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SAS sniper 'kills Isil suicide bombers from a kilometre'

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Re: SAS sniper 'kills Isil suicide bombers from a kilometre'

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Re: SAS sniper 'kills Isil suicide bombers from a kilometre'

Postby englishman_ca » Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:21 pm

I don't understand your point, Niner.

Snipers spend most of their time watching. Hours, days or weeks could pass before taking the shot. A building wall is no protection.
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Re: SAS sniper 'kills Isil suicide bombers from a kilometre'

Postby Niner » Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:50 am

Good to see you posting englishman_ca. I think what I was getting at is ..how does a sniper know someone is a suicide bomber a 1000 meters off..and at the same time determining this while they are on the other side of a wall?

I remember some snipers from Vietnam. One night I was with a small ambush of a half dozen guys and we had a sniper assigned to us for a few days. Nobody wanted him.. he was sent out by brigade to battalion to company and we got him wished on us. Sometime in the night we spot some movement out in the paddy and not too far from a thatched roof farmers hovel. There were several people. One had a flashlight that was on... not usual for VC or NVA to be using a flashlight. They seemed to be carrying something bulky. Then one or two of them had something narrow and long and they stopped every so often for some reason. The sniper was seeing his next R&R and wanted to open up. Snipers in Vietnam were rewarded with short in country R&R's for each kill....to take their minds off being snipers I guess. But the officer in charge of the ambush said hold up a minute something isn't quite right. The sniper pleaded his case like a kid told he couldn't have candy because it would spoil his supper. So the people we were seeing kept moving on and were walking towards one of our six man ambushes and in a straight line down a paddy dike. Our guys in that ambush jumped up out of the paddy when they walked past and grabbed them. Turned out to be kids with sacks and long sticks out gigging frogs. And that sniper didn't seem to be grateful he had been prevented from shooting some kids.
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Re: SAS sniper 'kills Isil suicide bombers from a kilometre'

Postby englishman_ca » Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:42 am

Perhaps we will never know the details. And, not forgetting where we read this. Probably enhanced a bit to make good press. Maybe he used a special electronic sighted high caliber assault sniper rifle loaded with supersonic guided dum dum bullets from a kilometer away.

But who knows. There could have been satellite imaging, infra red and other 'intelligence'. 'Bad guys are here, neutralise the threat'.

I have seen first hand under range conditions what a Barret can do to concrete. As I understand, there is a round that will penetrate a wall and then explode on the other side.

I am eternally grateful that I have never been exposed to combat. But I have sat and listened to my peers who came back, and came back changed men, and women. One story comes to mind of a friend who did her tour as a truck driver refuelling armour in the Afghan desert. One night it was her turn to do duty at the gate. She told me of a young girl about ten or twelve years old coming up to the FOB carrying a basket of bread. She was told to stop but she kept coming closer with the basket. After being told to stop in her native language several times, my friend had to drop her. Turns out that the child was wired with explosives. My friend still has problems years later, she is getting help and treatment. She has nightmares and often just bursts into tears losing it. The child was around the same age and looked very much like her own daughter.
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