Skip to comments.The 5 Most Impossible Sniper Shots Ever Made
Posted on 04/14/2012 8:52:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
Snipers are the elite masters of the art of killing somebody from a distance before he or she has any idea what is going on. Of course, shooting from such a long range incurs a wide array of difficulties, leading to situations where making a successful shot is, by all logic and reason, impossible. It is in these situations where the best snipers sniff, wipe the sweat from their eyes and make the shot anyway.
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That explains their lack of the ability to conduct abstract thought.
“They preformed there shots at 30 yds, this was to close.”
Are you kidding me?? Everything starts to add up that these clowns just want to downplay this achievement.
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“That explains their lack of the ability to conduct abstract thought.”
They can’t. If Sons of Guns’ created the same experiment, I would believe it more than these overrated bunch on MB. MB knows as much about guns and bullet trajectory than I do believing in the easter bunny.
The difference between fiction and real life is that fiction has to be believable.
Hathcock’s shot has been re-created numerous times. In fact it was recently done on the the show that featured Reichert. Mythbusters used modern multi lense scopes that weren’t used by the snipers that went up against Hatchcock. Hathcock shot through a crappy 3.5 power Soviet made PU scope that had lenses that were unlaminated and much more frangible than modern scopes. Also Hathcock’s rifle was chambered in 30-06 not the .308 used in Mythbusters.
He’s the guy who punched out that crackpot Ventura, isn’t he?
Yeah, he was...You know his hand seemed fine when I shook it. What a guy.
“when you’re trying to shoot from far away with any kind of wind, you have almost no goddamned idea where the bullet will end up”
I have always said that to make those really long shots you must have the wind gods on you side. You may know what the wind is at your loction at any given moment, but what is happening beetwen you and the target? Sometimes you can see heat wave to give a clue, but in a shifting gusting wind all bets are off.
My longest shot on game was an antelope at 970 yds and it was a 5 mph wind only 30 degrees off my nose. The wind shifted or died between me and the target as I squeezed the trigger an although I hit him it was a foot off and only wounded him. Fortunately the wind came back and my second shot was right on target a he dropped his head. He was dead but did not know it so I followed with a third that was right on and he went down. I really prefer making good clean humane kills when hunting.
I have that book,
another good read is,
Notes of a Sniper by Vassili Zaitsev, considered the greatest sniper of all time.
Amazing book, I read it in about a day and half.
I liked that they had some of the stuff from his wife in there. Some of the critics didn’t but I thought it added to the story hearing her perspective.
I didn’t know that there was more than one.
I like that quote a lot. :)
I have a relative who just completed his second tour as a Marine in Afganistan. He carried the Barret .50 and said it was not accurate enough.
IIRC, he had praise for the .338 Lapua. Even Savage now chambers a rifle that is very reasonably priced in that caliber.
I don’t own either, so I don’t have a review.
June 27, 1874, Adobe Walls, Tex.
The outpost was laid siege by Indians(native Americans) Several buffalo hunters are killed. BTW Bat Masterson was there.
At the behest of one of the hunters, Billy Dixon, already renowned as a crack shot, took aim with a 'Big Fifty' Sharps (it was either a .50-70 or -90, probably the latter) he'd borrowed from Hanrahan, and cleanly dropped a warrior from atop his horse. This apparently so discouraged the Indians they decamped and gave up the fight. Two weeks later a team of US Army surveyors, under the command of Nelson A. Miles, measured the distance of the shot: 1,538 yards, or nine-tenths of a mile. For the rest of his life, Billy Dixon never claimed the shot was anything other than a lucky one; his memoirs do not devote even a full paragraph to 'the shot'.
I've got the site in my GPS and one day drive out there. Over a thousand miles though.
Forgot the link..
Is it a Discovery Channel documentary?
Probably the Discovery family. I think it was on about 2 years ago, History Channel.