The Daily Shot, Ricochet, June 23, 2017
Well, we have a new world’s record. A Canadian special forces sniper in Iraq just made the longest confirmed kill shot in history. The unnamed sniper killed an ISIS fighter at a distance of 3,540 metres. And this wasn’t some unlucky ISIS janitor he shot, the sniper is credited with disrupting an attack on Iraqi security forces.
We’ll do the math for you. That’s 2.2 miles. That’s so far that it took the bullet almost 10 seconds to hit its target. That’s so far that the curvature of the Earth had to be accounted for in the shot. For comparison purposes, the previous record was set by British sniper Craig Harrison who made his shot from 2,475 metres away.
Okay, so who is this guy? Well, for obvious reasons, Canadian Special Operations Command isn’t releasing his name or the specific details of the incident, but it was independently confirmed. We do know he was from Joint Task Force 2 (sort of a Canadian version of SEAL Team 6). We also know that the rifle was a McMillan TAC-50. (So the sniper may have been made in Canada, but the weapon was made in the USA, baby.)