This is rather fun

A record-breaking British Army sniper who killed Taliban insurgents from more than a mile and a half away has revealed it took six seconds to find out if his hit was successful.
In November 2009 Sergeant Craig Harrison, 40, recorded the longest confirmed kill ever made when he shot two militant assassins from a range of 2,475 metres – more than 900 metres beyond his rifle’s effective range.

The fun being that the bloke he took the record from, a Czech sniper, was part of the group chatting in the pub last night.

30 thoughts on “This is rather fun”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    The fun being that the bloke he took the record from, a Czech sniper, was part of the group chatting in the pub last night.

    Ummm, the last time the Czechs were at war would be what? 1945? Not counting the little unpleasantness in 1968 of course. Who exactly had that Czech sniper been killing? Even if he had been shooting his fellow countrymen in 1968, he would be a little old by now wouldn’t he?

  2. I watch the loons shooting on the 1,000x and 1,200x ranges at Bisley now and again and it looks damn impossible; top skills there.

    And as an aside, Murph appears to be having some kind of full-on fruit-salts-in-the-mouth, foaming meltdown in Twitter about the need for state control of EVERYTHING, MOAR SPENDING and MOAR TAX

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Flatcap Army – “I watch the loons shooting on the 1,000x and 1,200x ranges at Bisley now and again and it looks damn impossible; top skills there.”

    Alas, another skill about to be thrown on the scrap heap by the advance of technology. People now make computer operated laser targeting sights. They won’t let you shoot unless the computer has calculated you will hit.

    So Chris “American Sniper” Kyle’s widow Taya recently won a shooting competition:

    http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/us-world/article/American-Sniper-widow-Taya-Kyle-wins-shooting-6686394.php

    <blockquote.Kyle used three different rifles with the TrackingPoint technology, making the guns precision-guided firearms. A news release compares the technology to a fighter jet’s lock-and-launch technology. Her opponent, NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt, used three guns commonly used in the Army, according to the news release.

    Kyle hit 100 percent of her shots, while her opponent NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt managed to hit 58.6 percent of his targets. Her aggregated score was 10,140 points, while Piatt’s score was 3,080 points, according to a news release.

    Well, I suppose it is good news for the “moody loners with political grudges” community. Not unrepresented around here.

  4. “The loudest belonged to Sir Winnersh Stopdolphin, the renowned big game hunter, widely regarded as the finest shot in England. He it was, who had famously shot three tigers with the same bullet after tricking them into putting their heads together for a photograph. He it also was who on an expedition to the Amazon had simultaneously discovered, documented and wiped out three hither unknown species of parrot.”

  5. “Well, I suppose it is good news for the “moody loners with political grudges” community. Not unrepresented around here.”

    On behalf of that community I would like to officially welcome the good news.

  6. Bloke in North Dorset

    Try again …..

    The real skill of the sniper is getting in to the place where the shot(s) will be taken unseen and then surviving undetected until they get the shot(s) away.

  7. So Much For Subtlety

    J – ““two”? With the same bullet?”

    So I guess we know who fired the magic bullet that killed Kennedy then.

    Well done, lads, well done. Fenian [email protected] really had to go after all.

  8. @J

    Reminds me of the story of Dead-Eye Dick, who always shot tigers right between the eyes. He was last night recovering in hospital, having been mauled by two one-eyed tigers, walking arm in arm…

  9. Oh, and for BiND, getting away is easier if you’re a couple of kilometres away rather than more normal sniping distances.

  10. So Much For Subtlety

    http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/220279.php

    The troopers waited for the Isis commander to begin showing around 20 recruits how to cut the heads off prisoners.

    While he was demonstrating cutting motions using knives, axes and a sword the SAS sniper was given the all-clear to open fire. […]

    “The SAS sniper was using a Dan.338 equipped with a suppressor which reduces the sound and eliminates any flash from the barrel.

    “He had to aim off by more than a foot.

    “He had assumed it would take at least two shots to kill the commander but the first shot hit him in the back of the head.

    “One minute he was standing there and the next his head had exploded.

    “The commander remained standing upright for a couple of seconds before collapsing and that’s when panic set in.

    “We later heard most of the recruits deserted.”

    The ultimate source is not remotely credible. But it is a comforting story anyway.

  11. I do like that story, SMFS. I think that the desertion is probably the best result.

    It’s the psychological warfare aspect that makes the sniper thing go. They have medieval barbarism, we make their heads go bang remotely.

  12. It’s the psychological warfare aspect that makes the sniper thing go.

    Indeed, it’s why snipers have been detested by all enemy combatants for years. Snipers caught in WWII were subject to extremely harsh treatment for that reason.

    There was a good video doing the rounds a week or two back of ISIS thugs in Syria hiding behind a building firing a huge Russian (what else?) machine gun from the hip while shouting “Allah akhbar!”. They’d run from the corner into the open breaking cover, fire, then run back behind the building. Some guy was filming all this. Then on the third or fourth go, the guy with the machine gun ran into the open and his head suddenly snaps back. Sniper got ‘im.

  13. ‘who killed Taliban insurgents from more than a mile and a half away has revealed it took six seconds to find out if his hit was successful’

    One wonders how long it took to know the insurgents actually died. Especially unlikely since it was ‘more than 900 metres beyond his rifle’s effective range.’ No doubt he hit the insurgents, but ‘killed’ is highly presumptive.

  14. You’ve been had, Tim. If you’d gone to the next pub along you’d have found another Czech sniper.

    See, this is why warriors of yore kept a string of ears around their necks, to avoid comments like this.

  15. Yep, and warriors of today are rarely seen with their campaign medals, boasting about their exploits down the pub on a Sunday night.
    On the other hand, braggarts and fantasists are two a penny.

  16. Tims
    I know this because I was in the other pub with the real sniper. A couple of his mates vouched for him.

    As it happens, I too am a veteran of foreign operations. Bomb disposal, not rifles. I’m finding the transition to civilian life a bit hard and I was wondering if you could advance me a couple of thousand until I get back on my feet and get a proper job. I’ll pay you back, honest.

  17. Ah, no, not quite. His wife made a pass (bit of marital discord apparently) and the bloke the pass was made at was told that it probably wouldn’t be a good idea taking her up on it. Because hubbie was…..

    Not him saying anything at all.

  18. For some time I’d wondered when we’d get the technology and training to be cheaper to have single sit-think-aim-fire soldiers than masses spewing hundreds of useless bullets everywhere A-Team style.

    My great-grandfather was killed by a sniper a few weeks before the end of the First Great Unpleasantness having survived 15 years of random bullet splurging.

  19. So Much For Subtlety

    Tim Newman – “See, this is why warriors of yore kept a string of ears around their necks, to avoid comments like this.”

    Ears? Bloody modern decadence.

    “Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king’s son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.”

    Which sounds a bit of a bargain if Michal looked like natalie Portman. Less so if Barbara Streisand.

    There is a hill in Japan somewhere which tour books very delicately step around the fact that it is a mound of Korean ears taken in the sixteenth century. Not sure if anyone got a wife out of it though.

  20. @ SMFS
    That was to prove that the 200 dead really were Philistines, the foreskins being the 100% proof that they were not Israelites.

  21. ‘My great-grandfather was killed by a sniper a few weeks before the end of the First Great Unpleasantness having survived 15 years of random bullet splurging.’ – jgh

    I have read more than one author on WWII say that it came down to luck whether soldiers survived the war or not. There was little the soldier could actually do to improve his survival chances. As artillery was the biggest killer, it makes sense.

    My father, a B-24 pilot, feared flak far more than German fighters. You could fight back against fighters; flak was just a big roulette wheel in the sky. He was never hit, though his plane was. He considered it divine intervention.

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