Throughout history, the record of the world’s longest sniper shot ever made has been broken several times. This isn’t too surprising, given that the parade of rifles available to mankind is getting more and more sophisticated by the day.
Nevertheless, the quality of rifles and optics isn’t the only factor that affects how well and how far a sniper shot goes. There are plenty of other factors involved, including a person’s training, his natural skill, teamwork, and maybe even luck.
With all these coming into play, record-breaking sniper shots are really few and far between. This makes the following five longest sniper shots even more amazing.
1. The 2,707-Yard Shot Made by Corporal of Horse (CoH) Craig HarrisonIn November 2009, during the war in Afghanistan, Corporal of Horse (CoH) Craig Harrison broke the record of the longest sniper shot ever when he made one that traveled a distance of 2, 707 yards. Armed with an L115A3 long range rifle, the British corporal from the Household Cavalry used .338 Lapua Magnum LockBase B408 bullets as his ammunition. Aided by Trooper Cliff O’Farrell, his spotter, Harrison initially ranged his targets with the use of nine shots.
While in the process of offering cover fire for an Afghan state army squad, Harrison successfully gunned two members of the Taliban armed with machine guns. Though the state of the art sniper system did play a huge role in the success of the record-breaking sniper shot, the corporal also pointed out that the environmental conditions at that time were ideal for long-range shots.
2. The 2,657-Yard Shot Made by Corporal Rob FurlongThe person behind the second longest sniper shot ever is Corporal Rob Furlong. Using a McMillan Tac-50 with Hornady A-MAX .50 ammunition, the Canadian marksman fired a sniper shot that traversed an amazing distance of 2, 657 yards in March 2002. Hailing from Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, particularly from the 3rd battalion, Furlong was a participant of Operation Anaconda during the Afghanistan war.
He took shot at three Al-Qaeda machine-gunners who were shifting into a position by the mountainside. While Furlong’s first two shots missed the target, his third one hit the person’s chest and took him down.
3. The 2,526-Yard Shot Made by Master Corporal Arron PerryCorporal Rob Furlong isn’t the only Canadian to make this list of the longest sniper shots ever. In fact, the person he bested was a fellow member of the 3rd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry – Master Corporal Arron Perry.
Perry fired a 2,526-yard shot from a McMillan Tac-50 weapon in the Afghanistan war in March 2002 as well. Using Hornady A-MAX .50 as his ammunition, Perry held the record for probably the shortest period of time in history. It was only weeks after he made the shot that Furlong succeeded in breaking the record.
4. The 2,515-Yard Shot Made by Sergeant Brian KremerHaving made a shot that went across 2,515 yards, Sergeant Brian Kremer holds the fourth spot in this list. With a Barrett M82A1 weapon and Raufoss NM140 MP Bullets in hand, the American gunman from the 2nd Ranger Battalion fired a sniper shot in March 2004 that was just 150 yards shorter than the record holder at the time. His shot in Iraq was then the third longest ever, coming in only 11 yards behind Arron Perry’s.
5. The 2,500-Yard Shot Made by Gunnery Sergeant Carlos HathcockHailing from the United States Marine Corps, Carlos Hathcock fired a 2,500-yard sniper shot in February 1967, during the war with Vietnam. With the use of an M2 Browning machine gun fed with .50 BMG bullets, Hathcock made a shot that held the record for about 35 years.
During the war, he was given the nickname of Lông Trắng du Kich, meaning “White Feather Sniper”. Today, the legendary sergeant still holds the fourth place on the list of American snipers with the most confirmed kills.
The longest sniper shots ever made continue to inspire awe in many people today. When you consider that these shots have been made in the midst of war and hostility, not in some firing range with the most ideal conditions, you’ll be even more amazed.