Using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle, a member of Canada’s Joint Task Force 2 is being celebrated after taking out an ISIS insurgent with a record-breaking shot from more than 2 miles away during an operation in Iraq last month.
A military source told reporters, “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.”
Fired from a high-rise location, the shot took less than 10 seconds to hit its target. The kill was independently verified by a video camera and other methods, according to the Canadian press.
“Hard data on this. It isn’t an opinion. It isn’t an approximation. There is a second location with eyes on with all the right equipment to capture exactly what the shot was,” according to another military source, adding that the shot was “an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equaled.”
Prior to this, the world record for longest confirmed kill was held by British sniper Craig Harrison, who used a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle to kill a Taliban soldier from 8,120 feet away in 2009.
Taking down an insurgent at 11,300 feet requires math skills, great eyesight, precision ammunition and firearms, and intense training. “It is at the distance where you have to account not just for the ballistics of the round, which change over time and distance, you have to adjust for wind, and the wind would be swirling,” according to a military expert, noting, “You have to adjust for him firing from a higher location downward and as the round drops you have to account for that. And from that distance you actually have to account for the curvature of the Earth.”
Approximately 200 JTF2 elite special forces operating in northern Iraq are involved in counter-terrorism, sniper operations and hostage rescue.
The Trudeau government recently sent 207 Canadian special forces trainers in a mission to assist, train and advise, but they’re not supposed to be involved in direct combat.
“Canada has a world-class sniper system. It is not just a sniper. They work in pairs. There is an observer,” said the military source, adding, “This is a skill set that only a very few people have.”
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