Marine snipers train in freezing temperatures high up in Sierras (video).

The snipers, dug deep into their hidden positions in the…

The snipers, dug deep into their hidden positions in the snow, peer down at the valley below, searching for movement in the makeshift buildings set up.

“The open doorway … a guy standing in the open distance five to 30 meters,” one sniper comments as he stares through binoculars at the objective more than 1,000 feet below.
There won’t be a shot taken though.

Perched approximately 10,000 feet up on a mountain top in the Sierra Nevada, the Marine Corps snipers are receiving elite training, learning how to shoot and kill in freezing, rugged terrain. The experience and skills will be helpful in the unforgiving mountains of Afghanistan.

The men are already qualified snipers, but in this advanced training at the Marine Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California, they learn to shoot at steep angles in an extreme environment.

Source: Jennifer Rizzo for CNN.

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