America might need to up its killing game, as one of Canada’s snipers just took top shelf in a record-setting killing of an ISIS member—the Canuck was 2.2 miles away!
Top snipers agree this record-breaking kill (a whopping 11,316 feet away) proves the progression and advancements marksmen are making. While a British marksman once held the mantle (3,280 feet), a Canadian Joint Task Force 2 special-forces sniper clearly blew that away.
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“…the true challenge here was being able to calculate the actual wind speed and direction all the way to the target,” former-US Army Ranger Sniper Ryan Cleckner said.
“The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of the Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target from 3,540 meterss [2.2 miles],” the Canadian military explained in their statement.
The kill’s location cannot be disclosed, but the military’s information did add the order “provides its expertise to Iraqi-security forces to detect, identify and defeat Daesh activities from well behind the Iraqi-security-force front line in Mosul.”
The Canadian marksman won the kill shot with a lofty, McMillan TAC—0.50-caliber gun (currently the biggest shoulder-assisted piece out there).
After putting in a double-TDY (tour of duty) Afghanistan assignment, Cleckner authored Long-Range Shooting Handbook and deemed the shot “incredible”—a score indicative of the Canadian marksman’s proficiency (possibly higher than the gunman’s ability alone).
“The spotter would have had to successfully calculate five factors: distance, wind, atmospheric conditions and the speed of the earth’s rotation at their latitude,” Cleckner explained in an interview. “Because wind speed and direction would vary over the two miles the bullet traveled, the true challenge here was being able to calculate the actual wind speed and direction all the way to the target,” Cleckner added.
The marksman also had to consider atmospheric conditions, as that factor is a crucial variable.
“To get the atmospheric conditions just right, the spotter would have had to understand the temperature, humidity and barometric pressure of the air the round had to travel through,” Cleckner noted. He continued with saying TAC-50’s ammunition is “off-the-charts powerful;” but due to there being roughly 13,000 foot-pounds of pressure upon the bullet (750-grain Hornady) exiting the gun, the ammo’s aerodynamic effectiveness trumps its speed. “The key to having a sniper round travel that far and hit a small target has less to do with speed and more to do with the efficiency with which the projectile moves through the air,” Cleckner pontificated.
Cleckner continued with this being due to the sniper ammo firing out much faster than the speed of sound but ultimately losing speed—below the said comparison. By then, the stability has lowered. A sharply crafted bullet counters the breakdown in stability.
California-based firearms expert & instructor Dennis Santiago stressed the importance of the cohesion a spotter and shooter must have. “Equipment is just a starting point. The shooter on a military team will surely be skilled enough to hold hard on the ‘aimpoint’ and fire the shot accurately,” he explained in an interview. “The spotter member of the sniper team is responsible for telling the shooter the precise moment the atmospherics align with the calculations they’ve made. When it comes together, it’s ‘mission accomplished.’”