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    Once a sniper, always a sniper-Part-I

    The hard labour of three long years has borne fruit. The rifle is ready. He looked at it with satisfaction. He congratulated himself. No, it is not as sleek as the Dragonov 7.62 mm which he used during his service days. It is little bit heavier. The muzzle velocity is less. The effective range is around 3000 meters, much less than the Dragonov's effective range of 3800 meters. But under the given circumstances it is the best.

    He is exhilarated. He has gone back to his Army days. He was called the master sniper in the entire Battalion-which was no less achievement. Every company of Rashtriya Rifles (RR) has at least one sniper and those snipers are the best in the country, and he was the best among all snipers in RR. During the late nineties and early 2000s, he took part in all major operations in J&K, and came out successfully in every operation. He brought laurels for himself and for his company. Even his last operation was a grand success. But while returning from the successful operation, he lost his left leg because of a mine blast. He was downgraded and offered a permanent peace posting, but the proud Khasi in him refused. He wanted to spend his entire fighting life with his friends in RR, but that couldn't be. So, he humbly refused the offer of 'peace posting', submitted his retirement papers and returned to his native village near Dawki.

    But the sniper in him remained.

    (....To be continued at Once a sniper, always a sniper-Part-II)
  • #632047
    Again the author has come out with a fantastic write up about the master sniper who dedicated his service to the nation and never wanted to be at the mercy of somebody and shown his quality by not accepting a peace posting. We find very rarely such persons. These days people more interested in getting money without working. But this great man even after losing his leg in the service of the country never settled for a peace posting. We should hats off to him. I will be waiting to see the second part of the thread.
    always confident

  • #632092
    The author has taken us for a story on a master sipper which seems to be good narration and the ordeal of the sipper has been brought just in front of our eyes. Let us also read the second part.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #632093
    Mr. Mohan: Who is a sipper here and what is his ordeal?
    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

  • #633139
    A nice beginning of a good military story, often people with such intense patriotism and unique skills do not give up easily and settle for a 'desk/cushion job'.

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