Sniper Ghillie Suit
|Staying Unseen; the Strategy and Strength of a Sniper|
We’ve all heard of a sniper before. When we think of them, we often think of a
mysterious, lone man in a high place waiting patiently for the opportunity to make his kill shot. The sniper is an important aspect in military operations in probably every country in the world. They are usually part of a special operations unit that works even when the majority of the military is not deployed for a conflict and their country is supposedly at peace.
A sniper’s list of equipment is short and direct. Shooters usually prefer to travel extremely lightly by only carrying items that are absolutely necessary for their mission. Food is taken in the form of MRE’s and water is carried on the sharpshooter and also in his back-up sack. Bullets and ammunition are often kept on the person for convenience and quick access. Other items included may be emergency supplies, spare socks, and an assault gun for the spotter to use in case of an emergency encounter with the enemy.
The weapon of choice for an experienced sniper is a high-powered .50 caliber rifle such as the PSG-1 or the M-21 that has been modified to be accurate even at great distances. Snipers usually prefer bolt-action rifles because of the simplicity of their design and because they have a lower chance of jamming up out on the field. A semi-automatic rifle can give the position of the sniper away when the used bullet casings are ejected from the gun. Bolt-action rifles have the disadvantage of only having one shot before the shooter has to reload but usually a good sniper will only need one shot to accomplish his mission.
Just as essential as the rifle itself is the scope. When a sniper is attempting to make a long range shot there are many factors that will affect where the bullet actually lands. Components such as wind direction and speed, terrain, and whether the target is moving or not are all variables that snipers must consider to make a successful shot. The scope can magnify a target up to ten times and has crosshairs to pinpoint the exact point of impact. Shooters do not aim directly on the target with the crosshairs because factors such as the wind will make the bullet land somewhere completely different than where it was originally aimed.
Today many ghillie suits purchased by consumers use them in competitive paintball events to give themselves the edge. The unique camouflage makes it very difficult for other players to spot them in natural terrain such as bushes and tall grass. A ghillie suit wearing player can be very close to another player and remain undetected still. This advantage has gained the attention of many professional and amateur players as well. There are types of ghillie suit styles for almost every kind of terrain now, from dense forests to dry, arid regions with a lot of dirt and sand. Using one of these specialized suits can give an average player a huge advantage.