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Texan breaks marksmanship world record with 3-mile shot

A man from West Texas has just set a new world record after hitting his target from 3 miles away.

41-year-old Bill Poor hit a 53″ target from 5,280 with a .408 CheyTac firing a 390 gr bullet at 3,160 fps after firing eight shots. The previous record of 2.84 miles (5,000 yards) had been set by retired Navy SEAL Charles Melton in 2017 after firing thirty-eight shots.

(image source: Facebook/Bill Poor)

Due to a technicality, neither Meltron nor Poor’s shots have yet been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. “They do not recognize shots with optics,” Poor told the Dallas News. “Several guys have tried and sent them in everything, but for some reason they just don’t want to take it.”

A spokesperson from Guinness explained that the variance between “optical devices” is prohibitive of “keeping a level playingfield.” Nonetheless, Poor’s shot is absolutely incredible.

“It didn’t happen overnight,” Poor explained. “It took a lot of homework and a lot of science.”

Melton has announced that he will attempt to break the new record with a 6,000 yard shot in the near future. Poor is currently looking for a 5-mile capable piece of land for the “ultimate shot.”


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