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Hotshot sniper in one-and-a-half mile double kill [two Taliban machinegunners.......]
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Posted on 05/01/2010 5:02:52 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Hotshot sniper in one-and-a-half mile double kill Michael Smith

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 bullets took almost three seconds to reach their target after leaving the barrel of the rifle at almost three times the speed of sound.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; banglist; killed; sniper; tlaiban
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Not bad.

The L115A3 rifle: http://www.army.mod.uk/equipment/support-weapons/1459.aspx

1 posted on 05/01/2010 5:02:52 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Wow. 3000 ft. beyond effective range and a three second flight time. That guy is beyond good.


2 posted on 05/01/2010 5:05:04 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Sub-Driver

I like stories with happy endings.


3 posted on 05/01/2010 5:05:30 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Sub-Driver
Nice twofer!
4 posted on 05/01/2010 5:06:53 PM PDT by Shqipo (Hey Libs-- Now that Gov't will pay for your diapers how long until you demand help putting them on?)
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To: Sub-Driver

5 posted on 05/01/2010 5:07:05 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Sloppy ending.


6 posted on 05/01/2010 5:08:14 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: Sub-Driver

Dump the html and you get this:

http://www.army.mod.uk/equipment/support-weapons/1459.aspx


7 posted on 05/01/2010 5:08:42 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: Sub-Driver

More than three times the speed of sound? What does that translate into in feet per second?


8 posted on 05/01/2010 5:10:18 PM PDT by csmusaret (Remember, half the people in this country are below average)
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To: Sub-Driver

Cold bore kills at that distance are absolutely amazing let alone a twofer!!


9 posted on 05/01/2010 5:10:22 PM PDT by R_Kangel (`.`)
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To: csmusaret

I’d say that’s about 2,800 feet per second.


10 posted on 05/01/2010 5:16:15 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Gone Galt and loving it)
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To: Sub-Driver

Nice shoot’n Tex!


11 posted on 05/01/2010 5:17:19 PM PDT by 23 Everest (Vote them all out of office!)
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To: Sub-Driver

shoots a 8.59mm bullet.

Compare to 50BMG which is a 12.9mm bullet.


12 posted on 05/01/2010 5:17:36 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Steely Tom

Nadia Commenici?


13 posted on 05/01/2010 5:18:08 PM PDT by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I was in the Brit army and the rifle is by far the best I have ever shot.

Does anyone know if they actually sell them over ehre


14 posted on 05/01/2010 5:18:20 PM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Sub-Driver

Bloody good show! Nice to see some Englishman hasn’t forgotten how to use a rifle.


15 posted on 05/01/2010 5:19:17 PM PDT by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Very good ... way to go ...


16 posted on 05/01/2010 5:19:56 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: csmusaret
Muzzle velocity 936 m/s

1100 x 3

17 posted on 05/01/2010 5:21:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: manc

.338 , probably Lapua. Lots of configurations available here.


18 posted on 05/01/2010 5:23:04 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Sub-Driver

L115A3 Rifle

Weight 15 lbs.

5-round box feed

http://www.army.mod.uk/equipment/support-weapons/1459.aspx

19 posted on 05/01/2010 5:24:18 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Nothing finer than the long shot. Kudos to this soldier for such a fine job! I would like to know what optics he was using.


20 posted on 05/01/2010 5:24:53 PM PDT by shag377 (Illegitimis nil carborundum sunt!)
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To: Texas Fossil

I’ll have a search for it and see how much to goes for, I’d love to get it and shoot it again.
we used a SIGP229 and I have that but this rifle would be the jewel


21 posted on 05/01/2010 5:25:41 PM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Cold Heart

8.60x70mm (.338 Lapua)


22 posted on 05/01/2010 5:26:07 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: John-Irish
Nadia Commenici?

As in "Perfect 10s."

Took me a minute to figure that out....

23 posted on 05/01/2010 5:26:47 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: colorado tanker

Can anyone calculate how far off taget he had to aim for that distance? It has to be MASSIVE !


24 posted on 05/01/2010 5:29:16 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3V3Ry71N' 084M4 D03z 83N3f17Z MU5l1mz. c01NC1d3nc3?)
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To: manc

I’ve always wanted a big bore rifle, would love to have a 50BMG. But it is only useful for other than hunting.

My father still has a Winchester .348, but no one likes to shoot it. Loaded heavy it has too much recoil, and brass is a problem.

Have thought about one of the big bore Ruger model 1’s as an option.

Don’t have the money anyway, so that will have to wait.


25 posted on 05/01/2010 5:32:28 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Texas Fossil

shooting handguns is one thing, shooting auto is one thing but I love shooting a sniper rifle and seeing if I can get that target over a mile away.

just had a quick look on the internet and now seen anything yet.
what would you say they would go for ?


26 posted on 05/01/2010 5:35:57 PM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: csmusaret

over 634 fps


27 posted on 05/01/2010 5:36:04 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3V3Ry71N' 084M4 D03z 83N3f17Z MU5l1mz. c01NC1d3nc3?)
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To: Paladin2; SaxxonWoods

I calculate three times the speed of sound as 3,350 fps which surprised me. I would have guessed it to be much higher. Three times the speed of sound sounds a lot more impressive to me than 3350 fps.


28 posted on 05/01/2010 5:36:25 PM PDT by csmusaret (Remember, half the people in this country are below average)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Self post - my bad. Wrong formula.


29 posted on 05/01/2010 5:37:38 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3V3Ry71N' 084M4 D03z 83N3f17Z MU5l1mz. c01NC1d3nc3?)
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To: All

If you like long distance shots, rent the movie “Shooter.”


30 posted on 05/01/2010 5:38:35 PM PDT by upchuck (FYI: Our government is now being run via fortune cookies.)
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To: csmusaret
"Three times the speed of sound sounds a lot more impressive"

Crack of the whip.

31 posted on 05/01/2010 5:39:00 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

I am too familiar with that sound.


32 posted on 05/01/2010 5:41:06 PM PDT by csmusaret (Remember, half the people in this country are below average)
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To: Sub-Driver

What a POS....that left that comment on the site.


33 posted on 05/01/2010 5:41:50 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Nailbiter

happy ending ping


34 posted on 05/01/2010 5:43:24 PM PDT by IncPen (HEY GORE -- GIVE BACK THE OSCAR! - GIVE BACK THE NOBEL! ANSWER THE HOAX!)
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To: colorado tanker
Yeah, three seconds flying time. Imagine what you could be doing in three seconds: flipping a pancake, scratching an itch, putting on a hat, picking your.....BLAM!

I wonder what arc this projectile had to travel- was it on a Hail Mary path? Man, that's some good shooting.

35 posted on 05/01/2010 5:43:38 PM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: John-Irish
Nadia Commenici?

Scored a perfect 10.

36 posted on 05/01/2010 5:43:44 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Texas Fossil
Winchester 1894

Legacy (24 inch barrel, checkered semi-pistol grip stock; caliber .30-30, .357 Mag., .44 Mag., .45 Colt)

http://www.chuckhawks.com/win_94.htm

37 posted on 05/01/2010 5:44:42 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: manc

I have no clue about price. Since they are made in England they may not export them. Citizens there are not allowed to own such things, sad.

I’ll bet you could get one built easy enough, but not sure what type of action you would want if you started from scratch.

Have read that Lilja makes some fine barrels for the purpose. They even make 50BMG barrels.

http://www.riflebarrels.com/products/default.htm


38 posted on 05/01/2010 5:46:13 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: budwiesest
"Imagine what you could be doing in three seconds:"

Sliding your "0bama cash from his stash" ATM card through the butt crack of a rich American?

39 posted on 05/01/2010 5:47:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Texas Fossil

not seen that link so thank you, I’ll check it out right now

as for the UK, that is one of the reason of millions why I left after serving there for years


40 posted on 05/01/2010 5:48:27 PM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: csmusaret

About 3228 fps at standard temp. (68 F) and pressure (30 inches of mercury). So probably a bit less if significantly above sea level.


41 posted on 05/01/2010 5:49:47 PM PDT by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: upchuck

I would add that this movie, ‘Shooter’, is based on the Stephen Hunter novel, NOT the book by that fake sniper, Jack Coughlin. Hunter could use a little consultation from real snipers himself, but at least he doesn’t claim to be one.


42 posted on 05/01/2010 5:50:16 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Paladin2

Yep, I own a model 94 bicentennial 30-30.

It is interesting that make the 1894 .450 Marlin.

Thanks for the link.

The 94 is not exactly a snipers rifle, but the .348 was a good bear gun if you were tough enough to shoot it.


43 posted on 05/01/2010 5:52:38 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“In a remarkable tour of duty, Harrison cheated death a few weeks later when a Taliban bullet pierced his helmet but was deflected away from his skull. He later broke both arms when his army vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.”

That’s one tough Tommy!


44 posted on 05/01/2010 5:53:13 PM PDT by DemforBush (Somebody wake me when sanity has returned to the nation.)
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To: Clive; girlangler; fanfan; DirtyHarryY2K; Tribune7; manic4organic; U S Army EOD; Chode; tillacum; ..

Sniper


45 posted on 05/01/2010 5:55:36 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: manc

Were you born in England?


46 posted on 05/01/2010 5:56:34 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Texas Fossil

yes sir
born and raised, moved over here after I left the military and I came legally unlike those others who disrespect this country and her laws


47 posted on 05/01/2010 5:58:33 PM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Texas Fossil
I think there are a number of stories from Alaskans who have successfully used the >.40 1894s to ward off the bears.

My kid got his great Grandfather's 30-30 that was built in 1896. Seems to shoot fine. I'm thinking about getting my own.

48 posted on 05/01/2010 5:58:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Texas Fossil

also now a proud gun toting, Christian straight American male


49 posted on 05/01/2010 6:00:07 PM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: manc

Glad you did, now we have to keep her free.

It is every citizens duty.


50 posted on 05/01/2010 6:00:13 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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