A Canadian special forces sniper has recently broken the British-held record for the longest distance kill by a sniper, after shooting an IS fighter from over two miles away.
Executing the shot required the sniper to take wind, ballistics and the curvature of the Earth into account, though the identity of the soldier who fired the shot has been withheld for security reasons.
The previous record was set by British Army sniper Craig Harrison, who shot from 1.53 miles and killed two militants in Afghanistan.
The shot travelled 2.19 miles in less than 10 seconds to meet its target and disrupt the attack, the Canadian forces described that this was preferred to dropping bombs on the targets as innocent civilians would have been affected.
The bullet was fired using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle in Iraq to kill a member of IS during an attack on Iraqi security forces. Canadian major general Michael Rouleau described the kill as “unprecedented”
He added: “There is an element of art involved where the sniper actually has to estimate where the Daesh fighter is going to be, because when he pulls the trigger, there is just under 10 seconds of time of flight for the round.
“There is a lot of science involved in terms of the ballistic calculations but there is a subjective element of assessing what the winds are doing and whatnot.”