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Dead Men Risen: The snipers' story (WOW! AMAZING SHOOTING - EVEN A QUIGLEY!
The Telegraph ^ | March 13, 2011 | Toby Harnden

Posted on 03/13/2011 4:46:25 PM PDT by bimboeruption

Operating from a remote patrol base in Helmand, two British snipers were responsible for killing 75 Taliban fighters in just 40 days. In one remarkable feat of marksmanship, two insurgents were dispatched with a single bullet.

The arrival at the newly-established Patrol Base Shamal Storrai (Pashto for “North Star”) in late August 2009 of Serjeant Tom Potter and Rifleman Mark Osmond marked the start of an astonishing episode in the history of British Army sniping.

Within 40 days, the two marksmen from 4 Rifles, part of the Welsh Guards Battle group, had achieved 75 confirmed kills with 31 attributed to Potter and 44 to Osmond. Each kill was chalked up as a little stick man on the beam above the firing position in their camouflaged sangar beside the base gate – a stick man with no head denoting a target eliminated with a shot to the skull.

Osmond, 25, was an engaging, fast-talking enthusiast, eager to display his encyclopedic knowledge of every specification and capability of his equipment. He had stubbornly remained a rifleman because he feared that being promoted might lead to his being taken away from sniping, a job he loved and lived for. Potter, 30, was more laid back, projecting a calm professionalism and quiet confidence in the value of what he did.

Potter had notched up seven confirmed kills in Bara in 2007 and 2008 while Osmond’s total was 23. Both were members of the Green Jackets team that won the 2006 British Army Sniper Championships.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; banglist; british; magicbullet; marksmen; singlebullet; sniper; snipers; taliban; wot
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I always enjoy reading heartwarming stories like this one.
1 posted on 03/13/2011 4:46:29 PM PDT by bimboeruption
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To: bimboeruption

Bang List Bump!


2 posted on 03/13/2011 4:51:55 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: bimboeruption; Squantos; hiredhand; wardaddy; Joe Brower; marktwain

3 posted on 03/13/2011 4:52:30 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Now, that was FAST, Travis.


4 posted on 03/13/2011 4:53:50 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: bimboeruption
For the technically minded:

"Most of the kills were at a range of 1,200 metres using the 7.62 mm L96 sniper rifle."

5 posted on 03/13/2011 4:54:17 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Allah sucks pig teat.)
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To: bimboeruption; Lancey Howard

They two-timed “Trapdoor Man.” :)


6 posted on 03/13/2011 4:56:21 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: bimboeruption

I fully support this type of gun control.


7 posted on 03/13/2011 4:58:36 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

AI AE series rifle with Harrisbipod and optional 8 rounds magazine.

Caliber: 7.62mm NATO (.308Win)
Operation: manually operated, bolt action
Barrel: 610 mm
Weight: 6 kg empty, w/o scope
Length: 1120 mm
Feed Mechanism: 5 or 8 rounds detachable box magazine.

The AE rifle is the latest development of the famous Accuracy International (AI)company of Great Britain. The AE is a "value" version of the famous AWand AWP (Arctic Warfare and Arctic Warfare Police) sniper rifles made by AI,since for most police situations the full compliance to the strict militarystandards is not required. For example, police rifles usually are far lessexposed to bad weather and other elements, they rarely are carried in the fieldfor days and weeks without proper maintenance and so on. And most police tacticalsituations rarely require the shooting beyond, say, 500 - 600 meters. So, havingthe said in mind, AI designers developed the AE rifle, which, being similar indesign and quality to elder AI models, is almost two times cheaper to come by,than AW and AWP models. AE available in only one configuration (no othercalibers and/or barrel lengths are offered at this moment). The claimedeffective range for this rifle is 600 meters.

AE rifle is built around the same proprietary AI chassis system, that features afull length aluminum alloy backbone with hollow stock, made from two polymerhalves and bolted onto the backbone. The receiver is made from steel and ismounted to the chassis in the V-shaped slot. The heavy barrel is free floatedfor maximum accuracy. It features same 3 lugs bolt with 60 degrees locking and atwo-stage adjustable trigger. The buttstock is adjustable only for length ofpull by the means of the butt-spacers. There's no open sights, instead theMil-Std rail is mounted at the top of the receiver. As a standard this rifle isequipped with 5 rounds box magazines, 8 rounds magazines are optional.

http://world.guns.ru/sniper/sniper-rifles/brit/ai-ae-e.html

8 posted on 03/13/2011 4:58:43 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Allah sucks pig teat.)
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To: bimboeruption

Nice.


9 posted on 03/13/2011 4:59:37 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many younger conservative Christians out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Uncle Miltie
Brought into service in the 1980s, the Accuracy International L96 is capable of first round hits out to 600m and harassing fire out to 1100m. It uses the standard NATO 7.62mm round fed from a 10 round capacity magazine. It is a single shot shot, bolt action rifle with an integral bipod. The sighting system has recently been upgraded with a new x3-x12 x 50 sight.


10 posted on 03/13/2011 5:01:25 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Allah sucks pig teat.)
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To: Travis McGee

Wow, two with one shot. Wonder if there is a daily bag limit?


11 posted on 03/13/2011 5:02:43 PM PDT by MtnClimber
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To: bimboeruption

Excellent work, gentlemen.


12 posted on 03/13/2011 5:03:29 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Man the pitchforks and torches.......let the revolution begin)
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To: bimboeruption

Wipe out the Taliban


13 posted on 03/13/2011 5:04:33 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: bimboeruption
Even Better: "Serjeant Potter and Rifleman Osmond are identified by pseudonyms for security reasons."
14 posted on 03/13/2011 5:05:11 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Allah sucks pig teat.)
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To: Conservative4Ever

Would love to buy them a fine ale in British pub along with ham hocks.


15 posted on 03/13/2011 5:07:05 PM PDT by oldtimer (uee)
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To: bimboeruption

Nods. Had to read that aloud to the DH, who is a huge Sharpe’s Rifles fan. Got to love those Green Jackets.

Thank you Lord, for good men like (Harry) Potter and (Donny) Osmand.

May God bless them, every one.
Tatt


16 posted on 03/13/2011 5:07:38 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: bimboeruption

Nothing like naming the snipers, why don’t they put their address and phone number on the article so that their enemies can find them easily.


17 posted on 03/13/2011 5:08:15 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: bimboeruption

I applaud their work, but I question the logic about a high profile story publishing their names and their actions. Don’t forget that there are more muzzies back home who cn read this stuff.


18 posted on 03/13/2011 5:09:46 PM PDT by umgud
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To: bimboeruption


19 posted on 03/13/2011 5:10:12 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Venturer

Those were pseudonyms.


20 posted on 03/13/2011 5:10:21 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: bimboeruption

Great shooting boys!


21 posted on 03/13/2011 5:11:46 PM PDT by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: bimboeruption

The newspaper is naming the snipers? Foolish. These men are now targets in this gurrilla war


22 posted on 03/13/2011 5:12:20 PM PDT by Chickensoup (“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face — forever.” Orwell)
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To: bimboeruption

Great shooting boys!


23 posted on 03/13/2011 5:12:29 PM PDT by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
This is not a ballistic or engineering problem. It is a theological problem that could shake Islam to its very roots.

Since each dead terrorist is entitled to 72 Virgins in Firdous, Allah the All Wise must now come up with 5400 virgins on very short notice. It cannot be solved by sharing, or increased virgin output, as in "Wham Bam Thank You Imam."

It is not easy being Allah.

24 posted on 03/13/2011 5:13:26 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Odd, but I never had to ask, "Who, or what exactly is Dwight Eisenhower?")
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To: bimboeruption

But snipers and drones are so NOT FAIR!!!!!!
(as spoken by whiny libs)


25 posted on 03/13/2011 5:15:27 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin.)
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To: MtnClimber
Wow, two with one shot. Wonder if there is a daily bag limit?

Taliban are probably designated as Small Game so probably not.

26 posted on 03/13/2011 5:17:23 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin.)
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To: bimboeruption
"It’s a lever-action, breech loader. Usual barrel length’s thirty inches. This one has an extra four. It’s converted to use a special forty-five caliber, hundred and ten grain metal cartridge, with a five-hundred and forty grain paper-patched bullet. It’s fitted with double set triggers, and a Vernier sight. It’s marked up to twelve-hundred yards. This one shoots a mite further." —Matthew Quigley Three fully functional .45-110 rifles—matching the above description—were built for the film in 1989 by the Shiloh Rifle Co. of Big Timber, Montana. They also had a 15 1⁄4 inch length of pull to fit Sellek's tall frame, a full octagon heavy barrel with a blue finish, and weighed 13 1⁄2 pounds. After the filming concluded, Selleck kept all three rifles, and had two of them reconditioned by Shiloh Rifle Co. In 2006, Selleck donated one of the rifles used in filming to the NRA for a fundraising raffle. In March 2008, the same rifle sold for $69,000 through the James D. Julia auction house. The rifle's creator, Shiloh Rifle Co. sell the 1874 Sharps Buffalo – "Quigley®" model for $3298. http://www.shilohrifle.com/ Military Buttstock Patch Box No Cheek rest No Pistol Grip Standard Grade Wood ONLY 34” Heavy Octagon Barrel 45/70 or 45-110 Caliber Pewter Tip Hartford Collar Double Set Triggers Semi Buckhorn Rear Sight #109A Aperture Card Midrange Vernier Tang Sight #111 Globe Aperture Front Sight Antique or Std Color Finish (specify) 2 or 3 Gold Inlay Initials in Gold Oval
27 posted on 03/13/2011 5:21:00 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: bimboeruption
"It’s a lever-action, breech loader. Usual barrel length’s thirty inches. This one has an extra four. It’s converted to use a special forty-five caliber, hundred and ten grain metal cartridge, with a five-hundred and forty grain paper-patched bullet. It’s fitted with double set triggers, and a Vernier sight. It’s marked up to twelve-hundred yards. This one shoots a mite further." —Matthew Quigley Three fully functional .45-110 rifles—matching the above description—were built for the film in 1989 by the Shiloh Rifle Co. of Big Timber, Montana. They also had a 15 1⁄4 inch length of pull to fit Sellek's tall frame, a full octagon heavy barrel with a blue finish, and weighed 13 1⁄2 pounds. After the filming concluded, Selleck kept all three rifles, and had two of them reconditioned by Shiloh Rifle Co. In 2006, Selleck donated one of the rifles used in filming to the NRA for a fundraising raffle. In March 2008, the same rifle sold for $69,000 through the James D. Julia auction house. The rifle's creator, Shiloh Rifle Co. sell the 1874 Sharps Buffalo – "Quigley" model for $3298. http://www.shilohrifle.com/ Military Buttstock Patch Box No Cheek rest No Pistol Grip Standard Grade Wood ONLY 34” Heavy Octagon Barrel 45/70 or 45-110 Caliber Pewter Tip Hartford Collar Double Set Triggers Semi Buckhorn Rear Sight #109A Aperture Card Midrange Vernier Tang Sight #111 Globe Aperture Front Sight Antique or Std Color Finish (specify) 2 or 3 Gold Inlay Initials in Gold Oval
28 posted on 03/13/2011 5:21:46 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Chickensoup

See post # 20.


29 posted on 03/13/2011 5:22:28 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: bimboeruption

I wonder what the history of the green jackets is. I recall (Major?) Ferguson during the Revolution, armed his men with Ferguson Rifles and had them wear green coats. I think he called his men Jaegers which I think is German for hunter.

He was killed by American Scotch-Irish backwoodsmen at Kings Mountain. He was the only one they gave an honorable burial to. I just saw that on TV today.


30 posted on 03/13/2011 5:23:10 PM PDT by yarddog
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"Serjeant Potter and Rifleman Osmond are identified by pseudonyms for security reasons."

Obviously not a story by the New York Times.

31 posted on 03/13/2011 5:28:39 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: bimboeruption

Ah, nice to read of a couple of Limeys who’re good with tools ... and that 7.62 L96 is a nice tool!


32 posted on 03/13/2011 5:32:12 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: yarddog

Green Jackets are a key set of characters in Bernard Cornwell’s superb “Sharp” series, I.e., Sharp’s Rifles, Sharp’s Tiger, etc. Well worth the read and best of all, there are about 25 of them to read.


33 posted on 03/13/2011 5:43:21 PM PDT by Afterguard
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To: Afterguard

By the way, the Sharp characters are fictional but the historical setting, battles and so on are accurate.


34 posted on 03/13/2011 5:47:34 PM PDT by Afterguard
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

***Shiloh Rifle Co. sell the 1874 Sharps Buffalo – “Quigley®” model for $3298. http://www.shilohrifle.com/***

Sigh, I guess I will just have to keep my old Remmington #2 Rolling block that I had rebarreled to .444 Marlin forty years ago. Not all that accurate but is fun to shoot!


35 posted on 03/13/2011 5:52:58 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Visit the TOMMY FRANKS MILITARY MUSEUM in HOBART, OK. I did, well worth it!)
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To: Afterguard

Thanks, I will check them out.

I used to have two Sharps rifles. One in 45/70 and the other a black powder model. They were both made it Italy and imported by Sile Distributors.

They weren’t as nice as the Shiloh Sharps but were still very nice rifles. I did learn early not to have any loose powder on the outside of the action on the black Powder model. When the cap went off it flashed all around and burned my hand just a little.


36 posted on 03/13/2011 5:55:58 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: bimboeruption

I do to. I also have one of their 7.62 Lee-Enfield L42 sniper according to the stamping on the receiver it was not taken out of service until around 1992!


37 posted on 03/13/2011 5:58:10 PM PDT by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: bimboeruption
A while back Direct TV had a great documentary on Snipers. Don't remember which station it was, but they showed what the snipers saw and how they did such a great job. A sniper doesn't work alone, he has with him the guy that gives direction, wind and distance so the sniper can set the directions on his gun to compensate for such things...the recorded longest distance kill was over a mile and a half by a British sniper, the second longest kill was an American. One sniper got 3 behind a cement block wall, the ammo penetrates the cement the the bullet explodes blowing away the cement and also the guys hiding behind the wall. Killed all three. If may have been the history channel, I just don't remember, but this was all in Iraq and Afghanistan. Interviews with the snipers was very informative and they also were asked how they felt about killing, and one answered short and sweet, he said***each person I kill is one less person to kill a marine.**

Those with satellite watch for a rerun, well worth the time...and makes you proud such men are on our side..

38 posted on 03/13/2011 5:58:23 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Uncle Miltie

very nice


39 posted on 03/13/2011 6:04:56 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: bimboeruption

I don’t understand the headline, though ... why “Dead Men Risen?”


40 posted on 03/13/2011 6:13:48 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: goat granny
I think I saw the same show. I believe it was “Sniper: Inside the Crosshairs” on the History Channel.
41 posted on 03/13/2011 6:14:54 PM PDT by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: bimboeruption

Thanks. After watching the awful news from Japan, I really needed a pick-me-up, feel good kind of story like this.


42 posted on 03/13/2011 6:16:51 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Kenny Bunk

They are still running a surplus, a lot of them take a pass when they find out their 72 virgins are Helen Thomas knockoffs.


43 posted on 03/13/2011 6:17:00 PM PDT by frog in a pot (We need a working definition of "domestic enemies" if the oath of office is to have meaning.)
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To: Uncle Miltie
Brought into service in the 1980s, the Accuracy International L96 is capable of first round hits out to 600m and harassing fire out to 1100m.

The .50 cal Barrett splodes people way beyond that.
44 posted on 03/13/2011 6:17:00 PM PDT by WackySam (To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.)
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To: yarddog

The Green Jackets are actually my sister unit, along with 3RAR in Australia. I was 2PPCLI, so it’s good to see some close relatives putting their time to good use.


45 posted on 03/13/2011 6:22:53 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Kenny Bunk

LOL!


46 posted on 03/13/2011 6:26:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Traveler59

Thanks, I don’t pay attention to what channel I am watching. Great show and it had some actual footage of snipers doing their jobs and quite a few animated recreations of the shots.....spellbinding show..


47 posted on 03/13/2011 6:29:00 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Uncle Miltie
Brought into service in the 1980s, the Accuracy International L96 is capable of first round hits out to 600m and harassing fire out to 1100m. Ya know its weaponry like this that could cause a jihadi to become down right jumpy about things....especially the future....
48 posted on 03/13/2011 6:39:22 PM PDT by flat
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To: bimboeruption

That’s a little bit of lead doing a lot of good work.


49 posted on 03/13/2011 6:55:03 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Travis McGee
I have a souvenir bullet.

Loved that movie.

50 posted on 03/13/2011 7:00:07 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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