Skip to comments.Two Soldiers Killed by One Bullet. Taliban Sniper Used Old British Rifle
Posted on 07/09/2011 7:36:11 PM PDT by bkopto
Two Soldiers in Afghanistan knelt to study their map. One quick shot rings out, and both men fall. One shot through the head and the other through the neck. Considering all of today's military technology, it is surprising to learn how it happened.
Private Lewis Hendry and Private Conrad Lewis were part of a patrol looking for a sniper that had fired upon another group of soldier's the day before. Once they came to the suspected area, the two soldiers knelt behind a wall and started looking at their map as they called out for a possible target location. A shot rang out and both men fell to their right. One died immediately, the other passed away in flight to a medical facility.
Military officials say the culprit is a 55-year-old Afghan male who uses an old Enfield rifle made in Britain. The rifle is just one of millions made since 1903. Different versions have been the favorite of snipers for over one hundred years. Highly accurate and simple to use, the bolt-action Enfield has been found in almost every war since their inception. Equipped with a powerful scope, they can be deadly at great distances. However, a well-trained and disciplined sniper can kill easily with just the basic rifle.
Ironically, the two solders were members of the British military, the very same army for which the weapon was designed. Americans often discount the power, ability and dedication of the British military. This tragic incident is just one of many for British soldiers as they have tread beside our own in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Intentionally killing two soldiers with one shot is the hallmark of a dedicated sniper. It does matter if he used an antique fire arm and rides around on a common motorbike. This sniper is one to be reckoned with and is described by Sergeant Major Richard Hames of Britain's 3 PARA unit as "the most well-trained and patient assassin we have come up against in Afghanistan." Do not worry; it will not be long before the sniper is dead. One of the deadliest and most historic armies in the world has his number.
Tit for tat, as British sniper takes out TWO Taliban with a single bullet
No, it's the french we discount.
I gotta 50BMG for Dawil, Achmed and Moohamed
A British .303 round is devastating. A friend of mine has a Canadian manufactured Mk IV Enfield from 1943. We took it outside into the woods and fired a few rounds, one of which took out the lower trunk of a small tree upon impact.
And the bolt action is brilliant as butter.
I agree with you. There have been situations (iranian boarding party and Basrah in Iraq for example) where I've been upset by the political leadership of the British military, but I've never doubted the ability of their service members.
It is said that the Americans entered WWI with a target rifle, the Germans used a hunting rifle, and the British used a battle rifle.
The durn gun is worth more than the truck LoL
Who knew the Finns could design such a bad mammajamma?
It was designed to stop a cavalry charge by killing the horses at 600 yards.
the Soviets / Russians...
they (the Finns :), know them well, look how the ChiCOMs
are arming-up....for the Bear / Uncle Sam & India.
Rest in Peace, tommies. May you be avenged ten-fold.
Thanks for the ping. I was guessing Enfield when I clicked on it. Just damn.
Years ago I had an Ishapore arsenal Enfield in my hot little paws. It was rearsenaled for .308 NATO
The shop owner talked me out of it saying they had feed issues.
I don’t know why he talked me out of a sale.
I still wish I had bought that .308 Ishapore
I haven’t seen one since.