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.(via National Review's The Feed)
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.
He was so far away that the 8.59mm-calibre bullets took almost three seconds to reach their target. Scores of Taliban gunmen have fallen to the gun which has been nicknamed The Silent Assassin.
It is only designed to be effective at up to 4,921ft -- just less than a mile -- and capable of only 'harassing fire' beyond that range. . .
Corporal Harrison, a married father-of-one from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, killed 12 more rebels and wounded seven others. During an extraordinary six-month tour of duty he also survived a bullet that went though his helmet and a roadside bomb.
The blast broke both his arms but he was eventually able to return to duty, his accuracy unaffected.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Maybe There Will Always Be an England
From the May 2nd Daily Mail (U.K.):