Imagine hiding out in -40 degrees for weeks at a time just south of the arctic circle where it’s dark for half the year.
You’re in the woods with nothing but a sniper rifle and the entire Russian army is looking for you. Congratulations, you’ve made the list. These are the 25 most hardcore snipers in history.
Last Updated on August 10, 2015
1. William “Billy” Dixon
He defended the Adobe Walls settlement against an Indian attack using his legendary rifle. He has also been one of only eight civilians to receive the medal of honor
2. Zhang Taofang
As a Chinese sniper he fought in the Korean War and had 214 kills in just a month.
3. Billy Sing
An Australian sniper, Billy racked up 150 confirmed kills during WWI
4. Craig Harrison
This British sniper achieved the longest confirmed kill shot in history from nearly 2.5km away (2,475 meters)
5. Thomas “Tom” Horn, Jr
A lawman in the Old West, he was known for shooting cattle rustlers at long range
This alleged Iraqi sniper was featured in numerous pieces of propaganda during the Iraq War boasting about how many Americans he had killed. Whether he is real or fictional has never been confirmed
7. Lyudmila Pavlichenko
Serving in the Soviet Army she had 309 confirmed kills during WWII making her the most successful female sniper in history
8. Erwin Konig
Like Juba, his authenticity and existence has never been confirmed but this German officer supposedly dished out some real damage during the Battle of Stalingrad (the image is only a scene from Enemy At The Gates in which he is portrayed)
9. Timothy Murphy
This American sniper is known for having killed British general Simon Frasier during the Battle of Saratoga
10. Rob Furlong
A Canadian sniper, Rob held the record for longest shot in history until he was surpassed by Craig Harrison (#22)
11. Hesketh Hesketh-Prichard
A British hunter and marksman, Hesketh made a significant contribution to British sniping practices during the First World War
12. Marcus Luttrell
As a Navy SEAL Marcus is known for being the last surviving member of Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan. A movie (Lone Survivor) was later filmed regarding this event.
13. Matthaus Hetzenauer
The most famous German sniper on the Eastern Front in World War II racked up 345 kills
14. Vasily Zaytzev
This Soviet sniper was known for his lethality during the Battle of Stalingrad. With 242 kills, 11 of those were enemy snipers.
15. Lon Horiuchi
This FBI sniper is known for having been involved in both the controversial Waco and Ruby Ridge incidents.
16. Jack Hinson
A farmer that was known for engaging Union troops during the American Civil War, he recorded 36 kills (pretty good for his time).
17. Ivan Sidorenko
This lethal Soviet sniper is credited with 500 alleged kills during the Second World War.
18. Hiram Berdan
He was famous for commanding the 1st and 2nd US sharpshooters during the American Civil War.
19. Ben Roberts-Smith
This Australian sniper was awarded the Medal of Gallantary for his actions during Operation Perth in Afghanistan in 2006.
20. Aaron Perry
In 2002 this Canadian sniper broke the 34-year record for the longest sniper kill during the war in Afghanistan. Another soldier in his unit Rob Furlong (#16) broke the new record only a few days later