Monday, January 17, 2005

1050 Yards!

So far, the longest shot record for the war in Iraq belongs to Marine sniper Sgt. Herbert Hancock, an activated reservist and police officer from Bryan, TX — 1050 yards — recorded during the battle for Fallujah in November. Read all about it here:
"The insurgents in the vehicles were spotting for the mortar rounds coming from across the river so we were trying to locate their positions to reduce them as well as engage the vehicles," said Hancock. "There were certain vehicles in areas where the mortars would hit. They would show up and then stop and then the mortars would start hitting us and then the vehicles would leave so we figured out that they were spotters. We took out seven of those guys in one day."
You'll be shocked to hear this, but Sgt. Hancock wasn't shooting a big .50, or a .338 Lapua, or even a .300 Ultra Mag. Instead, he made his shot with a plain vanilla 7.62mm (.308) out of his M40A3 bolt-action sniper rifle, essentially a purpose-built Remington 700.

Thank you, Sgt. Hancock, for your service, and we wish you continued good hunting!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is not true. Sgt Hancock was my team leader in Iraq. I was with STA 1/23. I was there and that shot was made with a M-40A3. This shot was not made with a SASR. You would have to know this Marine to know that if you were within 1000 yds of us with a slight wind at the were going to be taking a dirt nap. OOOH! Raaah! Shadow One out.