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Skilled Snipers From Around The World Compete At Fort Chaffee

FORT SMITH (KFSM)- Some of the best snipers in the world are testing themselves and each other during five days of competition at Fort Chaffee. Sgt. Caleb Jerni...

FORT SMITH (KFSM)- Some of the best snipers in the world are testing themselves and each other during five days of competition at Fort Chaffee.

Sgt. Caleb Jernigan and Sgt. RJ Phelps are in the National Guard and they came to Fort Chaffee from Tennessee with a mission in mind. The two-man team wants to win the Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship.

"It's exciting definitely an adrenaline rush," Jernigan said.

Jernigan and Phelps have worked together for three years.

"We both have to be able to know each other's weapon system," Phelps said. "Emotions do run high sometimes, but basically when we are in a role, we are in a mission, we just focus on that as one."

It takes about six weeks of training to become a sniper, according to Sgt. Randy Schnell. He trains snipers and said the weapons can shoot targets more than a mile away.

"It really comes down to, I would say, stress management has a big part in it," Schnell said. "It comes down to test time, who can actually perform or who lets the stress get to them."

Fake explosions are part of the challenge.

There are 23 two-man teams competing in the championship. The competition wraps up Friday.