Skip to comments.FRONTLINE SNIPER: BRITISH SHARPSHOOTER TELLS OF LIFE AND DEATH IN AFGHAN WAR ZONE
Posted on 01/04/2010 4:27:08 AM PST by marktwain
IT WAS like a bloodcurdling video game for sniper Steve Lewis as he saw a Taliban hand clutching an RPG appear over a wall 50 yards away.
The army's best shot watched in delight down the sights of his L96A1 rifle as the launcher bobbed along for 20 yards behind the wall... and paused.
The point of the rocket dipped and aimed towards him. The enemy's face bobbed up into the crosshair. And Steve squeezed the trigger.
He saw the face wobble with the impact. Half of it blew away. The grenade launcher fell back over the wall and disappeared... but only briefly.
Seconds later it was back up, bobbing along the wall. Steve watched it until it stopped, and fired again as a second Taliban face appeared. "Looked like someone bounced a football off his head, the way it snapped backwards," says the L Cpl. Throughout that day Steve shot dead another five insurgents from the snipers' nest he shared with fellow crackshot Frank "The Yank" Ward.
Steve, 29, says it's their "job to kill people and there's no other way of saying it".
And award-winning writer Sam Kiley, who followed their exploits, believes the pair epitomise the desire of the British Army to get the job done. "Afghanistan is in many ways a sniper's war," he says. "Most insurgent attacks are conducted by up to a dozen men who can tie up a whole company.
"If a sniper can kill or injure two or three, he drives down the ability of the Taliban to suck energy out of the British."
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We need men like this to protect the country. I wish we had a million of them.
Good post marktwain
One shot......one kill
These brain-washed cretin throwbacks need killing. There’s no way to put it politely.
Where would we be without men like this?
When they start bagging congresscritters, we will truely be safe;)
Most of the good snipers I’ve heard of grew up shooting since they were kids. Sighting, leading, and windage just comes so natural to them that they can calculate it “off the cuff” and hit d*mn close to where they were aiming, under less than perfect conditions with a snap shot.
I wonder how the quality of snipers from the more “enlightened” western cultures will change when the first time almost all of new recruits handle a gun will be in basic training? It will have to affect their overall performance I would think, there are just some things that you can’t pick up as well later in life.
Nice post! Brings a smile to my face.
Frank - who holds a British passport but grew up in America’s Mid-West - adds: “Even so, if you talked about it much people would want to avoid you. They’d think you were weird.”
I think you are a hero.
I think you atre all that stands between civilized people and the scum islamics that seek to destroy civilization.
Read “Marine Snoper” the story of Carlos Hathcock.
I wonder why the publicity. I would think they and their families are now at risk.
Extending the theater from Afghanistan is quite easy when the names and faces are known.
.......When they start bagging congresscritters.....
And terrorist legal defense teams who aid and abet
Marine Sniper: one of my favorite books. Read it three times. I highly recommend it!! Great read!!
(if the UN finds out they'll make him take his scope off and shoot backwards using a hand held mirror like Annie Oakley)
Writer doesn't do this guy justice.
Carlos is my hero.
I’ve spent the last several years studying and practicing long range shooting. The average rifleman has NO IDEA what it takes to hit a target at 1000 yards with a single shot.
To quote a Marine Sniper soon to go to Afghanistan: “Somone has got to do it.”
BTW, these 5 Taliban could have killed hundreds of the good guys. Now they can’t. Job done.
We do. They'll step up just when we need them the most. Many are already serving or have served and are just waiting for that moment of desperation when they know the country needs them once more to step into that awful role. They will be there for us, just as they have been since April 19th 1775.
I used to be able to put 7 of 10 rounds in a 20” bull from 500 yards using iron sights.
1000 yards is a whole different ballgame!
I had a buddy who had popped an NVA colonel from 1400 yards. The NVA officer was at a blackboard, delivering a lecture to troops sitting on three rows of benches. Talk about psychological warfare! That must have really messed with their minds.
Can't ever say I met all snipers but all I'VE met were hunters first with danged good vision( 20/10) and they lived for the kill. I was fortunate to have served as a spotter and occasional shooter. Our "line" came from the 'nam area,"Pink Mist, or "misted' but we had more colorful names. I'm proud to say I learned from my 'nam vet peers. It's a danged beautiful site when you get that head shot and the bad guy doesn't even know he's dead yet.
This bloke be one good lad( If'n I got me English down a tad."