MIL 2 RCR Sniper Teams unbeatable

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  1. eter

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    RCR Sniper Teams unbeatable

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    2RCR Sniper Teams unbeatable

    They take top 3 spots in Afghan Competition

    By Captain Greg Poehlmann, Public Affairs Officer, Task Force Kabul

    Three Canadian sniper teams from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment have taken top honours at an international sniper event in Afghanistan.


    On Wednesday, October 12th 2005, seven Canadian snipers from Task Force Kabul (TFK) took part in a multi-national sniper concentration and competition. The event was hosted by the German sniper section from the German Battle Group (GE BG) and was held at the ranges outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. It was designed to be an opportunity for snipers from around the world, working in the area of Kabul, to get together to compare equipment and share ideas. A total of 18 teams from six different countries that included the US, UK, Belgium, Portugal, Germany and Canada took part. A small competition was added for training and fun.

    The competition consisted of three events. The first was an observation exercise. Twelve military objects were hidden and partially camouflaged. Snipers were given ten minutes to draw a panoramic sketch of the area and then 80 minutes to observe the area. They then plotted the items found on their sketch. Two of the Canadian teams were the only ones to find all twelve items and receive full points.

    The next event was a stress/unknown distance shoot. Snipers were placed in the back of a German truck with the tarp closed. On signal, the staff would start the clock and start yelling at the sniper team. The team had to sprint 200 meters to a firing line. They were then given a target and had to calculate distance without using laser range finding equipment. The sniper teams were given five rounds to engage the 30-centimetre target. The whole event was timed for score and penalties were given for missed shots. Again, two of the Canadian sniper teams were the only two to successfully engage the target with their first round!


    The last event was a pistol match. Three German pistols were placed on a table. Snipers chose a pistol and were given five round to see where it hit. They were then given ten seconds to successfully engage five targets with ten rounds. The targets had various score patches on them. All five targets had to be hit at least once for the score to count. Our snipers all performed well at this stand.

    After the competition was over, snipers were given the opportunity to mix and mingle. Snipers fired each other’s weapons and compared notes on how the business was being carried out in Afghanistan. Of particular interest was our MacMillan TAC 50 calibre sniper rifle.

    The day wrapped up with a meal and awards ceremony back at the German base in Camp Warehouse. The three Canadian sniper teams placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall. The entire day was a fun filled experience and extremely well run. It afforded everyone an opportunity to learn and compare sniper related experiences.
     
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  2. eter

    eter New Member

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    this one's hot too while we're at it:

    Killing shot made at distance of 2,430 metres
    Stephen Thorne
    Canadian Press

    A world-record killing shot by a Canadian sniper detachment in Afghanistan could never have been made with the ammunition they were issued when they left Edmonton last winter, the triggerman said in a recent interview. The Canadian .50-calibre rounds have a maximum range of between 2,200 and 2,300 metres. But the U.S. rounds, they discovered, "fly farther, faster," said Cpl. "Bill", a 26-year-old native of Fogo Island, Nfld.

    The two-man Canadian team, coupled with American Sgt. Zevon Durham of Greenville, S.C., made the kill from 2,430 metres, or nearly 2 1/2 kilometres, on the second shot.

    The first shot blew a bag from the hand of their target, an Al Qaeda fighter walking on a road.

    "He didn't even flinch," said Bill, who spoke on condition that his real name not be used.

    "We made a correction and the next round hit exactly where we wanted it to. Well, a bit to the right."

    The kill, one of more than 20 unofficially accredited to Canadian snipers during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan's Shah-i-Kot Valley, beat the 35-year-old record of 2,500 yards, or 2,250 metres, set by U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock in Duc Pho, South Vietnam.

    Soldier of Fortune magazine estimated the number of kills made by the Canadians after talking to several U.S. soldiers in Kandahar for a cover story in its August edition.

    The snipers themselves will not confirm the figure. But judging from accounts given by Canadians involved in the first major coalition offensive of the Afghan war, the figure of at least 20 sounds conservative.

    The 800-strong 3rd battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry is pulling out this month. They'll first go through a reintegration process on the Pacific island of Guam before heading home to Edmonton. About 100 British Royal Marines, too, wrapped up their last combat mission in Afghanistan yesterday after four months in Afghanistan.

    The five Canadian snipers, outfitted with British desert fatigues and an array of equipment from all over the world, were divided into two detachments that earned the respect of their American brothers-in-arms after helping rescue dozens of paratroopers pinned down by enemy fire.

    The five have been nominated for one of the highest awards given by the United States military - the Bronze Star, two of them with Vs for Valour, marking exceptional bravery. Awarding of the American medal, which was to have been done at a ceremony along with other Anaconda veterans in Kandahar in April, has been delayed by Canadian protocol officials. But more important to the Canadians are the gestures from their American brethren who - while nearly killing them several times over with "friendly fire" - owe many lives to their shooting skills. "They trusted us to do our job, without question," said Master Cpl. "James," a 31-year-old native of Kingsville, Ont., who like Cpl. Bill asked that his identity not be revealed.

    At one point during a series of battles, one of the Canadians was without his rifle. Enemy bullets were hitting the earth all around. Mortars were dropping in front and behind them, some within 10 metres, bracketing their position and getting closer all the time. "They really hammered us," said Bill. He tried to get to their rifles but couldn't. Finally, an American sniper tossed him his rifle and said: "Here, you know how to use this better than I do." They held off the enemy until darkness descended and escaped.

    "They were instrumental in helping us achieve our goals out there," said 1st Lieut. Justin Overbaugh, 25, of Missoula, Mont., the soldier who recommended Bill and James for Bronze Stars.

    "They are professionals; they are very good at what they do; they train hard, they are very mature, they are tactically and technically proficient so when it came time to do business, they were on," he said. "If they told me I was going out right now, I'd be begging, kicking, screaming, crying for them to come with us." Bill and James said they pulled off several shots from 2,400 metres or more.

    "Shots out that far are 60 per cent skill and 40 per cent luck, or vice versa," said Bill. "Usually, it takes two or three rounds, sometimes five. "Normally, a sniper wouldn't take that many shots, but they were out so far we felt confident they couldn't tell where we were."

    One morning, the two Canadians were set up overlooking a compound when Al Qaeda fighters started "pouring out of buildings like ants." Bill started shooting while James called in a mortar attack, followed by B-52, F-16 and Apache helicopter strikes.

    In a separate incident, Bill and James found themselves looking up at a large dark object screaming out of the sky directly above them - a 220-kilogram American bomb. "We hit the deck and covered our heads with our hands," said James. The bomb landed 30 metres away, nose in, and never went off. "By the grace of God, it was a dud," said Bill. "It landed 15 metres from the B company (U.S. 101st Airborne Division) trenches. A guy got up, walked out of the trench and kicked the thing."

    Capt. Paul Madej, Operation Enduring Freedom chaplain, who debriefed the Canadians, described them: "The Canadian snipers are professional, well-trained soldiers who walked into harm's way and fulfilled their mission. They represent the best and they have our respect."

    With files from Associated Press
     
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  3. brackac

    brackac Fuck all of this. OT Supporter

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    Canadian Snipers kick ass.
     
  4. eter

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    1. 3 canadian sniper teams finish first, second and third at friendly competition between snipers of different nations (US, UK, Belgium, Portugal, Germany) stationned in kabul, afghanistan

    2. canadian sniper takes out bad guy more than a mile away (steals record from marine in vietnam :fawk:). more on what our snipers have done over there.. including being up for a bronze star from the US army and having to refuse it because the canadian military thinks the public isn't "ready" to know that canadians have killed people in afghanistan :ugh: ..
     
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  5. ManinCamo

    ManinCamo I wear big boy pants.

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    now, obviously the snipers are bad-ass. The rest of the Canada needs to take note.
     
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    i was in 2 rcr for 6 years. way to go chicken fuckers
     
  7. Under_Fire

    Under_Fire Duck and Run

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    holy fuck. that guy didnt see/hear that one coming. and .50 cal? prolly made a mess.
     
  8. eter

    eter New Member

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    heh, in the article it says the first shot knocked a bag out of the guys hands. he didn't even move, probably wondering wtf hapenned since he probably heard no gunshot, next shot killed him.

    the story about the US marine in vietnam who held the record previously is pretty cool also.. i can't remember the details but he toughed it out in a field alone for a few consecutive days waiting for the perfect shot. :bowdown:
     
  9. Fearan

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    :rolleyes: Way to plug in some generalized canadian hate where it's really not needed.
     
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    aww how cute:hug:
     
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    holy shit! but, :rofl: at the guy getting pissed and kicking the bomb.
     
  12. MumblingJoe169

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    the Vietnam distance kill is still by far more impressive
    rougher terrain, not just open like Afghan terrain. Plus optics are 100x better than they were then
    still, thats a long fucking kill
     

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