Five days, eight stations, in the end everyone will be at their limit – snipers from all over Europe, Canada and the USA. 17 nations come to the "European Best Team Sniper Competition 2019" of the US Americans. Staff Sergeant Eric Vogel is there as a coach. What are the motives of the German team? Where is the proficiency level of our own snipers? What can I learn from the other nations in exchange? You may see one or the other technique that we may not even use have on the screen that we might be able to take over.
Of course, also the exchange of experiences, I say during the breaks. The Bundeswehr is there with two teams. We accompany the team from the infantry training center in Hammelburg. Sergeant Schneider is the sniper. He is supported by Hauptwfeldwebel Immig, the observer, the so-called "spotter". They shoot targets at 100 meters and adapt their weapons to the local conditions. From tomorrow there will be no more possibility to discontinue the weapons. Different nations have different regions, we have different air pressure, different heights, that has to be adapted today. That is perhaps in the five centimeter range as a difference to your own, localities. But basically, if I want to shoot with high precision, it has to be updated. The competition begins! In the next few days there will be stations for the men’s night. You will only now find out the exact instructions for the first one. Shooting from different positions and styles: lying, kneeling, standing, sideways. The targets are up to 800 meters away.
You have different weapons with you. From a target distance of 600 meters upwards, the sniper shoots with his G22 A2. The spotter, Sergeant Immig, shoots a G27. This rifle works best at a distance of up to 800 meters. Now it goes a few meters higher. For the soldiers this means: shooting at a negative angle, another arithmetic variable which is added. Very unusual: you also have to get out of the with your heavy precision rifles Stand, shoot without rest. A very rare requirement. Hard to manage, but Sergeant Schneider meets. The task sounds simple: paddle out from the bank and hit the targets in the shortest possible time. But it's not that easy. The targets are 520 meters away and the boat wobbles in all directions. So meant I had to memorize the target, and the crosshairs when it wanders, and was roughly on target, with the settings we then put together had discussed, I had to about bend off the right edge of the target in this motion, that was funny.
The team hits all goals! Now it's getting uncomfortable! The shooters stand on shaky ground. You have to change position after every shot. The barricades are built to give in to any pressure. The men have to respond and be creative. As far as possible, they work in a team. "That means you could never really make yourself comfortable, you had to go straight away get up again, change position, re-establish your stop and then again to fight the various goals. " Again, it's about time and the number of hits. But even more is assessed: "We are mainly here to evaluate the sniper teams as they stand out from their various Approach shooting positions out. We also evaluate their ability to work in a team to meet the goals. " First the team torn apart. From now on everyone is on their own. The pulse must not rise too high.
You should therefore not run too fast. Then there is the weight. During the entire competition, the backpack must weigh at least 16 kg Weapons, food and water. Again and again they have to stop, come to rest and fire a precise shot. At the last point they meet again. Here they shoot with the pistol and then place the last shot on over 600 meters away. It's getting complicated. Every misunderstood requirement costs points. This station is operated by the Latvians. All nations can contribute their own ideas to the competition. "Quite a strenuous station. We had to walk a lot, we had to make improvised attacks again, to a certain extent Distance, from 500 meters. It was really hard, we both had to shoot together, in parallel, so to speak, sometimes I supported him, sometimes he supported me, how it went. There was a lot of walking involved, with our heavy luggage, then suddenly occurring enemy, fight at close range with the pistol, then fight a house free, in local and urban warfare for two.
Two levels and then we should come out of a so-called loop hole, which is a small one Hole in the wall, so to speak. Had to spot the target and shoot through this hole, that's tricky, there has to be you know how to do it. " They estimate the distances first with the naked eye, then with binoculars and last with the rifle scope. In addition, the men have to recognize objects in the field and estimate the distance here too. The snipers have to find four targets. They have a very rudimentary map and compass for orientation.
Cell phone tracking, GPS or multi-function watches are not allowed. Those who do not lose their bearings in the dense forest have good maps. You have 90 minutes to do this, our team is there after 60 minutes. From here on it gets extremely quiet, but no less strenuous. "Well, we are currently preparing for the approach exercise. Approach exercise is the supreme discipline for the sniper, ie it is his Order to approach an enemy target, the problem, of course, is that he is in the movement is located and the target is stationary, ie the advantage is of course on the opposing side.
" From here on she would give away every wrong movement, every smallest sound, that's why let's stay with the camera at this point. Early in the morning 6:30 a.m. It's going to be a hot day. The 40 degree mark has not yet been reached. 16 kg in the backpack plus water and weapons make over 25 kg on the back. It is now 19.3 kilometers over asphalt and forest paths. After five days this is the last stop. No matter how fit the men are, everyone reaches their physical limits here. "Now we've got a cartridge, each one, and now we're getting a target at a very long distance and we have to hit that with the first cold shot. That also gives a lot of points, so we have to concentrate on that now. " BOTH shooters must have fired within two minutes. The first shot is right! The time has run out, the second shot is no longer fired.
But they take one hit with them – so in the end there are still a lot of points for the team. The competition is over after five days. Sergeant Major Schneider survived it well. "I love my job, and I do it with all my heart, that's why, even after such a march, it's fun again. " Everyone has the strain of the last few days and knows what the other has achieved. The successes of the comrades are appreciated all the more. Our team from the Infantry Training Center comes in third place from 31 teams from 17 nations. This competition will be held again next year..