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International Sniper Competition on Benning enters day 5

Sniper teams from across the globe competing in the Ninth Annual International Sniper Competition at Fort Benning have entered their fifth day of sharp shooting.

The teams, made up of both soldiers and civilian law enforcement officers, are vying for the title of top marksmen. The winning team will be the one that demonstrates the highest level of proficiency in all tasks. They’ll earn a variety of gifts that have been donated to the Army Sniper Association.

Oct. 18 marked the fourth day of the contest and an event called the live-fire stalk. During this event, which took place on Galloway Range, the shooters were required to move as close as possible to a target without being detected. Competitors concealed themselves by wearing ghillie suits, which are camouflage clothing enhanced with natural foliage.

Other events that have been completed since the start of the competition Thursday include a nighttime land navigation movement, unknown distance events and various other timed and untimed events.

Military representatives from the U.S. include Army, Marine Corps and Air Force snipers. Ireland, Spain and Great Britain also have military sniper teams competing. Law enforcement teams include snipers from the Massachusetts State Police, San Diego Police Department and Los Angeles FBI.

Spectators are invited to attend the following events today through Oct. 22:

Oct. 19, 8 a.m. — Keep in Memory Shoot. Shooters are required to memorize specific targets from among various targets in a short period of time. They are then required to pick out the targets from a board of images. Maertens Range.

Oct. 19, 3 p.m. – Shoot Out. This is a timed event with limited exposure to targets, requiring quick thinking and reaction by the competitors. Maertens Range.

Oct. 20, 9 a.m. – Counter Sniper Shoot. Snipers must infiltrate a building in an urban setting while an enemy combatant tries to detect their presence. Shooters must take out the enemy without being detected. Buchannon Range.

Oct. 20, 9 a.m. Combat Pistol. Competitors shoot pistols at multiple targets with multiple engagements from various firing positions. Krilling Range.

Oct. 21, 8 a.m. – Final Shot. Snipers have a limited amount of time to hit a target at an unknown distance. They receive one bullet, and the event is a hit or miss scenario. Burroughs Range.

Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Vendor shoot. The public is invited to shoot rifles and pistols displayed by various rifle vendors. Burroughs Range.

Packets with information about the Ninth Annual U.S. Arm International Sniper Competition and directions to the ranges are available at the I-185 and Benning Road visitor's centers.

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