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Posted 21 September 2007 - 02:49 PM

Hey guys, I've seen a lot of threads talking about a position that is somewhat a sniper, but other times its a rifleman. What about a Squad Designated Marksman? The Army started a new course on this almost 2 years ago. Basically, the SDM is a rifleman first, and has a secondary mission as a marksman. He isn't a sniper, but he is someone who can accurately hit targets farther than the average soldier. His weapon is an M-16 with a scope and bipod.

On my Tippmann, I have a red dot scope and tend to engage targets at long distances. I attempt to pin those tangos down while several of my team members maneuver around to flank or assault. Other times, I'm an assaulter and attack the enemy positions with the rest of the team.

This position offers flexibility and range that encompasses the various traits of the sniper, light rifleman, and possibly medium rifleman.
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 03:01 PM

Well, first of all there is no range in paintball. That being said, this position is good if you are using the word "sniper" in the paintball sense. A rifleman whose main goal is to use stealth to eliminate the enemy. In other words, Squad Designated Marksman is a fancy word for ghost flanker. He is a rifleman who is sent down the flanks to stealthy eliminate the opposition. It's super effective.

If you mean a rifleman whose overall job is to use stealth instead of just running tape, you are probably better off using a sniper because he is effective in using stealth and working alone (but still part of the team).
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 06:39 PM

anyone can do that. its just a dagger or sabre with an accurate gun and sight.
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 07:24 PM

View Posttubby ted, on Sep 21 2007, 09:39 PM, said:

anyone can do that. its just a dagger or sabre with an accurate gun and sight.


Yes, everyone can do this. No, not everyone can do this effectively. Being effective in paintball is not easy, no matter how accurate your gun is or wether you have a scope or not.

Bottom line is:

If this position is meant as a dagger/sabre that uses range to his advantage (as in real sniper), that does not exist in paintball because all guns have the same range (other than Apex/Flatline equipped guns).

But if this position is meant as a dagger/sabre who uses stealth to his advantage (as in paintball sniper), then he is a ghost flanker. Very effective, very fun to play, very challenging; yeah, we rule. :(
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 08:11 PM

This position really is just the sniper in a paintball sense. The only real difference, as you note, is his secondary task. Not somebody who has a marker/weapon that can hit farther; just a person who's better at hitting at longer ranges with the same weapon.
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Posted 22 September 2007 - 04:42 PM

What I interpreted from this would be a guy with a Flatline or Apex and keeps the other teams heads down while his teammates move up, but thats kind of like a Broadsword...
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Posted 25 September 2007 - 01:05 PM

Marksmen are the equivalent of paintball snipers already.
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 08:12 PM

I took it as a longballer who operates within a squad, to soften up the enemy before a firefight. That could be useful.
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 08:21 PM

I think these guys are right, the position you're suggesting is a combination of what is already out there. I guess that the biggest challenge to finding a new "position" is trying to develop something NEW with what SpecOps already established.
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 08:23 PM

I can't tell you how many times I've seen this "DM" position go up and then disappear into the abyss that is the back pages...
Next time you should use the search button, you're likely to find one of the "DM" threads or a scout thread or something that someone created to be sniperish but not be a sniper, because either they don't believe there are snipers in paintball or otherwise.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 06:39 PM

Actually this sounds like a suggestion for a commendation more than a position. Which would be a good suggestion as the only commendation, to my knowledge, is "Elite" Status.

There are some people who are incredible shots with "non-flatline" barrels.
  • They know where the ball is in flight every foot from the barrel until it's absolute maximum range.
  • They can feed that ball through the brush and find that perfect arc to their target.
  • They can fire that shot from so far away that when someone is hiding behind a bunker the ball drops on their hopper and breaks.

View PostCMC, on Sep 21 2007, 02:49 PM, said:

Hey guys, I've seen a lot of threads talking about a position that is somewhat a sniper, but other times its a rifleman. What about a Squad Designated Marksman? The Army started a new course on this almost 2 years ago. Basically, the SDM is a rifleman first, and has a secondary mission as a marksman. He isn't a sniper, but he is someone who can accurately hit targets farther than the average soldier. His weapon is an M-16 with a scope and bipod.

On my Tippmann, I have a red dot scope and tend to engage targets at long distances. I attempt to pin those tangos down while several of my team members maneuver around to flank or assault. Other times, I'm an assaulter and attack the enemy positions with the rest of the team.

This position offers flexibility and range that encompasses the various traits of the sniper, light rifleman, and possibly medium rifleman.

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