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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Chris Kyle: Deadliest US Sniper career highlights of a real American Hero.

Below are some highlights on the career of  Chris Kyle claimed as the most lethal sniper in US history who was shot dead on a Texas gun range February 2, 2013. This is a tribute to a real American Hero:

His most famous shot came outside the Shia district of Sadr City in Baghdad in 2008. From over a mile away he spotted an insurgent pointing a rocket launcher at an approaching Army convoy. He fired at a distance of 2,100 yards. "God blew that bullet and hit him," he said.

Below is a Remington 700 XCR Tactical 338 Lapua. Chris Kyle uses a similar gun (not the gun below), built to his specifications that he used in Iraq to get a confirmed kill at 2,100 yards (1.2 miles).

The Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range is aptly named, with sub-MOA 
accuracy at 300 feet. Shown here with a Vortex Viper Scope and Harris bipod.

Chris Kyle, 37, a Navy SEAL sniper  has been named America's deadliest marksman after racking up 160 kills during the Iraq War.

Iraq War:  20 March 2003 – 15 December 2011
(8 years, 8 months, 3 weeks and 4 days)
Clockwise from top
: Delta Force of Task Force 20 alongside troops of 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment,
 at Uday Hussain and Qusay Hussein's hideout.; Iraqi insurgents with a flag; an Iraqi insurgent
firing a MANPADS; the toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in Firdos Square.

To the Iraqi insurgents who hid from his deadly scope, he was known as 'Al-Shaitan Ramad', or the “The Devil of Ramadi.”  They reportedly offered a $20,000 (£12,800) reward to anyone who could kill or capture him. 

Fellow Navy Seals referred to him simply as "The Legend".

He blew away the previous US record of 109 kills, set by an Army rifleman during the Vietnam War.

His first kill from long range was a woman approaching a group of US Marines with a grenade in her hand. When ordered, he opened fire, killing the woman before she could attack his comrades.

As Marines and insurgents grappled in ferocious street fighting during the Second Battle of Fallujah, Mr Kyle reportedly killed 40 people - many while lying on an overturned crib in an abandoned apartment.

Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle watches over US Marines from his perch atop an upturned
baby crib in a bombed-out building in Fallujah, Iraq. Branded a “legend” by
his comrades and a “devil” by his enemies, Kyle racked up a record 160 kills.

In his New York Times best-selling book, "American Sniper:The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History," he claims to have taken out 255 people - nearly 100 more than could be
confirmed by the Pentagon.

After ten years on the front lines, Mr Kyle retired in 2009 in order to "save his marriage". 

Mr Kyle still does not hold the record for most kills. That belongs to Simo Häyhä, a Finnish sniper, who reportedly killed 542 Russian troops during the Soviet invasion of Finland in the Second World War. See my related blog article: "Simo Häyhä- “White Death”- SNIPER with the most kills!"
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