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US Special Forces Snipers At JFK SWCS

A student assigned to the US Army JFK SWCS who is in the Special Forces Sniper Course engages long-distance targets during training at Fort Bragg, 25 August 2020 [US Army: K Kassens]
Earlier this week the US DoD released a rare set of images of Special Forces Snipers on the firing ranges at the JFK SWCS at Fort Bragg.

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Soldiers on the Special Forces Sniper Course course at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (JFK SWCS) in North Carolina were trained in Level 1 Special Operations sniper skills and operational procedures necessary to engage select targets with precision rifle fire in support of all SOF missions across the operational continuum as well as advanced marksmanship techniques, rural field craft, technical surveillance equipment, and alternate sniper weapons systems.

A student assigned to the US Army JFK SWCS who is in the Special Forces Sniper Course makes his way through a wooded area between firing positions during sniper training at Fort Bragg, 25 August 2020 [US Army: K Kassens]

The rifle used in most, though not all, of the accompanying images was the 7.62mm M110 SASS (Semi-Automatic Sniper System) with suppressor, produced by Knights Armament Company (KAC) of Titusville in Florida. Internationally, the Special Forces or Special Operations Forces of at least ten other nations use this weapon. As can be seen from one of the images, the wind meter used by students was the Kestrel Elite with Applied Ballistics. It is also interesting to see both Arid and Tropical variants of MultiCam being worn in some shots.

Students assigned to the US Army JFK SWCS who are in the Special Forces Sniper Course engage long-distance targets during training at Fort Bragg, 25 August 2020 [US Army: K Kassens]
A student assigned to the US Army JFK SWCS who is in the Special Forces Sniper Course engages a long-distance target during training at Fort Bragg, 25 August 2020 [US Army: K Kassens]
A student assigned to the US Army JFK SWCS who is in the Special Forces Sniper Course engages long-distance targets during training at Fort Bragg, 25 August 2020 [US Army: K Kassens]
Students assigned to the US Army JFK SWCS who are in the Special Forces Sniper Course engage long-distance targets during training at Fort Bragg, 25 August 2020 [US Army: K Kassens]
Students assigned to the US Army JFK SWCS who are in the Special Forces Sniper Course engage long-distance targets during training at Fort Bragg, 25 August 2020 [US Army: K Kassens]
Students assigned to the US Army JFK SWCS who are in the Special Forces Sniper Course engage moving targets during training at Fort Bragg, 25 August 2020 [US Army: K Kassens]
Students assigned to the US Army JFK SWCS who are in the Special Forces Sniper Course prepare to engage moving targets during training at Fort Bragg, 25 August 2020 [US Army: K Kassens]
A manual used by students assigned to the US Army JFK SWCS who are in the Special Forces Sniper Course lies in a bed of pine needles at Fort Bragg, 25 August 2020 [US Army: K Kassens]
Students assigned to the US Army JFK SWCS who are in the Special Forces Sniper Course walk off a range after engaging multiple targets during training at Fort Bragg, 25 August 2020 [US Army: K Kassens]
Sergeant Major of the Army Michael A. Grinston fires an M110 rifle as a Special Forces Sniper Course Instructor from the JFK SWCS looks on during a visit to Fort Bragg, 23 June 2020 [US Army: K Kassens]

[images © US Army: K Kassens]

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