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So I'll be playing my missions as normal and seemingly at random my sniper will lose all abilities except for grapple and hunker down.
When I click on those abilities get the "unh-unh" sound and I can't actually use them either.
He has his sniper rifle out but there isn't a currently selected gun (indicated by the white box in the bottom right corner)
When I click on one of his weapons he puts his sniper rifle away and then pulls it out again.
He is completely useless for fighting aliens as he can only move around and I can't even put him in overwatch.

This especially brutal because he is at the top ranking and I need him to clear out the super tough enemies with his double tap.

What causes this and how can I avoid/fix it?

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Is he out of ammo...? – Eric B Nov 28 '12 at 19:42
No, I don't even have a greyed out shoot option. Just (1) Grapple and (2) hunker down, they are not greyed out but I can't use them nonetheless. – Biff MaGriff Nov 28 '12 at 19:52
This happened to me once. but I was so sleepy that I didn't notice until the end. – Michel Nov 28 '12 at 20:47
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This exact bug occurred for me last night (also on my sniper).

I dont know what caused it - but to fix it all I did was 'save', completely exit xcom, then restart - and it was fixed.

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yea sometimes a bit of irregularities occurred in the takedowns and just saving and exit the game, restart will solve it – jonleech Nov 29 '12 at 2:41
Sounds like a plan, I'm not looking forward to when I try Ironman though... – Biff MaGriff Nov 29 '12 at 16:18
My error occurred on ironman impossible. But if you save and exit - it doesn't affect your turn - so you'll be fine – TheShiftExchange Nov 30 '12 at 1:51

I experienced this from time to time, and cycling (using TAB) through my soldiers and/or bringing up the game menu, eventually solved it.

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