Ukrainian sniper claims new world record after 'picking off Russian soldier from 2.36 miles away using "Lord of the Horizon" gun'
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
A Ukrainian sniper claims to be a world record holder after picking off a Russian soldier from 2.36 miles away with a custom rifle called ‘Lord of the Horizon.’
The sniper, who serves in Ukraine’s security service (SBU), reportedly managed to beat the previous record of 2.2 miles, made by a Canadian special operations sniper in Iraq in 2017.
A line of three stationary Russian soldiers quickly become a line of two, as the bullet takes the soldier out at the currently unknown location.
The SBU said: ‘SBU snipers are rewriting the rules of global sniping, showcasing unparalleled abilities to operate effectively at remarkable distances.’
‘Lord of the Horizon’ was developed and made by MAYAK, a Ukrainian arms manufacturer, and comes in at an enormous 6 ft in length, the Firearms Blog reports.
With the correct ammunition, the rifle can fire bullets in such a way that they stay faster than the speed of sound for nearly 10,000 ft.
The shot comes after another Ukrainian sniper claims to have executed the second-longest combat kill in history.
The unnamed sniper felled a Russian soldier at a distance of 2,710m – around 1.7miles – according to Ukraine’s military, which published what it claimed was footage of the shot looking down the sniper’s scope.