Military and law enforcement Snipers practice on the shooting range and in the field almost everyday to hone their skills. Snipers sometimes have to ‘take a shot’ within seconds of getting the go ahead from the upper command. As a MilSim Airsofter I’m normally in radio communication with a forward or companion squad and when they call for a shot I want to be prepared. I do believe in the “One Shot, One Kill” theory. I do practice and continue to hone my skills with my Gen 5 UTG APS2 Airsoft Master Sniper Rifle and my custom M4 DMR Rifle.
A few days ago I spent several hours working with both weapons in my own backyard which contains a 100′ target range, 100′ might not be optimal but it has me work harder to keep my groupings very tight.
I started my ‘workout’ by sighting in both my Sniper rifle and my M4 DMR on two 8 1/2″ x 11″ crosshair targets. These target seem quite small from 100′. I use a table, stool and a spotter’s scope to fine tune my weapons. As you can see in the photos of my M4 DMR rifle I have a 3-9×40 scope and attached on the left side of the scope a red/green dot sight. On the table I sighted in both the scope and the sight to the 100′ target.
After doing the fine tuning on both of my weapons I started with my Sniper rifle, in the prone position, using a full silhouette target. When I practice with my Sniper rifle I always wear my gloves that I would wear in the field to have a better sense of the trigger break. This ensures that what I feel in practice is the same feel that I will have in the field. The first half of my exercises I concentrated my firing on the center mass. The later half I concentrated on head shots for the simple fact is that you might only have the ‘head’ as a target since most inexperienced Airsofters/Operators forget to keep their head down.
The next portion of my practice was using my M4 DMR rifle in the prone position. I decided to use two high capacity magazines for ease of reloading. I switched my targets to two fresh 8 1/2″ x 11″ cross hair targets down range. I used the first 75 to 100 rounds sighting in my red/green dot sight, now that sight is good at 100′. I used the remaining rounds in that magazine on the bottom target and the second magazine on the upper target. My M4 DMR rifle I also use a 3-9×40 scope.
Overall it was a good few hours of practice and honing my Sniper/DMR skills. Again, just like any sport, take the time to practice your skills. For snipers we deal with so many different elements like wind, humidity, ammo, weapon, distance to target, moving targets, I think you get the idea. I will continue to practice and hone my skills as a Sniper/DMR to be valuable to myself and my Squad/Team.