[original research? In mid-2017 it was reported that an unnamed Canadian special forces operator, based in Iraq, had set a new record of 3,540 m (3,871 yd), beating the record previously held by an Australian sniper (also unnamed) at 2,815 m (3,079 yd). Brian Kremer currently holds the American record… [17] Harrison killed the two Taliban machine gunners with shots that took the 8.59 mm (0.338 inch) rounds almost five seconds to hit their targets, which were 900 m (980 yd) beyond the L115A3 sniper rifle’s recommended range. Even after being severely burned during an attack on an Amtrac on which he was riding in his efforts to rescue other soldiers, and after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Hathcock continued to serve, shoot and instruct. Canadian Arron Perry beat it but held the title for only a few days as another man in his unit Rob Furlong bested Perry’s distance with a … The shot was a record breaker and more than a thousand yards farther than the previous world record. Reports regarding the longest recorded sniper kills that contain information regarding the shooting distance and the identity of the sniper have been presented to the general public since 1967. In taking their record-breaking shot, the Canadian sniper team had to consider all of these factors—merely misjudging one would have caused a clean miss—and it is an incredible testament to their skill that they were successful. 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A sniper of Joint Task Force 2 killed an Islamic State (IS) insurgent during an operation in … In Vietnam, Hathcock also completed missions involving a "through the scope" shot which killed an enemy sniper specifically hunting him, and a multiple-day solo stalk and kill of an enemy general. How much spin drift would affect the shot at 3,800 yards was essential information for the Canadian snipers. Categories Video Army Editors' Picks Shock and Awe Guns and Weapons. • Alpert, Lukas (May 2, 2010). Sniper MOSUL, Baghdad (Kurdistan24) - Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq broke the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a distance of 3,540 meters. The soldier shot an IS militant dead from 3,540 metres, which is … Mistakes in estimation compound over distance and can cause a shot to only injure, or to miss completely. [4], Corporal Furlong's record was bested by a British soldier, Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison, of the Blues and Royals, Household Cavalry, who recorded two 2,475 m (2,707 yd) shots (confirmed by GPS) in November 2009, also during the War in Afghanistan, in which he hit two Taliban insurgents consecutively. The team, deployed to fight the Islamic State, killed an ISIS fighter at a distance of 3,871 yards. Kyle Mizokami is a defense and national security writer based in San Francisco who has appeared in the Diplomat, Foreign Policy, War is Boring and the Daily Beast. Another major factor that would have affected the shot was windage. To complicate matters, these conditions may change so that a shot taken on a cold morning will be much different in the heat of the afternoon and snipers must recalculate the shot accordingly. The longest confirmed kill world record was previously held by British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot a Taliban soldier with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle from 8,120ft - equal to 1.5 miles - … Devices such as laser rangefinders, handheld meteorological measuring equipment, handheld computers, and ballistic-prediction software can contribute to increased accuracy (i.e. A bullet begins to lose energy as soon as it leaves the muzzle of a gun, and as it loses energy it loses the ability to counteract gravity. To understand the complexity of the shot, it’s best to start with a sniper maxim: sniping is weaponized math. A successful sniper team operating at extreme distances must do its best to predict exactly how these factors will affect the bullet and calculate how to get the bullet back onto target. Handheld meteorological instruments only measure conditions at the location they are used. In April 2004, Riechert was on top of an oil tank in the city of Lutifiya, … 1:14. Archived from the original on May 6, 2010. USMC Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock's confirmed 2,500 yd (2,300 m) kill in the Vietnam War was primarily due to the enemy soldier stopping his bicycle on the spot Hathcock had fired at while sighting in his Browning M2 heavy machine-gun. Other environmental factors played a hand in the shot. The rest of the drop correction had to be done within the rifle’s scope, which can be adjusted for drop, and a scope mount that was angled upward for extreme long distance shooting. [18], In June 2017, an unnamed sniper from Canada's Tier 1 special forces unit, Joint Task Force 2, surpassed the 2009 record by over 1,000 m (1,100 yd), with a 3,540 m (3,871 yd) shot in the Iraqi Civil War. According to Chris Martin in his book, “Modern American Snipers,” Sgt. [6] Any given combination of firearm and ammunition will have an associated value, known as the circular error probable (CEP), defined as the radius of a circle whose boundary is expected to contain the impact points of half of the rounds fired. Finally, after traveling more than two miles the bullet hit with 1,472 foot pounds of energy, greater than most M16 bullets at point blank range. Dallas Sniper Ex-meletery Killed 5 White Cops. Cleckner’s data also provides other useful information. 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[5], Although optical equipment such as rangefinders and ballistic calculators has eliminated manual mathematical calculations to determine elevation and windage, the fundamentals of accurate and precise long-range shooting remain largely the same since the early history of shooting, and the skill and training of the shooter and the shooter's spotter where applicable are the primary factors. [7], If the shooter wishes to improve accuracy and precision, wishes to increase range or wishes to do all of these things, the accuracy of "estimates" of external factors must improve accordingly. In comparison, sniper legend Carlos Hathcock recorded 93 confirmed kills in Vietnam. Perry held the title for only a few days, as another man in his unit, Corporal Rob Furlong, beat Perry's distance with a 2,430 m (2,657 yd) shot in March 2002. At 8,120 ft., which is 3,200 ft. further than the range of his Accuracy International L115A3, conditions had to be perfect. Distance: 2,815 m (9,236 feet) Weapon: Barrett … 0:23 World’s Longest Sniper Kill: Enemy Shot Dead at 3,871 Yards (Over 2 Miles Away) Last year history was made. Unless the group is centered perfectly on the target at 100 yards, the 2,500-yard group will be centered 25 times the off-center error at 100 yards. [19] The list also shows that, in some cases, an armed force command may choose to withhold the name of the sniper for security reasons. Let your brain think on that one for a little bit. Last September, he led a team that executed a four-mile shot, the longest documented rifle shot to hit a target in the history of mankind, in a desert area in the western United States. Sergeant Bryan Kremer has the longest confirmed sniper kill shot by a U.S. soldier. Hathcock also won the 1966 Wimbledon Cup, which is earned by the winner of the U.S. 1,000-yard high-powered rifle National Championship. The barrel rifling, a spiral-like pattern that makes the bullet spin in flight, stabilizing it, imparts “spin drift.” According to Cleckner, a rifle with a right-hand spiral twist will send a bullet up to ten inches to the right at 1,000 yards.