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Old 03-01-2011, 01:45 PM   #16
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I've seen that show, too. Very interesting.
The history of marines as accurate shooters is fascinating since it comes from them being on-deck or up in the yards/etc. of the tall ships and picking off the officers and cannon operators on enemy ships.

oh, very cool. I've always been fascinated with snipers and their accuracy at huge distances. The longest is something crazy like 2.5 km. It blows my mind how skilled they can be
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oh, very cool. I've always been fascinated with snipers and their accuracy at huge distances. It blows my mind how skilled they can be
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:57 PM   #18
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The longest range recorded for a sniper kill currently stands at 2,475 m (2,707 yd) and was achieved by CoH Craig Harrison, a sniper from the Household Cavalry of the British Army. It was accomplished in an engagement in November 2009 in which two stationary Taliban machine gunners were killed south of Musa Qala in Helmand Province in Afghanistan with two consecutive shots by CoH Harrison using an Accuracy International L115A3 Long Range Rifle chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum.[24][25] [26][27]

The QTU Lapua external ballistics software,[28] using continuous doppler drag coefficient (Cd) data provided by Lapua,[29] predicts that such shots traveling 2,475 m (2,707 yd) would likely have struck their targets after nearly 6.0 seconds of flight time, having lost 93% of their kinetic energy, retaining 255 m/s (840 ft/s) of their original 936 m/s (3,070 ft/s) velocity, and having dropped 121.39 m (4,779 in) or 2.8° from the original bore line. Due to the extreme distances and travel time involved, even a light cross-breeze of 2.7 m/s (6.0 mph) would have diverted such shots 9.2 m (360 in) off target, which would have required compensation.
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^Wow, that's more than 1.5 miles (for us Imperials). HTF do you compensate for for a shot like that?
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:22 PM   #20
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No idea. assuming they were at the same elevation, he must've had his gun pointed way up in the air. And I assume the adjustments on the sight make it so he's still viewing the target through the cross-hairs, but still. And the fact that he did it twice in a row.... wow
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Pirate Says Danish Hostages Will Be Killed if Rescue Attempted

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A Danish family captured by pirates in the Indian Ocean will suffer the same fate as four American sailors slain last week, if any rescue is attempt is made, a Somali pirate said Tuesday.

Abdullahi Mohamed told The Associated Press that he has ties with the gang holding the family - a Danish couple with three children, aged 12 to 16.

The Danish family was captured along with two adult crew members, also Danes, when their sailboat was seized by pirates Thursday, the Danish government said.

Mohamed said that any attack against the pirates would result in the deaths of the hostages, and he referred to the killings last week of four American hostages captured by pirates on their yacht.

Mohamed has provided reliable information to AP in the past.

Just days before the hijacking, the family wrote on a travel blog that it was in daily contact with anti-piracy forces and had prepared a "piracy plan" in case of an attack.
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(BTW--I know this is a serious situation, but thinking of a "pirate spokesman" makes me giggle just a little.)
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:59 PM   #22
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How would the ransom work, anyway? Where would the transaction take place? I think a good deterrent would be to give the pirates the ransom, then after they've given up the hostages, send in some planes to track them down and torpedo their boat. Let the money go down with the ship in a "We dont give a fuck about the money" show of aggression


edit: nevermind. They bring the hostages ashore
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Five dozen pirates living on a hijacked ship serving as a roving pirate base jumped into the Arabian Sea on Monday after the Indian navy fired on the vessel in self-defense, the navy said Monday. The navy captured 61 pirates fleeing the battle and the fire that broke out aboard the hijacked vessel.

A pirate in Somalia threatened Indian sailors and the government with targeted attacks in retaliation for the arrests.


...The pirates had hijacked the Mozambique-flagged Vega 5 in December and had used it as a mothership. Indian sailors rescued 13 crew members from the Vega 5 Sunday night about 700 miles off Kochi in southern India, the statement said.

The pirates were carrying about 80 to 90 small arms or rifles and a few heavier weapons, likely rocket-propelled grenades, it said. The statement did not describe any casualties among the navy, the fishermen or the pirates in Sunday's clash. The pirates were being taken to Mumbai, India's financial capital, to be prosecuted for attacking the Indian ships.

Piracy has plagued the shipping industry off East Africa for years, but violence and ransom demands have escalated in recent months. Pirates held some 30 ships and more than 660 hostages as of February.

A self-described pirate in Somalia who gave his name as Bile Hussein said the arrests will lead to "trouble" for Indian sailors and ships. "They better release them, considering their people traveling in the waters, or we shall jail their people like that," he said. "We are first sending a message to the Indian government of releasing our friends in their hands or else they have to be ready for their citizens to be mistreated in the near future."

The Indian navy's third anti-piracy operation this year followed the capture of 28 Somali pirates last month and another 15 in January. Both groups are to be prosecuted in Mumbai. Indian warships have been escorting merchant ships as part of international anti-piracy surveillance in the area since 2008.

Several nations, including the United States, are prosecuting pirate suspects captured by their militaries. But other suspects have been released as countries weigh legal issues and other factors. The prosecutions, the growth of criminal gangs participating in piracy and the ever-increasing ransoms have heightened confrontations. Five Puntland security forces and two pirates were killed earlier this month during a failed attempt to rescue Danish captives taken from their hijacked yacht to a pirate stronghold in the semiautonomous northern region of Somalia.
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