FRIDAY FOTO (November 16, 2012)

November 16, 2012 at 1:39 am 4 comments

Snipers Three

U.K. Ministry of Defence. Crown Copyright/MOD. Photo by Mark Owens

A British sniper from 5 SCOTS (center), an Air Assault infantry battalion, and French snipers of the 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment were among the participants in a company level live fire training exercise in Britain earlier this year.

They may look like a cross between Swamp Thing and Cousin Itt from the Addams Family, but all three are wearing versions of a camouflage outfit known as a ghillie suit.  The suit, worn by civilian hunters and military snipers, is designed to look like heavy foliage in a forest or field. It was originally developed by Scottish gamekeepers as a portable hunting blind and first adopted for war in 1916. The name derives from a Scottish word for “lad” or “servant.”

To see a very brief Polish video about ghillie suits on YouTube, click here.

Here’s another one click here. It’s kind of long — after about 2-3 minutes you get the idea. There’s also an ad at the beginning you can zap after a few seconds.

Exercise Boar’s Head, held at the U.K.’s Otterburn Training Area included a British Army infantry company from 5 SCOTS— the fifth of five battalions in the Royal Regiment of Scotland — a unit of the 16th Air Assault Brigade. A company from 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment, a unit of the French 11th Parachute Brigade, also participated.

Any small arms experts out there who can identify the sniper rifles these three shooters are carrying? Please post a comment at the bottom of this posting or email us at:


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. me  |  December 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    the rifle in the center is of course, an L118A w/ a suppressor, the rifle in the center is a PGM FR-12.7, the one on the left is the same, only w/ wooden stock and a shorter barrel

    • 2. John M. Doyle  |  December 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks me. I knew someone would know the answer.

  • 3. Nick  |  December 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

    That’s actually an FR F2 on the left, the standard french Sniper rifle, chambered in 7.62mm NATO.

  • 4. Gogaugche  |  January 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Very amateur from their part to walk around dressed in full ghillie suit. So much for concealment.

    Rifle on the right is the PGM Hecate


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