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Canadian army sniper sets record for longest kill shot

Canadian army sniper sets record for longest kill shot

The sniper, who serves as a gun specialist in the elite Joint Task Force 2 operation in Iraq, achieved the feat by shooting an assailant from a high rise building over a distance of 3,450 meters, approximately 2.14 miles.

According to News Week, the shot fired by the Canadian sniper travelled 3,450 meters (over two miles) and took less than 10 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.

The report said the kill was verified by video and other data, though it was not made public. Before him, the record was also held by a Canadian, Corporal Rob Furlong, who in 2002 successfully neutralized a target from 2,430 meters using a McMillan Tac-50.

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One of the military insiders has called this shot "a world record that might never be equaled".

Firing from such a distance, the shooter would have had to account for wind; the round dropping as it was sacked from a higher location; and even the curvature of the earth.

British sniper Craig Harrison held the previous record for longest confirmed kill.

The Globe made sure to point out that - "despite the small size of the Canadian Armed Forces compared to the United States and Britain" - Canadian snipers now account for three of the top five world's longest sniper kills.

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The military confirmed the far-reaching hit, but declined to provide details about the kill.

"Canada has a world-class sniper system. There is an observer", a military source told Globe and Mail. It is not just a sniper.

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