A British sniper, Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison, has obtained the record for longest sniper kill while engaging two Taliban machine gunners. The weapon used? An Accuracy International L115A3 chambered in .338 Lapua (or 8.59 as they say in Britain). His two shots were ranged by a GPS to be 2,706 yards beating the record previously held by Canadian sniper Corporal Rob Furlong who used a .50 cal McMillan TAC-50 and recorded a kill at 2,657 yards.
I would believe that this solidifies a lot of testimonies in the industry that the .338 Lapua is the antipersonnel round of choice. The .338 Lapua has been exponentially growing in popularity with long range shooters, and I have no reason to doubt that after this record setting event, that the trend will continue. The two kills were about 1,000 yards more than the believed effective range of the .338–it was previously believed that anything more than 1,800 yards for the .338 Lapua would just be a nuisance; well, I believe they were correct considering I would find being dead to be quite inconvenient.
Its arguable that the .50 is a more versatile round–being that it can also be used as an anti-material or anti-asset round, something that the .338 would have trouble with; however, for reaching out to those far away soft targets, I believe it has been completely validated to be highly effective.
After only 2 years in deployment with the British Army, it seems that the L115A3 has proved itself in battle with the highest available esteem. Its easily conceivable that Accuracy International will use this for bragging rights regarding their line of rifles, as it deservingly should. Accuracy International has already seen a good increase of sales with their top of the line rifles in the past few years, and after this story, there’s even more reason to believe they’re going to be selling quite a few more.