Longest Sniper Shot Record Broken!

by May 4, 2010 05/4/10

British Super Sniper Craig Harrison has uprooted the Canadians for the longest sniper shot on record, 1.54 miles!

Not only did he beat the record by 150 ft., but took two shots that each killed a Taliban machine gunner. At 8,120 ft., which is 3,200 ft. further than the range of his Accuracy International L115A3, conditions had to be perfect. The .338 Lapua round again proves it’s worth in the battlefield.

The shots were taken in November of last year, when Harrison’s Household Calvary unit came under fire in Helmand, but the details surrounding the shots have only just been released. This article from dailymail.co.uk has some interesting details, and some good first hand information of the November events from Harrison.

Thanks to Mike P. for the tip via Twitter on Sunday!


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SanDan
SanDan

Word is getting around that a Australian Commando has beaten this

matt
matt

Every marksmen is only as talented as his spotter hats off great teamwork at long range especially under heavy fire. Hooahh!!!!

Dennis B. Morrison
Dennis B. Morrison

I am a disabled Marine Corps combat vet with lots of training and several tours under my belt and I am not taking anything away from this very talented member of elite marksman, he made the shots thousands of feet beyond the recommended range of the rifle, the shots were definitely made because I saw a documentary on snipers on either the discovery channel or history channel I can't remember which one but what this article doesn't tell you is that he made several shots before actually hitting his targets and made adjustments as he went, his shots are definitely remarkable but it's misleading to make it sound like he just went up and figured out the correct dope on his rifle and made two killing shots right away, he damn sure deserves the credit for persevering and hanging in there to save the members of his uni and my hat is off to him but there was more to it than this article tells but I love this site and am considering becoming a member

rod
rod

no video footage ............... must be B.S ! Canada Rocks !

Kevin Malone
Kevin Malone

That is one heck of a shot and is very impressive

chris moll
chris moll

that would help in the present war don't you think that, that gun would.

sam
sam

Im a sniper fanatic and I have to agree with sceptical not only are those conditions needed to be perfect but altitude spindrift and the last shot that I heard of, which is true and made by a marine sniper, had three different winds and took out a man with a morter my point is im callin BS on this but canadian snipers own too big time

David Olexsak
David Olexsak

Super weapon, super training, super mindset, super badass!

Herb Sam
Herb Sam

Conditions must have been better than perfect ! i got no dout that luck was a factor , after all two shots were fired , fired with precion .

pete
pete

When I got my 2000meter head shot we were saying never gonna get better

afghan is our paradise

pete
pete

When I got my 2000meter head shot we were saying never gonna get better afghan is our paradise

Chris Aiken
Chris Aiken

As an old Army dog there has always been doubt all the way back to the kills in Vietnam . But no matter my hat goes off to anyone on our side who has the talent to do a sniper's job . As long as there is war there will be doubts about records of kills . I praise anyone that is fighting for the freedom that has been earned by so many before us with so little praise for their sacrifices they made for all in the free world .

Christian Notrik
Christian Notrik

If you read the interviews with Harrison, you will note that he is the first to emphasize that the conditions at the time of his shots were as close to perfect as one could possibly hope for.

My choice would still be the .50 BMG over the .338 (And, yes, I own and shoot both.), but I don't believe there is reason to doubt Harrison's claim.

Christian Notrik
Christian Notrik

If you read the interviews with Harrison, you will note that he is the first to emphasize that the conditions at the time of his shots were as close to perfect as one could possibly hope for. My choice would still be the .50 BMG over the .338 (And, yes, I own and shoot both.), but I don't believe there is reason to doubt Harrison's claim.

n1ffum
n1ffum

but the canadians shot was walking...

Derek
Derek

Great shot. As a Canadian I wasn't to happy to hear it. But my helmet is off to you Craig.

falf
falf

heck of a shot no reason to dis beleive ..... I have taken shots whilst hunting that are supposadly beyond the capabilities of the round 325yrds with 17HMR .... i suppose its all relative ..... goood shot well done

Chicken butt
Chicken butt

It seems a bit far for a 338 but i don't know. I've shot a 50 at over 800 with no prob and the same with a 338 and it dropped reasonably more. Must have been real skilled or lucky I say.

Viet Nam vet
Viet Nam vet

Sounds like a couple of you guys are just jealous... but I'm just sayin'....

Aristodemus
Aristodemus

Big differnece between a .50 Cal and a .338. All previous long range shots were with .50 Cal . I'm a bit sceptical as a lighter round with any wind or slight breeze will deviate over such a vast distance. Is this the end of the Macmillian Tac .50 and The Barrett .50's As with sceptical above I can't believe that he got off 3 accurate and world record breaking shots. I'm still not convinced

The ITS Crew
The ITS Crew

Thanks for throwing up your analysis brother.

Sceptical
Sceptical

I am a former USMC Sniper Instructor, and the second I was told about this, I threw up the red flag on it, as well as every other shooter/sniper I know. The prep time it takes to make three shots (one also made to disable the weapon)at that range, total time of flight, sniper-observer dialogue, breathing cycle etc, the wind somewhere along the gun target line will change, throwing the projectile off by feet at the minimum. The round will also be sub-sonic. Additionally, at that range, the reticle will completely cover up two men. Is there enough MOA in the scope? If it was done then rock on, but I'm just sayin'.

Fraser
Fraser

Inshallah.... god was on the side of copper and sorted the black turbaned sons of satan. |The quoran and Islam does not allow for these people to spout their misguided interpretations and we need to quash their idealology

rtwrench
rtwrench

With the training, equipment and talent available these days its I guess its not surprising that the record was broken. As a proud Canadian I am sad that it was, however I am glad it was by someone on our side.

Hammac
Hammac

Allah whom was not behind or supporting the terrorists ideals?

Who knows, I'm not one for geo-religious/political debate.

Could have been a gust of wind that helped for all we know.

Hammac
Hammac

Allah whom was not behind or supporting the terrorists ideals? Who knows, I'm not one for geo-religious/political debate. Could have been a gust of wind that helped for all we know.

Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ

I farted and gave them some extra tail wind

mikejulietpapa
mikejulietpapa

The conditions must have been just perfect and luck was on his side for those shots to hit their mark! Just mind blowing really. The other amazing thing is that he was able to take out more than one enemy. That's what makes me think that there was more than luck and skill guiding those rounds.

Ray
Ray

Twice? No it was pure skill

MadCanuck
MadCanuck

The spirit of Chuck Norris! :)

n1ffum
n1ffum

by the grace of god.

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