“Silent souls make .308 holes”

Sniper shot that took out an insurgent killer from three quarters of a mile

A reader tips me off to this incredible story of a US sniper who took down an insurgent with an M24 from 1250 meters, probably the longest confirmed 7.62mm kill of the war. Minutes earlier, the insurgent had killed a US soldier. Later, the sniper learned the dead soldier was a good friend of his.

All told, the 10-strong Shadow sniper team, attached to Task Force 2/69, has killed just under 200 in the same period and emerged as the US Army’s secret weapon in Ramadi against the threat of the hidden Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or roadside bomb – the insurgency’s deadliest tactic.

Above the spot from which Staff Sgt Gilliland took his record shot, in a room at the top of a bombed-out observation post which is code-named Hotel and known jokingly to soldiers as the Ramadi Inn, are daubed “Kill Them All” and “Kill Like you Mean it”.

This shot easily beats the 950 yard kills mentioned earlier on MO here and here.

UPDATE: Jay Tea noted this sentence:

His quarry stood nonchalantly in the fourth-floor bay window of a hospital in battle-torn Ramadi, still clasping a long-barrelled Kalashnikov.

I had noticed the sentence, but it was to question whether it was really a “long-barrelled Kalashnikov” or more likely a Dragunov. But in thinking about that I overlooked an interesting fact.

Where was was the insurgent, who had just killed a US soldier, standing?

In the bay window of a hospital.

Of course, the proper response to this would be to question the Rules of Engagement that allow US soldiers to fire on hospitals.

UPDATE 2: Jimbo at Blackfive notes this story, as well.

Comments

  1. MO, Anything that looks remotely commie in design is going to be reported as an ‘AK-47’. This guy thought he might try out another term he heard once, ‘Kalishnakov’. When covering domestic events, of course, it’s simply ‘assault weapon’. Anything with lots of wood, or synthetics that resemble wood, it’s an AK-47, a Kalishnakov, or an assault weapon.

  2. I agree with Geeklethal, I doubt majority of the media even know that an AK-74 exists. They would probably put it down to a typo in a military report!

  3. In reference to this; A reader tips me off to this incredible story of a US sniper who took down an insurgent with an M24 from 1250 meters, probably the longest confirmed 7.62mm kill of the war. Minutes earlier, the insurgent had killed a US soldier. Later, the sniper learned the dead soldier was a good friend of his. I must assume that the incredible part of the story is the fact that the US sniper made the shot with a M24 as during the initial war in Afghanistan a Canadian Special Forces sniper made a killing shot at 2300 meters if I remember correctly.

  4. Of course’ ??? If the rules of engagement prohibit firing into hospitals, every insurgent *will* be firing from a hospital.

  5. I must assume that the incredible part of the story is the fact that the US sniper made the shot with a M24…’ This is, indeed, the incredible part of the story. Quoting globalsecurity.org: ‘Manufacturers agree it’s (the M24) accurate to about 800 meters, but it will hit a target up to about 1,200 meters away (given there’s one heck of a marksman behind the weapon).’ The maximum effective range with the 12.7mm round is in the 1800 meter range (correct me if I’m wrong) for ‘equipment-size targets.’ So I think the story is that this was as impressive of a shot with a 7.62 rifle as Master Corporal Perry’s kill in Afghanistan was with the 12.7mm rifle.

  6. Hey, if he got the Iraqi than good. We need more of those skilled shooters in Iraq to get those idiotic people. Just dont keep pulling them out of there!!!