Because most wars have occurred in the last three decades are taking place in urban environments, the presence of snipers or snipers properly trained in the art of long distance shot is becoming a key element in all armies. These professionals are prepared to be able to eliminate a very specific objective in a very defined, and which constantly entering and leaving both non-hostile civilian targets as enemies to shoot at the soldiers in his company or Army. For this reason, both the Armed Forces of the United States and its allies in NATO are spending every day more funding for training programs of these fencers selected.
Still, with this precision shooting and cause a low in the enemy with one shot (one shot, one kill) to such a long distance is a mission impossible. For this reason, in achieving these shots of real record influenced by numerous factors. Thus, besides the necessary training and proper training is also essential to have an excellent teamwork (mainly between the sniper and observer), a natural talent for shooting at very long distance, and of course, a large dose of luck. And is that the variables that come into play when shooting at distances greater than 1200 meters are enormous.
For this reason, you need more than access to the latest technology (there is, both the rifle and the ammunition and optics) and great wisdom to cope successfully with the changing strength and wind gusts; to height variations in the trajectory of the shot, and even the displacement caused by the rotation of the planet itself. Only if you manage to overcome all these barriers, it is possible the target is within reach of the shooter. Let’s look at who, how and when able to bring down their targets at a distance of over 1,200 meters.
- 8th confirmed shot down longest in the history of the shooters selected Sergeant Jim Gilliland belongs to the U.S. Army. Gilliland won in 2005 and during the war in Iraq shoot down a target at a distance of 1,249 meters(1,367 yards) with a rifle caliber Remington M24 SWS in .308 Win. The highlight of this record is that maybe this shot higher than the distance of history, but it is the longest made a 7.62x51mm cartridge as NATO standard.
- 7th longest shot was executed by a Norwegian Army soldier in Afghanistan in 2007. The weapon used in this case was Barrett M82A1 rifle with a cartridge Raufoss NM140 MP 12.70mm or .50 caliber BMG. The recorded distance remained at 1379 meters (1,509 yards).
- 6th Afghanistan was again the scene of another shooting record. This time, the protagonist was Corporal Christopher Reynolds of the British Army. Reynolds got this record in 2009 firing a rifle caliber Accuracy International L115A3 .338 Lapua Magnum at a distance of 1852 meters (2,026 yards).
As mentioned, only one of the 8 shots with low farthest confirmed history occurred outside Iraq or Afghanistan. Its protagonist is the American Carlos Hathcock, one of the most famous snipers in history. “White Feather” (white feather), nickname that was popularly known Sergeant Hathcock.
- 5th place in this classification by a shot fired to 2286 meters (2500 yards) in the Vietnamese jungle in 1967. Hathcock achieved this record, which incidentally was kept in place for 35 years, with a Browning M2 machine gun .50 BMG.
- 4th place in this ranking belongs to Sergeant U.S.
Army Brian Kremer, who in 2004 managed to shoot down a target located 2,299 meters (2,515 yards). Kremer made this shot during the war in Iraq with the Barrett M82A1 rifle and cartridge caliber Raufoss NM140 MP 12.70mm.
- 3rd confirmed shot down over the course of history was the work of the Cape first Canadian Army Aaron Perry. It was in 2002 when, armed with a McMillan Tac-50 rifle and a cartridge Hornady A-MAX .50 caliber BMG, Perry caused the drop to a distance of 2,309 meters (2,526 yards). As a curious note, Perry has the dubious honor of holding the records less longevity of history.
- 2nd row mate, Corporal Rob Furlong, beat him quickly with a shot fired to 2429 meters (2,657 yards). Furlong, whose shot took 4 seconds to reach its target, used the same rifle and same cartridge Perry.
- 1st place finish in the hands of Cabo Craig Harrison, belonging to the Army of the United Kingdom. In 2009 Harrison managed to shoot down an enemy at a distance of 2,475 meters (2,707 yards) with a rifle Accuracy International L115A3 .338 Lapua Magnum caliber. We shall see how long this record is still valid, for now, it seems quite difficult for him to overcome in the short term.