May 3rd, 2010

Brit Sniper Makes Double-Kill at 1.54 miles with .338 Lapua Mag

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In a subsequent BBC Interview, Harrison reported it took about NINE shots for he and his spotter to initially range the target successfully. Then, he reported, his first shot “on target” was a killing shot. That makes the story more plausible.

In a stunning display of marksmanship, and the ultra-long-range capability of the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge, a British sniper killed two Taliban machine-gunners at a confirmed range of 1.54 miles. The distance to the target was GPS-ranged at 8,120 feet or 2,706.6 yards — well over a mile and a half. According to Britain’s Times Online, this successful engagement was the longest ever: “The previous record for a sniper kill is 7,972 feet, set by a Canadian soldier [in Afghanistan] in March 2002.” (Canadian Cpl. Rob Furlong used a McMillan Tac 50 in his 2002 engagement.)

The amazing shots were made by Corporal Craig Harrison of the Household Cavalry using an Accuracy International L115A3 rifle, chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum. L115A3 rifles, part of the British Army’s Sniper System Improvement Programme (SSIP), were first deployed to Afghanistan in May 2008. Corporal Harrison, with the assistance of his spotter, Trooper Cliff O’Farrell, dropped two Taliban machine-gunners with successive shots while providing covering fire for an Afghan national army patrol south of Musa Qala last November. Harrison told the Times that: “We saw two insurgents running through [a] courtyard, one in a black dishdasha, one in green. They came forward carrying a PKM machine-gun, set it up and opened fire on the commander’s wagon. I rested the bipod of my weapon on a compound wall and aimed for the gunner firing the machine-gun.” Harrison fired three rounds, the first killing one machine-gunner, the second killing the other (who had taken over the weapon), and a third to disable the enemy gun.

A shot at this ultra-long-range requires a superbly accurate rifle, a highly-skilled marksman, and favorable conditions. Harrison said: “Conditions were perfect, no wind, mild weather, clear visibility.”

l115a3 .338 Lapua magnum

Corporal Harrison is a brave soldier. During an ambush later in his Afghan tour of duty, a bullet pierced his helmet but failed to penetrate his skull. Some weeks after that, he broke both arms when a road-side bomb exploded under his vehicle. After recovering from his wounds, Harrison volunteered to return to Afghan duty.

READ MORE: Daily Star Story | TimesOnline Story | N.Y. Post Story.

Photo and illustration courtesy The British Army website.

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May 3rd, 2010

Sinclair Int’l Introduces New Competition Front Rest

sinclair competition BR front restSinclair International has just released its completely new Competition Shooting Rest BR. It’s a beefy unit, weighing over 30 pounds… and yes, it’s fully approved for both IBS and NBRSA benchrest competition at all distances. The new rest should start shipping in mid-May, 2010. The price is $599.00 including top bracket, but not the front sand-bag (both Edgewood and Protektor bags will fit).

Key features are: 1) Very low center of gravity for stability; 2) Smooth, precise windage control built in to the base-plate; 3) Ambi-dextrous design; and 4) Built-in carry handle on the front (target) side. The windage control, which employs twin tapered roller bearings for smoothness, is a clever design that provides nearly 48″ of windage movement at 100 yards. The oversized windage control knob is positioned near the rear (vertical) speed screw so you can easily and quickly control both the vertical and horizontal with the same hand. And you Southpaws, don’t worry… the post, center column, controls and windage adjustment disassemble and reassemble on the opposite side, for left-hand use.

The Sinclair Competition Rest’s components are “super-sized” compared to older Sinclair front pedestal designs. The new rest’s center column diameter is upsized to 1.95″ from 1.375″, the threaded post is increased to 1″ diameter from 3/4″, and the leg screws are now .5″ (up from .375″). The rear fluted speed screw is also oversized. The new Competition Rest also includes mounting holes for attachment of raised ammo caddies or a timer-holder. In addition, the Sinclair Competition Rest features a new, lockable fore-end stop assembly that adjusts for length, height, and cant (angle).

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May 3rd, 2010

Charlotte, NC hosts NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits May 14-16

The NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Charlotte, NC is less than two weeks away. This combination membership convention and trade show, co-sponsored by MidwayUSA, will be held May 14-16, 2010 at the Charlotte Convention Center, with some events slated for the Time Warner Cable Arena. All NRA members are welcome to attend. CLICK HERE for NRA Annual Meeting Schedule of Events.

NRA Annual Meeting

In addition to Speeches, Workshops, and Seminars, the Annual Meeting features a major industry trade show with 400 exhibitors. Here is a partial list of important companies with new products on display:

NRA Annual MeetingATK & Alliant/CCI/RCBS (booth 1403)
Berger Bullets (booth 1045)
Carl Zeiss Sports Optics (booth 635)
Champion’s Choice/Lapua (booth 2901)
Euro Optics (booth 2347)
Hodgdon/IMR Powder (booth 1035)
Hornady Manufacturing (booth 1219)
Krieger Barrels (booth 1609)
MidwayUSA (booth 811)
Nightforce Optics (booth 2349)
Redding Reloading (booth 3420)
Savage Arms (booth 3001)
Shilen Rifles (booth 1721)
Sierra Bullets (booth 919)
Sightron Sports Optics (booth 1139)
Sinclair International (booth 1006)

Along with the exhibits, the NRA Meeting will feature an Antique Guns & Gold Showcase, a Firearms Law Seminar, and the ever-popular NRA-ILA Dinner and Auction. PyramidAir will also operate an AirGun range in the Convention center if you want to exercise your trigger finger.

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