Canadian sniper holds the record for longest confirmed kill once again with the C15.
McMillan TAC-50 C15 .50 BMG
The McMillan Tac-50 is a manually operated, rotary bolt-action rifle. The large bolt has dual front locking lugs, and its body has spiral flutes to reduce weight. The heavy match-grade Lilja barrel is fluted to dissipate heat quickly, reduce overall weight and is fitted with an effective muzzle brake to reduce recoil. The fiberglass McMillan stock is designed to be used with a bipod. The buttstock is adjustable for length of pull with rubber spacers and can be removed for compact storage.
Model: TAC-50 C15
Calibre: .50 BMG
Trigger Type: Adjustable, set at 3.5 lbs.
Barrel Specifications: 29" Fluted Match Grade Free-Floating Barrel Threaded with Muzzle Brake
Twist Rate: 1:15"
Sights: 5" 30 MOA Picatinny Action Rail
Finish: Matte Black
Stock Description: Adjustable Stock in Olive Drab with Black Marble
Capacity: 5 Round Detachable Box Magazine
Weight: 12 Kg
Overall Length: 57"
Accessories Included: These rifles come with 1 x 5 round magazine, bipod, Pelican case, optic rail and QD buttstock with adjustable integral cheekpiece.
Additional Features: Extra-long bolt handle to clear large optics
A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,540 metres.
The Canadian Armed Forces confirmed Thursday that a member of Joint Task Force 2 made the record-breaking shot, killing an Islamic State insurgent during an operation in Iraq within the last month.
“The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target at 3,540 metres,” the forces said in a statement. “For operational security reasons and to preserve the safety of our personnel and our Coalition partners we will not discuss precise details on when and how this incident took place.”
The elite sniper was using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle while firing from a high-rise during an operation that took place within the last month in Iraq. It took under 10 seconds to hit the target.
“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces,” said a military source. “Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far way, the bad guys didn’t have a clue what was happening.”
The military source said the JTF2 operation fell within the strictures of the government’s advise and assist mission.
“As stated multiple times in the past, members of the Canadian Special Operations Task Force do not accompany leading combat elements, but enable the Iraqi security forces who are in a tough combat mission,” the statement said. “This takes the form of advice in planning their operations and assistance to defeat Daesh through the use of coalition resources.”
The kill was independently verified by video camera and other data, The Globe and Mail has learned.
“Hard data on this. It isn’t an opinion. It isn’t an approximation. There is a second location with eyes on with all the right equipment to capture exactly what the shot was,” another military source said.
A military insider told The Globe: “This is an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equalled.”
The world record was previously held by British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot a Taliban gunner with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle from 2,475 metres away in 2009.
Previously, Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong had set the world record in 2002 at 2,430 metres when he gunned down an Afghan insurgent carrying an RPK machine gun during Operation Anaconda.
Weeks before, Canadian Master Cpl. Arron Perry briefly held the world’s best sniper record after he fatally shot an insurgent at 2,310 metres during the same operation. Both soldiers were members of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
JTF2 special forces are primarily tasked with counterterrorism, sniper operations and hostage rescue. Much of the information about this elite organization is classified and not commented on by the government. The unit’s snipers and members of Canadian Special Operations Regiment, who are carrying out the main task of training Kurdish forces, have been operating in tough conditions in Iraq.
The Trudeau government pulled CF-18 fighter jets out of Iraq in 2016 but expanded the military mission, which will see the number of Canadian special forces trainers climb to 207 from 69 in an assist, train and advise mission. Canadian commandos are not supposed to be involved in direct combat, but are authorized to go up to the front lines on training missions with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and to paint targets for coalition air strikes.
For operational security reasons, sources would not reveal the names of the elite Canadian sniper and his partner, nor the location where the action took place.
A sniper and his observer partner are often sent to remote and dangerous locations to hunt down insurgents while having to carry heavy equipment. Once they have located the target, snipers follow the same methodical approach before each shot. Breathe in, out, in, out, find a natural pause and then squeeze the trigger.
Canada has a reputation among Western military forces for the quality of its snipers, despite the small size of the Canadian Armed Forces compared to the United States and Britain.
“Canada has a world-class sniper system. It is not just a sniper. They work in pairs. There is an observer,” a military source said. “This is a skill set that only a very few people have.”
The skill of the JTF2 sniper in taking down an insurgent at 3,540 metres required math skills, great eyesight, precision of ammunition and firearms, and superb training.
“It is at the distance where you have to account not just for the ballistics of the round, which change over time and distance, you have to adjust for wind, and the wind would be swirling,” said a source with expertise in training Canadian special forces.
“You have to adjust for him firing from a higher location downward and as the round drops you have to account for that. And from that distance you actually have to account for the curvature of the Earth.”
U.S. Sergeant Bryan Kremer has the longest confirmed sniper kill shot by a U.S. soldier. He killed an Iraqi insurgent with his Barrett M82A1 rifle at 2,300 metres in 2004.
My friend asks me “hey, hows Moscow? Are Russians annoyed at all about the thing with the missiles in Syria? They still like trump right?”
I think back to this afternoon when i bumped into a massive, older man in an old spetsnaz hat wearing fatigues and an old bomber jacket at the extreme market. He was in the middle of purchasing an RPK-7 heavy machine gun. “Is that thing real?” I asked him in Russian. “Yes.” He answered. He then followed up with “Russians are preparing for war. We’re going to come over, bend Trump over a table and fuck him. Understand, yes?”
I suppose it’s possible that the sentiment toward the Donald has changed a bit in the past week, yeah.
SOVIET AND AFGHAN GOVERNMENT FORCES, AFGHANISTAN, 1980s
SOVIET PARATROOPER, 1986-89
Wearing a standard late-war uniform, with the two-piece khaki battledress and striped t-shirt favored by elite units in the late war period, this trooper wears the old-style high boots and the newer combat cap, worn with or without red star cap badge. He is armed with a 5.45mm RPK-74 light machine gun, the standard Soviet squad automatic weapon. He is lightly equipped,but for extended dismounted operations could carry a large pack.
SOVIET PARATROOPER, 1986-89
Showing an alternative uniform, this is the two-piece new camouflage pattern that was first seen in 1986, but became more common by 1988. Note that no rank or arms or service shoulder boards are worn in Afghanistan. The bush hat has been worn by the Soviet military in Afghanistan throughout the war. He is armed with a folding stock 5.45mm AKS-74 assault rifle with an image-intensifier passive sight. The boots are the short, laced types used in the late war period.
SOVIET MOTORIZED RIFLE TROOPER, 1986-89
This shows a motorized rifle trooper going into close combat. He wears the older Soviet camouflage pattern KLMK overalls with hood worn down, but in the two-piece version common in the late war period. He wears standard Soviet body armor (although some of the pattern were seen in the last years of the war) and a chest pack for magazines- both standard items of equipment that either of the two paratroopers might use as well. His steel helmet is painted with a camouflage pattern. Some motorized rifle units - apparently those that had specialized air assault training - also wore paratrooper style striped t-shirts. He is armed with a folding-stock AKS-74 5.45mm assault rifle. He carries a folded RPG-1 R light anti-tank weapon, often used against Afghan fighting positions. RPO-A flame rockets were often carried in place of the RPG-18s.
KABUL REGIME INFANTRY, 1978-90
In action, in this uniform, throughout the war, the Kabul regime’s infantry has often proven unreliable, but they are Afghans and no cowards, and would often fight long and hard. The 7.62mm AK-47, AKM, and AKMS are still standard infantry weapons. This is the summer field uniform. The winter uniform is similar, although in a darker Khaki. One-piece KLMK overalls arc often worn in action. In 1988-90, the Kabul regime acquired a great many Soviet items of equipment, both major weapons systems and uniform and equipment items.
SOVIET FIGHTER-BOMBER PILOT, 1986-90
The Soviets were providing airstrikes into Afghanistan before they committed their combat troops and there is evidence they continued to do so despite the withdrawal. This pilot is equipped with a version of the standard V-VS off-season flight suit, but printed in the new-pattern camouflage. He wears an old-style ZSh-3 flight helmet worn over an even older ShZ-61 communications helmet, which, in turn, is worn over a “surgical” style skullcap to prevent sweat dripping into the eyes. He will be armed a Makarov 9mm PM pistol as a personal weapon, on a waist holster.