RCR Sniper Teams unbeatable 2RCR Sniper Teams unbeatable They take top 3 spots in Afghan Competition By Captain Greg Poehlmann, Public Affairs Officer, Task Force Kabul Three Canadian sniper teams from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment have taken top honours at an international sniper event in Afghanistan. On Wednesday, October 12th 2005, seven Canadian snipers from Task Force Kabul (TFK) took part in a multi-national sniper concentration and competition. The event was hosted by the German sniper section from the German Battle Group (GE BG) and was held at the ranges outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. It was designed to be an opportunity for snipers from around the world, working in the area of Kabul, to get together to compare equipment and share ideas. A total of 18 teams from six different countries that included the US, UK, Belgium, Portugal, Germany and Canada took part. A small competition was added for training and fun. The competition consisted of three events. The first was an observation exercise. Twelve military objects were hidden and partially camouflaged. Snipers were given ten minutes to draw a panoramic sketch of the area and then 80 minutes to observe the area. They then plotted the items found on their sketch. Two of the Canadian teams were the only ones to find all twelve items and receive full points. The next event was a stress/unknown distance shoot. Snipers were placed in the back of a German truck with the tarp closed. On signal, the staff would start the clock and start yelling at the sniper team. The team had to sprint 200 meters to a firing line. They were then given a target and had to calculate distance without using laser range finding equipment. The sniper teams were given five rounds to engage the 30-centimetre target. The whole event was timed for score and penalties were given for missed shots. Again, two of the Canadian sniper teams were the only two to successfully engage the target with their first round! The last event was a pistol match. Three German pistols were placed on a table. Snipers chose a pistol and were given five round to see where it hit. They were then given ten seconds to successfully engage five targets with ten rounds. The targets had various score patches on them. All five targets had to be hit at least once for the score to count. Our snipers all performed well at this stand. After the competition was over, snipers were given the opportunity to mix and mingle. Snipers fired each other’s weapons and compared notes on how the business was being carried out in Afghanistan. Of particular interest was our MacMillan TAC 50 calibre sniper rifle. The day wrapped up with a meal and awards ceremony back at the German base in Camp Warehouse. The three Canadian sniper teams placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall. The entire day was a fun filled experience and extremely well run. It afforded everyone an opportunity to learn and compare sniper related experiences.