One shot, six kills: British sniper hits Taliban suicide bomber’s detonation switch from more than half a mile away

posted at 4:31 pm on April 1, 2014 by Allahpundit

Kind of surprising, given jihadis’ fondness for wearing their explosives, that we don’t have a technology capable of flipping a switch remotely. Except, I guess, we do. It’s called “bullets.”

I’ve never seen something like this in a movie, presumably because not even Hollywood could imagine a scene this amazing.

Several hundred British and Afghan soldiers were carrying out an operation in December when they were engaged in a gun battle with 15 to 20 insurgents.

“The guy was wearing a vest. He was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming up over a ditch,” said Lt Col Slack. “He had a shawl on. It rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun.

“They were in contact and he was moving to a firing position. The sniper engaged him and the guy exploded. There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said, ‘I think I’ve just shot a suicide bomber’. The rest of them were killed in the blast.”

It is understood the L/Cpl was using an L115A3 gun, the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon.

Six kills from one shot is a modern record according to Britain’s defense ministry. The Telegraph claims that the shot hit the detonation switch but I wonder if it didn’t hit the explosive material itself, sparking the explosion directly. I know next to nothing about combustibles, though. Any veterans or counterterror experts out there have thoughts on this? The only two materials used in suicide bombs that I’m remotely familiar with are C4 and TATP, and I know (via, er, “Mythbusters”) that you can do a lot of damage to C4 before it detonates. Burn it, smash it — nothing happens. Only when the ingredients are combined does it go boom, which presumably means a bullet hitting the material wouldn’t set it off. TATP is less stable, though. According to one site, “any small amount of energy added to the system in the form of friction, pressure or heat will cause the [oxygen] bond to dissociate initiating the reaction.” TATP is, I believe, also easier to come by than C4, making it likelier to be found in a Taliban’s vest.

So moved was AFP by this feat that they felt obliged to immortalize it in a computer video. You’ll find that below, along with a clip from the History Channel that’s a few years old about the longest confirmed kill in known military history — also accomplished in Afghanistan.



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Now that derserves a pay raise. Not flipping a burger. (Yes, I realize it`s a British sniper but my point still stands).

ThePrez on April 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Give that man a medal.

bluegill on April 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Way to go British sniper whatever your name is.I’m glad someone is doing this since our Army has been destroyed.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

breathe
aim
relax
squeeze.

(Or as the administration says, you didn’t squeeze that.)

Wander on April 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Never should have to pay for a beer again.

rbj on April 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM

SaWeet!

bazil9 on April 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Allah Ackbar!

That means 432 virgins (Dykes on Bikes) have been created in Paradise to see to their every whim……and do they ever deserve it!!

Shaughnessy on April 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Obviously, we have to ban sniper rifles.

/Piers Morgan

NoFanofLibs on April 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

That had to be fun to watch…

major dad on April 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

…we need 10 shots like that…every day!…with more of his jihad friends crowded around him.

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Hard to say when this happened, how it happened and which stories about it are true.

Say the 6 are dead, in any which way. Millions more to go, all bad Islamists.

CAIR is harassing Megyn Kelly about discussing a movie which portrays the wild ones in a bad light.

The leftist thugs are absent, as always.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Now, if only Hairy Reed would wear ‘the belt’ and this guy was in the gallery…

vnvet on April 1, 2014 at 4:47 PM

So when is nonpartisan gonna wander in here and shoot its mouth off?

Del Dolemonte on April 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Our military explosives like C-4 and PETN are designed to take .50 cal tracers without detonating.

This most of been improvised emplosive, not just in the method of its detonation, but the actual explosive manufacture itself.

Six radical fundamentists off to 72 virgins. Would that mean they’d have to share? I mean divide that number among themselves. If they were to share then some of them wouldn’t be virgins by the time…

Never mind.

Limpet6 on April 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

I love these human interest feel-good stories Allah, keep em comin’!

Akzed on April 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

So moved was AFP by this feat that they felt obliged to immortalize it in a computer video

The Taiwanese could do it better.

whatcat on April 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Well done, you!

vityas on April 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

breathe
aim
relax
squeeze.

(Or as the administration says, you didn’t squeeze that.)

Wander on April 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

I seem to remember another “s-word”, making it a full “brass”. Am I recalling correctly or ?

whatcat on April 1, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Sounds like premature detonation.

dentalque on April 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Half a mile and hits the switch, an amazing shot. If it is a directly wired switch it would be very dificult to blow up remotely.

Sven on April 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

This is also why weather vortex’s rotate in different directions depending on hemisphere.

blink on April 1, 2014 at 4:52 PM

So what is the latest “Settled Science” re. how the Coriolis Effect impacts the direction of water going down the drain in different hemispheres?

Del Dolemonte on April 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Sounds like premature detonation.

dentalque on April 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Sounds like a good day at the office, no matter how it happened.

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Two possibilities:
1) he did hit the switch
2) he hit the detonator itself, which are unstable FTMP

Either way, who’s to argue with the results.

Another Drew on April 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

The sniper didn’t build that. He only killed one insurgent. The insurgent killed 5 others with his suicide vest. That insurgent should be commended and given a posthumous medal by the brits. /sarc

tdarrington on April 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

U.N. looking in to see if that was excessive force…

right2bright on April 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Lapua Mag. Drool……..

WryTrvllr on April 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

They have GOT to put that into the next Call of Duty game.

John the Libertarian on April 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

That’s nothing. Obama, Drone Commander of the Universe, gets ‘um by the dozens from over 10,000 miles away. He then has it all recorded and watches it over and over and over again like kiddie porn.

VorDaj on April 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Seems to me to be support for the gun control crowd’s argument that we don’t need more than one bullet in our guns for self defense. “How many more innocent suicide bombers and terrorists might have died that day?”

red villain on April 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Big Jim McBob and Billy Sol Hurok approve.

Del Dolemonte on April 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

They have GOT to put that into the next Call of Duty game.

John the Libertarian on April 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

It’s in there, but still hard to do. Easier in BF.

nobar on April 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

4500 ft lbs of pure “wasn’t there just a Taliban there?” pleasure.

WryTrvllr on April 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

breathe
aim
relax
squeeze.

(Or as the administration says, you didn’t squeeze that.)

Wander on April 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

I seem to remember another “s-word”, making it a full “brass”. Am I recalling correctly or ?

whatcat on April 1, 2014 at 4:52 PM

This must be what I was trying to remember:
Breath control
Relax
Aim
Slack
Squeeze

whatcat on April 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Great story to read after coming inside from zeroing my birthday present. Thanks, AP!

He should never have to buy a drink again and at 850 meters – this bloke knows his business.

PolAgnostic on April 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Two possibilities:
1) he did hit the switch
2) he hit the detonator itself, which are unstable FTMP

Either way, who’s to argue with the results.

Another Drew on April 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Source article sites him hitting someone much further out his first day in Afghanistan.

WryTrvllr on April 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

CHANNELING SOME OF THE HOTAIR MORON LIBTARDS BACK WHEN BUSH WAS PREZ:

But…but…what about their due process?!?!?! No one even read them their rights let alone give them a chance to prove their innocence in a court of law! This just proves Obama Bush is a WAR CRIMINAL!!

Liberty or Death on April 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Good Shoot’n Tex!

And now,…some Military Pron:
==============================

This goes out to HawkDriver:

(Yes,..I knows wrong helicopter)

Fighter Copters gone wild, (IRAQ)
*********************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2sDNT91Rzw

canopfor on April 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

So what is the latest “Settled Science” re. how the Coriolis Effect impacts the direction of water going down the drain in different hemispheres?

Del Dolemonte on April 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Asking a question with an implied statement. I would never do that!

HonestLib on April 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

A 6 for 1 special – that’s one way to cut down on costs.

DinaRehn on April 1, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Except, I guess, we do. It’s called “bullets.”

Hahahahahaha.

Jaibones on April 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

SWEEEETTTTTTT!!!!!!!

D-fusit on April 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Good Shoot’n Tex!
canopfor on April 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Or, as the Koreans say, “Awwwesome! World peace!”.

whatcat on April 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM

By Jove!!!

dpduq on April 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM

CHANNELING SOME OF THE HOTAIR MORON LIBTARDS BACK WHEN BUSH WAS PREZ:

But…but…what about their due process?!?!?! No one even read them their rights let alone give them a chance to prove their innocence in a court of law! This just proves Obama Bush is a WAR CRIMINAL!!

Liberty or Death on April 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Yeah, due process pretty much went out the window when the Captain Kickass decided to drone the hell out of anybody on his kill list- even if they were American citizens.

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Looks like a nice weapon. Price point @ $6800.00 not terrible.

Bmore on April 1, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Bmore on April 1, 2014 at 5:19 PM

So when is nonpartisan gonna wander in here and shoot its mouth off?

Del Dolemonte on April 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

But you see, that One-Note-Johnny is perfectly fine with the military and law enforcement having and using firearms. It’s plebes like us having them that spooks him.

CurtZHP on April 1, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Huzzah! If this soldier ever finds himself in America then his first six drinks are on me.

alchemist19 on April 1, 2014 at 5:22 PM

So when is nonpartisan gonna wander in here and shoot its mouth off?

Del Dolemonte on April 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

It’s not lethal, if you’re shooting it at clay targets. With 5 miles behind the target.

WryTrvllr on April 1, 2014 at 5:22 PM

canopfor on April 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Or, as the Koreans say, “Awwwesome! World peace!”.

whatcat on April 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM

whatcat: Oh gawd, that was a laugh:)

canopfor on April 1, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Well done, Sniper! Obama will now speak for 30 minutes about how he was kinda like a sniper growing up in Hawaii and working so hard in the Illinois legislature.

Nethicus on April 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM

They have GOT to put that into the next Call of Duty game.

John the Libertarian on April 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Sextuple kill, RAMPAGE!

nullrouted on April 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM

RESULT!

Midas on April 1, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Probably tagged a blasting cap.
HE needs an initiator.
Even a relatively close major impact would get it to kick.
That’s why caps go in at the last possible opportunity depending on the tactical situation.
You can prep everything else but the caps are kept separate if possible.
They can remove an appendage if mishandled.

Hotel1 on April 1, 2014 at 5:27 PM

I want a picture of O’bozo shooting one!!!!!!

No O’bozo pad.

WryTrvllr on April 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM

I’ve never seen something like this in a movie, presumably because not even Hollywood could imagine a scene this amazing.

In screenwriter William Goldman’s book, he said he had to tone down a lot of stories in the D Day movie The Longest Day, because the heroic stories of sacrifice were so heroic, no one would believe them.

redeye on April 1, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Awesome.

jephthah on April 1, 2014 at 5:35 PM

That’s nothing. Obama, Drone Commander of the Universe, gets ‘um by the dozens from over 10,000 miles away. He then has it all recorded and watches it over and over and over again like kiddie porn.

VorDaj on April 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Heh. I thought you were going to say:

He then has it all recorded and watches it over and over and over again like John Kerry does of his Viet Nam “exploits”.

Ruckus_Tom on April 1, 2014 at 5:38 PM

It’s kind of a sweet story, really. They all arrived in Hell at the exact same moment.

I love the snack bar!

Kensington on April 1, 2014 at 5:54 PM

whatcat: Oh gawd, that was a laugh:)

canopfor on April 1, 2014 at 5:23 PM

And that little snip of a woman sure looked like she had fun, too.

whatcat on April 1, 2014 at 6:00 PM

This guy might actually get 72 virgins, if he wants them.

Annielou on April 1, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Huzzah! If this soldier ever finds himself in America then his first six drinks are on me.

alchemist19 on April 1, 2014 at 5:22 PM

You betcha! I love stories with happy endings.

hawkeye54 on April 1, 2014 at 6:08 PM

The Telegraph claims that the shot hit the detonation switch but I wonder if it didn’t hit the explosive material itself, sparking the explosion directly.

Depends on what explosives were used. C-4 wouldn’t have gone off, but dynamite probably would have. I’m not sure about TNT.
But, if he hit another part of the explosive train that is more sensitive, like a detonator, that would have done it.
Hitting the switch itself seems unlikely to set it off, though.

Count to 10 on April 1, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Now that’s what I call hitting the sweet spot.

Allahu Ak……………

antipc on April 1, 2014 at 6:22 PM

more please!!

tommer74 on April 1, 2014 at 6:24 PM

It is understood the L/Cpl was using an L115A3 gun, the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon.

 
The neat part is to remember that he’s essentially lobbing that projectile at them. If they were both at the same elevation, the round probably would have been 12-16 feet above the ground at it’s highest point (guessing at its arc, but I’m certain someone else can tell you more about the ballistics).
 
Not to mention the magnification of errors in estimations at that distance. A hair to the left ends up being a foot or more off target, etc, even before taking wind and other variables (like the rotation of the earth- seriously) into account. Those guys are amazing.
 
Feel good story of the day.

rogerb on April 1, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Deus vult!

Knott Buyinit on April 1, 2014 at 6:33 PM

It’s always nice to read about someone reaching out to help another. The Taliban man was looking to kill himself and many others and that British sniper was able to help the Taliban man’s dream come true.

RJL on April 1, 2014 at 6:36 PM

So what is the latest “Settled Science” re. how the Coriolis Effect impacts the direction of water going down the drain in different hemispheres?

Del Dolemonte on April 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

I once saw a travel program where they went to Ecuador and went to the equator. The tour guide had a bucket of water and a sink and the water went down the drain one way north of the equator and the other way south and you didn’t have to be very far from the line. I was impressed.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Rambo…..give that man a ceeeegar

jaywemm on April 1, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I’ve never seen something like this in a movie, presumably because not even Hollywood could imagine a scene this amazing.

Apparently you never saw Henry Fonda’s last western.
My Name is Nobody

LoganSix on April 1, 2014 at 6:48 PM

I’m not sure what the Brits are using theses days. Possibly the 408 CheyTac. Think the 338 lapua is out classed and I think only US forces use the fifty. Anyone know?

jaywemm on April 1, 2014 at 6:49 PM

So what is the latest “Settled Science” re. how the Coriolis Effect impacts the direction of water going down the drain in different hemispheres?

Del Dolemonte on April 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

There is no source of “settled science” as respected as Snopes, and they say Coriolis has no impact.

blink on April 1, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Snopes is an utter joke-run by 2 Clinton Kneepads.

Scientific American presents both sides.

Del Dolemonte on April 1, 2014 at 6:54 PM

It’s called a “force multiplier”.

The .338 Lapua Magnum is a pretty good round, but from the description he was not aiming at the switch and it was luck that he hit it. But, from my experience, good luck for a sniper is often the reward for hard work, practice, skill, and initiative.

Socratease on April 1, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Snopes is an utter joke-run by 2 Clinton Kneepads.

Scientific American presents both sides.

Del Dolemonte on April 1, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Right re Snopes. They run it out of their basement in California.

ALL of the so-called independent fact-checker websites/newspaper columns are liberal fronts.

slickwillie2001 on April 1, 2014 at 7:26 PM

The Taliban could have run, but they just would’ve died tired.

HellCat on April 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

I’m not sure what the Brits are using theses days. Possibly the 408 CheyTac. Think the 338 lapua is out classed and I think only US forces use the fifty. Anyone know?

The article mentions the model as L115A3. I assume .338 but according to Wiki it can also be chambered for .300 Winchester mag.

JusDreamin on April 1, 2014 at 7:42 PM

They don’t give his name.

Because of the moslems in Britain, are they keeping his identity secret?

goatweed on April 1, 2014 at 8:19 PM

He is my hero for the day. The sad thing is that Afghanistan is never going to become a westernized country. They are happy to stay in 14th Century.

SC.Charlie on April 1, 2014 at 8:23 PM

He is my hero for the day. The sad thing is that Afghanistan is never going to become a westernized country. They are happy to stay in 14th Century.

SC.Charlie on April 1, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Bacha bazi doesn’t cut it?

Murphy9 on April 1, 2014 at 8:41 PM

This fellow will end up on Great Britans Palma Team no doubt.
Good shot with beneficial outcome …
I doubt the Muzzies utilize ‘impact insensitive explosives’ … good.

Missilengr on April 1, 2014 at 8:43 PM

This fellow will end up on Great Britans Palma Team no doubt.
Good shot with beneficial outcome …
I doubt the Muzzies utilize ‘impact insensitive explosives’ … good.

Missilengr on April 1, 2014 at 8:43 PM

If his fellow Brits can keep him from being beheaded while walking down a street.

WryTrvllr on April 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Oh c’mon. A half mile shot taking out 6 Taliban? Pfft. This guy’s not doing anything until he takes out a squirrel with one head shot at 30 yards with a Gamo pellet gun in .177 … and not having your neighbors call the po po on you.

Shwing !!!

Ruckus_Tom on April 1, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Nice shot Brit. All’s well that ends well.

lel2007 on April 1, 2014 at 9:37 PM

There are actually electronic jamming devices for both gun-trucks and man portable. They occasionally have the ability to set off IEDs. There is even an air to ground system, call-sign Stop Light, that does the same thing.

MoreLiberty on April 1, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Whoo Boy I’m headed to the local Village Inn in the morning to sit in a booth that faces West order a ham, bacon and cheese omelet and revel in the beauty of the return on that one shot investment. We used to wage war like this..get in take out the trash get out. Now we are too damn preoccupied with rules of engagement and tolerating freak parades in the military.

HatfieldMcCoy on April 1, 2014 at 10:23 PM

There are actually electronic jamming devices for both gun-trucks and man portable. They occasionally have the ability to set off IEDs. There is even an air to ground system, call-sign Stop Light, that does the same thing.

MoreLiberty on April 1, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Combat Engineer? Bradley? MRAP?

Murphy9 on April 1, 2014 at 10:25 PM

I’m gonna go play Call of Duty with that L115 in his honor. I’m not nearly as good a shot though.

RavenRog on April 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

I’m sure Obama will put out a vid with him photoshopped in as present at the kill……giving the go ahead even

sbark on April 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Ah Math:

6 Moooslems go to Allah at 72 virgin homosexual male yacks per Moooslem = 432 yacks enjoying Moooslem arse for eternity.

The lad should get his first 6 pints for free!
Well done!

Bubba Redneck on April 2, 2014 at 12:39 AM

I seem to recall a story that an Australian sniper in the 2010-2012 time frame obtained a confirmed kill at a still longer range.

Anyone know anything about this?

Heck at this pace we’ll be picking them off from the tops of skyscrapers on the West Coast . . . and to quote Martha Stewart, “That’s a good thing!”

Bubba Redneck on April 2, 2014 at 12:43 AM

First of all, tally ho and great shot. He’s a one-man hellfire missile.

I once saw a travel program where they went to Ecuador and went to the equator. The tour guide had a bucket of water and a sink and the water went down the drain one way north of the equator and the other way south and you didn’t have to be very far from the line. I was impressed.

crankyoldlady on April 1, 2014 at 6:44 PM
I’m very skeptical of this.

blink on April 1, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I was there (it’s not the official government equator site by the way, it’s a few hundred meters away). You’re RIGHT on the equator and it’s totally legit. No tricks, no pushing the water one way or another. Our demonstrator also did it right on the equator and the water just goes down straight, no whirlpool at all.

Mojave Mark on April 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

I own a sniper rifle (not the one depicted, but .50 caliber) and appreciate those who fire them in combat or self defense (stand-off).

It takes a great amount of patience to acquire, calculate, aim, and fire to hit ones target. Remember, a snipers job is not done until the target is neutralized (dead).

I offer a heartfelt salute to the British Soldier for a job well done, and at a record setting distance.

MSGTAS on April 2, 2014 at 12:41 PM