A competitor in the United States Army Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition communicates with his partner in another room while engaging targets on a live-fire range event on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, March 19, 2019. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Michelle Blesam)
The U.S. Army Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition brings around two-man snipers teams from across both the U.S. armed forces and foreign special operations forces for several days of fine marksmanship skills.
The Marine Corps is throwing down cash to test-drive the same compact sniper rifle the Army has pursued in recent months. But while its 7.62mm rounds pack the punch required by scout snipers facing increasingly protected enemies downrange, its effective range falls well short of the sniper systems used by both foreign militaries and militants — a limitation that makes it unclear just what the Corps could do with this new weapon.