Recently a Canadian sniper made a shot against an enemy bad guy ("The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Isis] attack on Iraqi security forces) who was 3,450 meters away. After a little math for Marines that’s about 37 football fields or eight Empire State buildings in length or just over 2 miles away. This is a tough shot and even if you utilized every aspect of superb marksmanship skills, you might still miss if you don’t account for several additional affects to include:
- Wind (both by the shooter and along the whole flight path to the target)
- Bullet shape and weight, trying to achieve the highest possible ballistic coefficient ("BC")
- Air pressure, altitude and (to a certain degree) humidity
- Temperature (including air, ammunition and barrel temperature)
- Spindrift, an effect caused by the rotation of the bullet
- Coriolis effect caused by the Earth's rotation
- Mirage, which causes the shooter to hit high and to the side if there is a little wind
- Angle to the target (called "cosine angle") either up or downhill (wikipedia)
The sniper used a McMillan Tac-50 sniper rifle (50 Cal) and a ballistic computer to calculate the above “affects” for him by his spotter. Usually, snipers work in two-man team (one is the spotter and one is the shooter). The spotter does all of your work through the computer for you otherwise you can actually do it long hand using Angular Size = 2*arctan( Size / 2*Distance ) to calculate the actual size of the person at a distance. Now days, the computer calculates much more for you to even include the spinning of the earth. Even with all of this a little luck is welcomed as many things can happen to your round once it leaves your weapon when shooting at this range. I can tell you without using any optics (scope) the front sight post of a M-16 is the same width of a 6ft human, obviously this guy was using a very bad ass scope. Regardless, it was a very impressive shot. Read more here
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This is pretty interesting that they are having those that went out to look for this guy testify against him. Although six warriors were KIA in directly looking for this guy, I can remember many missions we went on where intel tipped us off that he may have been seen which resulted in an empty search. We weren't the only ones who experienced this, many units had similar mission which the general public doesn't realize, there were many servicemen looking for him and all were in harms way. These six just got in a very bad gunfight in a bad area. By having these types of testimonies means Bergdahl has a long road ahead of him Time for a C-Gar Read more here
"We need to know so we can tell Sgt. Bergdahl what the consequences are," Fidell told the judge, Col. Jeffery R. Nance.
Nance responded that Bergdahl can choose to plead guilty to the lesser offense of unauthorized absence, or AWOL, but that prosecutors could continue pursuing the more serious desertion charge if they weren't satisfied. The judge said he would rule later on the defense's arguments about the duration of Bergdahl's absence.
There are countless servicemembers who I run into that routinely tell me they were a “sniper” in Vietnam. So many, I have thought “there must have been battalions of snipers apparently” not the case sports fans. However, there are thousands of servicemembers out there that have well above and beyond their call of duty and sometimes even share them with close friends and some don’t.
The Trump administration will be presenting the Medal of Honor to James McCloughan.
“McCloughan left the Army in 1970, and for the next four decades he taught psychology and sociology and coached football, baseball and wrestling at South Haven High School before retiring in 2008.”
In addition to the valor this warrior has, it is amazing, like him that we have silent heroes in America that just go on their way with their lives. Sometimes, someone notices what they truly have done and like this warrior are recognized. Semper Fi Sir. Time for a C-Gar
So here is a case where this Indiana High school decided to turn away this young man who recently graduated from Marine Corps Boot Camp and desired to wear his dress blues.
I get it. There is no greater feeling to finish three months of the toughest military boot came, getting yelled at, having your world as you know it turned upside down, being tested way beyond your physical standards and signing a blank check to if required sacrifice your life for your country.
Credit: El Paso Public Library
The photograph was taken in 1915. It shows Pancho Villa (center), General Pershing (right), and Álvaro Obregón (left). Obregón later joined Carranza against Villa; he became president of Mexico in 1920. In the image, General Obregon, Villa and Pershing pose after a meeting at Ft Bliss, Texas. Immediately behind Gen Pershing is his aide, 1stLt George S. Patton, Jr..
Over a C-Gar, my pops and I were talking about relatives that lived in El Paso Texas. One story turned to my great Grand Mother sitting on her porch as she resided on the tallest hill in El Paso with my father. The story continued how she watched Poncho Via and Gen Pershing battle it out during the Mexican Revolution.
Often, Poncho Via would come by the small houses in El Paso and request eggs and milk from the locals. Terrified, my Grand Mother would give them half of what they had as requested by Poncho Via’s men or as was told a couple of times by himself.
On one occasion, he came by and requested half of the milk and eggs. Terrified, she truly didn’t have any to give and told him this. A couple days later, Poncho Via came back to her house. Fearing the worse she met him in front of the house (bad ass lady) and to her surprise, Poncho Via handed her some eggs and some milk for her and the family to enjoy. Note, he probably took them from the neighbor but nonetheless, a glimpse of sincerity from a guy who had a bad rap. Time for a C-Gar