US Army Sniper Guide
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- Marksmanship - how to shoot super accurately (obviously!)
- Basic & advanced fieldcraft
- Patrolling and infiltration skills
- Tracking & counter tracking
- Camouflaging yourself so well that the enemy needs to step on you to find you!
See the full table of content here - Sniper Guide Table of Contents.pdf or see below for a chapter by chapter run
Now then a quick run through of the chapters: Or just buy it
US Army Glossary of terms and abbreviations (9 pages) Examples:
- BMNT - Beginning Morning Nautical Twilight
- ERP and IRP - End and Initial Rally Point
- METT-T - Mission, Enemy, Terrain, Troops, Time available
Chapter 1 - Introduction (6 pages) an overview of the rest of it, or as the
first paragraph says -
- The sniper has special abilities, training and
- His job is to deliver discriminatory highly accurate rifle fire against enemy
- Which cannot be engaged successfully by the rifleman because of range, size,
location, fleeting nature, or visibility.
- Sniping requires the development of basic infantry skills to a high degree
- A sniper's training incorporates a wide variety of subjects designed to increase his
value as a force multiplier and to ensure his survival on the
- The art of sniping requires learning and repetitiously practicing these skills until
- A sniper must be highly trained in long-range rifle marksmanship and field craft skills to ensure
maximum effective engagements with minimum risk.
Chapter 2 - Equipment (43 pages)
- Rifles: Care of and set up of.
- Scopes - Zeroing and range finding and iron sight use with
- Other e.g., grenade launchers, night vision, spotting scopes and binoculars
Chapter 3 - Marksmanship Principles (46 pages)
- Position - limbs and in relation to rifle
- Use of "props" e.g., bipods, tripods, sandbags, forked
- Breathing and breath control + the firing "cycle"
- Working with an observer or spotter
- Aiming, sight alignment and errors
- Ballistics, distance & effects of weather, wind rain,
Chapter 4 - Fieldcraft techniques (47 pages)
- Camouflage - The 3 core
"Methods". Terrain factors. use of cover
- Rules of movement, e.g., the low, medium and high crawl types. How,
where and when to use.
- Team movement & navigation
- Selection, occupation and construction of positions from fast lay
up's to deeply dug in hides
- Observation & range estimation & finding
- Twilight and night work
- In all terrains - woodland, open land, weather related and of
course, urban for FIBUA battle
Chapter 5 - Mission preparation - Planning & Checklists (18 pages)
- Intel factors & Operations - resources, other units,
terrain, supply, resupply etc
- Fire support & Coordination with forward and adjacent
- Countersniper plans
- Briefing plan structure & Mission planning list
Chapter 6 - Operations - Getting in and out! (15 pages)
- Planning insertion - By air, water and land
Execution insertion -
- Movement to target area
- Occupation of target area
- Movement out to extraction area
Extraction (Legging it)
- Plan (the one you hope works!)
- Escape and evasion plan (if it doesn't!)
Chapter 7 - Communications (34 pages)
- Constructing emergency
antenna (loads of types and designs + did you know you can use spoons and buttons as
part of them?)
- Radio ops in different conditions i.e., arctic, jungle, desert, mountains, NBC
Report types and formats -
- Meaconing, intrusion, jamming and interference
- POW or enemy material capture
- NBC attack
Chapter 8 - Tracking and Counter Tracking (16 pages)
- When a sniper follows a trail, he builds a picture of the enemy in his mind by asking himself
- How many persons am I
- What is their state of training?
- How are they equipped?
- Are they healthy?
- What is their state of morale?
- Do they know they are being followed?
To answer these questions, the sniper uses available indicators to track the enemy.
The sniper looks for signs that reveal an action occurred at a specific time and
- For example,
a footprint in soft sand is an excellent indicator, since a sniper can determine the specific
time the person passed
By comparing indicators, the sniper obtains answers to his questions. For example -
- A footprint and a waist-high scuff on a tree may indicate that an armed
individual passed this way.
- And how do you turn it on it's head so that those tracking you get totally the wrong
idea about where, when and what you are!
Chapter 9 - Ongoing training (41 pages)
- Basic skills sustainment
- Additional & advanced skills sustainment
- Exercises, examples and training card examples
- 5 day sustainment training plan
Appendix A - Guide to the primary sniper rifles of the worlds armed
Appendix B - Guide to the US M21 Sniper system
Plus - A full set of 11 Sniper cards and training forms (use of explained and
illustrated throughout main guide)
- Distance to target card
- Observation log
- Range card
- Military sketch
- Exercise scorecard
- Concealed movement exercise scorecard
- Target detection exercise scorecard
- Range exercise estimation scorecard
- Sketch your sector scorecard
- Qualification table scorecards 1 and 2
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