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British Sniper: The new long-shot record holder…

You may not know, but I am an amazing sniper myself. Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you that I am a ‘one shot, one kill master’.  Seriously, it doesn’t matter if it’s Halo3, Modern Warfare 2, Battlefield or any first person shooter, I am a  cold-as-ice killer of epic proportions.

Oh, we’re talking about real life? . . . I’ve shot my uncles rifle once or twice, and I’m pretty sure that tree (from 30 feet away)  didn’t see it coming.

…I digress.

Meet British Sniper Craig Harrison

It’s a good thing Craig Harrison is on our side, as this British sniper recently shot two insurgents from over 2.47 kms away for a new “in-battle” sniper record. The previous record has been standing since 2002; a 2.43 km shot made by Canadian Army Cpl. Rob Furlong (presumably with a much shittier gun than Harrison).

Harrison recounts: – “The first round hit a machine-gunner in the stomach and killed him outright, the second insurgent grabbed the weapon and turned as my second shot hit him in the side. He went down, too,” Harrison told the Sunday Times of London.

Sniping experts proclaim that this is as good as modern sniping gets.

“When you are shooting that far, if you miss by a hair, you miss by a mile,” said John Plaster, a retired US Army sharp-shooting instructor and author of “The Ultimate Sniper”. “That is about as precise as any marksmen on the planet could shoot. At a distance like that they cannot even see anyone and they would not even hear the muzzle report,” Plaster said.

Harrison said that weather helped him a great deal, as there was no wind and great visibility. Unfortunately, in the final days of his campaign he suffered a minor gunshot wound and broken arms when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb ambush.

The weapon used?

The Accuracy International L115A3 long-range rifle. It’s bad ass! The British Army says this about the weapon:

“British snipers fulfill a vital and enduring role on the battlefield, in terms of intelligence-gathering, target identification and eliminating high-value targets.

The L115A3 rifle, part of the Sniper System Improvement Programme (SSIP), is a large-calibre weapon which provides state-of-the-art telescopic day and night all-weather sights, increasing a sniper’s effective range considerably. The first batch of SSIPs were deployed to Afghanistan in May 2008. Designed to achieve a first-round hit at 600 metres and harassing fire out to 1,100 metres, Accuracy International’s L96 sniper rifle has also been upgraded with a new x3-x12 x 50 sight and spotting scope. The L115A3 long range rifle fires an 8.59mm bullet which is heavier than the 7.62mm round of the L96 and less likely to be deflected over extremely long ranges. Other elements of the Sniper System Improvement Programme include night sights, spotting scopes, laser range finders and tripods.”

The bullets are literally the length of a beer bottle, and the damage they inflict is described as “destructive”.  You gotta be thankful to be where you are, and not part of this whole shemozzle in the middle east.

Here are some cool videos on the subject…2nd video is mildly related.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8abSZZPlik

Related: Very interesting report on a Elite Sniping unit from Canada.

Here’s a really cool story from a Canadian magazine that follows the aftermath of the previous record setting sniping unit from Canada. Kind of a despicable story of how the Canadian Government basically screwed them while the American’s awarded them for saving the lives of countless marines. A great read.

[Sources: NYPost, British Army, Accuracy International Rifles]

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