Most lethal sniper's in American military history

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    Christopher Scott Kyle Nickname - The Devil of Ramadi

    Chief Petty Officer
    Unit
    US Navy SEALs United States Navy SEALs
    SEAL Team 3, sniper element, Charlie platoon

    Silver Star Silver Star Medal
    Bronze Star Medal
    Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
    Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

    A film based on his autobiography American Sniper is in production with Kyle portrayed by Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood.
    American Sniper – Trailer – Official UK Warner Bros. - YouTube

    Christopher Scott "Chris" Kyle (April 8, 1974 – February 2, 2013) was a United States Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in American military history with 160 confirmed kills out of 255 claimed kills. Kyle's claims are based on individual shooter logs. U.S. Special Operations Command treats sniper kill counts as "unofficial".

    Longest shot -
    In 2008, outside Sadr City, Kyle made his longest successful shot, after he spotted an insurgent with a rocket launcher near a US Army convoy at a range of 2,100 yards (1.9 km). Again, as recounted in his book American Sniper, Kyle fired a shot from his .338 Lapua Magnum-chambered McMillan TAC-338 sniper rifle, killing the insurgent from about 2,100 yards away. The fighter was about to launch a rocket-propelled grenade at the Army convoy.
    During four tours of duty in Iraq, Kyle was shot twice and caught up in six separate IED explosions.
    Kyle was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 2009.

    On Saturday, February 2, 2013, Kyle and a companion, Chad Littlefield, were shot and killed at the Rough Creek Ranch-Lodge-Resort shooting range in Erath County, Texas by 25-year-old fellow veteran Marine Eddie Ray Routh, whom Kyle and Littlefield had purportedly taken to the gun range in an effort to help him with what they were told by his mother was post traumatic stress disorder.
     
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    Other records -
    This list is not exhaustive, as such data is generally not tracked or managed under any official procedure. For example, the Canadian Forces 2002 sniper team that saw two soldiers (Arron Perry/2,310 m and Rob Furlong/2,430 m) set consecutive new records, also made a number of kills at 1,500 m that are not counted here.The list also shows that, in some cases, an armed force command may choose to withhold the name of the actual sniper, for security reasons.
    [table="width: 500, class: outer_border"]
    [tr]
    [td]Sniper[/td]
    [td]Date[/td]
    [td]Distance[/td]
    [td]Weapon[/td]
    [td]Ammunition[/td]
    [td]Nationality[/td]
    [td]Military Unit[/td]
    [td]Conflict[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Corporal of Horse (CoH) Craig Harrison[/td]
    [td]November 2009[/td]
    [td]2,475 m (2,707 yd)[/td]
    [td]Accuracy International L115A3[/td]
    [td].338 Lapua Magnum LockBase B408 bullets[/td]
    [td] United Kingdom[/td]
    [td]Household Cavalry – Life Guards[/td]
    [td]War in Afghanistan[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Corporal Rob Furlong[/td]
    [td]2,430 m (2,657 yd)[/td]
    [td]March 2002 [/td]
    [td]McMillan Tac-50[/td]
    [td]Hornady A-MAX .50 (.50 BMG)[/td]
    [td] Canada[/td]
    [td]3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry[/td]
    [td]War in Afghanistan[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Master Corporal Arron Perry[/td]
    [td]March 2002[/td]
    [td]2,310 m (2,526 yd)[/td]
    [td]McMillan Tac-50[/td]
    [td]Hornady A-MAX .50 (.50 BMG)[/td]
    [td] Canada[/td]
    [td]3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry[/td]
    [td]War in Afghanistan[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Sgt. Brian Kremer[/td]
    [td]March 2004[/td]
    [td]2,300 m (2,515 yd)[/td]
    [td]Barrett M82A1[/td]
    [td]Raufoss NM140 MP (.50 Cal)[/td]
    [td] United States[/td]
    [td]2nd Ranger Battalion[/td]
    [td]Iraq War[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock[/td]
    [td]February 1967[/td]
    [td]2,286 m (2,500 yd)[/td]
    [td]M2 Browning machine gun[/td]
    [td].50 BMG[/td]
    [td] United States[/td]
    [td]1st Marine Division, United States Marine Corps[/td]
    [td]Vietnam War[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]South African Special Forces sniper (Name withheld)[/td]
    [td]August 2013 [/td]
    [td]2,125 m (2,324 yd)[/td]
    [td]Denel NTW-14.5[/td]
    [td]14.5x114mm[/td]
    [td] South Africa [/td]
    [td]South African Special Forces Brigade[/td]
    [td]United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Nicholas Ranstad[/td]
    [td]January 2008[/td]
    [td]2,092 m (2,288 yd)[/td]
    [td]Barrett M82A1[/td]
    [td].50 BMG[/td]
    [td] United States[/td]
    [td]United States Army 1-91 Cav/173d ABCT[/td]
    [td]War in Afghanistan[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle[/td]
    [td]August 2008 [/td]
    [td]1,920 m (2,100 yd)[/td]
    [td]McMillan Tac-338 [/td]
    [td].338 Lapua Magnum[/td]
    [td] United States[/td]
    [td]US Navy SEAL - Team 3, Charlie[/td]
    [td]Iraq War – Sadr City[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Corporal Christopher Reynolds[/td]
    [td]August 2009 [/td]
    [td]1,853 m (2,026 yd)[/td]
    [td]Accuracy International L115A3[/td]
    [td].338 Lapua Magnum LockBase B408 bullets[/td]
    [td] United Kingdom[/td]
    [td]3 Scots – The Black Watch[/td]
    [td]War in Afghanistan[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Steve Reichert[/td]
    [td]April 2004[/td]
    [td]1,614 m (1,765 yd)[/td]
    [td]Barrett M82A3[/td]
    [td]Raufoss (.50 Cal)[/td]
    [td] United States[/td]
    [td]United States Marine Corps[/td]
    [td]Iraq War- Latifiya [/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Billy Dixon[/td]
    [td]June 1874[/td]
    [td]1,406 m (1,538 yd)[/td]
    [td]Sharps .50-90[/td]
    [td].50-90 Sharps[/td]
    [td] United States[/td]
    [td]Civilian Buffalo Hunter[/td]
    [td]American Indian Wars[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Norwegian sniper (Name withheld)[/td]
    [td]November 2007[/td]
    [td]1,380 m (1,509 yd)[/td]
    [td]Barrett M82A1[/td]
    [td]Raufoss NM140 MP (.50 Cal)[/td]
    [td]Norway[/td]
    [td]Norwegian Army 2nd Battalion[/td]
    [td]War in Afghanistan[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Brandon McGuire[/td]
    [td]April 2007[/td]
    [td]1,310 m (1,433 yd)[/td]
    [td]M107 [/td]
    [td]Raufoss .50 cal[/td]
    [td] United States[/td]
    [td]3/509th PIR[/td]
    [td]Iraq War[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Staff Sergeant Jim Gilliland[/td]
    [td]September 27, 2005[/td]
    [td]1,250 m (1,367 yd)[/td]
    [td]M24 rifle[/td]
    [td]7.62x51mm NATO [/td]
    [td] United States[/td]
    [td]2nd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division Sniper Shadow Team[/td]
    [td]Iraq War – Ramadi[/td]
    [/tr]
    [/table]

    Notes
    During the Vietnam War Hathcock had 93 confirmed kills of North Vietnamese Army and Viet-Cong personnel. During the Vietnam War, kills had to be confirmed by an acting third party, who had to be an officer, besides the sniper's spotter. Hathcock himself estimated that he had killed 300 or more enemy personnel during his time in Vietnam.

    Christopher Scott "Chris" Kyle (April 8, 1974 – February 2, 2013) was a United States Navy SEAL who claimed to be the most lethal sniper in American military history with 160 "confirmed" kills out of 255 claimed kills. This figure, however, has not been corroborated by the Department of Defense, U.S. Special Operations Command, or the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Command, as such numbers are not tracked or managed under any official procedure. Kyle's claims are instead thought to be based on individual shooter logs not subject to verification or legal discovery.
     
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    sorry for typing mistake in title,it's Most lethal sniper in American military history.
     
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    Top 10 Snipers in History - Listverse

    Good list for Finland. We have no.1 spot in Snipers with Simo Häyhä with 705 kills and also the longest kill is with Finnish Lapua .338!

    If you want a kill, you need a finn.

    Et tarvitse apua, kun on Lapua!
     
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    I'm reading that book written by him already.
     
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    well say something interesting from his book,btw i am eagerly waiting for the movie its clint eastwood movie so may get nominated for oscar,his movies have very deep sad endings so does this movie,chris kyle murdered in 2013.
     
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    i think in older days setting killing records was much easy than today,because in older days wars were symmetrical and fought between hugh armies,one versus another textbook-style war fighting (charge-retreat) between thousands of men from both sides fighting in single battle.
     
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    Not necessarily, also the rifles were worse and troops knew to protect against snipers with trenches etc.
     
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    Well, I've reached half way through the book. Till now the most exciting part was the way he describes the Navy seal training. Its awesome.
     
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    Yes, I have heard of Simo. In Finland we have this saying: "One Finn equals ten Russians", Simo can say that he equals 705 Russians. He killed 500 with rifle ( without telescope sight ) and 200 with submachine gun.
     
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    A little bit OT, but this is an unknown battle close from my home. Battle of Mäntyvaara. In the winter war small finnish detachment of two companies were resting, when they noticed Red Army battalion trying to flank the line. In the following close combat at night and mostly with knives 380 Russians lay dead and only 17 finns. Battle was so close, that the finns felt if the man in front had small rucksack and felt hat, they stabbed with knife immediately. Felt hat separated Russians from finns who had fur hat. If the battle had been lost, Red Army could have cut Finland to two and war might have been lost.

    Axis History Forum • Battle of Mäntyvaara 20th December 1939
     
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    Thanks for sharing this guys. I did not know about him.
     
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    There is a video about seal training on youtube which explains about the training of seals.

    Regarding the snipers, the best of them are always in demand and are used for covert operations.

    No wonder the best sniper is dead.
     
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    Right. I've seen documentaries on training of rangers, marines, seals, SWAT etc. The best of them they say is SWAT as they have almost daily experience of taking down enemies.
     
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    It is great to have Eastwood making the movie, it will be something else than typical Hollywood G++bage. Eastwood is getting old, and after he is gone, there is going to be a huge gap in quality filmmaking.
     
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    Best are SEALs, most of the recruits are from marines.

    The thing about SEALs is that they can fight sea, land and air.

    Most of them die before reaching 32 years of age. Survival is difficult because of the missions they undertake.

    it is said that SEALs are born not made.

    SEALs are always out there doing covert operations, black ops, and CIA works etc....etc..
     
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    It is sad that they die so young. In Finland Seals are protected and hopefully live a little longer.

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    :lol:

    That seal is sunbathing and relaxing !!!
     
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    if rifles were worse then its worse in both belligerent sides because of the tech of that time that also means enemies were close as their weapons cannot shoot from afar.
     

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