World-Class Canadian International Sniper Concentration helps to foster spirit of competition

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Snipers from the Canadian Armed Forces, international militaries and civilian law enforcements agencies participate in the Canadian International Sniper Concentration at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, 7 – 14 September, 2017. © DND / MND 2017

September 15, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

International military snipers and Canadian law enforcement officers participated in the 19th annual Canadian International Sniper Concentration (CISC), from September 7 to 14, 2017, at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, New Brunswick.

Military snipers from Australia, France, the Netherlands, the United States of America, and Canada participated alongside law enforcement officers from the Saint John Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, and the Halifax Regional Police where they had the opportunity to share experiences related to sniper tactics, techniques, and procedures.

The operational role of the sniper is of increasing significance to militaries and law-enforcement agencies. CISC, which has become a world-class, well-attended sniper training event, assists participants in sustaining and improving their expertise in this area.


“Canadian snipers have a reputation amongst Canada’s allies and around the world for being the best in their craft. I am proud of their performance at this year’s competition. The fact that international participants and our law-enforcement partners in Canada come to New Brunswick to undertake the Canadian International Sniper Concentration speaks to the well-honed skills the Canadian Army has in these areas and to the quality of the training the Canadian Armed Forces can provide.”

Major-General Simon Hetherington, Commander Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre 

Quick Facts

  • The names of winners cannot be mentioned for operations security and personal security reasons; however, in the spirit of competition, awards were given out to members of the following units in each respective category:

    • Top Team –
      • 1st place – 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
      • 2nd Place – 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
      • 3rd Place – United States Marine Corps
    • Top Individual Sniper – 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
    • Top Spotter – United States Marine Corps
    • Top Shot Pistol – Halifax Regional Police
    • Longest Long Range – 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
    • Sergeant Robert Alan Short Memorial Award – Tie – 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment and 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
  • The training objectives, essential to snipers, included stalking, navigating, field firing, advanced shooting, and long-range field firing. The shooting involved firing weapons by daylight and at night, firing on targets at known and unknown distances, and using primary and alternate weapons.

  • Concurrently with the Canadian International Sniper Competition, the Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration 2017 (CAFSAC 17) is being conducted at the Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre (CRPTC), in Ottawa, from 4 to 16 September 2017. In addition to service rifle, service pistol and light machine gun shoots, CAFSAC 2017 will also host the Canadian Army Skill-At-Arms Meeting, which is a series of team-based Army skills matches.  

  • CAFSAC presents an opportunity for new and experienced CAF members, federal, provincial, and city police forces, as well as international competitors to test and improve their skills and knowledge in a controlled and operationally-focused environment.

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Captain Ian McIntyre
Combat Training Centre Public Affairs
5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown
(506) 260-3640

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