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Speaking of snipers...

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Sierra9, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. Sierra9

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    Been thinking of the snipers that freed the ship captain held by Somali pirates last year. The snipers are on one boat bobbing in the sea, and the Somalis are on another boat bobbing on the sea. Obviously the boats are not bobbing in unison or even with any real predictive movement. How were they able to aim their shots so effectively? Is it just superb marksmanship or superb marksmanship combined with some sort of high tech, computerized aiming system?
     
  2. Mongosafari

    Mongosafari El diablo verde

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    Superb marksmanship and a buttload of practice...:supergrin:
     
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    BIG Gun, Center of Mass, Fast bullet....
     
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    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    It's called professionalism.
     
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    As someone who has absolutely no expertise at shooting in the open ocean me thinks it went down like this...As the Seals' boat moved up and down in the ocean they were able to time when their boat was at it's lowest and most stable point in the wave motion, while doing this they were watching where the pirates' boat was at that point. When the seals' boat was at the lowest point they were able to use their super seal power and intercept those pirate bastards with bullets.
     
  7. ElevatedThreat

    ElevatedThreat NRA Member

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    These shots were pretty short and easy by trained sniper standards, and both boats came to a halt, in terms of relative motion, every 8 seconds at the top of a swell.

    The shots were coordinated simply by giving a verbal command at the bottom of one swell, to all fire together at the top of the next swell.

    The only real danger factor was that all three targets had to remain a "go" for that 8 seconds. If one target had dropped into cover at the last instant, all hell might have broken loose, and the outcome been very different.

    The shots themselves were something most good hunters could have made, at paper targets, under range conditions. The trick to being a Navy Seal sniper is to be able to make the shots on flesh, on command, all at once, the one time when it mattered, and not let the pucker-factor mess with your head.

    That's really what separates the best from the rest.

    -ET
     
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  8. harleyfx69

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    also under most conditions open seas are pretty calm ..
     
  9. Spiffums

    Spiffums I.C.P.

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    My sister's father in law was going to be a sniper till he fell off a bar stool in Germany and broke his arm................. well that's the story he tells.
     
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    Yea. Navy reports back then said 100ft was the distance. That's roughly 33yds. A pro football quarterback could have probably nailed them with a Wilson at that range. :)
     
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    Win.

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  13. chuckman

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    plus short range, good timing, and high-tech goodies in their scopes.
     
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    I remember hearing something on the news that they used some sort of gyroscopic stabilization technology.
     
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    lol, not to mention that they were probably on a big boat.
    Big boats don't really move much.

    Kind of takes away all the kick a appeal doesn't it? lol.
     
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    A pro quarterback would not survive "hell week"........

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    That's true as well. But I know that at least one or two could make it, lol.
     
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    i was gona say its their job but that sounds better
     
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    IIRC correctly, they were all three taken out with head shots. BGs exposed their heads through the windscreen.
     
  20. ElevatedThreat

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    No, not this time. We do have them, using technology similar to TV reporter steady-cams or the system that stabilizes the main gun of an Abrams tank. But in this case, they were not needed or used.

    The two wide-open head shots were made with .308, and the shot that had to go through the plexiglass window to take the bad guy inside the lifeboat cabin was made with a .338.

    There was no special technology employed beyond good rifles with good scopes, in the hands of good,well-trained men, and standard radio headsets.

    -ET