Snipers are an incredibly deadly tool to implement on enemy forces.
These guys can sneak up on enemy positions and knock them out with a few quick shots.
Sniper gear or equipment is broken up to three branches: weapons, optics, and communications.
Items commonly carried by military, SWAT and police snipers include:
Top end scopes with a good reticle for a sniper rifle can cost thousands.
But for the average shooter a good scope will be all you need to get the job done down range.
Need to take out a few varmints on the back forty? Looking ding some long range steel targets?
No problem with a Burris 300210 AR-536 5×36 Sight.
This device obviously will help your spotter figure out how far the target is away from the shooter.
The military uses some really high tech laser range finders.
You can pick one up in the civilian world for a little over $100 to $300 or so.
A good brand is the Nikon 8397 ACULON Laser Rangefinder.
#18 HAND HELD TWO WAY RADIOS
The sniper and the spotter will need to communicate quietly and not shout to each other a few yards away. A small hand held radio is all you need to keep good communications. Most two way hand held radios are good for a few miles but that depends on the line of sight.
Most times the spotter and shooter will be roughly in the same zone to prevent line of sight blockage (like a mountain).
High speed military units will also use encryption (garbling) to prevent an open intercept of communications.
Video Creedmoor, SAUM, Norma Mag Sniper rifle at 1 mile!
# 17 MULTI TOOL
No man should be without a knife regardless of your occupation.
A sniper definetly is going to have a knife for any and all situations.
A SOG Multi-Tool is a good combination of all of the goodies that your going to need to work on your weapon.
Later on you may be using it to fix a broken down vehicle or whatever.
The spotter will need to be seeing everything that moves on the ground and in the air for the shooter.
Yes; the shooter can see downrange but the spotter is an extra set of eyes and is looking behind to make sure no one has compromised their position.
The military uses high powered binoculars but you can get a good civilian pair like the Nikon ACULON A211 8 x 42 Binoculars
for under $80.
Every sniper will know land navigation and how to use a compass so that his team can arrive in the proper destination.
Yes; GPS can be used but not if your batteries die.
A GPS unit with dead batteries doesn’t work too well.
Knowing how to navigate the land with a compass is a needed skill.
#14 GPS UNIT
All of the elite Special Forces units use handheld GPS and several use the Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof Hiking GPS.
Both SEAL Team Six and the Army Rangers regularly use this type of GPS on their missions.
Great for getting military grid quickly.
#13 GHILLIE SUIT
Your going to have to sneak in undetected and blend in with the environment to do your shooting.
You can’t go in with a bright colored clown suit on – now can you?
Most snipers make their own ghillie suits but you can also buy a starter Ghillie Suit to get going.
In urban environments guys often just wear their cammie uniform and use walls and buildings for cover.
# 12 HYDRATION BLADDER
Some guys are old school and want a canteen. The younger guys were brought up on hydration bladders.
We like the CamelBak 90352 Omega Water Reservoir, 100 oz., Black as you basically can’t go wrong with it.
If you break it the Camelbak they will send you another one. Pretty good deal.
Ammunition. All snipers are particular about the type of ammo they use.
Many a beer has been dranken while debating which rounds shoot the best in whatever situation. If you ask a sniper about ammunition make sure you have plenty of time on your hands to listen to some long explanations on what works and why.
Used for emergency situations.
You are not going to see a sniper standing up in the middle of a field blowing a whistle unless all hell is breaking loose quickly.
So this is a total backup device.
#10 BUG JUICE
As a sniper you are going to get bitten by bugs.
Spraying on repellant is just going to help delay the inevitable.
It also makes you feel like your actually doing something as you can’t sit there and slap bugs all day.
A little bit of deet repellant can at least help out some.
A small thermometer will help to give you an accurate gauge of how hot or cold it is.
Temperature can play a big part of how a weapon and bullet responds and shoots.
So having a gauge that you can view quickly is important.
Video – Navy SEAL Snipers fight Taliban
Your not going to be able to call in TacticalPizza.com to deliver while your in the field.
Your going to have to carry in your meal and its not going to be exotic stuff you cook on a campfire.
Think a Food Bar that will put calories in your body.
#7 FIRST AID
You will be crawling through dirt, gravel, rocks, cactus and who knows whatever else.
You will be scraped up and pulling thorns out of your crotch. You will get bitten by ants and mosquitoes and possibly scorpions and snakes.
You will need a basic First Aid Kit to repair your broken self and your teammates.
#6 EAR PRO
When you shoot at the range you will need to protect your ears. Pretty basic stuff here.
Get a $20 pair of Howard Leight Compact Earmuffs for the range.
If your on the move then a pair of 3M Peltor Combat Arms Earplugs will do fine.
If your shooting all day on the range then put the ear plugs in and put the ear muffs on over them.
#5 PEN LIGHT
You will need to read maps, take notes and make sure your gear is in order.
A Streamlight Stylus Pro Penlight with a red lens works fine and gets the job done.
You will want to have a small light that is easy to work at night. You don’t need a huge nightwatchman patrol light with 1500 lumens.
You will want to have a red lens for tactical use reading maps and text at night.
You will want to put camo paint on your face, neck and hands.
Anything that can be exposed. Rub some dirt on it for good measure.
We like CamoFX Mossy Oak Face Paint.
You don’t want to expose your peachy clean face out in the bright sun light now do you?
If you don’t have camo paint then use mud and dirt
You will need a Emergency Strobe Light to call in for an emergency evacuation in case you are compromised.
Make sure that your batteries work and you have not accidentally clicked the on button.
Strobe lights don’t work too well if the batteries are drained down to nothing.
Bring an extra pair – that might be a good idea.
The spotter will take lots of notes and drawings on the target.
A pencil and Rite in the Rain – Green Tactical Note Book (All Weather) will get the job done.
This can slip down inside your cargo pocket and you not have to think about it until it is time for notes.
Last but not least –
there are many rifles so we will list a few of the top sniper rifles that have been used over the decades.
Barrett .50 Cal (American)
Cheytac .408 cal (American)
The best weapon is the one that each individual sniper can use to the best of their skills and knowledge.
Question: What would you recommend for ear plugs?
My ears are already pretty messed up from an accident, but what would be best to block out the loud noise but still be able to hear voices?
I want to be able to hear something but not destroy my ears and wondered if you had any recommendations such as what you use. John B
Answer: I just use a $20 pair of head phones (ear muffs) at the range. If it really loud, when shooting larger rifles (50 cal) I may add in small foam ear pro. Also check out the info above.
Question: What are best mini binos for a day out on the range with a long rifle?
Answer: A spotting scope on a tripod is better for that. I use Maven binos and spotting scopes, Kyle Defoor Defoor Proformance Shooting (check out Kyle’s interview with SGPT here:)
Question: What kind of rifle did Bradley Cooper (portraying Chris Kyle) use in the movie “American Sniper”“? What about range finder binoculars?
Answer: Bradley Cooper used a McMillan TAC-338A rifle with a Leupold Mark 4. In combat Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle used the TAC-338 rifle which have a similar look.
Question: How can I find out more about becoming a Navy SEAL? Check out the Navy website.
Interview with Charles Moser, Navy SEAL Sniper