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SOURCE: The world's most deadly sniper is Royal Marine with 173 confirmed kills | Daily Mail Online

Deadlier than American sniper Chris Kyle: Royal Marine has 173 confirmed kills including 90 in just one day and most came during a six-month tour of Afghanistan
  • The Briton recorded most of his kills during tours of Afghanistan in 2006/7
  • Unnamed Royal Marine, from southern England, has 173 confirmed kills
  • Figure puts him ahead of the US Navy SEAL commando Chris Kyle, who had 160 confirmed kills
  • British sniper said to have hit 90 Taliban fighters in one day at a stronghold
  • Married father-of-two has completed at least five tours of duty
  • He has served with the Navy's elite unit for more than a decade

By Julian Robinson for MailOnline

Published: 00:17 EST, 2 February 2015 | Updated: 10:17 EST, 2 February 2015



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A Royal Marine sniper has become the world's most deadly military sniper with 173 confirmed kills, it has been reported (file photo)


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A British sniper team around the town of Sangin in Helmand Province, where some of the war's most fierce fighting took place


The world's deadliest military sniper is a Royal Marine with 173 confirmed kills, including 90 members of the Taliban in just one day, it has been reported.

The Briton, who has not been named, had served in the elite unit for more than a decade and recorded most of his kills during a six-month tour of Afghanistan in 2006/7, having also served in Iraq.

The figure puts the corporal, reportedly married with two children and from southern England, ahead of US Navy SEAL commando Chris Kyle, who had 160 confirmed kills to make him the most lethal US sniper.

Kyle's exploits are the subject of a new film called American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper.

According to The Sun, the British sniper is said to have hit 90 Taliban fighters in a stronghold in just one day. It is thought his total number of 'kills' could be even higher than 173 if unconfirmed strikes were taken into account.

A source told The Sun: 'He is not interested in scores or kill counts. He took no satisfaction in the job he had to do.

'Because he saw the enemy as humans he has not struggled emotionally or psychologically with what has happened.

'He had a unique job at a unique time. He must be the most lethal sniper in the world. But that is not a title he would seek out or revel in.'

The newspaper says most of the hits took place in Afghanistan during Operation Herrick V when he was serving with the Brigade Reconnaissance Forces in Helmand Province.

Early on during the conflict in Afghanistan, service personnel were told they could use lethal force on any enemy.

However, the rules of engagement, known as Guidance Card Alpha, were later toughened up, meaning troops could only open fire if they were in direct contact with the enemy, or to prevent an imminent attack.

Some 11 members of the British Armed Forces were killed during Herrick V, while a total of 453 personnel lost their lives in the conflict between 2001 and 2014.

During his tours of Afghanistan the sniper would have been armed with a L115 A3 Alpha capable of firing .338 calibre bullets with great accuracy over ranges of more than a kilometre.

The Marine, who has not been named for security reasons, is said to have completed more than five tours of duty, including in Northern Ireland, but not all have been as a sniper.

It is estimated that most snipers of a similar age and experience level will have made between 20 and 30 kills. Their role is to identify and eliminate 'high-value' targets, as well as gather intelligence.

The Hollywood biopic of Kyle, who was killed a year ago today on a shooting range in the US, has been nominated for two Oscars and has been a hit at the US box office, making £166m (249m dollars) in only three weeks of cinema release.

But the Clint Eastwood-directed film has faced criticism that the film glorifies murder and serves as war propaganda.

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A SNIPER'S DEADLY WEAPON OF CHOICE: THE L115 A3

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The L115 A3 rifle, which gives British snipers the best chance of hitting their intended targets

Used by British snipers on the battlefield, the L115 A3 rifle is a long-range, large-calibre weapon, nicknamed The Silent Assassin, or The Long.

In 2008, the version used by the deadly sniper during Herrick V was replaced with a newer improved model which has twice the magnifying power of the old rifle.

It provides state-of-the art telescopic views, both day and night, to give the sniper the best possible range in any weathers.

The rifle, which weighs is designed to achieve a first-round hit at 600 metres, but has a range of up to 1,100metres, and fires an 8.59mm bullet.

It is also fixed with a silencer, and an adjustable stand so the sniper can be sure of a stable base while firing.

In November 2009, a British Army sniper set the current record for longest recorded sniper kill by killing two Taliban machine gunners south of Musa Qala in Helmand Province in Afghanistan at a range of 2,475 metres using a L115A3.




 

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Somebody is always one upping us.
 

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Hey man...at least it is for the right cause!
 

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Tech question here....Wouldn't the "Silencer" have an adverse effect on range?
 
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  • British sniper said to have hit 90 Taliban fighters in one day at a stronghold

Most would have figured out what was happening once 30-40 bodies piled up in the courtyard!!! :eek:

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Jolly Good O' boy! Have a cup of tea and enjoy the day! We all appreciate your service indeed!
 
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One, a sound suppressor may affect POI, but, unless it slows the bullet, range should remain the same. The suppressor is used to diffuse the signature of the gun, not as a Hollywood "silencer". As he uses the weapon with the suppressor attached, the zero is made that way. Removing the suppressor will require him to look up his specs for unsuppressed fire, and adjust his zero accordingly. Not a problem for today's snipers.

I wonder where the usual Leftist attacks are for this man? Or the Reaper? Guess Moore, Rogen, and that slimy "newsman" all failed to gain their self-important goal when they attacked Kyle, and were ridiculed.
 

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We need more good men like him...:thumb:
 
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