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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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To: 11Bush

Took time for bullet to arrive- be looked at- and readioed back to shooter.


51 posted on 05/02/2010 11:22:53 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ASOC

Today’s benchrest guns have triggers down to 2 ounces. You merely “think” about squeezing the trigger and the shot is gone.


52 posted on 05/02/2010 11:27:52 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: Tennessee Nana
Indeed ... better than 'good shooting'. The real meaning of 'reach out and touch someone'. I was touched at heart by his effort to also disable the weapon these killers were using.
53 posted on 05/02/2010 11:33:44 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: ridesthemiles

How about ‘NEXT’ on each bullet?


54 posted on 05/02/2010 11:34:23 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: ASOC
Gravity is only one dimension here. At a mile and a half the wind can be blowing from any direction, maybe several at once, including up and down. They don't have the benefit of a line of flags running downrange to figure that out. Then you have mirage, the varying density of the air can really mess up your perception of the actual location of the target. The greater the range, the greater the effects of all evironmental factors. Pure absolute skill is this rifleman's advantage.
55 posted on 05/02/2010 11:53:46 AM PDT by Seven plus One
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To: Steelfish

If my calculations are correct, a .338 Lapua Magnum projectile still has more energy in it at 3300 meters than a typical .44 Magnum cartridge has at the muzzle.


56 posted on 05/02/2010 11:58:02 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: verity
And we have a President who is the equivalent of an 'ass of horse.'

Small correction. :)

57 posted on 05/02/2010 12:05:11 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: Oldexpat
Our own SF’s already are worried about being ID, because they have no protection in their homeland

Not even on their own posts. Disarmed there, don't you know. (except of course when actually training, and even then except when on a live range, they'd have blanks in the weapons.

58 posted on 05/02/2010 12:18:14 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: layman
The second Taliban must have been a really slow learner.

Not really. If he was firing his machine gun, he likely didn't even notice the other guy getting hit. And even if note firing, there'd be nothing to hear except "thud".

59 posted on 05/02/2010 12:21:41 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: 11Bush
The rifle fired, and some 15 seconds later

This part seems, odd.

Muzzle velocity of .45-70, with heavy (405 grn) bullet is 1330 fps, it's down to 1055 fps at 200 yards. Target is 2500 yards, or 7500 feet. Even averaging 1000 fps, that's 7.5 seconds, but it would be longer than that, since for most of the way it would be slower than 1000 fps. Also need to allow some time for reaction by the pit crew.

60 posted on 05/02/2010 12:28:24 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: Steelfish

bflr


61 posted on 05/02/2010 12:29:24 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Steelfish

Braco Zulu, Corporal Harrison.
Well Done !!!


62 posted on 05/02/2010 12:29:49 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (Comrade O has to go.)
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To: Steelfish

Sahzam Corporal of Horse! Thumping Taliban from downtown! How about a ROATS medal? (Reach Out And Touch Someone)


63 posted on 05/02/2010 1:58:03 PM PDT by Mobilemitter (We must learn to fin >-)> for ourselves.........)
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To: El Gato
That modification has a nice ring to it. ;-)
64 posted on 05/02/2010 2:05:28 PM PDT by verity (Obama Lies - Obongo must go!)
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To: Issaquahking

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.


65 posted on 05/02/2010 2:55:28 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Steelfish

ping


66 posted on 05/02/2010 4:05:20 PM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
...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... 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.
What's a little thing like 3,200 extra feet? ;') Bravo!
67 posted on 05/02/2010 7:48:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SunkenCiv

I think he deserves a barrel of Guinness for two shots that deserve to get into Guinness World Records.


68 posted on 05/02/2010 7:54:47 PM PDT by rmlew (There is no such thing as a Blue Dog Democrat; just liberals who lie.)
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To: rmlew

:’)


69 posted on 05/02/2010 8:13:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: BallyBill

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

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No Worries! - Murtha is dead.
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70 posted on 05/02/2010 9:13:41 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: maine-iac7

The Daily Mail must be the British equivalent of the NYT.
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71 posted on 05/02/2010 9:17:24 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: 11Bush

It was a 45-70.

Much lower muzzle velocity than current cartridges.


72 posted on 05/02/2010 9:25:56 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: El Gato

According to the detailed report he took over the gun after the first one was hit and fell over dead.


73 posted on 05/03/2010 8:08:39 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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