Army Shooting Team in Oz

SHAH ALAM: THE Malaysian Army shooting team took part in the Australian Army Skills at Arms Meeting (AASAM) 2016 held at the Puckapunyal Military Area, Victoria last week. The AASAM 2016 is being held at the Combined Arms Training Centre from the 3rd May to the 20th.

As this is an annual event not much have been reported on the meet apart from information and pictures shared on the AASAM Facebook page. According to the organisers “with 310 international and 123 ADF competitors, AASAM is a chance to meet and share combat shooting skills. Organisers are particularly working with regional neighbours in the Pacific. Coming up against new and demanding matches will ensure soldiers return home with extra knowledge, refined methods and good habits they can share with their units”.

Apart from individual and team events, a sniper shooting competition was also held during the meet. The Japan sniping team won first place with China and UK teams coming in second and third. The Malaysian shooting team also took part in the sniper competition with two participants.

Some of the soldiers which took part in the sniper event at AASAM 2016. One of the Malaysian soldiers stand on the extreme left while his team mate is squatting second from the left. Australian Army - FB
Some of the soldiers which took part in the sniper event at AASAM 2016. One of the Malaysian soldiers stand on the extreme left while his team mate is squatting second from the left. Australian Army – FB

Interestingly, the Army sniper team was shown equipped with the Accuracy International AX sniper rifle. However it is unclear whether it is chambered for the 338 Lapua or the .308/7.62mm ammunition. It is likely that it is the former though judging from the size. I stand to be corrected of course.

A member of the Army shooting team taking part in the Sniper competition of AASAM 2016 with an Accuracy International AX rifle. Australian Army - FB
A member of the Army shooting team taking part in the Sniper competition of AASAM 2016 with an Accuracy International AX rifle. Australian Army – FB

As usual in the field, soldiers tried out their colleague’s weapons.

A South Korean soldiers test out the AX sniper rifle under the watchful eye of the Malaysian sniper.
A South Korean soldiers test out the AX sniper rifle under the watchful eye of the Malaysian sniper.

Results posted on the Facebook page showed that one of the Malaysian shooting team members took the tenth spot in the 450 metre international service rifle shooting competition. That particular shoot was won by an Anzac soldier followed closely by an Indonesian. An Indonesian also took the top spot in another shooting event.

A Malaysian Army shooting team member in one of the events. Australian Army - FB.
A Malaysian Army shooting team member in one of the events. Australian Army – FB.

From the pictures (above and below) and also confirmed by the AASAM 2016 FB page, the Army shooting team used combat optics though I cannot identify it readily.

A Malaysian Army soldier takes aim at AASAM 2016. Australian Army - FB
A Malaysian Army soldier takes aim at AASAM 2016. Australian Army – FB

The rifle may well be a Colt M16A4 rifle and not the M4A1 Carbine Heavy Barrel which I had reported in September last year.

Meanwhile, the Army is looking to procure 7.62mm sniper rifles according to the Defence Ministry tender website. However as I have no access to the tender documents, I have no idea what are the technical requirements and numbers being sought.

— Malaysian Defence

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