Canada?! Who knew the ole’ Canucks were nice with the sniper game? When you think of Canada, you think of hockey, syrup, Justin Bieber, and impeccable bedside manner, not bad ass special forces dudes blowing an evil motherf*cker’s head off from 11,000 feet away.
To be honest, I didn’t even know Canadian forces were deployed in Iraq. I’m no geopolitical expert, but I’ve always just assumed the Canadians keep to themselves. Well, in this case, luckily I was wrong, because not only are Canadians out there fighting the good fight but apparently, are straight dominating the competition.
According to reports, a sniper with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq broke the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a distance of 11,614 feet.
The Canadian Armed Forces confirmed Thursday that a member of Joint Task Force 2 made the record-breaking shot, killing an Islamic State insurgent during an operation in Iraq within the last month.
“The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target at 3,540 metres,” the forces said in a statement. “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.”
The elite sniper was using 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.
The previous record was held by British soldier Craig Harrison, who killed a Taliban soldier with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle at a range of from 8,120 feet away in 2009.