Rob Furlong

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Rob Furlong
Born (1976-11-11) 11 November 1976 (age 43)
Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
AllegianceCanada
Service/branchCanadian Army
Years of service1997–2004
RankCorporal
UnitPrincess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
AwardsBronze Star Medal (United States)
Other workEdmonton Police Service

Rob Furlong (born 11 November 1976) is a Canadian former military sniper who, from March 2002 until November 2009, held the world record for the longest confirmed sniper kill in combat, at 2,430 m (2,657 yd).[1] His record stood for over 7 years and was improved upon by Craig Harrison with a distance of 2,475 m (2,707 yd) using a L115A3 Long Range Rifle.

Early life[edit]

Born on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, on 11 November 1976, Furlong taught himself to fire a rifle ambidextrously.[1]

Military career[edit]

The rifle Furlong used to kill an enemy from 2,430 m.

Inspired by a VHS tape, Furlong decided to join the military in 1997. Furlong enrolled with the Canadian Army and served with the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Furlong was stationed in Bosnia in 1999 as a peace keeper.[2]

In March 2002, Furlong participated in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan's Shah-i-Kot Valley. His sniper team included Master Corporal Graham Ragsdale (Team Commander), Master Corporal Tim McMeekin, Master Corporal Arron Perry, and Corporal Dennis Eason. A group of three Al-Qaeda fighters were moving into a mountainside position when Furlong took aim with his long-range sniper weapon (LRSW), a .50-calibre McMillan Brothers Tac-50 rifle, loaded with Hornady A-MAX 750 gr very-low-drag bullets. He began firing at a fighter carrying an RPK machine gun. Furlong's first shot missed and his second shot hit the knapsack on the target's back. The third struck the target's torso, killing him. The distance was measured as 2,430 metres (2,657 yd). With a muzzle speed of 823 metres per second (2,700 ft/s), each shot reached the target almost three seconds after Furlong fired. This became the longest sniper kill in history at the time, surpassing the previous record set by his teammate, Master Corporal Arron Perry, by 120 metres (130 yd).[3]

This feat is not typical for the effective range with a high first-hit probability of the employed rifle on non-static targets (see maximum effective range). The shot was aided by the ambient air density in the Shah-i-Kot Valley where Furlong operated, which is significantly lower than at sea level due to its 2,700 metres (9,000 ft) mean elevation.

In December 2003, PPCLI snipers Master Corporal Graham Ragsdale, Master Corporal Tim McMeekin, Corporal Dennis Eason, Corporal Rob Furlong and Master Corporal Arron Perry were awarded the Bronze Star Medal by the United States Army for their actions in combat during Operation Anaconda from 2–11 March 2002. Furlong held the record of longest kill shot recorded in history until November 2009,[4] when his record of 2,430 metres (2,657 yd) was beaten by Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison, of the Blues and Royals, part of the Household Cavalry of the British Army, who set a new record by shooting two Taliban fighters at 2,475 metres (2,707 yd), using a .338 Lapua L115A3 Long Range Rifle.[3]

Later career[edit]

After leaving the Canadian Army, Furlong moved to Edmonton, Alberta and joined the Edmonton Police Service in 2004, although he had considered joining Joint Task Force 2. In 2012, Furlong was dismissed from the police for discreditable conduct, after an episode in which he physically abused and urinated on a fellow police officer.[5][6] As of 2013, he operates a marksmanship academy, called Rob Furlong's Marksmanship Academy,[7] based in Alberta.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Friscolanti, Michael, "We were abandoned", Maclean's, Rogers Publishing, 2006-05-15, pp. 18–25.
  2. ^ https://thewalrus.ca/the-long-shot/
  3. ^ a b Arnold, Adam (2010-05-03). "Super Sniper Kills Taliban 1.5 Miles Away". News.sky.com. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
  4. ^ "7 Longest-Range Sniper Kills in History". Scout.com. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  5. ^ CBC News: Edmonton police officer fired for urinating on colleague
  6. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/rob-furlong-fails-to-win-job-back-after-urinating-on-colleague-1.2588916
  7. ^ "School for snipers". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2016-03-07.

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Records
Preceded by
Arron Perry
Longest confirmed combat sniper-shot kill
2002–2009
2,430 m (2,657 yd / 1.509 mi)
long-range sniper weapon (LRSW) w/ Hornady A-MAX .50
Succeeded by
Craig Harrison