What would you do in this situation?
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Your platoon has just taken a position in a forest adjacent to miles of featureless, snow-covered farmland. Because you are lying under dense overhead cover, it is so dark where you are that you can barely see your hand in front of your face. Your gillie suit is perfectly matched to the terrain. The enemy couldn’t possibly see you in these shadows.

The full moon gives you a clear view of the farmland. There are some cattle scattered around the fields. Having grown up on a ranch, you instinctively count them.

You observe a compact pickup truck with loose hay piled in the back driving slowly some distance away. It takes a minute to find the truck in your high-power rifle scope because, as you sweep the weapon back and forth, all you see is snow and the occasional cow. But the cows are walking towards the truck now, expecting to be fed, which helps you locate it in your weapon sights.

“Probably ranchers.” you think, as they all drive the same compact pickups – Toyota must sell those things by the billions.

It is typical for the locals to feed their cattle before sunup. No worries. You secretly wish you were back on your dad’s ranch in Wyoming feeding your own cattle instead of in this God-forsaken place. Oh well, that’s the price of freedom!

They stop, drop the tailgate and immediately begin raking your position with machine gun fire from a Maxim concealed under the hay. Your spotter is the first to die. You can hear your buddies screaming in pain as the bullets smack into them. The enemy appears to know exactly where you are.


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[Mark IV users]  Put your rifle down, being careful not to get snow in the muzzle. Get your laser rangefinder out and range the truck. Suddenly there is a flash of light in the trees on the other side of the field and, moments later, an anti-tank missile explodes directly over your head, killing you instantly. The enemy had anti-tank missiles and infrared cameras hidden in the tree branches. A desktop computer in a farmhouse miles away observed your infrared laser beam and autonomously signaled for a missile launch. This is the technique that Hezbollah used so effectively against the Isrealis in the summer of 2006 and now it has got you too!

[Mark IV users]  Measure the height of the truck with your mil-dot reticle.  Put your rifle down, being careful not to get snow in the muzzle.  Get your Mildot Master® out and illuminate the tiny (6-point font) numbers with your flashlight.  Using the left window of the slide rule, determine the range in yards.  Put the slide rule down and use your flashlight to illuminate the dial of your Mark IV scope so you can adjust it to the distance given by the slide rule.  Pick up your rifle, look through the scope and observe some featureless snow.  Slowly sweep your rifle back and forth observing more snow.  More snow, a dead cow…  Finally you locate the truck in your weapon sights and shoot the machine gunner.  By that time, most of your buddies are dead.

[Bushnell 3200 Tactical users]  Measure the height of the truck with your mil-dot reticle.  Put your rifle down, being careful not to get snow in the muzzle.  Get your Mildot Master® out and illuminate the tiny (6-point font) numbers with your flashlight.  Using the left window of the slide rule, determine the range in yards.  Turn the slide rule over and read the bullet drop for that range in inches.  Since the chart is printed in 100-yard increments, you must interpolate inches of drop – hope you’re good a mental arithmetic!  Turn the slide rule back over and use the right window to determine the holdover.  Put the slide rule down.  Pick up your rifle, look through the scope and observe some featureless snow.  Slowly sweep your rifle back and forth observing more snow.  More snow, a dead cow...  Finally you locate the truck in your weapon sights and shoot the machine gunner.  By that time, most of your buddies are dead.

[Bushnell 3200 Tactical users]  Measure the height of the truck with your mil-dot reticle.  Having practiced relentlessly with Sniper Flash Cards, you immediately know the correct holdover without having to take your weapon sights off the target.  Within five seconds of being fired upon, you shoot the machine gunner.  Your quick action has saved the platoon!



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