Christian Craighead designed and named the new weapon with the aim of aiding special forces in combat, something he deeply understands based on his own hair-raising experience
A SAS crackshot who saved civilians from terrorists at a hotel in Kenya has designed and named a new pistol to help special forces in combat.
Sharpshooter Christian Craighead, 46, won the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for his actions during the 2019 siege, in which he almost single-handedly took on jihadist terrorists.
Christian was shot and wounded after dashing to the hotel in Nairobi from training Kenyan troops on his day off and repeatedly going to the hotel to rescue hostages.
The attack killed 22 civilians and all five terrorists.
Christian, from Newcastle, says he put all his military and combat experience into making ZEV Technologies’ OZ9 Craighead – a compact semi-automatic pistol.
He said: “The first time I shot someone in combat was with a pistol, so I know the importance of a reliable sidearm. It’s important that we have the right tools for the job.”
The pistol features a bleeding heart from Captain Blackbeard’s flag – a lucky symbol for Christian – and an hourglass to show the importance of time in a firefight.
It is believed that the weapon will be tested by special forces in the next few weeks.
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