New longest kill shot by sniper

Brit Sniper Makes Double-Kill at 1.54 miles with .338 Lapua Mag

In a stunning display of marksmanship, and the ultra-long-range capability of the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge, a British sniper killed two Taliban machine-gunners at a confirmed range of 1.54 miles. The distance to the target was GPS-ranged at 8,120 feet or 2,706.6 yards — well over a mile and a half. According to Britain’s Times Online, this successful engagement was the longest ever: “The previous record for a sniper kill is 7,972 feet, set by a Canadian soldier [in Afghanistan] in March 2002.” (Canadian Cpl. Rob Furlong used a McMillan Tac 50 in his 2002 engagement.)

The amazing shots were made by Corporal Craig Harrison of the Household Cavalry using an Accuracy International L115A3 rifle, chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum. L115A3 rifles, part of the British Army’s Sniper System Improvement Programme (SSIP), were first deployed to Afghanistan in May 2008. Corporal Harrison, with the assistance of his spotter, Trooper Cliff O’Farrell, dropped two Taliban machine-gunners with successive shots while providing covering fire for an Afghan national army patrol south of Musa Qala last November. Harrison told the Times that: “We saw two insurgents running through [a] courtyard, one in a black dishdasha, one in green. They came forward carrying a PKM machine-gun, set it up and opened fire on the commander’s wagon. I rested the bipod of my weapon on a compound wall and aimed for the gunner firing the machine-gun.” Harrison fired three rounds, the first killing one machine-gunner, the second killing the other (who had taken over the weapon), and a third to disable the enemy gun.

A shot at this ultra-long-range requires a superbly accurate rifle, a highly-skilled marksman, and favorable conditions. Harrison said: “Conditions were perfect, no wind, mild weather, clear visibility.”

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Corporal Harrison is a brave soldier. During an ambush later in his Afghan tour of duty, a bullet pierced his helmet but barely missed his skull. Some weeks after that, he broke both arms when a road-side bomb exploded under his vehicle. After recovering from his wounds, Harrison volunteered to return to Afghan duty.

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WOW! thats ridiculous!

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That's pretty damn cool!

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That guys a BAMF!

Isn't this story a few months old though? I thought I remember seeing it on the news one night.


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I couldn't even see that far. 


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josh I think you are right I just seen the article and not sure anyone else has.

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Yeah that's pretty amazing. Should've had more news coverage though IMO.


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i ain't so sure this stuff should ever be published.  i am all for killing the enemy what ever way possible.  but, i'd be willing to bet making his identity known worldwide w/ a picture and full name puts him and his family somewhere towards the top of a very long taliban hit list.  the chances of anything ever coming of it are slim i am sure.  but, why take that chance? 

the other thing i don't like about publishing this type of thing is it gives the enemy info on a platter.  shoot them from a mile and a half and keep quiet about it.  let their friends and comrades wonder WTF just happened.  imho, there is no need to tell them they need to take cover because they risk getting shot from a mile and a half away by someone they can't see.  its kind of akin to using info from intercepted satellite communications to thwart a plan and then telling the whole damn world how we obtained the info.  seems strategically unintelligent to this guy. 

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We should publish this stuff often.  Make the enemy scared.

Hell, for the life of me I have no idea why our OWN media reports deaths of our own fellow Americans but never puts up a death count of our enemies.  I'd have that on the bottom scroll and updated as often as possible.


 

 

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i guess that is another way to look at it.  but, i am not so sure they aren't already "scared" outta their minds.  and i'd be more scared if i was sitting next to my friend and watched his head get blown off and had no idea where or from who the bullet came from.  sometimes it just seems to me that we give out to much info on our capabilities.  i'd rather have them scared and stupid than scared and educated.  as far as publishing a death count... that seems fine to this guy.  but, that isn't quite the same as posting the snipers full name, rank and a photo.  and this isn't quite like past wars where everyone will go home and forget about it when we "pull out"  X months or years from now.  we aren't fighting an army w/ regular soldiers who get paid a salary and then get to go home when the war is over.  these SOB's are fighting for something other than a paycheck and they hold grudges for thousands of years.

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Hmmm, wonder how hight he would have to hold.

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Not a cm.  I imagine dialed in.  But undialed.  Ha ha, yeah I couldn't even guess.  Lots at play of course but I'm sure plenty if you just went off old standby shootin.


 

 

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I thought the only person that could pull of a shot like that, was a Preacher in the Patch-Oil patch, that is!

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 I personally call bs on him hitting the gun intentionally that is an extremely small target at 2700 yds. How would one even see the gun at that range? I mean his ability to make 3 hits in a row at that distance? Thats just incredible shooting to say the least. 

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I thought the only person that could pull of a shot like that, was a Preacher in the Patch-Oil patch, that is!

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 I personally call bs on him hitting the gun intentionally that is an extremely small target at 2700 yds. How would one even see the gun at that range? I mean his ability to make 3 hits in a row at that distance? Thats just incredible shooting to say the least. 

According to the story he saw them running and then say them start shooting an RPK at his commanders wagon. So he saw the gun and the two guys shooting the gun. with a 25 power scope. Like he said "Conditions were perfect, no wind, mild weather, clear visibility." So for him to make that shot was a lot easier than the previous record he broke.

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Hand that guy a cold schmidtty ---- oh I guess that is what he was using.  What will the leupold boys think of that. 

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According to the story he saw them running and then say them start shooting an RPK at his commanders wagon. So he saw the gun and the two guys shooting the gun. with a 25 power scope. Like he said "Conditions were perfect, no wind, mild weather, clear visibility." So for him to make that shot was a lot easier than the previous record he broke.

maybe. but the canadian sniper also was shooting a 50bmg across a canyon where he had been shooting at insurgents all day and had become accustomed to shooting 1500 meters . i saw a sniper special on the history channel or military channel about it. either way both shots are amazing.

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BUT........the Canadian was not shooting his own ammo, he ran out of his loads and was shooting American loads, they were no where near comprable. The American loads were way hotter, and more accurate, he basicly had to re-learn how to shoot at that distance.

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 Outstanding kills soldier keep it up make them bast**** fear their own shadow.

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We should publish this stuff often.  Make the enemy scared.

Hell, for the life of me I have no idea why our OWN media reports deaths of our own fellow Americans but never puts up a death count of our enemies.  I'd have that on the bottom scroll and updated as often as possible.

Tim i can for sure say 16 and alot more from what I seen.

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My opinion this story is perfect and everyone needs to know the great stories of what really happens! I'm so sick and tired of hearing about the US body count and the negative stories. What about the men and women that are doing great things over here and over seas! People need to hear the good parts on how they save and protect us and eachother! Make heros of them instead of bad mouthing our troops! I am not in the military but am proud to be an American not for being born here but for the men and women that put their lives on the line for our country and the security for me and my family and for yours too. My thoughts and prayers go out for all military and non-military personal that are doing a great job protecting our freedom!  And Thank you for everything you have done and are doing!

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Tim Sandstrom Said:
We should publish this stuff often.  Make the enemy scared.

Hell, for the life of me I have no idea why our OWN media reports deaths of our own fellow Americans but never puts up a death count of our enemies.  I'd have that on the bottom scroll and updated as often as possible.

I'm not sure we can scare this enemy.  They have no fear of death, in fact they seem to welcome it.  They have been fighting over there for centuries.  Our problem is not thinking like our enemy.  They look at life from a whole different perspective.

I agree that the media lists our death tolls more than theirs though.   I'm just saying our methods should stay more secrete, but report the end results.

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This isn't the first or the last of these types of stories that we'll see.  I've watched quite a bit of fairly recent documentaries on History, National Geographic, Military Channel, etc.  Most of them blur out the faces of Special Forces guys still over there and names are generally left out.

I would bet that the soldier in the story gave permission for use of his name and picture.  That's good enough for me.  I do think there are too many people in the public who see this too much as a game.  FYI, the bad guys have some pretty good snipers too.  This isn't a shooting gallery over there where only the good guys connect.

The only thing that makes me a bit uncomfortable about the story is how it personalizes this soldier.  I think espringers has a point.  Does it put this guy, and his family, at the top of some hit list?  With an enemy that holds grudges for thousands of years?  An enemy that thinks suicide bombing is an honor? 

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It most certainly does.....bad move IMO. 

Go ahead and tell the story but leave the names and faces out, it just makes sense.  Unless he figures he feels compelled to be a "hero", which I'm sure is not the case. 

Hopefully....

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I don't think the press has any business being involved at all.  For one it NEVER gives the whole story.  But more importantly,  there is no reason why the rest of the world should know what strikes are going to be made by the US military before the soldiers that are going to make those strike.  We saw this in the first Gulf War.  I was in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait  in 1990 and 1991. My parents knew what was going on before I ever heard a word.  We saw this again in 1992 when the Marines were going in to Samolia.  They were making an early morning, in the dark,  movement on the beach when a bunch of reporters turned on their lights and cameras.  They almost got lit up.  There is no reason they should of even known that anything was going to happen before it did.  Freedom of the press stops when it puts US fighting men and women in danger. 

 

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I would've like to have seen that.

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7113916.ece

That is the link to the actual story I just found.

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and that article gives his wife and daughters name and age??? WTF am i missing here???  my opinion from above still stands.  keep the damn media outta war. 

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Espringers, Tim and Jiffy know damn right IMHO.

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Maybe I should have gotten one of those for elk.

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The .338 lapua cartridge is an awesome round, i'm glad I have one sitting at home.  I believe it goes subsonic at around 2200 yards or so.  I might be wrong and I haven't had much time to play with mine to memorize the ballistics yet.  Either way this guy made one heck of a shot.  I also agree that the media should stay out of alot of the war.