Canadian Sniper Rob Furlong Makes Kill Shot At A Distance Of 1.5 Miles
I always considered myself to be a crack shot, when qualifying with my M-16 during basic training at Fort Ord, California in 1975, I easily qualified “Expert”. With that said, I must take my hat off to Mr. Furlong. His kill shot at a distance of 1.5 miles, not only was magnificent…but was something that very few snipers in the world could pull-off. These days I use my trusty old British Lee Enfield Mark IV .303 caliber. I know it’s an old rifle, but it still fires just as good and smooth as it did when it was made in 1943. At a distance of 300 meters, I never miss and for a simple old soldier & deer hunter like me, that’s just fine.
But regarding Rob Furlong…
In March 2002, Canadian sniper Rob Furlong participated in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan’s Shah-i-Kot Valley. 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 became the longest sniper kill in history at the time, surpassing the previous record set by his teammate, Master-Corporal Arron Perry, by 130 yards.