The hand of death could sometimes reach people, regardless of how far. Sometimes it could be in the form of long-range snipers that could shoot you from a very far, far distance. Here are some of the longest range sniper kills that history has ever known:

Unnamed South African Sniper

In 2003, The South African Special Forces Brigade was sent to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to fight against the rebels. One of the South African soldiers shot and killed six M23 rebels in the Battle of Kibati. He also made a record that day for shooting at a distance of 1.32 miles.

United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. MONUSCO PhotosCC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock

Lieutenant General P. K. Van Riper, Commanding General Marine Corps Combat Development Command, congratulates Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock (Ret.) after presenting him the Silver Star during a ceremony at the Weapons Training Battalion.

For a very long time, the record holder for the longest-range kill shot was held by Marine GySgt. Carlos Hathcock, still one of the most respected names among snipers. He set a record of 1.42 miles (a few meters less than that of Sgt. Kremer’s) in 1967 when he shot a Viet Cong soldier using an M2, .50 cal machine gun in single-shot mode. He saw the VC with a bike loaded with weapons, so Sgt. Hathcock aimed at him. The first shot hit the bike and destroyed it. The second one killed the soldier.

Sgt. Bryan Kremer

US Sgt. Bryan Kremer was deployed in Iraq in March 2004, along with the rest of the 2nd Ranger Battalion. He took a shot and killed an Iraqi militant 1.42 miles away.