Battalion Scots Guard hosted Armoured Infantry Brigade Sniper Competition Wiltshire 26042021 CREDITS BRITISH ARMY
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Scots Guards Host Sniper Competition On Salisbury Plain

Eleven teams of two competed in the five-day event in Wiltshire.

Battalion Scots Guard hosted Armoured Infantry Brigade Sniper Competition Wiltshire 26042021 CREDITS BRITISH ARMY

1st Battalion Scots Guards have hosted the 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade sniper competition, held over five days on Salisbury Plain.

The Wiltshire competition was split into separate phases, with a highly competitive marksmanship target shoot and an additional element – the Sniper 'Strike' competition.  

Colour Sergeant Matthew Callaghan, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, said: "What we've been trying to achieve, is to instil the sort of ethos of the brigade amongst our snipers.

"To that end, we've looked at constructing a competition that not only involves, obviously, the most important aspects of sniping, which is the marksmanship, we've also tried to look at the different aspects that, sort of go, into making up a good sniper."

These attributes include armoured fighting, vehicle recognition, fitness and stamina, and operating as a mortar fire controller, the Army said. 

"Basically, all the skills that go into producing a top-quality sniper. Essentially snipers are expected to operate at reach in isolated groups or pairs, and often with very little comms with directions," added CSgt Callaghan.

"You are expected to use your initiative and overall knowledge to achieve the sort of task that you've been set."

Eleven teams competed, drawn from across the brigade's six battalions.

Each sniper team consisted of two soldiers: a number one and a number two.

The number one is the sniper, who takes aim and fires the shot.

While the number two, usually the more experienced, identifies the target, establishes the range, wind direction and velocity, makes the calculations and feeds the data to the sniper to make the necessary adjustments.  

Targets for the competition were set at a range of distances, from about 300m all the way out to 800m.

The highest marks were given for a first-time hit on the target with a 'cold' barrel, the Army explained.

Cover image: 1st Battalion Scots Guard hosted 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade sniper competition in Wiltshire (Picture: British Army).