U.S. Army sniper nails record shotThe fact that Sgt. Gilliland dispatched a terrorist was satisfaction enough. But having been an avid hunter in the past, I can attest to the fact that a deadly-accurate shot from 3/4 of a mile is flooring.
By Toby Harnden, London Sunday Telegraph
RAMADI, Iraq -- Gazing through the telescopic sight of his M-24 rifle, Army Staff Sgt. Jim Gilliland, leader of Shadow sniper team, fixed his eye on the Iraqi insurgent who had just killed an American soldier.
His quarry stood nonchalantly in the fourth-floor bay window of a hospital in battle-torn Ramadi, still clasping a long-barreled Kalashnikov. Instinctively allowing for wind speed and bullet drop, Shadow's commander aimed 12 feet high.
A single shot hit the Iraqi in the chest and killed him instantly. It had been fired from a range of more than three-quarters of a mile, well beyond the capacity of the powerful Leupold sight, accurate to 3,300 feet. (link)
In my youth, I hunted a lot of groundhogs. I own a bipod-equipped Remington 22-250 with a 12 power Weaver scope with which I got to be pretty adept. I would occasionally drop a groundhog at a distance as great as 1200 feet, but it was mostly luck. And I remember allowing for up to 24 inches of bullet drop (55 grain bullet, 3700 fps muzzle velocity). But to aim twelve feet high so as to hit his target is amazing.
Give this guy a medal. Oh, and thank him for performing a great service to humanity while you're at it.