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Gone in 28 seconds: Rapid-fire sniper takes out five Taliban soldiers to protect British patrol
Daily Mail ^ | May 6, 2010

Posted on 05/06/2010 3:12:46 AM PDT by rdl6989

A British Army sharp shooter has told how he killed five Taliban soldiers in 28 seconds - in a desperate bid to protect a British patrol that the insurgents were preparing to ambush.

The enemy targets were more than a mile away when the sniper, a corporal serving with 4 Rifles, got the all clear to take them out.

The corporal - who has 37 confirmed kills in just four months in the war zone - said that he and his spotter were set up in an old fort in Haji Alem, in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province.

They spotted the Taliban soldiers getting ready to attack a British foot patrol.

The sniper, who has not been named for security reasons, was using the L115A3 long-range rifle, which has an effective range of 1,100 metres.

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


TOPICS: Front Page News; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; allies; banglist; l115a3; longshot; mawhinney; oneshotonekill; sniper
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Nice shooting!
1 posted on 05/06/2010 3:12:46 AM PDT by rdl6989
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To: rdl6989

Jude Law incarnate !


2 posted on 05/06/2010 3:15:19 AM PDT by Renegade ("Bring it on while I still don't need glasses to shoot your eye out ")
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To: rdl6989
First off, this is simply outstanding! Great shooting with a happy outcome!

Next off though...

He requested permission to fire from his superiors - a battlefield requirement if the enemy had not yet opened fire - and was given the 'weapons free' order.

He's chained to the staff weenies.

3 posted on 05/06/2010 3:16:13 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: All

Info on the gun he used:
http://www.army.mod.uk/equipment/support-weapons/1459.aspx


4 posted on 05/06/2010 3:18:13 AM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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To: rdl6989

Jolly Good!


5 posted on 05/06/2010 3:25:50 AM PDT by CDFingers (I don't want 0bama to fail. He wants it bad enough for the both of us!)
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To: rdl6989

Very impressive.


6 posted on 05/06/2010 3:36:19 AM PDT by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: rdl6989

The US has some incredible sniper stories, too. Unfortunately, if they were told, it would put their families at risk here from enemy cells, so mums the word. Good shooting from this soldier and I hope his family stays safe.


7 posted on 05/06/2010 3:37:58 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: rdl6989
Gotta love it!

Mike

8 posted on 05/06/2010 3:47:41 AM PDT by MichaelP (Democrats are the party of Special Education)
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To: rdl6989

No medal for restraint for these heroes.

Thank you, Lord.


9 posted on 05/06/2010 3:51:43 AM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: rdl6989

Video? IwishIwishIwish...


10 posted on 05/06/2010 3:56:40 AM PDT by ArtDodger (Reread Animal Farm (with your kids))
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To: Renegade
Jude Law incarnate !

What does Jude Law have to do with this? He's an actor who probably would tremble at the thought of actually firing a gun at someone.

11 posted on 05/06/2010 3:56:40 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: rdl6989

Incredible!

Just one kill shot at that range is awesome!


12 posted on 05/06/2010 3:58:51 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: rdl6989

Good work corporal!

“Rifles are inanimate objects that have no will of their own. As such, they may be used by evil men for evil purposes. While an evil man may not be persuaded by propaganda, he may certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.” — Col. Jeff Cooper


13 posted on 05/06/2010 4:05:09 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
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To: rdl6989
A good old fashioned "mad minute" drill, except that it was real. Nice shooting, soldier.

CC

14 posted on 05/06/2010 4:05:52 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (ostende mihi pecuniam!)
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To: rdl6989
Outstanding Shooting! a MILE away!!

a corporal serving with 4 Rifles

Using BOTH arms and BOTH legs, even!

15 posted on 05/06/2010 4:08:29 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: rdl6989

From that distance, did the enemy even realize they were being shot until it was too late?


16 posted on 05/06/2010 4:08:59 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Republicans, the REAL civil rights party.)
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To: raybbr
What does Jude Law have to do with this?

You have to have seen the movie "Enemy at the Gates" to know what he's talking about.

17 posted on 05/06/2010 4:09:28 AM PDT by Mopp4
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To: rdl6989

Nice shooting, indeed! However, the term: “Taliban soldier” rankles.


18 posted on 05/06/2010 4:11:30 AM PDT by Jumpmaster (Defund the Left!)
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To: raybbr
Law played a Russian sniper set at the siege of Stalingrad.
19 posted on 05/06/2010 4:37:55 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"He's chained to the staff weenies"

"Staff weenies" are not in the chain-of-command.

20 posted on 05/06/2010 4:40:48 AM PDT by verity (Obama Lies - Obongo must go!)
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To: rdl6989

Bravo Zulu soldier!


21 posted on 05/06/2010 4:42:46 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Comrade O has to go.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

I imagine he probably got off two rounds before the report of the first reached the intended targets.


22 posted on 05/06/2010 4:44:52 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: rdl6989

Five shots magazine on that rifle... Five Talibunnies down, a mile out... Doubt he had time to reload in those 28 seconds...

Impressive!


23 posted on 05/06/2010 4:48:11 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Gov. Chris Christie (R) won the NJ-6 held by Rep. Frank Pallone (D) by a 15.5% margin!)
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To: raybbr

“Enemy At The Gates”. Great WWII Sniper Movie . He was a Russian sniper pitted against a German sniper . Mosin Nagant vs Mauser . See it , you’ll like it .


24 posted on 05/06/2010 4:52:52 AM PDT by Renegade ("Bring it on while I still don't need glasses to shoot your eye out ")
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Looks like it has a suppressor...so all they would hear is the buzzing hornet...


25 posted on 05/06/2010 4:53:02 AM PDT by databoss
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To: Haiku Guy

IR is a semi auto with five round box may and the article said it took nine shots?for the first kill is that what I read?


26 posted on 05/06/2010 4:55:06 AM PDT by databoss
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To: AFreeBird; Haiku Guy
I imagine he probably got off two rounds before the report of the first reached the intended targets.

Nine rounds to take out the first one......

27 posted on 05/06/2010 4:56:30 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Peanut butter was just peanut butter until I found Free Republic.........)
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To: databoss

Can’t use sub-sonic ammo at that range, so it still “cracks” a sonic boom.


28 posted on 05/06/2010 4:58:52 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: Renegade
Jude Law incarnate !

No, I think meant to say Vassili Zaitsev incarnate. Jude Law is just the actor who portrayed Zaitsev.

29 posted on 05/06/2010 5:03:41 AM PDT by Tatze (I reject your reality and substitute my own!)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
From that distance, did the enemy even realize they were being shot until it was too late?

Yes, they almost certainly did. According to the article, taking down the first guy took 9 rounds. Understandable since the effective range of the weapon is listed at about 1100 meters, and this engagement was happening at about 1600 meters. So it took a few rounds to get the proper correction.

Apparently the enemy unit was closing on the friendlies, because subsequent engagements were at shorter ranges. Probably not much shorter - how far can you run in 28 seconds, really? Noteworthy is that the enemy unit apparently continued with their attempt to engage the patrol even after they started taking fire. (rather than taking cover) They say the battlefield weeds out the dumb ones quickly, guess this is proof.

30 posted on 05/06/2010 5:10:56 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (obama out now! I'll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom - you can keep the change.)
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To: rdl6989

Unbelievable. Bolt Action, 338 Lupua with a 3x12 scope. Even at 12 power the targets would be pretty small at a mile. Factor in wind, gravity, temperature, rotation of the earth, etc. and that’s incredible shooting.


31 posted on 05/06/2010 5:11:16 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: DocRock

The movie the hurt locker depicted sniper fire pretty accurately.
.wind, heat,humidity and tim
e of day all factor in how the sound carries. ...


32 posted on 05/06/2010 5:15:31 AM PDT by databoss
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To: rdl6989
[Rex Harrison voice, as the Duke of Wellington]

Raise this man to sergeant!

33 posted on 05/06/2010 5:20:16 AM PDT by OKSooner
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To: rdl6989

Wow...The Brits are producing some of the finest snipers in the world. This is the second shooting, the first, was reported over the weekend and he took out 2 at 1.5 miles. Using the same rifle...! I’d love to see one of those rifles..(love to own one)


34 posted on 05/06/2010 5:42:27 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Control the American people? Herding cats would be easier.)
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To: rdl6989

Ya gotta love professionals.


35 posted on 05/06/2010 5:50:32 AM PDT by Badeye (I can see NOVEMBER from My HOUSE.)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Amazing what was done in the event your are referencing.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2506211/posts

-bullets took almost three seconds to reach their targets

-distance to his two targets was 8,120ft, or 1.54 miles

A good chart of the weapon and its capabilities at this article:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1270414/British-sniper-sets-new-sharpshooting-record-1-54-mile-double-Taliban-kill.html


36 posted on 05/06/2010 5:58:44 AM PDT by deport
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To: rdl6989

37 posted on 05/06/2010 6:06:26 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: AFreeBird

The question I have is did he get the 2nd shot off before the 1st shot hit the target.


38 posted on 05/06/2010 6:16:58 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Happy hunting! Hey old chap I bagged 37 Taliban. Pip pip cherry oh!


39 posted on 05/06/2010 6:30:23 AM PDT by Mr. Right Now
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To: rdl6989

Didn’t a Brit sniper just set a world record of a 1 1/2 mile hit?


40 posted on 05/06/2010 6:33:47 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: count-your-change

I thought that was Ralph Feinnes (?)


41 posted on 05/06/2010 6:34:27 AM PDT by PhiloBedo (I won't be happy until Jet-A is less than $2.00 a gallon)
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To: rdl6989
The enemy targets were more than a mile away ....

[the rifle,] which has an effective range of 1,100 metres

... a mile is 1600 metres, so at "more than a mile away", the targets were well outside the effective range, making this even more impressive.


42 posted on 05/06/2010 6:48:43 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I read an article about Americans being pinned down and asked for air support. The “commanders” called a lawyer and were told not to send them.

They have to call a lawyer to approve of air strikes??


43 posted on 05/06/2010 6:54:21 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: rdl6989

.338 Lapua for the win. That round, that rifle, and the well-trained Brits using it are certainly making waves!

}:-)4


44 posted on 05/06/2010 6:57:53 AM PDT by Moose4 (Wasting away again in Michaelnifongville.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
These days all snipers are chained to the weenies. One of my kids friends was a marine sniper in Iraq. He spent five years there. After the initial invasion him and his spotter had to get permission to fire on terrorist unless they were actively shooting at US troops. he is certain that many times they were radio linked directly to the Pentagon when asking for permission to shoot. This guy had Mookie dead to rights once and was denied permission to shoot because fatboy was inside a Mosque wall. In the second battle of Fallujah he was denied permission to shoot some guys that had a mortar and were shooting from inside a Mosque compound. They killed five Marines.
45 posted on 05/06/2010 7:01:39 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (If you can read this you are the resistance.)
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To: GeronL

They are running our country in Washington. They are now in charge of wars. Shakespeare had the right idea.


46 posted on 05/06/2010 7:05:27 AM PDT by Starstruck
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To: verity
"He's chained to the staff weenies" "Staff weenies" are not in the chain-of-command.

Neither is the unit's JAG. Doesn't mean he doesn't have input.

47 posted on 05/06/2010 7:10:28 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: GeronL

Is this a war? Or is it a police action? A ‘reconstruction’? A ‘nation-build’?

Unfortunately our soldiers are put in the position of fighting an enemy not for the purpose of smashing them and taking their territory, but for stabilizing a nascent—and quite corrupt—government. When the enemy blends with the local population, killing him at any cost may impede the larger ‘mission.’

I’m glad it isn’t me.


48 posted on 05/06/2010 7:14:31 AM PDT by ivyleaguebrat
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To: ivyleaguebrat

I totally agree. If we are not there to kill baddies, then get out.


49 posted on 05/06/2010 7:18:05 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

usually dead before the sound hits them.....so no, but if your the last one standing and you don’t believe it came from a mile away....your sh*t is short


50 posted on 05/06/2010 7:24:43 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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