Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by CoRoMo, Jun 22, 2017.
Canadians, right? Them and their McMillan TAC-50 rifles.
just kidding! Quite a shot and also lot of luck!
Them boys can snipe.
on purpose. To pull this off as described, the shooter would need exact, not estimated, data for weather across the entire flight path, lattitude, distance, elevation, some object a known distance far above the target to 'Kentucky Windage' off of when the scope runs out of adjustment, eyes that can pick out a grain of sand through even a high-magnification telescopic sight, and even then you're still stuck with a human target that will typically move before the 8 second transit time (weather, too), and a 50BMG platform that is generally in the 1-2MOA range on a good day as opposed to the ~.05MOA accuracy needed for this shot. No mention in the story of the (likely dozens) of shot attempts needed to finally pull this off in reality, that could be delivered far more effectively at such extreme range by an M2HB.
That new remote-controlled 50cal bullet DARPA's working on could have maybe done it under test conditions, but that wasn't mentioned either.
Stories like this one seem to come up every few months, usually at ever-longer distances (an increase of like 50% this time, despite all the top-flight snipers in operation across the world today trying to outdo each other) and usually involving some kind of Hollywood-style plot element, like a guy about to kill a victim getting killed just in the nick of time. Makes for entertaining reading, but in reality a dime-novel fantasy; "Daring Tales of Hero Snipers"
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