Extremely Close Firefight in Paktika

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Close combat firefight in Mata Khan, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. Source: "16 days after the death of Osama Bin Laden we were on a mounted patrol and ran into 6 Taliban fighters.....we won skip to 06:55 to see..." Credit: Brandon Lewis

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  1. 173rd_Combat_Vet
    173rd_Combat_Vet Jan 17, 2013

    You're .50 wasn't head spaced and timed properly, thats why it wasn't firing.

  2. BuckHunter15
    BuckHunter15 Jan 17, 2013

    That would have been cool if the .50 worked.

  3. Spc_A_Poole
    Spc_A_Poole Jan 18, 2013

    I have to side with Combat Vet. Your timing and head space were off. Driving around on roads like that can throw the gun off. Thats why you need to check it ever day. and when ever you can and its safe to.

  4. Burley1me
    Burley1me Jan 18, 2013

    A quick test fire at the beginning of the patrol would have resulted in a better outcome!

  5. haloguy628
    haloguy628 Jan 18, 2013

    Somebody did not check his weapon and did not test fire before the chase. Got lucky this time. May not get lucky the next time.

  6. 30280614
    30280614 Jan 19, 2013

    Things you're not hitting: a damn thing.

  7. 27065988
    27065988 Jan 24, 2013

    Very disappointing. The 50 cal. breaks down, the gunner holds the M-4 over his head,shooting wildly, no fire discipline. In Nam, he would have answered for this.

  8. 11799114
    11799114 Feb 19, 2013

    Who was that dipstick gunner? An extra from 'F' troop? Mchale's Navy? No pre-op weapons checks, no aimed fire and no fire control discipline. He didn't even know how to clear or check his weapon. New assignment: Motor Pool grease monkey.

    DEANEGILMOUR Jun 26, 2014

    Too many video games and not enough weapon discipline. true reality is a mother, right gunner?

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