A soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces has set a world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in history: 3,540 meters (2.19 miles, for those who don’t speak Canadian.) The member of the elite Joint Task Force 2 dropped a fighter for the so-called Islamic State during an operation in Iraq this month, Canadian Forces announced in a statement.
The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target at 3,540 metres. For operational security reasons and to preserve the safety of our personnel and our Coalition partners we will not discuss precise details on when and how this incident took place.
According to the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Canadian shottist used a McMillan TAC-50 rifle chambered for .50 BMG, manufactured by McMillan Firearms in Phoenix, Arizona, to take down the target, firing from a high-rise. “It took under 10 seconds to hit the target.”
The Canadians are adamant that the shot was legit.
The kill was independently verified by video camera and other data….
“Hard data on this. It isn’t an opinion. It isn’t an approximation. There is a second location with eyes on with all the right equipment to capture exactly what the shot was….”
The previous world record was set by British Corporal Craig Harrison in 2009, when he used a 8.59mm L115A3 Long Range Rifle to drop a Taliban machine gunner in Afghanistan at 1.53 miles.
The soldier has not been identified — although he can live secure in the knowledge that he’s accomplished a shooting feat of true excellence…in the service of a just cause.