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Canadian sniper blows away record for farthest kill

By Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

A Canadian sniper (Lou Penney/DND)

A Canadian sniper (Lou Penney/DND)

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.

For security reasons, the sniper is not being named.

Joint Task Force 2 are training — and assisting — Kurdish fighters who are battling ISIS as the coalition strangles the life out of the death cult’s last redoubt in Mosul.

“This is an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equalled,” a military insider told the Globe and Mail.

Another source told the paper: “The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh (ISIS) attack on Iraqi security forces.”

THE SHOT

The bullet was fired from a highrise tower and took 10 seconds to travel the 3.54 km to its target. It required math, a steady hand and keen eyesight. Coalition forces often prefer using snipers instead of aerial bombing because the triggermen are more accurate and less likely to hit civilians.

THE GUN

Canada’s Armed Forces have used the Arizona-designed Tac-50 since 2000. Mostly used against human targets, it can also take light-armoured vehicles off the board. It weighs 26 pounds, is 144-cm-long and can hold five cartridges.

OH, CANADA

Canadian snipers have been known since the First World War as among the best in the world, with our special forces earning a reputation for cunning and deadly accuracy. Three of the top five longest kills belong to Canadian soldiers.

GREATEST HITS

  • CANADA 2017: 3,540 metres
  • GREAT BRITAIN 2009: 2,475 metres
  • CANADA 2002: 2,430 metres
  • CANADA 2002: 2,310 metres
  • UNITED STATES 2004: 2,300 metres