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6 seconds in the air

Australian sniper nails Taliban guy at 2,815 meters. That’s 3,078.52 yards. Nice shooting.

18 Responses to “6 seconds in the air”

  1. nk Says:

    That’s the .50BMG. Big strike zone. Just about anywhere it hits, it’s fatal.

  2. John Smith. Says:

    That is a barret.. Not a 338,300 win mag or .308.. Was about to be impressed.. Not so much…

  3. HL Says:

    At 3k yards, a 50Bmg has about the same energy as a 44 mag at point blank. You damn skippy it matters where you hit. It you are not impressed, its because your not informed enough.

  4. HL Says:

    I should add that a dude at a local gun range went suicidal with a 44mag and shot himself in the face. He pulled through, I believe. I know he was alive when the ambulance got there. Uncle covered it a while back.

  5. Phenicks Says:

    2815 meters = 1.74916 MILES
    1 MOA is 2ft 8 1/4in at that distance
    What a shot!

  6. rickn8or Says:

    “The targeted Taliban could not even hear the gunfire.”

    That’s something to put the fear of allah in you… just standing there and Habib’s head explodes for no apparent reason.

  7. HL Says:

    Totally with you Phenick. The average shooter’s heartbeat would cause the cross hairs to bounce left and right 6 feet at that range.

  8. John Smith. Says:

    Its been hard to impress me since finding out about Carlos Hathcock’s 2500 yard hit with a scoped .50 caliber machine gun in 1967… I just don’t consider this guy in even close to the same class..

  9. J Says:

    Hold over at that range (likely… I don’t know the elevation of the shooter +/- to the target) would have put the cross hairs well above the target. An impressive shot nonetheless.

  10. nk Says:

    The average shooter’s heartbeat would cause the cross hairs to bounce left and right 6 feet at that range.

    If it was easy, we’d let the girls do it.

  11. comatus Says:

    nk, I’d like to introduce you to Nancy and Sherri Jo Gallagher.

  12. Smince Says:

    A handful of highly-skilled female snipers killed literally thousands of Germans on the Eastern Front.

  13. Rivrdog Says:

    @ JohnSmith: you ought to be impressed. Even the USAF manuals listed the Maximum Effective Range of the .50 BMG (from long-barreled aircraft guns) at 2,500 yards.

  14. nk Says:

    Thanks, guys. I read about Tania Chernova twenty years before the movie.

  15. huck Says:

    Most impressive. However, Billy Dixon nailed a Comamche warrior at 1540 yards in 1874 with a UNSCOPED .50-90 Sharps rifle.

  16. nk Says:

    Bravo, huck.

    It’s not energy (mv2), it’s momentum (mv). A heavy bullet with a decent enough velocity. That’s why wood ships carried 100-pounders.

    BTW, comatus, about the Gallaghers, targets don’t shoot back. Sniping is 5% shooting and 95% stalking.

  17. John Smith. Says:

    I am talking Rifle Tolerances, material quality and scopes.. An m2 in the late 60’s is not a purpose built sniper rifle from the 21st century, long barrel or not. 2200 was maximum range when firing for effect which is 200 yards less more than effective range. I guarantee if hathcock had one of the barret rifles he would have been taking far longer than 3000 yard shots.. Hitting a single person 2500 yards away while they were walking with a single shot in a belt fed machine gun is just nuts.

  18. HL Says:

    Hey John,

    I have a lot of respect for Hathcock…who doesn’t! But even he thought there was a lot of luck in that in an interview I saw with him.

    I suspect he would be plenty impressed with this shot, even if you’re not.