ISIS will now fear the Canadian Special Forces after it was revealed that one of their snipers managed to snipe an ISIS militant from 11,319 feet away, or roughly 2 miles.
The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command released a statement last Wednesday confirming the kill, but they decided not to disclose the location of the shot.
According to reports, the sniper had been operating within Joint Task Force 2, which “provides its expertise” to Kurdish fighters “from well behind the Iraqi security force front line in Mosul.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
However, CANSOFCOM communications adviser Sue Beler confirmed with the Times that the sniper had used a McMillan Tac-50, a tactical rifle designed by McMillan Firearms to be used “by military forces around the world as both an ultra-long range anti-personnel tactical rifle, as well as” for “disabling assets at long range.”
The firearms manufacturer wasn’t kidding. The unknown sniper’s impressive shot eclipsed the record set eight years ago by Craig Harrison, a British sniper who killed a member of the Taliban from a distance of 8,120 feet, or roughly 1.54 miles. This means his shot managed to top his predecessor’s by over 3,000 feet.
Speaking with the Times, sniper instructor Army Staff Sgt. Jared Reinhart noted that while sniper tactics and equipment are “continually evolving … technology can only go so far.”
“At that distance, certain atmospherics cannot be mitigated,” he added, before stating that “a little bit of luck was involved.”
Even if luck was a factor, that sniper deserves a lot of credit for landing such an impossible shot.
“Canadian snipers were arguably the best-equipped Allied soldiers in the early year of the war,” military historian Martin Pegler wrote in a 2011 history of sharpshooters, referencing World War I.
Regardless, a little congratulations is in order for our neighbor to the north.
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