The fight against terrorism demands accuracy unfathomable by ordinary people like us. That clears the fact that recruitment of military personnel and special task forces are comprised of humans who are extraordinarily good at their jobs so that people like you and me can write and read about them.
One such man with calculation and targeting stronger than anyone in the world right now has set a new world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history. This kill shot was a 3,450 meters (3.5 km) long shot with a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle which killed an Islamic State insurgent. The sniper belonged to the Joint Task Force 2.
Adding to our surprise, it took less than 10 seconds to hit the target who had no idea about what was coming down for him. The world record was previously held by British sniper, Craig Harrison, who, from the distance of 2,475 meters shot a Taliban gunner with a 338 Magnum rifle in 2009.
Members of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment are training Kurdish forces in Iraq right now. Their primary tasks of JTF2 are sniper operation, counter-terrorism, and hostage rescue. The Canadian commandos are not supposed to get involved in direct combat.
A military source, who stressed that the operation fell within the strictures of the government’s advisory, informed The Globe,
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.
One of the military insiders has called this shot “a world record that might never be equaled”. Canada enjoys the reputation of having quality snipers despite the small size of its Armed Forces as compared to US and Britain.