Kirsters Baish| There are tons of firearm enthusiasts out there. After all, this is America. There are so many ways shooters can show their expert marksmanship, and one big way is with long-range shots.
Wide Open Spaces reported that a Texas man might have just set a brand new unofficial record for the longest distance shot with a rifle. He was able to shoot a target that was located three miles away from where he shot from with his custom-built rifle.
This record breaks the old unofficial record of 2.84 miles which was set last year in 2017. This record was set by retired United States Navy SEAL Charles Melton. This one will most likely be ruled as unofficial as well. It is not expected that the Guinness Book of World Records will recognize the record as official since the shooter was using special optics on his rifle. This kind of equipment has been considered enough to disqualify by Guinness in the past.
The Abilene Reporter-News was the first to report on the record. The three-mile shot was made on January 14 by a man from Tuscola, Texas named Bill Poor. Poor took the shot on a ranch near Midland.
Poor explained, “The last guy (to do this) hit a target up in Utah at 5,000 yards away and it took him 38 shots. I hit 5,280 yards in eight shots.”
In order to make the three-mile shot, Poor used a custom built rifle that came from Virginia-based Vestal Custom Rifles. The rifle was chambered in the sniper-specific caliber of .408 Cheyenne Tactical, also known as CheyTac. This round weighs 390 grains and leaves the gun at around 3,160 feet per second.
On the top of Poor’s rifle was a specially made scope which was attached to a custom-designed seven-inch tall riser. This allows Poor to shoot such a far distance. Even with these accommodations, Poor had to shoot from the top of a raised platform and had to aim much higher than the 53-inch target which was three miles away in order to make up for the curvature of the earth’s surface as well as the bullet drop. He also had to take into account the humidity as well as the temperature and the wind.
The Dallas Morning News reported that Poor stated that he had been figuring out and planning the three-mile shot for roughly three years. He explained, “It didn’t happen overnight. It took a lot of homework and a lot of science.”
The issue is that Poor most likely won’t have his impressive shot recognized by Guinness because a scope was used.
Guinness did note that significant variance of different kinds of optics is the reasoning for them not accepting this kind of shot from a marksman using rifles with this kind of accessory. They want the playing field to be as level as it can be.
The three-mile shot that Poor took traveled through the air for just 14 seconds before it hit the target. Poor needed help from two different spotters who helped him make adjustments before he took the shot.
Poor went on, “It’s a 14-second flight time. It’s 10 seconds before the spotter downrange can hear the boom of the rifle going off, and another four before the bullet hits the target. You have that much time and you’re thinking ‘This is it.’”
Even though Poor’s shot most likely won’t be recognized by Guinness, he can still be proud of such an impressive feat.