Final month, a Canadian particular forces sniper in Iraq broke the world’s document for the longest confirmed kill by greater than a kilometer, according to The Globe and Mail, a Canadian newspaper. Taking pictures from a excessive rise and utilizing a McMillan TAC-50, the sniper hit his goal at a distance of three,540 meters. That’s 11,614 toes, or 2.2 miles. That’s a rattling lengthy poke. The .50 BMG bullet took a bit of underneath 10 seconds to succeed in its goal, an Islamic State rebel. The man—and the unhealthy guys round him—had no concept the place the shot got here from. It disrupted their operation. There may be apparently impartial verification of the kill. Nobody is disputing it.
Let’s put this in perspective. The earlier document was a 2,475-meter shot by a British sniper. The 2 data earlier than that—additionally held by Canadians—had been 2,430 meters and a pair of,310 meters, respectively. The longest U.S. shot was just below these, at 2,300 meters. So our greatest effort—one made 13 years in the past—places us in fifth place.
I’ve two questions. Why is that this nation consuming our lunch within the sniping division? And when did it change into acceptable for America to come back in fifth in something involving rifles? Because the Globe article so eloquently understates, “Canada has a fame amongst Western army forces for the standard of its snipers, regardless of the small measurement of the Canadian Armed Forces in comparison with the USA and Britain.”
Jeez, you suppose? Are you aware what number of authorized looking rifles there are in Britain? About 11. We now have about 5 instances the inhabitants of Britain, near 9 instances the inhabitants of Canada. The final time I took a rifle into that nation, the customs inspector checked out my Mannequin 70 for a couple of minutes as if he’d by no means seen a bolt-action rifle earlier than. At which level he requested me, “This factor isn’t loaded, proper?”
We’d like a congressional investigation into this. Within the meantime, we needs to be sending our greatest marksmen north to coach. What would Gen. George S. Patton say about this? For that matter, what would George C. Scott? The Canadian army clearly know one thing we don’t. And we must always discover out what it’s quick.