High Angle Sniper Course 


Two week course designed for trained Sniper teams, and introduces techniques on how to deliver precision fire from concealed positions in a mountain environment.  Nations are highly encouraged to send complete teams consisting of 2 trained Snipers.  Each Sniper team should bring their issued/organic equipment and ammunition in order to get the full value of the training.


  • Engage up/down-slope targets at ranges between 300 – 1800M with precision fire under combat conditions during hours of limited visibility
  • Engage targets down slope with an angle of up to 40 degrees at a distance of 400M
  • Engage targets up slope with an angle up to 40 degrees at a distance of 400M
  • Engage targets across valleys up to 1800M
  • Stalking in mountainous terrain


Course duration is 15 days*.

Countries wishing to store ammunition at ISTC for future courses may do so by contacting the Sniper Branch NCOIC at 0049 172 618 9144 for coordination.


The course takes place at HOCHFILZEN, AUSTRIA. High altitude (approximately 2000 meters) and winter conditions are likely to apply even in spring and fall classes. Students must come prepared for such conditions.


Request for Visit/ Country Clearance for Austria must be submitted trough the proper National channels a minimum six (6) weeks prior to attending the course.

Personnel ID, service and passport numbers, as well as, a certificate of national sniper qualification (diploma) must be submitted to ISTC six (6) weeks prior to attending the course. Students bringing their own weapons must carry NATO Travel Orders authorizing them to carry (transport) their weapons for the duration of the training. ISTC will provide all required transportation for the duration of the course. No private, rental or other vehicles are to be used for official travel during the course.


A list of all sensitive items that will be brought to the course MUST be submitted to ISTC NLT eight weeks prior to training.  Serial numbers MUST be provided for all weapon systems, optics, night vision devices, cameras, radios, etc.   Austrian authorities will not allow anyone to travel with their equipment if this information is not submitted prior to the start of the course.


Students must be trained snipers who have graduated from a National or International Sniper Course prior to attending this course. Students must arrive in sound medical condition. Students are also expected to be experienced in Land Navigation using a compass and 1:50,000 scale map. Students must score 60% or higher on the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC) English Comprehension Level (ECL) Test. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the following websites for additional information.


If necessary, ISTC can provide Snipers with a M2010 Remington .300 WinMag, complete with day and night optics, accessories, and all ammunition associated with each event conducted.

However, the number of weapon systems ISTC can provide is limited.  All Snipers are highly encouraged to bring their own weapons with all accessories, ammunition, and equipment.  All Snipers are authorized to bring .223, .308, .300 WinMag, .338 weapon systems.  Snipers are authorized to bring bolt action and/or semi-automatic weapon systems.

Each Sniper should have the following quantities of ammunition for each weapon system:

– 400 rounds of match grade ammunition for mountain training.

– 80 rounds of blank ammunition for mountain training.

– 200 rounds of ball ammunition for all non Sniper weapon systems employed by non Snipers.  (Applies to non Snipers who come as part of a team)

– 80 rounds of blank ammunition for all non Sniper weapon systems employed by non Snipers.  (Applies to non Snipers who come as part of a team)

All Snipers are authorized to bring multiple Sniper weapon systems in order to gain maximum training value.  All Snipers should have all appropriate accessories, repair parts, and ammunition for each of their weapon systems for the duration of training.  ISTC will not provide repair parts, accessories, or ammunition other than previously specified.


Nations are highly encouraged to send students in organic 2 man sniper teams. Nations may also send organic sniper cells if desired. ISTC will accommodate reasonable requests to integrate sniper cells into training but training for these additional personnel will be subordinate to execution of the course POI.


Students will be given performance feedback throughout the course on stalks, missions, and marksmanship events. Students who pass the entry test and complete all course events will be awarded a course diploma.


ISTC does not have long range communication equipment for student use. Students who bring organic communication equipment may incorporate it into their full mission profiles if desired. There will be one full mission profile in the mountain environment. These mission may be tailored to accommodate sniper teams who would like to incorporate cameras and communications if desired and feasible. Students exercising this option must ensure that they are fully equipped to do so.


All travel will be conducted in civilian clothing. All training will be conducted in ghillie suits. Civilian clothing appropriate for the training environment is also authorized.


Duty uniform during the course is appropriate national uniform, ghillie suits and equipment.

If you have any questions, please E-mail us: inquiries@istc-sof.org

*Further details can be found in the Joining Instructions available at the sending Unit or the respective Ministry of Defense (MoD).