5 Longest Sniper Shots Ever Recorded


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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  1. Clifford Yawn

    Clifford Yawn

    April 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm

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

  2. Steven


    July 16, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    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


      August 9, 2016 at 10:39 pm

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

    • TOM


      October 28, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      They were enemy soldiers in a war zone dummy!

    • Darrell


      November 26, 2016 at 4:09 am

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

    • Darrell


      November 26, 2016 at 4:16 am

      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


        January 2, 2017 at 4:04 am

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

        • Andy bahr

          Andy bahr

          March 23, 2017 at 3:48 am

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

    • Andy bahr

      Andy bahr

      March 23, 2017 at 3:34 am

      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

      Andy bahr

      March 23, 2017 at 3:39 am

      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!!!!!!!!

  3. Anthony


    February 23, 2016 at 12:29 am

    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


      November 26, 2016 at 4:20 am

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

    • Clifford Yawn

      Clifford Yawn

      April 29, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      I totally agree!!!!

    • Clifford Yawn

      Clifford Yawn

      April 29, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      I totally agree!!!

  4. po2 mm2 Robert Belton

    po2 mm2 Robert Belton

    December 28, 2015 at 1:25 am

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

    • Rich


      January 10, 2016 at 7:06 am

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

  5. Robert Belton

    Robert Belton

    December 28, 2015 at 1:20 am

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

  6. Justin


    October 25, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    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.

  7. anonymous


    July 30, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    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).

  8. give me a break

    give me a break

    May 31, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    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

      A Person

      August 27, 2015 at 8:26 pm


    • Petty Officer Second Class Scott

      Petty Officer Second Class Scott

      September 1, 2015 at 7:23 pm

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

    • Tuna


      October 20, 2015 at 10:09 pm

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

      • Anthony


        February 23, 2016 at 12:32 am

        Fuck off

    • Secundius


      November 6, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      @ 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


      January 10, 2016 at 2:56 am

      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


      April 13, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      stop whining.



      July 26, 2016 at 7:32 am

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

    • Person


      August 10, 2016 at 3:51 pm

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

      • Bill


        September 13, 2016 at 10:03 pm

        He clearly said SINCE WWII

    • Darkstar


      September 21, 2016 at 2:16 am

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

    • Andy bahr

      Andy bahr

      March 23, 2017 at 3:46 am

      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

  9. Max Shipley

    Max Shipley

    May 10, 2015 at 4:38 pm

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

    • simple sam

      simple sam

      August 10, 2015 at 2:06 am

      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.

  10. jeffrey murphy

    jeffrey murphy

    April 26, 2015 at 3:16 am

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

    • Another Person

      Another Person

      August 27, 2015 at 8:27 pm

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

  11. bigdanhess1989


    April 1, 2015 at 5:11 am

    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

  12. john


    March 22, 2015 at 3:45 am

    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.

  13. Frank 7.62

    Frank 7.62

    February 12, 2015 at 4:52 am

    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

      Angela Windsor

      June 12, 2015 at 6:16 am

      Well said!! Thank u Frank 7.62.

  14. braden


    February 11, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    what about chris kyle shot someone over 2 miles away

    • John


      May 29, 2015 at 2:56 am

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

  15. RYDER


    February 1, 2015 at 5:09 am

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

    • JPPennington


      July 25, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      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


        October 6, 2015 at 6:13 am

        Right on ,we are a bunch of Bullies.

      • Allen


        January 10, 2016 at 3:01 am

        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


        June 25, 2016 at 1:37 pm

        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.

  16. Will


    January 29, 2015 at 4:19 am

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

  17. David


    January 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    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


      February 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm

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

      • Bill


        February 11, 2015 at 2:16 am

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

      • Mayo


        April 25, 2015 at 2:02 am

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

      • Larry Coates

        Larry Coates

        May 17, 2015 at 1:33 am

        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.

  18. Michael Redbourn

    Michael Redbourn

    January 19, 2015 at 11:38 am

    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.

  19. Vikas Tomar

    Vikas Tomar

    November 30, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Great shot! Corporal Craig Harrison

  20. Susan


    August 27, 2014 at 11:54 am

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

    • Mick


      December 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm

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

    • Bill


      January 8, 2015 at 4:17 pm

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

      • Jr


        February 10, 2015 at 5:49 am

        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

          Can Cap Splitter

          February 10, 2015 at 7:16 am

          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


            March 2, 2015 at 6:05 am

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

          • peter


            April 14, 2015 at 7:51 pm

            u know it is true

          • dtonello81


            May 27, 2015 at 4:07 am

            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


          April 14, 2015 at 7:50 pm

          i do have to agree with that

    • Allen


      January 10, 2016 at 3:03 am

      It has been confirmed Google it

  21. ACS


    August 15, 2014 at 8:22 am

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

  22. Steve


    November 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm

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

    • Joe


      July 24, 2014 at 1:43 am

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

    • john


      January 19, 2015 at 10:21 pm

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

  23. tony


    November 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

    good info

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