Firing extensively-modified M14 rifles, U.S. Marines Cpl. Shane Mulpas and Cpl. Brandon Connelly, placed third in the unknown distance event at the 2009 precision shooting competition. Image courtesy of FNH USA.
FNH USA is teaming with optics producer Leupold to co-sponsor the 16th Long Range Precision Shooting Competition from June 7-11 at Fort George G. Meade, Md.
The competition will showcase 30 two-man teams representing the finest sniper/counter sniper teams from the U.S. military as well as local, state and federal law enforcement communities.
Teams will participate in demanding tests of tactical rifle marksmanship, scouting and observational skills, and physical fitness through events including the poker run, a team observation exercise, a moving target phase, a cold bore phase, range estimation exercise, stationary phase, an obstacle course and movement phase, as well as an unknown distance phase.
The competition is hosted by Baltimore and the District of Columbia metro area local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Team entry fees are $175 and include beverages for the week and a catered luncheon prior to the awards ceremony. Registration details can be found at the FNH USA website. All remaining proceeds from this non-profit event will be donated to the Special Forces Association and the National Tactical Officer's Association to help support tactical officers and soldiers who have been wounded in action. Last year, more than $13,000 was donated to benefit these organizations and their participants.
In past years, the Maryland State Police and Baltimore County Police teams have proven to be powerhouses in this event, and this year is no exception. Because of this, Match Director Sgt. Dan Weaver has worked hard to add new elements to each phase in order to make the competition more diverse and well-rounded for the teams it attracts.
"Several of the events have changed this year in areas that will challenge each team's ability to analyze its strengths and weaknesses when deciding the tactics needed for each event," said Weaver. "Teams with strong physical abilities and those armed with better technical data will certainly be poised to take advantage of the new event options."
In addition to trophies, the top teams will receive: first place gets two FN SPR A-3G rifles with Leupold optics; second place gets two FN SPR A-1 rifles with Leupold optics; third place gets two FN TSR XP rifles with Leupold optics; fourth through 13th place gets miscellaneous prizes provided by vendors in attendance.
"We are excited that the vendors are helping out our cause with donations exceeding last year," responded Weaver. "This year, we have also partnered with Walmart to provide comfort items for the competitors between matches. With this year's challenges in each phase, they'll need it."