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This seven week long course provides training on
general sniping topics, marksmanship, urban and rural fieldcraft, technical
surveillance equipment, stalking, camouflage, concealment, use of
screening, use of natural vegetation, shooting technology, sniper weapon systems, and practical application.
Trains students in Level 1 special operations sniper skills and
operational procedures that are necessary for them to engage selected
targets with precision fire from concealed positions at long ranges and
under difficult conditions.
Level II Sniper Courses are run at home-station by
the respective Special Forces Groups. Those that excel at the Level II
training are sometimes selected for the SFSC.
PDA. Special Forces has always integrated
technology to allow the SF snipers to perform to the highest of levels.
The PDA has been introduced to improve the capability of the sniper. The
PDA helps compute the range, windage, and shooting techniques allowing
snipers to hit targets in excess of 800 meters. The PDA, which allows to
the storage of gun data, provides for a more accurate shot in a quicker
A student at the Special Forces Sniper School
fires at targets on
Fort Bragg, NC range. (photo by SGT David McLean,
Publications about the Special Forces
FM 23-10, Special Forces Sniper Training and
Employment. The manual is available on Amazon.com at the link below.
Special Operations Sniper Training and Employment
Other Websites with Info on Sniping and Snipers
Israeli Special Forces Sniping Guide. Provides info on weapons systems,
schools, gear and accessories, coordination systems and photos. Access the
Weaponsman.com. "What does it take to be an SF Sniper?" Web page that is
full of information about the SF Sniper Course. View
Sniper Country. "One Shot - One Kill!". Access the website
here. The web
site also has a listing of online articles about sniper
Marine Corps Scout Sniper. Wikipedia has a detailed web page on the Scout
Sniper (MOS 0317) that you can view
AmericanSnipers.org. A 501(c)(3) organization composed of "Snipers
Supporting Snipers in the Global War on Terror". Access
American Sniper Association. An online sniper community with links,
events, products, and news. Access
ShadowSpear Forum. Shooters and Thinkers: The Special Forces Sniper
Books about Snipers and Sniping
Click here for a listing of books about
sniping and snipers.
Videos about the Sniper Course and Snipers
Video of the Special Forces Sniper Course (SFSC) by DVIDS. Produced by SFC
Teresa Coble, DVIDS. Access the 9 minute long video
Video about Army Snipers. "Surviving the cut: Army sniper". A
45 minute long video about the Army's five week long sniper course.
Access the video
"Special Forces compete in sniper competition". Video about SF Snipers
competing in Colombia. Click
here to see the video.
"Soldier Shares Sniper Skills with Afghan National Army". YouTube video.
here to view.
MARSOC snipers battle with a Taliban sniper. See the video
"Sniper: Deadliest Missions". A History.com video posted on YouTube about
snipers. (1.5 hrs). See the video
"Sniper: Bulletproof". A History.com video posted on YouTube about
snipers. (1.5 hrs). See video
Army Special Forces sniper sights in his MK 12
during OIF in Iraq in September 2007 (photo PO Eli
Sniper Weapons and Equipment
M110 Sniper Rifle. One of the more common sniper weapons is the M110
Semiautomatic Sniper System - a 7.62 mm gas-operated rifle.
M25 Sniper Rifle. The M25 was a rifle designed for Navy SEALs and Army
Special Forces. Learn more about the rifle
here at Wikipedia.
Soviet Mosin-Nagant Rifle. The U.S.S.R. sniper weapon found in the Soviet
Army and exported throughout the world, beginning in WWII, for many years
Ghillie Suits. Apparel worn to help the sniper blend in with his
environment. There are many different types of
based on terrain, location, unit, and mission.
Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR). A Wikipedia web page about USSOCOMs program
for a bolt action sniper rifle chambered fro a .338 Magnum. Access the web
Barrett M95. A Wikipedia web page aobut the bolt-action sniper rifle
chambered for .50 BMG and manufactured by Barrett Firearms Company. Access
the web page
Sniper Rifles. Wikipedia has a detailed web page about sniper weapons.
See the page
History of Snipers
Sniper Alley. The term refers to the main boulevard of Sarajevo during the
Bosian - Serb conflict in the 1990s. The conflict had its own character
and sniping was a huge part of that. Learn more
on Wikipedia. Also visit "Face of Mercy, Face of Hate: Sarajevo Survival
Map" for more info on
Sarajevo snipers on the Minnesota Public Radio web site.
Top 10 Snipers in History. ListVerse.com has compiled a list of the top
ten snipers in history - list can be seen
SOITC. The SFSC was at one time called the Special
Operations Target Interdiction Course or SOITC. The name change occurred
in early 2007 along with an increase in length of training, change in the
course content, and increase in the prerequisites for attendence.
A member of 19th SFGA takes a high angle shot
with an MK13
Camp Williams, Utah (photo by Army National Guard)
News Articles And Other Postings about Snipers
March 19, 2017.
"Book Review: 'White Sniper: Simo Hayha' by Tapio Saarelainen",
September 28, 2016.
"This spec ops sniper rifle fits inside a 'granola-eater' backpack",
We Are The Mighty. News report on the Remington Defense
'Concealable Sniper Rifle' or CSR.
October 25, 2014.
"Special Forces team wins International Sniper Competition". Stars
and Stripes. A team from the 1st SFGA won the 14th annual
International Sniper Competition at Fort Benning, GA.
November 19, 2012.
"Silent but Deadly: Special Forces Seek Quiet, Subsonic Bullets".
Danger Room Wired.com.
November 7, 2012.
"Soldier team wins world sniper competition". Army Times.
October 26, 2012.
"Marine scout snipers use 'murder holes' in Afghanistan". Marine
Times Battle Rattle.
March 5, 2012.
"Special Forces Sniper Team cleans up at the International Sniper
September 27, 2011.
"8 Longest Sniper Shots in History". Guns & Ammo.
May 2, 2011.
"Guns of the Special Forces". Shooting Illustrated.
September 24, 2010.
his sights: Amputee graduates from Special Forces Sniper Course".
May 2, 2010.
"Sniper kills Qaeda from 1 1/2 mi. away". New York Post.
May-June 2008. "Shooters and Thinkers: Special Forces Sniper Course
Revised", Special Warfare Magazine, Volume 21, Issue 3, pages
30-33, accessed on IrregularWarfare.org at the following link.
February 19, 2010.
"Range 37 at
Fort Bragg tests skills of even the most experienced Green Beret".
"Special-Ops Sniper Training Stresses Control, Discipline".
National Defense. An indepth news article about the various military
sniper schools, weapons and sniper training.
August 24, 2001. "Transcript of a presentation by John Simpson at the CTS
Virtual Expo Seminar on Sniping entitled "Selection of Sniper Personnel"
here on snipercountry.com.
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