British special ops soldier kills ISIS commander from over a mile away with machine gun

An M2 .50 caliber heavy machine gun in Afghanistan in 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe/Released)

A trooper from Her Majesty’s Special Air Service allegedly took out an ISIS commander from over a mile away, meaning that -if true- the shot could go down in regimental history as the longest successful shot by an SAS trooper.

The shot was reportedly made in June by an SAS Sergeant using a M2 Browning .50-caliber machine gun in Afghanistan and is a new record for the regiment’s history.

On a special assignment in the mountainous region, the unit was given authorization to take the shot and fitted the “Ma Deuce” with a special sight for long-range shooting.

According to Newsweek, the target was a high-ranking ISIS official, who had been standing still for around 20 minutes before taking a round to the midsection.

“It took several seconds for the round to hit the commander who appeared to fly into several pieces. For a few seconds, no-one moved. When they realized what had happened they got up and ran away,” recounted an alleged source familiar with the incident.

The shot -while utilizing an M2- is reminiscent of a marksmanship feat from over half a century ago, when Carlos Hathcock used a specialized scope mount and an M2 to dismount an insurgent from a bicycle before shooting him in the chest.

The “Ma Deuce” has been used in sniping roles since the Korean War.

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