Team Global Precision Group Sets New World Record With 3.4 Mile Shot


November 05, 2020

The Team Global Precision Group has set a new world record for the longest rifle shot at 6012 yards (3.4 miles).

Paul Phillips celebrates after the successful hit.

NRA ELR National Champion Paul Phillips and his team successfully hit a 32″x48″ steel target from 3.4 miles away using a 550-grain Cutting Edge laser bullet fired from a .416 Barrett cartridge loaded with Vihtavuori 20N29 powder.

The bullet had a flight time of 17 seconds and required more than 600 MOA of elevation (10° of barrel elevation). “The target is 1/2 moa tall by 3/4 wide at 6012 yards,” Paul explained on YouTube.

Amateur shooters struggle to comprehend the training and technology required to achieve such a shot and falsely assume they too could hit the target by simply firing enough rounds. While their assumption may be true for a shot inside 100 yards, it’s far from accurate when shooting at steel more than 3 miles away.

This is the longest marksmanship record in competitive shooting. The longest confirmed kill shot in combat is still held by a Canadian sniper who killed an ISIS militant at 3,540 meters (just over 2 miles).

Update: The video of the Global Precision Group shot was taken down from YouTube, but the details are below.

Team Global Precision Group pulled off a remarkable shooting feat recently. The team got together and made a shot previously unheard of before, when Paul Phillips hit a 32×48-inch target at an astounding 6,012 yards, or 3.4 miles away.

Phillips, of course, is no stranger to shooting at extreme distances. The Global Precision Group shooter is the reigning NRA ELR National Champion. Also, teammate Derek Rodgers is the reigning FTR World Champion, and teammate Mark Lonsdale is an internationally ranked competitor.

The three huddle around a launch pad nearly worthy of sending up a space shuttle. Aside from the three-man crew, Team Global Precision Group rocked some serious gear, including a Garmin 701, Kestrel 5700, Labrador chronograph and Applied Ballistics Analytics. Two teammates tracked impacts on spotting scopes, while downrange video cameras send back a live feed to the team.

Most incredibly, Phillips dialed up 625 MOA from his 100-yard zero, 10 degrees of barrel angle. In his shooting position behind the gun, the angle looks as though Phillips is about to send an artillery round downrange. And maybe that’s not so far off, considering the team selected a rifle chambered in .416 Barrett, launching 550-grain bullets.

Then the video shows Phillips, after 21 cold bore shots, make final adjustments and find his mark. The bullet then takes a full 17 seconds to hit the target after being fired. As Phillips launches a second shot, he receives confirmation of impact, and the celebration is on.

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