November 11, 1976 |
Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
|Unit||Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry|
|Awards||Bronze Star Medal|
|Other work||Police Officer|
Rob Furlong (born November 11, 1976), is a former sniper with the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, best known for holding the previous record for the longest confirmed sniper kill in combat, at 2,430 m (2,657 yd). Furlong's shot, taken in the Shah-i-Kot Valley during Operation Anaconda in March 2002, exceeded the previous record set by his teammate Master-Corporal Arron Perry by 120 m (130 yd). Furlong's record was surpassed in November 2009 by British sniper Craig Harrison who shot two Taliban fighters consecutively at a range of 2,475 m (2,707 yd).
In March 2002, Furlong participated in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan's Shah-i-Kot Valley as a member of the 3rd Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). His sniper team included MCpl. Graham Ragsdale (Team Commander), MCpl. Tim McMeekin, MCpl. Arron Perry, and Cpl. Dennis Eason. A group of three al-Qaeda fighters were moving into a mountainside position when Furlong took aim with his Long Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW), a .50-caliber McMillan Brothers Tac-50 rifle, loaded with Hornady A-MAX 750 gr very-low-drag bullets. He began firing at a fighter carrying an RPK machine gun. Furlong's first shot missed and his second shot hit the knapsack on the target's back. The third struck the target's torso, killing him. The distance was measured as 2,430 m (2,657 yd). With a muzzle speed of 823 m/s (2,700 ft/s), each shot reached the target almost four seconds after Furlong fired.
This feat is not typical for the effective range with a high first-hit probability of the employed rifle on non-static targets (see maximum effective range). The shot was aided by the ambient air density in the Shah-i-Kot Valley where Corporal Furlong operated, which is significantly lower than at sea level due to its 2,743 meter (9,000 ft) mean elevation.
In December 2003, PPCLI snipers Master Corporal Graham Ragsdale, Master Corporal Tim McMeekin, Corporal Dennis Eason, Corporal Rob Furlong and Master Corporal Arron Perry were awarded the Bronze Star by the U.S. Army for their actions in combat during Operation Anaconda, March 2–11, 2002. Rob Furlong held the record of longest kill shot recorded in history until November 2009 when his record of 2,430 m (2,657 yd) was beaten by British CoH (Corporal of Horse) of the Household Cavalry of the British Armed Forces Craig Harrison who set the new record at 2,475 m (2,707 yd).
After leaving military service, Furlong joined the police force in Edmonton, Alberta in 2004. In 2012, Furlong was dismissed from the police force for discreditable conduct, after an episode in which he physically abused and urinated on a fellow police officer. Furlong now operates a marksmanship academy based in Alberta.
- Friscolanti, Michael, "We were abandoned", Maclean's, Rogers Publishing, 2006-05-15, pp. 18–25.
- Arnold, Adam (2010-05-03). "Super Sniper Kills Taliban 1.5 Miles Away". News.sky.com. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- McMillan Tac-50 article including a photo of the actual rifle Furlong used.
- Mention in Dispatch (broken link as of 03/03/2012)
- 'We were abandoned': Story of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Snipers
- Edmonton police officer fired for urinating on colleague
|Longest confirmed combat sniper-shot kill
2,430 m (2,657 yd / 1.509 mi)
Long Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW) w/ Hornady A-MAX .50