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Postby Wayne S. Noches on 22 Jun 2017 10:26

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Canadian special forces sniper kills an ISIS fighter from TWO MILES away in the longest confirmed kill shot in history

A Canadian sniper has beat the record for the longest confirmed kill in military history by picking off an ISIS fighter from a staggering 11,319 feet.

The bullet was fired from a McMillan TAC-50 rifle set on a high-rise tower and took 10 seconds to travel the 2.14 miles towards the fighter, who was attacking Iraqi soldiers.

This smashed the last record set by a Briton Craig Harrison, who killed a Taliban soldier with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle at a range of 8,120 feet(1.54 miles) in 2009.

A military source told The Globe and Mail the kill was verified by video, adding: 'This is an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equalled.'

The third longest kill was by Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong, who shot down an Afghan insurgent from 7,972 feet(1.51 miles) in 2002 during Operation Anaconda.

And prior to that, Master Corporal Arron Perry hit a terrorist from 7579 feet. He was also Canadian and serving in the same operation.

The longest kill from a US sniper was done by sergeant Bryan Kremer, who hit an Iraqi insurgent at 7,546 feet(1.42 miles) with his Barrett M82A1 rifle in 2004.

The Canadian who achieved the longest kill was operating with Joint Task Force 2, which is training Kurdish forces to fight IS.

Few details are available about their operation, but their last reported location was in the north of Iraq, where a major operation is underway to recapture Mosul.

The sniper has not been named for security reasons and the exact location of the kill has not been confirmed.

Canada's special forces are known for the high skill of their snipers, who are considered among the best in the world.
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Postby pod on 22 Jun 2017 10:33

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14,000 foot-pounds of energy with a high ballistic coefficient. So not much of that oomph is lost at nearly 12,000 feet.

I wonder what the target looked like?

For .50, I prefer a Barrett, but the McMillan is cheaper. Might have to give it a look.
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Postby LeVeL on 22 Jun 2017 14:07

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Amazing shot.

People don't understand just how difficult of a shot this is. The spotter has to be given the same amount of praise
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Postby pod on 22 Jun 2017 14:18

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Indeed. I'm good out to about 100-150 meters or so but beyond that you have to think about some real 4D chess stuff. Things like air temperature, altitude, and even the curvature of the earth come into play. Nevermind your usual things like bullet shape, weight, and so forth.

I'd be super-interested to find out what specific ammunition this guy used. Handloads, maybe, but there's some truly skilled marksmen out there who can make accurate hits past the mile mark with service-grade loads. A friend of a friend regularly dings steel past a mile with nothing more special than a rack-grade M4gery and some bulk 5.56. 90 percent of it is the person behind the gun. Russian snipers in WWII reached out past a mile routinely with their Mosins, which are nothing special.

I've seen rich boys and girls buy a $3000 HK and have severe buyers' remorse. Because they suck and no amount of gadgetry or barrels made of adamantium-unobtainium alloy will correct that. They'll miss, but they'll miss quite accurately.

In this case, it's not enough for one human to handle. Yes, there's ballistic computers like TrackingPoint but the reliability isn't ready for prime time yet. You gotta have a buddy along with you to do some of the legwork. And you gotta be patient. You aren't gonna take the guy down a minute after sitting down. Due credit is to the triggerman and the spotter.

Two Molsons for them, eh?
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Postby pod on 22 Jun 2017 14:37

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Well, if it was the standard Canadian loadout, he dropped the guy with this:

http://www.luckygunner.com/50-cal-bmg-7 ... larguyguns
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