NEASG Sniper Qualification Course for Maine / 28 July, 2012 / Harris Field, ME
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271 Buzzell Rd, Dayton ME 04005
Registration starts at 0800 SHARP!
You must be at least 14 years of age to participate.
Course Fee: $20.00 ($10 will be refunded to those who do not pass the qualification.)
Interested persons are encouraged to sign up on a roll call so that staff can plan accordingly and adjust the schedule based on expected turnout. These applicants are expected to declare the specifics of each airsoft Sniper Weapon System (SWS) that they own and intend to bring to the field for their own use during the qualification. This will allow the field manager (Savage) to screen out applicants who do not own acceptable replicas. It is not required that these replicas be accurate and shoot hot between 1.85 and 3.49J; however, it is strongly encouraged that they do so that the candidate will have a better chance of hitting human-sized targets at up to 200’ away and score more points during the practical tests. Candidates are not required to bring a side arm because this requirement was removed from the latest versions of the NEASG and Harris Field rules; however, a side arm is encouraged because it will allow the candidate to score a few extra points during the practical testing if they can use it to hit targets that are under the minimum engagement distance. Candidates are also expected to do the following prior
to the day of the event:
a.) Have at least 50 hours of basic field airsoft playing experience
b.) Memorize the NEASG rules
and the Harris Field rules
especially the sections related to sniping and hot guns
c.) Learn how to accurately and hastily estimate range as related to the minimum engagement distance
d.) Be familiar and comfortable with the airsoft replica (s) that the candidate will use during the qualification
e.) Acquire and prepare an effective personal camouflage or ghillie to use during the Stalking and Reconnaissance TestCourse Schedule
0800-0900 Registration and Chronographic Testing (for both sniper candidates and R&G participants)
0900-0930 SHUR Briefing (presented once for both sniper candidates and R&G participants)
0930-1000 Move to Area of Operations (northwest side of airsoft field)
1000-1030 Written Examination
1030-1200 Range Estimation, Safety, and Marksmanship Test
~1200-1300 Lunch Break (1 hour)
1300-1600 Stalking and Reconnaissance Test
Registration and Chronographic Testing
Each sniper candidate will need to pay $20 and display a state-issued photo identification card or driver’s license so that his/her identity can be confirmed and full name recorded along with his/her call sign for record-keeping in the event that the candidate passes the qualification and becomes a NEASG sniper. It is at this time that the candidate will be able to prove that he/she is at least 14 years of age. The candidate will need to present each of his/her SWS (s) and demonstrate that it shoots consistently under 3.49J. The field manager will need to be present to verify that it is an acceptable replica of a SWS and is incapable of shooting full auto. Each of the candidate’s side arms will also need to be chronographically tested to verify that they shoot under 1.85J.
Move to Area of Operations
Candidates, proctors, and instructors will walk to South Bridge via the grassy field where the written exam will be administered. The entire sniper qualification will take place west of the western leg of the field’s main trail. This area will include SGC, Echo, and Charlie bases.
This is almost identical to Phase 1 of last year’s qualification.
The exam has been slightly updated since last year, and a concrete pass/fail scoring system has been established. Candidates will be spread out to minimize the temptation to cheat. Cheaters will be ejected immediately. The candidates will have 30 minutes to complete the 10-item multiple-choice and true/false exam. Candidates may not use notes or other materials to assist them during the exam. After the time has started, any verbal inquiries are to be handled out of earshot of the other test-takers.
Range Estimation and Marksmanship Test
This will replace Phases 4 and 5 of last year’s qualification.
One-at-a-time, each candidate will approach the shooting range and take a low shooting position of their choice in front of a proctor who will have a stopwatch and laser range finder. For the purpose of this exercise, each long arm is to be treated as if it shoots between 400 and 550fps using 0.25g BBs (1.85 and 3.49J) even if it does not; therefore, the 100-foot minimum engagement distance safety rule will need to be adhered to whenever the candidate chooses to fire his/her long arm during this test. A lower-fps side arm may be used by the candidate if he/she wishes to engage a target that appears to be located less than 100 feet away according to the candidate’s range estimation. Each candidate needs to have already learned how to accurately estimate range before
taking this qualification course and be familiar with range estimation using any optics mounted on their SWS.
The candidate will be allowed to fire three test shots down range with each of the weapons that they brought in order to confirm that they are functioning properly. The candidate may leave their weapon (s) loaded until the test is completed.
A live human target will move to a predetermined numbered marker on the field and announce “set” when standing at the marker. At this time, the candidate will have 30 seconds to fire up to three BBs in an attempt to hit the target with at least one. The candidate will earn one point if the target confirms a hit from at least one of the three BBs at each set point. The candidate may not earn more than one point for each set location. In other words, the candidate will still earn only one point even if all three of his/her BBs hit the target during that set.
The candidate will not know how many set points there will be or the distance increments at which they will be placed; however, no set point will be located within the range window of 80 to 120 feet. This means that all set points will either be less than 80’ away or more than 120’ away from the candidate. If a candidate fires a single BB at any human target when they are located less than 100’ away, the candidate will fail the entire qualification because it would be considered a major safety violation.
Stalking and Reconnaissance Test
This will replace Phases 2 and 3 of last year’s qualification.
This phase is likely to end much earlier than 16:00 if we have few candidates.
This will involve multiple candidates starting from different points spread out from each other along the circumference of an invisible circle that has a radius of at least 300 feet. The candidates will stealthily stalk inward toward a high value target (HVT) who will remain located at the center of the circle. The HVT will have a long arm and act as a counter-sniper; however, he will be forced to rotate 90 degrees every 30 seconds in an attempt to spot and fire upon a sniper candidate located in the direction that he is facing. The HVT must engage a different target with each rotation and may fire only one BB per 90-degree rotation. The candidates will score points by hitting the HVT before he hits them. At a minimum, the candidate will need to be close enough to visualize the target and perform reconnaissance by radioing in predetermined requested information. There may be extra patrolling counter-snipers armed with short-range weapons to keep this exercise exciting and challenging. This Stalking and Reconnaissance Test will have unexpected challenges.
Roll Call Thread: http://www.maineairsoft.org/showthread.php?7715-Roll-Call-NEASG-Sniper-Qualification-Course-for-Maine-28-July-2012-Harris-Field&p=67143#post67143