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) is a Corporal of Horse (CoH) in the Blues and Royals RHG/D[1] 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). 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. The blunder led to Harrison being placed on permanent sick leave.[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]

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