This Canadian Sniper is wiping out Taliban Snipers in Afghanistan,
before they get our guys.
These video shots are not made through the shooter's telescopic sight.
They are made looking through the spotter's scope. The spotter lies
right next to the sniper and helps the sniper to find and home in on the
The sniper is using a 50 caliber rifle. A 50 cal. round is about 7-8
inches long and the casing is about an inch in diameter. The bullet
itself is one-half inch in diameter and roughly one and one-half inches
If you pay close attention to the beginning of the video. A Taliban is
lying on top of the peak in front of you when you hear the shot
fired. Watch what happens.
The sniper is also about a half mile away or more. A Canadian sniper
in Afghanistan has been confirmed as hitting an enemy soldier at a range
of 2,310 meters, the longest recorded and confirmed sniper shot in
The previous record of 2,250 meters was set by US Marine sniper Carlos
Hathcock in Vietnam in 1967. The Canadian sniper was at an altitude of
8,500 feet and the target, across a valley, was at 9,000 feet. Canadian
sniper units often operated in support of US infantry units, which were
grateful for their help.
This record lasted only one day, until a second Canadian sniper hit an
enemy soldier at 2,400 meters (8000 feet or 11/2 miles).
The Canadian snipers fire special 50-calibre McMillan tactical rifles,
which are bolt-action weapons with five-round magazines. The Canadian
snipers were the only Canadian troops operating without helmets or flak
jackets as they had too much other equipment to carry.
Each three-man team has one sniper rifle, three standard rifles Canadian
(C7s), one of them with an M -203 grenade launcher.