I read somewhere today that the Canadian sniper with the record 2 mile kill shot has joined the Ukraine resistance - just to help out he says.
You may find more details. Too many sites with news for me to remember the source.
The Canadian troops are rather famous for their long range sniper records including I think three of the top five who started out in my former (before I left for aircrew training) Light Infantry Regiment. JTF-2 was largely formed from PPCLI guys. Having said that there is a policy of not releasing names while they are still active military. There are levels of snipers even in my teen days. Company level took the one week course and sniping was a secondary duty when the call “snipers up” came on the radio. The Battalion level guys belonged to Recce Platoon in HQ company. The JTF-2 guys are special forces.
While longest kill sounds impressive, I suspect more important was that they got a lot (estimated at 30+) during Operation Anaconda
2 snipers set back-to-back records for longest-range kill during the first major battle in Afghanistan
Stavros Atlamazoglou Mar 18, 2021, 12:13 PM
The Canadian snipers hit the ground running, racking up multiple kills, but they truly distinguished themselves a few days into the operation, when Master Cpl. Arron Perry took out an Al Qaeda fighter who was acting as a forward observer.
Note: These guys were from the PPCLI not part of JTF-2.
Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry search for Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters north of Qualat, Afghanistan, July 2002. US Defense Department/Staff Sgt. Robert Hyatt
Perry’s shot was from 2,310 meters, or 2,526 yards, breaking the record for the longest sniper kill. But glory was not his for long.
A few days later, Cpl. Rob Furlong broke that record with a 2,430-meter (2,657-yard) shot against an enemy machine-gunner.
By the end of Operation Anaconda, the Canadian snipers had made the difference, killing numerous enemy fighters and saving countless US lives. As a result, the five snipers received the US military’s Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the fourth-highest award for bravery under fire.
In the years of fighting that followed in Iraq and Afghanistan, the impressive records set in Shahi Khot Valley were broken, but the titles remain in Canadian hands. The current record is 3,540 meters (3,871 yards), set by JTF-2 commandos against ISIS fighters in Mosul, Iraq, in 2017.
Perhaps of interest, we didn’t just teach people who showed up to shoot as a sniper, we took people who showed natural talent first and provided the tools and training to make them better.
This is the one they let me play with back in the day. The scope just slides on and replaces the cover. Other than that it was a standard infantry FNC1. I was on several rifle teams.
And people wonder why I have hearing aids! Anymouse