Great Shot, Eh? Sniper Breaks Kill Shot Record

A Canadian sniper just shattered the world record for the longest kill shot. In a coalition engagement last month, our friend from up north eliminated an ISIS combatant from over two miles away. You read that right, the shot was over two miles long. The shot was recorded at 3,450 meters, smashing the previous record set in 2009 by British sniper Craig Harrison.

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O, Canada! A JTF2 elite sniper just broke the longest kill shot record

The unnamed sniper was part of a US-led coalition focused on taking out Islamic State militants in Syria using strategic air attacks with local ground support troops. The Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) has undertaken multiple strategic strikes against ISIS militants across Syria, fended off a surprise ISIS attack on their garrison back in April, and is now back in the news for another amazing feat. The sniper, a member of Canada’s elite Joint Task Force 2, used his McMillan TAC-50 long range sniper weapon to lob a .50 BMG Hornady AMAX over 11,300 feet to drop an ISIS militant. The names of the sniper and his spotter have been redacted to protect operational security. According to military sources, the shot took out an ISIS attack on allied Iraqi forces. The sniper mission was a precise application of force used instead of a dropping a strategic explosive, thus preventing unnecessary loss of civilian lives.

A Record Shattered

The previous record for longest kill shot was 2,475 meters. The newest shot blows the old record away by nearly a thousand meters, clocking in at 3,450 meters. That’s 11,319 feet, 3,773 yards, or just over 2.1 miles. To understand the distance of this impressive shot, let’s take a look at some similar distances (in US and Canadian numbers):

  • Nearly 38 football fields
  • The length of the National Mall from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial
  • 3 and a half times the length of Chicago’s Navy Pier
  • Nine Empire State Buildings
  • 40 Statues of Liberty stacked on one another
  • 13,583 Strips of Bacon (the normal kind, not the Canadian kind)
  • 1886 and a half Gretskies
  • 142 Canadian Maple trees
  • 56.5 ice hockey rinks
  • 188 Tim Hortons lined up in a row

More than just windage and elevation, in order to calculate the trajectory of a shot at this length, the sniper has to take many things into account. At ranges that long, you have compensate for the air temperature, humidity and air pressure, the altitude differences between shooter and target and curvature of the earth, the twist rate and spindrift of the bullet, and even the Coriolis effect of the earth spinning. That’s a lot of calculus for one shot. Think about that next time miss the paper at 500 yards!

McMillan Tac-50

The record-setting McMillan Tac-50 A1.

Among Good Company

The as-of-yet-unnamed sniper joins an elite crowd of shooters. Here’s the current list of longest confirmed sniper kills.

  1. Unnamed JTF2 Sniper, Canada, 3540 meters, McMillan Tac-50 with Hornady AMAX .50 BMG
  2. Craig Harrison, United Kingdom, 2475 meters, Accuracy Int. L115A3 with Lockbase .338 Lapua Mag
  3. Rob Furlong, Canada, 2430 meters, McMillan Tac-50 with Hornady AMAX .50 BMG
  4. Arron Perry, Canada, 2310 meters, McMillan Tac-50 with Hornady AMAX .50 BMG
  5. Brian Kremer, United States, 2300 meters, Barret M82A1 with Raufoss .50 BMG
  6. Carlos Hathcock, United States, 2286 meters, M2 Browning Machine Gun with .50 BMG
  7. Unnamed Special Forces Sniper, South Africa, 2125 meters, Denel NTW-14.5 with 14.5x114mm
  8. Nicholas Ranstad, United States, 2092 meters, Barrett M82A1 with .50 BMG
  9. Chris Kyle, United States, 1920 meters, McMillan Tac-338 with .338 Lapua Magnum</li>

Impressive shot, eh? What do you think of this Canadian sniper breaking the Longest Kill Shot record? Let us know in the comments!

93 Comments On This Article

    • He not looking at the target with his naked eye, he has the most powerful Sniper scope money can buy. but his spotter hast to do all the calculating for his windage and elevaton seting on said scope. It is a team effort but its the shooters trigger pull that what counts. Good for them. Need more of those kind on the battle field

  1. Fantastic shot. Excellent equipment and a highly skilled shooter are perfect for eliminating threats without collateral damage.

  2. I take nothing away from the skill of this sniper, but all the training and skill will only get it in the ball park at that range, then the hand of God leads it to the kill spot. At that range a fly in the way could alter the path enough to make a a wound, rather than kill. A difference in the thousandths of a grain of bullet weight could change the outcome. I am glad of the outcome, whatever the cause.

  3. GREAT ——————— GOD BLESS OURS AND THEIR FIGHTING FORCES.
    WITH THE CANCER INSIDE AMERICA AND THESE LIBERAL LOONIES AND THE SWAMP
    MORONS, OUR DYING WORLD NEEDS GREAT TALENT IN THE FIELD.

    BUT ALL THAT SAID –ONLY OUR NATION TURNING T0 GOD IS GOING TO SOLVE ANTHING.

    • I am a trump-eteer..maybe the fact that trump is president might cause some on the left and even the right to go back to God and prayer,,

    • Yeah, that was my bad. I was doing the math and added that one in without switching from feet back to yards. So, I divided the shot in yards by the football field in feet. I went and rechecked the other figures and they’re all sound…I must have just not had enough coffee. Thanks for pointing out my error!

  4. Chicago’s Navy Pier is 3,300 ft long. That makes the shot longer than 3 Navy Piers, not 4.
    So much for journalistic excellence.

  5. Astonishing!! ALL of those calculations to be considered in an instant!! Simply TOO INCREDIBLE for words!! Way to go, you brilliant, courageous, talented, exceptional warrior!! Thank God for you– and thank God YOU are on OUR side!!! May God protect, comfort and strengthen you, and each and every soldier along with you, now and forever. God bless you. Respectfully, Mary Skvorc

  6. Clifton Palmer McLendon

    I for one am glad to see that all of the top snipers are from friendly nations (no communist nations or camel-jockeys).

  7. I guess I’m missing something. It seems to me that 3,773 yards is a lot closer to 37 foot ball fields than it is to 12 football fields. What am I missing?

    • Yeah, that was my bad. I was doing the math and added that one in without switching from feet back to yards. So, I divided the shot in yards by the football field in feet. I went and rechecked the other figures and they’re all sound…I must have just not had enough coffee. Thanks for pointing out my error!

  8. The 12 and a half football fields – does this include the parking lots on either end? Assuming a 100 yard football field the number of fields would be closer to 38, would it not? 3773 yards/100 = 37.73.

    • Yeah, that was my bad. I was doing the math and added that one in without switching from feet back to yards. So, I divided the shot in yards by the football field in feet. I went and rechecked the other figures and they’re all sound…I must have just not had enough coffee. Thanks for pointing out my error!

  9. The hold over on a shot that far must have been 50 meters. The laser rangefinder with the built in ballistics calculator is a handy tool. The windage estimation must have been a bitch considering over that distance wind direction and velocity probably had a half dozen variations. Coriolas effect wound not be a factor since both shooter and target (and the bullet) are on the same place on the earth and rotating in the same airspace.
    Overall, well done, a hell of a shot!

    • Coriolis does need to be taken into account at distances that long, especially in shots that aren’t parallel to the equator. It is usually quite minor in most long distances, but depending on the shot vector, it can move the point of impact off target. Thank goodness for modern ballistic calculators! I can’t imagine how GySgt. Hathcock did it with a Ma Deuce and mental math!

  10. Carlos Hathcock accomplished his feat on an issue M2 .50 BMG (Ma Deuce) with a Weaver 6X scope. All compensation was done manually and seat of the pants

  11. I would have loved to be the spotter on that shot and what’s left of that piece of shit militant.It would have been beautiful to watch.

  12. ALL THESE GUYS SHOULD KEEP IT UP AND POSSIBLY CLEAN UP CHICAGO AND DETROIT SHOOTING FROM NEW YORK!
    GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND STAY SAFE! OH, AND THANK YOU!

  13. As a ex Canadian soldier or 1960 witn RCEME 1st div we had to shoot out to pop up targets out to 1000 yards with iron sights @ I was classed as a marksman cross rifles &crown u guys r a way too good god bless Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ &USA I served in Canada for 10 yrs including the Irish fuligiers life was great I ended up as a journeyman machinest thank u Canada πŸ’ͺπŸ‘€πŸ’₯πŸ”«πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

    • Yeah, that was my bad. I was doing the math and added that one in without switching from feet back to yards. So, I divided the shot in yards by the football field in feet. I went and rechecked the other figures and they’re all sound…I must have just not had enough coffee. Thanks for pointing out my error!

  14. Vertically impossible. I’m a Bench rest shooting with many years of shooting precision rifle. I’m not saying it’s impossible but highly unlikely. First, who verified the shot?
    You might be able to make a shot like that but not without a whole lot of pre shots for adjusting. Have you ever shot a 50 cal ? That
    Many shots would knock your shoulder of.

    • the TAC 50A1R2 with recoil system built into the stock shoots as soft as a .270 winchester. No degradation of accuracy, one hole’rs consistently. Canadian armed forces wanted it badly but their bureaucracy ruined a contract for 160 rifles and they were never delivered. ( a few prototypes) All CanadianTAC 50’s use suppressors which really ups the recoil so the R2 device was very welcome. A focus group of over 30 of their best snipers wanted it. Then McMillan was sold to a company who had no clue how to run the business and let the TAC 50 languish with orders unfilled and customers wondering what happened. Now the company has been sold yet again . . . outcome unknown. Regards your observation Sam, without question, benchrest has brought many great innovations to the craft . . Mac McMillan shot a one hole group (benchrest) that stood for 20 years . . thought to be impossible (they needed to X-Ray it)but don’t underestimate what can be done in combat if you haven’t had the experience yourself. . paper targets at 100 yds are paper targets . . it may amount to tossing a nickel on a table and having it land on its edge but statistically it can be done . . if it can happen it will. The Canadians are great shooters with great integrity, if they say they did it . . they did

  15. Not the first time the Canadians put their butts on the line for us. Remember the Iran hostage crisis? Great allies, and a magnificent shot! Thank you!

  16. Great story but please recheck your math on 12 football fields. I am assuming you mean north american football which are 300 ft endzone to endzone and 360 ft end line to end line. Counting the farther of the two, it would be 31.4 football fields.

    • Yeah, that was my bad. I was doing the math and added that one in without switching from feet back to yards. So, I divided the shot in yards by the football field in feet. I went and rechecked the other figures and they’re all sound…I must have just not had enough coffee. Thanks for pointing out my error!

  17. Nice to know Canadian & American military snipers can and do get the job done!, God Bless you and protect you in this violent world you occupy!

    • Yeah, that was my bad. I was doing the math and added that one in without switching from feet back to yards. So, I divided the shot in yards by the football field in feet. I went and rechecked the other figures and they’re all sound…I must have just not had enough coffee. Thanks for pointing out my error!

  18. Gy/Sgt Lew Souder

    What will the next one be??? Awesome shot!!!!

    I still think that Gy/Sgt. Carlos Hathcock is the best – he went out alone – no spotter….

    • Gunny . . . 26th Marine Snipers has a website that has photo’s of Carlos 50 with scope up on hill 55 . . nothing fancy, just worked. I saw a recreation of the weapon at the Shot Show years ago put together by the Navy man ( forgotten first name)Johnson who set it up for Carlos on the hill. Johnson died a few years back . . he was a pioneer in using Moly treatment for bores

  19. I think we should make him an honorary American. Looks like he used all American products for his shot. I don’t see what brand of optic was used. Truly impressive marksmanship!!!!!!

  20. Jeffery T Stevens

    Seriously, this is well beyond good or stellar shooting. Im pretty sure the dude is bad ass but honestly it was probably more luck than anything. Not to take away from his skillset he’s a pimp. But I guarantee if he had to do it all over again probably would be a different outcome, but he’s down for a well deserved record.

  21. This is Masterful shooting and thank him for using North American Products but what are the optics as we seem to be not so hot at them anymore and go to Europe for our Optics.
    We need to keep up building great weapons in North America to keep us a FREE society!

  22. I think the 12 football field comparison is wrong, even if you allow 20 yards for the end zones you end up with 1440 yds. I think 36 football fields (without the end zones) is closer to the distance involved. That is an incredible shot, congratulations to the shooter.

    • Yeah, that was my bad. I was doing the math and added that one in without switching from feet back to yards. So, I divided the shot in yards by the football field in feet. I went and rechecked the other figures and they’re all sound…I must have just not had enough coffee. Thanks for pointing out my error!

  23. I think you need to recalculate your football fields… a football field is only 100 yards long, that only 1200 yards.. a far cry from the shot he made..

    • Yeah, that was my bad. I was doing the math and added that one in without switching from feet back to yards. So, I divided the shot in yards by the football field in feet. I went and rechecked the other figures and they’re all sound…I must have just not had enough coffee. Thanks for pointing out my error!

    • Great question, Jeff. Lined up end-to-end, it’d be about 148,096 cold ones. (That’d be a long game “Bottles of Beer on the Wall”)

  24. grreg dolezal g and g guns

    wow that’s fantasic hope all the isis think about steeping outside get in a straight line and see how many he can get with one shot!!!!!!

  25. Thank you for your service to our coalition’s mission. Great dedication, great training and great gear – not to mention amazing Marksmanship, is a winning combination. Keep shooting!

  26. If it was a first shot then that’s the luckiest sniper EVER! Even if it was multiple shots, was the target just laying down sleeping with headphones on at full blast? Even with video I think it’s near impossible to believe.
    I demand video! Maybe some multiple angles and Slo-Mo of course.

  27. what kind of optic was on the gun and was it just one shot? I know the previous record was done with 5 shots walking it in on the target.

  28. 10 seconds? Seriously? Then that 2900 fps projectile would have had to drop a good ways into subsonic speeds to take that long. Right? Or is my math way off?

  29. Fantastic Shot-not meaning to take anything away from the Sniper, but he couldn’t have done it without a Fantastic Spotter with probably with a $12-15,000 scope.

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