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Sniper Shots: Where Is Christopher Dorner?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Los Angeles (CNN) – As the manhunt for the renegade ex-cop accused of killing three people in a revenge plot targeting the Los Angeles Police Department enters its second week, the big question facing authorities is: Where is Christopher Jordan Dorner?

The search, considered one of the largest in the history of Southern California, has taken authorities from Orange County to the border of Mexico, from Los Angeles to the Big Bear Lake resort area of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Even so, a week after Dorner allegedly began targeting police officers and their families, putting the region on edge, there was no sign of the man on Monday.

A “no bail” arrest warrant was issued for Dorner after the Riverside County district attorney filed a murder charge Monday against him in the killing of Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain.

“That allows him to be apprehended anywhere within California, out of state or out of the country,” District Attorney Paul Zellerbach told reporters at a news conference Monday.

The murder charge is accompanied by two “special circumstances,” including killing a police officer on duty and firing a weapon from a vehicle, Zellerbach said.

Dorner was also charged with the attempted murder of three other police officers, including a Riverside officer who was wounded when Crain was killed. That officer, whose name has not been made public, is in a lot of pain and faces “many surgeries,” Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said.

The other two charges accuse Dorner of opening fire on two LAPD police officers, wounding one, in the suburb of Corona.

Los Angeles police spokesman Lt. Andy Neiman said the department had received more than 700 tips on Dorner’s whereabouts. Some of the calls have come from Dorner’s past acquaintances or people who think they have spotted the fugitive.

The city of Los Angeles put up $1 million in reward money Sunday for help catching Dorner, an announcement that followed news that the LAPD was reopening the case that resulted in his termination.

Dorner accused his training officer of kicking a mentally ill man during an arrest in 2007. The LAPD ruled the complaint unfounded and booted Dorner off the force for filing a false complaint. He challenged his firing in court and lost.

In a manifesto released last week, Dorner blamed racism and corruption in the LAPD for his termination and vowed to wage “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against LAPD officers and their families. He called it a “last resort” to clear his name and strike back at a department he says mistreated him.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck had a different term for it Sunday.

“This is an act — and make no mistake about it — of domestic terrorism,” he told reporters Sunday during a televised news conference. “This is a man who has targeted those that we entrust to protect the public. His actions cannot go unanswered.”

Time line in manhunt

Targeting police

Authorities say Dorner began making good on his threats on February 4 when he allegedly killed Monica Quan and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, in an Irvine parking lot, south of Los Angeles.

Quan was the daughter of a now-retired Los Angeles police officer, who represented Dorner during the disciplinary hearing that resulted in his firing. The officer was among dozens named in the manifesto.

The retired officer told investigators that he received a call from someone identifying himself as Dorner who told him he “should have done a better job of protecting his daughter,” according to a federal arrest warrant affidavit. Investigators traced the call to Vancouver, Washington, but based on the timing of other sightings, they don’t believe Dorner was in Vancouver at the time, the affidavit states.

Days later, early Thursday morning, Dorner allegedly opened fire on two LAPD police officers, wounding one, in the suburban city of Corona.

Roughly 20 minutes later, Dorner allegedly fired on two officers in the nearby city of Riverside, killing one and wounding another. On Sunday, authorities identified the slain officer as Michael Crain, an 11-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department.

Since then, the LAPD has provided more than 50 police officers and their families — many of whom were named in the manifesto — with security and surveillance details.

Additionally, the LAPD is no longer releasing the police chief’s schedule to the public or the media.

Beck refused to discuss whether Dorner had been observed in the neighborhoods of any of those named in the manifesto, but added: “You fish where the fish are, and Mr. Dorner has made his intentions very clear.”

In recent days, the search for the 270-pound, 6-foot Dorner has been focused on the Big Bear Lake area, where authorities say his burning truck was discovered last week after he allegedly began carrying out his threats to kill police and their family members.

Search continues

The search was scaled back in the mountain resort community on Sunday. None of the tips the department has received so far has panned out, San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Lehua Pahia said.

Beck said the search would continue to focus on Dorner’s last known locations in the Big Bear area.

“But our search continues in and around the area where we have known targets,” Beck said.

But there has been speculation, based in part on an arrest warrant affidavit filed last week, that Dorner could have crossed state lines into Nevada or made his way to Mexico.

Federal authorities, meanwhile, were asking anyone across the country with information about Dorner or his whereabouts to contact their local FBI or U.S. Marshals Service.

“Should any citizen have information, I encourage you to make that phone call,” said Bill L. Lewis, the assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles division.

Police were also chasing down unconfirmed sightings of Dorner, including one Sunday in the San Fernando Valley after two people reported seeing someone who resembled the former police officer inside a Lowes home improvement store.

The store in Northridge was evacuated, but there was no sign of Dorner.

The LAPD, meanwhile, also beefed up security at the Grammy Awards on Sunday “out of an abundance of caution,” police Cmdr. Andy Smith said.

‘Ghosts’ of the LAPD’s past

It’s Dorner’s allegations of racism at the LAPD that led Beck over the weekend to reopen the investigation into his claims.

Beck said he was not doing it to “appease a murderer” but out of concern that Dorner’s allegations will resurrect a painful part of the department’s history.

For years, the LAPD was dogged by complaints of racism and corruption. In 1965 and 1992, the city was rocked by racial riots that were sparked, in part, by claims of police racism and brutality.

“I hear the same things you hear: The ghosts of the past of the Los Angeles Police Department,” Beck said Sunday. “I hear that people think maybe there is something to what he says, and I want to put that to rest.”

Despite numerous reviews of Dorner’s case, he said it has “never been reviewed by me.”

“If there is anything new, we will deal with it, and we will deal with it in a public way,” Beck said.

LAPD haunted by past

Camping Gear Found in Burned Truck of LAPD Cop Suspected in 3 Killings

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Authorities find camping gear in burned truck owned by former LAPD cop suspected in 3 killings

Published February 10, 2013

Camping gear and weapons were found inside the burned-out truck belonging to Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings, authorities said Sunday.

The Nissan pickup was found Thursday in the ski resort town of Big Bear Lake in Southern California, a location where the manhunt for Dorner is taking place.

The truck was so charred that investigators couldn’t be more specific about the nature of its contents, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Rudy Lopez.

SWAT teams with air support and bloodhounds fanned out for the fourth day to search for Dorner, who has vowed revenge against several former LAPD colleagues whom he blames for ending his career. The effort was significantly scaled back as the weekend went on, with 25 officers and a single helicopter looking for clues in the forest and going door-to-door at some 600 cabins in the San Bernardino mountains, about 80 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Authorities planned a 1 p.m. news conference in Los Angeles to announce a reward for information leading to the arrest of the 33-year-old fugitive.

“Hopefully the reward will motivate people that may be involved with assisting him or might be reluctant to talk to us to call us and to put an end to this,” Lopez said. Officials were trying to raise up to $1 million dollars, according to LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith.

On Saturday, Chief Charlie Beck said officials would re-examine the allegations by Dorner that his law enforcement career was undone by racist colleagues. While he promised to hear out Dorner if he surrenders, Beck stressed that he was ordering a review of his 2007 case because he takes the allegation of racism in his department seriously.

“I do this not to appease a murderer. I do it to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all the things we do,” the chief said in a statement.

Authorities suspect Dorner in a series of attacks in Southern California over the past week that left three people dead. Authorities say he has vowed revenge against several former LAPD colleagues whom he blames for ending his career. The killings and threats that Dorner allegedly made in an online rant have led police to provide protection to 50 families, Beck said.

A captain who was named a target in the manifesto posted on Facebook told the Orange County Register he has not stepped outside his house since he learned of the threat.

“From what I’ve seen of (Dorner’s) actions, he feels he can make allegations for injustice and justify killing people and that’s not reasonable,” said Capt. Phil Tingirides, who chaired a board that stripped Dorner of his badge. “The end never justifies the means.”

Investigators have been examining the truck to determine if it broke down or was set ablaze as a diversion. Police say the truck had a broken axle. Investigators are trying to determine whether it was already broken when they found it, or whether it was damaged when it was towed away.

Also, newly released surveillance video showed Dorner tossing several items into a Dumpster behind an auto parts store in National City on Monday. The store’s manager told FOX5 in San Diego that an employee found a magazine full of bullets, a military belt and a military helmet. Majid Yahyai said he and the employee took the items across the street to a police station.

On Friday night, authorities served a search warrant and collected evidence from a Buena Park storage unit as part of their investigation. Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of the evidence or say who had rented the unit.

Earlier Friday, another warrant was served at a La Palma house belonging to Dorner’s mother. Officers collected 10 bags of evidence, including five electronic items.

In his online manifesto, Dorner vowed to use “every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordnance and survival training I’ve been given” to bring “warfare” to the LAPD and its families.

Dorner served in the Navy, earning a rifle marksman ribbon and a pistol expert medal. He was assigned to a naval undersea warfare unit and various aviation training units, according to military records. He took leave from the LAPD for a six-month deployment to Bahrain in 2006 and 2007.

The flight training that he received in the Navy prompted the Transportation Security Administration to issue an alert, warning the general aviation community to be on the lookout for Dorner. The extent of his potential flying skills wasn’t known, the bulletin said.

Feb. 1 was his last day with the Navy and also the day CNN’s Anderson Cooper received a package that contained a note on it that read, in part, “I never lied.” A coin riddled with bullet holes that former Chief William Bratton gave out as a souvenir was also in the package.

Police said it was a sign of planning by Dorner before the killing began.

On Feb. 3, police say Dorner shot and killed a couple in a parking garage at their condominium in Irvine. The woman was the daughter of a retired police captain who had represented Dorner in the disciplinary proceedings that led to his firing.

Dorner wrote in his manifesto that he believed the retired captain had represented the interests of the department over his.

Detectives are investigating a taunting phone call that may have been made by Dorner to the retired police captain.

Two law enforcement officers who requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigation told The Associated Press on Sunday they are trying to determine if the call days after the killing was made by Dorner or a man posing as him.

The caller allegedly told retired police Capt. Randal Quan that he should have done a better job protecting his daughter, Monica Quan.

Hours after authorities identified Dorner as a suspect in the double murder, police believe Dorner shot and grazed an LAPD officer in Corona and then used a rifle to ambush two Riverside police officers early Thursday, killing one and seriously wounding the other.

The crime spree spanned across a wide swath of Southern California, prompting several police agencies, including the FBI and US Marshall Service, to form a joint investigative task force.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sniper Shots: Sniper Rifles In .50 Caliber

Monday, November 15th, 2010

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  • Pressure (absolute): 29.92 inHg
  • Cross Wind (90° or Full Value): 1 mph

Model 82A1 .50 BMG (29″ barrel)

















0 2750
100 2601.9 0.112 9934.7 0 0 0 0 0.1 0.1
200 2458.6 0.231 8870.6 -2.1 -1 0.2 0.1
300 2319.9 0.356 7897.8 -10 -3.2 0.5 0.2
400 2185.6 0.49 7009.7 -24.4 -5.8 0.9 0.2
500 2055.7 0.631 6201.3 -46 -8.8 1.5 0.3
600 1930.4 0.782 5468.7 -75.9 -12.1 2.2 0.4
700 1810.1 0.942 4808.3 -115.1 -15.7 3.1 0.4
800 1695.2 1.114 4217 -165 -19.7 4.2 0.5
900 1586.2 1.297 3692.1 -227 -24.1 5.5 0.6
1000 1483.8 1.492 3230.8 -302.8 -28.9 7.1 0.7
1100 1388.8 1.701 2830.4 -394.4 -34.2 8.8 0.8
1200 1302.2 1.925 2488.5 -504 -40.1 10.8 0.9
1300 1225 2.162 2202.1 -634.2 -46.6 13.1 1
1400 1158.2 2.415 1968.5 -787.6 -53.7 15.6 1.1
1500 1102.1 2.681 1782.4 -967 -61.6 18.4 1.2

Model 82A1CQ .50 BMG (25″ barrel)

















0 2500
100 2359.9 0.124 8172.8 0 0 0.1 0.1
200 2224.3 0.254 7260.6 -3.2 -1.6 0.3 0.1
300 2093.1 0.393 6429.2 -13.5 -4.3 0.6 0.2
400 1966.5 0.541 5674.8 -31.8 -7.6 1.1 0.3
500 1844.7 0.699 4993.6 -59 -11.3 1.7 0.3
600 1728.1 0.867 4382.4 -96.4 -15.3 2.6 0.4
700 1617.3 1.046 3838.4 -145.5 -19.9 3.6 0.5
800 1512.9 1.238 3358.8 -208 -24.8 4.9 0.6
900 1415.6 1.443 2940.9 -285.6 -30.3 6.4 0.7
1000 1326.5 1.662 2582.1 -380.6 -36.3 8.1 0.8
1100 1246.4 1.896 2279.8 -495.4 -43 10.1 0.9
1200 1176.5 2.144 2031.1 -632.5 -50.3 12.4 1
1300 1117.3 2.406 1831.9 -794.9 -58.4 14.9 1.1
1400 1068.2 2.681 1674.4 -985.1 -67.2 17.6 1.2
1500 1027.3 2.968 1548.6 -1205.9 -76.8 20.6 1.3


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Sniper Shots: Somali Pirates

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

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Somali Pirates?

First of all, I have to say these pirates had to be tactical morons.

Did they think U.S. Navy SEAL snipers couldn’t hit their targets at 30 yards?

I mean, I’m sure I can’t hold a candle to a Navy SEAL’s marksmanship, but even I can hit a man at 30 yards with a good handgun offhand.
Real Somali Pirates

These guys I’m guessing had sniper rifles with optics and probably shot from some sort of supported position.

Of course, the two ships would have been in motion making the shots much harder, plus the pirates were undoubtedly moving around to some degree.

Still, I wouldn’t have felt safe a mile from those snipers!

My only question is how they got those 3 pirates to expose their heads.

The lifeboat was not like one of the old open top Titantic style life boats.

It was covered, so in rough seas waves just won’t splash over the sides and fill the hull with water.

Did they promise them food or the $2 million dollar ransom or something?

I just heard one pirate was visible through the window of the lifeboat, the other two were sticking their heads out the door for fresh air.

I can only assume these guys were better fishermen than pirates.

Anyway, great job US Navy and God bless Captain Phillips and his crew and family!
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Sniper Shots: Girls Like Guns Too

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

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Sniper Shots aren’t just for boys anymore.

Girls like guns too.

When choosing women guns there is no significant difference between “guy guns and girl guns”, it is simply a matter of hand size and upper body strength that differentiate females and males.

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Women usually have less upper body strength compared to the average male which is the basis most handguns are designed for, which is why most women prefer smaller guns with less recoil, making them more appealing to women looking for women guns.

Now we’re not saying women have to have tiny guns but it is important for your handgun to properly fit your hand, small enough to conceal with in your wardrobe or purse and in self-defense circumstances, it must be able to stop a raging male whom is substantially larger than you.

Hello Kitty Sig Sauer P226 is proud to offer a wide variety of “women guns” that we feel every woman shooter should own.

Some of the quality brand names we have to offer women looking for women handguns are: Armscor, Beretta, Bersa, Bond ARms, Braztech, Charter Arms, Cobra, CZ-USA, EAA, Glock, Hi-Point, Heckler & Koch, Kahr Arms, Kel Tec, Phoenix Arms, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Taurus, and many others.

Petite Guns also carries many accessories for your women handguns at affordable prices that you won’t want to pass up.

Pretty In Pink

The ladies in our life like to show their support for their passion, that’s why they make pink guns.

Pink guns are nothing new.

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These pistols painted in girlish hues have been auctioned for breast cancer awareness and criticized as a silly marketing gimmick for years.

However, with women like Debbie Ferns proving female-only shooting camps, it’s likely we’ll see even more for-her, rose-colored accessories in 2010.

And while not all females require a pink gun and/or accessories, it’s nice to have some options.

‘You Shoot Like a Girl’ has become quite the complement in the last few years.

Shoot Like A Girl

First Female Squad Designated Marksman

By Capt. Cory Angell, Pa. National Guard Public Affairs
Jun 18, 2007 – 6:58:06 PM

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On the final day of range fire the students conducted a stress shoot where they must engage targets after physical activity and noise and other distractions challenge their concentration and their control over their breathing and heart rate.

Blackanthem Military News, FORT INDANTOWN GAP, PA. – As the hot summer sun beats down on an open range at Fort Indiantown Gap, Spc. Krystal Ginter squeezes the trigger and puts her mark in the history books.

Ginter, Lancaster Pa., became the first female in the U.S. Army to graduate the Squad Designated Marksman Course. She graduated June 16 along with 18 others at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.

“It’s an honor to be the first female soldier in the Army to graduate the course,” said Ginter, who serves as a Counter Intelligence Agent for Stryker.

“The best part is just having the chance to improve my skills and take what I have learned back to my unit and share what I have learned. We all need good marksmanship skills in combat.”

The course was developed after lessons learned in the early part of the Global War on Terror. The idea is to train one Soldier in each squad to engage targets at twice the normal distance of qualification.

“The current conflict taught us that being able to engage beyond our 300-meter qualification can be required at times,” said Maj. James Fluck with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

The Soldiers are trained up to 600 meters and at that range wind can have an affect on the trajectory of the round as well as target elevation and light.

“They are taught at what clock direction wind can have the strongest affects and then they must judge how strong that affect will be,” said Fluck. “On a bright day a target will appear closer and on a dark day farther away. If a target is on a higher piece of ground than the shooter, it can appear closer. If it’s located down hill, it will appear farther away.”

Ginter’s natural ability and upbringing may have helped her through the challenges of the course.

“My father, Sgt. Maj. William Ginter, has served in the Army since 1987,” said Ginter. “He would take me to the range and we would fire pistols. I always had fun doing that with him.”

Fluck said that the Stryker Brigade is glad to have as many Soldiers as possible qualified as Squad Designated Marksmen. Fluck was quick to point out that Stryker has more sniper slots then any other brigade in the army and that this is one of the most intense shooting courses. It helps to prepare those who wish to serve as snipers in the brigade.

“The Soldiers who graduate this two-week course will put approximately 1,200 rounds down range over that time,” said Fluck. “That’s a great deal of shooting and really makes them highly skilled.”

The Pennsylvania National Guards 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team will hit its operational readiness sometime late in 2008. Until that time, the Soldiers of the Brigade continue to train hard for a possible deployment.

“Being in Stryker provides us with the latest equipment along with a number of challenges,” said Ginter. “I feel lucky to have the opportunity to attend this course and look forward to the other challenges that are still out there.”

Spc. Krystal Ginter