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"Both The Phantom of Liberty (Luis Buñuel, 1974) and God Told Me To (Larry Cohen, 1976) feature a scene in which a sniper shoots innocent strangers from a highrise. Both scenes are probably inspired by Charles Whitman's spree killing in Texas in 1966." --Sholem Stein

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
  1. A person who carries the professional title of sniper
  2. A person using long-range small arms for precise attacks from a concealed position.
  3. Any attacker using a non-contact weapon against a specific target from a concealed position.

The phrase "one shot, one kill" has gained notoriety in popular culture as a glorification of the "sniper mystique." The phrase embodies the sniper's tactics and philosophy of stealth and efficiency. The exact meaning can be explained thus:

  • A single round should be fired, avoiding unnecessary and indiscreet firing
  • Every shot should be accurately placed, in order to kill or severely wound the victim

Whether the phrase actually reflects reality is of course subject to debate, but it has been widely used in literature and movies.

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