You Won’t Believe The Distance Of This World Record Shot


There is a reason that target shooting is an Olympic sport: it’s difficult to have world-class accuracy. But what about world-class accuracy with extraordinary distances? That is taking the difficulty to an entirely new level. Yet, a former Navy SEAL sniper just set a world record distance shot that will blow your mind. How far was the shot?

2.84 miles.

That’s not a typo. The bullet was in flight for almost thirteen seconds. Wow. Adam Scepaniak gives us details about the September 30th, 2017 world record shot:


Charlie Melton, the owner of Charlie Mike Precision shooting school, worked with Brad Stair of Performance Guns to accomplish the 2.84 Mile shot on September 30th, 2017.

The rifle that Brad built up for Charlie was an Armalite AR-30 chambered in “.408 Tejas” which is another wildcat caliber based off of the .408 Chey Tac. Once again, what the .408 Tejas offers over the .408 Chey Tac is increased case capacity.

An essential rundown of the setup Charlie Melton used for this world record long range shot looks like this:

  • “Performance Guns” Rifle Build: Armalite AR-30 .408 Tejas
  • Barrel: 31″ Pac-Nor w/ Armalite Muzzle Brake
  • Ammunition: 420 Grain Screw Machined Bullets – 3,065 FPS
  • Trigger: “Jewell Triggers” tuned to 6 oz.
  • Bi-PodShots Gunsmithing Bi-Pod designed for the Armalite AR-X series
  • Scope: Nightforce NXS 12-45x56mm
  • Rings: Ivey Adjustable Scope Rings w/ a Charlie TARAC Prism

Most of the gear they used is very specialized, supremely high quality and fairly straight-forward to understand. The one piece of equipment that is especially unique and uncommon is the Charlie TARAC Prism. In an extremely compressed explanation, what the Charlie TARAC Prism from TACOMHQ accomplishes for the user is it provides elevation gain, or enough room within your scope to hit your target, at extremely long distances.

That is an incredible shot. Frankly, I have difficulty getting my head around how Melton made that shot. No doubt his SEAL sniper training played an important role in him maintaining his steadiness and calm to make the shot accurate, and the equipment to make that distance while maintaining accuracy was vital, too. But Charlie Melton himself deserves our congratulations on this achievement.



  1. What was the target, in particular how large was the bull’s eye and where did he hit on the target. Not trying to take anything away from the acomplishment, just to better understand it.

  2. I, Jim Davis,enjoyed the article, & was amazed at the nearly 3 mile shot, & wonder,
    If my USMC Hero, Sgt. Carlos Hathcock, could have made a successful 4-5 mile accurate shot with the same Rifle & Gear, supplied to the Military, nowaday’s!!?? I was in a unit, located within I-CORP, South Vietnam from 1969-1971.

  3. What was the size of the target, where in the target did he place the bullet and how many shots did he take?

  4. With the recent shooting of people during church services at the church in Texas, a lot of people, especially people who conduct and prepare for the services at the churches, are submitting applications for CONCEALED/CARRY PERMITS. Could you please run an article to educate people who are seeking the permits.
    What are the steps required to get the permit.
    Thank you

  5. Sure enjoyed the video (pure sarcasm). Like Mike, would have been nice to see the shot. Anyone can spout data, the statistics shown makes interesting read. Without any pix to back up what they claim, they probably DID make such a short, but it would have been nice to see the results.

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