Maj. Randy Zeegers, 20th Special Forces Group, Alabama National Guard (second from left) instructs me on the proper use and handling of a large rifle in sniper training at the "America's Army" booth, E3 2006.
The gun weighs about 40 pounds without ammunition, and about 60 when fully loaded. That's pretty heavy.
It was not loaded at the time this polaroid was snapped. One would not operate the weapon from this position. Instead, the weapon would rest on a tripod, low to the ground, and the sniper looks through the scope (which terminates just above my left shoulder) at the target. Here, my right index finger is positioned just next to the trigger, but not on it.
The soldier at far left recently returned from duty in Iraq. He is wearing typical sniper concealment, fashioned from burlap and mesh.
When the alien zombies come from space, I will be ready to fight and defend Planet Earth