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Super Sniper Kills Taliban 1.5 Miles Away
sky news ^ | 3 May 2010 | Adam Arnold

Posted on 05/04/2010 6:00:40 AM PDT by shove_it

A British army sniper helped save his commander and set a new sharpshooting record after killing two Taliban machine gunners in Afghanistan from a mile-and-a-half away.

Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison fired his consecutive shots from such a long distance that they took almost three seconds to reach their targets.

This was despite the 8.59mm bullets leaving the barrel of his rifle at almost three times the speed of sound.

The distance to his two targets was 8,120ft, or 1.54 miles - according to a GPS system - and about 3,000ft beyond the weapon's effective range.

The 35-year-old beat the previous sniper kill record of 7,972ft, set by a Canadian soldier who shot dead an al Qaeda gunman in March 2002.

Speaking about the incident, Cpl of Horse Harrison said: "The first round hit a machine gunner in the stomach and killed him outright. 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 serviceman then fired a third and final round to ensure the machine gun was out of action. [...]

(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: banglist; sniper
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1 posted on 05/04/2010 6:00:40 AM PDT by shove_it
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To: shove_it

Soon to be prosecuted, no doubt.


2 posted on 05/04/2010 6:02:10 AM PDT by rhombus
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Nice shootin’ there Cpl. Harrison.


3 posted on 05/04/2010 6:03:05 AM PDT by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: shove_it

That, sir, is some damn fine shootin’!


4 posted on 05/04/2010 6:03:44 AM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: shove_it

I’d call that *lobbing* a projectile


5 posted on 05/04/2010 6:03:58 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: shove_it

Jolly good shooting, ole boy. Glad you’re on our side. Too bad your face is now known to the world. Might I suggest you move to the states, say somewhere in Montana?


6 posted on 05/04/2010 6:04:52 AM PDT by Wilderness Conservative
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To: shove_it

Give that man a seegar!


7 posted on 05/04/2010 6:08:07 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: shove_it

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8 posted on 05/04/2010 6:08:24 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy ("It's not the number of burnt cars that worries me. It's the fact that everyone finds this normal..")
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To: shove_it

That is some damn fine shootin!............

9 posted on 05/04/2010 6:08:24 AM PDT by Red Badger (When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you'll know that its desolation is NEAR. Luke 21)
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To: Wilderness Conservative

He looks like Tony Romo.................


10 posted on 05/04/2010 6:09:19 AM PDT by Red Badger (When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you'll know that its desolation is NEAR. Luke 21)
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To: shove_it

The speedy delivery of semi precious metals!


11 posted on 05/04/2010 6:11:04 AM PDT by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: shove_it

I know this is a dumb question, but what sort of rank is “Corporal of Horse”?


12 posted on 05/04/2010 6:13:52 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: shove_it
Three shots on target at 8000 ft. That is superb.
13 posted on 05/04/2010 6:15:46 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: shove_it

I would be lucky to hit a target at 100 feet.

Good shooting.


14 posted on 05/04/2010 6:15:51 AM PDT by NH Red
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To: Ready4Freddy
I searched the headline 3 ways - nada. This story deserves massive repitition anyway.
15 posted on 05/04/2010 6:15:54 AM PDT by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: basil

Right above Private of the Donkey.


16 posted on 05/04/2010 6:16:48 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists".)
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To: basil

Enlisted cavalry in the British Army.


17 posted on 05/04/2010 6:17:27 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("And the pony looked a little bored...")
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To: basil

‘Corporal of Horse’ is like Sergeant, but in the Household Cavalry (the Blues and Royals and the Life Guards).


18 posted on 05/04/2010 6:20:18 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Red Badger
One of the best episodes was "target shooting" on the lawn of the mansion. Jed was knocking clays with his single shot rifle and Granny was even better.

Ellie May had just discovered brassieres, but thought they were "double-barreled sling shots" and was hitting clays with them.
19 posted on 05/04/2010 6:25:17 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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This is truly amazing.


20 posted on 05/04/2010 6:25:44 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (This nation, of the people, by the people, and for the people has perished from the land.)
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