A British sniper may have just broken the longest sniper kill in history.
According to British dailies, a sniper of the British Army’s special force, the Special Air Service (SAS), killed an Islamic State terrorist from a distance of 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles).
The counter-terrorist operation in which the terrorist was killed happened in Iraq’s Mosul two weeks ago.
So accurate was the British sniper that he hit the terrorist in the throat. It was not easy because the bullet itself took approximately 3 seconds to hit the target.
What is more interesting is that the terrorist was himself a sniper, which means that the British sniper took a grave risk. The terrorist, the reports say, had killed a number of soldiers using a Dragunov sniper gun.
The two were actually trying to get each other. “It was a cat-and-mouse game; a classic counter-sniper operation,” The Star quotes a source as saying.
The target was clever and was constantly moving to get the best position to kill the British sniper while not giving an opportunity to the SAS veteran to target him.
But the terrorist made a fatal error when he left a building. He attempted a shot for which he had to stay still. That was the moment when the alert British SAS soldier fired his gun.
And the gun that the British sniper used was not an ordinary one – it was an American CheyTac M200 Intervention gun.
The range of this gun is approximately 3.2 kilometers. The bullet generates so much energy that it can vaporize the organs of its target upto a range of 2.5 kilometers.
But the more interesting part is that the gun has a built-in computer that guides the shooter where to aim by factoring in wind speed, humidity and distance.
The record for the longest sniper kill in history is held by Corporal Craig Harrison of the British Army.
In 2009, he killed not one but two Taliban machine gunners in Helmand Province of Afghanistan from a distance of exactly 2,475 meters using Accuracy International L115A3 sniper gun.