This kind of precision doesn’t happen with a novice shooter.
“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces,” according to 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 anonymous soldier who took the shot is from Canada, a gun specialist from the elite Joint Task Force 2.
His shot is over 1,000 meters (more than half a mile) than the previous record of 2,475 meters.
Harrison killed two Taliban insurgents from a distance of 2,474 meters, or one and a half miles, in November 2009 in Afghanistan.
In that case, it took the 8.59 mm rounds almost three seconds to hit their targets. A third shot took out the insurgents’ machine gun.
For anyone who says that kind of shot is easy, just let them try.