Scot makes 1,500 meter kill in Afghanistan


After waiting three days on a roof top with his spotter, Corporal Christopher Reynolds fired on a Taliban drug lord. The 1,500 meter shot is the longest recorded kill in Afghanistan.

But Cpl Reynolds, of Dalgety Bay, in Fife, together with his spotter Lance Corporal David Hatton, worked out different factors such as wind speed and the trajectory of the bullet to hit the target. Musa, who was more than 1,500 metres away, was taken out with a single shot to the chest.

Cpl Reynolds, who has killed 32 Taliban fighters, said: “I was quite proud of that shot. It is the longest recorded kill in Afghanistan. I am going to use that fact as a chat-up line in the pub when I get back home.”

An incredible feat! I wonder if his “chat-up” lines are as deadly on the ladies as his sniper skills are on Taliban.

UPDATE: The UK newspapers are incorrectly stating that it is the longest kill in Afghanistan. I think it should read “the longest British Army kill in Afghanistan”. The longest confirmed kill of all time was made by Canadian Rob Furlong at a distance of 2430 metres in Afghanistan. Thanks to Rob and Eric for the corrections.

Many thanks to Sven for the link.



Steve Johnson

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  • Any idea what rifle he was using?

  • Matt Groom

    It could be the longest shot with a .308 vs. the .50 that Mr. Furlong used, but it doesn’t mention what kind of rifle he used, which is typical. I have no idea how a journalist can mention the make and model of an aircraft which crashes but not even tell you the caliber of the firearm used in a significant event like this.

    I know, I know. It’s like asking your dog to describe what kind of TV you have.

  • SamhainKnight

    Alba Gu Brath!!!

    Glad to see it was a Scot!

    After all the Scots were fundamental in the development of modern sniping. 😀

  • Spiff

    What rifle and scope was the the eagle-eyed Scot using?
    Spiff

  • sealordlawrence

    It was likely a .338LM AIAW with a S&B 5-25 as the type is fast becoming the standard British sniper weapon.

  • I like the Lapua Mag. I had one built on a Remington 300 action last year and have enjoyed shooting it. Next year, as things are too busy this year, I hope to dedicate more time to that rifle and see what it will really do. I’ve got a box of Nosler lead free 338 bullets setting here that just arrived from Midway USA so I can hunt bears this year in this blasted CA Condor Zone which is now a lead free zone.

  • JeffinNZ

    “I was quite proud of that shot”. Typical British understated comment. Bravo.

  • tarkan

    http://www.riflebarrels.com/articles/50calibre/50sniping.htm
    http://www.canadiantactical.ca/main.html
    Rob Furlog had used McMillan Tac-50 fitted with Lilja .50 caliber barrels and Nightforce NXS scopes for incredible 2,430 metres shot.Anybody saw the sound supressor attached version at range?50 cal can damage your handpicked snipers’ hearing in the end.Carlos Hathcock had used his hearing as well as his eyes to the end.

  • noname

    I’m guessing it’s not a 120mm APFSDS.

    Condolences to the lost soldiers shown in the misplaced image in the the Daily Express article.

  • DAve

    Ohh godammit read this article about the affair and see how even more f-d up Canada is than even we are-
    http://www.macleans.ca/canada/national/article.jsp?content=20060515_126689_126689

  • Ken

    shades of Vietnam.

  • Mark

    Here in Texas we call that a fair night shot.

  • Sam B

    In a few years Hollywood will make a movie about this incident and all the credit will go to an American!!

  • Matt Groom

    SamB,
    You really think Hollywood is in the business of making America look GOOD? Seriously? Have you been to a movie theater or video store in the past decade? America looks good on it’s own. We don’t need Hollywood, they need us.