Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Pulling a Quigley"

I just learned that our family's name is a slang term. Read on...

In the 1990 film "Quigley Down Under," the title character - an expert marksman played by Tom Selleck - kills 2 men with 1 bullet from an 1874 Sharps rifle (reproduction, 1st image). "We see the results of a long range shot, two men are taken down towards the end of the movie from great distance, being hit before the sound of the rifle arrives."

In August and September 2009 Serjeant Tom Potter, 30, and Rifleman Mark Osmond, 25, (pseudonyms) of the British Army had 75 confirmed kills between them in Afghanistan. They used suppressors to reduce the noise of the guns to the sound of a ballistic crack, the origin of which could not be determined. "With the bullet travelling at three times the speed of sound, a victim was unlikely to hear anything before he died." On a previous occasion, the pair of expert snipers had killed 8 Taliban in 2 hours, most from 1,200m with a 7.62mm L96 rifle (2nd image). The longest-range shot taken was when Potter killed an insurgent at 1,430m away. But the most celebrated shot was by Osmond at a range of 196m when he killed a known Taliban commander and his passenger through their heads with a single bullet as they rode away on a motorcycle. "He had achieved the rare feat of ‘one shot, two kills’ known in the sniping business as ‘a Quigley’."

1 comment:

  1. Don't you feel special, now that your name has been so immortalized?


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