This week, Sniper Elite III debuts on Playstation, Xbox, and PC. You play as Karl Fairburne, an American sniper stationed in North Africa during World War II. Part strategy, part action, and part stealth, the Sniper Elite series values evasiveness over direct confrontation—it’s all about that ‘perfect shot.’

But what about the real-life snipers—those eagle eyed men and women, who used patience, rather than brute strength, to accomplish their aims? Today, we’re looking back at ten real life sniper achievements—bloody feats that changed the course of war, and in one case, prevented violence. Hunker down and steady your hand. There’s no platinum trophy for this level of badassery.