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Fact or Fiction: Canadian Sniper Makes Record-Breaking Shot

Nothing beats a good sniper’s tale. The story of a Canadian sniper who apparently just killed an ISIS fighter with a record-breaking two-mile shot is exploding on social media.

The unnamed sniper who apparently carried out the feat was a member of Joint Task Force 2, an elite unit in the Canadian army similar to the US Navy's SEAL Team 6, according to a report in the Globe and Mail.

Though doubters are already questioning the accuracy of the story, the shot disrupted an ISIS attack on Iraqi security forces.

Apparently the shooter made the shot with a McMillan TAC-50 rifle, which is used by Canadian snipers, according to the report.

If confirmed, the 3,540 meter kill shot (or about 2.2 miles) would beat the previous record set by British Army sniper Craig Harrison from a range of 2,475 meters (or 1.54 miles).

TM Gibbons-Neff, a reporter for The Washington Post who previously served as a US Marine Corps sniper, expressed skepticism over the claim in a post on Twitter.

At such a long distance, he said, the tiniest adjustment to the sniper's windage or elevation settings on the scope could result in a bullet being wildly off course when it got to its target.

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