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Want To Be A Sniper?

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First off, you need to find the highest powered rifle available. Next, you need to get the best scope on the market. Following that, you must go online to buy a pre-made Chewbacca looking ghillie suit and some camo face paint. Oh, and don’t forget to spray paint your rifle camo colors, that helps make you more of a sniper. Now, put everything on and go to the range to shoot your long range rifle rounds at one 100 meter target. Congratulations! You are now a sniper!

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Believe it or not, there are a lot of people that think the equipment makes the shooter. If you are one of these people, you are an idiot. It doesn’t matter if you have the most advanced gear money can buy, at the end of the day it won’t mean jack sh!@. One of the greatest snipers of WWll didn’t even use a scope. Sniping is precision shooting from a concealed position or from a distance where you can’t be detected. You can’t just wake up one day and decide you are a sniper. To become a sniper you must first be a skilled marksman, then you need to go through highly specialized training on advanced shooting techniques and extensive amounts of long distance precision shooting. You also need to be trained how to be a part of a two man team  and how to work with other sniper teams as well. The intricacies of precision long distance shooting and the science behind it can be intimidating, you have to be smart and able to make calculations in your head quickly as you prepare to fire. Everything in your environment has an effect on the way the bullet travels: the outside temperature, your elevation, the wind, the barometric pressure, humidity, whether you are shooting with a hot barrel or a cold barrel, etc…

Now I know everyone wants to think snipers only kill people all day long with really badass shots, not the truth. Modern day snipers spend most of their time doing reconnaissance from a concealed position and, if necessary, they will take out high priority targets such as commanders, radio operators, and other key personnel. This has a psychological effect of demoralization on the enemy and can cause confusion. Being a sniper takes A LOT of hard work, training, discipline, dedication, and patience. My first Squad Leader was a sniper and he personally trained me on long distance precision shooting. I did incredibly well, but if given the choice I would rather have a machine gun, they are much more fun to play with.

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Sean Culver
Sean’s fascination with Martial Arts began when he was a child going to karate classes in a gym at a local school in Lake Forest, CA. Although his training was cut short, his passion was not. Over the years he became active in competitive wrestling where he took first place in almost all tournaments he competed in. Upon graduating High School Sean felt a higher calling to serve in the military, more specifically, the Army Airborne Infantry. During his time in service he trained in Modern Army Combatives, which is based largely on Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, as well as extensive training on military weapons and tactics. Due to his mental and physical prowess he was sent to intensive training for hand to hand combat tactics where he honed his skills for combat in full battle attire. Having done over two years of combat time in Afghanistan, Sean can bring to light a new side of fighting and tactics that he has not only experienced first hand, but has employed while being in direct contact with the enemy. In addition to Modern Army Combatives, Sean has also trained in Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wing Chun. With as much as Sean loves the Martial Arts, it was only natural that competitive fighting and MMA would draw him into its world of high class fighters.