United States Marines receive training for a number of different weapons. From standard issue pistols to mortars and RPG’s, Marines are well-rounded, combat-ready soldiers who have an unprecedented weapons skillset.
But while each and every Marine possess an immense amount of skills, those who train as snipers are heralded as being the top marksmen in their unit.
In a new video posted to YouTube, viewers get a chance to see a handful of Marine Corps snipers in training. The clip includes the trainees firing off the Remington M40A6/7 sniper rifle and coordinating with their instructors as they learn to master the weapon.
Check out the Marine snipers in action in the video below:
According to the video’s description, the men are training in the country of Georgia during Exercise Agile Spirit 16.
The event is a two-week combined forces counterinsurgency and peacekeeping operations training exercise for Marines deployed as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force and members of the Georgian military.
Their weapon of choice, a Remington M40A6/7, is an ultra-capable sniper rifle that can trace its roots all the way back to 1966. Based on the M40 sniper rifle that was used heavily in Vietnam war, the updated M40A6/7 launched in June 2016.
The bolt action rifle has an effective firing range of more than 800 meters. It is currently in use by troops deployed throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.
The video offers some up-close and personal shots of the marksmen as they aim down their sights at the targets. The men also talk with their instructors who go over some of the tools and gear required for striking targets from a distance in less than ideal conditions.
A sniper’s shots can be affected by all sorts of outside conditions including the temperature, wind speed, and humidity. It is up to the sniper and their team members to analyze those conditions before every shot to ensure an accurately placed shot.