Originally Posted by MrWray
I actually didnt know that
The verb "to snipe" originated in the 1770s among soldiers in British India where a hunter skilled enough to kill the elusive snipe was dubbed a "sniper". The term sniper was first attested in 1824 in the sense of the word "sharpshooter.
^ That was copied from wikipedia.
I know that wiki is not the most reliable source but I remember actually learning that from my hunters education course when I was younger.