Blackfive notes a sniper you should know

Marine sniper credited with longest confirmed kill in Iraq

Via the Paratrooper of Love:

Seen through a twenty-power spot scope, terrorists scrambled to deliver another mortar round into the tube. Across the Euphrates River from a concealed rooftop, the Marine sniper breathed gently and then squeezed a few pounds of pressure to the delicate trigger of the M40A3 sniper rifle in his grasp.

The rifle’s crack froze the booming Fallujah battle like a photograph. As he moved the bolt back to load another round of 7.62mm ammunition, the sniper’s spotter confirmed the terrorist went down from the shot mere seconds before the next crack of the rifle dropped another.

Later, the attacks resumed.

“Our (company commander) told us to go find where the mortars were coming from and take them out so we went back out,” remembered Hancock. “We moved south some more and linked up with the rear elements of our first platoon. Then we got up on a building and scanned across the river. We looked out of the spot scope and saw about three to five insurgents manning a 120mm mortar tube. We got the coordinates for their position and set up a fire mission. We decided that when the rounds came in that I would engage them with the sniper rifle. We got the splash and there were two standing up looking right at us. One had a black (outfit) on. I shot and he dropped. Right in front of him another got up on his knees looking to try and find out where we were so I dropped him too. After that our mortars just hammered the position, so we moved around in on them.”

The subsequent fire for effect landed right on the insurgent mortar position.

“We adjusted right about fifty yards where there were two other insurgents in a small house on the other side of the position,” said Flowers. “There was some brush between them and the next nearest building about 400 yards south of where they were at and we were about 1,000 yards from them so I guess they thought we could not spot them. Some grunts were nearby with binoculars but they could not see them, plus they are not trained in detailed observation the way we are. We know what to look for such as target indicators and things that are not easy to see.”

Hancock and Flowers then scanned several areas that they expected fire from, but the enemy mortars had silenced.

“After we had called in indirect fire and after all the adjustments from our mortars, I got the final 8-digit grid coordinates for the enemy mortar position, looked at our own position using GPS and figured out the distance to the targets we dropped to be 1,050 yards,” said Flowers with a grin. “This time we were killing terrorism from more than 1,000 yards.”

Hancock is a police officer in Bryan, Texas, and his spotter Flowers is from Pearland, Texas.

This story is eerily similar to three 950 yard shots a 1st Marine Division sniper from El Paso made.

As a commenter on Blackfive noted: Don’t Mess With Texas.


  1. Now that’s what I call reaching out and touching someone with some ‘tough love!’ LOL! Glad to see these Marines continuing in the Corp’s tradition of marksmenship, and all the great scout snipers that went before them. Hate to think what this team could do with a .408 CheyTac! OUCH!

  2. I may not live there, but you still gotta love Texas. One of 2 states where it’s still legal to have a gun in the gun-rack of your truck. Beautiful. I’d like to shake that man’s hand someday. Is he a marine reservist, or what? Shouldn’t he get some sort of prize, or something? Can we start giving out bounties? ‘Ok, that’s three insurgent’s left ears as proof. Here’s your $1500. PX is three doors down on the left. Thanks for saving your fellow soldiers, and some Iraqi citizen’s lives. Next!’ I can just see the hell I’m gonna get for that remark already. Couldn’t help it, his story reminded me of gopher and coyote hunting. If you whistle really loud, the gophers and coyotes stop and look at you really funny-like. I can just picture the insurgents doing the same thing, sorry.

  3. After reading your article, I decided to go on Amazon and bought the book by Sgt. Hathcock, and another vietnam sniper book. And a Hooah! for the sniping. (I wonder what shots the unreported special force section of the military is getting aswell :])