“Sniper is a man how show his marks on History with his rifles.”
Extreme marksmanship has been a part of war ever since firearms became the tools of choice. There are just some people who can do things with a rifle that others cannot.
The following list contains what we believe to be the 10 deadliest snipers of all time. The list may not be ordered based on the number of confirmed kills or the longest shots made, but by taking into account an entire career.
Second Lieutenant Simo Hayha, Finland Army
The most successful sniper in military history. Also known as “The White Death” because of his totally white camouflage and white mask he wore in combat. He is widely regarded as the most skilled and successful sniper there ever was, with least 505 confirmed sniper kills during the Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union during World War II. More interesting fact Hayha recorded all of his sniper kills without using an optic. His Mosin–Nagant rifle was equipped only with iron sights. Hayha died at the age of 96 in 2002.
Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Norman Hathcock, United States Marines
Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Norman Hathcock is regarded as one of the most prolific Snipers in history of United States Marine Crops(USMC). Hathcock had 93 confirmed kills as sniper during the Vietnam war.Once Chirs Kyle said for “I had more kills, but that doesn’t mean I’m better than (Carlos Norman Hathcock) is. I was just put into a position where I had more opportunities. I definitely cheated. I used a ballistic computer that tells me everything to do. So, I was just a monkey on a gun.”
Perhaps Hathcock’s most legendary kill was when he shot an enemy sniper who was hunting him in order to claim the several-thousand-dollar bounty that the Viet Cong had placed on “White Feather,” a nickname that Hathcock had earned because he wore a small white feather in his cap. The kill was made without ever seeing his enemy; he saw a glint of light in the jungle foliage and gambled on taking the shot. The kill was confirmed, and the enemy’s sniper rifle was found next to the body with the scope hollowed out by the bullet that had traveled its length and entered into the enemy sniper’s eye.
Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle, United States Navy SEAL
Christopher Scott “Chris” Kyle was the most lethal Sniper in United States military history, with over 160 kills officially confirmed by the United States Department of Defense. Kyle served four tours in the Iraq War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat. He received two Silver Star Medals, five Bronze Star Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. Kyle wrote a bestselling autobiography, American Sniper, which was later turned into one of the top grossing films of all time. Kyle, along with his friend Chad Little field were shot and killed by Eddie Ray Routh at a shooting range in 2013.
Captain Vasily Zaytsev, Soviet Red Army
Vasily Grigoryevich Zaytsev was a Soviet Sniper and a Hero of the Soviet Union during World War II. One of the most iconic sniper battles of all time “The Battle of Stalingrad”. During that battle Between 10 November and 17 December 1942. Zaytsev racked up 225 of his 400+ confirmed kills. This includes the killing of 11 enemy snipers which earned him lasting acclaim. Many of Zaytsev’s kills are credited at distances of greater than 1,000 meters. He often used a standard Mosin-Nagant rifle (effective range of 900 meters or 985 yards) during battle. For his service, Zaytsev was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union award as well as the Four Orders of Lenin award.
Master Corporal Rob Furlong, Canadian Forces
Rob Furlong is a Canadian former Military Sniper, for a time, held the record for the longest confirmed sniper kill in military history at 2,657 yds. (2430m). According to Wikipedia. Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan’s at Shah-i-kot Valley. With his Long Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW), a McMillan Brother Tac-50 rifle.
Staff Sergeant Adelbert Waldron, United States Army
United States Army Sniper Staff Sergeant Adelbert F. “Bert” Waldron III. Who served in the Vietnam War and racked up 109 confirmed kills, the most of any marksman during the conflict. According to Sniper: Master of Terrain, Technology, And Timing, One afternoon he was riding along the Mekong River on a Tango boat when an enemy sniper on shore pecked away at the boat. While everyone else on board strained to find the antagonist, who was firing from the shoreline over 900 meters away, Sergeant Waldron took up his sniper rifle and picked off the Vietcong out of the top of a coconut tree with one shot (this from a moving platform). Such was the capability of our best sniper.
Major Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Soviet Red Army
Major Lyudmila Pavlichenko was Best Women Sniper of all time she served in Red Army at World War II. She was one of the first sets of citizens to volunteer for service and specifically requested infantry service. She refused an offer to become a nurse. Due to her accuracy with a rifle she became one of the first 2,000 female snipers in the Soviet Union. She was one of only 500 to survive the war. Major Pavlichenko is regarded as the most successful female sniper in history with 309 confirmed kills. Pavlichenko was a 24 year old university student when Germany invaded Russia in World War II.
Billy Dixon, American Civilian
William “Billy” Dixon (September 25, 1850 – March 9, 1913) was an American scout and buffalo hunter active in the Texas Panhandle. He helped found Adobe Walls, fired a legendary buffalo rifle shot at the 2nd Battle of Adobe Walls, and for his actions at the “Buffalo Wallow Fight” became one of eight civilians ever to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor. He was one of only eight American civilians to receive the Medal of Honor. Dixon helped found the Adobe Walls settlement in Texas during his time as a buffalo hunter. When the settlements was attacked by hundreds of Native Americans, Dixon ended the battle by using a borrowed .50-90 Sharps rifles to shoot and kill the chief of the attackers nearly a mile away. Dixon took three rounds to make the shot and later acknowledge it was a “scratch shot”. However, that didn’t stop the rest of the country from naming it “The Shot of the Century”. Dixon’s total kill count during the battles is unknown.
Sergeant Fyodor Okhlopkov, Soviet Red Army
Fyodor Okhlopkov is credited as being one of the most effective Soviet snipers in the Red Army during World War II. He was granted the status of Hero of the Soviet Union in 1965. He is credited with 429 kills. His service earned him the Hero of the Soviet Union in 1965 as well as an Order of Lenin. Okhlopkov was initially passed.
Senior Sergeant Roza Shanina, Soviet Red Army
Senior Sergeant Roza Shanina was very well known female sniper in the Soviet Army at World War II. She joined the Soviet Army after her brother was killed in 1941. Before the war she worked as a kindergarten teacher. She racked up at least 59 confirmed kills German soldiers in her very short career. She was killed while shielding a commanding officer during an artillery attack at the young age of 20. She served part of the time in an all-woman sniper unit. She rose to command the 1st Sniper Platoon (184th Rifle Division). She was awarded the Orders of Glory and Medal of Courage.