36 Sniper teams from 19 countries gathered to see who was best (PHOTOS+ VIDEO)
By Chris Eger
A sniper team from the UK works the stress shoot lane at the competition. The Brits use both the Accuracy International L115A3 long-range sniper rifle in .338, above, and the L129A1 sharpshooter rifle, which is LMT’s LM308MWS AR-10 platform. (Photos: U.S. Army)
The Europe Best Sniper Team Competition being held this week is like the World Cup of military marksmanship, but with tougher competitors.
Held at the U.S. 7th Army’s Grafenwoehr Training Area in Bavaria for the past week, according to the Army the event tests “marksmanship skills, physical prowess, and mental agility while engaging in team-building competition.”
In all some 36 teams from 17 NATO countries — Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, United Kingdom and the U.S — joined by heavily armed and Russia-adjacent neutrals Finland and Sweden, faced off in a set of professional skill tests.
Besides the sometimes-wild camo schemes (have you seen Belgium’s jigsaw pattern?), there is a ton of really nice hardware on display.
A sniper from Finland on the stress lane. Renowned for marksmanship (ever heard of Simo Haya?) the Finnish Army use the Sako-built TRG-42 as their TKIV 2000 rifle, as well as the more legacy Valmet