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Christmas Spirit
6/22/2017 7:15am,
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canadian-elite-special-forces-sniper-sets-record-breaking-kill-shot-in-iraq/article35415651/

Holyshit.


A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,450 metres.

Sources say a member of Joint Task Force 2 killed an Islamic State insurgent with a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle while firing from a high-rise during an operation that took place within the last month in Iraq. It took under 10 seconds to hit the target.


that's ummm 2.143 miles.



The kill was independently verified by video camera and other data, The Globe and Mail has learned.

“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,” another military source said.

A military insider told The Globe: “This is an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equalled.”

The world record was previously held by British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot a Taliban gunner with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle from 2,475 metres away in 2009.

Previously, Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong had set the world record in 2002 at 2,430 metres when he gunned down an Afghan insurgent carrying an RPK machine gun during Operation Anaconda.


Over a kilometer past the previous confirmed kill? I knew those 50's were amazing but I can't wrap my head around that.
I want to see the video.

Kovacs
6/22/2017 8:25am,
Good drills.

Cake of Doom
6/22/2017 8:33am,
I wouldn't mind seeing the video, either. Thats one hell of a shot!

Christmas Spirit
6/22/2017 8:41am,
Good drills.

So it's like everything else in life?
Practice and good gear?

ghost55
6/22/2017 9:09am,
That man's spotter is a god among men.

Christmas Spirit
6/22/2017 9:23am,
That man's spotter is a god among men.

From the article it sounds like they had people there at target too.
Maybe more of a team effort than usual. 2 miles is really fucking with my head. You can't make that shot from 0 elevation can you? Everything have I shot was under well under 100 meters... like mainly 50-75 yards.
I wonder how long they had that shot set up?
Did the duo see the building and the clear line of site to a possible hot spot and drool over the chance for weeks?
Or was it on the fly?
...

Either way I bet #BaconClownShoes#ISIS are having a much harder time wrapping their heads around it.
You know those particular individuals got that video hand delivered to them just for the psyops value.

Diesel_tke
6/22/2017 9:35am,
That's amazing! Could he even see the target in his scope?

ghost55
6/22/2017 9:52am,
From the article it sounds like they had people there at target too.
Maybe more of a team effort than usual. 2 miles is really fucking with my head. You can't make that shot from 0 elevation can you? Everything have I shot was under well under 100 meters... like mainly 50-75 yards.
I wonder how long they had that shot set up?
Did the duo see the building and the clear line of site to a possible hot spot and drool over the chance for weeks?
Or was it on the fly?
...

Either way I bet #BaconClownShoes#ISIS are having a much harder time wrapping their heads around it.
You know those particular individuals got that video hand delivered to them just for the psyops value.

It was from a pretty tall building. And yeah. Dude is part of JTF2; the best SF unit on the planet you probably haven't heard of. And from what the sniper said it was absolutely a huge team effort.

Kovacs
6/22/2017 11:06am,
So it's like everything else in life?
Practice and good gear?

Yeah. The optics and weapon system helped him make the shot but he needed to be competent to be able to use them both correctly. So in this case he's extremely competent with some extremely effective kit.

ghost55
6/22/2017 11:43am,
Yeah. The optics and weapon system helped him make the shot but he needed to be competent to be able to use them both correctly. So in this case he's extremely competent with some extremely effective kit.

Truly god-like amounts of math and luck went into this. I get the impression that the real reason they tried this was "because we can." And the footage from this is going to probably replace pornhub for everyone that took part for AT LEAST three months.

GrouchyOldMan
6/22/2017 11:56am,
Yeah. The optics and weapon system helped him make the shot but he needed to be competent to be able to use them both correctly. So in this case he's extremely competent with some extremely effective kit.
This!

Every aspect of their gear, from individual rifle components, to optics, to the bullets they use, are meticulously selected and prepared. Comparing their equipment to the rifle and box of ammo off of the rack at the sporting goods store would be the equivalent of comparing a Chevrolet Monte Carlo on the lot at the local dealership to the one that Dale Earnhardt drove on the NASCAR circuit.


That doesn't minimize the skills it takes for a team to pull off a shot like that. It does take someone with a serious set of trained skills, but that person can only be as effective as their equipment will allow. Advertised MOA for most off the shelf, commercially made rifles, seem to be right at 1". That would be too much deviation in point of impact at "sniper distances" for any shooter to produce consistent accuracy. To keep with the racecar analogy, the best Formula 1 driver in the world will never be able to win the Indy 500 with a Dodge Hellcat.

GrouchyOldMan
6/22/2017 11:58am,
Truly god-like amounts of math and luck went into this.

I never stopped to think about it until I read this...I wonder how much luck was involved. I wonder if the team could duplicate this shot.

ghost55
6/22/2017 12:12pm,
I never stopped to think about it until I read this...I wonder how much luck was involved. I wonder if the team could duplicate this shot.

The bullet took ten seconds to get to the target. Think about how far you can move in ten seconds. The team straight up admitted "yeah this probably isn't going to happen again."

GrouchyOldMan
6/22/2017 12:39pm,
The bullet took ten seconds to get to the target. Think about how far you can move in ten seconds. The team straight up admitted "yeah this probably isn't going to happen again."
Even if you take the live target out of the equation, I wonder how successfully they could reproduce this on a static range.

Kovacs
6/22/2017 1:29pm,
From the article it sounds like they had people there at target too.
Maybe more of a team effort than usual. 2 miles is really fucking with my head. You can't make that shot from 0 elevation can you? Everything have I shot was under well under 100 meters... like mainly 50-75 yards.
I wonder how long they had that shot set up?
Did the duo see the building and the clear line of site to a possible hot spot and drool over the chance for weeks?
Or was it on the fly?
...

Either way I bet #BaconClownShoes#ISIS are having a much harder time wrapping their heads around it.
You know those particular individuals got that video hand delivered to them just for the psyops value.

It wouldn't have been on the fly, as in a snap shot, they would have had to invest some time into it. It would have almost certainly been a static target, as in he would have been sitting or standing still in a predictable spot, say in a vehicle or on sentry. A lot of long range sniper kills tend to be against semi-static enemies like gunners or people fucking about with IEDs.

It might have taken a few shots to zero in first as well, shots of that distance are rarely done off the bat like in the movies. If this one was a one shot then it is truly legendary.

I'm interested to know about the videoing, if they had someone reccying it or if it was a drone. They went to a lot of effort to peg this guy. I'd like to know more if it ever becomes available.

Christmas Spirit
6/22/2017 1:42pm,
It wouldn't have been on the fly, as in a snap shot, they would have had to invest some time into it. It would have almost certainly been a static target, as in he would have been sitting or standing still in a predictable spot, say in a vehicle or on sentry. A lot of long range sniper kills tend to be against semi-static enemies like gunners or people fucking about with IEDs.

It might have taken a few shots to zero in first as well, shots of that distance are rarely done off the bat like in the movies. If this one was a one shot then it is truly legendary.

I'm interested to know about the videoing, if they had someone reccying it or if it was a drone. They went to a lot of effort to peg this guy. I'd like to know more if it ever becomes available.

"nonono ... wait. Wait till he is comfy and settled in and looking down the sights"

or yeah they could have been steady lobbing ordinance at a mortar, artillery or mounted machine gun to **** it up. I have seen what those fancy explosive (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-explosive_incendiary/armor-piercing_ammunition)rounds do.

and of course Jerry has shot a few rounds of it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkRyJCOuHc0