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Our recommendation is that a police sniper carry with him enough sustenance for eight hours and have additional food and water in his large rucksack for 24 hours on-site without resupply. While there may not seem much need for food, you well could find yourself in a perfect hide that you've occupied motionless for hours, then suddenly a support person walks up with a Big Mac and fries, blowing your cover completely. This has happened before, real-world.

Military snipers obviously must bring sufficient rations for the entire length of their operation.

We're also citing a need for something to munch on and dispel tension, while also passing the time. This is actually much more a psychological need than a physical one.

Meanwhile, don't forget that liquid sustenance is more important than food.

LIQUIDS: It's best that you have available a full range of water containers—1-quart, 2-quart, and 5-quart sizes—along with a Camel Bak water

factory rifle. I have yet to come across anyone claiming smaller groups.

At the other extreme, some bargain sniper rifles are merely standard receivers dressed up with heavy barrels and incapable of yielding even 1-inch groups, or 1 Minute of Angle. Pm not talking about Savage or Remington factory rifles but those at the lowest end of the market. While you can save hundreds of dollars acquiring such pieces, recall that in this life you usually get what you pay for, and an inaccurate sniper rifle is a contradiction in terms.

No matter what you pay, 1 MOA is the realistic minimum performance for a police sniper's rifle, given his need to place a single shot with considerable precision in hostage rescue scenarios. This 1 MOA also is a reasonable minimum standard for a military sniper's weapon, since he must engage targets at considerably longer distances—that 1 MOA group equates to 10 inches at 1,000 yards, a ,308's maximum range when firing 175-grain M118LR ammunition. Any worse inherent accuracy would lead to many misses at long range.

Thus an acceptable accuracy standard is 1 MOA, but Fd say that 3/4 MOA is still a good balance of cost against performance. But when it comes to 1/2 MOA, probably 88 percent of snipers cannot exploit such accuracy, while these rifles typically are several times as expensive as 3/4 MOA weapons.

Yes, a rifle that groups 1/2 inch is desirable, but again, in many cases this is more accuracy than a shooter can exploit. Take me. On a good day, when I'm in shape and have practiced steadily, I can shoot 1/2-inch groups (or even better) with my Accuracy International AWP rifle. However, after a few months without marksmanship practice, I only shoot 1-inch groups with the same rifle. Unless you have sufficient opportunity to practice, you can hardly benefit from your rifle's inherent accuracy.

Still, if you're a superb rifleman and your agency can afford hand-built sniper weapons, by all means go with the best. You'll never be disappointed by a rifle that challenges your shooting ability.

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