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i am 17 and looking to get into the long range world. i have been shooting soup cans off posts with my .22 mag and 4x scope at 250 yards for a while but its about time for a bigger gun. budget isn't really a problem i can only afford about $1300 for the system, but i could go out to $1500. Mel I like your sc1 but all of the options confuse me. so if you could clear that up. i am not a little guy. (about 6'1" 165) so i can handle the mule kick.

i do have intentions of either sniping for the marines or the army. after the military i will probably try to get into Columbus' swat team.

so for now the gun is just for putting holes through some paper, and the occasional ground hog or coyote removal!

thanks for the advice
 

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MELS GUNS

Mels SC1 is a real good deal at $1,500.00 for what you are getting but keep in mind that doesn't include scope, rings, mount. So you would still have to come up with a few more bucks.

Just depends on what you want.
 

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Had the recruiter told you that you can sign up and just become a sniper in the military? If he had he failed to tell you that you (in the marines) have to score very well with the AR before they will accept you, now for army I am not exactly sure what their requirements are but I would imagine it's around the same area... now for S.W.A.T. your looking at around 15 years of experience before you can "try-out" then perhaps you could make it into S.W.A.T. It isn't a deal where you can be in the service and then go straight to S.W.A.T. Heh believe me I talked to Columbus Police Department on several occasions about it....
 

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Its not easy, but worth it in the long run. In the USMC you need to be in the infantry (or force recon), excell at the physical fitness test, shoot expert with the rifle every time you try after bootcamp, pass the psych test, then volunteer when they have an opening during your enlistment. If any one of those elements fall through, you are toast for even being considered for sniper school.
 

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It is somewhat similar in the US Army. You first have to be infantry (or special forces) and then get slotted in a sniper slot. of course, getting in to the slot is the challenge. Once there, you can apply to go to sniper school once you qualify expert with the M16, score a 70 in each of the PT events, pass psyche eval, and have at least a 110 on the GT portion of the ASVAAB. (yah, kind of odd....). It generally takes a while to get in a position to go to the school.

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Speaking of that psych evaluation, I've often wondered exactly what they were looking for before they would train you as a sniper?
 
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Mele:

You can't just "be" SF. It's required that you be E-4(E-5 promotable) +, and have passed Airborne and Ranger School. The majority, if not all of the soldiers picked up for Special Forces have probably attended Advanced Marksmanship School. It would be open for you as long as you scored "expert" (36/40 targets) - of course, you still have to go through all that crap Mele mentioned :p.



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Same thing with being a Recon Marine. It's hard being called a Recon Marine, considering their indoctrination program is grueling - very comparable to SF/SEALS. Recon Marines go to so many different schools, it's not even funny.

But eh.. my point is - if you're in the Special Forces or are a Recon Marine, chances are that you've already been sniper qualified.
 

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Heh, I think I understand what you are getting at. The requirments for sniper school require that you be 11B, 11M or 18 series MOS in order to attend sniper school. I suppose you are simply referring to the fact that in order to become 18 series qualified, you must have passed Airborne and Ranger school. (I would suspect passing SF school also?). I actually did not think that SF had to attend Ranger school, but things may have changed???

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As of last year, the 18 series went from basic to SFAS. Not to ranger school or airborne like the rest of us (11x ) did. Now, if they were 11x and re-classed, chances are they probably already went to Airborne or Ranger school or both. But that is different.

I suppose you are simply referring to the fact that in order to become 18 series qualified, you must have passed Airborne and Ranger school. (I would suspect passing SF school also?). I actually did not think that SF had to attend Ranger school, but things may have changed???
Nothing has changed. You should know better than that! :lol:
 
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