Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hyena Road

Action war movie.  It's gotta be about U.S. military, right?  No, about Canadian Forces in Afghanistan.  Remember what had been for a while the most long distance sniper kill in history:
Furlong enlisted in the Canadian Army and served with the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.
In March 2002, Furlong participated in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan's Shah-i-Kot Valley. His sniper team included MCpl. Graham Ragsdale (Team Commander), MCpl.Tim McMeekin, MCpl. Arron Perry, and Cpl. Dennis Eason. A group of three Al-Qaeda fighters were moving into a mountainside position when Furlong took aim with his Long Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW), a .50-caliber McMillan Brothers Tac-50 rifle, loaded with Hornady A-MAX 750 gr very-low-drag bullets. He began firing at a fighter carrying an RPK machine gun. Furlong's first shot missed and his second shot hit the knapsack on the target's back. The third struck the target's torso, killing him. The distance was measured as 2,430 m (2,657 yd).
An awesome, if depressing film reminding us that when the U.S. invoked the NATO treaty, Canada did its part.

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