When it comes to marksmanship, the candidate must be at least a rated expert rifleman— which he soon learns is only a starting point for sniper-level shooting.
His involvement with weapons ideally goes beyond service rifle qualification. My interest in firearms date« back to a childhood in which I was expected to handle a rifle alone in the woods by the ripe age of 8. Perhaps the candidate has been a competitive shooter, or maybe he has a deeper grasp and fascination with weapons than the average lawman or soldier. Skip Talbot, the world-record .50-caliber, 1,000-yard rifleman, thinks "long-range shooters are like bronc riders; they're born, not made."
The candidate had better like shooting, because to hone and maintain sniper-level skills he must shoot frequently. Related to this, the candidate should have an interest in firearms and technical subjects beyond the common layman, a natural curiosity about things like ballistics, bullets, and optics.
Hunting experience is especially useful because the sniper candidate already will have learned the consequences of inaccuracy or sluggish reflexes.
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