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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

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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To: shove_it

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 Bushbacker1 (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

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2504791/posts

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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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To: SJSAMPLE

On one episode, Jed and Jethro were lighting matches at 300 yards with their rifles............


21 posted on 05/04/2010 6:34:49 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: Red Badger

LOL, I think I remember that.

Or the time Hollywood filmed a Civil War movie in the canyon behind the “cement pond” and Grannie picked up a rifle and joined in.


22 posted on 05/04/2010 6:36:20 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Blue Jays
Outstanding precision shooting to kill two terrorist enemies.
Excellent decision for that third shot to render their weapon useless, too.


23 posted on 05/04/2010 6:38:38 AM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: agere_contra; DCBryan1; CholeraJoe

Thanks for enlightening me.


24 posted on 05/04/2010 6:40:48 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

I saw his story on the Military Channel he had to deal with wind drift coming from two direction the first two rounds missed but he nailed him on the his third shot I think it was 2430 meters. They were walking a Mountain ridge line according to the show.


25 posted on 05/04/2010 6:43:23 AM PDT by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: SJSAMPLE

......and they “captured” General Grant!...................


26 posted on 05/04/2010 6:47:55 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: Red Badger

That’s right!!!

And Granny had a whole suitcase full of Confederate script under her bed.


27 posted on 05/04/2010 6:51:56 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: shove_it
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.

Hell yeah, the kinetic energy of that round is pretty lethal.

Good shooting Corporal!

28 posted on 05/04/2010 6:52:46 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rappini

I’m quite sure these are separate incidents. I saw the one you commented on and believe he was Canadian. He was using a 50 cal BMG round and they had to switch to our ammo (better ballistics) when theirs ran out. Awesome shots for sure.


29 posted on 05/04/2010 7:40:05 AM PDT by mcshot (Flip da house and repel the RINOs.)
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To: mcshot

Thank for the correction.


30 posted on 05/04/2010 10:49:47 AM PDT by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: mcshot

makes this record more impressive, i don’t think the .338 lapua has quite the range of a .50bmg.


31 posted on 05/04/2010 12:23:47 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced, tattooed, pierced, harley hatin, meghan mccain luvin', smoker and pit bull owner..what?)
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To: shove_it

RIGHT ON!

Damn, I have to say that is just flat out sexy. Sorry call me inhumane, but there it is.


32 posted on 05/04/2010 12:25:49 PM PDT by Danae (Don't like the Constitution, try living in a country with out one.)
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To: shove_it
Putting this into perspective: a normal size man is approximately 19" wide at the shoulders. For easier computation let's make it 20". 20" at 1000 yards subtends 2MOA (minutes of angle). Under ideal conditions (which seldom exist), if one can hit a 2" circle at 100 yards, one can hit a 20" circle at 1000 yards. At 2000 yards one must hold 1MOA to hit a 20" circle. At 2640 yards (1.5 miles) one must hold .758 MOA to hit a 20" circle. [Please correct my math, if I've made a mistake.]

If a shooter is dialed in and conditions are perfect, hitting a man's torso is equivalent to holding < .75MOA. That's fine shooting. (Even G. David Tubbs, a highly decorated high-power shooter, took a few shots to get on paper at a mile using his 6.5-284 match rifle in a recent video.)

33 posted on 05/04/2010 2:02:34 PM PDT by nonsporting
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To: shove_it

Thread bump.


34 posted on 05/06/2010 1:13:45 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: absolootezer0

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

Designed to achieve a first-round hit at 600 metres and harassing fire out to 1,100 metres.


35 posted on 05/06/2010 5:27:48 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
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