Yep, a badass.
is that a winchester 70 like he normally used or is that a rem. Too small of computer screen to see the gun right now.
I'm pretty sure it is, but it IS hard to tell in this pic. Even zoomed in. Way I tell the Rem from the Win is the safety, trigger guard, and the bolt handle. None of which are visible. But it looks like a heavy barreled Win M70
they didn't use the Remington in NAM did they?
The USMC used XM21 (M14 sniper variant) and Winchester M70 early in Vietnam. After Winchester FUBARed (opinion) the M70 in '64, the Marines decided that they needed something else. They looked at the Rem M700 and in '66 (I think) adopted it is as the M40.
That's my understanding of it.
Hathcock generally used the standard sniper rifle: the Winchester Model 70 .30-06 caliber rifle with the standard 8-power Unertl scope. On some occasions, however, he used a different weapon: the .50-caliber M2 Browning Machine Gun, on which he mounted the Unertl scope, using a bracket of his own design. This weapon had a Traversing and Elevating (T& E) mount that enabled precise aiming: it was accurate to 2500 yards when fired one round at a time. At one point, he took careful aim at a courier carrying a load of AK-47's and ammunition on a bicycle. He had second thoughts when he saw a 12-year-old boy in his sights, but after considering the intended use of those weapons, he decided to disable the bicycle, hitting the bike frame. The boy tumbled over the handlebars, grabbed a gun, and immediately began firing back, so Hathcock returned fire, killing him.http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Carlos_Hathcock
He helped develop the M25 and Springfield named a special edition the Whitefeather.
I had the pleasure of meeting him, I think he did at least to tours if not three. He was the best, there is and I think will ever be. He went after the most feared sniper NVC had, and she was a woman and a gutter afterwards to leave her mark. The Gooks put out a bounty on his head and the Gook bitch was stalking him the same time he was her. They actually made a half circle and Carlos caught a slight glare in the sun and knew it was her scope, he took aim at her scope and bullett went threw the scope and in her eye and half her head came off. He left a poster of his bounty that was on his head on her body. He was a kind and is I think still alive, but the kindest man I ever new from the mountains, and it was Tennesee, or Kentucky. I forget. But he was a ruthless killer when it came to NV's. He also carried a M-16, and was by a river where Gooks were suspected of crossing at night. But what he did not know was a whole company of Gooks were coming across that night, and he radioed for backup, but started picking them off one by one everytime one stepped into the water and got about waist high, boom down he went, then three at a time and down they went and more and more. I do not know the exact number, of how many he killed, but the rest did not cross that night and suprise anybody on US side. He singled handed turned like 400 gooks from that attack they planned, that night. When all others got there to back him up, there was nothing but floating bodies all over, and I mean like 78 number wise. Hell of a man, hell of a sniper and paved the way for todays guys with a spotter. He certainly paid his dues. He said when I have my gun in hand, I just picture them as rabbits eating my Ma's garden and I use to pick them off all the time with a 22lr. JOHN I tell no lies fellas and ladies
Hathcock and Burke were dueling a male sniper. He hunted and killed the female sniper on a different occasion.
Carlos and his spotter (I can not remember if it was Burke) armed with an M-14 held off an NVA platoon on the river (I can not remember which river it was) for 24 hours. I do not recall the body count.
Carlos did not trust the M-16 due to its failure rate in battle during the Vietnam war. He would not allow those who served with him to carry the M-16 rifle to battle. He was asked what he thought of the updated version, to which he replied something like: I do not have any time with it, my son likes it and he shoots competitively with it.
He was from Arkansas.
using an M14....
16 rounds, 16 kills under a minute, pitch black using a Starlight Scope.
i shot one for a bit in the Marines but it wasn't until last summer that i got to shoot one full auto...what a treat that was.
Refused to switch over to the 16. He said it would actually carry through the vegetation where the 223 would deflect or be stopped. Said it was one mother to shoot full auto but it did the job without question. Also said humping the weight of a battle pack was worth knowing what he shot stayed dead.
I actually have held one of the issued vintage Vietnam issued M14E2 with select fire. Damn heavy even not loaded, I couldn't imagine humping 200 - 250 rounds, the weapon and a ruck in the Delta with all the muck, sand, heat, humidity...
They recalled all the m14's service men took home with them after vietnam, gave them grace period to turn them in too. Guess some of the guys decided that was something they were not taking away from them...
Chuck Mawhinney Marine Sniper, 16 shots 16 kills 30 seconds...
NVA crossing blue line middle of the night.
It is well said Saint J.M. Browning, by looking at the pic. the barreled does look heavy. and yes the marines did need something Better at that time.
I zoomed a little more and I can the the bolt handle. It's a Winchester.