ISIS can run, but they can’t hide — even if the good guys are over 2 miles away.
One ISIS member was going about a mission in Iraq with a couple other insurgents, blissfully unaware of his impending doom and fantasizing about women’s ankles and goat assholes, when out of nowhere — splat — .50 cal bullet through the dome. Mission: over.
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The shot was fired from 2.2 miles away by a Canadian sniper. The special forces sniper from Canada’s Join Task Force 2 broke the world record for longest confirmed kill, shattering a British sniper’s previous record by about 3,280 feet.
There aren’t too many details available — revealing things such as the location would compromise strategy — but the kill completely fucked up what would have likely been a deadly operation conducted by the terrorist organization.
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The record was set using the largest shoulder-fired firearm in existence: the McMillan TAC-50.
Ryan Cleckner, a former U.S. Army Ranger sniper who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and wrote the “Long Range Shooting Handbook” was amazed by the shot, especially the skill exhibited by the spotter.
“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 told Fox News.
“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.”
“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.”
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Dennis Santiago, California-based firearms expert and instructor, added: “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 told Fox News. “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.'”