History Main / ScopeSnipe

6th Apr '16 9:47:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* In one of ''TheUltimates'' annuals, Nick Fury did this to a guy- with the stipulation that the guy had been provided with one of two specially modified prototype sniper rifles whose bullets were intangible between when they left the barrel and when they hit flesh. In a pretty awesome moment, Fury explains to his dead victim that ''he had the other one.'' ChekhovsGun indeed.
* Wallace manages this in the ''SinCity'' yarn ''Hell and Back: A Sin City Love Story''. With a semi-automatic handgun, no less. HandWaved in that he's an ex-navy SEAL.

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* In one of ''TheUltimates'' ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'' annuals, Nick Fury did this to a guy- with the stipulation that the guy had been provided with one of two specially modified prototype sniper rifles whose bullets were intangible between when they left the barrel and when they hit flesh. In a pretty awesome moment, Fury explains to his dead victim that ''he had the other one.'' ChekhovsGun indeed.
* Wallace manages this in the ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' yarn ''Hell and Back: A Sin City Love Story''. With a semi-automatic handgun, no less. HandWaved in that he's an ex-navy SEAL.
26th Mar '16 8:14:17 PM Willbyr
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* Happens in the final season of ''RoseGunsDays'', when Rose and Wayne are PinnedDown by a sniper at the entrance of a hotel. [[spoiler:Then Leo uses the bullet hole in one of the entrance's glasses and a ''parasol'' to determine Keith's position, and snipes his scope with the rifle he picked up. Keith manages to move his head out of the way at the last moment though.]]

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* Happens in the final season of ''RoseGunsDays'', ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays'', when Rose and Wayne are PinnedDown by a sniper at the entrance of a hotel. [[spoiler:Then Leo uses the bullet hole in one of the entrance's glasses and a ''parasol'' to determine Keith's position, and snipes his scope with the rifle he picked up. Keith manages to move his head out of the way at the last moment though.]]
26th Mar '16 3:39:45 AM TARINunit9
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Pulling off this trope runs into one major downside: in order to make this shot 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, 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. 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?) 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).
8th Mar '16 11:19:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* The final episode of ''WalkerTexasRanger'' has ChuckNorris did this to the BigBad, though he dodged just in time to avoid getting hit in the eye.
* In the U.S. Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Forces episode of ''DeadliestWarrior'', the Rangers representative pulls this off in the sniper test. Unlike the more [[RuleOfCool cinematic]] examples on this page, the bullet goes [[BoringButPractical diagonally through the walls of the scope]] rather than straight down the lenses.

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* The final episode of ''WalkerTexasRanger'' ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' has ChuckNorris did this to the BigBad, though he dodged just in time to avoid getting hit in the eye.
* In the U.S. Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Forces episode of ''DeadliestWarrior'', ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'', the Rangers representative pulls this off in the sniper test. Unlike the more [[RuleOfCool cinematic]] examples on this page, the bullet goes [[BoringButPractical diagonally through the walls of the scope]] rather than straight down the lenses.
28th Feb '16 12:22:15 PM maxwellsilver
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Pulling off this trope runs into [[RealityEnsues one major downside]]: in order to make this shot the opposing sniper [[OhCrap 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 [[RealityEnsues one major downside]]: downside: in order to make this shot the opposing sniper [[OhCrap has to be pretty much looking at you in the first place]]. 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?]]) 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).
3rd Dec '15 10:56:38 AM thatother1dude
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* A variant appears in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. In the episode ''POKER FACE'', [[spoiler:the Major]] fires a shot down [[spoiler:Saitou]]'s scope, blinding him with shards of the lens without killing him. [[spoiler:It's implied that this event never actually happened, since when Saitou finishes telling the story, someone calls him out on stealing the plot of a movie. But the ending of the episode hints that maybe it was true after all. Or at least the Tachikomas think so.]]

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* A variant appears in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. In the episode ''POKER FACE'', [[spoiler:the Major]] fires "POKER FACE", a flashback has the Major fire a shot down [[spoiler:Saitou]]'s Saitou's scope, blinding him with shards of the lens without killing him. [[spoiler:It's implied that this event [[spoiler:This may have never actually happened, since when Saitou finishes telling the story, someone calls him out on stealing the plot of a movie. But the ending of the episode hints that maybe it was true after all. Or at least the Tachikomas think so.]]
18th Oct '15 9:43:00 PM TARINunit9
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Still, it is very unlikely 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).

That's not to say it's a bad idea; if you hit the scope, you've almost completely disabled that sniper. And if you miss, [[BoomHeadshot what's right behind the scope?]]

Ultimately, in order to make this shot the opposing sniper has to be pretty much looking at you in the first place...

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Still, Pulling off this trope runs into [[RealityEnsues one major downside]]: in order to make this shot the opposing sniper [[OhCrap has to be pretty much looking at you in the first place]]. Which means you should ''take the shot immediately'' if you have it is very unlikely 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).

That's not to say it's a bad idea; if you hit the scope, you've almost completely disabled that sniper. And if you miss, [[BoomHeadshot what's right behind the scope?]]

Ultimately, in order to make this shot the opposing sniper has to be pretty much looking at you in the first place...
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18th Oct '15 5:56:16 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Preacher}}'', an ex-Spetsnaz bodyguard almost pulls this off against someone trying to snipe his principal. Careful inspection of the panel in question will show the sniper being shot in the middle of his forehead, not his eye. Also, there's no damage to the scope.

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* In ''{{Preacher}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', an ex-Spetsnaz bodyguard almost pulls this off against someone trying to snipe his principal. Careful inspection of the panel in question will show the sniper being shot in the middle of his forehead, not his eye. Also, there's no damage to the scope.
4th Sep '15 2:34:29 AM SPNova
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**He pulled this off from ''700 meters away'' on the rooftop of another building at a higher elevation.
19th Jul '15 12:30:02 PM StFan
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* Also done by resident sniper and war veteran Rudra in ''VipersCreed'' episode 5.

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* Also done by resident sniper and war veteran Rudra in ''VipersCreed'' ''Anime/VipersCreed'' episode 5.
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