Top 6 Deadliest Snipers of All Time

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Though surpassing Chris Kyle, the British Royal Marine who killed 173 taliban targets still can not be judged the deadliest ever.

Here are the top 6 deadliest snipers of all time. Guess who's the very best?

6. Adelbert Waldron From United States Army

 Adelbert Waldron United States Army

At one point, United States Army sniper Adelbert Waldron held the most confirmed kills of an American sniper at 109.

He was deployed in Vietnam and is considered to be one of the most accurate snipers in American military history.

Indeed, in his memoirs from the Vietnam War, Col. Michael Lee Lanning recounts being on a mission with Waldron, and describes just how accurate, and deadly he was with his rifle:

“One afternoon he was riding along the Mekong River… when an enemy sniper on (the) 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 (sniper) out of the top of a coconut tree with one shot…”

For both his accuracy, and his high number of confirmed kills, he remains one of the American Military’s most deadliest snipers.

5. Rob Furlong From Canadian Forces

 Rob Furlong Canadian Forces

A Canadian sniper from Newfoundland, Rob Furlong was a Corporal with the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, in March 2002 while fighting in Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda.

When a group of three insurgents began moving into a mountainside position in order to set up mortars to attack Canadian and American held territory, Furlong and his sniper team were sent to neutralize the threat.

After taking up their position, Furlong identified the targets and took aim with a .50-caliber sniper rifle.

Furlong shot twice and missed, but his third shot killed his target. The distance of the kill shot was measured at 2,430 m (2,657 yd) making it, at the time, the longest confirmed sniper kill in history.

After Operation Anaconda, the U.S. Army awarded Furlong the Bronze Star for his display in combat. Furlong ultimately lost the record to Corporal Craig Harrison of the British Army in 2009 by 45 meters.

4. Carlos Norman Hathcock From United States Marines

 Carlos Norman Hathcock United States Marines

Carlos Hathcock is somewhat of a rock star as far as snipers are concerned, and for good reason.

One of his primary roles in Vietnam was to stalk and kill enemy snipers in the jungle, and he was wildly successful.

All told, Hathcock amassed 93 confirmed kills during the Vietnam War, had a bounty of $30,000 placed on his head by the North Vietnamese Army and made one of the most famous shots in sniper history.

In Vietnam he zeroed in on a target and using the reflection of the sun off the enemy sniper’s scope, shot him through the eye.

Many films and books have been loosely based on Carlos Hathcock’s exploits as a sniper, most notably Stephen Hunter’s Bob Lee Swagger series, making Hatchcock not only one of the most deadliest, but also famous snipers in history.

3. Chris Kyle From United States Navy SEAL

 Chris Kyle United States Navy SEAL

The most deadliest and prolific sniper in American history, Chris Kyle was a soldier through and through.

Reading is autobiography American Sniper, one easily gets the sense that the man stood for courage, honor, dedication to the mission, and above all else, his country.

At the end of his military career Kyle held 160 confirmed kills by the U.S. government and claimed to have killed 255 insurgents in total during his four tours of duty in Iraq.

Confirmed or otherwise, this statistic still makes him the most lethal sharpshooter in U.S. history. For his service to the United States he was awarded two Silver Stars and 5 Bronze Stars as well as numerous other combat decorations.

Sadly, in the end it wasn’t four tours of duty in Iraq that killed Chris Kyle, but an incident on a shooting range not far from his home in Texas when a former Marine with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder shot and killed Kyle.

2. Vasily Zaytsev From Soviet Red Army

 Vasily Zaytsev Soviet Red Army

Vasily Zaytsev is another wildly famous sniper, but for markedly different reasons on opposite sides of the globe.

In North America, Vasily Zaytsev is best known as the main protagonist in Enemy at the Gates, a grossly inaccurate, laughable Jude Law film portraying the Battle of Stalingrad.

In Russia Zaytsev is remembered as a hero of the Soviet Union during the Second World War.

While Zaytsev served in the Red Army on the Eastern Front during the war, it is the Battle of Stalingrad where he actually first saw combat and became well known.

During the German siege of the city, Zaytsev killed up to 225 enemies and of those kills most apparently came in the month of November, 1942 alone. Zaytsev himself estimates he killed over 400 people during the Battle of Stalingrad but his official number of confirmed kills is 242.

Though his career was short in the Red Army, it was prolific and lethal, and Vasily Zaytsev was awarded the Hero of the title of the Soviet Union prior to leaving service and joining the Communist Party in 1943.

1. Simo Häyhä From Finnish Army

 Simo Häyhä Finnish Army

Possibly the least known sniper on this list, but the deadliest indeed. Simo Häyhä, nicknamed “White Death” is by far the most prolific and lethal sniper of all time.

The Finn fought for the Finnish Army during the Finland-Soviet Union Winter War between 1939-1940.

Häyhä, dressed in white, snow colored camouflage, set out alone every day for nearly 100 days to kill members of the Red Army. And kill he did. Häyhä has a confirmed sniper kill total of 505 in less than 100 days!

Furthermore, Simo Häyhä was old school and only ever employed a bolt-action rifle, without a scope as a sniper. In the context of warfare, and being a sniper, this was truly a remarkable feat.

If one takes into account that Häyhä also employed a submachine gun during Red Army sieges, his confirmed kills total rises to 705.

Häyhä was eventually shot in the face by a Russian soldier, thus taking him out of action, letting Soviet soldiers sleep a little better at night.

The wound left Häyhä unconscious until the day peace was declared between Finland and the Soviet Union, and he went on to live until he was 96 years old, still by far the most deadliest sniper in military history.


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