In one of our previous posts we have already told you about shootings they exercise in Alabino. So, this time they invited journalists and photographers to the firing ground again, where a newly formed brigade of snipers exercised in shooting.
The contract soldier has always wanted to be a sniper so he decided to come back to army. He was asked to give some instructions.
He told about peculiarities of being a sniper and the Dragunov sniper rifle.
These senior officers watched the briefing attentively.
Meanwhile, some of the snipers began to warm up and prepare for the shooting.
The sniper has to merge into the background no matter what it is. Although they have standartized uniforms, in most cases snipers have to adjust them to the environment to camouflage.
They began to take up their positions.
Which can be both open…
And closed ones.
Sometimes snipers have to spend the whole day like this which is very difficult.
They use all kinds of lures to draw the attention of the enemy aside.
It’s up to the sniper to decide which position to take: near a stump, in a hole, inside of a building, etc.
In the open territory they install wire carcasses with grass and sticks attached, which allow them to deploy and wind up fire nests in the shortest time possible.
At one of the exercises, snipers have to make a pointed shot and then quickly change their position to escape something big and loud which may land there.
They train to work in pairs. The sniper is often covered by a tommy gunner.
All these explosions and smoke are not just for show. They have to make the exercise as real as possible.
There are wounded men on the battlefield. This exercise is aimed to train snipers to administer predoctor help and carry the wouded away from the battlefield.
The duty doctor is watching the exercise.
He said that soldiers had something more to learn. For example, they didn’t only have to apply a bandage within 1.2 minutes and carry the victim away from the battlefield, but also they had to be more careful doing this and press themselves to the ground in order to escape the fire.
They pay much attention to medical training because snipers, as a rule, work either by themselves or in pair.
Snipers take a lot of philological tests and those who do not qualify, may get moved. They plan to finish introducing sniper divisions into land forces by 2016.
Taking up their positions.
They lay a special skin under their rifles for a more comfortable shooting.
The cannonade is very distracting, so with no relevant training, it’s impossible to fulfill the task.
Working in pair.
These snipers are from Tula and Yaroslavl.
One man in the field is no warrior.
They are waiting the results to be announced.
‘Senior Director of Shooting’.
They discussed slips and successes of each sniper and gave recommendations.
Sometimes, none was needed.
The Dragunov sniper rifle is a semi-automatic sniper rifle/designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62x54mmR and developed in the Soviet Union. The weapon is fed from a curved box magazine with a 10-round capacity and the cartridges are double-stacked in a checker pattern.
‘Attention! No Entrance! Shooting ground’.