DID YOU KNOW?
The first sniper rifle was made in 1857. Sir Joseph Whitworth, a British engineer, designed the Whitworth rifle, a long-range single-shot muzzle-loading musket. The rifle surpassed its predecessor, the 1853 Enfield, in accuracy and range, hitting a target at a maximum range of 2,000 yards over the Enfield’s 1,400 yards. Sadly, the rifle was rejected by the British government as it was more prone to soot fouling than the Enfield and because it’s production cost four times more. The Whitworth Rifle Company continued producing the rifle and sold it to the French army and the Confederacy, the latter of which prominently used the rifle in the American Civil War. While sniper rifles were produced, it wasn’t until World War I saw a lot of regular use and developments for the sniper rifle. German soldiers at the time were pioneers in the sense that they stood as the main argument as to whether a sniper unit was necessary for armed forces. They were also equipped with illuminated optical sights to improve accuracy during nighttime warfare. World War I also introduced semi-automatic rifles, allowing for snipers to fire more rapidly without having to lose time on reloading. It was also at this time and during World War II where the term “sniper” became more common, whereas they had been referred to as “marksmen” up until that point.
Sniper rifles have a long and winding history where it has been a game changer in various battles. There’s the advantage of taking out a key target without being discovered, but also the requirement of having good accuracy and rifle proficiency. If you wish to experience being a sharpshooter, try the games on this list of best sniper games on Android and maybe you’ll see the SCOPE of your abilities.