Review

Manners Composite Stocks

Without doubt the McMillan series of stocks have been the industry leader in durable fiberglass stocks for the past 30+ years. But there are some other composite stock makers that are doing well in the industry like HS Precision, Bell & Carlson, Hogue and others. Over the past several years there have been some other new companies that are offering some innovative and new stock designs to the tactical world. One of these companies is Manners Composite Stocks (MCS) located in Kansas City, MO. MCS is offering several tactical stock designs with a claim to a lighter, stronger and more durable composite stock for the tactical and hunting world. While… Read more »

Review

Tactical Rifles M40T4

Tactical Rifles is another one of the high quality custom tactical rifle manufacturers here in the USA. They have been around for a while now and have been producing some very high quality rifles, originally based on the tried and true Remington 700 action, but now they have developed their own “Chimera” action and are building most of their rifles on this new “similar to the 700” action. Tactical Rifles recently provided us the opportunity to fully test and evaluate one of their M40T4 rifles chambered in 308 Win., which we were happy to accommodate. While the rifle is called the M40, do not confuse it with the USMC M40… Read more »

Review

Russian Dragunov SVD

The SVD (Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova)-Dragunov Sniping Rifle was the first rifle designed from scratch as a sniper rifle, and was introduced in the 1950’s. It has very limited similarities to the Kalashnikov series of rifles. The SVD can be expected to shoot 2 MOA with quality ammo. I have some personal experience with an original SVD (circa late 1970’s). While the weapon was a bit crude when it comes to workmanship, it still functioned flawlessly. We shot extensively out to 900 meters. The rifle is extremely deadly, even with cheap surplus ammo, out to about 600 meters. After that, your pressed to hit consistantly. We easily were maintaining sub 2… Read more »

A word from SC

Winter Training

We had the opportunity to conduct some late winter sniper training in March of 1999. Some pictures and information is provided below., Here are a couple of pics of us in a slight depression, providing a pretty nice temporary hide. I’m shooter, and Spc. Witt is behind the spotting scope in these pics. The problem with sniping in snow is the amount of time we spend doing…. nothing! Just laying in the snow is a good way to get frost bite, or even worse. You must be prepared with lots of insulation, especially on your front, and don’t be afraid of cheating, i.e. little chemical warmers to stuff in the… Read more »

A word from SC

Blackbird at NTC

What is Blackbird? Blackbird has been the unofficial (non SOI) call sign for our sniper team for the past two years. Our team consists of myself, Sgt. Mel Ewing and Spc Morgan Witt. We are both B4 qualified (U.S. Army Sniper School Graduates) snipers for a Mechanized Infantry Company. Yes, you read that right, we are Mech, M2A2 Tread Heads (Though we both hate the Bradleys). I am a former 11B, but our unit converted to Bradleys about three years ago. Spc Witt was formerly with a Force XXI (21) unit, and has since joined us in a “Real” infantry unit. Though we both wish we were light infantry, we… Read more »

Statement on DC Area Shootings

I am writing this official stance in response to the many requests I’ve been receiving in regards to the current shootings that are happening in the D.C. area. The comments I make in this statement are my own opinions and feelings and in no way indicate an official stance from any agency or company other than snipercentral.com and myself. First and foremost I want to express my feelings of compassion and sadness to the families of the victims, may God be with you and your loved ones. I also want to express the fact that this shooter is a murderer and is not a sniper as we in the profession… Read more »

Carlos Norman Hathcock II

Carlos Hathcock is perhaps the most famous American sniper out there. Chris Kyle would probably be the only other sniper with as much notoriety. Much of his popularity is well deserved as his legendary exploits during the Vietnam war set him apart as perhaps the most pure of the successful snipers. By pure we mean someone who is a master of the fieldcraft and not just the marksmanship and the way he operated is what comes to mind when someone thinks of what a sniper does. While he was a world class marksman, having won the Wimbledon Cup 1000 yard competition against the best in the world, he was more… Read more »

Adelbert F. Waldron III

Adelbert Waldron III, “Bert” to those that knew him, was the most accomplished U.S. sniper during the Vietnam conflict. Adelbert originally joined the U.S. Navy in 1953 where he served for twelve years and left as an E-5 in 1965. In 1968 Sgt. Waldron enlisted in the US Army as a Sergeant and headed to Vietnam as part of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry of the 9th Infantry Division. Sgt. Waldron qualified as an expert marksman and was sent to the now famous 9th ID sniper school that was run in country by the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) with the support of the 9th ID commander, General Julian Ewell…. Read more »