THE LUCKIEST MARINE IN FALLUJAH
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
SEPTEMBER 17, 2004
IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A QUIET DAY.
All deployment images provided by Todd Bowers.
THE SHIELD, INSPECTED
The 7.62x54R Dragunov round is still in Todd’s ACOG, most likely shot from a Soviet-made Dragunov SVD rifle. And the ACOG’s reticle is still visible and illuminated (though, the sight picture has shifted a bit).
What stopped the bullet (other than a bit of luck) was the ACOG’s forged 7075 aluminum alloy housing and its internal prism assembly.
“I didn’t even know the bullet was in my ACOG until the corpsman saw it. I thought my rifle had exploded. Just the way it was suddenly gone, the way everything blew off my face, I thought a round had cooked off in the chamber or something. That was my first thought. But the bullet’s still inside the ACOG and I’m glad it stayed there.”
Trijicon is proud to make a contribution to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) on Todd’s behalf. To help support TAPS, please visit TAPS.org.
Story inspired by Lance Cpl. Miguel A. Carrasco Jr.’s 2004 article “Rifle Scope Stops Incoming Fire, Saves Marine’s Life” on 1stmardiv.marines.mil