Thursday, February 19, 2015

Marine snipers: "It's just not something that we share, sir,"

How Marine snipers are trained
QUANTICO, Virginia - February 18, 2015 - The success of the film "American Sniper" - the story of how Chris Kyle became the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history - has put Kyle's trade into focus.

We went to the scout sniper school at Quantico, Virginia to see how Marines are trained to become deadly weapons. As it turns out, pulling the trigger is only a part of the equation. A sniper's stalking skills are every bit as important as marksmanship, according to Brigadier General Austin Renforth.

He says the snipers must be able to infiltrate through "an unimaginable distance," - going undetected for miles.

"We've had guys that I know, it's been a two day movement for them to get to where their firing position was," said Renforth.


Out on the range we watched snipers hit targets out to 760 yards. They've all been in combat and none of them will talk about it. I asked Gunnery Sergeant Gerald Gavin if he could tell me how many kills he has but he declined to answer.

"It's just not something that we share, sir," Gavin told me. read more>>>

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