This is my rifle. There are NOT many like it

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

During a firefight in Afghanistan in 2007, British soldier Pte Cole’s SA80 rifle was hit three times by 7.62x39mm bullets! It continued to function and he continued to return fire, despite the fact that the scope, bodywork and pistol grip was ripped off the gun. Express and Star report

The first 7.62 mm Kalashnikov round hit the weapon head on, narrowly missing the barrel and tearing apart the bodywork, while the second blew the sight off and the third smashed into the side, ripping through the inside of the gun and blasting out of the pistol grip.

Miraculously none struck Pte Cole, already wounded twice in the battle, and last night he saw the remains of the weapon for the first time since it saved his life in the Taliban ambush two years ago.

The remains of the rifle is now proudly display at the 4th Battalion HQ.

[ Many thanks to Daniel E. Watters for sending me the link. ]

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Bob Bob on Sep 15, 2011

    @ Mica

    And maybe you should learn to write english before coming up with a bunch of BS.

  • Cahal Mcgirr Cahal Mcgirr on Feb 18, 2012

    The problem with the adoption of the SA80 was that the contract to produce was a sweetner in the privatisation deal the Thatcher government did. Without the contract for the army. RSAF was any empty shell of a company with little value.