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....never heard about this....:huh:

10:57am UK, Monday May 03, 2010

A British army sniper helped save his commander and set a new
sharpshooting record after killing two Taliban machine gunners
in Afghanistan from a mile-and-a-half away.

Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison fired his consecutive shots
from such a long distance that they took almost three
seconds to reach their targets.

This was despite the 8.59mm bullets leaving the barrel of his
rifle at almost three times the speed of sound.

The distance to his two targets was 8,120ft, or 1.54 miles -
according to a GPS system - and about 3,000ft beyond the
weapon's effective range.

The 35-year-old beat the previous sniper kill record of
7,972ft, set by a Canadian soldier who shot dead an al
Qaeda gunman in March 2002.

Speaking about the incident, Cpl of Horse Harrison said: "The
first round hit a machine gunner in the stomach and killed
him outright. 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 serviceman then fired a third and final round to ensure
the machine gun was out of action.

He said: "Conditions were perfect, no wind, mild weather,
clear visibility. I rested the bipod of my weapon on a
compound wall and aimed for the gunner firing the machine

He killed the two insurgents as he protected his troop
commander, whose vehicle became trapped in a field in
Helmand Province and started coming under fire.

Cpl of Horse Harrison, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, was
using the British-built L115A3 Long Range Rifle, the army's
most powerful sniper weapon.

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

To compensate for the spin and drift of the bullets as they
flew the length of 25 football pitches, Cpl of Horse Harrison
reportedly had to aim 6ft high and 20ins to the left.

In a remarkable tour of duty, he cheated death a few weeks
later when a Taliban bullet pierced his helmet but was
deflected away from his skull.

During the Taliban ambush, his patrol vehicle was hit 36
times. He said: "One round hit my helmet behind the right
ear and came out of the top.

"Two more rounds went through the strap across my chest.
We were all very, very lucky not to get hurt."

He later broke both arms when his army vehicle was hit by a
roadside bomb.

Cpl of Horse Harrison was sent back to the UK for treatment,
but insisted on returning to the front line after making a full

He said: "I was lucky that my physical fitness levels were
very high before my arms were fractured and after six weeks
in plaster I was still in pretty good shape. It hasn't affected
my ability as a sniper."
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