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.
How about some video?
Don’t worry, these aren’t interviews of officers jaw jacking about how much of an honor it is to come to Grafe when there isn’t 3-feet of snow on the ground, just footage of dudes shooting guns in sometimes awkward positions.
The below B-rolls cover Polish, French, British and Finnish sniper teams as they take part in the Field Fire event which includes taking prone shots from down in the dirt, clearing a building with small arms, then engaging a target from a second story.
The Swedes are the feature of the second video performing the same drill.
Next comes German, Swedish and Bulgarian soldiers getting in shots while trying to make their silhouette as small as possible as they balance on a drifting rubber raft in the middle of a water obstacle. And yes, you get to see that big HK in action.
Finally, the last video features Lithuanian sniper teams engaging targets from a Blackhawk during the High-Angle Shot event, further proof that someone, somewhere, uses Key-Mod.
Who won? We’ll let you know after the event concludes on Thursday. Also, why no footage of the American teams? Ask the Army on that one.
Update 8/3/18 6:20 a.m. It looks like Sweden took the marbles.