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    Quote Originally Posted by pRoNZ4
    I wouldn't say I hate all arabs, just the terrorists. And I am filled with a little something i call American Pride. And Adema, if you were being hunted like that and had all that happen to you, probably a second from death, and you came out on top...you wouldn't be proud? Maybe it's just my mentality about warfare, okay it's probably that, but seldom would there be a person in that position who would not take pleasure in that. That is why he was there, because he is the best of the best. He is good at what he does, and he loves what he does.
    Thats not really cool dude. I have arab freinds and they are really cool and not terrorists. I hate it when people like you just think because one peroson of some minority is stupid/homo or w/e you people call them that applies to everyone of their race. That is something really stupid to think. Now if that is not what you ment please say that. I will forgive thou if you forgive yeeself.
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    There's a nice little story on Gunny Coughlin, in the June issue of FHM magazine. It's on page 122.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marble man
    There's a nice little story on Gunny Coughlin, in the June issue of FHM magazine. It's on page 122.
    I was not even going to get that magazine because the cover girl they used was not that extroidenary looking so I didn't even bother. Looks like I just may pick it up now. :P :)



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    Quote Originally Posted by mhsBlind
    USMC that was pretty mean what you said about Arabs. You know damn well that just because they look like they are a terrorist, that doesn't make them a threat or a terrorist. Saying that you hate all Arabs for what a few Arabs did on 9-11 is like saying you hate all black people for one black dude's mistake. That was just ignorant. Please don't think I'm flaming you, I'm totally calm right now, I just don't think that was very appropriate to say.
    I understand your not flaming, Everyone is entitled to their own opinoin but (the bold sentence) is a little differnt. I understand their are some innocent Arab people but, one person didnt just cause this. It was many many people who cause terrorist acts. When ever i come across some one who is arabic, the first thing that pops into my head is things like 9/11, killing POW's in Iraq and all other terrible things that happen in the Middle east, so naturally i will dislike him. and once again i understand that their are innocent arabic people, This is just my Thoughts and opinions

    To actually stare at the man you are going to kill takes a lot of balls. I don't care how hardcore you think you may be. To look at a man and then kill him is the absolute hardest thing to do in your life. You don't hate this man he has done nothing to you, yet you have to kill him before he kills you. There is no other way. I pity those people who join the military just to kill people. It's a whole different world out there. When you are in the position to take a man's life you will think twice. It isn't easy.

    This scares me:

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    Hathcock smiled at his partner and said, "one shot--one kill."


    I understand relief. But he seems proud...

    Don't think that being a sniper is just hunting season. It isn't. What if you were the man in the enemies scope. You wouldn't want him to pull the trigger, yet he must. War is a terrible thing people. Don't join the military just to kill people. If you do I pity our military. I want to join the military, not for the death, but for the education and respect.
    Well he didnt enjoy killing other men, i came across this sentence while reading his book:

    "As far as I'm concerned, you can take those numbers(kills) and give 'em to someone who gives a damn about 'em. I like shooting, and I love hunting. But i never did enjoy killing anybody. It's my job. If I dont't get those bastards, then they're gona kill alot of these kids dressed up like Marines. That's the way I look at it."
    But, he proboly was pumped up from all the adrenaline from the moment that he felt a great relief, knowing that he was seconds away from death and narrowly ascaped it. I have alot of respect for him.
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    This may be several yrs to late, but I worked with him in somalia. I still tell his tales to my friends....
    To answer one question.....you can use the 50. as a anti material weapon-ie shooting at the aa gun, etc

    problem with it is that unless you take your time and zero it in aa ins qualifications-not applicable in battle, it is not quiet accurate-thusly, missing the gun and hitting the gunner.

    and......you can shoot the uniform, the helmet, the magazine pouch the skinnies wear, etc........


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    I have also read Gnny. Sgt. Coughlin's book and I believe that he was my Platoon Sgt. in 29 Palms. I can't be 100 percent sure, but I do believe that this was the man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EyesofTexas View Post
    As usual, the Master Chief is correct. Incendiary rounds are illegal to use against enemy personnel. However, they can be used against enemy equipment. The feeding tray is considered enemy equipment and the fact that a skinny was killed takes no precedence. The fact that he fired upon a person... is slightly bending the rules. However, in Scout/Sniper School, snipers are well versed on the the Geneva Convention and they get around the incendiary rounds problem by saying that the sniper is firing on the equipment the enemy is wearing (Which can be BDU's, grenades, tactical gear, etc.) We are very liberal in our definition of the Geneva Convention.

    Mob, using your words... it is easier to snipe from jungle and tall grass areas than flat desert for the obvious reason, you can conceal yourself against grass... where are you going to hide in the desert of in an Urban Environment? Not in the grass, thats for damn sure. Now obviously Gunny Hath**** is still the man, but Gunny Coughlin is getting up there.

    To answer xa, Gunny Hath**** died after a battle with Multiple Sclerosis. What is sad is that he was medically discharged from the Marine Corps just 55 days short of the 20 years required to collect a full pension. His fighting/sniping career was ended in Vietnam after he was burnt (almost beyond recognition) after an Amtrack he was riding on top of ran over a mine and he was sprayed with gasoline. He saved the lives of 7 Marines because he went back into the Amtrack and made sure that they were all clear all the while he was on fire and exploding ammunition was going off, he was issued the Silver Star (37 years after the accident, he was issued the medal after being denied the Medal of Honor).

    I don't think that there are any accurate hit/miss ratio numbers available for Gunny Hath****, but if I had to ballpark it... I will put them at around 95% of all sniper rounds fired by Gunny Hath**** were hits on his intended target.
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    And XA, don't complain about the Chief's comments. You were wrong and you just need to keep your mouth shut and apologize for being incorrect. He is right, you have been wrong about A LOT of things so just take it easy.




    I have an issue with the comment "..it's easier to snipe from jungle" and you ask "where are you (sniper) going to hide in the desert or in an urban environment...?" In the desert of both Iraq and Afghanistan there are many boulders, dried stream beds and old srtuctures that BOTH the sniper and bad guy can hide. In the desert, the lengh of the shot is not an issue; 1000,1500, 2000+ yards depending on the cartridge used. In the urban environment, EVERYTHING can be considered a hide, limited only by your imagination and experience.
    In Nam, there were not very many places where a sniper could get off a 1500+ yrd shot. Plus, as mentioned above, we did not have today's sniper technology. And in the desert, it is much easier moving at night because the desert floor is much quieter than a jungle floor.
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    When infantry meet in a jungle, every soldier is a sniper. They are all effectively hidden gunmen. However, in jungle warfare valuable targets are usually located in open ground i.e. clearings or population centres. Against these objectives a marksman does not often have the luxury of great engagements distances which put him out of harm's way, but the terrain is perfect. He can make virtually any spot along the jungle wall or in secondary growth his firing position, and that makes counter-sniper work very difficult. There are areas of interest in desert environments, but a half-decent marksman will reverse-engineer your shot within a few seconds and pinpoint your precise location, as there simply aren't enough places which fit the firing profile regarding cover, elevation, withdrawal paths, etc. Jungles are naturally noisy, with lots of fauna, which make scouting or sentry work a pain in the balls. In a desert, sounds are often isolated, making detection relatively easy. Urban environments are pretty good for sniper work though.

    Why did you post in such an ancient thread? The Marine you disagreed with hasn't been seen around here in years.
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    war is war guys for small arms weapons there should be no limit to incendiary rounds. Where there should be restrictions however is in weapons that can potentially kill millions of people with one shot ie nuclear
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Gunnery SGT. Jack Coughlin, USMC