Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Reach Out & Touch Someone

Using the Brit's new sniper rifle, the L115A3, firing a non-standard 8.59mm bullet, a British sniper has set new records for kills:

A British Army sniper has set a new sharpshooting distance record by killing two Taliban machinegunners in Afghanistan from more than a mile away.

Craig Harrison, a member of the Household Cavalry, killed the insurgents with consecutive shots — even though they were 3,000ft beyond the most effective range of his rifle.

“The first round hit a machinegunner in the stomach and killed him outright,” said Harrison, a Corporal of Horse. “He went straight down and didn’t move.

“The second insurgent grabbed the weapon and turned as my second shot hit him in the side. He went down, too. They were both dead.”

The shooting — which took place while Harrison’s colleagues came under attack — was at such extreme range that the 8.59mm bullets took almost three seconds to reach their target after leaving the barrel of the rifle at almost three times the speed of sound.

The distance to Harrison’s two targets was measured by a GPS system at 8,120ft, or 1.54 miles. The previous record for a sniper kill is 7,972ft, set by a Canadian soldier who shot dead an Al-Qaeda gunman in March 2002. . . .

What can one say but "damn good job, mate."


Koniptionater said...

Thanks for finding a pic of the rifle. I couldn't when I first read the article. That's a helluva shot.

Crazy part is after that (not sure how long), Harrison was in another battle/IED where he suffered a gunshot wound and both arms were broken.

...I know he's hurt now but you totally know that guy is itching to go back out in the field for some revenge - even in full cast.

OBloodyHell said...

I hope this spurs on some American competitiveness to take back the title.