Craig Harrison (sniper)

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Craig Harrison
Born 1975 (age 39–40)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Corporal of Horse
Unit Household Cavalry
Battles/wars

Afghanistan War

Iraq War
The L115A3 Long Range Rifle.

Craig Harrison (born 1975) was a Corporal of Horse (CoH) in the Blues and Royals RHG/D[1] regiment of the British Army, and holds the record for the longest confirmed sniper kill in combat, at a range of 2,475 m (2,707 yd). (This was only confirmed by Craig himself, there was no other battle damage report of this incident)[citation needed]. Established in November 2009, this exceeds the previous record of 2,430 m (2,657 yd) set by Rob Furlong in 2002.[2] This record was certified by Guinness World Records.[3]

The Ministry of Defence later paid Harrison £100,000 in compensation for revealing his identity which put him at risk of kidnapping by Al-Qaeda supporters. (There was no evidence of this apart from the unsubstantiated reports of Craig's wife) The blunder led to Harrison being placed on permanent sick leave. He was discharged from the Army in 2014. [4][5]

Record details[edit]

In November 2009, Harrison consecutively struck two Taliban machine gunners south of Musa Qala in Helmand Province in Afghanistan at a range of 2,475 m (2,707 yd) using a L115A3 Long Range Rifle.[6][7][8][9][10] In a BBC interview, Harrison reported it took about nine shots for him and his spotter to initially range the target successfully. Then, he reported, his first shot "on target" was a killing shot followed consecutively by a kill shot on a second machine gunner then a third which disabled the machine gun.[11]

In the reports, Harrison mentions the environmental conditions were perfect for long range shooting: no wind, mild weather and clear visibility.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.householdcavalry.net/history/4587346307
  2. ^ "British sniper Craig Harrison (The Silent Assassin) breaks record, kills target from 1.5 miles away". New York Daily News'. 3 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Guinness World Records certificate
  4. ^ Adrian Holliday (22 May 2013). "MoD pays £100k for blowing sniper ID - AOL Money UK". money.aol.co.uk. AOL. Archived from the original on 7 March 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Sean Rayment (31 July 2010). "Sniper sues Army over error which put him in danger of being kidnapped by al-Qaeda - Telegraph". www.telegraph.co.uk. The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 7 March 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  6. ^ " (again this was only reported by Craig himself, no other reports were filed by observers who were also present at the alleged shooting) Hotshot sniper in one-and-a-half mile double kill". The Sunday Times. 2 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Sniper's Taliban shots earn him place in military record books". Daily Star. 2 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Sniper kills Qaeda-from 1½ mi. away". New York Post. 2 May 2010.
  9. ^ "The super sniper: Hero picks off two Taliban from a mile and a half away". Daily Mail. 2 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Super sniper kills Taliban 1.5 miles away".
  11. ^ a b Brit sniper makes double-kill at 1.54 miles with .338 Lapua Mag
Records
Preceded by
Rob Furlong
Longest recorded sniper kills
2009-2014
2,475m (2,707 yd / 1.538 mi)
L115A3 w/ 16.2 g (250 gr) Lapua LockBase B408 bullets
Succeeded by
Incumbent