Snipers, the question answered.

Discussion in 'Stickies/Frequently Asked Questions' started by montfish, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. Jager_SA

    Jager_SA New Member

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    :iagree: Hahahaha :laugh:

    I presume most people want to become sniper because they want to shoot bad guys at a distance of 600m plus and that's their job...Which is not... In which case you might spend your entire career spotting, scouting and doing intelligence report on enemy movement without ever firing one shot in anger!!

    If you have what it takes to be a sniper, marksmanship, patience and the works, people will notice it and you might be nominated by your sergeant major to do the course, which says more about your ability then you nominating yourself...
     
  2. Oz25

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    Some people watch too many hollywood films....


    But it's never a bad thing to have dream's in life, as they are the things that get you over that next hill, or get that final pull up out. Dream's keep you going when the going gets tough!

    Oz
     
  3. Cpt.Centurion

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    I disagree with you there. its all about dressing up as a bush running around with M95s and 12x optics driving tanks while shooting medics from a hundreds and hundreds upon thousands of yards as they try to revive downed comrades!

    DAMN wheres the outdoors gone?? Ah yess its right outside my window. :toung:
     
  4. Ninja_Stoker

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  5. RobertRowe1994

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    You have asked all the wrong questions there mate, if you are interested in becoming a sniper you should be asking more serious questions e.g. how long do you need to survive on barely any food. Also mate if all you are worried about is money and being promoted, you want have the mental motivation to become one
     
  6. Jbc

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    Sorry, but that's not a sensible question at all. Being a Marine doesn't mean our bodies can bypass basic physiological needs like food. If anything, we eat more than our average civilian counterpart.
     
  7. Roza

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    Hi, I looked through the thread and I can't see if this has been answered, sorry if it has.
    I am interested in joining the royal marines. Currently my eyesight is at -2.00 in both eyes, with a visual acuity of about 6/40. I have seen this is enough to join as a commando, but not enough to be a sniper or pilot.

    I can afford Laser eye surgery, and would like to get it done because perfect vision is something I would like to have in life regardless of career. However I have seen on this website that it is recommended that I do not have it done before I am 22 as only then are my eyes considered mature.

    My question is, would I be able to join the Royal Marines, and then once I am 22, have laser eye surgery and then perhaps go on to specialise in sniping or so on?

    The reason I ask is because I do not want to close any doors on my career. Reconnaissance is something I think I would find quite challenging and rewarding, and as strange as it may seem, something I am interested in. I'm not your typical guy wanting to get a sniper rifle and shoot people, I actually find the idea of living in the wild and covering your traces while watching the enemy exciting.

    I would really appreciate some advise/guidance on the issue. Thanks in advance.
     
  10. DaveEgan92

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    Do you need 20/20 vision to be a sniper?
     
  11. rmrwannabe

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    VA3 :) Laser-eye surgery accepted :)

    Admin Edit: It's VA1 for sniper.

    Laser surgery is a bar to entry if conducted less than 12 months ago or if under age 22.
     
  12. Valdes93

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    Question

    Hi,

    I was just wondering does how well you shoot in training give you more chance of becoming eligible for sniper training?

    I started shooting when I was 12 and have had a lot of experience with various weapons including AK-47's, M16's/AR-15's and even the old Gewehr 43 with a scope and also a lot of experience with hand guns such as Walther PPK, Colt 45. 1911's light weight models, gold cup edition etc, smith and Wesson magnums .38/.357 and some experience with the Beretta 92fs and I know how to field strip most of them. I would say I'm a pretty decent shot.

    Would this experience come in handy? or does it not really matter how well you shoot?
     
  13. JMC

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    What would you imagine is a key skill of being a RM Sniper? There are many others but shooting ability I can guarantee you is one of them.
     
  14. Ninja_Stoker

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    Previous experience is not necessary, although experience of genuine rifle or shotgun target shooting may give an advantage according to my resident trained sniper.

    Selection initially is all about how accurately you shoot an SA80.
     
  15. Valdes93

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    Thanks for the infomation mate. Do you have to state that you have had previous experiance or do they ask?

    Do you have any idea about what the sights are set to? like at what distance do they zero there rifles at? or do you have to calibrate your own rifle?
     
  16. FreeBeer

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    Callibrate your own as you will have to know everything about the weapon before you fire it
     
  17. Valdes93

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    Ok cool thanks mate.
     
  18. Moody1993

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    Specialisation information

    Hey guys, I was just wondering of there was anywhere with detailed info about specialisations, I like the look of sniper but before people rant on at me I know it's not like call of duty running around getting hundreds o kills, I know it involves lots of waiting around constantly checking wind speed etc. I like the sound of working in a 2 man team aswell so if anyone know anywhere to get detailed information on it it would be a great help
     
  19. Ninja_Stoker

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    It would be wiser to demonstrate your shooting ability rather than claim it & then perhaps not be as good as claimed.

    All weapons should be routinely zeroed by the person using it.
     
  20. J-dog42

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    RM Sniper Requirements?

    Hi, I'm new to this forum and I have wanted to be a marine since i was 12 years old, I'm now 18 and am beginning to prepare myself for training. I have an enquiry as to what it takes to do a RM sniper course, and can you begin this straight after training?
    Thanks in Advance!
    J-dog!
     

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