An Aussie sniper team has nailed a Taliban commander at a staggering 3079 yards (2815 meters) with a Barrett M82A1.

Earlier this year a Commando sniper team was secreted in Helmand. Through binoculars at a distance invisible to the naked eye they spotted a group of Taliban. The soldiers having means of identifying targets went through a process of obtaining verification and permission to engage.

Two marksmen using Barrett M82A1 50 calibre rifles simultaneously fired. The bullets were six seconds in the air. One killed the Taliban commander. It is not known for certain which sniper fired the fatal shot.

While there have been no triumphant press releases, in the tight global Special Forces sniper community the shot is much discussed, because it seems certain to be a world record.

As the bullet yawed through the thin air on a windless morning, GPS aids measured the distance at 2815m. That amounts to 2 1/2 times the length of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The targeted Taliban would not have heard the gunfire.

The previous world record achieved by British Corporal Craig Harrison occurred also in Helmand in November 2009. Firing from a distance of 2475m, Harrison killed two Taliban.

Do the count…Boom…1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi, 4 Mississippi, 5 Mississippi, 6 Mississippi, Smack!

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  • Mitch82

    That’s priceless. There may have been some interesting group discussion after Commander Terry’s head silently disappeared into a pink mist.

    • Travis Poulson

      “pink mist”

      Heh, you’ve been watching the same videos as me.

  • BW_Lord

    Thats awesome. And promoted a quick bit of research into the variables of such a long range shot. Thanks wikipedia.
    New terms: Coriolis effect/drift and Eotvos effect.

    • PM of NZ

      Coriolis and other effects have long been in the calculation mix for long range gunfire, especially bigger bore guns in various military usage scenarios world wide. Not so much in Army guns, usually short range high altitude trajectory typically lobbing bricks over nearby hills onto reasonably close local targets.

  • dumbshit

    bugger they may have wasted a bullet

  • Changeiscoming

    .50Cal is going to leave a large hole and make a big mess!

  • Neil

    Ok – here’s a question for the experts here – How much loss of velocity (impact force) would there be over that distance – any? 2.8kms is a long way – how far would that type of bullet (sorry – shot from that weapon) still be lethal at?

    • phronesis

      Against a soft target like a human, if it’s still flying it would still have enough energy to go straight through you.

  • i want to see the video!

    • Travis Poulson

      You’ll probably have to settle for an exaggerated re-enactment doco type program/video on YT in a few months.

  • Pita

    Allah O Akbah!

  • unitedtribes

    The specs for the M82 give the effective range of 1800 mts. Guess they need to rewrite the spec.

  • Doug

    Coriolis Effect on Long Range Rifle Shooting.–g