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yeah exactly a sniper to the locals then is the same as an IED is to the rebels of today. A way to hit hard and unexpectedly without putting yourself in harms way. You don't try and fight a man on the same ground where he lives and hunts wearing red and formed up in three ranks unless you want your skull hollowed out. You could say those men invented the idea of the modern marksman and sniper.
originally posted by: nwtrucker
a reply to: sg1642
An excellent response. Hats off.
Definitely, tactics played a part in the revolutionary war aspect.
Also, the barrels were longer on the 'rebel's' side from my understanding. Probably due to the tactical considerations those longer weapons were based on need for accuracy with the British more standardized. (A guess.)
Much more individualist mentality in the colonies as well. Everyone outside of cities were armed-still are- with hunting being the priority, rather than conquering the world , range would dominate.
originally posted by: SecretKnowledge
He went into their country and kills a ton of their people.
i had never even heard of the Chinese sniper before this
While the movie American Sniper and its depiction of former US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle are getting all the plaudits from film and television awards, we look back through history to see how snipers of times gone by fare against the modern day hero.
The corporal, who is still serving, made the majority of his kills during a single six-month tour of Helmand province eight years ago.
Dixon led the founders of Adobe Walls to the Texas Plains, where he knew buffalo were in abundance. The group of 28 men and one woman occupied the outpost of five buildings 15 miles northeast of Stinnett. The outpost was attacked on June 27, 1874 by a band of 700 to 1200 Indians, and that is when Dixon went into the history books for firing "The Shot of the Century" which effectively ended the siege. Although Billy Dixon states in his biography that it was a "scratch shot", he is still honored to this day with competitions in England and the US which attempt to match his skill. The stand-off continued into a third day, when a group of Indians were noticed about a mile east of Adobe Walls. It is said that Dixon took aim with a quickly borrowed .50-90 Sharps (as, according to his biography, he only had a .45-90 Sharps and felt it could not reach) buffalo rifle and fired, knocking an Indian near Chief Quanah Parker off his horse almost a mile away on his third shot. The Indians then left the settlement alone. Commemorative "Billy Dixon" model reproduction Sharps rifles that supposedly recreate the specifications of Dixon's famous gun are still available today.
originally posted by: RalagaNarHallas
a reply to: OtherSideOfTheCoin
was not my intent and sorry if it came off that way ,i think it was the articles fault really for not framing it as most successful LIVING sniper vs the ones that were around in ww2,and they had a much richer target environment.
while not named(and i find that interesting in and of its self) it seems the royal marine is almost like the reincarnation of Simo,quiet humble and not a braggart and seems to view it more as a job or duty then a quest to be the king if that makes sense.
and by not revealing his name or trying to capitalize on his fame makes him appear more dangerous yet humble at the same time.i mean during the ww2 when snipers like zitezev or Simo showed up the enemy troops knew about it and it instilled fear,with this guy not being named you dont even know if hes deployed to your area if your an insurgent and he could be anywhere there are royal marines stationed. star and flag op www.inquisitr.com...
originally posted by: biggilo
a reply to: SecretKnowledge
No, not YOUR troops but fighting to keep YOUR country safe like it or not! And he was killing Taliban, anyone killing the Taliban is a hero!
But be honest your real problem here is that the guy is British isn't it?
Wow, you're getting a kicking in this thread and I think it's misplaced anger.
I am going to go out on a limb and say there is probably not going to be a movie made about this guy,
That's because he is a professional man who takes pride in his work.
Of course Hollywood will one day make a movie about this......but to make the story more appealing and acceptable to US audiences the guys nationality will be changed to American and the Brits will be portrayed as upper class, bungling buffoons
originally posted by: Logarock
a reply to: OtherSideOfTheCoin
Well yous guys have some dandy sniper rifles.