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The weather was humid and extremely hot, and sniper Carlos Hathcock and his spotter, John Roland Burke, were tired from running around the Vietnamese jungle looking for their next prey. Still, Hathcock remained unfaced. Peering through his binoculars, the experienced gunman quietly inspected his target, a feared countersniper known as the Cobra that had become his nemesis while fighting against the North Vietnamese. But Hathcock was confident that Cobra was no better than him. After all, the brave soldier had a 30,000-dollar bounty on his head, the highest ever for an American sniper in Vietnam. After failing the first attempt, Cobra and Hathcock ran deep into the jungle in a cat-and-mouse game until the two men were within sight of each other. They then aimed their rifles at each other, and what happened next only cemented the so-called White Feather sniper as a Marine Corps legend…

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What made Hathcock the legend is not so much the shooting - but that he stayed out a long time. He stayed out so long he lost some 70 lbs of body weight before he came up for air. NObody in history has done close to that...unless you were the Nazi death camps.

They ALL can shoot - that is their most basic job requirement. It is the crawling around in the bushes and putting down the harvest on the first shot. Not many can crawl those distances without being discovered....fire a shot...and crawl back? 😁
 

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One of the things that was supposed to have made Hathcock so great is that he did not wait for his kills to come to him. He was a true hunter and stalker. His termination of a VC general that was highly protected was one of his greatest and would have made him a legend if that was his only mission.
 

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On that day.

Vasily Zaitsev made 225 kills with his 91/30 in two months during the Battle of Stalingrad.. But, like Carlos Hathcock's and Chris Kyle's records, they were made in different kinds of war.

I think Hathcock was part witch; invisible when he needed to be, in the right spot for the right shot when he needed to be, and his "6th sense" when he knew he was also being stalked. A sniper in the truest sense. He went looking, stalked his prey, instead of sitting in a tree waiting for it to walk under him.
 

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Staying hidden and undetected is surely the hardest part
Sorry to disagree. Hathcock had one mission where he had to move across a field and then escape across the same field after the mission. From vantage point.

Hathcock did once remove the white feather from his bush hat during a volunteer mission. The mission was so risky he was not informed of its details until he accepted it. Transported to a field by helicopter, Hathcock crawled over 1,500 yards in a span of four days and three nights, without sleep, to assassinate an NVA general. At times, Hathcock was only a few feet away from patrolling enemy soldiers. He was also nearly bitten by a snake. Once in position, Hathcock waited for the general to exit his encampment before shooting.
 

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Hathcock got all the fame of course, but the much quieter Chuck Mawhinney should also be recognized for his skills and superior record. In contrast to Hathcock who stayed in the USMC as a sniper instructor at Quantico following his Vietnam injuries, Chuck Mawhinney left the USMC after his one tour and lived a quiet life as a Park Ranger in Oregon state. He didn’t even talk about his sniping experience for the next 25 years. By the mid-1990s he was sought out by others after discovering his archived sniping record in Vietnam, and only then did Chuck publicly talk about his service.
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Staying hidden and undetected is surely the hardest part
It is not that easy to crawl 5000 meters and not leave a mark on the grass w/ all that luggage...get into positon...shoot the target ...and crawl back to where you came from??

You would have to be so tired, hungry and thirsty..and god knows what else running thru your mind. This activity is not for the everyday Joe Dick and Sally.

These days, you can shoot each other a mile out w/ new glass and ballistic data..a new rifle...whatever. The old days - you gotta stick the blade into the animal w/ your own hands while you are staring at it and watch it bleed out. 😁
 

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It is not that easy to crawl 5000 meters and not leave a mark on the grass w/ all that luggage...get into positon...shoot the target ...and crawl back to where you came from? -CTscout

ithink you just said what I meant by undetected! just with a better explanation
 
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