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Army Sniper Incredible Shooting

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Cougfan2, May 3, 2010.

  1. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Sharpshooter In Afghanistan Sets New Record: 8120 Feet


    An 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 shots felled the insurgents with consecutive bullets – even though they were 3,200ft beyond the official range of his rifle.
    The Household Cavalry veteran’s kills from a distance of 8,120ft beat the previous record by 150ft.
    He was using the British-built L115A3 Long Range Rifle, the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon.
     
  2. timbernet

    timbernet Boring, Oregon Member

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    That takes some serious skill!


    Glad he is on our team and not theirs :)
     
  3. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    You ain't kiddin' and two consecutive shots at that range! :wow:
     
  4. toobigtofail

    toobigtofail PDX Member

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    That is awesome shooting. And it wasn't with the big .50 BMG Barrett!
     
  5. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    AI sets the standard with their rifle-building, and Brit snipers know their stuff. This'll shut the Canadians up for a while.
     
  6. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    Just wondering...what velocity would the round have at that distance?
     
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    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    @ that distance? Tough to gauge. Stronger than a pellet gun, but probably more closer to a .45ACP @ 100 yards. Enough to kill you if it hits you just right, but otherwise you're going to live.
     
  8. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    At that distance, the bullet is basically in a free fall and would be coming almost straight down on top of you from quite a height. If it hits you in the noggin you're toast. Anywhere else and it might not kill you, but I guarantee you would be combat ineffective for some time if you weren't looking for your arm that was just there a second ago.
     
  9. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    Harrison said the first shot hit the first gunner in the gut, and the second shot hit the second gunner in the side.
     
  10. timbernet

    timbernet Boring, Oregon Member

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    Without more details on the load, etc it would be hard to say.

    But 8120ft = 2706 yards

    Running some numbers through my iPhone app for Bullet Flights - I am assuming 250gr bullet and a muzzle velocity of 2900fps (based on some data from Wikipedia for the .338 Lapua Magnum)

    At 2700 yards, you can expect 851fps Velocity and 402 foot/pounds of energy.

    Again, a lot of variables we don't have here... but one heck of a shot. I left my calculator loaded with a "100 yard" sight data... and with that data, it says there is 4952 inches of drop :wow:
     
  11. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    More on the shooter from his own mouth:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/wor..._assassin_breaks_record_kills_target_fro.html


     
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    Searcher451 Oregon Member

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