So who trains these Thai military snipers to be so efficient in the execution of their duties?
Enter none other than the US Marine Corps:
“Our goal as snipers is a first-round impact with every shot,” said Gunnery Sgt. Victor Lopez, scout sniper chief instructor with Weapons Platoon, Landing Force Company. “If they don’t get these fundamentals, they can’t effectively engage targets.”
The actual date of this sniper training was May 12 2011, almost a year to the day after the Thai Army snipers began “effectively engaging” Thais civilians on Bangkok’s streets. One of the saddest stories from May 2010 was that of Samaphan “Cher” Srithep, a completely innocent, obviously unarmed, 16-year-old kid, taken out by a Thai Army bullet and left to bleed to death on a Bangkok pavement. Cher’s sister later wrote about her teenage brother’s visit to the May 2010 protest site and the devastating outcome.
Source: Andrew Spooner for Asian Correspondent.