Afghanistan veteran Sam Arnold uploaded this spine-chilling video of a US Marine getting a direct headshot from a Taliban sniper—only to be saved by his kevlar helmet. It's incredible to watch, especially the face of relief and disbelief of the impact victim. That was a really close call.
No? It's okay, I couldn't find him either. I tried really hard too but I'd just be a walking dead person by now if I stumbled across this field in real life because the sniper that's hiding would have no problem mowing me down. He's super close. No, not there. There.
Just because the US is the worldwide leader in military might doesn't mean the other world powers are just sitting on their thumbs. No. They're designing and building their own weapons systems, then selling them at trade shows like Eurosatory 2012, the world's largest military weapons expo.
The sad story of Gregory Liascos—who was found by police lying outside a museum wearing a sniper's ghillie suit, ostensibly preparing to rob said museum—got sadder. His explanation? It was just a halloween costume, and a "bad day."
The original M24 had an effective range of about 800 meters. The new, upgraded M24 hurls heavier .300 Winchester Magnum rounds over a kilometer away. All while being more silent and accurate. Note to enemies: You are so dead.
The Pentagon's current crop of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are insanely powerful—the "Hellfire" is so named for a reason—but also fairly imprecise, often killing innocent, nearby civilians. The DoD's new UAVs hope to cut down on such casualties.
This official US Army M110 Sniper Rifle has all the necessary accouterments: long barrel, scope, and an iPod touch.
Part of a $1.4 billion counter-sniping package the Pentagon's asking for, which includes vehicle-mounted and UAV sniper detectors, is a pocket-sized unit that weights only a pound. The Ears 100 by QinetiQ is a pretty sweet piece of tech which "detects the sound of a gunshot, the shock wave of a bullet and the blast…
Lockheed Martin's scored a $2 million DARPA contract to develop the One Shot System, which will crunch data on and compensate for wind conditions so snipers can peg targets from further away, even during typhoon season. A prototype's at least 9 months away, but Kotaku will be getting an eyeful of our own One Shot…
DARPA's Budget Item Justification Sheet contains goodies that seem right out of the pages of science fiction, like laser-guided bullets. The goal appears to be to "enable low-cost, high performance guided projectiles" that take advantage of "guidance and targeting systems." While the idea of a laser-guided bullet…
Not that we recommend becoming an assassin or anything, but if you're looking for ultra-low-noise BB shooting with pinpoint accuracy, the UTG Model 700 FPS-325 Accurate Shot Competition Master Sniper airsoft gun is for you. It's a spring-loaded air gun that shoots .20g BBs, and it must be cocked every time you shoot…
I stopped sniping years ago. It was a childhood phase: taking to a tree, lining up the shot, and taking out the Toys 'R' Us sign at 1000 yards. But what of those of us that never outgrew our sniping days? Is there a watch for those people? Sure there is. It's the H.R.T. Sniper.