Thirty-six of the world’s greatest snipers recently descended upon Bavaria prove their mettle against competitors from 19 countries in the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition.
The Field Fire event, with Polish, French, British and Finnish teams shooting prone, clearing a building and engaging a target from the second story:
The four-day contest is held annually at the U.S. 7th Army’s Grafenwoehr Training Area in Bavaria, comprising of approximately 30 events. In addition to the marksmanship contests, the teams are also tested on land navigation, medical simulations, physical prowess, and mental agility while engaging in teambuilding competition.
Bulgarian soldiers at the field fire event:
The teams hail from Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. One of the objectives of the competition is to foster military partnerships and promote NATO interoperability.
Perhaps the only thing more impressive than the hardware present is the skills of the men using it, as seen in these videos from DVIDS.
Here we see Lithuanian sniper teams engage targets from a UH-60 Blackhawk, operated by U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, during the High-Angle Shot event:
Here we see the competitors from Germany, Sweden and Bulgaria taking shots from a RIB in the middle of a lake:
When the dust cleared, Sweden took both first and fourth place. Slovenia took second, Germany third, and Canada came in fifth. For more on the Europe Best Sniper Team Competition, check out the DVIDS website.
The winning Swedish team engages targets at the field fire event: