The Opposing Sniper

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With the Soviet Union dissolved and gone, why-put any particular focus on the Soviet sniper? Is it worth studying Ivan and his distinctive SVD rifle? It is, and here's why.

Recall that throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Soviet SVD rifles and Communist Bloc instructors appeared in most Mideast countries, perhaps half the nations of Africa, and several in Latin America. While you may not encounter a Soviet sniper today, you could face snipers equipped and trained in Red Army doctrine. By combining this knowledge with what we already know of Western snipers, it should prepare us for couniersniper operations against nearly any foe in the world.

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