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October 19, 2015 at 4:19 am #21810MaxKeymaster
This is a follow up from the MVT Blog, regarding Lone Wolf operations.
There are two types of shots made with a precision rifle. The first is a precision shot made by the SWAT marksman, typically less than 100 meters. The second is the area shot made at distance which is an accurately placed area shot performed by the sniper. Both requires a high degree of accuracy, although the employment of these are very different. The SWAT marksman’s life is seldom at risk, where the combat marksman’s carries a higher level of risk. He can become the hunted. Most who train for tactical engagements lack the skill to make the OSOK. So here are some little secrets.
Long Range Shot: any shot accurately performed by a trained and properly equipped individual. Taken at a range beyond the skills of the average hunter or marksman. The ability to make the LR shot is a perishable skill. 600 meters is the minimum distance for such a shot.
Muzzle blast: The flash from your muzzle is not the only signature your enemy might see. Consider loose earth which can be dislodged and blown into the air. This could be dust, dirt, vegitation around you PFP. Consider placing a wet 2×2 camp cloth on the ground just beyond your muzzle. Remember to recover the cloth before you depart.
Smokers make poor shooters. Too many hours without the nicotine can lead to the shakes. Trembling of the hands and fingers.
Drink well before you hunt. Water only no coffee. When it comes time to pee the heavy coffee drinker’s urine has a stench terrible enough to carry on calm nights. Same goes for diet. Be mindful of what you eat before you hunt, greasy meals make it too easy to pass gas, giving up your noise discipline especially at night.
If you think you are up to the task, try this little test. Lie on a hard surface on your stomach. Bend your elbows and cradle your chin so you are looking straight ahead, eyes forward. Keep your toes pointed out and your legs flat to the ground. Hold this position for three hours. You can not move, flinch, reposition. You cannot change your elbows, hands, head or any body position. Then consider that the slightest movement will cost you your life. Then for fun try it again just as you feel the need to urinate. Holding it for three hours without moving.
If you are the lone wolf shooter, you need to pay strict attention to the smallest detail. The smallest shine, the dried and discolored foliage you did not change because you fell asleep, the cough in the night because your throat was dry, the smallest movement because you wiped your nose, the careless click as you placed the weapon on Safe, the telltale sign as you zipped your fly. The movement you make because you were stupid enough to make your hide where it would fill with rain water. The no so quiet crackle of a candy wrapper because you began to think outside of the bubble. If you snore, stay home. Remember to bring a small bottle of Visene, change from scope to binos every half hour. Dull the inside of your lense caps, a little shine goes a long way. Move out after dusk so you will not be observed. If leaving during daylight leave in everyday attire, gear up in the bush. Return in your street cloths. Take your shot across a stand of trees, a hill, cliff or building. The report of your shot will be bounced and it will appear that you are near when you are far and from an entirely different direction. This buys you much needed time to make your escape. They think you are to the left and you will leave to the rear to the right. A different route taken verses your approach. Learn your field craft and make it an art.
Above all always understand that you are being watched. This mindset makes you more careful, even if no one is really watching you. Save your data, remember KIM games, change lots, time to zero again. Practice dry fire, breath control, sight picture, trigger squeeze often.
If you have a spotter, this should be the better more experienced shooter. Better able to estimate range, wind, elevation etc.
Just a little insider information.
ZUKE~October 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm #21861DiznNCParticipant
Thanks for the tips.
CTT 1505, NODF 1505, CP 1503, LN 1, RC II, RiflemanOctober 22, 2015 at 8:26 pm #21925AnonymousInactive
I like how you kept that basic and didn’t go off in too many directions.
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