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~Tube Sniper Pro 3 0 Review~

A sniper is a marksman or qualified specialist who operates alone, in a pair, or with a sniper team to maintain close visual contact with the enemy and engage targets from concealed positions or distances exceeding the detection capabilities of enemy personnel
Snipers typically have highly selective or specialized training and use crew-served high-precision/special application rifles and optics, and often have sophisticated communication assets to feed valuable combat information back to their units or military bases
Most sniper teams operate independently, with little combat asset support from their parent units; their job is to deliver discriminatory, highly accurate rifle fire against enemy targets that cannot be engaged successfully by the regular rifleman because of range, size, location, fleeting nature, or visibility
Sniping requires the development of basic infantry skills to a high degree of skill
A sniper’s training incorporates a wide variety of subjects designed to increase value as a force multiplier and to ensure battlefield survival
The art of sniping requires learning and repetitively practicing these skills until mastered
A sniper must be highly trained in long range rifle marksmanship and field craft skills to ensure maximum effective engagements with minimum risk
In addition to marksmanship and long range shooting, military snipers are trained in a variety of techniques: detection, stalking, and target range estimation methods, camouflage, field craft, infiltration, special reconnaissance and observation, surveillance and target acquisition
The verb “to snipe” originated in the 1770s among soldiers in British India in reference to shooting snipe, considered a challenging target for marksmen
The agent noun “sniper” appears by the 1820s
[2] The term sniper was first attested in 1824 in the sense of the word “sharpshooter”
A somewhat older term is “sharp shooter”, a calque of 18th-century German Scharfschütze, in use in British newspapers as early as 1801
According to figures released by the United States Department of Defense, the average number of rounds expended in Vietnam to kill one enemy soldier with the M-16 was 50,000
The average number of rounds expended by U
military snipers to kill one enemy soldier was 1
3 rounds, which is a cost-difference of $23,000 per kill for the average soldier, vs
17 per kill for the military sniper
According to the United States Army, the average soldier will hit a man-sized target 10 percent of the time at 300 meters using the M16A2 rifle
Graduates of the U
Army sniper school are expected to achieve 90 percent first-round hits at 600 meters, using the M24 Sniper Weapon System (SWS)
Different countries use different military doctrines regarding snipers in military units, settings, and tactics
Generally, a sniper’s primary function in modern warfare is to provide detailed reconnaissance from a concealed position and, if necessary, to reduce the enemy’s fighting ability by neutralizing high-value targets (especially officers and other key personnel) and in the process pinning down and demoralizing the enemy
[7][8] Typical sniper missions include managing intelligence information they gather during reconnaissance and surveillance, target acquisition for air-strikes and artillery, assist employed combat force with fire support and counter-sniper tactics, killing enemy commanders, selecting targets of opportunity, and even destruction of military equipment, which tend to require use of anti-materiel rifles in the larger calibers such as the
50 BMG, like the Barrett M82, McMillan Tac-50, and Denel NTW-20
Soviet and Russia and derived military doctrines include squad-level snipers
Snipers have increasingly been demonstrated as being useful by US and UK forces in the recent Iraq campaign in a fire support role to cover the movement of infantry, especially in urban areas
Military snipers from the US, UK, and other countries that adopt their military doctrine are typically deployed in two-man sniper teams consisting of a shooter and spotter
[9] A common practice is for a shooter and a spotter to take turns in order to avoid eye fatigue
[8] In most recent combat operations occurring in large densely populated towns such as Fallujah, Iraq, two teams would be deployed together to increase their security and effectiveness in an urban environment
A sniper team would be armed with their long range weapon, and a shorter ranged weapon to engage and protect the team should enemies come in close contact
German doctrine of largely independent snipers and emphasis on concealment developed during the Second World War have been most influential on modern sniper tactics, currently used throughout Western militaries (examples are specialized camouflage clothing, concealment in terrain and emphasis on coup d’œil)
Sniper rifles are classified as crew-served, as the term is used in the United States military
A sniper team (or sniper cell) consists of a combination of one or more shooters with force protection elements and support personnel: such as a spotter or a flanker
Within the Table of Organization and Equipment for both the United States Army and the U
Marine Corps, the operator of the weapon has an assistant trained to fulfill multiple roles, in addition to being sniper qualified in the operation of the weapon
The shooter(s) fires the shot while the spotter(s) assists in observation of targets, atmospheric conditions and handles ancillary tasks as immediate security of their location, communication with other parties; including directing artillery fire and close air support
The flanker(s)’ task is to have observed areas not immediately visible to the sniper or spotter and assist with the team’s perimeter and rear security,[citation needed] therefore they are usually armed with an assault rifle or battle rifle
Both spotter and flanker carries additional ammunition and associated equipment
The spotter detects, observes, and assigns targets and watches for the results of the shot
Using their spotting scope and/or rangefinder, they will also read the wind by using physical indicators and the mirage caused by the heat on the ground
Also, in conjunction with the shooter, they will accurately make calculations for distance, angle shooting (slant range), mil dot related calculations, correction for atmospheric conditions and leads for moving targets
It is not unusual for the spotter to be equipped with a notepad and a laptop computer specifically for performing these calculations
Law enforcement snipers, commonly called police snipers, and military snipers differ in many ways, including their areas of operation and tactics
A police sharpshooter is part of a police operation and usually takes part in relatively short missions
Police forces typically deploy such sharpshooters in hostage scenarios
This differs from a military sniper, who operates as part of a larger army, engaged in warfare
Sometimes as part of a SWAT team, police snipers are deployed alongside negotiators and an assault team trained for close quarters combat
As policemen, they are trained to shoot only as a last resort, when there is a direct threat to life; the police sharpshooter has a well-known rule: “Be prepared to take a life to save a life
“[13] Police snipers typically operate at much shorter ranges than military snipers, generally under 100 meters (109 yd) and sometimes even less than 50 meters (55 yd)
Both types of snipers do make difficult shots under pressure, and often perform one-shot kills
Police units that are unequipped for tactical operations may rely on a specialized SWAT team, which may have a dedicated sniper
[13] Some police sniper operations begin with military assistance
[14] Police snipers placed in vantage points, such as high buildings, can provide security for events
[15] In one high-profile incident, Mike Plumb, a SWAT sniper in Columbus, Ohio, prevented a suicide by shooting a revolver out of the individual’s hand, leaving him unharmed
The need for specialized training for police sharpshooters was made apparent in 1972 during the Munich massacre when the German police could not deploy specialized personnel or equipment during the standoff at the airport in the closing phase of the crisis, and consequently all of the Israeli hostages were killed
The German police only had regular police who were selected if they engaged in hunting as a hobby
[citation needed] While the German army did have snipers in 1972, the use of snipers of the German army in the scenario was impossible due to the German constitution’s explicit prohibition of the use of the military in domestic matters
This lack of trained snipers who could be used in civilian roles was later addressed with the founding of the specialized police counter-terrorist unit GSG 9
The longest confirmed sniper kill in combat was achieved by Craig Harrison, a Corporal of Horse (CoH) in the Blues and Royals RHG/D of the British Army
In November 2009, Harrison struck two Taliban machine gunners consecutively south of Musa Qala in Helmand Province in Afghanistan at a range of 2,475 m (2,707 yd) or 1
54 miles using a L115A3 Long Range Rifle
[17][18] The QTU Lapua external ballistics software,[19] using continuous doppler drag coefficient (Cd) data provided by Lapua,[20] predicts that such shots traveling 2,475 m (2,707 yd) would likely have struck their targets after nearly 6
0 seconds of flight time, having lost 93% of their kinetic energy, retaining 255 m/s (840 ft/s) of their original 936 m/s (3,070 ft/s) velocity, and having dropped 121
39 m (398 ft 3 in) or 2
8° from the original bore line
Due to the extreme distances and travel time involved, even a light cross-breeze of 2
7 m/s (6
0 mph) would have diverted such shots 9
2 m (360 in) off target, which would have required compensation
The calculation assumes a flat-fire scenario (a situation where the shooting and target positions are at equal elevation), utilizing British military custom high pressure
338 Lapua Magnum cartridges, loaded with 16
2 g (250 gr) Lapua LockBase B408 bullets, fired at 936 m/s (3,071 ft/s) muzzle velocity[21] under the following on-site (average) atmospheric conditions: barometric pressure: 1,019 hPa (30
1 inHg) at sea-level equivalent or 899 hPa (26
5 inHg) on-site, humidity: 25
9%, and temperature: 15 °C (59 °F) in the region for November 2009,[22] resulting in an air density ρ = 1
0854 kg/m3 at the 1,043 m (3,422 ft) elevation of Musa Qala
Harrison mentions in reports that the environmental conditions were perfect for long range shooting, ”
no wind, mild weather, clear visibility
“[18] In a BBC interview, Harrison reported it took about nine shots for him and his spotter to initially range the target successfully
Before the development of rifling, firearms were smoothbore and inaccurate over long distance
Barrel rifling was invented at the end of the fifteenth century, but was only employed in large cannons
Over time, rifling, along with other gunnery advances, has increased the performance of modern firearms
Early forms of sniping, or marksmanship were used during the American Revolutionary War
For instance, in 1777 at the battle of Saratoga the Colonists hid in the trees and used early model rifles to shoot British officers
Most notably, Timothy Murphy shot and killed General Simon Fraser of Balnain on 7 October 1777 at a distance of about 400 yards
[24][25][26] During the Battle of Brandywine, Capt
Patrick Ferguson had a tall, distinguished American officer in his rifle’s iron sights
Ferguson did not take the shot, as the officer had his back to Ferguson; only later did Ferguson learn that George Washington had been on the battlefield that day
A special unit of marksmen was established during the Napoleonic Wars in the British Army
While most troops at that time used inaccurate smoothbore muskets, the British “Green Jackets” (named for their distinctive green uniforms) used the famous Baker rifle
Through the combination of a leather wad and tight grooves on the inside of the barrel (rifling), this weapon was far more accurate, though slower to load
These Riflemen were the elite of the British Army, and served at the forefront of any engagement, most often in skirmish formation, scouting out and delaying the enemy
Another term, “sharp shooter” was in use in British newspapers as early as 1801
In the Edinburgh Advertiser, 23 June 1801, can be found the following quote in a piece about the North British Militia; “This Regiment has several Field Pieces, and two companies of Sharp Shooters, which are very necessary in the modern Stile of War”
The term appears even earlier, around 1781, in Continental Europe, translated from the German Scharfschütze
The Whitworth rifle was arguably the first long-range sniper rifle in the world
[28] Designed by Sir Joseph Whitworth, a prominent British engineer, it used polygonal rifling instead, which meant that the projectile did not have to bite into grooves as was done with conventional rifling
His rifle was far more accurate than the Pattern 1853 Enfield, which had shown some weaknesses during the recent Crimean War
At trials in 1857 which tested the accuracy and range of both weapons, Whitworth’s design outperformed the Enfield at a rate of about three to one
The Whitworth rifle was capable of hitting the target at a range of 2,000 yards, whereas the Enfield could only manage it at 1,400 yards
During the Crimean War, the first optical sights were designed to fit onto rifles
Much of this pioneering work was the brainchild of Colonel D
Davidson, using optical sights produced by Chance Brothers of Birmingham
This allowed a marksman to observe and target objects more accurately at a greater distance than ever before
[30] The telescopic sight, or scope, was originally fixed and could not be adjusted, which therefore limited its range
Despite its success at the trials, the rifle was not adopted by the British Army
However, the Whitworth Rifle Company was able to sell the weapon to the French army, and also to the Confederacy during the American Civil War
[31] Both the Union and Confederate armies employed sharpshooters
The most notable incident was during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, where on 9 May 1864, Union General John Sedgwick was killed at a range of about 1,000 yards (910 meters) after saying the enemy “couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance
During the Boer War the latest breech-loading rifled guns with magazines and smokeless powder were used by both sides
The British were equipped with the Lee–Metford rifle, while the Boers had received the latest Mauser rifles from Germany
In the open terrain of South Africa the marksmen were a crucial component to the outcome of the battle
The first British sniper unit began life as the Lovat Scouts, a Scottish Highland regiment formed in 1899, that earned high praise during the Second Boer War (1899–1902)
[8] The unit was formed by Lord Lovat and reported to an American, Major Frederick Russell Burnham, the British Army Chief of Scouts under Lord Roberts
Burnham fittingly described these scouts as “half wolf and half jackrabbit
[36] Just like their Boer scout opponents, these scouts were well practised in the arts of marksmanship, field craft, map reading, observation, and military tactics
[37] They were skilled woodsmen and practitioners of discretion: “He who shoots and runs away, lives to shoot another day
” They were also the first known military unit to wear a ghillie suit
[38] Hesketh Hesketh-Prichard said of them that “keener men never lived”,[39] and that “Burnham was the greatest scout of our time
“[40] Burnham distinguished himself in wars in South Africa, Rhodesia, and in Arizona fighting the Apaches, and his definitive work, Scouting on Two Continents, provides a dramatic and enlightening picture of what a sniper was at the time and how he operated
After the war, this regiment went on to formally become the first official sniper unit, then better known as sharpshooters
During World War I, snipers appeared as deadly sharpshooters in the trenches
At the start of the war, only Imperial Germany had troops that were issued scoped sniper rifles
Although sharpshooters existed on all sides, the Germans specially equipped some of their soldiers with scoped rifles that could pick off enemy soldiers showing their heads out of their trench
[10] At first the French and British believed such hits to be coincidental hits, until the German scoped rifles were discovered
[10] During World War I, the German army received a reputation for the deadliness and efficiency of its snipers, partly because of the high-quality lenses that German industry could manufacture
Soon the British army began to train their own snipers in specialized sniper schools
Major Hesketh Hesketh-Prichard was given formal permission to begin sniper training in 1915, and founded the First Army School of Sniping, Observation, and Scouting at Linghem in France in 1916
[41] Starting with a first class of only six, in time he was able to lecture to large numbers of soldiers from different Allied nations, proudly proclaiming in a letter that his school was turning out snipers at three times the rate of any such other school in the world
He also devised a metal-armoured double loophole that would protect the sniper observer from enemy fire
The front loophole was fixed, but the rear was housed in a metal shutter sliding in grooves
Only when the two loopholes were lined up—a one-to-twenty chance—could an enemy shoot between them
[43] Another innovation was the use of a dummy head to find the location of an enemy sniper
[44] The papier-mâché figures were painted to resemble soldiers to draw sniper fire
Some were equipped with rubber surgical tubing so the dummy could “smoke” a cigarette and thus appear realistic
Holes punched in the dummy by enemy sniper bullets then could be used for triangulation purposes to determine the position of the enemy sniper, who could then be attacked with artillery fire
He developed many of the modern techniques in sniping, including the use of spotting scopes and working in pairs, and using Kim’s Game to train observational skills
In 1920, he wrote his account of his war time activities in his book Sniping in France, which is still referenced by modern authors on the subject
The main sniper rifles used during the First World War were the German Mauser Gewehr 98; the British Pattern 1914 Enfield[49] and Lee–Enfield SMLE Mk III, the Canadian Ross Rifle, the American M1903 Springfield, and the Russian M1891 Mosin–Nagant
During the interbellum, most nations dropped their specialized sniper units, notably the Germans
Effectiveness and dangers of snipers once again came to the fore during the Spanish Civil War
The only nation that had specially trained sniper units during the 1930s was the Soviet Union
Soviet snipers were trained in their skills as marksmen, in using the terrain to hide themselves from the enemy and the ability to work alongside regular forces
This made the Soviet sniper training focus more on “normal” combat situations than those of other nations
Snipers reappeared as important factors on the battlefield from the first campaign of World War II
During Germany’s 1940 campaigns, it appeared that lone, well-hidden French and British snipers could halt the German advance for a significant amount of time
For example, during the pursuit to Dunkirk, British snipers were able to significantly delay the German infantry’s advance
This prompted the British once again to increase training of specialized sniper units
Apart from marksmanship, British snipers were trained to blend in with the environment, often by using special camouflage clothing for concealment
However, because the British Army offered sniper training exclusively to officers and non-commissioned officers, the resulting smaller number of trained snipers in the combat units considerably reduced their overall effectiveness
During the Winter War, Finnish snipers took a heavy toll of the invading Soviet army
Simo Häyhä is credited with 505 confirmed kills,[50][51] most with the Finnish version of the iron-sighted bolt-action Mosin–Nagant
One of the best known battles involving snipers, and the battle that made the Germans reinstate their specialized sniper training, was the Battle of Stalingrad
Their defensive position inside a city filled with rubble meant that Soviet snipers were able to inflict significant casualties on the Wehrmacht troops
Because of the nature of fighting in city rubble, snipers were very hard to spot and seriously dented the morale of the German attackers
The best known of these snipers was probably Vasily Zaytsev, featured in the novel War of the Rats and the subsequent film Enemy At The Gates
German Scharfschützen were prepared before the war, equipped with Karabiner 98 and later Gewehr 43 rifles, but there were often not enough of these weapons available, and as such some were armed with captured scoped Mosin–Nagant 1891/30, SVT or Czech Mauser rifles
The Wehrmacht re-established its sniper training in 1942, drastically increasing the number of snipers per unit with the creation of an additional 31 sniper training companies by 1944
German snipers were at the time the only snipers in the world issued with purpose-manufactured sniping ammunition, known as the ‘effect-firing’ sS round
[52] The ‘effect-firing’ sS round featured an extra carefully measured propellant charge and seated a heavy 12
8 gram (198 gr) full-metal-jacketed boat-tail projectile of match-grade build quality, lacking usual features such as a seating ring to improve the already high ballistic coefficient of
584 (G1) further
[53] For aiming optics German snipers used the Zeiss Zielvier 4x (ZF39) telescopic sight which had bullet drop compensation in 50 m increments for ranges from 100 m up to 800 m or in some variations from 100 m up to 1000 m or 1200 m
There were ZF42, Zielfernrohr 43 (ZF 4), Zeiss Zielsechs 6x and other telescopic sights by various manufacturers like the Ajack 4x, Hensoldt Dialytan 4x and Kahles Heliavier 4x with similar features employed on German sniper rifles
Several different mountings produced by various manufacturers were used for mounting aiming optics to the rifles
In February 1945 the Zielgerät 1229 active infrared aiming device was issued for night sniping with the StG 44 assault rifle
A total of 428,335 individuals received Red Army sniper training, including Soviet and non-Soviet partisans, with 9,534 receiving the sniping ‘higher qualification’
During World War ІІ, two six-month training courses for women alone trained nearly 55,000 snipers, of which more than two thousand later served in the army
[54][verification needed] On average there was at least one sniper in an infantry platoon and one in every reconnaissance platoon, including in tank and even artillery units
[verification needed] Some used the PTRD anti-tank rifle with an adapted scope as an early example of an anti-materiel rifle
In the United States Armed Forces, sniper training was only very elementary and was mainly concerned with being able to hit targets over long distances
Snipers were required to be able to hit a body over 400 meters away, and a head over 200 meters away
There was almost no instruction in blending into the environment
Sniper training varied from place to place, resulting in wide variation in the qualities of snipers
The main reason the US did not extend sniper training beyond long-range shooting was the limited deployment of US soldiers until the Normandy Invasion
During the campaigns in North Africa and Italy, most fighting occurred in arid and mountainous regions where the potential for concealment was limited, in contrast to Western and Central Europe
Army’s lack of familiarity with sniping tactics proved disastrous in Normandy and the campaign in Western Europe where they encountered well trained German snipers
[10] In Normandy, German snipers remained hidden in the dense vegetation and were able to encircle American units, firing at them from all sides
The American and British forces were surprised by how near the German snipers could approach in safety and attack them, as well as by their ability to hit targets at up to 1,000m
A notable mistake made by inexperienced American soldiers was to lie down and wait when targeted by German snipers, allowing the snipers to pick them off one after another
[10] German snipers often infiltrated Allied lines and sometimes when the front-lines moved, they continued to fight from their sniping positions, refusing to surrender until their rations and munitions were exhausted
Those tactics were also consequences of changes in German enrollment
After several years of war and heavy losses on the Eastern Front, the German army was forced to rely more heavily on enrolling teenage soldiers
Due to lack of training in more complex group tactics and thanks to rifle training provided by the Hitlerjugend those soldiers would often be used as autonomous left-behind snipers
While an experienced sniper would take a few lethal shots and retreat to a safer position, those young boys, due both to disregard for their own safety and to lack of tactical experience would frequently remain in a concealed position and fight until they ran out of ammunition or were killed or wounded
While this tactic would generally end in the demise of the sniper, giving rise to the nickname “Suicide Boys” that was given to those soldiers, this irrational behavior would prove quite disruptive to the Allied forces’ progression
After World War II, many elements of German sniper training and doctrine were copied by other countries
In the Pacific War, the Empire of Japan trained snipers
In the jungles of Asia and the Pacific Islands, snipers posed a serious threat to the U
S, British, and Commonwealth troops
Japanese snipers were specially trained to use the environment to conceal themselves
Japanese snipers used foliage on their uniforms and dug well-concealed hide-outs that were often connected with small trenches
There was no need for long range accuracy because most combat in the jungle took place within a few hundred meters
Japanese snipers were known for their patience and ability to remain hidden for long periods
They almost never left their carefully camouflaged hiding spots
This meant that whenever a sniper was in the area, the location of the sniper could be determined after the sniper had fired a few shots
The Allies used their own snipers in the Pacific, notably the U
Marines, who used M1903 Springfield rifles
Common sniper rifles used during the Second World War include: the Soviet M1891/30 Mosin–Nagant and, to a lesser extent, the SVT-40; the German Mauser Karabiner 98k and Gewehr 43; the British Lee–Enfield No
4 and Pattern 1914 Enfield; the Japanese Arisaka 97; the American M1903A4 Springfield and M1C Garand
The Italians trained few snipers and supplied them with a scoped Carcano Model 1891
Military sniper training aims to teach a high degree of proficiency in camouflage and concealment, stalking, observation and map reading as well as precision marksmanship under various operational conditions
Trainees typically shoot thousands of rounds over a number of weeks, while learning these core skills
Snipers are trained to squeeze the trigger straight back with the ball of their finger, to avoid jerking the gun sideways
[8] The most accurate position is prone, with a sandbag supporting the stock, and the stock’s cheek-piece against the cheek
[8] In the field, a bipod can be used instead
Sometimes a sling is wrapped around the weak arm (or both) to reduce stock movement
[8] Some doctrines train a sniper to breathe deeply before shooting, then hold their lungs empty while they line up and take their shot
[8] Some go further, teaching their snipers to shoot between heartbeats to minimize barrel motion
The key to sniping is accuracy, which applies to both the weapon and the shooter
The weapon should be able to consistently place shots within tight tolerances
[8] The sniper in turn must utilize the weapon to accurately place shots under varying conditions
A sniper must have the ability to accurately estimate the various factors that influence a bullet’s trajectory and point of impact such as: range to the target, wind direction, wind velocity, altitude and elevation of the sniper and the target and ambient temperature
Mistakes in estimation compound over distance and can decrease lethality or cause a shot to miss completely
Snipers zero their weapons at a target range or in the field
This is the process of adjusting the scope so that the bullet’s points-of-impact is at the point-of-aim (centre of scope or scope’s cross-hairs) for a specific distance
[8] A rifle and scope should retain its zero as long as possible under all conditions to reduce the need to re-zero during missions
A sandbag can serve as a useful platform for shooting a sniper rifle, although any soft surface such as a rucksack will steady a rifle and contribute to consistency
[8] In particular, bipods help when firing from a prone position, and enable the firing position to be sustained for an extended period of time
Many police and military sniper rifles come equipped with an adjustable bipod
[8] Makeshift bipods known as shooting sticks can be constructed from items such as tree branches or ski poles
Range and accuracy vary depending on the cartridge and specific ammunition types that are used
Typical ranges for common battle field cartridges are as follows:
Servicemen volunteer for the rigorous sniper training and are accepted on the basis of their aptitude, physical ability, marksmanship, patience and mental stability
Military snipers may be further trained as forward air controllers (FACs) to direct air strikes or forward observers (FOs) to direct artillery or mortar fire
From 2011, the Russian armed forces has run newly developed sniper courses in military district training centres
In place of the Soviet practice of mainly squad sharpshooters, which were often designated during initial training (and of whom only few become snipers per se), “new” Army snipers are to be trained intensively for 3 months (for conscripts) or longer (for contract soldiers)
The training program includes theory and practice of countersniper engagements, artillery spotting and coordination of air support
The first instructors are the graduates of the Solnechnogorsk sniper training centre
The method of sniper deployment, according to the Ministry of Defence, is likely to be one three-platoon company at the brigade level, with one of the platoons acting independently and the other two supporting the battalions as needed
The range to the target is measured or estimated as precisely as conditions permit and correct range estimation becomes absolutely critical at long ranges, because a bullet travels with a curved trajectory and the sniper must compensate for this by aiming higher at longer distances
[8] If the exact distance is not known the sniper may compensate incorrectly and the bullet path may be too high or low
As an example, for a typical military sniping cartridge such as 7
62×51mm NATO (
308 Winchester) M118 Special Ball round this difference (or “drop”) from 700 to 800 meters (770–870 yd) is 200 millimetres (7
This means that if the sniper incorrectly estimated the distance as 700 meters when the target was in fact 800 meters away, the bullet will be 200 millimeters lower than expected by the time it reaches the target
Laser rangefinders may be used, and range estimation is often the job of both parties in a team
[58] One useful method of range finding without a laser rangefinder is comparing the height of the target (or nearby objects) to their size on the mil dot scope, or taking a known distance and using some sort of measure (utility poles, fence posts) to determine the additional distance
The average human head is 150 millimeters (5
9 in) in width, average human shoulders are 500 millimeters (20 in) apart and the average distance from a person’s pelvis to the top of their head is 1,000 millimeters (39 in)
To determine the range to a target without a laser rangefinder, the sniper may use the mil dot reticle on a scope to accurately find the range
Mil dots are used like a slide rule to measure the height of a target, and if the height is known, the range can be as well
The height of the target (in yards) ×1000, divided by the height of the target (in mils), gives the range in yards
This is only in general, however, as both scope magnification (7×, 40×) and mil dot spacing change
The USMC standard is that 1 mil (that is, 1 milliradian) equals 3
438 MOA (minute of arc, or, equivalently, minute of angle), while the US Army standard is 3
6 MOA, chosen so as to give a diameter of 1 yard at a distance of 1000 yards (or equivalently, a diameter of 1 meter at a range of 1 kilometer
) Many commercial manufacturers use 3
5, splitting the difference, since it is easier to work with
Explanation: 1 MIL = 1 milli-radian
That is, 1 MIL = 1×10^-3 radian
But, 10^-3 rad x (360 deg/ (2 x Pi) radians) = 0
0573 degrees
Now, 1 MOA = 1/60 degree = 0
01667 degrees
Hence, there are 0
43775 MOA per MIL, where MIL is defined as a milli-radian
On the other hand, defining a mil-dot by the US Army way, to equate it to 1-yard (1 m) at 1,000 yards (1,000 m), means the Army’s mil-dot is approximately 3
It is important to note that angular mil (mil) is only an approximation of a milliradian and different organizations use different approximations
At longer ranges, bullet drop plays a significant role in targeting
[8] The effect can be estimated from a chart which may be memorized or taped to the rifle, although some scopes come with Bullet Drop Compensator (BDC) systems that only require the range be dialed in
These are tuned to both a specific class of rifle and specific ammunition
Every bullet type and load will have different ballistics
308 Federal 175 grain (11
3 g) BTHP match shoots at 2,600 ft/s (790 m/s)
Zeroed at 100 yards (100 m), a 16
2 MOA adjustment would have to be made to hit a target at 600 yards (500 m)
If the same bullet was shot with 168 grain (10
1 MOA adjustment would be necessary
Shooting uphill or downhill is confusing for many because gravity does not act perpendicular to the direction the bullet is traveling
Thus, gravity must be divided into its component vectors
Only the fraction of gravity equal to the cosine of the angle of fire with respect to the horizon affects the rate of fall of the bullet, with the remained adding or subtracting negligible velocity to the bullet along its trajectory
To find the correct zero, the sniper multiplies the actual distance to the range by this fraction and aims as if the target were that distance away
For example, a sniper who observes a target 500 meters away at a 45-degree angle downhill would multiply the range by the cosine of 45 degrees, which is 0
The resulting distance will be 353 meters
This number is equal to the horizontal distance to the target
All other values, such as windage, time-to-target, impact velocity, and energy will be calculated based on the actual range of 500 meters
Recently, a small device known as a cosine indicator has been developed
[8] This device is clamped to the tubular body of the telescopic sight, and gives an indicative readout in numerical form as the rifle is aimed up or down at the target
[8] This is translated into a figure used to compute the horizontal range to the target
Windage which plays a significant role, the effect increasing with wind speed or the distance of the shot
The slant of visible convections near the ground can be used to estimate crosswinds, and correct the point of aim
All adjustments for range, wind, and elevation can be performed by aiming off the target, called “holding over” or Kentucky windage
[8] Alternatively, the scope can be adjusted so that the point of aim is changed to compensate for these factors, sometimes referred to as “dialing in”
The shooter must remember to return the scope to zeroed position
Adjusting the scope allows for more accurate shots, because the cross-hairs can be aligned with the target more accurately, but the sniper must know exactly what differences the changes will have on the point-of-impact at each target range
For moving targets, the point-of-aim is ahead of the target in the direction of movement
Known as “leading” the target, the amount of “lead” depends on the speed and angle of the target’s movement as well as the distance to the target
For this technique, holding over is the preferred method
[8] Anticipating the behavior of the target is necessary to accurately place the shot
The term “hide site” refers to a covered and concealed position from which a sniper and his team can conduct surveillance and/or fire at targets
A good hide conceals and camouflages the sniper effectively, provides cover from enemy fire and allows a wide view of the surrounding area
The main purpose of ghillie suits and hide sites is to break up the outline of a person with a rifle
Many snipers use ghillie suits to hide and stay hidden
Ghillie suits vary according to the terrain into which the sniper wishes to blend
For example, in dry, grassy wasteland the sniper will typically wear a ghillie suit covered in dead grass
Shot placement varies considerably with the type of sniper being discussed
Military snipers, who generally do not engage targets at less than 300 m (330 yd), usually attempt body shots, aiming at the chest
These shots depend on tissue damage, organ trauma, and blood loss to make the kill
Police snipers who generally engage at much shorter distances may attempt more precise shot at particular parts of body or particular devices: in one event in 2007 in Marseille, a GIPN sniper took a shot from 80 m (87 yd) at the pistol of a police officer threatening to commit suicide, destroying the weapon and preventing the police officer from killing himself
In a high-risk or instant-death hostage situation, police snipers may take head shots to ensure an instant kill
The snipers aim for the “apricot”, or the medulla oblongata, located inside the head, a part of the brain that controls involuntary movement that lies at the base of the skull
Some ballistics and neurological researchers have argued that severing the spinal cord at an area near the second cervical vertebra is actually achieved,[citation needed] usually having the same effect of preventing voluntary motor activity, but the debate on the matter remains largely academic at present
Snipers are trained for the detection, identification, and location of a target in sufficient detail to permit the effective employment of lethal and non-lethal means
Since most kills in modern warfare are by crew-served weapons, reconnaissance is one of the most effective uses of snipers
They use their aerobic conditioning, infiltration skills and excellent long-distance observation equipment and tactics to approach and observe the enemy
In this role, their rules of engagement let them engage only high-value targets of opportunity
The personnel or materiel, but most often they target the most important enemy personnel such as officers or specialists (e
communications operators) so as to cause maximum disruption to enemy operations
Other personnel they might target include those who pose an immediate threat to the sniper, like dog handlers, who are often employed in a search for snipers
A sniper identifies officers by their appearance and behavior such as symbols of rank, talking to radio operators, sitting as a passenger in a car, having military servants, binoculars/map cases or talking and moving position more frequently
If possible, snipers shoot in descending order by rank, or if rank is unavailable, they shoot to disrupt communications
Some rifles, such as the Denel NTW-20 and Vidhwansak are designed for a purely anti-materiel (AM) role, e
shooting turbine disks of parked aircraft, missile guidance packages, expensive optics, and the bearings, tubes or wave guides of radar sets
A sniper equipped with the correct rifle can target radar dishes, water containers, the engines of vehicles, and any number of other targets
Other rifles, such as the
50 caliber rifles produced by Barrett and McMillan are not designed exclusively as AM rifles, but are often employed in such a way, providing the range and power needed for AM applications in a lightweight package compared to most traditional AM rifles
Other calibers, such as the
408 Cheyenne Tactical and the
338 Lapua Magnum are designed to be capable of limited AM application, but are ideally suited as long range anti-personnel rounds
Baiting is the utilization of dropped objects for potential targets to find and pick up
In the Iraq war, picking up weapons and munitions could be considered evidence of insurgency
Snipers would drop weapons and wait for targets to pick up the weapons so they could engage the target
According to court documents[60] quoted by the Washington Post, the U
military’s Asymmetric Warfare Group encouraged snipers to drop items “such as detonation cords, plastic explosives and ammunition”[61] then kill Iraqis who handled the items
“Baiting is putting an object out there that we know they will use, with the intention of destroying the enemy
Basically, we would put an item out there and watch it
If someone found the item, picked it up and attempted to leave with the item, we would engage the individual as I saw this as a sign they would use the item against U
Often in situations with multiple targets, snipers use relocation
After firing a few shots from a certain position, snipers move unseen to another location before the enemy can determine where he or she is and mount a counter-attack
Snipers will frequently use this tactic to their advantage, creating an atmosphere of chaos and confusion
In other, rarer situations, relocation is used to eliminate the factor of wind
As sniper rifles are often extremely powerful and consequently loud, it is common for snipers to use a technique known as sound masking
When employed by a highly skilled marksman, this tactic can be used as a substitute for a noise suppressor
Very loud sounds in the environment, such as artillery shells air bursting or claps of thunder, can often mask the sound of the shot
This technique is frequently used in clandestine operations, infiltration tactics, and guerrilla warfare
Due to the surprise nature of sniper fire, high lethality of aimed shots and frustration at the inability to locate and attack snipers, sniper tactics have a significant effect on morale
Extensive use of sniper tactics can be used to induce constant stress in opposing forces
In many ways, the psychological impact imposed by snipers is quite similar to those of landmines, booby-traps, and IEDs (constant threat, high “per event” lethality, inability to strike back)
Historically, captured snipers are often summarily executed
This happened during World War I,[65] and World War II
[66] As a result, if a sniper is in imminent danger of capture, he may discard any items which might indicate his status as a sniper
The risk of captured snipers being summarily executed is explicitly referred to in Chapter 6 of US Army doctrine document FM 3-060
Historically, units that suffered heavy and continual casualties from urban sniper fire and were frustrated by their inability to strike back effectively often have become enraged
Such units may overreact and violate the laws of land warfare concerning the treatment of captured snipers
This tendency is magnified if the unit has been under the intense stress of urban combat for an extended time
It is vital that commanders and leaders at all levels understand the law of land warfare and understand the psychological pressures of urban warfare
It requires strong leadership and great moral strength to prevent soldiers from releasing their anger and frustration on captured snipers or civilians suspected of sniping at them
The negative reputation of snipers can be traced back to the American Revolution, when American “Marksmen” would intentionally target British officers, an act considered uncivilized by the British Army at the time (this reputation would be cemented during the Battle of Saratoga, when Benedict Arnold allegedly ordered his marksmen to target British General Simon Fraser, an act that would win the battle and French support)
[9] The British side used specially selected sharpshooters as well, often German mercenaries
To demoralize enemy troops, snipers can follow predictable patterns
During the 26th of July Movement in the Cuban Revolution, the revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro always killed the foremost man in a group of President Batista’s soldiers
[verification needed] Realizing this, none of Batista’s men would walk first, as it was suicidal
This effectively decreased the army’s willingness to search for rebel bases in the mountains
An alternative approach to this psychological process is to kill the second man in the row, leading to the psychological effect of nobody wanting to follow the “leader”
The occurrence of sniper warfare has led to the evolution of many counter-sniper tactics in modern military strategies
These aim to reduce the damage caused by a sniper to an army, which can often be harmful to both combat capabilities and morale
The risk of damage to a chain of command can be reduced by removing or concealing features which would otherwise indicate an officer’s rank
Modern armies tend to avoid saluting officers in the field, and eliminate rank insignia on battle dress uniforms (BDU)
Officers can seek maximum cover before revealing themselves as good candidates for elimination through actions such as reading maps or using radios
Friendly snipers can be used to hunt the enemy sniper
Besides direct observation, defending forces can use other techniques
These include calculating the trajectory of a bullet by triangulation
Traditionally, triangulation of a sniper’s position was done manually, though radar-based technology has recently become available
Once located, the defenders can attempt to approach the sniper from cover and overwhelm him
The United States military is funding a project known as RedOwl (Robot Enhanced Detection Outpost With Lasers), which uses laser and acoustic sensors to determine the exact direction from which a sniper round has been fired
The more rounds fired by a sniper, the greater the number of chances a target has to locate him
Thus, attempts to draw fire are often made, sometimes by offering a helmet slightly out of concealment, a tactic successfully employed in the Winter War by the Finns known as “Kylmä-Kalle” (Cold Charlie)
[69] They used a shop mannequin or other doll dressed as a tempting target, such as an officer
The doll was then presented as if it were a real man sloppily covering himself
Usually, Soviet snipers were unable to resist the temptation of an apparently easy kill
Once the angle where the bullet came from was determined, a large calibre gun, such as a Lahti L-39 “Norsupyssy” (“Elephant rifle”) anti-tank rifle was fired at the sniper to kill him
Other tactics include directing artillery or mortar fire onto suspected sniper positions, the use of smoke screens, placing tripwire-operated munitions, mines, or other booby-traps near suspected sniper positions
Even dummy trip-wires can be placed to hamper sniper movement
If anti-personnel mines are unavailable, it is possible to improvise booby-traps by connecting trip-wires to hand grenades, smoke grenades or flares
Though these may not kill the sniper, they will reveal the location of the sniper(s)
Booby-trap devices can be placed near likely sniper hides, or along the probable routes to and from the positions
Knowledge of sniper field-craft will assist in this task
One very old counter-sniper tactic is to tie rags onto bushes or similar items in suspected sniper hides
These rags flutter in the breeze creating random movements in the corner of the sniper’s eye, which he/she will often find distracting
The greatest virtue of this tactic is its simplicity and ease of implementation; however, it is unlikely to prevent a skilled sniper from selecting targets, and may in fact provide a sniper with additional information about the wind near the target
The use of canine units was very successful, especially during the Vietnam War
A trained dog can easily determine direction from the sound of the bullet, and will lie down with its head pointed at the origin of the gunshot
[citation needed]
The use of sniping (in the sense of shooting at relatively long range from a concealed position) to murder came to public attention in a number of sensational U
criminal cases, including the Austin sniper incident of 1966 (Charles Whitman), the John F
Kennedy assassination (Lee Harvey Oswald), and the Beltway sniper attacks of late 2002 (Lee Boyd Malvo)
However, these incidents usually do not involve the range or skill of military snipers; in all three cases the perpetrators had U
military training, but in other specialties
News reports will often (inaccurately) use the term sniper to describe anyone shooting with a rifle at another person
Sniping has been used in asymmetric warfare situations, for example in the Northern Ireland Troubles, where in 1972, the bloodiest year of the conflict, the majority of the soldiers killed were shot by concealed IRA riflemen
[71] There were some instances in the early 1990s of British soldiers and RUC personnel being shot with
50 caliber Barrett rifles by sniper teams collectively known as the South Armagh sniper
The sniper is particularly suited to combat environments where one side is at a disadvantage
A careful sniping strategy can use a few individuals and resources to thwart the movement or other progress of a much better equipped or larger force
Sniping enables a few persons to instil terror in a much larger regular force — regardless of the size of the force the snipers are attached to
It is widely accepted that sniping, while effective in specific instances, is much more effective as a broadly deployed psychological attack or as a force-multiplier
Snipers are less likely to be treated mercifully than non-snipers if captured by the enemy
[66] The rationale for this is that ordinary soldiers shoot at each other at ‘equal opportunity’ whilst snipers take their time in tracking and killing individual targets in a methodical fashion with a relatively low risk of retaliation
In 2003, the U
-led multinational coalition composed of primarily U
troops occupied Iraq and attempted to establish a new government in the country
However, shortly after the initial invasion, violence against coalition forces and among various sectarian groups led to asymmetric warfare with the Iraqi insurgency and civil war between many Sunni and Shia Iraqis
Through November 2005, when the Pentagon had last reported a sniper fatality, the Army had attributed 28 of 2,100 U
deaths to enemy snipers
[76] More recently, since 2006, insurgent snipers such as “Juba” have caused problems for American troops
Claims have been made that Juba have shot up to 37 American soldiers in Iraq as of October 2006
In 2006, training materials obtained by U
intelligence showed that snipers fighting in Iraq were urged to single out and attack engineers, medics, and chaplains on the theory that those casualties would demoralize entire enemy units
[78] Among the training materials, there included an insurgent sniper training manual that was posted on the Internet
Among its tips for shooting U
troops, there read: “Killing doctors and chaplains is suggested as a means of psychological warfare
Some sniper teams in Afghanistan have killed large numbers of Taliban in quite short periods of time
For example, while in Helmand Province, two British snipers (part of the Welsh Guards Battle group) shot dead a total of 75 Taliban in only 40 days during the summer of 2009
In one session of duty, lasting just two hours, they shot and killed eight Taliban
On another occasion, the same team scored a “Quigley” (i
, killing two Taliban with a single bullet) at a range of 196 metres
Taliban snipers have themselves caused problems for coalition forces
For example, over a four-month period in early 2011, two Taliban snipers shot dead two British soldiers and wounded six others at an outpost in Qadrat, Helmand province
[80] In one unusual incident, an unnamed 55-year-old ex-Mujahideen fighter with a motorbike and an old British-made Enfield rifle killed two British soldiers with a single shot, hitting the first in the head and the second in the neck
Sniper activity has been reported during the Arab Spring civil unrest in Libya in 2011, both from anti-governmental[82] and pro-governmental[83] supporters, and in Syria at least from pro-government[84][85] forces
Even before firearms were available, soldiers such as archers were specially trained as elite marksmen