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I did it. 1,860 meters (Update: Personal best is now 1,936 meters; I’ve updated the guide here with instructions for that specific shot, and another person has gotten 1,937 meters).

Alright, enough stroking my ego, let’s get into how you too can make the longest shot in Sniper Elite 5 (and even on Authentic like yours truly).

If you weren’t aware, this is on the Spy Academy map, which is a staple for testing longer-range shooting, and where I did the bulk of my rifle, ballistic and damage testing.

Updated: Shoot from here to get around a 1,935 meters kill shot
.. and pointed my binoculars out to the approximate area I’ve got marked here.

You’ll notice a turret up there well past the marker, and there is one lone solitary foe manning that tower.. And he’s ripe for the picking.

Hitting him requires some extra effort. I took the M.1903, loaded it up for maximum velocity, and also grabbed match ammo. You can find some match ammo at the top of the tower where you complete the kill list objective for this map if you didn’t equip some beforehand.

While you could also take the shot from that tower, it’s actually not as far away as the point I’m at here in this video, so if you want to add a bit more to your shot, follow my lead.

You’ll max out your elevation adjustments to 1500 meters, but you’ll still be aiming quite a bit higher just to hit your target.

You may think that you can just drop the difficulty down to Sniper Elite, get the aim point, and switch it back, but you can’t: The aim point seems to actually be significantly different between the two!

Save, and start firing off your rounds trying to hit the target. Take your time with each shot, and if you reload a save, toggle your elevation up and down again before you take a shot: As of publishing there is a bug that causes it not be accurate.

Anyway, if you take your time, watch your bullet impacts, and be patient, you’ll eventually nail the same beautiful shot I did.

Additional Update: While there are further locations on the map that theoretically have the tower in-view, the tower and enemy won’t render at those distances, so 1,937 or 1,938 is probably going to be the best you can do at this point.

Good like Ghosts, and happy sniping!


  • D3M_JU1C3S says:

    just like to point out your not on true authentic difficulty, authentic doesn’t have bino tags nor optional zoom levels, your guide is tailored around custum settings and doesn’t really help the people trying to play on true authentic

    • wfl says:

      While yeah, I am playing on custom difficulty settings, the information in the guide is relevant to pretty much ANY difficulty. I only recently became aware of the zoom level difference on the non-sniping difficulty settings, but overall it’s still completely applicable here. The important parts: Understanding you have to compensate a lot for the shot, knowing where to shoot from, knowing where the target is are all relevant no matter the difficulty setting outside of the authentic sniping difficulty.

  • ComptuerOnVirus says:

    Is the record aquirable on any difficulty? Or not?

    • wfl says:

      Absolutely; I mean, it’s super simple on the lowest difficulty, but you can get it at the highest. I have the Sniping difficulty maxed in that video for that shot.

  • Bob Jones says:

    There is a spot on the East side of the map from your long shot location (the white circle/tower almost directly East) where you can see the long shot target at 1,959 meters but, even with the “Powerful 1903” taken from the bell tower, I can’t get the shot to work. Even at lower difficulties the target spot drops below the bottom of the scope and I just can’t seem to make it work. The target is resolvable at that distance too and I have an RTX 1080 and am running 1920×1080.

    If I go south a bit along the walkway and to the sniper location at the far East edge, the shot is 1905 meters and I can make that shot. So it’s slightly shorter than the 1,937 meters.

    I’d like to know if someone can make the 1,959 distance work though.

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