first published on October 3, 2015 by Will
A U.S. mounted patrol in Paktika, Afghanistan encounters six Taliban fighters trying to emplace an ambush. The troops give pursuit and the M2 .50 goes out of action at the most inopportune time due to a fluke mechanical failure. The turret gunner transitions to his primary weapon and finishes the job. Four of the six Taliban were killed.
From the gunner:
“An unconventional firefight, adapting and overcoming. 16 days after the death of Osama Bin Laden we were on a mounted patrol and ran into 6 Taliban fighters on two motorcycles, trying to set in an ambush. We ended up killing 4 of them. The .50 cal broke over the rough terrain. We had done our PCC’s & PCI’s prior, along with a test fire. Murphys law took effect that day.”