Blackhawk Down! European Best Sniper Team Competition 2022 -The Firearm Blog

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An Italian soldier participates in the European Best Sniper Team Competition at the Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Aug. 6, 2022. The annual European Best Sniper Team Competition is a U.S. Army Europe and Africa competition that tests marksmanship skills, physical prowess, and mental agility while developing relationships and sharing skills between sniper teams across Europe. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Dana Clarke)

Photo Of The Day: The European Best Sniper Team Competition, hosted by the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) at the 7th Army Training Command’s Hohenfels Training Area, Germany. This annual multi-day competition tests multinational sniper squads on land navigation, advanced marksmanship, medical simulations and similar situation.

Below: A sniper takes a shot from a UH-72 Lakota during the European Best Sniper Team Competition at the Hohenfels Training Area, Germany. The Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota is a twin-engine helicopter with a single, four-bladed main rotor.

Estonian soldiers identify targets from a downed UH-60 Blackhawk. Note the wounded pilot, which I hope is a mock-up.

An Italian soldier participates in the European Best Sniper Team Competition.

A team of Finnish soldiers.

An Estonian sniper. Note the iron sights.

A Latvian soldier shoots from a downed helicopter.

A sniper from Slovenia.

Latvian sniper with optics from Schmidt & Bender and Spuhr mount.

This year there were 36 sniper teams from 18 allied and partner countries which will compete head-to-head for the title of Best Sniper Team in Europe.

Many of the challenges constructed by JMRC this year are based on historical battles and events that involved military snipers. Can you identify this one?


Photos by U.S. Army, photo by Staff Sgt. Dana Clarke




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