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Old 02-09-2012, 09:51 AM  
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Superbowl Snipers

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This Looks Like A Fortified Sniperís Nest At The Super Bowl

Some photos with no backstory are making the rounds, showing what appears to be an Indianapolis police sniper checking out his post in the rafters of Lucas Oil Stadium in the hours or days before the Super Bowl, a post that would be manned when the game began. Yes, we know there's nothing surprising about trained marksmen working the biggest sporting event of the year. We also know it's pretty damn cool to see what the Super Bowl snipers are working with.

It's standard operating procedure to have an invisible law enforcement presence at any high-profile event, let alone one with the attendance and attention the Super Bowl receives. And remember, there are all kinds of politicians and other assorted rich people around. You never know what could happen, though the imagination conjures up increasingly insane and horrifying scenarios, and also the criminally underrated Black Sunday. It's just never a bad idea to have a sniper rifle around.

It's no secret that the Super Bowl is staffed by sharpshooters. "We've got a lot of places for snipers in here," Jerry Jones enthused to CNN about Cowboys Stadium before last year's Super Bowl. In 2009, Ashton Kutcher noticed (and filmed) a pair of them across the street.

We're actively trying to figure out where these photos came from and for what purpose they were taken. They've started to circulate on Facebook, and we found them posted on a shhhh board, though it's impossible to tell where they originated. But the details are right: the IMPD patch, the end zone design, the giant Roman numerals on the glass of Lucas Oil Stadium. So we're labeling them "plausible" and will update when we can trace them back a little further.

UPDATE: Here's more on the photos. They're 100 percent real.

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Yesterday we posted photos of what appeared to be a sniper's nest in Lucas Oil Field, home of the Super Bowl, but were at a loss for the pictures' provenance. They're real, and they're basically an ad for the tripod.

According to Business Insider, the photos were taken by a ranking member of the Indianpolis SWAT team, and obtained by Alamo Four Star, maker of the tripod. Alamo, in turn, shared the photos with weapons and gear supplier U.S. Tactical Supply, who posted the photos on their Facebook page with this caveat:

The stadium was not yet open when the pics were taken and the rifle never had a round in it that day. ONLY Binoculars were used for observation during the game and NOT the rifle!! It was only put into position to get the pictures of the form fit and function of the DCLW Tripod.

Oh, and for those concerned with such matters, that's a custom Remington M700 in an XLR chassis, on an Alamo Four Star DCLW tripod.






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Old 02-09-2012, 09:53 AM   #2
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"The stadium was not yet open when the pics were taken and the rifle never had a round in it that day. ONLY Binoculars were used for observation during the game and NOT the rifle!! It was only put into position to get the pictures of the form fit and function of the DCLW Tripod."



Riiiiiight.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:53 AM   #3
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I would've been tempted to pick off Tom Brady with that thing.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:55 AM   #4
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"The stadium was not yet open when the pics were taken and the rifle never had a round in it that day. ONLY Binoculars were used for observation during the game and NOT the rifle!! It was only put into position to get the pictures of the form fit and function of the DCLW Tripod."



Riiiiiight.
No shit, maybe my eyes are getting bad but I'm fairly certain I see people in the stands.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:57 AM   #5
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not to mention what appears to be some sort of field/tactical manual/guide on teh ground / on the stair.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:00 AM   #6
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WTF?

...and I can't bring an open container into the stadium?
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:03 AM   #7
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"the photos were taken by a ranking member of the Indianpolis SWAT team, and obtained by Alamo Four Star, maker of the tripod. Alamo, in turn, shared the photos with weapons and gear supplier U.S. Tactical Supply, who posted the photos on their Facebook page with this caveat"

That was stupid.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:05 AM   #8
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Even the photo with him looking through the scope and finger near the trigger, you can see people in the stands.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:18 AM   #9
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What's the big deal? If I was attending the Super Bowl, I'd love to know that a sniper could take out a potential terrorist with some intel and the pull of a trigger.

If anyone actually thinks this guy is going to just start unloading on fans on accident, big idiot points to you.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:21 AM   #10
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Yeah, doesn't bother me either. I'm glad they do it.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:22 AM   #11
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i'm not so worried about there being a sniper, but they should just come out and say it rather than coming up with some BS story.

knowing there might be a sniper is a great deterant.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:25 AM   #12
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I would've been tempted to pick off Tom Brady with that thing.
The game itself turned out to be a much more fitting end to his season.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:26 AM   #13
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If anyone actually thinks this guy is going to just start unloading on fans on accident, big idiot points to you.
There was a gun at the stadium? Iím surprised it didnít shoot anyone.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:28 AM   #14
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"the photos were taken by a ranking member of the Indianpolis SWAT team, and obtained by Alamo Four Star, maker of the tripod. Alamo, in turn, shared the photos with weapons and gear supplier U.S. Tactical Supply, who posted the photos on their Facebook page with this caveat"

That was stupid.
Surely even SWAT knows and understands what OpSec is.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:31 AM   #15
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Meh. The stands are almost empty and there are a few small crowds near the field. That doesn't look anything like what I would expect close to (or during) an actual game. BFD.
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