This invite-only, championship for the best-of-the-best scorers of the most prestigious sniper competitions worldwide was held in Refugio, Texas, Sept. 8 – 10, 2023.

(L to R) Sean Murphy of Nightforce Optics, Greg Hamilton of PROOF Research, winners of the Real World Sniper Championship.

Columbia Falls, Mont. (September 2023) – PROOF Research®’s Weapons Test Specialist Greg Hamilton and Sean Murphy of Nightforce Optics take home a repeat win in the Real World Sniper Championship, held at Bridle Iron South outside of Refugio, Texas, Sept. 8 – 10, 2023.

The championship is a culmination of the best-in-class sniper shooters from Real World Challenges, the International Sniper Competition, the Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship, and the USASOC Sniper Competition. Only the top performers are invited to this elite competition that includes blind stages held both night and day, with a variety of tasks and challenges for the teams.

“The Real World Sniper Championship included multiple curve balls thrown in throughout the stages,” Murphy explained. “Some of the challenges included a trauma casualty simulation, mid-stage changes to the info, and other seeds of chaos thrown in by the match director.”

Murphy participated as the primary shooter using his Accuracy International AT-X precision rifle with a PROOF Research carbon pre-fit barrel in 6.5 Creedmoor. PROOF Research’s Hamilton shot as the secondary using his 6.5 Creedmoor gas gun with a PROOF Research 20” stainless steel AR-10 barrel. In addition to the carbine for the bolt-gun shooters, Murphy used his .223 carbine with a PROOF Research 11.5” carbon barrel.

PROOF Research is a well-known brand within the precision rifle community and is one of the leading barrel brands used by champion competitors in the Precision Rifle Series (PRS) and National Rifle League (NRL). Developed to enhance mission success for our warfighters, PROOF Research’s carbon fiber barrels are designed for long-range accuracy, performance, and reliability under any environmental condition.

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