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Czech Sniper Competition

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Unread 05-19-2007, 07:27 AM
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Czech Sniper Competition

Just back from a thoroughly enjoyable 5 days in the Czech Republic attending their “Police Sniper Championship with International Attendance”….a competition for “active Czech and International Police and Military Members”.

Whilst the bulk of the 106 participants represented former Soviet states such as Bulgaria, Hungary and Russia several ‘Western’ teams were also present from locations as diverse as Portugal, Denmark and Belgium:

US attendance was limited to one individual (who rather made up for his lack of team mates with the size of his personality!). The Brit team was a rather ad hoc grouping assembled by Cz resident David S (who posts here as ‘ds’).

David’s generosity and hard work in ensuring we were to have a great time was evident from the moment we stepped off the plane in Prague to be whisked through passport and customs by a Czech police escort until the moment of our departure. Czech hospitality was superb (and, I must say, the range food (provided by the Cz Army) was absolutely excellent!).

All shooting was known distance; the only pressure imposed was that of time. In the photograph below a detail is being briefed. In this instance the target on the right was to be engaged with 5rds prone at 300m; the centre hostage target with 2rds prone at 250m and the left target with 5rds sitting unsupported at 200m:

All shooting took place within 450m; with half the final day being taken up with quite a challenging variety of single-shot targets from a variety of shooting positions between 172 and 69 metres.

A few other photos:

The Czech police are far more military in nature than Western police forces (for example, they regularly deploy snipers to Afghanistan):

Details always presented a fascinating array of kit and styles (only the nearest 2 shooters in Brit cam are British; the other fellows in Brit cam are Russian (russian styles ranged from classic soviet cam through to mafia-look leather jackets!))

The fellow standing with his back to the camera (a Czech police sniper)won the individual competition with some outstanding marksmanship (the team event was won by a Russian team)

And a wide variety of Gucci kit:

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Unread 05-19-2007, 09:09 AM
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Re: Czech Sniper Competition

Great post and pics.

Its nice to see that the Czech Republic is not as the US media keeps showing us over here. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]

A real nice array of weapons also.

I noticed two things that I would not have thought of myself.

One was the fella who's front scope cap flipped down. Very good idea for a sniper situation.

The other was the unique use of the tripod for the spotting scopes.

The two closest rifles in the 4th pic from the bottom. What's the idea behind the rear folding monopod? It looks a bit long for the front bipod.

I've been attempting to 'invent' that is very quickly adjustable for elevation but haven't been successful....yet [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]

Thanks posting.

Honors to David S for his successful efforts.

Very impressive.
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Unread 05-19-2007, 11:04 AM
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Re: Czech Sniper Competition

Thanks Roy,

The spotting scope idea was a new one on me, rather clever....and everyone seemed to be doing it!

I think the hecate rifle rear monopods only look large because the bipods are at their lowest setting.
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Unread 05-19-2007, 05:29 PM
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Re: Czech Sniper Competition

Brown Dog

Thanks for the pict and info... extra big money in some of those rifles........

The tripod use is good to know, I've been having those things around forever and hadn't thunk or seen them rigged like that. I do believe that with a poncho or some 550 and expedient a fella could live comfortably under that setup for a while, a "Bogen Home".
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Unread 05-19-2007, 09:32 PM
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Re: Czech Sniper Competition

Thanks for the pics. Always interesting to see all the different rifles being used around the world.
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Unread 05-20-2007, 10:17 AM
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Re: Czech Sniper Competition

Very nice pics BD, it all worked out rather well. I think everyone enjoyed it and also the military style comp we ran just before it.

Thank you to those that came over and shot.

Best wishes,

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Unread 05-20-2007, 05:24 PM
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Re: Czech Sniper Competition

Excellent post Brown Dog and some cool pics.

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