| Zhang Taofang |
|Died||April 29, 2007 (aged 76)|
|Place of birth||China|
|Place of death||China|
|Service/branch||People's Volunteer Army|
|Years of service||January 11, 1953 –|
|Unit||8th company, 214th Regiment, 24th Corps|
|Awards||Combat Hero (2nd Class)|
Born Xinghua City in Jiangsu Province.
On January 11, 1953, Zhang, who had been enrolled in the army for no more than two years and together with soldiers of 8th company, 214th Regiment, 24th Corps, he was assigned to Triangle Hill, equipped with an old Mosin-Nagant without a PU scope. After waiting 18 days at his position, Zhang spotted an enemy and immediately aimed and fired 12 shots, only to miss them all. This eager action attracted enemy fire, which almost killed him. After this, he carefully analyzed why he failed and figured out a technique using the iron sight to improve his shooting ability. He shot down one enemy the next day.
On February 15, he hit 7 enemies with 9 bullets, which surpassed the ratio of many experienced snipers.Script errorScript errorIt is claimed He achieved a total of 214 confirmed kills on UN troops, mostly American, in 32 days, with only 442 bullets 
In 2003, Zhang was the topic of a CCTV documentary.
- Martin Pegler (2006) "Out of Nowhere: A history of the Military Sniper" ISBN 1-84176-854-5
- Kevin Dockery (2007) "Stalkers and Shooters: A History of Snipers" ISBN 0-425-21542-3
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