This Navy SEAL Sniper Is the ‘Deadliest in U.S. History’ — Can You Guess His Longest Shot?
- Posted on January 2, 2012 at 8:51am by Jonathon M. Seidl
Chris Kyle (via the NY Post)
Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle has the nickname “the legend.” It’s a title given to him by his fellow soldiers. And once you hear his story, you’ll understand why.
Kyle is the “deadliest in U.S. history,” the New York Post says. So how many kills have earned him that designation? Just 160. He details many of them — and many other stories — in his new book, “American Sniper,” which hits bookstores today.
For example, he recalled taking out seven insurgents in Fallujah around Thanksgiving 2004:
It’s November 2004. Thanksgiving time. The second battle of Fallujah has launched, and Kyle is swaddled in silence atop an upturned baby crib, studying the enemy through a Nightforce 4.5-22 power scope attached to a .300 Win Mag rifle.
He’s feeling badass.
“We just got word that the president of Iraq said that anyone left in the city is bad — meaning, clear to shoot,” he recalled for The Post. “From that point on, every fighting-age male was a target.”
That was just fine with Kyle, who spent five weeks in the hideout, protecting Marines on the ground and bagging seven confirmed kills — adding to his official total of 160, making him the deadliest sniper in US history.
“After the first kill, the others come easy. I don’t have to psych myself up, or do anything mentally — I look through the scope, get the target in the cross hairs and kill my enemy before he kills one of my people,” Kyle writes in his new autobiography […] .