The sniper rifle is a highly refined tool for the military profession of sniper. The sniper has an important, specialized role for regular ground forces and special forces.
Sniper instruction course, Taji, Iraq, 8 February 2005. The National Guard Marksmanship Training Unit's Sniper School Mobile Training Team set up training for the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Brigade Combat Team, deployed with the 1st Cavalry Division. Trainees are firing both the M24 Sniper Weapons System and M21 rifles.
A U.S. Marine scout sniper scans for insurgents in the streets and buildings along the edge of Fallujah, Iraq, during the first hours of Operation al Fajr (New Dawn), 8 November 2004. The weapon is an M107 .50 Caliber Sniper Rifle. The Marine is assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
This section of Olive-Drab.com features the sniper rifles used by the U.S. Military from World War II forward. Snipers have been a part of military tactics since the rifle was invented, but have become increasingly sophisticated. Early sniper rifles, such as the M1903A4 Springfield, had little except a scope to distinguish them from an ordinary infantry weapon. Today's sniper weapon systems, such as the M-107 .50 cal. Long Range Sniper Rifle, are technical marvels that can reliably engage targets out to 2000 meters with a high probability of a kill.
Sniper Rifle Directory
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