How Canada’s small military produced deadly, record-breaking snipers
Canada is not known, at least in popular culture for its military power. Less than 70,000 active soldiers serving in the country’s armed forces, whose size and strength have been mocked over the years by US and Canadian commentators.
In comparison, the US Has about half a million active soldiers in the military alone and hundreds of thousands more in other branches. Under US GAAP, the defense budget of about $ 20 billion in small Canada.
But do not let the numbers fool you.
Despite its small size, Canada is known for producing well-trained and highly skilled soldiers who have long fought alongside their US and British counterparts in major world conflicts, including the ongoing struggle against militants in the Islamic State .
In particular, Canada has some of the best shooters of all the military, and the world may well have remembered this week.
On Thursday, the country’s military said a Special Operations Sniper Canada had thrown an Islamic State fighter in Iraq more than 2 miles away, assuming that the world record was the longest kill shot in history, according to The Globe and mail.
An unidentified elite sniper Joint Task Force 2 has completed firing from a distance of 3540 meters using a McMillan TAC-50 rifle manufactured in the United States, according to the Globe and Mail. About the operation, and has not indicated whether the human target died, as reported by the Washington Post.
But the Globe and Mail quoted anonymous military sources as saying that the fatal shooting, made from a high-rise building during an operation in Iraq, has been independently verified by video and other data.
Thomas Gibbons-Neff, the post office, describes the extreme difficulty of reaching an enemy combatant at such a distance, much less mortally wounded:
For the soldier reaches his goal of 3540 meters (3871 yards), you must take into account the atmospheric factors all available. The wind speed, temperature, barometric pressure, pivoting of the balls and the rotation of the earth all must be considered before the trigger is pulled.
These variables, once used by devices such as a portable meter of time and possibly varying the search of equipment of the pistol, would then be treated by a ballistic calculator that allow the shooter to make the necessary adjustments in the scope of the rifle.
If all this went as planned and the insurgency was really dead, shooting the previous Canadian sniper record world breeze, into the hands of a British soldier by a large 1065 meters.
This also corresponds to a long tradition of shooting among qualified Canadian soldiers.
During World War II, Canadian snipers were recognized for their deadly precision on the battlefield. Among the legends, Francis Pegahmagabow, a First Nations sniper from Ontario who fought in Europe with the Canadian Expeditionary Corps 1914-1918.
He was credited with 378 deaths before he left the following year, and in 2014, he remained a soldier of the first nations the most decorated in the history of the country, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News.
“Canadian snipers were probably the best equipped armies early in the war allies,” military historian Martin Pegler wrote in a sniper story in 2011. He called Pegahmagabow “probably the best exceptional shooter in Canada.”
“Most of the best Canadian snipers turned out to be indigenous, whose abilities, patience and sharp vision made them ideal for the task,” said Pegler. “Canadian soldiers have provided some of the best elite shooters of the war. Their mortality rate was extraordinary.”
Celebrity has played a major role in how the Canadian army has chosen its snipers, according to Major Jim McKillip, historian of the Department of History and Heritage of Canadian Forces.