Top 20 List of Longest Recorded Sniper Kills

DefenceXP Author / 29 May 2020

Hello Defence Lovers, Snipers in modern warfare have had a substantial history following the development of long distance weaponry. As weapons, ammunition, and aids to determine ballistic solutions improved, so too did the distance from which a kill could be targeted. In mid-2017 it was reported that an unnamed Canadian special forces operator, based in Iraq, had set a new record of 3,540 m (3,871 yd), beating the record previously held by British Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison at 2,475 m (2,707 yd). Here is the Top 20 list of longest recored sniper kills.

  • This list is not exhaustive, as such data is generally not tracked nor managed under any official procedure. For example, the Canadian Army 2002 sniper team that saw two soldiers (Arron Perry/2,310 m and Rob Furlong/2,430 m) set consecutive new records, also made a number of kills at 1,500 m (1,600 yd) that are not counted here.The list also shows that, in some cases, an armed force command may choose to withhold the name of the sniper for security reasons.
Rank Sniper Date Distance Weapon Ammunition Nationality Military unit Conflict  
1 JTF-2 sniper
(name withheld)
May 2017 3,540 m (3,871 yd) McMillan Tac-50 Hornady A-MAX .50
(.50 BMG)
 Canada Joint Task Force 2 Iraqi Civil War  
2 Special Forces sniper
(name withheld)
April 2, 2012 2,815 m (3,079 yd) Barrett M82A1 12.7mm MP NM140F2 Grade A.  Australia 2nd Commando Regiment War in Afghanistan  
3 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 Household Cavalry War in Afghanistan  
4 Corporal Rob Furlong March 2002 2,430 m (2,657 yd) McMillan Tac-50 Hornady A-MAX .50
(.50 BMG)
 Canada 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry War in Afghanistan  
5 Master Corporal Arron Perry March 2002 2,310 m (2,526 yd) McMillan Tac-50 Hornady A-MAX .50
(.50 BMG)
 Canada 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry War in Afghanistan  
6 Sgt. Brian Kremer October 2004 2,300 m (2,515 yd) Barrett M82A1 Raufoss NM140 MP (.50 BMG)  United States 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, United States Army Iraq War  
7 Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock  February 1967 2,286 m (2,500 yd) M2 Browning machine gun .50 BMG  United States 1st Marine Division, United States Marine Corps Vietnam War  
8 Special Forces sniper
(name withheld
August 2013 2,125 m (2,324 yd) Denel NTW-14.5 14.5×114mm  South Africa South African Special Forces Brigade United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo  
9 Nicholas Ranstad January 2008 2,092 m (2,288 yd) Barrett M82A1 .50 BMG  United States 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, United States Army War in Afghanistan  
10 Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle  August 2008 1,920 m (2,100 yd) McMillan Tac-338 .338 Lapua Magnum  United States U.S. Navy SEALs – Team 3, Charlie Iraq War – Sadr City  
11 Corporal Christopher Reynolds August 2009 1,853 m (2,026 yd) Accuracy International L115A3 .338 Lapua Magnum LockBase B408 bullets  United Kingdom 3 Scots – The Black Watch War in Afghanistan  
12 Saudi Army sniper
(name withheld)
January 24, 2016 1,700 m (1,859 yd) PGW Defence Technology LRT-3 .50 BMG  Saudi Arabia Royal Saudi Land Forces Yemeni Civil War – Harth (Jizan Region)  
13 Staff Sgt. Steve Reichert April 2004 1,614 m (1,765 yd) Barrett M82A3 Raufoss NM140 MP (.50 Cal)  United States 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, United States Marine Corps Iraq War – Latifiya  
14 Billy Dixon June 1874 1,406 m (1,538 yd) Sharps .50–90 .50-90 Sharps  United States Civilian, buffalo hunter American Indian Wars  
15 Army sniper
(name withheld
November 2007 1,380 m (1,509 yd) Barrett M82A1 Raufoss NM140 MP (.50 Cal)  Norway Norwegian Army, 2nd Battalion War in Afghanistan  
16 Sergeant Vladimir Ilyin 1985 1,350 m (1,476 yd) Dragunov SVD 7.62×54mmR 7N1  Soviet Union 345th Independent Guards Airborne Regiment (Soviet Union), Soviet Army Soviet–Afghan War  
17 Sgt. First Class Brandon McGuire April 2007 1,310 m (1,433 yd) M107 (M82A1) Raufoss NM140 MP (.50 Cal)  United States 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, United States Army Iraq War  
18 Sergeant Major Herbert Sleigh February 1918 1,280 m (1,400 yd) M1903 Springfield .30-06 (7.62×63mm)  United States American Expeditionary Forces World War I  
19 Confederate sniper
(name unknown)
December 5, 1864 1,271 m (1,390 yd) Whitworth Rifle .451 caliber hexagonal bullet  Confederate States South Carolina Troops American Civil War – Fort Sumter to Morris Island, South Carolina  
20 Staff Sergeant Jim Gilliland  September 27, 2005 1,250 m (1,367 yd) M24 rifle 7.62×51mm NATO  United States 2nd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, United States Army Iraq War – Ramadi  

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