Five UNBELIEVABLE Shots!

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Gun Review posted up five great examples of marksmanship. Click here to read their article.
The first shot was by a police sniper. According to the narrator, this shot was over 50 yards and the sniper shot the handgun out of the hand of the suspect. Is it just me or does this not seem that amazing? Bolt guns are known to shoot sub MOA all day long. And when you shoot as much as a police sniper, you know your gun and how it groups at varying distances. Heck I know how my CZ Scorpion Evo 3 hits at 7, 15, 25 and 50 yards. It does not group as well as a bolt gun but I know its capability and application for those distances.


The second amazing shot was performed by retired Marine SSgt. Steve Reichert. He replicates the reputable Carlos Hathcocks shot where he shoots through the lens of the NVA snipers scope to kill the enemy. Steve uses the M40A1 sniper rifle.

 

Jerry MIculek made the cut with his 1,000 yard shot using his 9mm revolver.

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Vortex Razor Red Dot Sight
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This is an impressive shot. I get excited hitting steel at 200 yards with a .22LR bolt gun. But shooting a revolver out to 1,000 yards just seems extraordinary.

 

The Hill Country Rifles world record is another amazing shot. 4,210 yards is nothing to scoff at.

 

No list can be complete without the amazing Bob Munden. I want to see if I could split a playing card now. Probably not. His speed with the SA revolver is inhuman.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • BattleshipGrey

    These days it’s hard to make a list of just five. With guys like 22plinkster and others, not to mention the unrecorded combat sniper shots, someone could put together an epic list.

  • UnderDown

    F!#k me drunk seven ways ’till Sunday

  • Giolli Joker

    Nice video on Munden.
    The late Bob Munden on “Impossible Shots” was more showing off neat accuracy tricks, the old footage with the balloons showed the real feats that made him a legend.
    The way he was surprising the reporter was hilarious.
    Looking at the slo-mo I noticed a few details:
    -a mistake in the technique could have easily resulted in Bob shooting his own hand;
    -confidence and staged arrogance are cool but safety is still important: the holster has a curved steel end meant to deviate an ND far from the leg;
    -most likely he was shooting wax bullets, unless he really hated cameramen.

    • Austin

      Blanks would probably be enough to pop balloons

      • Giolli Joker

        They talk about bullets and I’m pretty sure a proper blank should not project anything that far.

        • Austin

          If he’s within 10ft the gas alone might pop it pending on the loading

    • micmac80

      You mean rice shot that is used in trickshoting

    • Sam

      In an older video, he talks about using blanks.

  • TVOrZ6dw

    I wish we could get modern HD slow motion video of Bob Munden’s work.

    • Adam

      Cant remember what show it was, but they did get Bob doing his shots on slow motion just before he died…

    • Lt_Scrounge

      His guns were VERY slicked up. He did custom action jobs on Colt Single Action Armys that were incredible. Legendary Guns in Phoenix used to sell some of his work. Never in my budget or really my area of interest. I have bought numerous firearms from Legendary Guns. I used to go through their used holster box to see what I could find. I found more than a few deals there. I bought a beautiful Winchester Model 12 made in 1954 from them when I was in Phoenix in September. I missed my flight and had to take a different one because I was shopping for a TSA approved lock for the foot locker that it was going to be flying home in. Luckily, Southwest doesn’t charge for changing flights. The flight I did catch left two hours later, but since it was a non stop, I actually arrived in Dallas only 45 minutes after the first flight.

  • Austin

    Billy Dixon deserves to be on the list but that was well before video recording

  • Anon

    Were really going full click bait now, aren’t we?

    • Kevin Harron

      And as usual, not an effortpost, just repost someone else s work. Par for the course for Nicholas’ high standards of journalism.

  • Daniel

    Tim Bradley shooting a golf ball thrown in the air several times before it hits the ground with a ruger 22 handgun is pretty impressive. Tom Knapp shooting the taped hole of a washer flipped into the air like a coin is also one of the cooler things I’ve seen done with a gun.

  • Bob

    The police sniper also seems unimpressive to me as well, as does the scope shooting at thirty yards. Any Appleseed instructor could make shots like that all day. I could do it myself, though not consistently unfortunately.

    • FarmerB

      Actually, I think it would be easier at 100-200 yards. Things are more complex with bullet flight between 0-100. How many people here know the distance of the first ‘line of sight’ bullet crossing?

    • Jeff Knox

      The scope shot wasn’t to prove he could hit a scope at 30 yards, it was to validate Carlos Hathcock’s claim (by the way, it’s reputed, not reputable) that he killed a sniper at 300 yards with the bullet passing through the sniper’s scope. Many have claimed it impossible, including the Mythbusters, but they were all testing against modern scopes with modern glass, not the little 1960s scope the VC sniper would have been using. Of course Carlos wasn’t trying to shoot through the scope. It was a situation where you had two snipers stalking each other. Carlos saw a glint of reflection and shot at it. For the bullet to have passed through the scope meant that the scope must have been aimed directly at Carlos when the shot was fired – meaning Carlos probably barely saved his own life.

  • Bill

    I use the first case as an example of a “bad” shooting in that it sets an unrealistic precedent as to how those types of situations can be resolved. It was a sporty bit of shooting, but there are unintended consequences.

    • Kelly Jackson

      It’s a small town and the officers probably know the guy. In the full video when it first area on The History channel, one of the swat officers approaching him afterwards sayd “see I told you we didn’t want to shoot you”.

      • Bill

        Actually, it was an affluent suburb of Columbus, Ohio. One of the reasons the shot was approved by the incident commanders was it was getting close to rush hour and traffic was going to get gnarly.

  • A Fascist Corgi

    Is there any kind of verification process for the incredible shots and ridiculously high kill numbers that military snipers claim? Are we just going on their word? If that’s the case, then I’m pretty skeptical of their amazing claims. Maybe if their spotters or whatever backed up their claims then I’d believe them. Shooting snipers through their own scopes and kill numbers reaching into the hundreds sounds like BS to me.

    • Bob

      I read a book on the use of suppressors in Vietnam, and if I remember correctly, some of these sniper teams were basically set up in “free fire zones”, where anyone who moved at night was to be considered to be the enemy. Do that night after night, picking off everyone from a bored villager to Viet Cong sneaking through, and it’ll run your numbers up quicker than you might think. Oftentimes with the use of suppressors, the ” bad guys” would stand around clueless as to why their point man went down, giving the snipers at least a couple of kills before the enemy would scatter.

    • politicsbyothermeans

      For some snipers, a kill wasn’t a kill unless he could put a boot on the dead bad guy. Hatchcock probably has more kills than he gets credit for simply because the tactical or operational situation precluded him “confirming” the kill in person. That said, I know a few snipers (mainly Regiment and Group guys) that could get tens of kills in a deployment, depending on where they were. Multiply that times a handful of deployments and we’re talking about a lot of dead dudes.

    • Jeff Knox

      There has been a lot of stretching and exaggeration over the years, especially regarding range, and sometimes body-count, but Hathcock was the real deal. He had some pretty incredible exploits, and most of them were very well corroborated. The shot that hit the opposing sniper through his scope is one of the most famous, most doubted stories in the history of sniping. Hathcock had no reason to make it up though, it was corroborated by his spotter, and it has been proven that it was a possible, if unlikely shot. Unlikely shots happen.
      Modern sniper stories are more accurate about distances, and have a more stringent verification process.

      • Lt_Scrounge

        Modern snipers have laser range finders to insure accurate distances. Even with that, some of the shots are incredible considering all of the factors involved. One Marine hit an enemy sniper at over 900 yards with a 308 with a trajectory that was so arched that the Marine had cranked his scope to the very maximum elevation and aimed 10 ft above the enemy sniper. He was just trying to scare the guy into keeping his head down, but the Marines on the ground found the body with a bullet coming into it from a nearly vertical angle.

    • Vince

      Like WWII fighter Aces virtually all good snipers have killed more than they get credit for. The “Kill” in both cases has to be observed or it is not counted. More than that in his book American Sniper Chris Kyle points out that EVERY kill he made had to be justified to U.S. Navy LAWYERS!! That was why his “kill” number kept changing. Right now it is at 160 but people that watched him kill a number of enemy that were never counted and his spotters all claim it was over 200. The thing is, much like Hathcock he did not like the whole “count” thing. Both were quoted as saying this is not a sport and those guys are dead and it is not right to celebrate the killing like a sport.

      There is one example where Kyle “killed” 12 Iraqi insurgents by shooting the beach balls they were using to cross a canal 4 per ball with a net over the ball. They had been sneaking on the base and setting bombs every night and Kyle figured out how they were getting on a very secure base. His spotter watched him shoot all three balls and also watched the heavily loaded down bad guys drown in the canal!! None of them were counted as he never shot any of the bad guys he let the water kill them. To my mind he killed those 12 guys but they will never been counted.

      Anyway most active snipers end up killing more enemy than they will ever get counted for. Most do not care either. Same reason Hathcock and Kyle did not care. It is not a sport.

  • Raul Del Portillo

    Bob Munden was the bestest that ever was. I doubt I will live long enough to see another like him. May he rest in peace.

  • Oldtrader3

    Amazing!!

  • The police sniper shot was not impressive. The sniper was hailed a hero, but most police snipers today would perform that shot. It was a Columbus, Ohio officer in a suburb town. This is not a “small town” this is a major American metropolitan area.

    First, using deadly force to “disarm” a suicidal subject is just plain stupid. Suicide by Cop is real, but can only be justified when the person points or reasonably threatens deadly force at police or others. When the sniper pulled the trigger he used deadly force – it doesn’t matter where the bullet struck. If the shot had missed entirely it is still deadly force. This shot is the signature on a big payout. “I tried to save him by shooting at him.”

    Second, let’s say everyone (courts, media, public, gun enthusiasts) thinks this was a bad ass and righteous shot. The shot is stupid and reckless. This guy was in a public street in a neighborhood. When that bullet struck the revolver it didn’t stop there. Fragments, or ricochet could have gone anywhere – including into an occupied house or car. How do you try to justify that? Shoot metal anytime and there are fragments that go in all directions. Shoot uneven metal …

    I believe one of the Cardinal Rules of Firearms Safety is “Know your target”. That means not only identifying the target, but understanding what the bullet will do when it hits the target. The second half of the Rule is “and what is beyond”. This violation would be clearly pointed out in court.

    Finally, 50 yards! He better have been able to shoot the revolver. Nuff said.

  • GRComments

    How about the policeman who shot a bad guy while holding his horse and shooting one handed? What was that distance? Took him down with one shot. That should be here.

  • Tyrfing

    I was out with Sword International in Reno this past Monday. Their 338 LM Mk18 shot sub-MOA at 2500 m. Without a sniper and instruments. I was writing the patents for it so they let me come out. Unbelievable rifle.

  • Rocketman

    I thought for sure that the list would include the incredible shot of Billy Dixon who shot an Indian off his horse at something like 3/4 of a mile.