Monday, 24 January 2011

Tips for snipers

1. Never put yourself in a position you cannot withdraw from
2. A cool head and a quiet response can often get you out of trouble, whilst a loud one can get you in deeper
3. Being concealed up a tree only works until you fire your first shot

 

17 comments:

Blue Eyes said...

"A cool head and a quiet response can often get you out of trouble, whilst a loud one can get you in deeper"

Ain't that the truth!

What can be very frustrating is someone else's loudness and hotheadedness when you have been doing well with your own cool head and calmness.

Conan the Librarian™ said...

The bear looked like it shit itself...

TonyF said...

Interesting thing about bears. They can climb trees. Easily. Then rip you to bits.

Hogdayafternoon said...

Blue: We seem to have lives that shadow each others. I have a `someone else` I've dubbed "Foghorn Leghorn" (Look that up on Google for details). Loud, demoralising, inept - and in charge:-/

Conan/TonyF: My Canadian chums tell me that the only Black Bears they've seen have been their furry arses running away into the distance. Grizzlies, however.......

TonyF:

powdergirl said...

Hi HD, Thanks for the memories! Working in the forest some years ago, building logging roads far from any township. End of the day and I lit the fuse and headed on down the road on foot, having sent my truck and swamper in the opposite direction. It had been dead quiet but for the usual birds and creaky old-growth timber. Till I heard crashing and bashing noises in the forest like only a bear in a hurry can make, and getting louder with every second. Man, that 2 minute fuse seemed awfully long that day. Felt like hours till the shot went off. When the noise from the blast faded out and echoed on down the valley, the crashing and bashing was still audible, but getting quieter by the second. Once in a while, noise is your friend. Did I mention that we were previously told to "be careful out there, as this here was grizzly country" ? : )

TonyF said...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00xc3qw#synopsis


For the tale of another 'Grizzly'

powdergirl said...

TonyF,
My Dad did some Grizzly work, back in the day. I'm sure he never swung the sledge in his B-day suit though. Hilarious!

CI-Roller Dude said...

Some other tips from when I was in the Infantry:
If the enemy is in range, so are we.
Never look like you are in charge or important--maybe the sniper is low on ammo and won't waste his shots.
When planning an attack, make sure you can go in reverse faster than you can go forward--just in case.
Never throw grenades up hills or stairs--they can bounce back down easier than going up.

CI-Roller Dude said...

oh by the way...if you look at the California State Flag...it has a California Grizzly bear...which are all extinct.

Hogdayafternoon said...

To all the above commenters: Its amazing the posts that can prompt such interesting and amusing responses. I just stuck this up as a little `pot boiler` as I'd drawn a blank and had nothing much to say. Stories from the Canadian BC backwoods, TonyF's hilarious link to the anecdote with Prince Charles and Roller-Dude's military `wisdomettes` made it worthwhile after all. As for PG's two minute fuse, my out of control thoughts on Grizzly encounters as I was walking around Lake Louise a few years ago have always come back to the need for a lightweight anti-tank weapon. Thanks to one and all.

Blue Eyes said...

"Blue: We seem to have lives that shadow each others."

No, it's a one-way shadow. You certainly cast a long one!

Hogdayafternoon said...

Blue: I'll be e mailing you my similar encounter. We can swap gripes ;)

Blue Eyes said...

Ha, I ran out of time last night before I had a chance to pen my little story!

allcoppedout said...

I ventured into some of the further recommended vids. I found what a suspect our cats would call 'dead puppy futures', creatures far too competitive on the cuteness front to be allowed to survive. I'd get the bear in to train said cats - then I could reclaim my chair with one baslt of the shotgun.

JuliaM said...

I guess it wasn't bear season? Lucky bruin! Even I couldn't have missed at that distance! :)

TonyF said...

HD, "TSR.2: Britain's Lost Cold War Strike Aircraft" by Tim McLelland. Excellent, busts a few myths about the politics of the time, but doesn't hide the fact that the airframe was spot on.

Hogdayafternoon said...

Cheers Tony.