Canadian claims longest sniper kill shot in the world

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The shot was reportedly hit from 3450m. Photo credit: Getty

A Canadian elite special forces solider has recorded the world's longest sniper kill shot by nearly 1000m in Iraq.

According to The Globe and Mail, the shot took 10 seconds to reach its target who was believed to be an Islamic State (IS) solider.

The shot was reportedly taken from a McMillian TAC - 50 sniper rifle from a high rise building in May.

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A McMillian TAC - 50 sniper rifle like the one used. Photo credit: McMillan Firearms

A military source told the newspaper that the shot was taken during an IS attack on Canadian assisted Iraqi forces.

"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 source said.

That same source believed the record shot might never be equalled.

Earlier in the same month, a British SAS soldier claimed the then longest kill shot in the world after hitting their target more than 2.4km away.

In that incident, a CheyTac M200 Intervention gun which costs as much as NZ$20,000 and has the capability to vaporise a person's organs on impact.