According to KSLTV 5,the world record for longest long-rifle shot has officially been set in Jackson, Wyoming.
Not to mention, they obliterated the previous record by half a mile.
The original world record was set at four miles in 2020, but was shattered by the Team Global Precision Group, putting the new record at 4.4 miles.
The bullet took a whopping 24 seconds to hit the eight-inch bullseye target.
Team Global Precision Group, ran by Scott Austin and Shepard Humphries, set the Wyoming state record for longest rifle shot in 2020 with 3.06 miles, but they were dying to own that world record, so they gathered a team of extreme-long-range enthusiasts to make the record their own.
Humphries weighed in on the process of obtaining the record:
“This was the most challenging, difficult, frustrating, time-consuming and yet rewarding professional project I have ever undertaken.”
They began to eye the world record in 2020, as they waited for a number of custom parts from all over the world to make the feat possible, like hand-lathed bullets, but it wasn’t until May of this year when the rifle was completed.
That’s when the hard part set in, as they spent months of testing a wide range of systems like wind readers, custom steal bunkers, and optics.
“With this kind of shooting, nobody has yet figured out how to get first-round hits. This isn’t the kind of thing where you buy a new rifle and some ammo right off the gun store shelf and go get lucky.”
The spotters settled down in bunkers to assure they wouldn’t be hit, as they were scattered out between the shooter and the target to help guide accuracy.
Humphries’ wife, Lynn Sherwood, led the spotting team, who used audio spotting to calibrate the shot, which Humphries believes is a new universal concept that could be quite effective in long range shooting.
Audio spotting has been widely known for supplementing visual spotting. Due to the long range, the spotters couldn’t see the dust fly up from where the bullet hit as well as they could hear the bullet come flying by.
After several grueling hours, shot number 69 hit the bullseye, and the world record was theirs.
Although it’s borderline scientifically impossible to duplicate this shot back to back, the previous record of four miles, set by Paul Phillips in 2020, ironically landed on the 69th shot as well.
Austin also weighed in:
“Together we’ve spent over 1,500 hours in research, highs and lows, blood, sweat, excitement and tears, with dozens of amazingly gifted people and businesses personally invested in the goal.”