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Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 4:12am

Fort Benning Team Wins Sniper Contest

Updated: 2 years ago.
A team from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning has won an international sniper competition. Competitors came from Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Denmark, as well as other U.S. military branches and police departments. (Photo Courtesy of Maciej Swic via stock.xchng.)

A team from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit has won an international sniper competition.

Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner and Spc. Tyler Payne bested 35 teams from around the world to be named the best sniper duo.

The competition is hosted by the U.S. Army Sniper School at Fort Benning. Top shooters from around the world come to Georgia each year for the annual competition.

The two-man teams competed in 14 events including a sniper stalk, urban shooting and orienteering exercises, firing under stressful conditions and other tests of marksmanship and sniper skills. The 72-hour event runs virtually non-stop, with only two four-hour rest breaks in the three days of competition.

Competitors came from Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Denmark, as well as other U.S. military branches and police departments.