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The previous world record distance for a sniper in battle was 1.52 miles, set by a British sniper. A Canadian sniper who is part of the special forces Canadian Joint Task Force 2, successfully picked off an ISIS fighter in Iraq from a distance of 2.2 miles. When you realize the sniper had to account for the slightest breeze, temperature and trajectory of the bullet, this is indeed an incredible feat that few could ever hope to match.

A Canadian sniper set what appears to be a record, picking off an ISIS fighter from some 2.2 miles away, and disrupting a potentially deadly operation by the terror group in Iraq.

Shooting experts say the fatal shot at a world-record distance of 11,316 feet underscores how stunningly sophisticated military snipers are becoming. The feat, pulled off by a special forces sniper from Canada’s Joint Task Force 2, smashed the previous distance record for successful sniper shots by some 3,280 feet, a record set by a British sniper.

“ … the true challenge here was being able to calculate the actual wind speed and direction all the way to the target.”

– Ryan Cleckner, former U.S. Army Ranger sniper…

I’ve shot coyotes at a distance of 500 years, which is little over a quarter mile and though that that was an amazing shot, but I could never dream of making a shot a mile away, let alone 2.2 miles. This is the kind of shot you might see in movie that uses special effects, but there were no special effects when the Canadian sniper demolished the previous world record. He wasn’t trying to set a record, but was trying to defuse a dangerous situation.

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