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Canadian sniper sets world record with 2.2-mile pickoff of ISIS fighter

A Canadian sniper set what appears to be a record, picking off an ISIS fighter from some 2.2 miles away, and disrupting a potentially deadly operation by the terror group in Iraq.


Shooting experts say the fatal shot at a world-record distance of 11,316 feet underscores how stunningly sophisticated military snipers are becoming. The feat, pulled off by a special forces sniper from Canada’s Joint Task Force 2, smashed the previous distance record for successful sniper shots by some 3,280 feet, a record set by a British sniper.


    “ ... the true challenge here was being able to calculate the actual wind speed and direction all the way to the target.”
    - Ryan Cleckner, former U.S. Army Ranger sniper 


"The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of the Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target from 3,540 metres [2.2 miles]," the Canadian military said in a statement.


While officials would not say where the shot took place, the statement noted the command "provides its expertise to Iraqi security force to detect, identify and defeat Daesh activities from well behind the Iraqi security force front line in Mosul."


The new record was set using a McMillan TAC-50, a .50-caliber weapon and the largest shoulder-fired firearm in existence.


Ryan Cleckner, a former U.S. Army Ranger sniper who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and wrote the authoritative “Long Range Shooting Handbook,” called the feat an “incredible” accomplishment, one that owes as much if not more to the spotter’s expertise than the shooter's skill.


“The spotter would have had to successfully calculate five factors: distance, wind, atmospheric conditions and the speed of the earth’s rotation at their latitude,” Cleckner told Fox News.


“Because wind speed and direction would vary over the two miles the bullet traveled, the true challenge here was being able to calculate the actual wind speed and direction all the way to the target.”


Atmospheric conditions also would have posed a huge challenge for the spotter.


“To get the atmospheric conditions just right, the spotter would have had to understand the temperature, humidity and barometric pressure of the air the round had to travel through.


Cleckner said that while the ammunition that Canadian special forces use in the TAC-50 is “off-the-charts powerful,” with some 13,000 foot-pounds of force when it comes out of the muzzle, the speed of a bullet, a 750-grain Hornady round, is not as important as the aerodynamic efficiency of the bullet.


“The key to having a sniper round travel that far and hit a small target has less to do with speed and more to do with the efficiency with which the projectile moves through the air,” he said.


That’s because while sniper bullets exit the muzzle at several times the speed of sound they eventually slow down to less than the speed of sound, and at that point they become less stable. An efficiently designed bullet reduces that instability, he explained.


Dennis Santiago, California-based firearms expert and instructor, said the partnership between the spotter and the shooter is critical.


"Equipment is just a starting point. The shooter on a military team will surely be skilled enough to hold hard on the 'aimpoint' and fire the shot accurately," he told Fox News. "The spotter member of the sniper team is responsible for telling the shooter the precise moment the atmospherics align with the calculations they've made. When it comes together, it's 'mission accomplished'."




There are some differences in what is being reported concerning the actual bullet used for this.  This article has additional information and suggests a different bullet may have been used.



The Keefe Report: Canadian Sniper's Longest Shot

The Keefe Report: Canadian Sniper's Longest Shot

The Canadian C15 LRSW made an appearance in the movie "Hyena Road." Top image courtesyimfdb.org.

Marksmanship matters. And a record was set this week in military marksmanship. Already well known for the excellence of its snipers—who work in pairs—a Canadian sniper in Afghanistan has set a new world record for the longest shot—a shot fired at 3,450 meters or 11,300 feet. That is 2.14 miles or 3,766 yards. It was remarkable for many reasons, one of which was it took about 10 seconds from the moment of firing for the bullet to impact the target—an ISIS fighter. The shot replaced British sniper Craig Harrison's 2,675 meter hit on a Talban machine gunner in 2009. Harrison, a Corporal of Horse in the Blues and Royals, used an Accuracy International rifle chambered in .338 Lapua adopted by the British as the L96A1.

The Special Forces soldier in the news reports was a member of Canada's Joint Task Force 2, which "protects the Canadian national interest in combat terrorism at home and abroad." The Globe and Mail reported "the shot in question actually disrupted an [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces."


While American military snipers shooting .50 BMG typically use the Barrett M107, the Canadians prefer bolt-actions for long-range sniping work. The rifle used by the JTF2 sniper is a variant of the McMillan TAC-50 adopted by the Canadians as the C15 Long Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW). This is a 26-lb. bolt-action 50 BMG rifle built for the Canadian Armed Forces by McMillan Firearms Mfg.in Arizona. Of course, it has a McMillan fiberglass stock with a pistol grip, an adjustable comb and can be broken down for transport. The C15 is chambered in .50 BMG and is built with a proprietary McMillan action with a fluted, two-lug bolt, and feeds from a five-round capacity detachable box magazine. Barrels for the TAC-50 are made by Lilja Precision, and the 39” tubes are hand lapped. It is unknown whether the JTF2 sniper was using a Leupold Mark 4 4-16X 40 mm LR/T M1 or the newer Schmidt & Bender 5–25X 56 mm PM/IILP.

Likely the round used was the Mark 211 Model 0, which is a 671-gr. armor piercing round that has a tungsten-carbide penetrator. Known as the Raufoss for the ammunition maker in Raufoss, Norway, that developed the projectile, it is favored by Western snipers shooting .50 BMG. This round was used by Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry sniper Rob Furlong in his previous record breaking shot in Shahi Kot Province in 2002, which was 2,675 yards or 1.51 miles.

Major John L. Plaster, USAR, (Ret.) has written about sniping in Afghanistan, and the conditions faced by Allied snipers. Training and technology have made such shots possible. Again, Maj. Plaster wrote about the kinds of ballistic software used in the field by elite snipers. Ever heard of Coriolis Effect?

More details will no doubt emerge, but this remains an impressive feat of military marksmanship.


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2 hours ago, ck_kent said:

Wow, 3.5km! I wonder how long it traveled.


Time of flight was approximately 10 seconds.

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6 hours ago, straycat19 said:

“ ... the true challenge here was being able to calculate the actual wind speed and direction all the way to the target.”

I guess the true challenge here is for the target not to move within that 10-second flight of the bullet. :lol:

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10 hours ago, mikie said:

3 shots = 1 kill for this record.

Is this mentioned in the article or where?, Please. Just curiosity. 

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one active duty and two former U.S. Marine Corps snipers were skeptical, saying that the shot, while possible, was also highly improbable


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9 hours ago, vitorio said:

Is this mentioned in the article or where?, Please. Just curiosity. 


I saw it originally in either Bing or Yahoo news .. and also went looking on YouTube to see if there might be footage.

First shot missed, second shot hit a backpack, then target was hit, with spotters help.   They were appreciably higher than the target.


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Guys and girls can we please refrain from War..Nsane community is not about this..We are about coming together as one in peace ...Threads will be closed......



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What a Sniper!


One hell of a Sniper!

:cheers:     :win:



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On 23/06/2017 at 7:48 PM, Reefa said:

Off Topic posts removed...


why remove my post? i dont have do any thing against rules and i dont have participate to this bullshit war debate???!!!


i only discuss with guys about signatures and avatars!!!!!!!!!!!


you restrict my posts 3 months and now remove my post too? why? just for pleasure?


you should had close this bullshit topic promoting weapons and war



i see guys say general news is bullshit here and i am agree coz some members just post bullshit about war and glory of weapons!!!





Major John L. Plaster, USAR, (Ret.) has written about sniping in Afghanistan, and the conditions faced by Allied snipers


this post have contain reference to kill people with this weapon - me dont care it is in afganistan or in botswana


other post about glory of weapons and snippers by same member and post is in "joke & funny" forum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

you think war and weapons is joke or game?

war and weapons take lives - you should not talk as joke or game and i repeat : not matter it is afganistan or other country you think is evil




after all bullshit about war & weapons you remove my post about signature & avatar???!!!

the world said pita!


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