Patriots if you haven’t seen the movie ‘American Sniper’ with Bradley Cooper playing the role of Chris Kyle, it’s a MUST SEE! But for all of the history buffs out there, did you ever wonder what the longest sniper ‘kill shot’ was and who holds it?
In 1967, Marine Corp Sniper GySgt Carlos Hathcock II fired a shot that took an enemy out at 2500 yards or 1.42 miles to set the record for the longest confirmed ‘kill shot’.
Thirty-five years later, Canadian Sniper Cpl Rob Furlong shattered that record dropping a Taliban fighter at a distance of 2657 yards or 1.5 miles.
Then, in 2009, a British soldier operating in Afghanistan came along. Here’s the scenario.
The British soldiers are under fire. A detachment is ambushed by the Taliban forces. The British soldiers are pinned down. Sniper Corporal Craig Harrison witnesses the ambush from a ridge 2700 yards away and moves into position to help his comrades.
All that I can think of now is the scene near the end of the movie ‘Scarface’ when Tony Montana (Al Pacino) says, “You want to play rough? OK! OK! Say ‘Hello’ to my little friend!”
Well, Sniper Corporal Harrison’s ‘little friend’ is an Artic Warfare Magnum L115A3. It’s a lightweight sniper rifle and weighs about 15 pounds and has a maximum effective range of 1504 yards.
Again, it’s 2009, in Afghanistan, Taliban firefighters are in an intense battle with the British soldiers. Shots are being fired back and forth in the field. Harrison’s comrades are pinned down. The Taliban machine gun team is over 1.5 miles away and Sniper Corporal Harrison’s shot will take at least 4 seconds to get there.
Corporal Harrison pinpoints the Taliban’s machine gun team over 27 football fields away. He FIRES! MISSES! He FIRES AGAIN! MISSES! The forces on the ground are under heavy enemy fire and in danger of being overrun! Harrison takes a breath, FIRES and….it’s all up to Mother Nature now! Watch what happens next!
The Longest Kill Shot in History is fired not ONCE, but TWICE!! Corporal Harrison rewrites one for the books!
Gotta’ Love Technology and Mother Nature, and soldiers! God Bless Corporal Harrison, and all our men and women who fight everyday to defend our freedom!
In case you are wondering,
Carlos Hathcock II recorded 93 official kills before an injury halted his service on the front lines. After returning to the U.S., Hathcock helped to establish a school for training Marine snipers, the Marine Corps Scout Sniper School, at the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia.
There is one correction to the video needed:
Perry held the title for only a few days until Corporal Rob Furlong beat his record with a shot of 2657 yards or 2,430 meters.
The current record is still held by Briton Corporal of Horse (CoH) Craig Harrison, of the UK’s Household Cavalry, who recorded a 2,475 m (2,707 yd) shot.
God Bless America! Remember to thank a soldier for your freedom!
Written by Nancy Hayes
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