Sniper George "Ben" Norman, 25th Infantry Division
Vietnam Sniper - George "Ben" Norman - 25th Infantry Division - Vietnam 1970-1971. This is picture was taken in Long Binh, Vietnam at the rifle range. Once a month snipers were rotated out of the field for 3 days to clean and re-zero their rifles and scopes (Starlight and 3x9 ARTRedfield). In this picture I have a silencer attached to the XM21 sniper rifle which I nicknamed Eileen. I do not know of any other units besides the 25th Infantry Division that were using silencers while I was in Vietnam. When the silencer was attached to the rifle, it completely covered the front site making the iron sites useless…this made the sniper rifle only accurate between 300-900 meters with the scope, anything closer and we were shooting from the hip. When the silencer wasn't attached we could use both our iron sites and the scope giving us a complete range of targets.. At night when the starlight scope was attached our accuracy was up to 300 meters. While I was with the 25th Infantry I was assigned to the 3rd BN 22nd INF & 2nd BN 12th INF and occasionally I worked with the 1st of the 5th Mechanized Unit (Flame Throwers). When Charlie knew snipers were in the area he would 'didi mau.'" -Ben Norman. Photo by Ben Norman.
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