POTD: French Snipers With Leupold Mark5 HDs

Eric B
by Eric B
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jacklyn Oxendine)

What a great Photo Of The Day! This is from the 2024 International Sniper Competition where Sgt. Paco Casas and Sgt. Benjamin Jean-Jourdaine from France fire their rifles at their assigned targets. This is during the “TI-89” event on the Galloway Range at Fort Moore, Ga., in April 2024. It looks like they’re using firearms from their U.S. friends, with the Barrett MRAD and M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System. The scopes are Mark5 HDs from Leupold but with different magnification ranges.

I sometimes hear from experts that the police and military don’t use bags for support when shooting. Well, look again.

Pfc. Menno Biervliet, from the Netherlands, labels his target during the pistol competition as part of the 2024 International Best Mortar Competition at Parks Range, Fort Moore, Ga., April 8, 2024. Mortars have the most power and range of any weapon in an Infantry unit. Indirect Fire Soldiers are members of a mortar squad, section, or platoon. They carry out scout missions to spot enemy troops, gun locations, and operate two-way radios and signal equipment to relay battle orders. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jacklyn Oxendine)

The competition features realistic scenarios snipers might encounter on the battlefield to give spectators a behind-the-scenes glimpse of everything that contributes to a sniper team’s success.

U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Cody Henley, assigned to the United States Special Forces Sniper Course, clears his weapon during the "TI-89" event.
Sgt. Benjamin Jean-Jourdaine from France, representing 2024 International Sniper Competition Team 21, suppresses targets.
U.S. Army Sgt. Aaron Behlar, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., aims at a target.
Cpl. Kacper Platek, assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Cavazos, Texas, fires a M17 pistol while competing in the 2024 International Best Mortar Competition at Fort Moore, Ga., April 8, 2024. The Best Mortar Competition highlights the capabilities of mortar crews and gives spectators an inside-look at combat operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jacklyn Oxendine)

Source: U.S. Army, photo by Sgt. Jacklyn Oxendine.

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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