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December 23, 2008

Petzal: The Spotter

By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

The role of the spotter (also called the observer) in a sniper/ spotter team is to give the target location tothe sniper, provide windage and distance information, spot bullet impact, and make corrections. It may also be the spotter's responsibility to provide security for the sniper, in which case he will be armed with an M-16, M4, M-14 with scope, or teeth.
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from jes wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

This guy looks like a dog.....probably can't even talk with slavering...

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from Jack Morgan wrote 5 years 15 weeks ago

That is so cool. I wonder how he trained the dog.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Since my lights are dimming and my prescription lenses get thicker with each visit for an eye exam, I'm developing a new technique of getting good sight alignment and sight picture. When my dog barks, I squeeze off a round. It keeps the range safety officer on his toes, because the dog usually barks at the RSO anyway.The very best of the holiday season to all of you.Ed

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Del,I've had it take as long as seven minutes for my post to appear.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Sorry about the double. Thought it didn't take the first time.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

YeeeeHaaaa,The kids brought dad a box of Cohibas and a very old bottle of single malt Scotch from the UK.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

I would go with 1:10 on that barrel. My 6mmX284 had a 1:12 Shilen match grade barrel and it would not stabilize anything over 85 grains. The only bullet suitable for deer (that would shoot) was the 85 gr Nosler Part. Let the 'smith talk me into it against my better judgement. Yes, I know you're talking .223 but there's not that much difference in the two.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

YeeeeHaaaa,The son and his new wife brought me a box of Cohibas and a bottle of very old single cask Scotch. Must have been a very good dad. Merry Christmas all.

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from jes wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

That was some fine picking, Dr. Ralph....appreciated..and Merry Christ Mass to you all!

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from William wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Alan in Australia,If this guys an Aussie sniper why doesn't he have an Australian Shepherd? Do you even call your shepherds down there Australian shepherds or just plain ol' shepherds?

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

How much taxpayer dollars did it cost to fit that dog with ear plugs?

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Screwed that one up... Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Can't wait to see every one's smile tomorrow morning, it really does make giving better than receiving especially when the recipient is one you love.Dave and Phil and all you gun nuts, you give me more than I can ever repay. Thank you...Punch my name for some hillbilly jingle bells.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

This picture is the new background on my computer. You have to love it... Christmas eve and over $3000 gone. At least I got some pajamas and pistachio's from the in-laws. Need to find Hugebuck Friday morning and make it all worthwhile. That's all I want Santa, another big rack for the fireplace and the memories and sense of accomplishment. Why is it the things I value most can't be bought? Guess I'm weird.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

This picture is the new background on my computer. You have to love it... Christmas eve and over $3000 gone. At least I got some pajamas and pistachio's from the in-laws. Need to find Hugebuck Friday morning and make it all worthwhile. That's all I want Santa, another big rack for the fireplace and the memories and sense of accomplishment. Why is it the things I value most can't be bought? Guess I'm weird.

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from Bernie Kuntz wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

I love the picture! Dogs are nothing if not individual characters.We had to put down our Otis, 8-1/2 year old black Labrador on Halloween, due to cancer. Heartbreaking to say the least. I still have Lucy who is 4-1/2 and plan to buy a male pup in the spring.Merry Christmas to all!

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Speaking of dogs! Just got a new 1 yr old partly trained German Shorthaired Pointer. Her name is Jill and her grand dad is a field trial national Champion. Taking her out for a spin with the birds next week. We plan to breed her to Buck.

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from Will wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Can the dog clean the gun and pick up the spent brass? Thanks, Dave, for the blog and the articles. Keep on writing...

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from Pam wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Great blog, Dave!

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from Z41 wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

I've seen this before. What you don't show is the target - a cat.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Did you know you can look over or close next to a shooter shoulder and watch the wake of the bullet go down range 200 yards plus and even know if it’s a hit or miss even before the bullet hits. I use this practice for on and especially off the range hunting. You can instantly tell the shooter if it’s a hit or miss and where the bullet hits on that Boone or Crocket Bull Elk as the shooters rifle recoils.

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from Alan in Australia wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

I noticed that the snipper's camo pattern is 'Auscam', the Australian Army standard camo pattern. That must mean that this is an Aussie sniper!

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from PbHead wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Not to mention that your spotter could be your best friend.I too like the Vero Vellini products. I think he started making pizzas when I was in grad school but moved on to more productive work.Dave, thanks for all of the Christmas gift suggestions. They influenced me to pump more well spent money into the economy.Merry Christmas to you and all who post here.

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from JTC wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Dogs: the most versatile animals in the world.

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from TommyNash wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

That's awesome....wonder what else the pooch can do? Dogs are the greatest...I'd hate to think of traveling this life without them.Merry Christmas to all.

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from O Garcia wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

I can't believe Dave posted this nearly two years ago, and only got commented now, with the first two being spam, to boot.

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from jes wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

This guy looks like a dog.....probably can't even talk with slavering...

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from Jack Morgan wrote 5 years 15 weeks ago

That is so cool. I wonder how he trained the dog.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Since my lights are dimming and my prescription lenses get thicker with each visit for an eye exam, I'm developing a new technique of getting good sight alignment and sight picture. When my dog barks, I squeeze off a round. It keeps the range safety officer on his toes, because the dog usually barks at the RSO anyway.The very best of the holiday season to all of you.Ed

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Del,I've had it take as long as seven minutes for my post to appear.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Sorry about the double. Thought it didn't take the first time.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

YeeeeHaaaa,The kids brought dad a box of Cohibas and a very old bottle of single malt Scotch from the UK.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

I would go with 1:10 on that barrel. My 6mmX284 had a 1:12 Shilen match grade barrel and it would not stabilize anything over 85 grains. The only bullet suitable for deer (that would shoot) was the 85 gr Nosler Part. Let the 'smith talk me into it against my better judgement. Yes, I know you're talking .223 but there's not that much difference in the two.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

YeeeeHaaaa,The son and his new wife brought me a box of Cohibas and a bottle of very old single cask Scotch. Must have been a very good dad. Merry Christmas all.

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from jes wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

That was some fine picking, Dr. Ralph....appreciated..and Merry Christ Mass to you all!

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from William wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Alan in Australia,If this guys an Aussie sniper why doesn't he have an Australian Shepherd? Do you even call your shepherds down there Australian shepherds or just plain ol' shepherds?

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

How much taxpayer dollars did it cost to fit that dog with ear plugs?

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Screwed that one up... Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Can't wait to see every one's smile tomorrow morning, it really does make giving better than receiving especially when the recipient is one you love.Dave and Phil and all you gun nuts, you give me more than I can ever repay. Thank you...Punch my name for some hillbilly jingle bells.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

This picture is the new background on my computer. You have to love it... Christmas eve and over $3000 gone. At least I got some pajamas and pistachio's from the in-laws. Need to find Hugebuck Friday morning and make it all worthwhile. That's all I want Santa, another big rack for the fireplace and the memories and sense of accomplishment. Why is it the things I value most can't be bought? Guess I'm weird.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

This picture is the new background on my computer. You have to love it... Christmas eve and over $3000 gone. At least I got some pajamas and pistachio's from the in-laws. Need to find Hugebuck Friday morning and make it all worthwhile. That's all I want Santa, another big rack for the fireplace and the memories and sense of accomplishment. Why is it the things I value most can't be bought? Guess I'm weird.

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from Bernie Kuntz wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

I love the picture! Dogs are nothing if not individual characters.We had to put down our Otis, 8-1/2 year old black Labrador on Halloween, due to cancer. Heartbreaking to say the least. I still have Lucy who is 4-1/2 and plan to buy a male pup in the spring.Merry Christmas to all!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Del in KS wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Speaking of dogs! Just got a new 1 yr old partly trained German Shorthaired Pointer. Her name is Jill and her grand dad is a field trial national Champion. Taking her out for a spin with the birds next week. We plan to breed her to Buck.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Will wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Can the dog clean the gun and pick up the spent brass? Thanks, Dave, for the blog and the articles. Keep on writing...

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from Pam wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Great blog, Dave!

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from Z41 wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

I've seen this before. What you don't show is the target - a cat.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Did you know you can look over or close next to a shooter shoulder and watch the wake of the bullet go down range 200 yards plus and even know if it’s a hit or miss even before the bullet hits. I use this practice for on and especially off the range hunting. You can instantly tell the shooter if it’s a hit or miss and where the bullet hits on that Boone or Crocket Bull Elk as the shooters rifle recoils.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Alan in Australia wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

I noticed that the snipper's camo pattern is 'Auscam', the Australian Army standard camo pattern. That must mean that this is an Aussie sniper!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from PbHead wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Not to mention that your spotter could be your best friend.I too like the Vero Vellini products. I think he started making pizzas when I was in grad school but moved on to more productive work.Dave, thanks for all of the Christmas gift suggestions. They influenced me to pump more well spent money into the economy.Merry Christmas to you and all who post here.

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from JTC wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

Dogs: the most versatile animals in the world.

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from TommyNash wrote 5 years 16 weeks ago

That's awesome....wonder what else the pooch can do? Dogs are the greatest...I'd hate to think of traveling this life without them.Merry Christmas to all.

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from O Garcia wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

I can't believe Dave posted this nearly two years ago, and only got commented now, with the first two being spam, to boot.

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