5 Longest Sniper Shots Ever Recorded

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Snipers have always held a place of esteem and fascination in popular culture, perhaps because of the amazing level of precision and patience involved with long-distance kills.

While sniping has a long and illustrious history, the range and precision of weapons has improved with advancing technology in recent years, enabling longer shots. Handheld computers, devices that gather information about the weather and quality of the atmosphere, and laser rangefinders have all improved shooter accuracy.

Curious about the longest sniper shot ever? Most of the longest sniper shots recorded have taken place since the turn of the century—though the fifth longest shot took place clear back in the 60s!

5. Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock

Carlos Hathcock

Gunery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock


This U.S. marine is still considered a legend, and rightly so. In over forty years, only four other snipers have managed to break his 1967 record. With an M2 .50 Cal Browning machine gun and a telescopic sight ranging 2,500 yards, he shot down a Vietcong guerilla. His record remained unbroken until 2002. Hathcock’s shot measured 2,500 yards.

4. Sgt. Brian Kremer

Barrett M82A1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barrett M82A1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Kremer holds the fourth spot for a shot placed from a range of 2,515 yards, narrowly beating out Hathcock’s record. This U.S. soldier used a Barrett M82A1 and was a member of the 2nd Ranger Battalion in the Iraq War. He was not however the first to break Hathcock’s record. Kremer’s shot came in 2004, two years after Corporal Rob Furlong and Master Corporal Arron Perry broke Hathcock’s record in 2002.

3. Master Corporal Arron Perry

TAC50 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TAC50 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


In March 2002, this Canadian soldier in the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry broke the long-held record by Hathcock, shooting a McMillan Tac-50 over a range of 2,526 yards during the War in Afghanistan.

2. Corporal Rob Furlong

Canadian Forces Sniper Rob Furlong (Photo credit: Robfurlong.com)

Canadian Forces Sniper Rob Furlong (Photo credit: Robfurlong.com)


Furlong was also a member of the same Canadian infantry as Master Corporal Arron Perry, and managed to beat out his comrade’s record within the same month during the War in Afghanistan. After Perry set his record, Furlong beat it with a kill ranging 2,657 yards—a substantially longer shot, during Operation Anaconda. Furlong used the exact same type of weapon as Perry.

1. Corporal Craig Harrison

Craig Harrison

Corporal Craig Harrison (Photo credit: Aikiproductions.com)

And the winner for the longest sniper shot ever? In November of 2009, UK Corporal of Horse (CoH) Craig Harrison of the Household Cavalry Life Guards fired a shot from an Accuracy International L115A3 during the War in Afghanistan that traveled an astounding distance of 2,707 yards, again substantially beating out the previous record holder. This was no coincidental achievement either. Harrison had to creatively modify his equipment on the fly to achieve the level of accuracy needed to make the shot over such a tremendous distance. Nonetheless, Harrison does say in his reports that he owed part of his accomplishment to the fine weather, which was optimal for long-range shooting.

It’s still pretty amazing that Hathcock retains fifth place in the record books after so many years have passed. You will notice if you check out the other record-holding snipers, the majority of the top 11 made their shots during the 21st century, with only one other exception, arguably the most compelling of the lot. Billy Dixon, a civilian buffalo hunger, placed a shot with a Sharps .50-90 during the American Indian Wars in June of 1874 that spanned a distance of 1,538 yards. Dixon still ranks in at number 9 on the longest sniper shot list. Not bad for a guy relying on 19th century technology!

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  • Clifford Yawn

    As an ex sniper I loved my job.its amazing to watch an enimies head explode at 2000 yards.

  • Steven

    Who were the people they killed ( murdered ). Do they get a record for being the person who was shot from a great distance. Rip

    • Hotlead

      I relish the fact you read..every..word..of this amazing display of slaying savages.

    • TOM

      They were enemy soldiers in a war zone dummy!

    • Darrell

      D you not think asshole they count every kill they make women children they kill !!!!

    • Darrell

      Are you Kidding me these assholes pride there selfs on doing this to our military personnel and for you to EVEN question this is a disgrace to me and ANYONE HIW HAS SERVED ?????,???

      • Carl

        It’s shameful for you to think these murders should be celebrated.
        Thou shalt not commit murder.

        • Andy bahr

          thou shalt not be gay, your probably celebrating pride week right now ,Preacher Homo

    • Andy bahr

      yes war is terrible, but we must defend ourselves ,those who have sacrificed themselves or their eye sight, or a limb or a dear john letter for their country I salute you. Im a plumber from Wisconsin. my dad was in Vietnam, my brother in desert storm . I should have went in but from my little brother to my dad they said I wouldn’t make it threw boot camp, and I probably would have been very good in war or boxing or something . My wife left me after 25 years of marriage , bitch, and took my 3 daughters with her .Steven, u sound like a little faget that has a lot of time on your hands to piss good people off probably now living in Canada. People like you should have been in the twin towers kissing the nose of one of those planes as they entered

    • Andy bahr

      Oh, and dickhead come with me some time when I have to go work at the v.a hospital in Milwaukee and take that fuxking towel off your head your in America now!!!!!!!!

  • Anthony

    As an American ya’ll should stop this back and forth I’m currently serving in the Marines and I’m proud American and will kick any ones ass who is bad mouthing my country

    • Darrell

      Hey Anthony go sign up and then MAYBE I CAN YALK To YOU !!!

    • Clifford Yawn

      I totally agree!!!!

    • Clifford Yawn

      I totally agree!!!

  • po2 mm2 Robert Belton

    All the talk by people that never served salute to all that did

    • Rich

      In my opinion Carlos shot was the most impressive with the gun and optics that he had to work with.

  • Robert Belton

    USA navy retired served people talk who never been in combat salute to the ones that did

  • Justin

    These are all impressive but I’m sure the actual record is higher, my uncle was a scout sniper in the USMC and his longest shot was 2783 yards,and apparently Guinness didn’t want to go to Afghanistan to confirm it so it was never officially the longest shot. So realistically, I’m sure that happens more often than not. The actual record could be much higher.

  • anonymous

    There is one man who shot a 3-4 mile long (I don’t know exactly) shot which hit an insurgent behind a oil barrel right in the head. That’s 5280 yards to 7040 yards. Yes he did have to aim up about 4 inches, but I can call that a world record. It was also provided on the channel mhc (military heroes channel).

  • give me a break

    Countries US has invaded since WWII:

    China 1945-46

    Korea 1950-53

    China 1950-53

    Guatemala 1954

    Indonesia 1958

    Cuba 1959-60

    Guatemala 1960

    Belgian Congo 1964

    Guatemala 1964

    Dominican Republic 1965-66

    Peru 1965

    Laos 1964-73

    Vietnam 1961-73

    Cambodia 1969-70

    Guatemala 1967-69

    Lebanon 1982-84

    Grenada 1983-84

    Libya 1986

    El Salvador 1981-92

    Nicaragua 1981-90

    Iran 1987-88

    Libya 1989

    Panama 1989-90

    Iraq 1991

    Kuwait 1991

    Somalia 1992-94

    Bosnia 1995

    Iran 1998

    Sudan 1998

    Afghanistan 1998

    Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999

    Afghanistan 2001

    Libya 2011… Do I need to keep going?

    These were by in large senseless conflicts benefiting no one but neo-cons and war mongering war lords. None of these countries attacked the US mainland. None of you ass wipes are real patriots or you’d think for yourselves like our four fathers did and instructed us to as well. I’m all for protecting our freedoms but not with a blind sense of nationalism like the rest of you posting here.

    • A Person

      *Forefathers

    • Petty Officer Second Class Scott

      You are entitled to your opinion ONLY because of the veterans who protect your rights, you ignorant left wing idiot.

    • Tuna

      Your a comfortable coward safe in this country thanks to the Patriots you insult with your ignorance.

      • Anthony

        Fuck off

    • Secundius

      @ give me a break.

      I think your referring to the “Boxer Rebellion” of 1898 to 1901 in China. We (the USA) was ALREADY in China in 1945, fighting the Japanese in World War II…

    • Allen

      My grandfather was shot and killed to protect you right to make stupid senseless uneducated remarks. It would have been great to send you in his place so my hero grandfather would have been here a lot longer and you would just be gone

    • Ken

      stop whining.

    • JOHN YERGIN

      Would you rather fight them on your block? I am a gulf war veteran. Let me tell, there is evil in the world.

    • Person

      What about ww2, you forgot that. What a cock!

      • Bill

        He clearly said SINCE WWII

    • Darkstar

      Hey give me a break,
      You might want to learn to spell forefathers…ASS WIPE!!!! Just asyin’

    • Andy bahr

      O.k. roy? the only part of that that made sense was were u said , None of these countries attacked the US mainland, Gee I don’t think you need to keep going . Why didn’t they reach our country? don’t fxxk with the US

  • Max Shipley

    Where does Sniper Chris Kyles Kill shot in Iraq in 2013 take place on this list

    • simple sam

      Chris Kyle and all the people who keep on fighting for their lives and ours. I would like to say Thank You all for your service. What our soldiers do is remarkable. Do not bad mouth any of them. It sounds like you may be jealous of them.

  • jeffrey murphy

    what about the russian sniper from ww2 vasili zeitsev who had over 300 confirmed kills?

    • Another Person

      This is based on range not how many confirmed kills the person got.

  • bigdanhess1989

    Shame on any one calling a serviceman an idiot.

    As for difficulty Carlos Hathcock’s shot was made with an M2 Bronwning machine gun. I give him props for touching that off carefully enough to have good accuracy. As for future records I’d bet money that there will be kills coming in with Cheytac chamberings. A guy from New Jersey hit a 3 foot diameter going at 3600 yards with a rifle in .375 Cheytac on his third shot. That and the .408 Cheytac have some of the greatest potential to be new record setters.

    As for Dixon’s shot I wonder if he had a scope or a tang sight to make the shot

  • john

    To the one who called Carlos an idiot, when was the last time you picked up your rifle. When was the last time you ever had to itemidate someone in order to save young men who just wanted to return home. When was the last time you ever laid down your life for anything. This world is full of heros most we will never know; however, every sacrifice has made it possible for idiots like you to breath.

  • Frank 7.62

    Have you ever just wished that people would get their facts straight before the words reach their mouth? The main thing is this. These men (and women)put themselves in harm’s way, whether ordered to or not, they go headlong into battle and do their job to ensure the man next to them comes home. No matter the “distance” of any shot, even if it were 5 feet, made by an un-named warrior to save another, or others, that shot is just as important to mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, spouses and offspring. Allbeit, distance shots are very impressive, let’s not forget they were made to save a free nation’s best resource, it’s warriors!

    • Angela Windsor

      Well said!! Thank u Frank 7.62.

  • braden

    what about chris kyle shot someone over 2 miles away

    • John

      It was only 2100 yards (a mile and a quarter)

  • RYDER

    God Bless all our Men and Women fighting for our FREEDOM! Freedom is certainly NOT free.

    • JPPennington

      Actually no soldier today is fighting dor my freedom…I was born free and not since Hitler has anyone threatened the possibility of my freedom.

      I do admire our soldiers commitments and sacrifices…but let’s be clear that nobody is fighting for what is already mine…FREEDOM.

      • Paul

        Right on ,we are a bunch of Bullies.

      • Allen

        So Ben laden did nothing to America and the 1000s killed mean nothing. To bad people like you breath the same air as our military men and women who do fight for freedom. Why don’t you hold you breath because when you exhale stupidity comes out.

      • gich

        Your freedom is in jepordy every day. If you don’t realize this then you are blind. The men and women who serve this country deserve respect and thanks. They may not agree with the politics that order them to stand where they stand yet stand there with guns to protect us they do regardless. I feel blessed that they do. The world is safer to some degree because of the U.S. military. Its only more confused and dangerous because of U.S. politicians.

  • Will

    Yes! Damn good job! As a military retiree I pray we are not marking these great Americans.

  • David

    Out of the top Five Carlos Hathcock had more of difficult terrain to work with, the jungles of Vietnam, unlike the open range in Iraq or Afghanistan

    • joe

      right but hathcock was also an idiot and wore a white feather in his hat

      • Bill

        Did saving a fellow Marine from a burning vehicle at the cost of his own injuries make him an idiot in your judgement?

      • Mayo

        Ohh so that means you could do it.???

      • Larry Coates

        You have the nerve to refer to this incredible marksman as an idiot because he wore a white feather in his hat. Do you have any idea what that does to your enemy’s physiological mind set? You and so many others will never understand the special breed of person it takes to do what Hathcock and other snipers have to go through to become one of the worlds best marksmen. I would venture a guess you have never even fired a B.B. gun.and if you did you probably couldn’t hit the water if you were in the boat. Until you can talk intelligently regarding these special men/women shut the hell up and be thankful they are on our side. Hell if I were Carlos I’d worn a neon sign after that shot.

  • Michael Redbourn

    Using an Accuracy International L115A3, British Corporal Craig Harrison killed two Taliban with consecutive shots at a distance of 2.47 kilometres (8120 ft) in Helmand Province, Afghanistan last November (2009). He then fired a third shot and hit the Taliban’s PKM machinegun in perhaps the most prodigious feat of marksmanship in military history.

  • Vikas Tomar

    Great shot! Corporal Craig Harrison

  • Susan

    @ACS – not officially confirmed or validated by Austrailian military officials — only the word of the blogger. Retired sniper doubts it’s validity.

    • Mick

      @Susan Craig Harrison’s wasn’t confirmed for years either

    • Bill

      Just as Chris Kyles kills where never confirmed but, despite that, we honor him especially after his untimely death.

      • Jr

        Chris Kyle may not have the longest shot record but he has the most in a combat situations.he was a great soldier and a awesome person the type of man you want your daughter to marry and a guy that will have your back!!!!!
        RIP the legend

        • Can Cap Splitter

          I take it you know Chris? I served with him and I highly doubt you knew him yet you talk like you’re his bff.

          • Z

            Tell us some more. You don’t agree that he was “great soldier” or “awesome person”. Did I get you right ?

          • peter

            u know it is true

          • dtonello81

            Just want to say thankyou for all that you did for our Country!!!! Its cause of men and woman like yourself I can lay my head down at nite.. Thankyou so much brother…

        • peter

          i do have to agree with that

    • Allen

      It has been confirmed Google it

  • ACS

    New record: 2875 meters..
    By an Australian sniper in Afghanistan..

  • Steve

    Where does Marine Corps Sniper Steve Reichert 1 mile kill shot place on this list?

    • Joe

      A mile is 1600 meters, awesome but not enough for this list.

    • john

      Umm there are 1760 yards in a mile. That would be 740 yards shy of 5th place

  • tony

    good info