Skip to main content Skip to main content

Marine Artillery Battery Sets Record; Hits Target from 22 Miles Away

A U.S. Marine artillery battery's strike on a group of insurgents not only took out a few terrorists, the massive round set a new record.

According to the Marine Corps Times, Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., fired a 155mm M982 Excalibur round from an M777 howitzer Feb. 12 in at Forward Operating Base Zeebrugge, in Kajaki, Afghanistan, hitting a group of Taliban insurgents more than 22 miles (36 kilometers) away, setting a Marine Corps record for longest operational artillery shot.

However, chances are the record could fall. According to David Brockway, representative of the round's developer, Raytheon Missile Systems, the round has been known to accurately hit targets up to 37.5 kilometers away in testing, and could also be launched up to 41 kilometers from 39-caliber M777 howitzers.


In 2007, the U.S. Army named an early version of the round, the XM982, one of its inventions of the year, citing the round's "unmatched precision and lethality for artillery projectiles critical to urban warfare." The Marine Corps sent an urgent request for over 1,000 rounds in 2011, and have fired the Excalibur ever since.


Golf Battery returned to Camp Pendleton in May.

Current Magazine Cover

Enjoy articles like this?

Subscribe to the magazine.

Get access to everything Guns & Ammo has to offer.
Subscribe to the Magazine

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

Guns & Ammo TV: 6.5 Creedmoor vs. .375 H&H

Guns & Ammo TV: 6.5 Creedmoor vs. .375 H&H

The 6.5 Creedmoor and the .375 H&H are almost complete opposites, or are they? The 6.5 Creedmoor is a newer and popular cartridge that transcends long-range precision rifle shooting and hunting big game. The .375 H&H is more than a century old, but still a popular and versatile choice for hunting big and dangerous game. For this shoot, Pro Tom Beckstrand, former U.S. Army Special Operations officer and sniper team leader, faces off against Guns & Ammo TV cameraman Ben LaLonde in a challenge that highlights the differences between these two cartridges.

Taurus Raging Hunter 460 Review: One Mean Revolver

Taurus Raging Hunter 460 Review: One Mean Revolver

Chambered in .460 S&W, which can generate more than 2,200 foot-pounds of energy, the new Taurus Raging Hunter 460 Revolver is one bad bull; learn why in this video review.

Kimber R7 Mako Micro-Compact 9mm Pistol: The Baby Shark

Kimber R7 Mako Micro-Compact 9mm Pistol: The Baby Shark

Jeremy Stafford takes a deep dive into the new micro-compact, high-capacity Kimber R7 Mako 9mm pistol. Here's a full review.

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Guns & Ammo App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Guns & Ammo stories delivered right to your inbox every week.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Guns and Ammo subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now