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5 best snipers in world history according to the American edition


A sniper is more than just an experienced shooter, and being a sniper is more than just being able to shoot perfectly. World история knows a lot of great shooters, but which of them can be called the most outstanding?

The American military publication We Are The Mighty presented the Top 5 best snipers in world history. In it are both foreign snipers and our compatriot. The translation of the material is given.

5. Unknown sniper of the Canadian special forces

The name of this sniper is still unknown to anyone, since he still serves and gives terrorists the opportunity to think carefully about whether or not to quit their dangerous occupation in order not to get a bullet that they will not even see.

A Canadian sniper was able to bring down a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan from a distance of more than 2 miles (more than 3,2 km). He fired almost 2 times farther than the maximum range using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle. After 10 seconds, it was all over.

As we know, a sniper must take into account wind speed, distance, terrain, air temperature and even the roughness of the earth in the place where it is in order to hit the target.

4. Captain of the Red Army Vasily Zaitsev

Being a good shooter is easy when the world around you is quiet. At the death stadium, which was the defense of Stalingrad during World War II, very different rules applied. Vasily Zaitsev grew up in a remote village, learned to shoot in order to become a good hunter and bring food for his family.

After the attack of Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union Zaitsev, who served on navy, transferred to the Red Army. He destroyed 255 Nazis near Stalingrad and created a new method for snipers - the Six. Zaitsev was slightly injured, but soon returned to duty and ended the war already in Germany, killing about 400 people, often using the most common rifle.

3. Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle

The most deadly sniper in US military history was nicknamed the Chief Petty Officer (Chief Petty Officer) Chris Kyle. The Marines called him “The Legend,” and the rebels with whom he had to fight called the “Devil.” For the head of Kyle, they even appointed an award of 80 thousand dollars.

5 best snipers in world history according to the American edition

Kyle learned to shoot from early childhood. In 2001, he enlisted in the naval special forces and made 4 trips to Iraq. How many Kyle on the account of the destroyed militants does not even know himself. But for Kyle, the main goal was to protect his colleagues, and the US marines always appreciated him for that.

2. Marine Corps Sergeant Carlos Haskock

We pass from the "Legend" to the legend, even among other excellent snipers. Carlos Haskock gained fame during the Vietnam War. Each of his exploits during the Vietnam War can form the basis of the Hollywood blockbuster script. You can start with the Haskock running a few miles to kill the North Vietnamese general. And what is the elimination of the female sniper, which the Americans nicknamed "Apache"?

1. Junior lieutenant of the Finnish army Simo Hyayuha

Not a single sniper can compare with the Finnish non-commissioned officer Simo Hyayuha. When the Soviet-Finnish War began in 1939, Hyayuha opened his death account, deciding to kill as many Red Army soldiers as possible. So far, no one has managed to surpass the record of the Finnish sniper, nicknamed "White Death".

In less than 100 days, Hyayuha killed 505 Red Army soldiers. This means that every day a sniper fired deadly shots at least five times. None of the Soviet snipers sent to destroy the "White Death" never returned. Even with the help of artillery fire on the territory where Hyayuha acted, it was not possible to eliminate it. Only once did the Soviet sniper manage to get the Finn in the left cheek, but Hyayuha with a large wound on his face shot a Red Army soldier attempting to attack him. After the war, Mannerheim awarded the Finn the rank of second lieutenant. Hyayuha lived to old age and died at the age of 96 in 2002.
Photos used:
Twitter / Stu Hartnell, Sergeant Major; Official Chris Kyle; Wikipedia / Finnish Military Archives, (Facebook / US Army)
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  1. Cyril G ...
    Cyril G ... 3 July 2020 12: 48
    None of the Soviet snipers, sent to destroy the "White Death", never returned.

    Did we even know about this?
    1. Svarog
      Svarog 3 July 2020 12: 58
      Quote: Cyril G ...
      Did we even know about this?

      So they don’t know, not like ours. In fifth place is a Canadian unknown sniper ..
      1. GRIGORIY76
        GRIGORIY76 3 July 2020 13: 02
        5th place Canadian, first Finn
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      2. Insurgent
        Insurgent 3 July 2020 13: 09
        OUR list is long ... These are just some (out of many) sniper heroes ...

        Mikhail Surkov (1921-1953) sniper of the 4th Infantry Division of the 12th Army of the Southern Front, on his account 702 killed soldiers and enemy officers. At the front since the fall of 1941. In 1943, he was commissioned from the army after the seventh wound. Mikhail Surkov was introduced to the title Hero of the Soviet Union, but never received it.
        After the war, he was chairman of the village council in his homeland in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. Undermined health at the front caused early death - Mikhail Surkov passed away at the age of 32.

        Akhat Akhmetyanov (1918-1976) - sniper from the 168th Infantry Division. At the front from the first day of the war. By January 15, 1944, it destroyed 502 enemies, then was seriously wounded and shell-shocked, received a disability and for health reasons in May 1944 was demobilized.
        After the war, he was engaged in teaching, was the director of the school in Bashkiria.

        1. Insurgent
          Insurgent 3 July 2020 13: 16
          1. Junior lieutenant of the Finnish army Simo Hyayuha

          And about the Finns today:

          The Finnish Air Force has officially refused to use symbols with a swastika due to the current situation.
          The flag with a swastika was used in Finnish aviation from 1917 until this year.
          The Finns fought off accusations of propaganda of Nazism for a long time, claiming that their swastika appeared earlier, and that it was simply discredited by the Nazis (which, by the way, did not prevent Finland from being an ally of Nazi Germany)
          But the protests named after George Floyd reached out to him.
          The military declares that they have no task to protect obsolete symbols.

          1. Pereira
            Pereira 3 July 2020 13: 27
            Actually, they are right. The swastika was really discredited.
            But if you urgently needed new characters, then put the flag in your hands. For my part, no objections.

        2. Lipchanin
          Lipchanin 3 July 2020 18: 04
          Well, for what is the minus set ???
          Which Kadum Frolic ????
    2. avg
      avg 3 July 2020 17: 00
      Quote: Cyril G ...
      Did we even know about this?

      Hyayuha survived to old age and died at the age of 96 in 2002.
      And not once in his life did he give a number. His usual answer was - there was a war, we shot at each other, I do not want this to happen again. But the Yankees, as always, know everything.
  2. The Siberian barber
    The Siberian barber 3 July 2020 13: 06
    Zaitsev is a legend in life !! (had a chance to see him firsthand, they drove him around the country)
    The hero is a man!
    Canadian (?) Shadows with their "Rosstat" into any gate, I think ...
    I believe that the Zaitsevs are not extinct
    1. Insurgent
      Insurgent 3 July 2020 13: 29
      Quote: The Siberian Barber
      Zaitsev is a legend in life !!

      After the war he lived in Kiev (the heavy memory of the war, wounds, dead comrades did not allow to settle in Stalingrad / Volgograd).
      According to stories, already at an advanced age, with Parkinson's disease, he was invited to the Kiev military-political school to give a military-patriotic lecture.
      Then they invited me to the shooting range to show how future political officers shoot.
      But Zaitsev himself could not resist, and asked to give him the SVD.

      And from a rifle in shaking hands, the veteran hit the target "in the bull's-eye" ...
      1. The Siberian barber
        The Siberian barber 3 July 2020 14: 20
        It was in Volzhsky that he gathered a crowd of people! There was no pushing around to listen to a living legend! Here it is: memory and patriotism and worship, before the heroes !!
        People knew ...! It is clear that time is passing and everything is covered with dust .. But it was sincerely ... !!
        Probably age, but now this is not, despite all efforts
        1. Cyril G ...
          Cyril G ... 3 July 2020 17: 39
          Quote: The Siberian Barber
          Probably age, but now this is not, despite all efforts

          Too many good, but not the best and most honest people took the war with the Nazis. So it turned out what happened
    2. NEXUS
      NEXUS 3 July 2020 14: 45
      Quote: The Siberian Barber
      I believe that the Zaitsevs are not extinct

      Note that Zaitsev is in the "honorable" 4th place ... At the same time, not a single western sniper stood next to Zaitsev, Pavlyuchenko and many others.
      My paternal grandmother was a sniper in Stalingrad ... she laid more than a hundred fascists. Moreover, not ordinary soldiers. And this is in Hell, called Stalingrad. If hypothetically, these warriors, whom the mattresses voiced here, would be sent to Stalingrad, against the Red Army, I am sure that our snipers would have buried them there.
      1. Galleon
        Galleon 3 July 2020 15: 50
        Which of these imported snipers could destroy 8 enemies with one bullet? But Zaitsev was able to - he shot at a knapsack of a flamethrower, who was traveling in a truck with a group of colleagues. They have it, let it be in fourth place, and with us in first. Our snipers are all in our first place.
        1. The Siberian barber
          The Siberian barber 3 July 2020 17: 33
          This "sport" with places on the "podium" is the lot of the infantile))
          These Zaitsev ALL country was!
          That is why we can do, here, worthless writing!)
      2. Shuttle
        Shuttle 5 July 2020 11: 56
        Quote: NEXUS
        ... and our snipers.

        Wives of snipers (snipers) would not engage in such nonsense as the funeral of enemies. And female snipers, too, would not bother with a burial. There are specially trained people for this.
  3. Woodman
    Woodman 3 July 2020 13: 15
    Canadian sniper was able to bring down the Taliban fighter in Afghanistan from a distance of more than 2 miles (more than 3,2 km)
    For one successful shot put a sniper in the category of the best? And if you are just lucky? He has a place in the ranking of the most successful ...
    Captain of the Red Army Vasily Zaitsev
    Well, ours always required clear confirmation, there are no questions.
    How many Kyle on the account of the destroyed militants does not even know himself.
    But who considers them ... 160 confirmed out of 255.
    Carlos Haskock gained fame during the Vietnam War. Each of his exploits during the Vietnam War can form the basis of the Hollywood blockbuster script.
    93 confirmed and 300 not confirmed.
    Finnish Army Junior Lieutenant Simo Hyayuha
    Already hooked ... And here's what "dug":
    The only document known at the moment, which somehow reflects the official account of Simo Häuhä, is a letter handed to him along with an award rifle on February 17, 1940, commander of the 12th Infantry Division (PD), Colonel Antero Johannes Svensson. It says that Hyayuhya destroyed “219 opponents with rifle fire and about the same number from a submachine gun”.
    By the way, in that source there is such a phrase:
    All the threads of the "official account" of Hyauhya come down to interpretations of the words of the pastor Rantamaa already mentioned above, who wrote a book about the sniper in 1940. With this approach, it would hardly be surprising if a few more victories appear on the account of Hyayuha after a few years - for example, the fact that the war ended 80 years ago does not hinder the personal accounts of Finnish fighter pilots.
  4. michell
    michell 3 July 2020 13: 15
    By water Finn under No. 1 ...
    Hyayuhya killed 100 in less than 505 days Red Army.

    The Red Army in the Red Army called ordinary soldiers. Private infantryman (purely personal opinion) is not worthy target for a real sniper. A worthy target for a sniper is an officer or specialist such as an artilleryman / tanker. Caught in the sight of a pilot? Super! General? Better. A fellow worker on the other side is more than a worthy goal. But an ordinary foot soldier? Not the purpose for which it is worth revealing a position, and the very fact of a sniper working in this sector - a sniper is too valuable a specialist to risk his life in exchange for the life of an infantryman.
  5. dmitry21
    dmitry21 3 July 2020 13: 15
    ... yes, the "holi var" will begin now ...
    1. Pereira
      Pereira 3 July 2020 13: 29
      Hardly. Hackneyed topic.
      1. dmitry21
        dmitry21 3 July 2020 13: 48
        Mikhail, apparently, it has already begun! I am happy to draw information. as a child I read the book "There, Beyond the Front Line" (unfortunately I forgot the author), about the commander of a platoon (?) of female snipers - I left an imprint for my whole life.
        1. Pereira
          Pereira 3 July 2020 15: 22
          Began. But still without a twinkle. There is no one to discuss with.
  6. seacap
    seacap 3 July 2020 13: 37
    The review is about nothing, an excerpt from Hollywood booklets, not worthy of this site, even as an alternative to views on history, it seems that the degradation of education and professionalism has reached here.
  7. KSVK
    KSVK 3 July 2020 13: 38
    Well, yes, the evaluation criteria are not clear.
    Particularly pleased about the Canadian. The plane shot down. Gee.
    Generally unreadable. Or a combination of favorable factors.
    And if a ballistic missile at the start .... wassat
  8. Ragnar Lodbrok
    Ragnar Lodbrok 3 July 2020 13: 46
    Abdybekov Tuleugali Nasyrhanovich

    March 8, 1944 sniper of the 2nd Rifle Company of the 30th Guards Rifle Regiment (8th Guards Red Banner Order of Lenin Rifle Division, 44th Rifle Corps, 22nd Army, 2nd Baltic Front) Guards Senior Sergeant T. N Abdybekov was posthumously represented by the command of the unit to the rank of Hero of the Soviet Union for the destruction of 395 enemy soldiers and officers (some sources indicate 397 of his destroyed enemies, but 395 were indicated on the award sheet) and 32 fighters trained in sniper skills. But the famous sniper did not become a Hero. By Order No. 88 / n of June 18, 1944, he was awarded only the Order of the Patriotic War of the 2st degree for troops of the 1nd Baltic Front ..
    Antonov, Ivan Petrovich

    I personally destroyed 359 enemies .. The list can be continued for a long time ..
  9. Shadow041
    Shadow041 3 July 2020 14: 00
    Another rash from Anglo-Saxons, who know almost nothing, or knowingly keep silent, so as not to scare their own, about the best snipers of the USSR and the Russian Federation. Olga Vasilyeva sent 185 Nazis to hell ... and this despite the fact that she only got to the front in August 1943.
  10. Free wind
    Free wind 3 July 2020 14: 15
    During the war there was such a competition between two snipers, Zaitsev and Volkov. In the newspapers wrote who will shoot more? Hare or Wolf. From January 1942 to April 1943 Volkov Georgy Yakovlevich accounted for about 160 Germans. Then a severe wound and demobilization. Amers in Vietnam, sniper Joni white feather, killed 110 people in one battle.
    1. Wolf 1
      Wolf 1 4 July 2020 07: 56
      The name of the Amer sniper was Carlus Hescock, the battle lasted 5 days, except for Hescock and his partner was there. All completed either artillery, or helicopters.
      1. Korax71
        Korax71 4 July 2020 15: 35
        The battle in the elephant valley against the company of SWA sergeant Hescock and Corporal Breck. For several days they were tied up in battle and taken out under Artu, the entire group of combing, who found several survivors, completed the whole group. he did not consider it. He is more famous for shooting from m2 at a distance of over 2 km, the development of a sniper school for training snipers of the Marine Corps together with Captain Land, and participation in national championships. In Vietnam, he was seriously injured when a convoy was blown up. Managed to get several colleagues out of the fire. , suffered second and third degree burns. Burns covered his head, neck, chest and back, right shoulder, left shoulder, right forearm, left forearm, right hand, left hand, right thigh, left thigh, right shin and left shin ... More than 43 percent of his body suffered from deep burns, with some areas of the skin burnt to full thickness (third-degree burns). underwent 13 operations, was discharged, for health reasons. after the service he trained snipers and counter-snipers for the police. a powerful man. from the military awards "purple heart" for injury and "silver star" in 96 for rescuing colleagues from a burning car. medal of honor so and was not appropriated even under pressure from the public.
  11. Kostadinov
    Kostadinov 3 July 2020 14: 43
    There is no desire to comment on these nonsense. But all the same, none of not only these "best" but also of all the snipers of the USA, Canada and Finland did not have a noticeable effect on the course and result of military action.
    The United States beat an absolute technical superiority on earth in heaven and sea. They threw 100 or more times more ammunition at the enemy and a sniper beat unnecessary decorations for them.
    The value of a sniper is great only for the army, which retreats to the enemy in technology. For example, arrows, aircraft hunters managed to force American planes to rise a kilometer from the ground and significantly reduced their effectiveness.
  12. Alex Parabellum
    Alex Parabellum 3 July 2020 14: 46
    A sniper is a state of mind. Mathematical calculation. And endless composure.
  13. Jager
    Jager 3 July 2020 14: 47
    How can snipers be compared with a conventional rifle, which at best had its own sight and modern snipers using specially designed high-precision systems, with ballistic computers and computers?
  14. Ryaruav
    Ryaruav 3 July 2020 15: 10
    Canadian shot down Taliban fighter? they didn’t mislead anything here, just like in the movies, the Taliban have one air bullet in the Taliban?
  15. APASUS
    APASUS 3 July 2020 15: 38
    The American military publication We Are The Mighty introduced the Top 5 best snipers in world history.

    Who pays, he orders the music!
  16. sleeve
    sleeve 3 July 2020 15: 58
    Canadian sniper with the art of lead 1,5 km. The Finnish miracle-hero (by the way, according to the documents of the Finnish snipers, the 7th Army updated its composition a couple of times, probably and only because of them). Where his art went in the 41st is unknown. Of course, his "results" were kept secret until a very long time "before" probably to save him from the KGB. A terrible sniper from the US military command center who "does not remember how much." The question here is purely human: were there a lot of people in sight with weapons? The guy from the Vietnam War inspires ... Old America. Those were Enemies. Although they are proud of the battles with the partisans, that is, the peasants in fact. But the Vietnamese are still bison. So let's smile at "ran a few miles" but take it seriously. On a par with Zaitsev? I am in anguish ...
    1. Korax71
      Korax71 4 July 2020 15: 53
      The article was written a little clumsily. I didn’t run, but crawled up to the distance of the shot at the bare field for three days to the headquarters of the NEA, without being detected until the moment of the shot
  17. Wolf 1
    Wolf 1 4 July 2020 07: 59
    Semyon Nokomonov. 368 enemies destroyed.
  18. victorlitvin
    victorlitvin 4 July 2020 16: 19
    Finn well done!
    Here is a real defender of his homeland.
  19. Alexander Samoilov
    Alexander Samoilov 5 July 2020 10: 41
    Who posted this idiot? Canadian sniper was able to bring down Taliban fighter in Afghanistan After that, you can no longer read. am fool
    1. Lionnvrsk
      Lionnvrsk 5 July 2020 12: 45
      Like who, it’s clearly written to you- The American military publication We Are The Mighty.
      Original stated: This special operator from the great north took down a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan from more than two miles away. Only Ilya Polonsky did not need to use the Google translator, which translated the word fighter as a fighter, and not as a fighter! lol
      But the snipers still shot down the planes. For example, Arseny Etobaev shot down even two - first Heinkel-111, and after 4 days - even the single-engine diving bomber Junkers-87.
      1. L-39NG
        L-39NG 6 July 2020 18: 02
        Yes, yes, even in "Vasily Turkin" they wrote how he gets up there and hits from his knee and knocks down the "frame", it seems
  20. L-39NG
    L-39NG 6 July 2020 16: 06
    I do not get you.
    Due to the fact that the topic of Afghanistan is close to me, and to me and my son, I ask the author of the article to bring the topic closer to the topic "Canadian sniper was able to shoot down a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan from a distance of more than 2 miles", Maybe I know about whom the conversation is about, God, how they love in Russia create legends and fairy tales, I want to cry.
  21. Kostadinov
    Kostadinov 7 July 2020 10: 01
    I wonder why there is nothing about Robin Hood, William Tel or American snipers in the war for US independence
  22. 013Azer
    013Azer 7 July 2020 12: 16

    "In the photo on the left you can see the former Azerbaijani sniper Vusal Nematov, who destroyed the Armenian lieutenant colonel with a single shot from the Azeri sniper rifle ISTIGLAL (IST 14.5mm) from a distance of 2800 meters. In total, this sniper has 44 destroyed live and material targets of the enemy." We also note that Vusal Nematov was the first Azerbaijani sniper who was entrusted with the use of the ISTIGLAL sniper rifle in a combat situation at the front line. At the exhibition we managed to find Vusal when he participated in a discussion with visitors who compared the tactical and technical characteristics of Azerbaijani sniper rifles ISTIGLAL in 14.5 mm and YALGUZAG in 7.62 mm. "

    The same rifle "ISTIGLAL" IST 14.5
  23. trahterist
    trahterist 7 July 2020 18: 38
    About the inflated figures of the Finnish "sniper" the Internet is full with a detailed analysis of his, ahem, frags.
  24. Stalnov I.P.
    Stalnov I.P. 8 July 2020 09: 56
    The most productive sniper of the Great Patriotic War SURKOV on his account officially killed 702 fascists, according to unofficial data more than a thousand. All these Anglo-Saxons just need to be silent.
  25. ecolog
    ecolog 6 August 2020 21: 33
    Not everything is so simple with the Finnish sniper. He acted on one site, almost from one place, for a fairly short period of time. Then a severe wound and demobilization. At that time in defense opposite was one rifle regiment. What kind of bots should the Red Army men of one regiment be, so that they lose 5 people a day at the same place.