain ready and resilient to meet the nation's challenges. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount)

The Barrett M107A1 again, what a great rifle.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount)
U.S. Army Sgt. Danny Tucker Jr., and infantryman assigned to the Missouri Army National Guard, representing Region V, pulls the firing bold back on the Barrett M107A1 precision rifle on the Georgia Range at Ft. Greely, Alaska, during the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition, July 11, 2023. The Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition tests the adaptiveness and lethality of our forces. National Guard Citizen-Soldiers remain ready and resilient to meet the nation's challenges. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount)

Source: U.S. Army, photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount.

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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  • Swx Swx on Jul 20, 2023

    Cement on the ranges at ft Greely? I was stationed there in the 90s we had dirt, or snow depending on time of year.

  • Rob Bonaiuto Rob Bonaiuto on Jul 21, 2023

    Is it just me, or are there zip ties on the optics on the M4’s?? If I’m not having hallucinations can anyone fill me in on exactly what purpose they serve?

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    • Lee Lee on Jul 21, 2023

      @Rob Bonaiuto I don't think it's true written SOP, but every unit I've been in or to has ensured it was done. Whether it be range or deployment. Just feels like good practice now.

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