“Why did the Corps do away with Snipers”

As the President of the USMC Scout Sniper Association, one of the main questions I get asked is …you guessed it, “Why did the Corps do away with Snipers” My Answer: I don’t fucking know, I’m not active duty, I’m not a General officer, I got no dog in the fight!  A lot of people have…

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The Misunderstood Metrics of Sniping

In the public imagination, a sniper’s confirmed kills are often dramatized, misinterpreted as a measure of prowess or success. However, this perception is far from the internal reality and sentiment within the sniper community. For the snipers themselves, there is no scoreboard. The sniper’s role is profound and multifaceted. It transcends beyond the act of…

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The Burden of Precision: Understanding the Fear of Mission Failure

In the high-stakes realm of military operations, Scout Snipers face unique pressures that go beyond the battlefield’s physical demands. Central to their role is the immense responsibility of precision, where the success of a mission often rests on their ability to make split-second decisions under extreme conditions. This brings us to one of their most…

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My First Kill: President of the USMC Scout Sniper Association

Good Friday, 2006, my second deployment to Iraq and my first as a Sniper Team Leader with 1/2, my team found itself in a fortunate position to be able to make our first confirmed enemy kill on insurgents transporting weapons from a cache across the Eurphates River. An AO near ours was being controlled by…

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“More than just a Shooter: The Tactical Mindset of Snipers”

Two months into our deployment, December 2010, Marjah, and Route Jaguar was already earning a grim reputation. Seventeen IEDs in two months. After a Marine lost his leg, the Colonel called us in the south to head to the Northwest side of Marjah. “Sergeant, what do you need to make this threat go away!” The…

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2017 Scout Sniper Instructor and Scout Sniper (FMF) of the Year

2017 Scout Sniper Awards

The USMC Scout Sniper Association is pleased to announce they will be recognizing the 2017 Scout Sniper Instructor and Scout Sniper (FMF) of the Year at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV on 23 January 2018. Below you’ll find the Nomination Announcements with the requirements and details for submission of prospective awardees. The…

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2018 Rifle Raffle Official Public Annoucement

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Attention United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper Association Members, Donors, Partners, and Supporters!!! It is that time of year again we start preparing for our annual rifle raffle. This year’s rifle was donated by Drake Associates™. With over 30 years of experience in the Firearms industry, Drake Associates™ has been pushing the envelope on Precision…

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2016 Scout Sniper Instructor and Scout Sniper (FMF) of the Year

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Update! The SSA Awardees have been announced. The USMC Scout Sniper Association is pleased to announce they will again be recognizing the 2016 Scout Sniper Instructor and Scout Sniper (FMF) of the Year at the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV on 18 January 2017. Below you’ll find the Nomination Announcements with the requirements…

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