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New Long Distance Kill Shot Record





WOW...........2,700 yards with a .338 caliber.........are you kidding me???






New Long Distance Kill Shot Record (8,120 Feet / 2,706.67 Yards)




Here is something that has been in the news the last few days. A British Army soldier by the name of Corporal Craig Harrison, of the Household Cavalry, set a new record for the longest shot in combat. Twice. Cpl. Harrison fired two shots at Taliban machine gunners in Afghanistan . They were confirmed via GPS to be 8,120 feet from Cpl. Harrison's position. That is 1.54 miles. More than a mile and a half. To make it even more astounding, the range was almost 3,000 feet beyond what is considered the effective range of the weapon. At that range the bullet takes around 3 seconds to reach the target.

The previous record was set in 2002 for a sniper kill at 7,972 ft. That shot was made by Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong, of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, who was using a .50 BMG McMillan TAC-50 rifle.





Harrison accomplished this feat with the above pictured weapon, a L115A3 rifle. The weapon is manufactured by Accuracy International in Britain and is chambered in the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. This is significant because the previous two shots that held the world record were with weapons chambered for the .50 BMG. The .338 is a cartridge designed for accuracy and power beyond the range of the older 7.62mm rifles. It has a much flatter trajectory, which makes the complex trigonometry problem of finding the right arc to lob the bullet onto the target much easier. It is one of several other "lighter" rifle rounds like the .300 Win Mag., .416 Barrette, and .408 CheyTac that have been designed with extreme long range shooting in mind. Of especial importance is the velocity past 1000 meters, the shape of its trajectory and how long the cartridges stay supersonic.

The Accuracy International Arctic Warfare .338 is a bolt action, detachable magazine-fed, precision rifle. The rifle is about 15 pounds, unloaded and without optics. It can mount a variety of telescopic sights, laser designators, and night vision or thermal sights. In British service, it usually mounts a S&B 5-25 x 56 mm day scope. The extra-large objective lens size of 56 mm gathers a lot of light, making shots possible in the dawn, dusk, or into the shadows. The L115A3 can also mount a suppressor, helping to reduce the report flash and dust from the powerful rifle. The barrel is free floated for increased accuracy and is fluted for strength and cooling without excessive weight.

You don't get all that performance cheap though. News reports put the rifle at around $25,000. But if you put it in the right hands and it can hit a sized target from 4500 feet. More importantly, even at extreme range, the bullet retains its power, hitting with more force than a .44 Magnum at 25 feet.

It was just unlucky for the Taliban that conditions were so good and we could see them so clearly. We saw two insurgents running through its courtyard, one in a black dishdasha, and one in green. They came forward carrying a PKM machine gun, set it up and opened fire on the commanders wagon. The first round hit a machine gunner in the stomach and killed him outright. He went straight down and didn’t move. The second insurgent grabbed the weapon and turned as my second shot hit him in the side. He went down, too. They were both dead."

Cpl. Harrison had a memorable tour of duty, making the two impossible shots, having a bullet deflect off his helmet, and surviving an IED blast that broke both of his arms. He is reportedly healing well, and has returned to duty.

Corporal Harrison
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CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER FOR CORPORAL HARRISON AND THE BRITS!!!
 

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That's is truly amazing.
And to think that I am struggling to get better groupings at 15 yards.
 

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Optionally, the two Taliban could have been taken out with something like a Hellfire missle, but I understand those are about 3 grand apiece. So Corporal Harrison just saved his country around $2,990. With his skill, that $25,000 rifle will pay for itself in no time.
 

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Optionally, the two Taliban could have been taken out with something like a Hellfire missle, but I understand those are about 3 grand apiece
They are much closer to $100,000 a piece than $3,000 a piece. I'd say his rifle was bought and paid for already.;)
 

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Corporal Rob Furlong made an appearance on one of the military channels sniper programs. He actually missed low with his first shot, but the target stayed in the open (on a ridge across a valley) long enough for a second shot. He also talked about using a bag of tricks, including leaving their loaded magazines out in direct sunlight to warm up the rounds (it's cold at the altitudes they were at). It was interesting to hear how they tease every tiny bit of performance out of a round&weapon.
 

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Incredible shot! Incredible soldier. Awesome tool in the right hands. Even more impressive that he came out of England. A total shame that as a civilian eventually, this fine. responsible, soft spoken man will never have the freedom to own a gun like that.

I don't want to change the subject or anything, just a comment. That shot was made with a bolt action, non-black weapon with a low capacity mag. Just how would the anti 2A crowd class this "assault weapon"?
 

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Everything had to be right for the shot to hit and was a bad day for the person shot.
Or perhaps a good day for the persons shot... they each got their 72 virgins.
Too bad all of them were named "Mohammed"...;)
 

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You know, many years ago, I read that great book about Carlos Hathcock, and suddenly I got very interested in long range shooting. I really wanted to give it a go...right up until I came to understand that it's really almost a science. Just the math skills required were enough to make me forget the whole idea. Still...my hat's off to the guys who can do it, and not only do it, but make it look easy.
 
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