Longest Sniper shot ever recorded

I have always had a thing for sniping. I think a lot of people do. There is a certain mystique about it, a level of skill and even artistry which is so lacking in modern technological warfare. There is also a thrill there. Enemy at the Gates remains one of my favorite WWII movies, and long hours of my childhood life have been spent simulating sniping in various games.

However you look at it, sniping is a hell of a skill, which has both plagued conventional forces and now been successfully integrated into them. This though stands as one amazing record:

Sniper kills Qaeda-from 1½ mi. away

It was silent but deadly.

A British sniper set a world sharpshooting record by taking out two Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan from more than a mile and a half away -- a distance so great, experts say the terrorists wouldn't have even heard the shots.

Craig Harrison killed the two insurgents from an astounding distance of 8,120 feet -- or 1.54 miles -- in Helmand Province last November firing an Accuracy International L11583 long-range rifle.

"The first round hit a machine-gunner in the stomach and killed him outright," said Harrison, a corporal of horse in the British Army's Household Cavalry, the equivalent of a sergeant in the American military.


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"The second insurgent grabbed the weapon and turned as my second shot hit him in the side. He went down, too," Harrison told the Sunday Times of London.

The shots -- measured via GPS -- surpassed the previous record held by Canadian Army Cpl. Rob Furlong, who killed an al Qaeda gunman from 7,972 feet in 2002.

Harrison's shots were roughly equal to the distance between the Statue of Liberty and Battery Park.

Experts called Harrison's sharp shooting as perfect as it gets.

"When you are shooting that far, if you miss by a hair, you miss by a mile," said John Plaster, a retired US Army sharp-shooting instructor and author of "The Ultimate Sniper." "That is about as precise as any marksmen on the planet could shoot."

He said Harrison's targets likely never knew what was coming.

"At a distance like that they cannot even see anyone and they would not even hear the muzzle report," Plaster said.

Harrison, who fired the bullets while his colleagues were under fire, said perfect weather helped him nail the perfect shot.

"[There was] no wind, mild weather, clear visibility," he said.

Harrison learned of his record nine days ago, when he returned to England. In the weeks after his record shot, he suffered a minor gunshot wound and broke his arms when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.


To me, the really incredible part about that is the fact that there was not one, but two kill shots. To be able to repeat that shot is freaking amazing.

This is the gun that he used:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L115A3

And for anyone, like me, who grew up addicted to the game Counterstrike: yes, that is the Arctic Cat = )

It also means that the shot was made with a .338 round, not the .50 used in the new big sniper/interdiction rifles, even more impressive. It means that the round dropped ~600in before hitting the target, in other words he had to shoot 50ft over the guys in order to hit them (though the scope does account for this - still pretty amazing). It also means it would take 2.5 seconds for the shot to reach the target.

What the article also fails to mention is that the sniper took a 3rd shot, and disabled the machine gun. Hot damn.

w00t w00t

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