A member of Canada’s Joint Task Force 2 reportedly killed an Islamic State militant in Iraq last month with a kill shot fired from a staggering distance of 3,450 meters, according to Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper.
The Canadian snipers work in pairs, usually with their observer partners. The sniper was using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle, which is the standard long-range sniper of the Canadian military. The shot was fired from an elevated position.
The bullet took less than 10 seconds to hit the target, an ISIS militant who was more than 3,540 meters away.
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“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces. Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far way, the bad guys didn’t have a clue what was happening,” a military source told the Globe and Mail.
The name of the sniper who set the record and the location of the kill shot were not revealed for operational security reasons.
The shot is now the longest confirmed kill shot in military history. This record was previously held by British sniper Craig Harrison who shot his target from 2,475 meters away. Two Canadian snipers, Rob Furlong and Arron Perry, are now in third and fourth place. They shot their targets from 2,430 and 2,310 meters respectively. U.S. sniper Brian Kemer came fifth with his record of 2,300 meters.