New sniper record

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  1. Ring

    Ring Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2004
    2 706 yards
    338 lapua

    Bullet drop at this range is about 165 MOA or 4660".
    This is with a muzzle velocity of 3000fps. Terminal velocity shows 860fps and 411 ft/lbs
    Energy at 100yds is 4541ft/lbs.
    Out of interest if there was a 10mph cross wind you'd require 20moa or 565" of wind and if the target was moving at 10mph, you'd need 1040" or 37 moa of lead
    Time of flight is 5.9 secs

    Hotshot sniper in one-and-a-half mile double kill - Times Online

    A BRITISH Army sniper has set a new sharpshooting distance record by killing two Taliban machinegunners in Afghanistan from more than 1 miles away.

    Craig Harrison, a member of the Household Cavalry, killed the insurgents with consecutive shots — even though they were 3,000ft beyond the most effective range of his rifle.

    “The first round hit a machinegunner in the stomach and killed him outright,” said Harrison, a Corporal of Horse. “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.”

    The shooting — which took place while Harrison’s colleagues came under attack — was at such extreme range that the 8.59mm bullets took almost three seconds to reach their target after leaving the barrel of the rifle at almost three times the speed of sound.

    The distance to Harrison’s two targets was measured by a GPS system at 8,120ft, or 1.54 miles. The previous record for a sniper kill is 7,972ft, set by a Canadian soldier who shot dead an Al-Qaeda gunman in March 2002.

    In a remarkable tour of duty, Harrison cheated death a few weeks later when a Taliban bullet pierced his helmet but was deflected away from his skull. He later broke both arms when his army vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.

    Harrison was sent back to the UK for treatment, but insisted on returning to the front line after making a full recovery.

    “I was lucky that my physical fitness levels were very high before my arms were fractured and after six weeks in plaster I was still in pretty good shape,” he said. “It hasn’t affected my ability as a sniper.”

    Harrison, from Gloucestershire, was reunited in Britain with his wife Tanya and daughter Dani, 16, last month. Recalling his shooting prowess in Helmand province, he said: “It was just unlucky for the Taliban that conditions were so good and we could see them so clearly.”

    Harrison and his colleagues were in open-topped Jackal 4x4 vehicles providing cover for an Afghan national army patrol south of Musa Qala in November last year. When the Afghan soldiers and Harrison’s troop commander came under enemy fire, the sniper, whose vehicle was further back on a ridge, trained his sights on a Taliban compound in the distance. His L115A3 long-range rifle, the army’s most powerful sniper weapon, is designed to be effective at up to 4,921ft and supposedly capable of only “harassing fire” beyond that range.

    “We saw two insurgents running through its courtyard, one in a black dishdasha, one in green,” he said. “They came forward carrying a PKM machinegun, set it up and opened fire on the commander’s wagon.

    “Conditions were perfect, no wind, mild weather, clear visibility. I rested the bipod of my weapon on a compound wall and aimed for the gunner firing the machinegun.

    “The driver of my Jackal, Trooper Cliff O’Farrell, spotted for me, providing all the information needed for the shot, which was at the extreme range of the weapon.”

    Harrison killed one machinegunner with his first attempt and felled the other with his next shot. He then let off a final round to knock the enemy weapon out of action.

    Harrison discovered that he had set a new record only on his return to UK barracks nine days ago. The previous record was held by Corporal Rob Furlong, of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, who was using a 12.7mm McMillan TAC-50 rifle.

    Tom Irwin, a director of Accuracy International, the British manufacturer of the L115A3 rifle, said: “It is still fairly accurate beyond 4,921ft, but at that distance luck plays as much of a part as anything.”

    News of Harrison’s success comes amid concern over a rival insurgent sharpshooter who in a five-month spree has killed up to seven British soldiers, including a sniper, in and around the Taliban stronghold of Sangin.

    In a later incident during the tour, Harrison’s patrol vehicle was hit 36 times during a Taliban ambush. “One round hit my helmet behind the right ear and came out of the top,” he said. “Two more rounds went through the strap across my chest. We were all very, very lucky not to get hurt.”
    Last edited: May 2, 2010
  2. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Now thats a LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG way away! I think Mr. Harrison, may be the UK's new version of our own Gunny Hathcock. Way to go Mr. Harrison! and UK. Thank you and all of the armed forces men and women for your service.
  3. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Outstanding, distance alone is amazing then factor in that it was a moving target...absolutely amazing. Chauk two up for the good guys.
  4. TH

    TH Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2003
  5. ATH

    ATH Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2003
    If you read it carefully, they were not moving. They ran up then set up a stationary machine gun. Shooter stated very ideal conditions. Calling a shot to disable a machine gun at that range though? I smell a bit of propoganda to scare the insurgents. Even the AI guy (who builds their guns) who was quoted in one of the articles stated that there is a lot of luck in play to hit at that range on such a small target. Phenominal shooting nonetheless.
  6. matt_3479

    matt_3479 Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    Amazing Shooting!!

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2008
  8. ovastafford

    ovastafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Thats some awesome shooting...... Its kinda unbelievable, three shots, three hits, and one a machine gun???? Anythings possible I guess.
  9. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2005
    Mr. Irwin committed the unforgiveable sin of using the work "luck" in association with a sniper making a hit beyond 4921 ft. There are former alleged snipers on this Forum that have a zero-tolerance for any luck in anything sniper related. Snipers don't get lucky amongst these members. They operate purely on skills that border on walking on water.

    I bet that third shot went straight down the tube of that Taliban machine gun barrel, welding the bore tightly shut. Talk about pin-point accuracy. Best that story.
  10. Oliveralan

    Oliveralan Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Wow that's unbelieveable, almost. First round hit at 2700yards... Then another hit and even a third one on a machine gun.. How he says "there was no wind" is a little weird. There's no way there is no wind over a 1.54mile distance.

    Hats off to him though, good freakin shooting!!
  11. royinidaho

    royinidaho Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    I feel good about that....
  12. Topshot

    Topshot Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    This report from the Times is irresponsible.
    They give his name, his home town, the name of his wife and daughter.
    They could now all be in danger of a revenge attack from terrorists living within the UK.

    I know that the identity of Army snipers in Aus, is kept secret for just that reason. I would not be happy if I was him.
  13. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Good point Topshot on the guys personal info.
  14. scotsgun

    scotsgun Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    Completely irresponsible of both the paper and the MOD to allow this story to run with his personal details.

    I do however applaud the man's skill and abilities. I'll be the first in line to contribute if he ever needs a 'whip-round' to buy more bullets :D.