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World's No. 3 sniper set to visit Taiwan in March, report

Canadian sniper made a kill shot from a distance of 2.43 kilometers in 2002.

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The photo shows Rob Furlong (Image credit: leupoldoptics)

The photo shows Rob Furlong (Image credit: leupoldoptics)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - One of the world's longest-range sniper shooters is set to visit Taiwan next month to share his knowledge as a professional sniper and his story of shooting a Taliban fighter at 2,430 meters through a long-range sniper rifle in 2002.

Rob Furlong, a Canadian sniper who held the longest distance confirmed kill from 2002 through 2009, is said to have recently accepted the invitation from a Taiwanese firearms dealer to help promote Canadian firearms products while reportedly scheduled to attend a workshop during his stay in the country, where he will share with Taiwanese military and police department officers his knowledge as a professional long-range sniper.

Furlong's record was broken by British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot two Taliban fighters from a distance of 2,475 meters during a mission in Afghanistan in 2009.

Furlong is currently working as a coach for a Canadian training center.

Upmedia reported that Taiwan's ground force snipers have been trained in the United States and are mostly capable of carrying out shooting from a distance between 1,300 meters and 1,500 meters by employing a lightweight sniper rifle, and from a distance between 1,800 meters and 2,000 meters with a heavyweight sniper rifle.

Taiwan's ground force is reportedly updating its firearms by purchasing more lightweight and heavyweight sniper rifles in light of the country's growing demand for counter-terrorism operations and other special missions.