Scandal rocked the Naval Special Warfare Community at Camp Billy Machim where an MSNBC reporter learned that SEAL Snipers were taking head shots at targets on the range.
Gladys Green of MSNBC reported, "I thought all this time that they were taught to wound and take prisoners. I was shocked as they put bullet after bullet into silhouettes representing actual human heads and torsos."
This blogger, trying to get to the bottom of the allegation, traveled to the borders of the Salton Sea in Southern California and asked Special Warfare Operator First Class Calvin Barrett whether or not the allegations made by Ms. Green were true. "Not true at all, I don't kill anything. I let the rifle do that."
There you have it.
Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Jack Schmidt weighed in on the conversation there on the sand burm overlooking several miles of scrub wasteland backed by the Chocolate Mountains. "Frankly, it doesn't matter where you hit 'em with a .50. The bodies just come apart. A head shot is nice, but the head usually pops off when you center 'em."
US Marine Corps Master Sergeant Bull Barrett was standing by, chewing what he termed as 'jerkey' and explained. "You don't need a Raufoss round to blow up a doon coon."
The Raufoss Mk 211 is a .50 caliber (12.7×99mm NATO) multipurpose bullet produced by Nammo (Nordic Ammunition Group, a Norwegian/Finnish military industry manufacturer of ammunition), under the model name NM140 MP. It is commonly referred to as simply multipurpose or Raufoss, which refers to Nammo's original parent company: Raufoss Ammunisjonsfabrikk (Ammunition Factory) in Raufoss, Norway, established in 1896. The "Mk 211" name comes from the nomenclature "Mk 211 Mod 0" used by the U. S. military. The multipurpose name is based on the projectile having an armor-piercing (tungsten core), an explosive, and an incendiary component, thus making it capable of penetrating lightly armored targets and causing damage to personnel inside the target after penetration. It is a suitable round for engaging helicopters, aircraft and lightly armored vehicles, as well as unarmored vehicles, and it is capable of igniting jet fuel. The Mk 211 has about the same destructive power as a standard 20 mm round against such targets.