It’s Friday and time for our weekly shoot the shit topic. This is a time when readers can make unsupported comments, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether. All this you can do free of charge rather than paying someone who studied psychology just so they could understand themselves.
You’ve all undoubtedly heard about the Canadian sniper, from their Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2) special forces unit, breaking the world’s record for the longest recorded shot. In case you haven’t, this soldier engaged an ISIS target at a range of 3450 (or there about) meters killing the insurgent and scattering the rest of his buddies who were setting up an ambush against an unsuspecting Iraqi unit.
The only thing that we know for sure is that the Canadian used a McMillan TAC-50, a 50BMG bolt action rifle. To provide you with a feel for what a feat this was we ran through some of the ballistics involved.
Assumptions we made are as follows:
Ambient temperature 116F / humidity at 11% / no wind (at least that he knew of)
Atmospheric pressure (station pressure) 30.10
29 inch barrel with a 1:15 riffling
Ammunition XM33 660gr projectile with a muzzle velocity of 2910 fps
Zeroed his rifle at 300 meters
Had to account for spin drift ( the drift imparted to the projectile by the rifling once it leaves the confines of the barrel) and Coriolis effect ( the effect that the earth’s rotation has)
Here’s what he had to do
Elevate and hold approximately 16203 centimeters or 532 feet above the target. (The Canadian sniper had to use all of the data listed in 1-6 to arrive at this value!)
Once the bullet left the rifle it took about 7 seconds for it to get there (imagine a guy in a combat area of operation exposing himself and standing still for 7 seconds! – God wanted this guy dead!)
Once the shot is fired, drag reduces the bullet’s speed along its path. Bullets are most stable when they are supersonic i.e. 1100 feet per second or more. This bullet was transonic and arrived at the target doing 1027 feet per second. When a bullet is transonic, it looses stability and a sparrow in flight breaking wind will deflect it.
All in all, this was one hell of a shot with an ounce or two of divine intervention! Well done Canada!
Have a great weekend readers! Be safe, get to the range and spend some quality time with your buds and family.
By the way, if you decide to have a Piroshky while you’re out and about, the Washington Post, N.Y. Times or CNN may brand you a Russian collaborator! Couldn’t pass that up!
Have a good one