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CheyTac Intervention

Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock is credited with killing an enemy soldier from a distance of 2,500 yards, the longest confirmed successful hit in the 20th century. The Intervention rifle, made by CheyTac LLC, may make that distance seem normal for snipers.

The range just got longer: The intervention holds the world record for best group at a distance, landing three bullets within 16 inches at 2,321 yards.

This bolt action sniper rifle was developed to be used with a laser rangefinder and two devices that monitor ballistics and wind, air temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure. During tests on the company’s range, the system maintained a three-shot group of 16 5/8 inches at a distance of 2,321 yards, a record for sniper rifles.

Although Mark Walhberg uses this rifle when portraying a Marine in the 2007 movie “Shooter,” there is no word of the Intervention rifle being employed by the Marine Corps.

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22 Responses

  1. Arturo Sancho says:


  2. Richard Arnold3 says:

    Always like it when we can “Reach Out and Touch Someone” if the need arises!

  3. Anonymous says:

    this is true,sgt calverrado

  4. Anonymous says:

    hold your heads up hi brothers,sgt calverrado 2nd bt 9th marines 1st marine division

  5. Major Simon says:

    It took that Brit who made the 2700 yd shot NINE shots to get the ranging right per several sources

  6. Pantera1998 says:

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  7. JACK says:


  8. Morgan says:

    Beautiful weapon. The machine is nothing without the Marines behind it… keep that in mind.

  9. Craig says:

    Rob Furlong broke Gunny Hatcock’s record but I don’t know why everyone is citing that Gunny Hathcock took three shots at that range, Furlong took four shots to hit his target. Anyone who is engaging a target at that range is going to need more than one shot. If anyone ever does it with just one, then that round was placed by God.
    And a Sergeant is pay grade E-5. Gunny Hatcock was a GUNNERY SERGEANT! Pay grade E-7 when he retired, therefore he is reffered to as such (I believe he was a Staff Sergeant when he was in Vietnam). The Marine Corps doesn’t abbreviate ranks like the Army does except occasionally when a LtCol is simply called Colonel, and often anyone with stars is just referred to as General. If you go up to a Staff Sergeant or higher and call him a Sergeant (thinking it’s ok to abreviate it), you’ll get your ass kicked, it’s disrespectful.

    -Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock (Vietnam war) – achieved 93 confirmed kills but believed to also have over 200 unconfirmed kills. 2,286 m (2,500 yd) (made with a scoped M2 Browning machine gun) for 35 years until 2002.
    -British Army CoH Craig Harrison of the Household Cavalry successfully engaged two Taliban machine gunners south of Musa Qala in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in November 2009 at a range of 2,475 m (2,707 yd), using a L115A3 Long Range Rifle rifle chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum. These are the longest recorded and confirmed sniper kills in history.
    -Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong, formerly of the PPCLI (Operation Anaconda, Afghanistan) – achieved a recorded and confirmed sniper kill at 2,430 m (2,657 yd) in 2002 using a .50 caliber (12.7 mm) McMillan TAC-50 rifle.
    -Canadian Master Corporal Arron Perry, formerly of the PPCLI (Operation Anaconda, Afghanistan) – briefly held the record for the longest-ever recorded and confirmed sniper kill at 2,310 m (2,526 yd) in 2002 after eclipsing US Marine Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock’s previous record established in 1967. Perry used a .50 caliber (12.7 mm) McMillan TAC-50 rifle.

  10. nathaniel says:

    Everyone seems to forget that it took gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock, 3 shots to get his target, but still awesome shot

  11. 12Avoid says:

    Thank you! Its about time that someone said it. I had to read the wrong rank way too many times. . . .Maggots!

  12. GeorgeNJ says:

    It was a Remington 700 in my day — and hits over a mile were doable. The Gunny was awesome indeed @utopiatex. I’m too old and too stupid these days to think about all the variable involved in making such a shot. So instead I congratulate all the leathernecks (active, retired and resting easy) on our 235th. OORAH!

  13. utopiatex says:

    First thing you Boots need to do to respect the greatest sniper ever, is get his rank right. He was Gunnery Sergent Hathcock, or Gunny Hathcock, aka “Whitefeather.”

    Gunny Hathcock was a great Marine and an inspiration to all those who come after him.

    Secondly, “Hoorah” is an Army word. Drop the “H,” Maggots!

  14. James says:

    This gun is ranked as the best sniper in the world. i think it tops the m107 barrett .50 cal

  15. tony cavella says:

    Great response let’s just hope we dont find a crate load of these on a c-130 leaving out of bragg heading over to another country in the M.E. The finest rifle they have over there are the ak-47′s I would hate living in this country knowing a towel head was sporting one of these bad boys on his camel. lol wtf demolition tech 5811 SEALS class 237

  16. John says:

    your congratulating a man who has been dead since 1999? no means of disrespect on Sgt Hathcock but you ppl dont know what your talking about…this man is a legend and when you say shit that doesnt make sense about him bc you dont know what the facts are…you make Sgt Hathcock look like an average Marine Sniper. show respect for this man. He did for his country what most other would frown on and would most certainly never take upon themselve of doing. So i thank this man for what he has done. Not only as a man wanting to join our beloved Corps but as a man who idolizes Mr. Hathcock and hopes that one day i can become half the sniper and half the Marine he was and still holds true to be. Gne but not forgotten. Hoorah Sgt Hathcock. May your soul rest in peace.

  17. Ben says:

    They Intervention+Elcan DigitalHunter scope would be a deadly and precise combination i think. Also, the reason this rifle is so accurate is because it fires the .408. Although a bit smaller than the infamous 50 cal it flies straighter, further and faster delivering more kinetic energy into its target doing just as much damage. Hathcock delivered the world record kill shot in Vietnam from his base atop a hill when firing into the valley below. Although the shot killed the barber of the actual target. Another shot fired hit the target but in the neck not delivering fatal damage. He sent these shots using his 7.62 Springfield bolt action rifle i want to say. i may be wrong on the rifle. Cant wait for next year. USMC boot camp here i come

  18. Jerry Dixon says:

    Don’t know if this is true but if it is I’ll rank it as one of the best answers ever.

    Newscaster Katie Couric, while interviewing a Marine sniper, asked:

    ‘What do you feel……when you shoot a Terrorist?’

    The Marine shrugged and replied,
    “A Slight Recoil.”

    Semper Fi brothers & happy birthday this Wednesday!


    Congratulations to the Sgt. Carlos Hathcock !!! It´s really amazing realtion: precision x distance ! Double congrat… Best regards. Jorge

  20. Kory says:

    Dayumm a 3 shit grouping of 16 inches is crazyy for 2,300 yards, I heard that Canadian sniper was using a Macmillan Tac-50 and got someone using an American 12.7mm round at around 1,500 yards I believe

  21. Jonathan wheat says:

    This is an awesome sniper rifle

  22. ethan scoggin says:

    i wish i had one cool gun when i join the marines that is what i want to be a sniper