Urban Sniper Course 


Two week course designed for trained sniper teams. Course teaches the skills necessary to deliver precision fire from concealment in urban environments. Nations are highly encouraged to send complete two-man sniper teams with their own organic equipment and ammunition to get the full value of the training.


  • Engage targets with precision fire in an urban environment under combat conditions during hours of limited visibility
  • Engaging targets through glass
  • Urban tactical movement
  • Urban marksmanship day/night
  • Stalking in urban terrain
  • Planning sniper missions in urban terrain


Course duration is 14 days

Countries wishing to store ammunition at ISTC for this course may do so by contacting the Sniper Branch through the respective SNO for coordination.


The course takes place at Hohenfels, Germany. The first week consists of urban marksmanship training and practicing the various field craft needed in an urban environment. The second week consists of stress tests, urban scenarios, mission planning and missions at various urban training facilities. Students should bring all and any material and equipment imaginable to conduct urban operations (See packing list for guidance).


Request for Visit/ Country Clearance for Germany Training facilities 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 conduct of the course.


Students must submit to ISTC, NLT six (6) weeks prior to the course, a list with the ID numbers of all sensitive items. German authorities will not allow individuals to travel with their organic sniper equipment if this information is not submitted prior to course attendance.


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 with a note signed by a medical doctor. 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:

Students must pass a mandatory shoot in test prior to beginning training at the urban facilities. This test is a safety requirement to ensure that the student, weapon and ammunition have the ability to engage targets with the precision necessary to conduct safe training. Students who fail this test will not be allowed to participate in the urban live fire events but may remain to take part in non-live fire training. Shoot-in standard: From a distance of 100M, students will fire one 5 round shot group at the designated target using their sniper weapons system; all five rounds must be within 10CM of the centre of the target (see example below).


Students are highly encouraged to bring their own complete Sniper Weapon System (SWS) and sniper equipment. If necessary, ISTC will provide students with a Remington M2010 Sniper Weapon System, 7.62 x 67mm (.300 WinMag) and ammunition.

      • Students may bring their own ammunition to the course with the following restrictions: The largest caliber sniper rifle that is permitted in the course is .300 WinMag. Anything larger than .300 will not be permitted
      • Students are permitted to bring either bolt action or gas operated sniper weapons
      • German students may not bring their own ammunition. All ammunition for the Bundeswehr weapons will be provided by ISTC

ISTC will provide German Army AC-51 (.300 WinMag), and Lapua Lock Base B476 (.308 Winchester) and the blank ammunition for .300 WinMag and .308 rifles. No other categories or types of ammunition are available at ISTC for this course.

Snipers and sniper teams who bring their own weapons and ammunition should ensure they bring the following quantities for each sniper:

      • A minimum of 600 rounds of match grade ammunition for the urban marksmanship training
      • 200 rounds of blank ammunition for stalks and scenarios
      • 600 rounds ball ammunition for all non sniper weapons for each shooter (applies to non snipers who come as part of a sniper team)
      • 200 rounds blank ammunition for all non sniper weapons for each shooter (applies to non snipers who come as part of a sniper team)

Students are authorized to bring multiple Sniper Weapon Systems in order to gain the maximum training value available from the diverse training environments. Students bringing multiple Sniper Weapon Systems should ensure they have adequate ammunition (live and blank), repair parts and accessories (to include a blank adaptor if required) for their Sniper Weapon System’s during the course. No repair parts, accessories, or ammunition (other than previously specified) are available on site.


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 tests and complete all course events will be awarded a course diploma.


Students should bring organic communication equipment to incorporate it into their full mission scenarios. ISTC has limited FM radios for use by students. There will be several full mission scenarios throughout the course. These missions 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. Training in the urban phase will be conducted in both urban ghillie suits and full kit (individual combat equipment to include body armor and helmet).


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).