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See How Navy SEAL Snipers Create Realistic Battlefield-Induced Stress For Training

December 13, 2016

Sitting on a bench and shooting groups is great for zeroing, but if you really want to train, you need to integrate stress training into your regimen. It’s a lot harder to shoot when your heart is racing and you are breathing heavy, which is far more realistic than just bench shooting. Because of that, U.S. Navy SEAL Sniper Monty LeClair created a great stress test course that mixes a range of shots to perfectly demonstrate the capabilities of a MK-12 SPR Special Operation Forces sniper weapon.

The MK12 SPR is a heavily modified light designated marksman variation of the M16 line of infantry weapons in service with U.S. Special Operations Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom and previously in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Even though SPR initially stood for Special Purpose Receiver, that nomenclature has been replaced as the weapon became a stand-alone weapons system, and not just an add-on upper receiver assembly. The weapon was developed by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division for SOCOM units, not for use by units that fall under the conventional U.S. Navy U.S. Army. It grew out of a requirement of the U.S. Navy SEALs and U.S. Army Special Forces for a compact light sniper weapon, which was eventually classified by the U.S. Navy as the MK 12 SPR.


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