Canadian Soldier Breaks Sniper Record
Canadian Special Forces Sniper Claims Record 2-Mile Kill Shot
The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target at 3,540 meters. 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.
What we do know is that the kill was made in Iraq last month using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle.
Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2) (French: Force opérationnelle interarmées 2, FOI 2) is an elite special operations force serving alongside the Canadian Special Operations Regiment, the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit and 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron as part of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. As the centrepiece of Canada’s special operations warfare, JTF2 primary mission is counter-terrorism, but also specializes in direct action, hostage rescue, personnel recovery, and foreign internal defence.
The McMillan Tac-50 is a long-range anti-materiel and anti-personnel sniper rifle produced in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States by McMillan Firearms Manufacturing. The Tac-50 is based on previous designs from the same company, which first appeared during the late 1980s. McMillan makes several versions of .50 caliber rifles, based on the same proprietary action, for military, law enforcement and civilian use. Designated as the C15, it is the standard Long Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW) of the Canadian Army since 2000.
Until now the longest distance sniping record was held by the British Army’s Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison (Household Cavalry) for double kill shots at 2,707 yards with an L115A3 in 2009.
The Canadian Army has special forces troops in Iraq as part of Operation Impact, the Canadian contribution to Operation Inherent Resolve.
Image: US Navy Seals with sniper rifles, including a McMillan Tac-50 (US Navy, 2004).