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Top 5 Deadliest Snipers of All Time (confirmed kills only)

First off, before we start with this list of badassery, let's define what a "confirmed kill" is. A "confirmed kill" is a kill that is confirmed by witnesses in the battlefield, usually an officer and the sniper's spotter. But if you don't believe me, here's Chris Kyle to explain:

Ok time to meet the monsters...

Honorable Mention - U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Norman Hathcock

Hathcock is a sniper legend, and though he doesn't make the top 5 deadliest snipers list based on his confirmed kills, he did have an estimated 400 unconfirmed kills which would earn him a position on the list. He also helped establish the US Marine Core Sniper School which is noted as one of the best sniper schools in the world. So ya...I think this badass should at lead get a mention on the list. Also just to make a point about how badass this guy really was, The enemy called him "White Feather", because he wore a white feather on his hat which made him easier to see, but also struck fear into all who saw the lone white fea

ther in the distance. I imagine the conversation between Hathcock and his men we

nt something like:

"But sir, won't the feather make it easier for the enemy to see you?" - spotter

"I don't want them to be surprised, I want them to be afraid." - Hathcock

Honorable Mention - U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle

As a Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, achieving 160 confirmed kills. Chris's amazing number also doesn't land him a spot on the top 5 list believe it or not, but after reading his book, American Sniper, and loving it, I had a hard time leaving him off the list. So I'm putting him on here...and if you don't like it...then fuck you.

5. Afghanistan and Iraq Wars - Unnamed British Royal Marine Sniper - 173 (unnamed because he is still living)

Ok so this badass is actually still alive, so you might want to take a look around and make sure you don't notice the glint of light off his scope in the distance. Because he is still living, he remains unnamed for his own safety... or maybe more for your safety. Regardless we begin our official top 5 list here with 173 confirmed kills...yes...173 is just number 5.

4. World War II - Red Army Captain Vasily Zaytsev - 242 kills

Coming in at number 4 is Vasily Zaytsev. Zaytsev racked up the majority of his kills (225) just during the Battle of Stalingrad. He was made famous in the movie, Enemy at the Gates, which depicts the epic sniper battle between Zaytsev and a Wehrmacht sniper school director, Major Erwin König. Just imagine that. 2 master hunting one another for days on end. Waiting for that perfect shot. Truly the deadliest game, and a duel of masters.

3. World War II - Soviet sniper in the Red Army Lyudmila Pavlichenko - 309 kills

Bet you thought this list was going to be a giant sausage fest huh? Nope. Lyudmila made sure that wasn't the case with her 309 kills. Those kills land her the number 3 spot on our list, and the title of deadliest woman with a rifle of all time. Lyudmila was just minding her own business studying history at Kiev University when German began it's invasion. After the invasion Lyudmila signed up for war and never looked back.

2. World War I - Canadian Military Sniper Francis Pegahmagabow - 378 kills

Francis was among the First Nation, which is Canada's version of the U.S. Native Americans. This beast would take his shot and then disappear with the wind as if he was never there at all. Francis fought on the Western Front during World War I and made sure it was anything but "all quite". Francis's claim to fame is that he was known for going deep behind enemy lines for supplies and scouting missions. This man could move without a sound, and it's rumored that even his rifle didn't make a sound when unleashing hate upon his enemy.

1. Soviet vs Finland Winter War - Finnish Army Second Lieutenant Simo Häyhä - 505 kills

This fucking monster is a man among boys. Before we dive into this monster's story, let's just pause for a second and appreciate the fact that our list started with 173 confirmed kills and we are now at 505 confirmed kills. That means this MF'er killed more than our 4th & 5th place snipers...combined. Simo would be reading this list like, "Here hold my beer."

So let's start the badassery with the fact that Simo rained down the 505 kills without a scope. Wait did I/you read that right? YES. This legend didn't even use a scope. He said the iron sights were more reliable in the cold, and the scope forced him to raise his head higher, making him an easier target for enemy snipers...Ya because who needs a scope anyway right? To continue on this truly dedicated sniper, we found out that Simo used to put snow in his mouth so that his breath would not produce steam, which would possibly give away his position. What the shit? This guy was out there in Russia dealing with -40F to -20F temperatures, and he's eating snow? What a fucking baller. As if all of this wasn't enough, Simo racked up his 505 kills in just 100 days...I've had cups in my room for longer than 100 days. With all of this, Simo certainly earned his nickname, "White Death"

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