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​Before understanding what makes a sniper challenge different than a precision shooting match, you must first understand what a sniper is. Snipers are used in a variety of missions on the battlefield, sometimes the primary mission has nothing to do with pulling a trigger.

Snipers are what military strategists refer to as force multipliers. Simply put, a force multiplier is an individual or small team that, through the use of special tactics, can do the damage of a much larger force. What's amazing about snipers is that they are capable of force multiplication without ever directly engaging the enemy.


As masters of stealth, camouflage, infiltration, and observation techniques snipers are perfectly suited to operate behind enemy lines and provide command with critical operational intelligence regarding enemy's size, strength and location.


Snipers dismantle and dishearten the enemy with precise engagements of key people from concealed positions at distances exceeding enemy detection capabilities. Shots that kill without warning break both the enemy's will and ability to fight.


Snipers are highly proficient in establishing concealed positions with a clear view of the battlefield from which they can call for indirect fire, air strikes, direct ground forces and remain on target for days providing real time on the ground intelligence.

The Real World Sniper Challenge is designed to honor the sniper craft and community through a series of mental and physical challenges under a variety of stressors. Make no mistake about it this event will be as advertised and will quickly identify the unprepared.


Sniper teams are expected to arrive physically prepared to move themselves and their equipment between stages along improved roads and over terrain. It's crucial each team member be capable of operating independently as well as a cohesive unit.

Back to Basics is designed to test a team's ability to perform tasks without the use of, and reliance on certain equipment that has become a crutch rather than a tool in the toolbox. Observing when and how these items have been utilized has highlighted glaring deficiencies in fundamental and foundational skills. To reinforce the importance of these skills we are going to put the "FUN" back in "FUNdamentals".

Although this is a competition, the format, tasks and atmosphere will be that of real world sniper operations and reward those who approach it as such. Registration is open to military, law enforcement and civilians alike, however proficiency in the tasks and engagements provided is essential.

Tasks may include:

  • Land navigation

  • Stalking

  • Hide Construction

  • Target detection

  • K.I.M.S.

  • Range estimation

  • Range card construction

  • Casualty care

Engagements may include:

  • Known distance

  • Unknown distance

  • Alternate firing positions

  • Aerial Platform 

  • Low visibility

  • Target discrimination

  • Handgun

  • Hold over/under

  • Movers


  • Each two-man team must designate a primary and secondary shooter.

  • Approved cartridges (Both shooters):

    • 5.56 / .223

    • 7.62 x 51 / .308 Win

    • 6.5 Creedmoor

  • Primary / Secondary shooter MINIMUM round count: Rifle (200), Handgun (150)

  • Teams will walk to all stages unless otherwise directed by competition organizers.

  • Once the competition begins, be prepared to stay on site and conduct continuous operations.

  • All equipment you bring will stay with you through duration of the match. 

  • If for some reason a teammate has to drop from the event the remaining shooter WILL be allowed to continue as a one man element.

  • The following equipment is NOT ALLOWED:

    • Tripods

    • Laser Rangefinders of any sort (weapon mounted, handheld, etc.)

Previous Real World Sniper Challenges
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Mar 07, 2025, 9:00 AM CST – Mar 09, 2025, 7:00 PM CDT
Y.O. Ranch,
1736 Y O Ranch Rd NW, Mountain Home, TX 78058, USA

The Real World Sniper Finale

A series of qualifying events where the top teams from each advance to the finale event held at The Y.O. Ranch in Mountain Home, TX. The top 3 teams from each "Qualifier" shown below will be invited to compete at the Finale.

  • W.P.W | AFSAM Sniper Competition

  • USASOC Sniper Competition

  • International Sniper Competition

  • Real World Sniper Challenge: Back to Basics

  • Real World Sniper Challenge

**Please email events to be considered for future qualifiers so they can be assessed.


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