By Wyatt Earp | May 4, 2010
This handsome gentleman is Corporal Craig Harrison of the British Household Cavalry. He is a hero, a sniper, and now, a world-record holder. You do not want to get on this man’s bad side.
An army sniper has earned a place in military history by killing two Taliban machine gunners from more than a mile and a half away. Craig Harrison’s record breaking shots felled the insurgents with consecutive bullets – even though they were 3,200ft beyond the official range of his rifle.
The Household Cavalry veteran’s kills from a distance of 8,120ft beat the previous record by 150ft.
Hot damn, that’s some good shooting!
He was using the British-built L115A3 Long Range Rifle, the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon. It is only designed to be effective at up to 4,921ft – just less than a mile – and capable of only ‘ harassing fire’ beyond that range.
But Corporal Harrison took his record-breaking shots after his commander and Afghan soldiers were attacked during a patrol in Helmand in November last year.
I’m sure Corporal Harrison thinks the record is nice, but saving his allies is much more important.
Yeah, I want one of those for Christmas!
His vehicle was further back on a ridge, with his sights trained on a Taliban compound. He said: ‘We saw two insurgents running through its courtyard. They came forward carrying a machine gun and opened fire on the commander’s wagon.
‘Conditions were perfect, no wind, mild weather, clear visibility.
‘The first round hit a machine gunner in the stomach. He went straight down and didn’t move. The second insurgent grabbed the weapon and my second shot hit him in the side.’
Truly remarkable. I mean, there are just no words.
Corporal Harrison, a married father-of-one from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, killed 12 more rebels and wounded seven others. During an extraordinary six-month tour of duty he also survived a bullet that went though his helmet and a roadside bomb.
The blast broke both his arms but he was eventually able to return to duty, his accuracy unaffected.
Does anyone out there want to question this man’s talent, honor, and commitment? Nah, I didn’t think so.