As some of you may remeber, I have been given the chance to go shoot and experience some training with a local branch of a private training contractor. I have not been able to be there for the amphibous assault yet, hopefully that will happen this thursday weather permitting. The guys from the private contractor, Black Diamond Training (www.blackdiamondtraining.com) invited me down to the local LE facility to experience their Law Enforcement Sniper School. Black Diamond Training Pics of the compound Briefing before the first evolution. Before there was any shooting, the three LE snipers in training were sent on a Surveillance and Recon Evolution. They were inserted about 1/4 mile north of the Trailer and were to advance towards it without being dectected by the "roleplayers" played by myself and another instructor. I took myself out of play for a bit, and was sent out to try and find them. After some serious searching and finding nothing but forest, I gave up and turned my radio on to find out where Sierra one was. After a few photos I went back to resume my part as an OpFor with my AR15. Surveillance Evo We were supposed to be patrolling a specific route so that Sierra one could report what they saw, and react accordingly. At one point we were told to rush a berm in front of their position and act as if we had heard/spotted somthing suspicous. We ran up there and scanned, but found nothing. I later found out that my head would have exploded like a melon from a .308 round about 30 yards from our position, had I "locked eyes and muzzled him" in a real life situation. OpFor Post Evo Debriefing/cleaning I was allowed to shoot the .308 M24s and my AR15 in their drills. The one M700 I shot had a nice 3.4 Lb trigger job and was a beautiful gun to shoot. M24s They had us doing Russian Fire drills @ 100 and 150 yards running about 35 and 50 yards on flat terrain and uphill respectively, before loading and placing a good shot. The drill was supposed to be exocuted in less than 15 seconds. I had to do it open irons with my Bushy, my 4x21 was badly off zero and I didnt want to fuck with it. For good measure, I didnt place one round in a mag and be done with it. I opted to manually drop that bitch in there and hit the bolt release, so I could be on the same playing field as the LE guys. We did a few other variants of the RFD, and a bunch of cold-bore shots. 100 yard line prone Shooting at 250 yards After some shooting, everyone learned to make ghillie suits from cammie tops, web netting camo in the form of a cape instead of a full suit. The jacket had a hole cut in the back and netting glued over it, for good ventillation and to allow a Camelbak to be worn comfortably. Suitmaking After that it was break for chow. Upon everyones return, they had a 150 and 250 yard night shoot with all the blue lights on the range and a few squad cars lit up for effect down below illuminating the targets. I wanted to take pictures, but the flash would have fucked up their night vision. Gotta bring the tripod next time I guess. The whole day was an amazing learning experience and a complete blast. I was invited to come back whenever they train, with the amphib assault hopefully happening this week. I have officially been hooked on a bolt action rifle and the M700 is next on my list.