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    Default Sniper kill distance record - broken again!

    Just released this week, it has been confirmed that a British sniper has broken the record for the longest distance sniper kill on record. Although the incident occurred during combat in November of last year, the distance of the kill was only now confirmed through evaluation of after action reviews and GPS coordinates.

    While on operations near Musa Qala in Helmland Province, Afghanistan in November 2009 (exact date not released), Corporal of Horse (the equivalent of a US Sergeant) Craig Harrison of the Household Cavalry observed a 2-man team set up a PKM machine gun and begin firing on his Commander's Jackal wagon. They made the mistake of setting up close to a building Corporal Harrison had already fired on, and knew the ballistic data for. With the exact range and conditions he described as "perfect, no wind, mild weather, clear visibility." - he made a first round torso hit on the gunner, and when the assistant gunner moved to take over, killed him with a single shot as well. A third shot was used to strike the machine gun in an attempt to put it out of commission - but the two gunners were never getting up again.

    The Corporal was later wounded, breaking both both arms when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb - and then returning to active duty just 6 weeks later. Hollywood heroes have got nothing on the real thing!

    The distance has now been officially confirmed as the longest sniper kill on record, at 2,475 meters (1.54 US miles). Harrison's weapon was the latest L115A3 sniper rifle, chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum (8.59mm - though sometimes referred to as 8.58 or 8.6mm). 3 shots, 3 hits, and 2 jihadis sent to the next world - outstanding!!!

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    Outstanding! Way to go Corporal Harrison! I'll bet that record stands for a while.

    Which target was the actual record, the first or second? I'll bet that one of them was a foot or more further back than than the other.
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    L115A3 Sniper weapons system - £6,900-


    Selection into the forces and then further weeks of brutality for sniper selection


    Training - years of relentless pursuit of perfection


    Attaining the title of 'World record holding Sniper' - PRICELESS!
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    Now that is what I call a "Good Kill", too bed the soldier is not a member here, I would send him $ for some ale.

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    I wouldn't worry about it, SFC - after this broke in the papers this week, with his pics, I doubt very much if the young Corporal will be able to pay for a pint in the near future! And I hope his wife has a sense of humor, 'cause the ladies are bound to swoon over him, as well!
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    Thanks Doc, great thread... .338 round at 1.5 miles 3 concecutive hits... freaking amazing sniping!!... Thats one squared away sniper and a true credit to the British Army.... amazing stuff!!...

    I think this British Sniper has the opportunity to be as good as whom I consider to be two of the best Snipers ever....

    1. Simo Hayha (aka "The White Death" and "The Artic Fox"), the Legandary Finnish Sniper with 542 confirmed sniping kills in the Winter War... he is created with pioneering Artic Sniping tactics and keeping the Russian Battalions at bay in the Winter War of 1939. He is also credited with killing over 200 enemy soldiers with a sub machine gun... He was promoted by Mannerheim from Corporal to 2nd Lt, which was the only time in Finnish Military history. Heres a good testament to him...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnq_a...eature=related

    He was and still is a hero to the Finns and signing autographs upto his death in 2002.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPthRScscCI

    His biography can be see at Simo Häyhä - Biography of Simo Häyhä

    2. Carlos Hathcock. Gunny Hathcock took 93 kills from the Vietnam War for the USMC and after a legandary engagement with a NVA sniper codenamed Cobra became a world leader in military sniping. Upon his return to the US, he helped form the USMC Sniper School... His untimely death due to illness in his mid 40s or so cut the short of this legandary sniper. Heres an interview organisation with some of his colleagues...

    YouTube - Carlos Hathcock Interview - Part 1 of 3 (Part 1)

    YouTube - Carlos Hathcock Interview - Part 2 of 3 (Part 2)

    YouTube - Carlos Hathcock Interview - Part 2 of 3 (Part 3)



    His Bio is as follows;

    Carlos Hathcock Tribute Page

    Both amazing snipers people and all time legends and examples to hold up for generations to follow....

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    I agree with your pick of Simho and Hatchock as two of the greats in sniping history - but Gunny Hathcock didn't die until 1999, at the age of 57.

    Others worth remembering include Lyudmila Pavlichenko - one of over 2,000 women snipers employed by the Russians against the Nazis in WWII, she had 309 confirmed kills including 36 enemy snipers. And Vasily Zaitsev, whose actions during the Defense of Stalingrad were recounted in the film, "Enemy at the Gates".
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    wasn't it a canadian sniper that previously held the record a few years back? Someone told me he changed the caliber on his rifle with a US SF Operator and that it was good enuff to kill the enemy from a record distance? I could be wrong but I remember hearing something about the canadian sniper and his record setting kill shot. Great post! Doc-

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grunt Medic TXARNG View Post
    I agree with your pick of Simho and Hatchock as two of the greats in sniping history - but Gunny Hathcock didn't die until 1999, at the age of 57.

    Others worth remembering include Lyudmila Pavlichenko - one of over 2,000 women snipers employed by the Russians against the Nazis in WWII, she had 309 confirmed kills including 36 enemy snipers. And Vasily Zaitsev, whose actions during the Defense of Stalingrad were recounted in the film, "Enemy at the Gates".
    Right ya be Doc, I had 40s in my mind for some reason!!.. Pavliincenko was some Sniper, saw a documentary on her and an interview, she killed a German Soldier at 800 yrds and then nailed his mate trying to get his body body into cover... hell hath no fury like a women scorned... She recanted stories from her unit of a number of women who were raped and brutalised by the German invasion, Stalin managed to harness their rage and boy oh boy, did they turn out to be top class snipers!!... Payback is a bitch... and they dished it out by the gallon!!..

    Zaitzev was another example of a top class sniper handling and shooting from a boy... His kill ratio whilst confined made him one of the best urben snipers out there... Stalingrad sure did push the limits, where he excelled...

    On a seperate note the "Guillea Suit" orginated from Scottish Game keepers in Scotland prior to WW2 whom used it to stalk deer... this evolution in concealment took the Sniper to new levels of professionalism especially when you think of the natural shooters that were stepping into Sniper Roles at the time....
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    Yey... our Ammo prevailes again. This shows again what Lapua Magnum can do with a fine weapon and able soldier holding it.

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