British sniper Craig Harrison revealed this week additional details about his famous 1.5-mile double kill, including his position when he took the shot and how many seconds his bullet was in the air.
Speaking to James English on “Anything Goes,” Harrison outlined the full story.
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As Harrison has told the media previously, the day was cool and calm when he began his overwatch protection of British and Afghan troops who were trying to clear a village of Taliban fighters.
“I could see all the Taliban in this village,” he explains. “I could see them queuing up, waiting, to attack this patrol coming in. I informed them, you’re going to get hit in a minute.”
Looking through his spotting scope, he saw another Taliban fighter even farther away holding a radio, informing the other fighters about the incoming patrol. The fighter was too far away for his range-finding binoculars to calculate the distance, so started “bracketing.”
Using this technique, Harrison fired nine consecutive shots, walking his way up to where the fighter was standing. When he hit the compound wall, the radio-wielding Taliban fighter took cover, and the fighters on the ground weren’t able to receive any additional information.
The engagement continued for several hours until he realized there was another fighter in the compound, and they were both firing at the men under his command.
“I knew that I had shot there in the morning… so I fired my first shot, and it missed… just in front,” he said.
One of the fighters stood up, so he fired again, and the bullet took six seconds to reach him. That fighter went down, hit in the chest.
Now that Harrison was dialed in, he fired a third shot at the second fighter. While that bullet was in the air, he moved his point of aim and fired again.
“Now I’ve got two bullets in the air at the same time,” Harrison explained. “Third one missed, fourth one hit him in the side.”
He made all these shots leaning against a wall using an Accuracy International AWM chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum.
Harrison’s record has been broken twice since he made those two kills in 2009. The current record-holder is a Canadian sniper who made a 2.1-mile shot using a MacMillan TAC-50 rifle chambered in .50 BMG.