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Snipers are infantry soldiers trained and equipped with sniper rifles or other long-range, high-precision firearms. They often work alone or in small teams from concealed locations. As well as training in the use of sniper rifles, the most effective snipers are also trained and adept in camouflage and infiltration. The battlefield role of dedicated snipers is assassination. Their targets are usually enemy commanders and other high-profile individuals.

Being an effective way to demoralize enemy troops and damage their command structure, several races and forces utilize dedicated snipers in some form:

Imperial snipers

Chaos snipers

Horus Heresy and Great Crusade Era

Alien snipers

Sniper weapons