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Ever since the advent of firearms on the battlefield, the marksman has been a critical centerpiece to warfare.

Of course, as rifles, optics and ammunition become more technologically advanced that has increased the distance at which modern snipers can engage the enemy. Ballistic computers and realtime weather tools have further increased the sniper’s ability.

Here are the 10 longest, confirmed shots in military history, starting with #10.

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10. Steve Reichert, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, United States Marine Corps (US)
Distance: 1,765 yd
Date: April 2004
Firearm: Barrett M82A3
Ammunition: Raufoss NM140 MP (.50 Cal) rounds
Conflict: Iraq War- Latifiya

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9. Corporal Christopher Reynolds, 3 Scots – The Black Watch (UK)
Distance: 2,026 yd
Date: August 2009
Firearm: Accuracy International L115A3
Ammunition: .338 Lapua Magnum LockBase B408 bullets
Conflict: War in Afghanistan

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8. Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle, US Navy SEAL – Team 3, Charlie (US)
Distance: 2,100 yd
Date: August 2008
Firearm: McMillan Tac-338
Ammunition: .338 Lapua Magnum
Conflict: Iraq War – Sadr City

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7. Nicholas Ranstad, United States Army 1-91 Cav/173d ABCT (US)
Distance: 2,288 yd
Date: January 2008
Firearm: Barrett M82A1
Ammunition: .50 BMG
Conflict: War in Afghanistan

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6. Unnamed South African Special Forces sniper, South African Special Forces Brigade (SA)
Distance: 2,324 yd
Date: August 2013
Firearm: Denel NTW-14.5
Ammunition: 14.5x114mm
Conflict: United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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5. Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, 1st Marine Division, United States Marine Corps (US)
Distance: 2,500 yd
Date: February 1967
Firearm: M2 Browning machine gun
Ammunition: .50 BMG
Conflict: Vietnam War

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4. Sgt. Bryan Kremer, 2nd Ranger Battalion (US)
Distance: 2,515 yd
Date: March 2004
Firearm: Barrett M82A1
Ammunition: Raufoss NM140 MP (.50 Cal)
Conflict: Iraq War

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3. Master Corporal Arron Perry, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (CA)
Distance: 2,526 yd
Date: March 2002
Firearm: McMillan Tac-50
Ammunition: Hornady A-MAX .50 (.50 BMG)
Conflict: War in Afghanistan

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2. Corporal Rob Furlong, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (CA)
Distance: 2,657 yd
Date: March 2002
Firearm: McMillan Tac-50
Ammunition: Hornady A-MAX .50 (.50 BMG)
Conflict: War in Afghanistan

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1. Corporal of Horse (CoH) Craig Harrison, Household Cavalry (UK)
Distance: 2,707 yd
Date: November 2009
Firearm: Accuracy International L115A3
Ammunition: .338 Lapua Magnum LockBase B408 bullets
Conflict: War in Afghanistan


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