Carlos Norman Hathcock II

Carlos Hathcock is perhaps the most famous American sniper out there. Chris Kyle would probably be the only other sniper with as much notoriety. Much of his popularity is well deserved as his legendary exploits during the Vietnam war set him apart as perhaps the most pure of the successful snipers. By pure we mean someone who is a master of the fieldcraft and not just the marksmanship and the way he operated is what comes to mind when someone thinks of what a sniper does. While he was a world class marksman, having won the Wimbledon Cup 1000 yard competition against the best in the world, he was more… Read more »

Adelbert F. Waldron III

Adelbert Waldron III, “Bert” to those that knew him, was the most accomplished U.S. sniper during the Vietnam conflict. Adelbert originally joined the U.S. Navy in 1953 where he served for twelve years and left as an E-5 in 1965. In 1968 Sgt. Waldron enlisted in the US Army as a Sergeant and headed to Vietnam as part of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry of the 9th Infantry Division. Sgt. Waldron qualified as an expert marksman and was sent to the now famous 9th ID sniper school that was run in country by the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) with the support of the 9th ID commander, General Julian Ewell…. Read more »

Marie Ljalkova

Marie Ljalkova pictured above with an SVT-40 sniper variant.

Roza Shanina

Roza Shanina became famous in the Soviet Union during World War 2 not only because she was an accomplished female sniper, but also because she was beautiful as well.

Joseph Pilyushin

Joseph Pilyushin was an accomplished sniper that fought for the U.S.S.R. on the Eastern Front up at and around Lengingrad which was his home before and after the war. At 38 years old, Joseph was quite old when he went off to war but had been in the civil defense forces before the war and that is where he learned to shoot well by competing on a rifle team. Like many soldiers, Joseph was injured a number of times during combat and even lost his right eye, which was his shooting eye, at which point he learned to shoot left handed. While the Red Army labeled him unfit for combat… Read more »

Review

US M1C and M1D

The semi-automatic M1 Garand was adopted as the standard issue battle rifle for the US Armed Forces in 1932 and finally started to enter service in 1936, which then led to constant refinement of the rifle. This refinement and adoption procedure precluded any work being done on a sniper version of the M1 which, as is common between wars, rated very low on the priority list for the M1. As World War II broke out for the USA, a large demand for scoped rifles and snipers developed. Because the M1 was the standard issue rifle, it was first examined for feasibility as a sniper rifle and two prototypes were approved,… Read more »