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kilometrekm 06-09-2012 10:06 AM

How long does it take to be a sniper?
Good day, everyone.
How long does a man who has no shooting experience of any kind of fire arms need to get control of a 7.62mm sniping rifle, if he takes training course? Is it possible for him to shoot any target within 500metre after training?

winds-of-change 06-09-2012 10:16 AM

Very interesting first post. Please go to the introduction thread and tell us a little about yourself.

I think some people may never make it to "sniper" level. Just like not everyone is cut out to be a major league baseball player, doctor, etc. What makes you want to attain this level of shooting? Heck, I'm thrilled if I have a fairly decent grouping at 25 yards.

kilometrekm 06-09-2012 10:44 AM

Thank you, winds-of-change. I'm asking this mainly for a friend who can't visit internet now. Maybe a "sniper" is too professional for my description. Should I put it this way: How long does a training course of these kind usually take, if there is any?

winds-of-change 06-09-2012 10:47 AM

There are many training courses one could take to learn to shoot. I recommend first a very basic safety course. One can usually try out a few guns and see what suits you and learn how to properly handle guns. But to get really proficient at shooting, there is a variety of things that play in. You have to be steady, know how to breathe while shooting, know what ammo to use, what gun is able to do what you want to acomplish, etc. But most of all practice, practice, practice. It's excellent shooting is not something one can accomplish after a training course. It's a process that may take years.

flyspooky 06-09-2012 10:55 AM

It's a little bit of a rhetorical question, like "How much training does it take for a driver to not operate a car safely." For some, it takes longer than others. There's also a difference between "sniper" training (involving a number of skills beyond shooting) and over-the-course shooting for accuracy. Long story short, it depends.

Along the same lines as what Winds said, you/your friend should focus on acquiring basic marksmanship skills, which will be very applicable when you move up to attempting longer range shots in changing conditions.

kilometrekm 06-09-2012 11:08 AM

Thank you both very much, for your suggestion and information.

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