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Sniper sets record

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  1. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/gun-shots/2010/05/sniper-sets-record



    Sniper Sets Record
    by John B. Snow


    The encounter speaks for itself. A British sniper deployed in Afghanistan killed two Taliban fighters with two consecutive shots at a jaw dropping 2,706 yards. That’s 1.54 miles for those of you trying to do the math at home.

    His weapon was the L115A3 Long Range Rifle chambered in .338 Lapua. This cartridge, which already had been anointed the Next Great Thing in long-range shooting, is sure to see its popularity climb to even greater heights.

    As effective as the cartridge might be, however, it is still the man behind the trigger who makes the shot—and that’s where our admiration and respect should be directed. Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison, the sniper who made the shots, recounts his story here.

    Harrison broke the previous record that was set in 2002 by a Canadian sniper who had a confirmed kill at 2,657 yards.
  2. Jon88

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    Stay miles away from this guy.
  3. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    22.5 football fields. Very impressive.
  4. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Live target? I saw a show about a special forces snipper who nailed a live target a little over 1 mile while in Iraq. Either way that is impressive
  5. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    I would like a chance to break that record with that rifle and have it be the idiot in Iran.
  6. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    We like to refer to that as T1 miles... ;)
  7. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    I think I saw that same show. If it is the same show he said he missed with his first shot, but adjusted and took the target out with his second shot.
  8. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    The weapon that pulled this off.

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    And the man who did it.

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    Last November, while escorting an Afghan Infantry unit, CoH Harrison’s troop commander’s Jackal fighting vehicle came under fire from insurgents armed with a PKM. From further back on the ridge, CoH Harrison rested the bipod of his .338 Lapua Magnum L115A3 on a compound wall, and shot both jihadis dead at 1.54 miles, establishing a new military sniper’s record.



    A British Army sniper has set a new sharpshooting distance record by killing two Taliban machinegunners in Afghanistan from more than 1 miles away.

    Craig Harrison, a member of the Household Cavalry, killed the insurgents with consecutive shots — even though they were 3,000ft beyond the most effective range of his rifle.


    “The first round hit a machinegunner in the stomach and killed him outright,” said Harrison, a Corporal of Horse. “He went straight down and didn’t move.


    “The second insurgent grabbed the weapon and turned as my second shot hit him in the side. He went down, too. They were both dead.”


    The shooting — which took place while Harrison’s colleagues came under attack — was at such extreme range that the 8.59mm (.338 Lapua Magnum—DZ) bullets took almost three seconds to reach their target after leaving the barrel of the rifle at almost three times the speed of sound.


    The distance to Harrison’s two targets was measured by a GPS system at 8,120ft, or 1.54 miles. The previous record for a sniper kill is 7,972ft, set by a Canadian soldier who shot dead an Al-Qaeda gunman in March 2002. ...
    Harrison and his colleagues were in open-topped Jackal 4×4 vehicles providing cover for an Afghan national army patrol south of Musa Qala in November last year. When the Afghan soldiers and Harrison’s troop commander came under enemy fire, the sniper, whose vehicle was further back on a ridge, trained his sights on a Taliban compound in the distance.



    His L115A3 long-range rifle, the army’s most powerful sniper weapon, is designed to be effective at up to 4,921ft and supposedly capable of only “harassing fire” beyond that range.


    “We saw two insurgents running through its courtyard, one in a black dishdasha, one in green,” he said. “They came forward carrying a PKM machinegun, set it up and opened fire on the commander’s wagon.


    “Conditions were perfect, no wind, mild weather, clear visibility. I rested the bipod of my weapon on a compound wall and aimed for the gunner firing the machinegun.


    “The driver of my Jackal, Trooper Cliff O’Farrell, spotted for me, providing all the information needed for the shot, which was at the extreme range of the weapon.”


    Harrison killed one machinegunner with his first attempt and felled the other with his next shot. He then let off a final round to knock the enemy weapon out of action.


    Harrison discovered that he had set a new record only on his return to UK barracks nine days ago. The previous record was held by Corporal Rob Furlong, of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, who was using a 12.7mm (otherwise known as the .50 BMG —DZ) McMillan TAC-50 rifle.
  9. Doomsday101

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    I believe it the same show. He hit some other targets as well including a guy who was standing behind a wall.
  10. Jon88

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    Someone should do that while he's here. Surely we aren't providing any security for him.
  11. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    The guys resembles Tony Romo.
  12. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    the sole reason he bested the record ;)
  13. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    History Channel or Nat Geo. Saw it myself.

    The Canadian guy missed on the first 3 shots. He had 3 crossing wind patterns to shoot through, and without using the American made ammo he wouldn't have hit the target.

    Second to last shot clipped the target's back pack if memory serves. There were three of them, and they didn't even bother trying to take cover. Fourth shot hit. "No one gets up after being hit by a .50"

    The mention of a guy hitting behind a wall was an American sniper using a .50 as well, with the explosive ammunition. "Painted the wall behind them red, and we didn't see any of the three move from the position."

    Great show.

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  14. tomson75

    tomson75 Brain Dead Shill

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    Look at the ears on that guy! did he use a scope, or just listen for them?


    Impressive, either way. :D
  15. tomson75

    tomson75 Brain Dead Shill

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    Lmao.....I love The Corps.
  16. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    I can also guarantee that that shot was with hand loaded ammunition. To have hit his target that far beyond so called effective range means hot ammo.
  17. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Carlos Hathcock is not impressed.
  18. Route 66

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    I'd say Forrest Griffin. :D
  19. Jon88

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    [IMG]

    Who resembles the Missing Link.

    That's one ugly man.
  20. Hostile

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    I hope that reply by the Marine to the reporter is true. I would so like to shake that Marine's hand if so.

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