Confirmed 700-Meter Kill with M110 SASS!

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Soon after arriving to Afghanistan with their new M110 SASS (Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle System), soldiers began sighting in the rifle alongside the venerable M24 SWS. Many snipers expressed reluctance to field such a departure from the bolt-action design but quite a few in the 82nd Airborne were anxious for the opportunity to test its mettle.

At an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan last year, a sniper team armed with the new M110 deployed well ahead of a convoy in a known insurgent environment. Running along the supply route were steep and jagged mountains that provided the enemy with concealment and elevation. A specific point along the convoy’s path to an FOB (forward operation base) was often targeted by insurgent RPG and mortar teams who would shell the convoy before escaping through the mountains. Pursuit of this group was prevented by a river that ran along the road.

After an arduous hike onto a mountain opposite of the one used by the insurgents, the sniper team set up and observed. A long range rifle like the M110 would be necessary to cross the open valley that ranged more than 700 meters. As the convoy approached, the sniper team noticed movement through their Leupold optics as three insurgents scrambled to set up their position.

The first two shots were missed as environmental factors played an unexpected role on each bullet’s flight path. If the M110 hadn’t been suppressed, soldiers report that the enemy might have heard the audible crack and fled. On the third shot, contact was made and the bullet reportedly devastated the body. Before the enemy could flee, the semi-automatic design proved its value to the snipers by dropping a rapid follow-up shot on target. It was at this time, a young lieutenant opened fire with his M249 SAW and killed the third.

—Report By Eric R. Poole

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  • HI IT’S SOOOOOOOO~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AMAZING I HAVE A GUN LIKE THAT IN THE GAME SF SPECIAL FORCE.I NEVER THOUGHT IT CAN REALLY BE SO AMAZING!!!!!!!!! HI I’M FROM THE PHILIPPHINES I JUST WANTED TO SEE A PIC. OF M110 SASS I LIKE IT…

  • Rick

    Actually the longest sniper shot by the canadian sniper has been beat by an american sniper. He beat him by adding 47m to the canadian’s shot.

    Either way very impressive shooting by both men.

  • mark caracci

    FYI, the reporter missed on one critical point, the suppressor won’t silence the “crack” of the bullet as it passes the target at supersonic speed, it only reduces the shooting signature at the point of fire. At 700 yards (at sea-level) the bullet is still going about 1400f/s so it’s going to make a supersonic crack.

    FYI

  • sean

    long live america wtf u nazi bastard i agree with you about the american ignorance and arrogance but really america being run by jews hah. yeah right. Its you and your bloody fascist Hitler worshiping idiots who portray the negative look to america drinking beer and watching tv while eating a big mac with a confederate flag hanging on the wall. Hell the only reason that there are some rich Jews because THEY ACTUALLY WORK FOR A LIVING!unlike you lazy ass racists

  • Jaxx

    Hmm… wintersoldier, you’re an idiot. Trust me, we’re not all like that.(Americans that is, only the stupid ones are… we have alot of them)
    Anyways, a CANADIAN has the longest range sniper kill in history, over in Afghanistan, using the macmillan tac-50. And not that it matters, but he was using american match grade .50 BMG’s. Also, if you’re going for extreme – range kills, a .50 rifle such as M82A1, M107, MacMillan TAC-50 etc is the way to go so for 700m with a 7.62X51 round, not bad. Also, he was using a suppressor on his rifle. Suppressors decrease the acuraccy of a rifle, I’m sure you’re already aware of that. Still, good shot – Hooah!

  • a Nam era old soldier

    Lots of lessons in this real-life story. Tactical preparation; long hike in with equipment; terrain and enemy intelligence; training; equipment designed for the job – in working order and at the front; teamwork; execution. Seems simple, but professionalism at every stage sets up success. Thank you!!!

  • long live america

    WINTERSOLDIER

    you’re words speak for themselves. American ignorance & arrogance at it’s vile finest.

    Americans are the big stinky manipulated attack dog of the ‘Israel Lobby’ ie affluent Jews within America.

    Between that and corporations, you are truly fucked, while Dick Cheney laughs all the way to the bank.

  • wintersoldier

    Hey Mr. T, eat a dick you British faggot.

    Maybe you shouldn’t credit UK soldier’s for a fictional account that you heared on XBOX Live while playing COD4.

    Good to see the M110 is helping our boys overseas effectively kill those walking pieces of shit.

    Mr. T would rather suck terrorist cock, than realize the UK and the US are both fighting and WINNING the war on terror and stopping these terrorist asshole from hurting anymore innocent people across the world.

    Answer me this Mr T., if we were there for oil, why didn’t we just take it after we kicked Iraqi Ass back in the 90’s? Eat shit and die Mr T, you fucking puss-bag.

  • Mr.T

    Wow 700yards that must be like… standard sniper range. The UK have the .338 to get kills at 1500y and yet the US has a semi-auto coz it wants to get more kills. YEAH!
    Then maybe nextime we can get delivered to some other poor country for no reason, have a good time pretending we’re heroes while we’re helping a bunch of corrupt businessmen f*** off with all the oil. Your only a flesh and blood diversion!

  • HI LIKE THAT PIC. REALLY IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S REAL I LIKE IT BECAUSE IT’S SOOOO~~~~ POWERFUL THANKS…

  • HI IT’S SOOOOOOOO~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AMAZING I HAVE A GUN LIKE THAT IN THE GAME SF SPECIAL FORCE.I NEVER THOUGHT IT CAN REALLY BE SO AMAZING!!!!!!!!! HI I’M FROM THE PHILIPPHINES I JUST WANTED TO SEE A PIC. OF M110 SASS I LIKE IT…

  • Altan

    Hooraay!!