5Rob Furlong Canadian Forces
A Canadian sniper from Newfoundland, Rob Furlong was a Corporal with the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, in March 2002 while fighting in Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda. When a group of three insurgents began moving into a mountainside position in order to set up mortars to attack Canadian
and American held territory, Furlong and his sniper team were sent to neutralize the threat. After taking up their position, Furlong identified the targets and took aim with a .50-caliber sniper rifle. Furlong shot twice and missed, but his third shot killed his target. The distance of the kill shot was measured at 2,430 m (2,657 yd) making it, at the time, the longest confirmed sniper kill in history. After Operation Anaconda, the U.S. Army awarded Furlong the Bronze Star for his display in combat. Furlong ultimately lost the record to Corporal Craig Harrison of the British Army in 2009 by 45 meters.