A Long Shot

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    A Long Shot

    Here is something that has been in the news the last few days. A British Army soldier by the name of Corporal Craig Harrison, of the Household Cavalry, set a new record for the longest shot in combat. Twice. Cpl. Harrison fired two shots at Taliban machine gunners in Afghanistan. They were confirmed via GPS to be 8,120 feet from Cpl. Harrison's position. That is 1.54 miles. More than a mile and a half. To make it even more astounding, the range was almost 3,000 feet beyond what is considered the effective range of the weapon. At that range the bullet takes around 3 seconds to reach the target. The previous record was set in 2002 for a sniper kill at 7,972ft. That shot was made by Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong, of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, who was using a .50BMG McMillan TAC-50 rifle.

    Harrison accomplished this feat with a L115A3 rifle. The weapon is manufactured by Accuracy International in Britain and is chambered in the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. This is significant because the previous two shots that held the world record were with weapons chambered for the .50BMG. The .338 is a cartridge designed for accuracy and power beyond the range of the older 7.62mm rifles. It has a much flatter trajectory, which makes the complex trigonometry problem of finding the right arc to lob the bullet onto the target much easier. It is one of several other "lighter" rifle rounds like the .300 Win Mag., .416 Barrett, and .408 CheyTac that have been designed with extreme long range shooting in mind. Of especial importance is the velocity past 1000 meters, the shape of its trajectory and how long the cartridges stay supersonic. The Accuracy International Arctic Warfare .338 is a bolt action, detachable magazine-fed, precision rifle.

    The rifle is about 15 pounds, unloaded and without optics. It can mount a variety of telescopic sights, laser designators, and night vision or thermal sights. In British service, it usually mounts a S&B 5-25x56mm day scope. The extra-large objective lens size of 56mm gathers a lot of light, making shots possible in the dawn, dusk, or into the shadows. The L115A3 can also mount a suppressor, helping to reduce the report flash and dust from the powerful rifle. The barrel is free floated for increased accuracy and is fluted for strength and cooling without excessive weight. You don't get all that performance cheap though. News reports put the rifle at around $25,000. But if you put it in the right hands and it can hit a sized target from 4500 feet. More importantly, even at extreme range, the bullet retains its power, hitting with more force than a .44 Magnum at 25 feet.

    "It was just unlucky for the Taliban that conditions were so good and we could see them so clearly. We saw two insurgents running through its courtyard, one in a black dishdasha, and one in green. They came forward carrying a PKM machine gun, set it up and opened fire on the commander’s wagon. The first round hit a machine gunner in the stomach and killed him outright. 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."

    Cpl. Harrison had a memorable tour of duty, making the two impossible shots, having a bullet deflect off his helmet, and surviving an IED blast that broke both of his arms. He is reportedly healing well, and has returned to duty.
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    Thats impressive

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    Nice story. Fairly great shooting, there. You know you're doing well when you've gotta measure the distance with GPS.

    Can't seem to get within ~8" @ 600yds repeatably, myself (with scope). Will have to work on that before I start even remotely considering 1.5mi. And .243 to about .270 seems to be my tolerance range for recoil. Let's just say that a .338 Lapua wouldn't be my "cuppa" (even if still numb from spending the $25K on the rifle).
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    Gee whiz I seriously doubt I can see 600 yards. Wearing my glasses even.
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    As was stated in an earlier thread, these guys get to practice and are funded well by their respective militaries.

    IDK if I could make those shots at 1/4 of the distance even with the practice and funding, but it would be fun to try!

    Definitely an accomplishment.
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    That is old news Harrison made those shots last year I believe.


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    Man...they just keep stretching the range for engagement. I still remember when Hathcock was the benchmark to beat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donp326 View Post
    That is old news Harrison made those shots last year I believe.


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    Oh well. First I heard of it.

    Right here on DC Forum.

    A stunningly impressive shot when one thinks about it.
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    Deserves a salute.

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    There was a several page interview with Harrison in in the last Sniper (the Publication).
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    "The first round hit a machine gunner in the stomach and killed him outright. 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."

    What? No head shots? Come on let's tighten things up a little bit Corporal.
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    That is truly amazing. I count myself lucky if I can keep a .300WM on paper at 500 yds.
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    Incredibly good shots!

    ...but those Brits and Canucks have really got to work on their military unit names...Household Calvary? and Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry? a little mamby boy sounding if you ask me...wot? Right! Carry on now!
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    Wow

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