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The Last Bullet Tango Neutralized Paraphernalia

SOLDIER STORIES: The Bullet With a Story to Tell.

Lt. Col. Patrick Looney, battalion commander for 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, holds the last round chambered in a Marine M-40A1 sniper rifle that spent two years in enemy hands.

A true shot through the window killed the insurgent sniper. A Marine sniper from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment shot him through the window at a distance near Habbaniyah, Iraq. Sergeant Kevin Homestead, a 26-year-old squad leader for K Company, was spotting for the sniper section leader when he noticed the insurgent videotaping a convoy with a scoped rifle by his side. Only after killing the shooter, and the driver who was spotting, did they discover the M-40A1. The rifle was lost when it was taken from four Marines assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment after they were killed nearly two years before in Ramadi.

An assortment of improvised explosive paraphernalia was found in the insurgent sniper’s vehicle as well.

The Darkhorse battalion mounted the chambered round on a plaque which was presented to the snipers of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment Magnificent Bastards, who lost four Marines and the rifle in Ramadi in June 2004.

(Photos by Corporal Mark Sixbey, 20 May 2006.)

[USMC Staff Sergeant Mike Skinta was one of the sniper instructors when Dakota Meyer attended Sniper School. In his book Into The Fire, Meyer recounts Skinta’s cautionary tale of what happens when a sniper team on a mission relaxes vigilance.]

"Skinta told us about a sniper team in over-watch in a half-constructed building in Ramadi in 2004. It was a warm, dull day and after several hours, they dozed off and never awakened.

"Insurgents sneaked up and shot all four Marines in the head. They left with the high-powered M48-A3 and its excellent Schmidt & Bender scope. Over the course of the next year they allegedly killed two more Americans before a Marine sniper took them out and recovered the rifle.

"Skinta hammered home his message: know every aspect of your job, and never never let down your guard. If you slack off or take things for granted, you die." [Into the Fire, pg. 35]


Smoke break IX…
Two German soldiers on a smoke break in Afghanistan. The one on the left has an MP7; you can see the distinct collapsible stock. Other guy has a G36, which model, can’t really see anything else to determine, though probably just a standard full-length version.
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Smoke break IX…

Two German soldiers on a smoke break in Afghanistan. The one on the left has an MP7; you can see the distinct collapsible stock. Other guy has a G36, which model, can’t really see anything else to determine, though probably just a standard full-length version.

U.S. Marine Cpl. Matthew Reis (right) with 2nd Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team out of Norfolk, Va., talks about the M39 enhanced marksman rifle with Australian Army Pvt. Beau Johnson (left) with 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, during an exchange of weapons tactics, techniques, and procedures at Robertson Barracks. FAST Marines are attending Exercise Semper Fast 2011, a combined training event hosted by 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, focusing on small arms ranges, direct fire ranges, military operations on urban terrain, and light infantry operations.

(Photo by Sergeant Pete Thibodeau, 24 November 2011.)

The Last Bullet Tango Neutralized Paraphernalia

The Bullet With a Story to Tell.

[Left] Lt. Col. Patrick Looney, battalion commander for 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, holds the last round chambered in a Marine M-40A1 sniper rifle that spent two years in enemy hands. The Darkhorse battalion mounted the chambered round on a plaque which was presented to the snipers of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment Magnificent Bastards, who lost four Marines and the rifle in Ramadi in June 2004.

[Middle] A true shot through the window killed the insurgent sniper. A Marine sniper from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment shot him through the window at a distance near Habbaniyah, Iraq. Sergeant Kevin Homestead, a 26-year-old squad leader for K Company, was spotting for the sniper section leader when he noticed the insurgent videotaping a convoy with a scoped rifle by his side. Only after killing the shooter, and the driver who was spotting, did they discover the M-40A1. The rifle was lost when it was taken from four Marines assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment after they were killed nearly two years before in Ramadi.

[Right] An assortment of improvised explosive paraphernalia was found in the insurgent sniper’s vehicle as well.

(Photos by Corporal Mark Sixbey, 20 May 2006.)