A sniper team from the French Foreign Legion’s 13th Demi-Brigade (13e DBLE) won the 2019 European Best Sniper Team Competition. This year’s version of the annual competition was hosted by Germany and Latvia at the camp of the 7th Army Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Bavaria.
In total, sniper teams from 16 NATO allies and partners participated—(Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.
Similar to other sniper competitions, such as the International Special Operations Sniper Competition, each country could send multiple teams. The U.S. was represented by three teams. One came from the hosting 7th Army Training Command’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment, another from the 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), and the last from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center.
The participant sniper teams were tested in a wide gamut of soldiering and sharpshooting tasks. Stretched over 30 events, the sniper teams were tested in their marksmanship capabilities, communication efficiency, physical endurance, and mental stamina. Sniper teams, for example, had to complete a 12-mile ruck march during a record high heat day, land navigation through dense woodland, and cold shooting against moving targets on a river. Cold shooting is a term that means shooting at a target of unknown distance without firing any warming up shots.