The records for the longest sniper kills among the armed forces began to be published in 1967 during the Vietnam War by the US Military. The current record holder for the longest kill range of any sniper in history is an anonymous sniper from the Joint Task Force 2, a unit of the Canadian Forces who managed a successful sniper kill at a range of 3,871 yards in May 2017 during the Iraq Civil War. However, there are other well-known snipers who held previous records for the longest sniper kills.
Carlos Harrison (2,707 yards)
Carlos Harrison was the previous record holder for the sniper with the longest confirmed kill in history. Carlos Harrison is a former Corporal of Horse in the cavalry regiment of the British Army known as the Blues and Royals. He served in the British Army and was deployed in the Iraq War, the Afghanistan War, and the Bosnia War. However, Harrison is best known for his service in the Afghanistan War when in November 2009 he successfully conducted the longest sniper kill in British Army history. During the war, Carlos Harrison who was deployed in the Helmand Province killed two Taliban gunmen at a range of 2,707 yards using his L115A3 Long Range Rifle. The kill range was later confirmed by an Apache helicopter using its laser range finder.
Rob Furlong (2,657 yards)
Rob Furlong is a retired Canadian sniper who holds the record for the longest sniper kill in Canadian military history with a kill range of 2,657 yards. The 40-year-old former sniper was enlisted into the Canadian Forces as a member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Furlong was deployed to Afghanistan under the Operation Anaconda where he and his team fought against Al-Qaeda. During one of their missions in the Shah-i-Kot Valley in Afghanistan, Rob Furlong successfully fatally struck an Al-Qaeda fighter using his 50-calibre Long Range McMillan Brothers Tac-50 rifle from a distance of 2,657 yards, the third longest distance in history. Rob Furlong was later decorated for his successful missions in Afghanistan by the US Military who gave the sniper the Bronze Star Medal while the Canadian Forces gave Furlong the General Campaign Star.
Arron Perry (2,526 yards)
Arron Perry is a former Canadian Master Corporal who served in the Canadian Forces. He achieved a successful kill shot at a distance of 2,526 yards and therefore broke a record that had stood for 39 years. Arron Perry was enlisted in the Canadian Forces under the Princess Louise Fusiliers, a unit of the Halifax Militia. Perry was later moved to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry as a sniper and was deployed to Afghanistan where he and his team were engaged in Operation Anaconda. In March 2002, while still in Afghanistan, Arron Perry and his team of snipers were fighting Al-Qaeda terrorist when he successfully killed one from a range of 2,526 yards using his C15 Long Range Sniper Weapon.
Carlos Hathcock (2,500 yards)
Carlos Hathcock was a former sniper who served in the United States Marine Corps. Carlos Hathcock is best known for his service during the Vietnam War where he is credited with 93 confirmed kills. In February 1967 Carlos Hathcock fatally struck an enemy combatant from a range of 2,500 yards using his M2 Browning machine gun and set a record for the longest sniper kills which stood for 39 years until it was broken by Arron Perry in 2002.
Sniper TechnologyThe technology incorporated into sniper guns has improved throughout the years with the development of laser rangefinders and ballistic prediction software making it possible for snipers to be even more precise.
The Longest Sniper Kills In History
|1||Joint Task Force 2 sniper (name withheld)||May 2017||3,540 m (3,871 yd)||McMillan Tac-50||Hornady A-MAX .50 (.50 BMG)||Canada||Iraq Civil War|
|2||Corporal of Horse (CoH) Craig Harrison||November 2009||2,475 m (2,707 yd)||Accuracy International L115A3||.338 Lapua Magnum LockBase B408 bullets||United Kingdom||War in Afghanistan|
|3||Corporal Rob Furlong||March 2002||2,430 m (2,657 yd)||McMillan Tac-50||Hornady A-MAX .50 (.50 BMG)||Canada||War in Afghanistan|
|4||Master Corporal Arron Perry||March 2002||2,310 m (2,526 yd)||McMillan Tac-50||Hornady A-MAX .50 (.50 BMG)||Canada||War in Afghanistan|
|5||Sgt. Brian Kremer||October 2004||2,300 m (2,515 yd)||Barrett M82A1||Raufoss NM140 MP (.50 BMG)||United States||Iraq War|
|6||Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock||February 1967||2,286 m (2,500 yd)||M2 Browning machine gun||.50 BMG||United States||Vietnam War|
|7||Special Forces sniper (name withheld)||August 2013||2,125 m (2,324 yd)||Denel NTW-14.5||14.5×114mm||South Africa||United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|8||Nicholas Ranstad||January 2008||2,092 m (2,288 yd)||Barrett M82A1||.50 BMG||United States||War in Afghanistan|
|9||Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle||August 2008||1,920 m (2,100 yd)||McMillan Tac-338||.338 Lapua Magnum||United States||Iraq War – Sadr City|
|10||Corporal Christopher Reynolds||August 2009||1,853 m (2,026 yd)||Accuracy International L115A3||.338 Lapua Magnum LockBase B408 bullets||United Kingdom||War in Afghanistan|
|11||AL-GNAS AL SABOR (name withheld)||January 24, 2016||1,700 m (1,859 yd)||LRT-3 sniper rifle||.50 BMG||Saudi Arabia||Yemeni Civil War (2015–present) – Harth (Jizan Region)|
|12||Staff Sgt. Steve Reichert||April 2004||1,614 m (1,765 yd)||Barrett M82A3||Raufoss NM140 MP (.50 Cal)||United States||Iraq War - Latifiya|
|13||Billy Dixon||June 1874||1,406 m (1,538 yd)||Sharps .50-90||.50-90 Sharps||United States||American Indian Wars|
|14||Army sniper (name withheld)||November 2007||1,380 m (1,509 yd)||Barrett M82A1||Raufoss NM140 MP (.50 Cal)||Norway||War in Afghanistan|
|15||Sergeant Vladimir Ilyin||1985||1,350 m (1,476 yd)||Dragunov SVD||7.62×54mmR 7N1||Soviet Union||Soviet war in Afganistan|