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British Sniper Shoots Dead Two Taliban Fighters... From More Than 1.5 Miles Away
DailyMail (UK) ^ | May 02nd 2010

Posted on 05/02/2010 9:40:06 AM PDT by Steelfish

British Sniper Shoots Dead Two Taliban Fighters... From More Than 1.5 Miles Away

2nd May 2010

Hero: Craig Harrison s[Pic in URL] aved his Army colleagues by killing two Taliban machinegunners from more than 1.5 miles away A British Army sniper has earned a place in military history by killing two Taliban machine gunners from more than a mile and a half away. Craig Harrison's record-breaking sharpshooting felled the insurgents with consecutive bullets - even though they were 3,200ft beyond the effective range of his rifle. The Household Cavalry veteran's kills from a distance of 8,120ft eclipsed the previous sniper record by 150ft.

His pinpoint accuracy saved the life of his troop commander who was trapped in a vehicle under fire from the enemy in Afghanistan. In an extraordinary tour of duty, Corporal of Horse Harrison cheated death twice - surviving being shot in the head by a Taliban bullet and escaping with two broken arms when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.

The elite marksman killed the two insurgents with his British-built L115A3 Long Range Rifle, the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon. The shooting was from such extreme range that the 8.59mm bullets took almost three seconds to hit their target, despite leaving the barrel at three times the speed of sound. The firearm, which has slayed scores of Taliban fighters, is so deadly that it has been dubbed 'The Silent Assassin'.

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1 posted on 05/02/2010 9:40:06 AM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

I bet this sniper looks just like Mark Harmon and is called “Gibbs”! Good shooting!


2 posted on 05/02/2010 9:41:49 AM PDT by blu (I will no longer tolerate Catholic bashing. The truth, yes, the bashing, no.)
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To: Steelfish

How can he possible read them their rights from that distance before he executes them?


3 posted on 05/02/2010 9:42:09 AM PDT by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: Steelfish

Makes my poor little .308 look kind of impotent.


4 posted on 05/02/2010 9:42:12 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop thinking about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Steelfish

That’s so awesome. Stuff like this has to make the bad guys nervous.


5 posted on 05/02/2010 9:42:38 AM PDT by yooling ( FUBO)
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To: Steelfish

Damn. Nice work.


6 posted on 05/02/2010 9:43:12 AM PDT by americanophile (DeMint/Ryan '12)
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To: Steelfish
Hey Taliban: Be afraid. Be very afraid.
7 posted on 05/02/2010 9:43:33 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (FYBO: Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Steelfish

Talk about a sharp shooter...that’s amazing!!!


8 posted on 05/02/2010 9:44:40 AM PDT by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Steelfish

9 posted on 05/02/2010 9:44:53 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Steelfish

It is wonderful to celebrate our heroes. But damn, don’t post a picture and his name in the paper.


10 posted on 05/02/2010 9:44:54 AM PDT by listenhillary (Capitalism = billions raised from poverty, Socialism = billions reduced to starvation)
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To: Steelfish
One thing you DO NOT DO while still at war is publish a snipers name!

They have put a bulls-eye on this soldier.

Unconscionable.

11 posted on 05/02/2010 9:46:00 AM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: Steelfish

He He....when I Googled that gun....the first picture I clicked on turned out to be a a link to a 2008 Free Republic thread.


12 posted on 05/02/2010 9:48:15 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Steelfish

‘A third shot clipped the weapon as I hoped to render it unserviceable.’


13 posted on 05/02/2010 9:48:16 AM PDT by listenhillary (Capitalism = billions raised from poverty, Socialism = billions reduced to starvation)
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To: Steelfish

8.59mm Is that the .338 Lapua? Looks to be so.


14 posted on 05/02/2010 9:49:42 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: Steelfish
1 shot one kill, Gunny Hathcock would be proud.

May God protect all our men and women that serve in uniform over there regardless of their country of origin.

15 posted on 05/02/2010 9:50:00 AM PDT by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: Steelfish

Why am I not buying this? And Jessica Lynch shot it out and killed 15 Iraqi soldiers, too.


16 posted on 05/02/2010 9:50:11 AM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Steelfish

The Daily Mail is erroneously referring to him as ‘Cpl’ or ‘Corporal’ in actual fact, he is ‘CoH’ or ‘Corporal of Horse’ which is the equivalent of a Sergeant. The Household Cavalry doesn’t have Sergeants because the word ‘Sergeant’ is etymologically descended from a word meaning ‘servant’ and the people who have historically joined the Cavalry regiments have been far too posh to accept being called a servant....


17 posted on 05/02/2010 9:51:02 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Steelfish
We hunted in Canada with a guide who had a long range rifle. He named it Mileamor because he could hit a deer a mile or more away. We saw him demonstrate it but he only hit a coyote and it was a tad less than a mile away.
18 posted on 05/02/2010 9:51:09 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
"...he is ‘CoH’ or ‘Corporal of Horse’ which is the equivalent of a Sergeant."

And we have a President who is the equivalent of an 'ass of horse.'

19 posted on 05/02/2010 9:55:15 AM PDT by verity (Obama Lies - Obongo must go!)
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To: Steelfish
I personally prefer the good old-fashioned low-tech sniper for effectiveness and psychological value, but I wonder how long it will be before robotic technology enters the sniper's world.

For example tiny drones, invisible to the eye at a distance, that move down field to calculate wind velocity and feed data back into a computer which either tells the sniper what adjustments to make or makes them automatically.

Or bullet-sized missiles that are precisely directed to target by powerful computer-based telescopes.

20 posted on 05/02/2010 9:57:56 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Vera Baker-- Secret Service code for a preemptive defense against imminent 'himbo' eruptions!)
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To: verity

“And we have a President who is the equivalent of an ‘ass of horse.’”

Yes, and worse. He is evil. His father is Satan.


21 posted on 05/02/2010 9:58:15 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: Eagles6
8.59mm Is that the .338 Lapua? Looks to be so.

Yes. It's hard to beat a .33 for good old sectional density.

22 posted on 05/02/2010 9:59:13 AM PDT by Seven plus One
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To: yooling
That’s so awesome. Stuff like this has to make the bad guys nervous.

I know. I want one for Mother's Day!

23 posted on 05/02/2010 10:01:09 AM PDT by LoveUSA (What are we waiting for?)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

It is too bad they publish the names of these heros. Our own SF’s already are worried about being ID, because they have no protection in their homeland.
They need to be recognized, but not this way.


24 posted on 05/02/2010 10:02:16 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Lockbar

“Why am I not buying this?”

And why not? My son, USMC, witnessed snipers in action in Beruit in 1984 - uncanny accuracy at long range. This as reported here is a combo of skill and luck, of course.


25 posted on 05/02/2010 10:02:44 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: Seven plus One

Dang! Another rifle I have to get now!


26 posted on 05/02/2010 10:02:45 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: mnehring

Approximate cost in US dollars,is about $35,000


27 posted on 05/02/2010 10:04:40 AM PDT by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: mnehring; Seven plus One

What would be the verticle drop of the bullet at that range? That’s what blows my mind...to accurately gauge that..


28 posted on 05/02/2010 10:06:04 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: BallyBill

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Micro-stamp a Miranda warning onto each bullet.


29 posted on 05/02/2010 10:07:18 AM PDT by Touch Not the Cat (Where is the light? Wonder if it's weeping somewhere...)
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To: ken5050

At a Klick, the drop is -137 inches.

THe ballistics tables are on the web.

This shot was called at 3300 yards in an Amercian version of this story.

Long range shooting isn’t new
(from http://www.researchpress.co.uk/longrange/sandyhook.htm)

- Tests of the 45-70 at SAndy Hook - 1879.

THE SHOOTER at the heavy bench rest squinted as he aligned his .45-70 Allin-Springfield Model 1873 Army rifle on the distant target. The rifle fore-stock and barrel was cradled in a rest; the butt was supported by his shoulder. The rear sight was flipped up to its full height, so with no stock support for his head, the rifle tester from Springfield Armory worked carefully to align high rear and low muzzle sight on the speck that was the target - a surveyed 2,500 yards distant.

Holding his breath, he squeezed the 7-pound trigger. The rifle fired, and some 15 seconds later, signals from the target indicated that his shot had struck well inside the 6-foot diameter bullseye on a target well over a mile away!

At these ranges, it is almost mini-artty.


30 posted on 05/02/2010 10:14:23 AM PDT by ASOC (I am available for spill response work, all I ask is $800/day plus expenses.....)
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To: Steelfish

The second Taliban must have been a really slow learner.


31 posted on 05/02/2010 10:18:41 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

There getting there. Check this out.

http://www.cheytac.com/MediaVideo.asp


32 posted on 05/02/2010 10:19:51 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: ASOC
The rifle fired, and some 15 seconds later

This part seems, odd.

33 posted on 05/02/2010 10:20:49 AM PDT by 11Bush
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To: Steelfish; MHGinTN

WOW


34 posted on 05/02/2010 10:22:53 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea
This as reported here is a combo of skill and luck, of course.

Skill is a biproduct of hard work.

The harder you work, the luckier you get.
What a loser calls luck, a winner calls hard work.

One kill maybe lucky. 2 kills...not so much.

35 posted on 05/02/2010 10:25:34 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

Absolutely incredible ping!


36 posted on 05/02/2010 10:26:39 AM PDT by lonevoice (If Fox News is the only outlet reporting it, did it really happen?)
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To: 11Bush
15 seconds later, they got the confirmation.

Shot fired...One thousand one, one th...

Look at the board.

Wave flag or banner.

37 posted on 05/02/2010 10:30:28 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: ken5050

The same as for any object. 3 seconds as per the article x 9.8m/s^2.

That’s some serious correction required for sure.


38 posted on 05/02/2010 10:32:08 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: 11Bush
Check the ballistics tables for a 45-70.

The chapter on long range firing begins with a report from the Armory at Springfield, Massachusetts, May 9, 1879. It records the results of long range tests of U.S. Army Model 1873 .45-caliber rifles using 405 and 500-grain lead bullets, including variations in muzzle velocity and penetration of lead bullets through one-inch target boards and into sand. These tests were made at the request of the Chief of Ordnance. His interest had been aroused by reports of long range infantry fire, up to 1½ miles, during the1877-78 Turko-Russian War. (There is another whole Winchester story on that war)

Remember, smokeless powder and the higher velocities it gives didn't hit the scene till 1888 and then it was the French that were the first to use the powder in military arms.

The .30-40 Krag/.30 U.S./.30 Army/.30 Government was a cartridge developed in the early 1890s to provide the US armed forces with a new, powerful round to fire from the rifle it was going to select in the 1892 trials. Since the round it was replacing was the .45-70 Government, the round was considered small-bore at the time. The rifle selected was ultimately the Krag-Jørgensen. It was the first round used by the US army designed for smokeless powder.

THe 30 Government became the 30-04, then the 30-06. Which in turn begat the 7.62 x 51, my fav single shot target round. And so ends the history of the world, at least this chapter....

39 posted on 05/02/2010 10:32:33 AM PDT by ASOC (I am available for spill response work, all I ask is $800/day plus expenses.....)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Thanks for the info.


40 posted on 05/02/2010 10:43:27 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: listenhillary

That the story is totally accurate but the
photo and the name and other personal info
has been changed is probably way too much
to ask of the media, unfortunately.


41 posted on 05/02/2010 10:46:16 AM PDT by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: mountn man

A ton of work, will get you a pound of luck.


42 posted on 05/02/2010 10:46:35 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Help Sarah Palin! go to - http://www.conservatives4palin.com - You know what to do!)
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To: ASOC

My father-in-law did a lot of hunting in Alaska, he has taken bear, big horn sheep and mountain goat with his 30-40 Krag. It’s his favorite.


43 posted on 05/02/2010 10:47:13 AM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: ASOC

7 pound trigger?

Good grief.


44 posted on 05/02/2010 11:01:11 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

A good round in the right rifle. Musta been good to go or the US Army would not have picked for issue, eh?


45 posted on 05/02/2010 11:01:59 AM PDT by ASOC (I am available for spill response work, all I ask is $800/day plus expenses.....)
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To: NVDave

I guess the men were just stronger in 1897.... it was a benchrest piece.


46 posted on 05/02/2010 11:04:41 AM PDT by ASOC (I am available for spill response work, all I ask is $800/day plus expenses.....)
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To: Steelfish

Would he have had to elevate the front of the weapon in order to accommodate the arc of the bullet?


47 posted on 05/02/2010 11:05:07 AM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: ken5050

“What would be the verticle drop of the bullet at that range? That’s what blows my mind...to accurately gauge that..”

That’s what I wanted to know. But seeing the diagrammatic picture, I think I see that maybe the scope takes care of that. The shooter dials in the estimated distance and the scope tilts to raise the front of the barrel.


48 posted on 05/02/2010 11:09:39 AM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: Steelfish

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49 posted on 05/02/2010 11:14:42 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (1.416785(71) x 10^32)
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To: Touch Not the Cat

Stamp “GOTCHA” on each bullet.


50 posted on 05/02/2010 11:21:31 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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