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The Gathering of Snipers
9-11 October, 2020 in Pearsall, TX

The Gathering of Snipers is an annual event co-sponsored by the USMC Scout Sniper Association and the Army Sniper Association. The Gathering provides a professional forum specifically designed to further the art and science of military sniping. The multi-day event includes practical instruction, a precision rifle match and a professional educational symposium. Through this event, we hope to increase interoperability and enhance the trust and camaraderie among snipers from the various Services. We also aim to engage industry and everyday Americans in supporting the military snipers who proudly serve on their behalf. 

The first-ever event of its kind was held in Denver, Colorado in August 2019 resulting in a resounding success! More than 65 military snipers from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard and allied foreign nations participated. These included active duty instructors who currently work training new snipers and those who determine policy and programming at their Service level. This year, we will build on the success of our shooting clinics and add a two-day precision rifle match. 

NOTE: The professional symposium has been cancelled due to the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. We will plan on picking up again with the speaking series next year. In the meantime, the shooting clinics, precision rifle match and social events are all still going as scheduled!  

Posted by USMC Scout Sniper Association

Event Details
The Gathering of Snipers 2020

DAY ONE begins with a series of professional shooting clinics run by some of the best instructors in the industry.

The following instructors have been confirmed:

     Paul Butler – Owner of Rauch Precision & Evolved Ballistics, Former Marine Corps Scout Sniper

     Jesse Cheon – Owner of 8541 Marksmanship, Former Marine Corps Scout Sniper

     Rob Furlong – Rob Furlong’s Marksmanship Academy, Former Canadian Army Sniper (Held record for longest kill in history until Nov 2009)

     Tarrol Peterson – Retired OIC/Senior Sniper Instructor at US Army Sniper School, Ft. Benning, GA

      Paul Phillips – Founder of Global Precision Group, Former Marine, ELR expert and “King of the 2-Mile”

     Christopher Roberts - U.S. Army Precision Effects Capability Developer, Retired U.S. Army, Former Senior Sniper Instructor at US Army Sniper School, Ft. Benning, GA.

     Phil Velayo – Lead Shooting Instructor at Gunwerks, Former Marine Corps Scout Sniper Instructor

     Christopher Wiencke – Applied Ballistics Training Division Manager, former Australian Army with operational service in Afghanistan and extensive experience instructing and managing sniper courses.

     Caylen Wojcik – Founder of Modern Day Sniper, Former Marine Corps Scout Sniper Instructor

…and more will be announced soon! There will also be sniper instructor teams from both the USMC Scout Sniper School at Camp Lejeune, NC and the Army Sniper School at Fort Benning, GA. Their attendance is pending, subject to government travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

Shooters will select up to FIVE different hour-and-a-half sessions on topics ranging from “Fundamentals of ELR” to “Modern Tripod Techniques” and "Optics Theory". Complete course listing will be published soon!

There will be time for those who may need to confirm their zero for the following day’s match to do so. Lunch will be provided on the range, and we’ll give you some time at the end of the day to clean up and get ready for The Rally Point Receptionstarting at 6pm.

In addition to an outstanding lineup of clinic instructors, we're also proud to announce that Medal of Honor recipient and Marine Scout Sniper Dakota Meyer will be attending and shooting the match with us.

DAY TWO will see shooters testing their skills in the FFP Precision Rifle Benefit Match. The acronym “FFP” stands for “Final Firing Point” in military parlance. Getting to and successfully occupying the FFP is oftentimes more difficult for a military sniper than taking that one, well-aimed shot. To honor the legacy built by scores of military snipers in past and current conflicts, we’ve developed a course of fire that will challenge and inspire shooters of all levels.

Shooters will be formed into squads of up to 15 people, and they will rotate through ten stages on Day 1. Some squads will include VIP’s from the military sniper community, including Medal of Honor recipient and Marine Scout Sniper Dakota Meyer. Shooters will be able to purchase a chance to be teamed up with one of these living legends.

Saturday evening, everyone is invited to come join us for The Kopfjäger Feast. It will be a great evening of good food and even better camaraderie to close out the first day of the match.

DAY THREE, shooters will continue to be challenged in the final eight stages of the match. Those left standing at the end will enjoy the spoils from a robust prize table supplied by great sponsors such Leupold Optics, Vortex Optics, FLIR, Otis Tech, Peterson Cartridge, Rifles Only, Strategic Armory Corp and many more!

Awarding the winners at the end of the day will close out The Gathering of Snipers for 2020!

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Friday October 9th
7 Foxtrot Firearms Training Complex, Farm to Market Road 1582, Pearsall, TX, USA
2140 FM1582, Pearsall, TX 78061, USA

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