The unofficial Finnish frontline figure from the battlefield of Kollaa places the number of HÃ¤yhÃ¤’s sniper kills at 542. A daily account of the kills at Kollaa was conducted for the Finnish snipers. HÃ¤yhÃ¤ used a Finnish variant, M/28, of the Soviet Mosin-Nagant rifle (known as “Pystykorva” rifle, meaning “spitz”), because it suited his small frame (5 ft 3 in/1.60 m). He preferred to use iron sights rather than telescopic sights to present a smaller target (the sniper must raise his head higher when using a telescopic sight), to prevent visibility risks (a telescopic sight’s glass can fog up easily), and aid concealment (sunlight glare in telescopic sight lenses can reveal a sniper’s position). Another tactic used by HÃ¤yhÃ¤ was to freeze the snow in front of him so that the shot wouldn’t puff the snow, thus revealing his position.
— Simo HÃ¤yhÃ¤ – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Daaaamn, 542 kills with a sniper rifle? And with iron sights too, geez.