Carlos Hathcock and the .50BMG
As well as using his M70 Winchest, Carlos Hathcock was also famous for pioneering the use of .50 BMG firearms as a sniper weapon. Drawing upon the work of WWII veteran and ordinance expert Bill Brophy, Hathcock mounted a scope on an M2 Browing .50 machine with the idea of using it as a long range sniper weapon. This makes sense since the .50 BMG has increadible power, and exceptional range and accuracy. In 1967 Hathcock used his creation to kill two NVA soldiers at the incredible range of 2,500 yards, a record that stood until it was broken by Canadian infantryman Corporal Aaron Perry while serving in Afghanistan, 2002.
After the Vietnam War the use of the .50BMG for snipers fell by the wayside. In the 1980’s the idea would be revived with the creation of the Barrett M82 by Ronnie Barrett. Today .50 caliber sniper rifles are a common tool of many nations arsenals.