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.

Recommended for You

Michael Janich of The Best Defense talks about various air guns that and their usefulness during different disaster scenarios. Personal Defense

Air Guns: Useful Weapon and Tool in Disaster Situations

The Best Defense

Michael Janich of The Best Defense talks about various air guns that and their usefulness...

OSG's Lynn Burkhead talks with Erik Stern of Beretta about the new Beretta APX Carry pistol at the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings. NRA Show

New for 2019: The Beretta APX Carry

G&A Digital Staff - May 28, 2019

OSG's Lynn Burkhead talks with Erik Stern of Beretta about the new Beretta APX Carry pistol at...

I often hear stories about this or that instructor. They range from awesome to keep it positive Tactical

Finding the right shooting instructor

Kyle Lamb - September 22, 2017

I often hear stories about this or that instructor. They range from awesome to keep it...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Feeding Your Firearms with Aguila Ammunition

Feeding Your Firearms with Aguila Ammunition

A group of competitive shooters talk about new products from Aguila , the Aguila Cup, and everyone's favorite new guns launched at the 2019 SHOT show.

A New Season of G&A TV

A New Season of G&A TV

In this new season of Guns & Ammo TV, we introduce two new series and bring back a viewer favorite - Camera's Don't Lie. We look at long-range tech and see how to make shots previously thought impossible. Next we visit ISS Prop House in Hollywood.

Beretta

Beretta's New 92X

The 92X Performance model from Beretta was created to satisfy two requirements: Speed and accuracy. Beretta's new competition pistol is uncompromising and aims for top performance.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Anyone who considers himself a red-blooded protector of his family will feel his blood boil when he hears the saga of Captain John Historical

The Story of Civil War Sniper Jack Hinson and His Rifle

Kyle Lamb - January 12, 2018

Anyone who considers himself a red-blooded protector of his family will feel his blood boil...

Reminiscing on another great American lever action. Rifles

Review: Savage Model 99

Craig Boddington - February 11, 2019

Reminiscing on another great American lever action.

The one glaring weakness in the .30-­caliber magnum cartridge lineup is best highlighted by examining the requirement around which Hornady designed the .300 PRC; the requirement came from the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Rifle

.300 PRC Review

Tom Beckstrand - March 12, 2019

The one glaring weakness in the .30-­caliber magnum cartridge lineup is best highlighted by...

See More Stories

More News

True Velocity 6.8mm composite‐case ammunition has been selected for the U.S. Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) modernization program. Rifle

True Velocity 6.8mm Ammo Selected for Army Program

Guns & Ammo Digital Staff - September 06, 2019

True Velocity 6.8mm composite‐case ammunition has been selected for the U.S. Army's Next...

Rock River Arms is set to showcase several new rifles and pistols at the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings in Indianapolis, IN. NRA Show

Rock River Arms to Present New Rifles and Pistols

Guns & Ammo Digital Staff - April 23, 2019

Rock River Arms is set to showcase several new rifles and pistols at the 2019 NRA Annual...

Is your local grocery killing print gun magazines? 2nd Amendment

Newsstand Censorship

Eric R. Poole - June 12, 2019

Is your local grocery killing print gun magazines?

See More News

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

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

×