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Sniper Shots from History; Longest Sniper Shot Kill, Confirmed Kills by an American Soldier & More

Shooting firearms is often necessary in the course of one’s career and others choose it as part of recreational activity. Just as there are various reasons as to why firearms are used, there are a number of types of guns that are used too. Though there are many skills that apply to various types of guns, there is something to be said about the truly phenomenal sharp shooters that make even the most experienced drop their jaw in awe. With this in mind, we at Shooting Range Industries would like to highlight a few of the impressive sniper shots history.

Longest Sniper Shot Kill

Holding the record for the longest confirmed sniper kill in history at 1.51 miles or 2,430 meters in 2002 is Rob Furlong, a former corporal of the Canadian Forces. Furlong shot a 3-man Al-Qaeda weapons teams as they moved into a mountainside position, he took aim with a .50-caliber McMillan Brothers Tac-50 Rifle and loaded with A-MAX very low drag bullets. Despite the 1st shot being missed, the 2nd hit the knapsack on the back of an enemy, and the 3rd found a bullet to the chest. Though the 1st shot missed, it alerted the enemy that they were under attack and even with incredible distance, the airtime of each bullet was 3 seconds, preventing the enemy from seeking cover.

Confirmed Kills by an American Soldier

Adelbert F. Waldron, an American sniper is to be commended for a high number of confirmed kills. One of 109 confirmed kills stood out when riding on a boat down the Mekong River. Positioned over 900 meters away on a coconut tree, was a Vietcong was strategically who randomly firing his weapon at the boat. They strained to find the perpetrator as everyone was taking cover in case the offender had luck on his side. However, with one shot took down that would be assassin, Waldron simply took up his sniper rifle.

Thomas Plunket’s Shots

By shooting French general, Auguste-Marie-François Colbert, Thomas Plunket, an Irish soldier in the British 95th Rifles earned the reputation of being among the greats. According to the historian documents, the French general was shot by Plunket at a range of about 600 meters with a Baker Rifle in the battle at Cacabelos, during Monroes retreat in 1809. In the early 19th century, soldiers knew all too well about the incredible inaccuracy the rifles had. Primarily armed with Brown Bess muskets, the British soldiers were trained to shoot into a body of men at 50 meters to compensate for the inaccuracy. To prove that Plunket’s shot was not luck to the soldiers, Plunket reloaded his rifle and hit his target, a major who came to the side of the French general.

Corporal Francis Pegahmagabow War Accomplishments

A scout and a very effective sniper during WW1 was Corporal Francis Pegahmagabow, who was an Ojibwa warrior with the Canadians. Twice he was critically wounded and was awarded the military medal three times. His skills allowed him to navigate through heavy fire to run messages to commanding officers as well as maneuver through enemy fire to retrieve additional ammo when his was low. Corporal Francis Pegahmagabow was credited capturing over 300 and credited killing nearly 400 German soldiers.

Confederate Sharpshooter Sniper

At an extraordinary distance during the time, General John Sedgwick was shot from a distance of 1,000 yards by Sgt Grace, 4th Georgia Infantry, a Confederate sniper that stepped on the battlefield of Spotsylvania and take aim with his British Whitworth Rifle.

We hope this was a refreshing look at past snipers, though this list is relatively small compared to many incredible snipers in history. With practice, skill, and dedication, modern records can be made as well. Practice safe fundamentals on the range.

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