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Sgt Mick Davis
STRONG winds caused heartache as
snipers from Socomd and Forcomd
battled 65km/h gusts during the
SASR concentration from November
More than 20 competitors took part
in the event at Campbell Barracks,
Bindoon and Lancelin Training Area
in Perth. The activity was designed to
share skills learnt from operations, par-
ticularly in Afghanistan, where a snip-
er’s expertise is heavily drawn on, in
most part, due to the terrain.
It covered all tactical aspects of snip-
er training with competitors shooting
weapons such as the SR25 7.62 semi-
automatic rifle, HK 417, SR98, Blaser
Tactical 338 and the Barrett M82A2 .50
They were challenged at all
levels, including night shooting using
thermal scopes and other night-vision
equipment, firing on moving targets,
long-range observation exercises, live-
fire stalks and urban firing. Each event
was devised by the SASR Sniper Cell
and reflected operational scenarios
where competitors drew on skills they
had learnt. The settings pitted snipers
from the RAR battalions, SASR and 2
Cdo Regt against one another.
This year’s event was highly compet-
itive with the scores kept tight. At times
the first six pairs were within reach of
one another. It was obvious from the
strong competition that the snipers had
trained hard for the event.
The winning pair, from SASR, was
the most consistent and within the top
five through all 18 scored activities. The
number one shooter used a Sig Sauer
Blaser Tactical 7.62mm bolt action snip-
er rifle and the second used a Knights
Armament SR25 semi-auto bolt action.
The pair took out first place with 1234
points, while Cpl P, of SASR, took out
best sharp shooter.
SASR’s Tpr D said it was a tough
fortnight of rivalry.
“They were at a very high standard
and, as the scores show, we had been
chasing them for the whole two weeks,”
he said. “It was a good opportunity
to hone my skills and showcase what
SASR has in its inventory for training
Pte H, of 2 Cdo Regt, said the sec-
ond place sniper pair was just 17 points
short of the winners and 2RAR was only
four points short with an impressive
score of 1213.
Snipers hit the mark
Soldiers get fired up at SASR concentration in WA
“The facilities here were pretty con-
ducive to wind shooting, so that’s a big
plus,” he said.
“The one percenters from experiences
on operations and other approaches to
different problems have helped develop
SASR Sniper Cell Sgt S has a keen
interest in the future development of
sniper cells around the Army.
“After operations, sniping tends to
drop off in training where units don’t
understand sniping to its full potential,
but it’s important to keep up the skills in
peace time so that if a conflict comes up
they are fully prepared,” he said.
“Snipers don’t always get the indi-
vidual and collective group training at
the small team level, which they really
He said it was a great experience for
the soldiers from Forcomd to be around
others who had the same passion for
“They all love the Army, they all love
doing the training and doing the job and
they feel prepared to do everything after
doing this concentration,” Sgt S said.
“We have imparted as much knowl-
edge as we can, we have trained Forcomd
snipers to a higher standard, shown them
new equipment and discussed issues and
fixes. We conducted training and reviews
for .338 Blaser, .50 Cal Barrett and vari-
ous scopes so they can train other RAR
soldiers in the future.
“The ADF sniper skill level is very
high compared to a lot of armies. The
Australian Army is doing things very
well when it comes to training snipers.
“Next year we will run it again with
Socomd and Forcomd snipers and we
may include the US marines based
Sharp shooters: Pte Shawn Stuart, of 2RAR, shoots long-range targets at Lancelin Training Area in WA as part of the SASR sniper concentration.
Below, Pte Simon Lancaster and Cpl Adam Pontifex, of 7RAR, in a concealed position at Campbell Barracks.
Photos by Sgt Mick Davis
On the go:
Highest possible score 1646
1213 – LCpl Karl Fabreschi
and Pte Kai Seibert, 2RAR
1174 – Pte Tyson Napier
and Cpl Dwain Bould, 1RAR
1170 – Cpl Adam Pontifex
and Pte Simon Lancaster,
1127 – LCpls Chris
Wiencke and Dean George,
1107 – LCpls Toby Leadley
and Karl Daly, 1RAR
1089 – Cpl Chris
Cooke and LCpl Nicholas
1074 – LCpls Matthew
Mack and Grant Robins,
1065 – Ptes Thomas
Rodger and Shawn Stuart,
1027 – Ptes Mark Visnyai
and Mitchell Jones, 3RAR
823 – Ptes Josh Mein and
Drew McClean, 6RAR
Static and snap range serials with physical
activities to ensure snipers maintained a
higher heart rate during the shoots out to
Moving targets by day out to 400m.
Night moving targets with thermal scopes
against robotic targets.
Run shoots with firing from alternate
Long-range timed engagements out to
2000m using .338 Blaser and .50 Barrett
sniper rifles by day and night.
Observation activities using binoculars
and spotting scopes, which involved
locating military items hidden within a set
amount of time.
Range estimation activities, which involved
snipers using their skills minus laser range
finders to gauge the range to a number of
targets then engaging those targets.
Live-fire stalks over three hours conducted
in an urban and rural environment wearing
all sniper field equipment. This was the
culmination of the event and tied together
all the snipers’ skills with a higher point
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