How Snipers Shoot Moving Targets | Tactical Rifleman
In this video we cover how Snipers train to shoot moving targets.
First, you have to determine your “Lead.” That’s based on “Time of Flight” and the “Speed” that your target in moving.
Second, you have to master the techniques for cracking that sear so your bullet arrives at the same place as your moving target. We cover the two techniques of Tracking and Ambush. Both techniques work well and each have advantages and disadvantages.
The Ambush technique is the most common one used by Snipers in school, because it allows the shooter to set up a stable firing position. The targets are at a set speed and don't change direction unannounced. This makes for accurate shots and high scores on tests. It is easily the most accurate technique for shooting movers.
However, in real life, breathing targets often wander around and change gait and direction, which may screw a shooter using the Ambush technique.
Which brings us to our second technique for shooting movers, which is Tracking. This requires the shooter to move his weapon with the movement of the target and then break the trigger when the sight picture is at the correct lead. This is less accurate, because the shooter is moving rather than being in a static stable firing position.
I prefer the Tracking technique for shooting on a count down. What am I talking about? Imagine your sniper team is supporting a hostage rescue assault. Snipers are hidden, assaulters are at breach points and there are several enemy sentries walking around. Now, the whole assault is going to go down off of a count-down on the radio. All snipers have to shoot at the exact same time, otherwise the first bullet crack would alert the rest. Now, because of this, you can't guarantee that the sentry will be at your Ambush point right on the count-down. So, you have to move the crosshairs with him, which is using the Tracking Technique.
I hope you enjoy the video. I enjoy teaching and filming the sniper subjects. I know it’s not “sexy”; so we wont get a lot of “Views.” That’s fine. I hope some of you learned a little something; and that’s what it is all about. Thanks for watching. Strength & Honor, TR.
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Thanks for watching. Strength and Honor, TR.