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The Astonishing Way a Deadly Accurate Sniper Killed Six Taliban Insurgents...
The Blaze ^ | March 31, 2014 | Jason Howerton

Posted on 04/01/2014 6:17:03 AM PDT by BulletBobCo

A deadly accurate 20-year-old British sniper in Afghanistan managed to kill six Taliban insurgents with just one bullet, The Telegraph reports.

The marksman, a Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards, apparently hit a suicide bomber’s trigger switch from 930 yards, causing an explosion that killed him and five of his fellow terrorists.

“Lt Col Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, said the unnamed sharpshooter prevented a major attack by the Taliban, as a second suicide vest packed with 20kg (44lbs) of explosives was found nearby,” the report states.

The impressive feat occurred in December, but the details only recently have been revealed. There were reportedly several hundred British and Afghan soldiers conducting an operation when they took on as many as 20 insurgents.

Lt. Col. Richard Slack outlined what exactly happened in an interview with The Telegraph:

“The guy was wearing a vest. He was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming up over a ditch,” said Lt Col Slack. “He had a shawl on. It rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun.

“They were in contact and he was moving to a firing position. The sniper engaged him and the guy exploded. There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said, ‘I think I’ve just shot a suicide bomber’. The rest of them were killed in the blast.”

It is understood the L/Cpl was using an L115A3 gun, the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon.

The same British sniper also killed a Taliban machine-gunner from an astonishing 1,465 yards. Oh, and it was his first shot on the tour of duty.


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1 posted on 04/01/2014 6:17:03 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: BulletBobCo

With One Bullet


2 posted on 04/01/2014 6:17:31 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: BulletBobCo

DAMN this KID is GOOD!


3 posted on 04/01/2014 6:18:28 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Lucky shot at that range. He could probably hit center mass all day long but I don’t see how it’s possible he even knew where the bomb trigger was. Still, it’s a heartwarming story.


4 posted on 04/01/2014 6:22:35 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: BulletBobCo

Seems to be discussing our tactics and solutions and should not be published.


5 posted on 04/01/2014 6:32:12 AM PDT by edcoil (Not a single republican was ever a slave owner. They were all democrats.)
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To: BulletBobCo

What a heartwarming story!


6 posted on 04/01/2014 6:32:16 AM PDT by Gamecock (If the cross is not foolishness to the lost world then we have misrepresented the cross." S.L.)
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To: BulletBobCo

BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


7 posted on 04/01/2014 6:33:26 AM PDT by angcat
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To: saganite
Yeah, hitting the switch would be luck. Would the vest even be "armed"??? Then again, I guess these guys aren't too into safety...

I'm wondering if the impact of a bullet is enough to detonate the explosives? I know it takes a pretty good kick to initiate modern stable explosives. But I'm thinking a round from a .338 Lapua mag would be as likely as any to do it.

8 posted on 04/01/2014 6:35:23 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: BulletBobCo
Makes playing with Tannerite seem kind of small time.
9 posted on 04/01/2014 6:36:43 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: Gamecock

—What a heartwarming story!

Well... Briefly
Then the heart started to get colder
Alone with the rest of the bodies


10 posted on 04/01/2014 6:36:54 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: BulletBobCo

OUTSTANDING!!!


11 posted on 04/01/2014 6:40:46 AM PDT by DickBrannigan (When did logic become reversed, and right became wrong, and wrong became right?)
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To: DickBrannigan

The ultimate in gun control.


12 posted on 04/01/2014 6:45:25 AM PDT by tractorman (I never miss a chance to tweak a liberal.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

>>> I’m wondering if the impact of a bullet is enough to detonate the explosives?

In order for C4 to explode, there must be a combination of heat and pressure.

You can set a brick of c4 on fire, and it will burn all day on the ground without exploding unless you stomp on it as well.

So yes... I would say this is possible. Bullet contact with metal causing a spark, or the kinetic energy of the bullet entering the jacket combined with the pressure could easily do the trick.

It is less likely that he actually hit the switch with the bullet so that the firing mechanism engaged.


13 posted on 04/01/2014 6:45:59 AM PDT by Safrguns (PM me if you like to play Minecraft!)
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To: Safrguns

Maybe there was a “dead man” switch on the bomb vest!


14 posted on 04/01/2014 6:53:29 AM PDT by catman67
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To: ThunderSleeps

If it was an incendiary round, it surely would have triggered explosives. A lot of snipers load incendiary rounds in the BMG (.50 cal). I don’t know much about the weapon this marksman was using.


15 posted on 04/01/2014 6:56:03 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: HangnJudge

Good point!


16 posted on 04/01/2014 7:02:21 AM PDT by Gamecock (If the cross is not foolishness to the lost world then we have misrepresented the cross." S.L.)
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To: BulletBobCo

The dwarf sniper angrily said, ‘That still only counts as one!’


17 posted on 04/01/2014 7:12:33 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: HangnJudge

When he thinks about his fellow soldiers whose lives are safe,that will cure any regrets over killing the enemy.


18 posted on 04/01/2014 7:15:17 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: ArtDodger
The dwarf sniper angrily said, ‘That still only counts as one!’

Post of the day!!!


19 posted on 04/01/2014 7:29:03 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: Tenacious 1

Thats what I was guessing too..incendiary round.

See one of those Schmidt & Bender scopes sell for

a bit over 3.5K online.

Great shooting taking out that much trash at once.


20 posted on 04/01/2014 7:47:08 AM PDT by Harold Shea
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To: saganite

Reading his story I think he is also admitting some luck with the shot. He probably knew he was going to hit the guy. When the target blew up surprised the shooter.


21 posted on 04/01/2014 8:43:11 AM PDT by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: BulletBobCo
The 5 Most Impossible Sniper Shots Ever Made

Steve Reichert Sniper 1 mile kill shot p1

and Carlos Hathcock Shoots an Enemy Through His Scope

22 posted on 04/01/2014 9:02:44 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: BulletBobCo

Great story, but inaccurate.

He could have hit a detonator, too. (more likely)


23 posted on 04/01/2014 9:25:53 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: rjsimmon

24 posted on 04/02/2014 7:30:04 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: ArtDodger

Looks like you got it!


25 posted on 04/02/2014 7:32:15 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: Farmer Dean
I wasn't talking about regrets
I was commenting on the local heat content
of the hearts of the recently decedent
26 posted on 04/03/2014 6:54:01 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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