Fort Bragg Team Wins Army Special Operations Sniper Contest, French Team Second

2022 USASOC International Sniper Competition

A competitor in the United States Army Special Operations Comman International Sniper Competition, ejects a spent cartridge after engaging long-distance targets at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, March 21, 2022. Army photo by K. Kassens.

A Fort Bragg team defended its hometown title at the US Army Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition, which finished on Friday, March 25, while a team from the 1st French SAS beat every other American team in the contest to finish second.

Twenty-one teams from across the military, US law enforcement, and allied armies began the competition on Sunday, which pitted competitors in 23 events over four days of shooting. Firing roughly 30,000 rounds, the teams ran through events that measured long-distance accuracy, team communication, moving and firing, shot priority drills, and combat fitness. Events covered long-range rifles, carbines, and pistols.

In final scores, a team from Army Special Operations Command, the defending champions, was back on top. The French SAS finished second, the Army National Guard’s 20th Special Forces Group third, and instructors from the Marine Corps’ Advanced Sniper Course fourth.

sniper contest

A Green Beret assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) gauges a target during sniper training. US Army photo by Spc. Anthony Torres.

Sniper contest final results, announced Friday night:

  2. 1st French SAS
  3. 20th Special Forces Group (SFG)
  4. USMC Marine Advanced Sniper Course
  5. Germany, SKS
  6. 1st Special Warfare Training Group
  7. 7th SFG
  8. Switzerland, Army Reconnaissance Detachment 10
  9. 10th SFG
  10. 1st SFG
  11. 75th Ranger Regiment
  12. 3rd SFG
  13. US Coast Guard
  14. Netherlands, Korps Commandotroepen
  15. 19th SFG
  16. SEAL Team 1
  17. Naval Special Warfare ATC
  18. USMC 3rd Raider Battalion
  19. US Secret Service
  20. Italy, 9th Parachutist Assault Regiment

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to specify the unit names of the French and Swiss competitors.

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Matt White is a senior editor for Coffee or Die Magazine. He was a Pararescueman in the Air Force and the Alaska Air National Guard for eight years and has more than a decade of experience in daily and magazine journalism. He also teaches journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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