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Posted on 05/02/2010 9:40:06 AM PDT by Steelfish
British Sniper Shoots Dead Two Taliban Fighters... From More Than 1.5 Miles Away
2nd May 2010
Hero: Craig Harrison s[Pic in URL] aved his Army colleagues by killing two Taliban machinegunners from more than 1.5 miles away A British Army sniper has earned a place in military history by killing two Taliban machine gunners from more than a mile and a half away. Craig Harrison's record-breaking sharpshooting felled the insurgents with consecutive bullets - even though they were 3,200ft beyond the effective range of his rifle. The Household Cavalry veteran's kills from a distance of 8,120ft eclipsed the previous sniper record by 150ft.
His pinpoint accuracy saved the life of his troop commander who was trapped in a vehicle under fire from the enemy in Afghanistan. In an extraordinary tour of duty, Corporal of Horse Harrison cheated death twice - surviving being shot in the head by a Taliban bullet and escaping with two broken arms when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.
The elite marksman killed the two insurgents with his British-built L115A3 Long Range Rifle, the Armys most powerful sniper weapon. The shooting was from such extreme range that the 8.59mm bullets took almost three seconds to hit their target, despite leaving the barrel at three times the speed of sound. The firearm, which has slayed scores of Taliban fighters, is so deadly that it has been dubbed 'The Silent Assassin'.
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I bet this sniper looks just like Mark Harmon and is called “Gibbs”! Good shooting!
How can he possible read them their rights from that distance before he executes them?
Makes my poor little .308 look kind of impotent.
That’s so awesome. Stuff like this has to make the bad guys nervous.
Damn. Nice work.
Talk about a sharp shooter...that’s amazing!!!
It is wonderful to celebrate our heroes. But damn, don’t post a picture and his name in the paper.
They have put a bulls-eye on this soldier.
He He....when I Googled that gun....the first picture I clicked on turned out to be a a link to a 2008 Free Republic thread.
‘A third shot clipped the weapon as I hoped to render it unserviceable.’
8.59mm Is that the .338 Lapua? Looks to be so.
May God protect all our men and women that serve in uniform over there regardless of their country of origin.
Why am I not buying this? And Jessica Lynch shot it out and killed 15 Iraqi soldiers, too.
The Daily Mail is erroneously referring to him as ‘Cpl’ or ‘Corporal’ in actual fact, he is ‘CoH’ or ‘Corporal of Horse’ which is the equivalent of a Sergeant. The Household Cavalry doesn’t have Sergeants because the word ‘Sergeant’ is etymologically descended from a word meaning ‘servant’ and the people who have historically joined the Cavalry regiments have been far too posh to accept being called a servant....
And we have a President who is the equivalent of an 'ass of horse.'
For example tiny drones, invisible to the eye at a distance, that move down field to calculate wind velocity and feed data back into a computer which either tells the sniper what adjustments to make or makes them automatically.
Or bullet-sized missiles that are precisely directed to target by powerful computer-based telescopes.
“And we have a President who is the equivalent of an ‘ass of horse.’”
Yes, and worse. He is evil. His father is Satan.
Yes. It's hard to beat a .33 for good old sectional density.
I know. I want one for Mother's Day!
It is too bad they publish the names of these heros. Our own SF’s already are worried about being ID, because they have no protection in their homeland.
They need to be recognized, but not this way.
“Why am I not buying this?”
And why not? My son, USMC, witnessed snipers in action in Beruit in 1984 - uncanny accuracy at long range. This as reported here is a combo of skill and luck, of course.
Dang! Another rifle I have to get now!
Approximate cost in US dollars,is about $35,000
What would be the verticle drop of the bullet at that range? That’s what blows my mind...to accurately gauge that..
Micro-stamp a Miranda warning onto each bullet.
At a Klick, the drop is -137 inches.
THe ballistics tables are on the web.
This shot was called at 3300 yards in an Amercian version of this story.
Long range shooting isn’t new
- Tests of the 45-70 at SAndy Hook - 1879.
THE SHOOTER at the heavy bench rest squinted as he aligned his .45-70 Allin-Springfield Model 1873 Army rifle on the distant target. The rifle fore-stock and barrel was cradled in a rest; the butt was supported by his shoulder. The rear sight was flipped up to its full height, so with no stock support for his head, the rifle tester from Springfield Armory worked carefully to align high rear and low muzzle sight on the speck that was the target - a surveyed 2,500 yards distant.
Holding his breath, he squeezed the 7-pound trigger. The rifle fired, and some 15 seconds later, signals from the target indicated that his shot had struck well inside the 6-foot diameter bullseye on a target well over a mile away!
At these ranges, it is almost mini-artty.
The second Taliban must have been a really slow learner.
There getting there. Check this out.
This part seems, odd.
Skill is a biproduct of hard work.
The harder you work, the luckier you get.
What a loser calls luck, a winner calls hard work.
One kill maybe lucky. 2 kills...not so much.
Absolutely incredible ping!
Shot fired...One thousand one, one th...
Look at the board.
Wave flag or banner.
The same as for any object. 3 seconds as per the article x 9.8m/s^2.
That’s some serious correction required for sure.
The chapter on long range firing begins with a report from the Armory at Springfield, Massachusetts, May 9, 1879. It records the results of long range tests of U.S. Army Model 1873 .45-caliber rifles using 405 and 500-grain lead bullets, including variations in muzzle velocity and penetration of lead bullets through one-inch target boards and into sand. These tests were made at the request of the Chief of Ordnance. His interest had been aroused by reports of long range infantry fire, up to 1½ miles, during the1877-78 Turko-Russian War. (There is another whole Winchester story on that war)
Remember, smokeless powder and the higher velocities it gives didn't hit the scene till 1888 and then it was the French that were the first to use the powder in military arms.
The .30-40 Krag/.30 U.S./.30 Army/.30 Government was a cartridge developed in the early 1890s to provide the US armed forces with a new, powerful round to fire from the rifle it was going to select in the 1892 trials. Since the round it was replacing was the .45-70 Government, the round was considered small-bore at the time. The rifle selected was ultimately the Krag-Jørgensen. It was the first round used by the US army designed for smokeless powder.
THe 30 Government became the 30-04, then the 30-06. Which in turn begat the 7.62 x 51, my fav single shot target round. And so ends the history of the world, at least this chapter....
Thanks for the info.
That the story is totally accurate but the
photo and the name and other personal info
has been changed is probably way too much
to ask of the media, unfortunately.
A ton of work, will get you a pound of luck.
My father-in-law did a lot of hunting in Alaska, he has taken bear, big horn sheep and mountain goat with his 30-40 Krag. It’s his favorite.
7 pound trigger?
A good round in the right rifle. Musta been good to go or the US Army would not have picked for issue, eh?
I guess the men were just stronger in 1897.... it was a benchrest piece.
Would he have had to elevate the front of the weapon in order to accommodate the arc of the bullet?
“What would be the verticle drop of the bullet at that range? Thats what blows my mind...to accurately gauge that..”
That’s what I wanted to know. But seeing the diagrammatic picture, I think I see that maybe the scope takes care of that. The shooter dials in the estimated distance and the scope tilts to raise the front of the barrel.
Stamp “GOTCHA” on each bullet.