1. Charles Martel says

    I have a cousin in Texas who’s an ex-Green Beret. He sends me a constant stream of videos and jokes, most of them pretty light-hearted.

    Recently, however, he sent me a video of Canadian sharpshooters in Afghanistan. The Canucks roam the mountains at will in three-man teams looking for Taliban ambushers and scouts. Two men carry standard military-issue carbines to protect the third man, who carries a 50-caliber rifle. He’s the sharpshooter.

    A couple of years ago, a Canadian sharpshooter set a world record when he dismembered a Taliban from 1.4 miles away. Dismembered is the word: When a 50-caliber round hits a soft target, splatter and body parts go flying into the air. It is about as nasty and messy a way to die as there is.

    The sharpshooter who set the record had exactly one day to enjoy his fame. Twenty-four hours later a fellow Canuckian sniped a Taliban from 1.5 miles away.

  2. Charles Martel says

    I take back what I said above. I did some poking around and found that the video I referred to was a hoax. The flying body parts were varmints—marmots—and it seems this video makes the rounds from time to time.

    Can’t say that the sniper distances are fake, though. I recall that a Union sniper popped a Confederate general from a shade more than a mile away, so there’s no reason why a high-powered modern rifle couldn’t reach a bit further.

    I’m catigating my cousin and lashing myself with a giant noodle even as we speak.

  3. Deana says

    That is AWESOME!!!!

    I just love watching shows on TV about sharpshooters. They are better than athletes. Sharpshooters aren’t on steroids – they are the real deal.

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