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Canadian sniper sets new long shot record

June 23, 2017

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THE McMILLAN TAC-50 SNIPER RIFLE — MANUFACTURED IN PHOENIX BY McMILLAN BROTHERS RIFLE COMPANY 

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During the last month, a Canadian sniper set a new record for a long shot kill.

The record setting shot was reported in the the Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail. 

Source: Derek Hawkins, How Canada’s small military produced deadly, record-breaking snipers (June 23, 2017).

The unidentified sniper killed an Islamic State fighter from 3,450 meters — more than two miles away.  The bullet took about 10 seconds to reach its target.

The unnamed sniper serves as a gun specialist in Canada’s elite Joint Task Force 2 operation in Iraq.  The long shot was made using a United States manufactured McMillan Tac-50 rifle.  The .50 caliber weapon is referred to as the C15 Long Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW) by the Canadian armed forces.  It weighs about 26 pounds and has a maximum effective range of about 4,000 yards.

All Tac-50 free-floating barrels are custom  made by Lilja Precision Rifle Barrels, Inc., a family business located in Plains, Montana.  Lilja barrels are made from rifle barrel quality, 416-type stainless and 4140-type chrome-molly steels manufactured in the United States. Stainless steel barrels are guaranteed to be uniform dimensionally to .0001 inch.

VIDEO  DEMONSTRATING THE McMILLAN TAC-50 SNIPER RIFLE — “BIG MAC”

British sniper Craig Harrison previously held the world long shot record in 2009 when he killed two Taliban insurgents from a range of 2,475 meters.

Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a reporter for The Washington Post, described the feat:

“For the soldier to hit his target 3,540 meters (3,871 yards) he would need to account for every atmospheric factor available. Wind speed, temperature, barometric pressure, the bullets yaw and the rotation of the earth would all need to be considered before pulling the trigger.”

Source: Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Canadian Special Operations sniper hit target from more than 2 miles away, military says (June 22, 2017).

Canadians now account for three of the top five longest recorded sniper kills.  In 2002, Canadian Master Cpl. Arron Perry shot and killed an Afghan insurgent from 2,310 meters.  Weeks later, during the same operation, Canadian Cpl. Rob Furlong killed an insurgent at 2,430  meters.

Evan McAllister, a former Marine sergeant who served multiple deployments as a sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan, said that some form of assistance other than a conventional rifle scope would be needed to successfully shoot at such a distance.

“While the shot was possible with the outstanding ballistic properties of a match .50 projectile, a conventional rifle scope would make seeing the target at that range almost impossible, and it may be likely that the sniper team had some form of assistance either from an extremely advanced rifle scope or an overhead drone,” McAllister said. “There is also a chance that the sniper couldn’t exactly see the targets or the impacts, but a spotter with an advanced optical device was able to verbally walk the sniper into the target and correct his aim.”

Source: Goodman-Neff article in The Washington Post.

Another Canadian newspaper, The Toronto Sun, reported:

“A Canadian special forces sniper has obliterated the record for the longest confirmed kill in military history. The shot — believed to be taken from the top of an apartment building in northern Iraq — hit its target a staggering 3.54 km away. It blew away the previous record by nearly a kilometre — and the ISIS fighter.”

Source: Brad Hunter, Canadian sniper blows away record for farthest kill, The Toronto Sun (June 22, 2017).  Hunter reported: “Coalition forces often prefer using snipers instead of aerial bombing because the triggermen are more accurate and less likely to hit civilians.”

Hunter’s article listed the top five longest sniper kills: (1) CANADA 2017: 3,540 meters, (2) GREAT BRITAIN 2009: 2,475 meters, (3) CANADA 2002: 2,430 meters, (4) CANADA 2002: 2,310 meters, and (5) UNITED STATES 2004: 2,300 meters.

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A CANADIAN SNIPER

(PHOTO CREDIT: LOU PENNEY / DND FROM THE TORONTO SUN)

 

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