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Super Sniper Kills Taliban 1.5 Miles Away

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CX

posted on May, 3 2010 @ 12:10 PM
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Super Sniper Kills Taliban 1.5 Miles Away


news.sky.com

A British army sniper helped save his commander and set a new sharpshooting record after killing two Taliban machine gunners in Afghanistan from a mile-and-a-half away.

Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison fired his consecutive shots from such a long distance that they took almost three seconds to reach their targets.

This was despite the 8.59mm bullets leaving the barrel of his rifle at almost three times the speed of sound.

The distance to his two targets was 8,120ft, or 1.54 miles.
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CX

posted on May, 3 2010 @ 12:10 PM
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Wow thats some shot!

I thought they were going to say it was with a .50cal, but it's nice to see the army's new sniper rifle looking after the lads out there.


Cpl of Horse Harrison, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, was using the British-built L115A3 Long Range Rifle, the army's most powerful sniper weapon.

It is only designed to be effective at up to 4,921ft - just less than a mile - and capable of only 'harassing fire' beyond that range.

To compensate for the spin and drift of the bullets as they flew the length of 25 football pitches, Cpl of Horse Harrison reportedly had to aim 6ft high and 20ins to the left.


IMO that takes more than just pure skill to pull off a shot like that. Whether you call it luck, or just being so well trained and experienced that you have total faith in your shot, i do admire the lads who do these specialist jobs.

They put the hours in to get where they are, and here's a perfect example of how it pays off now and again.

CX.



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posted on May, 3 2010 @ 12:21 PM
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American soldiers would have used a guided missile to take out those two guys. Then we would have sent several airships to survey the kill. Then several hundred soldiers would have taken pictures to be sent to several thousand military analysts who would build a special base to talk about it. After realizing it was just some flower farmers with hoes they would spend millions silencing the press.



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 12:23 PM
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I did read about this on the BBC website... A remarkable shot and testament to the training, skill and personal professionalism of the sniper involved. The sniper did indicate that there were perfect weather conditions at the time which would, of course, made the shot easier to calculate, however, any shot with a flight time of almost 3 seconds has to be lauded!



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 12:28 PM
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I read this in the newspaper today. He fired 6 feet high and 20" wide to hit the targets. I'm all for 'peace and love', but like most guys this form of expertise impresses the hell out of me.



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 12:44 PM
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Reach out.....Reach out and touch someone.



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 12:50 PM
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Wow! Good kill soldier. Good kill.

Hearing stuff like this makes me want to dump a few grand into a nice sniper rifle and practice my ass off. If there is ever a SHTF scenario, I want to hangout with THIS guy!



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 12:55 PM
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WOW! The whole killing thing aside, that is phenomenal. i can't even imagine what kind of skill and training it would take to be able to make that shot.



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 12:56 PM
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Better than I could ever hope for...
but it is kind of hard to miss a man sized target
thanks to active laser range-finding scopes and built-in mini computers to compute ballistics and trajectory for ya...

the equipement the boys have now is just mind blowing



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 01:02 PM
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That beats out the recent record, from a Canadian sniper. He was using a Canadian built rifle, and after running out of their native ammo, barrowed some american rounds and found that they flew farther and more stable than their canadian rounds.

Given the weapon types are different, the shots are still impressive.

7,972 ft, accomplished by a Canadian sniper, of the third battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3 PPCLI), during the invasion of Afghanistan, using a .50 BMG (12.7 mm) McMillan bolt-action rifle.



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 01:09 PM
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As impressive as this shot is you're right. It's mostly the technology that is making the difference not the skill or the training of the individual soldier. It's like swimmers in the Olympics. Back in the 70's guys were swimming with moustaches and full body hair. Now they shave EVERYTHING for that extra half second or however much it matters. The technology the western militaries have is mind boggling. Too bad we have the technology to shoot a terrorist 1.5 miles away with a rifle but can't seem to manage to plug an oil pipe that is spilling millions of gallons of oil into the ocean. Ironic.



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 01:11 PM
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your applading killing someone ?
there are times when you may need to kill to keep from being killed but if were still beating our chest after the kill then were no better then the apes in the woods.
I understand there are times when killing is nessery but realy .
my faveret quote was from the old startrak
kirk said to the alians I am a killer I was made to kill but i aloso can use my mind to say I WILL NOT KILL today.
maby if we woke every morning and each said this there would be alot less killing.
this isent a football score you realize someone dies us them .
a human died this should not be celbreated it should be morned.
I wish i dident have to kill but i have no choice or i will be killed is a bteer attuid.



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 01:19 PM
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Two human terrorists died, I will not mourn. I will however say, good shot dude. Give that guy a medal cause that is freaking awesome.



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 01:25 PM
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Something wrong with your little scenario.....it would have been a high value target, the kill would be completed, and the FLOWER people would have shot someone else, or paraded film from a previous death as in fact that shot. Then they would have alerted the media to the horrible crime commited.........war atrocities all over again........get a grip! Nice shot though, 6 feet high, and 3 seconds hang time, that's saying something.



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 01:44 PM
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Originally posted by WhiteDevil013
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Wow! Good kill soldier. Good kill.

Hearing stuff like this makes me want to dump a few grand into a nice sniper rifle and practice my ass off. If there is ever a SHTF scenario, I want to hangout with THIS guy!


I think the L115A3 costs $34,000 american, which has sort of deterred me from buying one. The Barrett .338 Lapua is also pretty steep, and both of them have a hell of a waiting period. Not to mention that the reloads are something like $5.

The .338 is a lot lighter to tote, but .50BMG rifles are as accurate and less expensive, although the per shot cost is still something hard to get over. I've got two .50BMG rifles, but I reload, and it's still about a dollar a shot.

Hardest of all is finding a place to shoot, until a couple of years ago I had access to the tank range at an Army base under a special arrangement with a CSM but they put the kibosh to that, and now I haven't really got a place I can get a good shot in without traveling for a few hours. 1500 yard ranges set up for .338 or .50BMG are hard to come by.



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 04:00 PM
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Ordinarily I'd agree with you, but these two were MANNING A MACHINE GUN! Kind of makes them fair game in my book.



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 04:09 PM
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Um... Incredible.
Even though he hit them in the chest and side, I think it is necessary to say: BOOM HEADSHOT.



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 04:23 PM
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It's amazing that the shot still had enough punch to penetrate after that distance.

Btw, what is a "Corporal of Horse"?



posted on May, 3 2010 @ 05:11 PM
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If your by Sacramento, the Sac Valley has a 1000 yarder.
btw. Excellent shot. I wonder what type of powder, and how many grains he used, as well as the wt of the bullet (as well as, boat tail, round nose, spitzer?)



posted on May, 4 2010 @ 05:38 AM
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Great shot my boy!!!

Back to base in time for tea and medals!!!



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