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January 05, 2005

Meet Sgt. Herbert B. Hancock...

...chief scout sniper, sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

"After we had called in indirect fire and after all the adjustments from our mortars, I got the final 8-digit grid coordinates for the enemy mortar position, looked at our own position using GPS and figured out the distance to the targets we dropped to be 1,050 yards," said Flowers with a grin. "This time we were killing terrorism from more than 1,000 yards."

1,050 yards. With the standard sniper rifle. Hathcock's 2250m kill was from a scoped, pre-sited, tripod-mounted .50 cal machinegun (firing single shots). Hey, Carlos got a moving target (ammo carrier on a bicycle) but this 1K shot certainly puts Sergeant Hancock in my Hall of Fame, along with those Canadians who got the long shot in Afghanistan.

Full story here.

Hat tip to Mike L.

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