Official and unofficial longest confirmed sniper kill

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A sniper with an L115A3 rifle checks the ground ahead of a patrol from X Company, 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan. The patrol was part of Operation Oqab Tsuka which delivered a vital second turbine to Kajaki hydro-electric power station. It was the biggest operation that British Forces had been involved in since being in Southern Afghanistan.

A sniper equipped with AI L115A3 sniper rifle at undisclosed location in Afghanistan
Through the years, especially with the development of new technologies, the weapons industry have gone a step further. Sniper rifles and sharpshooters increased their performances at the higher level and following that the line of the longest confirmed sniper kill shot has been moved few times in recent years.

Official longest sniper kill shot

Officially, the longest confirmed sniper kill is achieved in Afghanistan when Craig Harrison, a member of the UK’s Household Cavalry killed two Taliban insurgents from a distance of 2,474 m (2.47 km) – 8,120 ft (1.45 miles) in November 2009. The shot distance was confirmed by GPS. The rifle used was Accuracy International AWM – L115A3.

It is interesting that the 8.59 mm rounds needed almost three seconds to hit their targets which were 914 m (3,000 ft) beyond the L115A3 sniper rifle’s recommended range. A third shot took out the insurgent’s machine gun.

Unofficial world record for longest sniper kill

But, the tight Special Operations Forces community claimed that the new world record was set in Afghanistan in 2012 when U.S. Army Commando sniper team assigned to ISAF in Helmand province, Afghanistan made a shot from 2815 meters (3,078.52 yds). The sniper rifle was Barrett M82A1 .50 Cal with Hornady A-MAX .50 bullet. The shot was confirmed by GPS.

Two marksmen using Barrett M82A1 .50 caliber rifles simultaneously fired. The bullets were six seconds in the air. One killed the Taliban commander. It is not known for certain which sniper fired the fatal shot. While there have been no triumphant press releases, in the tight global Special Forces sniper community the shot is much discussed because it seems certain to be a world record, but still, the official world record remains with Craig Harrison name.

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