There’s breaking a record and then there’s absolutely annihilating a record, and that’s what a sniper with Canada’s elite special forces did when he made the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,450 meters (2.14 miles).
Reports are saying a member of Joint Task Force 2 killed an Islamic State insurgent using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle during an operation in Iraq last month. To put this incredible shot into perspective, a bullet traveling that distance took nearly 11 seconds to reach its target.
Distance, windage, the curvature of the Earth all came into play when lining up this shot, which a military source stressed fell within the guidelines of the government’s approval.
According to The Globe and Mail, the kill was independently verified by video camera and other data, but we have not yet seen any footage of the operation.