I finally watched your ABC vid. That was a bogus demo, as is typical of the
media, the boat the sniper was on being a fairly large platform, much more
stable than a powered inflatable, the choice of most SEALS. In fact, it
looked big enough to overwhelm any opposition whether it had snipers aboard
or not. I was referring to a small powered infatable and stand by my claim.
I have no doubt SEALs are better shots than I, but a boat (not ship!)
bobbing on the open sea shooting at another boat bobbing on the open sea
....not some sheltered harbor for bogus demo's sake.... makes sniping all
but impossible, no matter how good a shot you may be. First, all that
movement makes high power optics useless. Second, at 25 yds, a good pistol
shot would be more practical, and good snipers are now trained in long range
pistol shooting, which is nothing at all like sniping.
Try again. I'll debate you with a bottle for each hand and still outshoot
Ok, let me get this straight.
You call a 500ft. Navy Destroyer with a 9000 ton displacement a boat?
Yeah, those things just bob up and down like crazy in calm seas, don't
Did you even read the accounts of this event?
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
This has been going around. Although it is not considered to be the actual
sniper event, it is a good portrayal. And it shows some navy humor as well.
Not only from a pitching ship but into a pitching boat.
Gyro-stabilization could help on the shooting end but wouldn't do
anything to stabilize the target end. I think target acquiring, active
guidance small arms ammunition is in pretty short supply. So even if
we do hear the "whole story", my bet is it's still going to be an
example of some damn fine shooting.
Zzzactly. At a couple thousand feet per second, a target doesn't move
very far at that short a distance. Besides, guys like that shoot with
their balls, no technology required. When the moment is right, with a
bit of a lead, send that little nugget on its way. It gets there
really quick. So you might be off by 1/4".
The Bainbridge is something like 500 ft length, 65 foot beam, displaces
9000 or 10000 tons. She is not going to be bobbing around much in calm
water. The sniper shown in the ABC demo was firing from a much smaller
vessel and hit 10 for 10.
The most impressive achievment IMHO was the teamwork of the 3 snipers
being able to take their shots and hit the pirates nearly simultaneously.
Better to be stuck up in a tree than tied to one.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar.org
I was damned impressed when I heard the story. Being perched on a
stabilized gun mount makes sense. Otherwise I chalked it up to the SEALS
identifying a potential situation, i.e. a sniper shot from one boat to
another, and have practiced the hell out of it. The report I thought was
funny was that the sea states started getting heavy and the pirates didn't
seem to be too comfortable, so the USN offered to tow them to calmer waters
which they accepted. SUCKERS, thanks for making the shot a little easier.
Damn fine work by some of America's best.
Richard Marcinko's first book and even his second offer some intriguing
descriptions of how realistic he tried to make the training of his SEAL team
and how it paid off in improved performance. However for one reason or
another he was either forced to or decided to use a fictional approach to
telling his story by the second book so it gets harder to tell what might
have really happened from what he makes up. I for one wouldn't be surprised
if the SEALS who took out these punk pirates had trained for something very
much like what happened.
Stabilized optics don't do you any good in aiming a weapon because it has to
be pointed the same place that the optics are pointed. For such
stablization to be useful the whole gun has to be stabilized. Stablization
of the bullet does not help in aiming.
Come on, it is not an impossible shot even with a handgun, less for a sniper
rifle. As a matter of fact 25 yards is not even a distance for a sniper
rifle--regular scope is parallax compensated for 50 yards and beyond...
It is no big deal to put all the bullets into a quarter sized circle at 100
yards distance. That is when using a commodity rifle like e.g. widely
available PSL-54C and cheap surplus ammo. I wouldn't even start about
distance 4 times shorter...
Yes, there are some challenges because of relative boats movement but it is
also not rocket science. Especially when those boats are tied with a rope...
And absolutely no need to even think about wind at that distance. And it
only takes 1/30th of a second for a bullet to travel that distance so there
is no black magic of feeling where to aim if a target is moving...
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