Okay, I just have to say it…
Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with people shooting extreme long range shots, in fact, I encourage it. It is very challenging and will test your skills and knowledge. But, I do take issue with this recent phenomena of what people like to call “World Record Sniper Shots”. Such as this one:
This was the most recent one, 3 miles, “confirmed” in January of this year. Or maybe it is this 2.6 mile shot by a russian in October of 2017
Or this one that happened about the same time as the Russian one. 2.8 miles this time
At least in the last article they do not call it a “sniper shot”. These shots have been getting a lot of attention and they are impressive… kind of. The thing I personally don’t like is that they care calling them “sniper shots”. If you read the article from January, the new recorded holder was excited because he hit the target on “only” his 8th shot, compared to the 30+ shots it took the previous record holders to hit. Guess he was a bit more lucky than the other guys. Not sure this fits the mantra of One Shot, One Kill. It would probably be a bit more appropriate if we started calling these records something like “New World Record Longest Spray and Pray Shot”. There is some skill and capability with the systems, but obviously, looking at the setup below, they would not be classified as “Sniper Ready”.
I guess the real problem is the media coverage versus the actual shooters and what they are doing. I do not recall hearing or seeing any of these shooters referring to their shots as “sniper shots”, but it is the media reporting it as such. Of course, I do not see the shooters correcting the media either, maybe they tried and were just not successful, let me know if that was the case. Anyway, while the shots are impressive, maybe we can do our part to correctly label the feat, taking out the sniper part. There is a big difference between what our snipers do in harms way and what these specialized rifle builders are doing.
Enjoy and shoot straight