POTD: German Snipers With G22A2s and RS9s

Eric B
by Eric B

Please join me in appreciating today’s Photo Of The Day. I’m sure you’ll appreciate the photo more than these German snipers appreciated the situation, with a broken back and wet, ice-cold feet.

Here’s the description, auto-translated from German and the Bundeswehr Facebook:

Will, speed, precision and creativity – these are the ingredients that matter on the second day of the sniper competition in Munster. A tough exercise awaits the ten teams: the shooters have to hit their targets from five different positions in just nine minutes. There is often little space in the marked areas and an often creative stop must be found quickly under enormous time pressure.

In wintry temperatures, the participants in the water pond where station 3 is located have to grit their teeth and work as a team to fire a targeted shot. While the Polish comrades use the spotter’s weapon as a support surface…

The German G22A2 is an enhanced version that features an AX series chassis stock, a new monopod and bipod, a double chamber muzzle brake, and a Steiner-Optik GmbH M5Xi 5-25×56 MTC LT LPF – TreMoR3s telescopic sight. The accessory pack, in addition to spare and maintenance parts, includes a Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with an integrated ballistic calculator. In 2019, Accuracy International received a contract to refurbish and upgrade all G22 and G22A1 rifles to the G22A2 standard.

The Haenel RS9

Full focus on today’s challenge. On average, the shooters have less than 2 minutes to reach the next station, select a suitable attack, and spot the target

Quite horrible conditions. I hope this was the last stage.

Photos and captions: German Bundeswehr / Jan Röllig.

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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  • Scaar Stryfe Scaar Stryfe on Jun 01, 2024

    So the main photo shows polish snipers with the G22A2, during a sniper competition of the Bundeswehr. If the uniforms aren't a clear enough hint, the caption of the photo actually says so 🤷‍♂️

  • Bloody Bucket Bloody Bucket on Jun 03, 2024

    About 15 years ago the U.S. Army put out a solicitation for a sniper rifle that could switch calibers, (7.62x51, .300 Win Mag, .338 Lapua Mag). All while in the field, by the operators, under two minutes...And maintain zero between calibers! Three companies did it. Accuracy International, (U.K.). SAKO, (Finland). FN, (Belgium). All are amazing and did everything the Army asked. So that's why they went with the M-2010...A Remington 700 in .300 Win Mag, in a chassis stock. Just another rifle sitting in the arms room, (M107, M110, M110A1, M22, and the M2010). I have the SAKO TRG M10 and will say the Army missed out on an amazing rifle. These are the same people that went with the SIG over the Glock. Raise your hand if you've had a M17 with the rear sight that flew off! (Four out of 48, seven loose ones caught before they came off).