Tuesday, January 03, 2006

One Shot, One Kill

This report in the Telegraph (UK) caught my eye. An American sniper exacted revenge for the killing of an American serviceman with a single shot from a distance of 1,250 meters (4101.04 feet).

The shot was the longest confirmed kill in the Iraq war. Snipers are a little-known tool in the US war effort, largely due to the fact that stealth is their modus operandi. They do not operate in such a way as to generate photos or exciting video.

This particular sniper, Staff Sgt Jim Gilliland, has between 55 and 65 confirmed kills. And that in a period of only five months. He might soon reach the record by a Marine sniper, 93 confirmed kills held by the late Carlos Hathcock. You can read Hathcock's Washington Post obituary here.

Aim true and be safe, men.

M24 Rifle photo from Military.com

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