History Main / ScopeSnipe

27th Sep '17 4:08:44 PM Kadorhal
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* UsefulNotes/SimoHayha, known as "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The White Death]]", accomplished this in the [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]]. Notably, he didn't use a sniper scope, since he thought that raising his head to look into the scope would make him a bigger target, that he didn't trust the scope to not fog up in the cold, and to avoid glare. In the forested battlefields of the winter war, sniping distance was rarely longer than 450 meters (around 1500 feet), and using iron sights to snipe worked quite well for him, since he was credited with 505 kills at the end of the war. He was nearly a victim of such a shot himself (except he couldn't be shot through his scope as he did not use one), since he was shot in the face by a Russian sniper. Incredibly, he killed the enemy sniper, and lived on for decades after the war, dying at age 96 in early 2002.

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* UsefulNotes/SimoHayha, known as "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The White Death]]", accomplished this in the [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]]. Notably, he didn't use a sniper scope, since he thought that raising his head to look into the scope would make him a bigger target, that he didn't trust the scope to not fog up in the cold, and to avoid glare. In the forested battlefields of the winter war, sniping distance was rarely longer than 450 meters (around 1500 feet), and using iron sights to snipe worked quite well for him, since he was credited with 505 kills at the end of the war. He was nearly a victim of such a shot himself (except he couldn't be shot through his scope as he did not use one), since he was shot in the face by a Russian sniper. Incredibly, he killed the enemy sniper, sniper before returning to a field hospital on his own, and though he fell into a coma for about two weeks (waking up, coincidentally, on the very day Russia pulled out of Finland), he lived on for decades after the war, dying at age 96 in early 2002.
15th Aug '17 10:19:01 PM Codefreak5
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* This is possible, though unlikely, in ''VideoGame/SniperEliteV2'' (you're more likely to get a bog-standard headshot if you try). It's also possible to snipe an opponent down the ''barrel'' of the rifle.

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* This is possible, though unlikely, in ''VideoGame/SniperEliteV2'' and [[VideoGame/SniperElite3 its]] [[VideoGame/SniperElite4 sequels]] (you're more likely to get a bog-standard headshot if you try). It's also possible to snipe an opponent down the ''barrel'' of the rifle.
15th Jul '17 10:23:09 AM nombretomado
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* Falling halfway between this and [[MoeGreeneSpecial its super trope]], [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Israeli]] General Moshe Dayan got his trademark EyepatchOfPower while conducting reconnaissance in Vichy France-controlled Syria during WorldWarII: a French sniper shot him through one side of his binoculars. The binoculars' bulk probably saved his life, although the glass and the bullet [[EyeScream left his eye a mess]].

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* Falling halfway between this and [[MoeGreeneSpecial its super trope]], [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Israeli]] General Moshe Dayan got his trademark EyepatchOfPower while conducting reconnaissance in Vichy France-controlled Syria during WorldWarII: UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: a French sniper shot him through one side of his binoculars. The binoculars' bulk probably saved his life, although the glass and the bullet [[EyeScream left his eye a mess]].
15th Jul '17 10:23:03 AM nombretomado
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Pulling off this trope runs into one major downside: in order to make this shot [[OhCrap the opposing sniper has to be pretty much looking at you in the first place]]. Which means you should ''take the shot immediately'' if you have it lined up; if you hit the scope, you've almost completely disabled that sniper (and if you miss, [[BoomHeadshot what's right behind the scope?]]) Once the bullet ''does'' hit the scope, however, there's no real guarantee that it'll make it all the way through, as the bullet has to travel straight down the length of the scope without being deflected by one of the lenses, in which case it will exit through the side at an angle. This is especially true with modern high-quality scopes (which have more than just two lenses and also tend to be filled with heavier-than-air gasses); the one confirmed and one reputed real-life case of this happening each had the victim using a simpler WorldWarII-vintage scope. What makes it even less plausible is that the position of the scope and gravity means that you have to aim a few inches above your target (the bullet falls a bit and the scope is always 2-3 inches above the barrel).

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Pulling off this trope runs into one major downside: in order to make this shot [[OhCrap the opposing sniper has to be pretty much looking at you in the first place]]. Which means you should ''take the shot immediately'' if you have it lined up; if you hit the scope, you've almost completely disabled that sniper (and if you miss, [[BoomHeadshot what's right behind the scope?]]) Once the bullet ''does'' hit the scope, however, there's no real guarantee that it'll make it all the way through, as the bullet has to travel straight down the length of the scope without being deflected by one of the lenses, in which case it will exit through the side at an angle. This is especially true with modern high-quality scopes (which have more than just two lenses and also tend to be filled with heavier-than-air gasses); the one confirmed and one reputed real-life case of this happening each had the victim using a simpler WorldWarII-vintage UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-vintage scope. What makes it even less plausible is that the position of the scope and gravity means that you have to aim a few inches above your target (the bullet falls a bit and the scope is always 2-3 inches above the barrel).
9th Jul '17 12:19:29 PM Kadorhal
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* Butters is doing one through a pair of binoculars in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode Going Native. With a [[AbnormalAmmo golf ball]], no less.

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* Butters is doing does one through a pair of binoculars in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode Going Native. With a [[AbnormalAmmo golf ball]], no less.



* Figuratively, this is what fighter planes that specialize in anti-radar duty (known as "Wild Weasels" in the US Air Force) do: they hunt down the radar installations used to coordinate enemy anti-air defenses. And it's just as dangerous for the pilots as it is for snipers, as those radars could easily end up aiming those anti-air assets at ''them''. Frequently, they ''were''. A number of older anti-radar weapons would "ride" the radar beam back to the target, which would require the pilots to have the radar locked onto them or at least pointing at them. A common tactic in Vietnam for the Wild Weasels was for a two-aircraft pair to have one plane fly high and deliberately draw the air defenses' attention, while the second plane fires an anti-radar missile at the installation. This would be roughly akin to a sniper using his spotter as ''bait''. More modern anti-radar missiles have both significantly longer range, higher speed and the ability to home in on a radar from the side rather than need to approach head-on (due to even the best radars "leaking" some excess radiation in directions other than where they're actually looking), making a "Wild Weasel" mission at least theoretically a lot less dangerous.
* UsefulNotes/SimoHayha, known as "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The White Death]]", accomplished this in the [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]]. Notably, he didn't use a sniper scope, since he thought that raising his head to look into the scope would make him a bigger target, and to avoid glare. In the forested battlefields of the winter war, sniping distance was rarely longer than 450 meters (around 1500 feet), and using iron sights to snipe worked quite well for him, since he was credited with 505 kills at the end of the war. He was nearly a victim of such a shot himself (except he couldn't be shot through his scope as he did not use one), since he was shot in the face by a Russian sniper. Incredibly, he killed the enemy sniper and lived on for decades after the war.

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* Figuratively, this is what fighter planes that specialize in anti-radar duty (known as "Wild Weasels" in the US Air Force) do: they hunt down the radar installations used to coordinate enemy anti-air defenses. And it's just as dangerous for the pilots as it is for snipers, as those radars could easily end up aiming those anti-air assets at ''them''. Frequently, they ''were''. A number of older anti-radar weapons would "ride" the radar beam back to the target, which would require the pilots to have the radar locked onto them or at least pointing at them. A common tactic in Vietnam for the Wild Weasels was for a two-aircraft pair to have one plane fly high and deliberately draw the air defenses' attention, while the second plane fires an anti-radar missile at the installation.installation after they reveal themselves by firing. This would be roughly akin to a sniper using his spotter as ''bait''. More modern anti-radar missiles have both significantly longer range, higher speed and the ability to home in on a radar from the side rather than need to approach head-on (due to even the best radars "leaking" some excess radiation in directions other than where they're actually looking), making a "Wild Weasel" mission at least theoretically a lot less dangerous.
* UsefulNotes/SimoHayha, known as "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The White Death]]", accomplished this in the [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]]. Notably, he didn't use a sniper scope, since he thought that raising his head to look into the scope would make him a bigger target, that he didn't trust the scope to not fog up in the cold, and to avoid glare. In the forested battlefields of the winter war, sniping distance was rarely longer than 450 meters (around 1500 feet), and using iron sights to snipe worked quite well for him, since he was credited with 505 kills at the end of the war. He was nearly a victim of such a shot himself (except he couldn't be shot through his scope as he did not use one), since he was shot in the face by a Russian sniper. Incredibly, he killed the enemy sniper sniper, and lived on for decades after the war.war, dying at age 96 in early 2002.
13th Jun '17 9:23:20 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Falling halfway between this and [[MoeGreeneSpecial its super trope]], [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Israeli]] General Moshe Dayan got his trademark EyepatchOfPower while conducting reconnaissance in Vichy France-controlled Syria during WorldWarII: a French sniper shot him through one side of his binoculars. The binoculars' bulk probably saved his life, although the glass and the bullet left his eye a mess.

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* Falling halfway between this and [[MoeGreeneSpecial its super trope]], [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Israeli]] General Moshe Dayan got his trademark EyepatchOfPower while conducting reconnaissance in Vichy France-controlled Syria during WorldWarII: a French sniper shot him through one side of his binoculars. The binoculars' bulk probably saved his life, although the glass and the bullet [[EyeScream left his eye a mess.mess]].
27th Mar '17 9:24:53 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* UsefulNotes/SimoHayha, known asthe "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast White Death]]", accomplished this in the [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]]. Notably, he didn't use a sniper scope, since he thought that raising his head to look into the scope would make him a bigger target, and to avoid glare. In the forested battlefields of the winter war, sniping distance was rarely longer than 450 meters (around 1500 feet), and using iron sights to snipe worked quite well for him, since he was credited with 505 kills at the end of the war. He was nearly a victim of such a shot himself (except he couldn't be shot through his scope as he did not use one), since he was shot in the face by a Russian sniper. Incredibly, he killed the enemy sniper and lived on for decades after the war.

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* UsefulNotes/SimoHayha, known asthe as "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The White Death]]", accomplished this in the [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]]. Notably, he didn't use a sniper scope, since he thought that raising his head to look into the scope would make him a bigger target, and to avoid glare. In the forested battlefields of the winter war, sniping distance was rarely longer than 450 meters (around 1500 feet), and using iron sights to snipe worked quite well for him, since he was credited with 505 kills at the end of the war. He was nearly a victim of such a shot himself (except he couldn't be shot through his scope as he did not use one), since he was shot in the face by a Russian sniper. Incredibly, he killed the enemy sniper and lived on for decades after the war.
27th Mar '17 9:24:22 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* Simo "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast White Death]]" Häyhä accomplished this in the [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]]. Notably, he didn't use a sniper scope, since he thought that raising his head to look into the scope would make him a bigger target, and to avoid glare. In the forested battlefields of the winter war, sniping distance was rarely longer than 450 meters (around 1500 feet), and using iron sights to snipe worked quite well for him, since he was credited with 505 kills at the end of the war. He was nearly a victim of such a shot himself (except he couldn't be shot through his scope as he did not use one), since he was shot in the face by a Russian sniper. Incredibly, he killed the enemy sniper and lived on for decades after the war.

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* Simo UsefulNotes/SimoHayha, known asthe "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast White Death]]" Häyhä Death]]", accomplished this in the [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]]. Notably, he didn't use a sniper scope, since he thought that raising his head to look into the scope would make him a bigger target, and to avoid glare. In the forested battlefields of the winter war, sniping distance was rarely longer than 450 meters (around 1500 feet), and using iron sights to snipe worked quite well for him, since he was credited with 505 kills at the end of the war. He was nearly a victim of such a shot himself (except he couldn't be shot through his scope as he did not use one), since he was shot in the face by a Russian sniper. Incredibly, he killed the enemy sniper and lived on for decades after the war.
10th Nov '16 11:24:36 PM kikiandlala
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* In [[Videogame/{{Tekken}} Tekken Tag Tournament 2]] Anna William's ending, Anna is targetted by Nina who has a rifle. Just as Nina is sighting her through the scope, Anna tosses a throwing knife through the scope, taking out Nina before Anna goes to beat down a few other Tekken girls.
14th Aug '16 5:35:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* Simo "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast White Death]]" Häyhä accomplished this in the [[FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]]. Notably, he didn't use a sniper scope, since he thought that raising his head to look into the scope would make him a bigger target, and to avoid glare. In the forested battlefields of the winter war, sniping distance was rarely longer than 450 meters (around 1500 feet), and using iron sights to snipe worked quite well for him, since he was credited with 505 kills at the end of the war. He was nearly a victim of such a shot himself (except he couldn't be shot through his scope as he did not use one), since he was shot in the face by a Russian sniper. Incredibly, he killed the enemy sniper and lived on for decades after the war.

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* Simo "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast White Death]]" Häyhä accomplished this in the [[FinnsWithFearsomeForests [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]]. Notably, he didn't use a sniper scope, since he thought that raising his head to look into the scope would make him a bigger target, and to avoid glare. In the forested battlefields of the winter war, sniping distance was rarely longer than 450 meters (around 1500 feet), and using iron sights to snipe worked quite well for him, since he was credited with 505 kills at the end of the war. He was nearly a victim of such a shot himself (except he couldn't be shot through his scope as he did not use one), since he was shot in the face by a Russian sniper. Incredibly, he killed the enemy sniper and lived on for decades after the war.
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