A Canadian sniper shot and killed an Islamic State fighter from 2.1 miles (3,781 yds) away last month, setting a world record for the longest recorded sniper kill, according to a report from the Toronto Globe and Mail.
The sniper, a member of an elite Canadian special forces team known as Joint Task Force 2, made the shot from a high-rise building using a .50-caliber McMillan TAC-50 rifle. The projectile took nearly 10 seconds to reach its target, and the sniper team had to account for wind, bullet drop, and even the Earth’s curvature.
“This is an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equaled,” a military source told the Globe.
The shot was made as part of Canada’s efforts to aid Iraqi security forces in their campaign against ISIS. While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suspended airstrikes against ISIS in 2016, he also announced plans to triple the number of special forces on the ground, as well as increase the number of Canadian Armed Forces members who are tasked with training and assisting local forces.
“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [so-called Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces,” a military source told the Globe.
“Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far away, the bad guys didn’t have a clue what was happening.”
The kill was independently verified by video camera and other data, according to the Globe.
“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.
The previous record was held by British sniper, Craig Harrison, who shot and killed a Taliban attacker from 2,475 meters in 2009 using a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle.
“It is at the distance where you have to account not just for the ballistics of the round, which change over time and distance, you have to adjust for wind, and the wind would be swirling,” said a source with expertise in training Canadian special forces.
“You have to adjust for him firing from a higher location downward and as the round drops you have to account for that. And from that distance you actually have to account for the curvature of the Earth.”
For security reasons, the Globe’s sources say they cannot confirm the name of the sniper or the location of the action.