Last year the movie American Sniper and its depiction of former US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle got all the plaudits from film and television awards.
Now, we're taking a look back through history to see how snipers of times gone by fare against the modern-day hero.
Once considered a pariah of battle by friend and foe alike, adopting camouflage to hide from, and then suddenly ambush, enemies - their methods were seen as sly and underhand.
Snipers have evolved, however, to become the ideal soldier for the modern battlefield, a specialist in 21st-century combat.
Highly dedicated and specially trained, a marksman's task is now seen as indispensable for the safety of their fellow soldiers in the field.
While there have been countless prolific snipers in military history, we've taken a look back at some of history's best.
The following list expectedly includes those individuals with the longest confirmed distance in which enemies were taken down, the kill count for those caught in the crosshairs of the past's deadliest marksmen, but also those which offer unique stories and backgrounds.
In November 2009, Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison used the LL15A3 Long Range Rifle, pictured below, to break the record distance for a confirmed kill shot.
The modest Harrison insists luck had a big part to play, citing the environmental conditions as critical for his two record-breaking kills.
“There was no wind, mild weather and clear visibility”