Sharpshooter course

Course training statement: “To train officers & soldiers the skills of a designated marksman (sharpshooter) in order that he can accurately engage enemy targets from close to medium ranges (50 – 600 metres) within rural & urban environments”


Course description: “The course is designed to train basic operators to a level of competency to consistently deliver effective shot placement onto enemy targets from 50 – 700 metres (filling the small arms range trace from 300-700 metres)”& providing combat infantry sections with an instantaneous precision small arms effect at squad/team level”


Course title: Sharpshooter course
Qualification: Sharpshooter/dmr qualified
Course duration: 3 weeks
Teaching periods per day: 8
Length of teaching period: 40 minutes
Practical field exercises: No

Course entry standards


1. Must have passed annual basic fitness test (bft – 3.2 klm run)
2. Passed eye-sight test
3. Passed annual shooting test (apst)
4. Passed medical fit to attend test (fta)
5. Passed annual personal weapons training test (apwt)


Block syllabus outline (specified weapon system)


1. Introduction to the sharpshooter, definition, roles & responsibilities
2. Kit & equipment – the sharpshooter
3. Sharpshooters within combat formations
4. Designated marksman duties within psd environment
5. Escalation of force measures
6. Sharpshooting within an urban environment
7. The fundamentals of marksmanship & advance shooting techniques
8. Weapon functionality (specified weapon system)
A. Characteristics, stripping and assembly
B. Care and maintenance
C. Pre-firing checks and post firing cleaning
D. Load, unload, maksafe
E. Stoppages
F. Fitting of system
G. Training tests
9. Use of the sling – single/double point suspension
10. Basic fire positions
11. Introduction and use of the tactical marksmanship scope (specified scope)
12. Advance fire positions
13. Grouping and zeroing& slip scale
14. Comparison moa, mil.mrad
15. Ballistic reticles
16. The bindon aiming concept (bac)
17. Establishment of grouping capacity 100 – 700 metres
18. Elementary application of fire
19. Advanced application of fire 100 – 700 metres
20. Rapid target acquisition and engagement (rtae)
21. Moving targets
22. Close quarter battle (cqc)
23. Specialist shooting positions/use of cover
24. Fighting in built-up urban areas
25. Fire and movement – individual, pairs, fire-teams
26. Introduction to range estimation using the tactical scope
27. Introduction to observation – the nine box system
28. Fire control orders
29. Camoufalge and concealment – the use of tactical screens
30. Low light shooting
31. Contact drills
32. Inclined angle shooting with a ballistic reticle

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