A friend of mine recently cut his brow on the scope of a rifle, and now has a crescent moon scar just above his eyebrow.

I distinctly remember seeing such a thing in a movie (5-10 years ago, but movie itself may be older) where I recall such a scar being referred to as a 'Rookie Cut'; although as a Google search for the term brings no results I may be wrong about that.

From what I recall from the scene, someone is posing as a seasoned vet or experienced soldier; but it is observed by another character that they are an amateur due to fresh cut on their forehead, which comes from putting ones eye too close behind a rifle scope.

Can anyone identify what film I'm remembering, ideally before I lose my mind completely?

  • I don't know the film, but the actual term is called "scope bite" Commented Oct 31, 2015 at 9:08
  • A bit of a long shot, but could it be Ronin (1998)
    – Dannie
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 15:17
  • When does this happen in Ronin? I'm trying to find the clip.. Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 10:38

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Sabotage (1996)

You can watch the complete movie here, with Russian dubbing, unfortunately:

There are two rookie cuts in this movie. At the 0:29:30 mark starts the scene where an inexperienced first-time killer uses a sniper rifle during an assassination attempt. A few minutes later, after a chase in the woods, he is shot dead by the bodyguard (played by Mark Dacascos). Dacascos and the female police detective (played by Carrie-Anne Moss) investigate the body and at the 0:32:55 mark Dacascos points out the rookie cut mark around the eye of the dead killer (first picture below). Some minutes later, Carrie-Anne Moss fires the sniper rifle (second picture below). Being a police detective, she has not much experience with sniper/hunter rifles and she obtains the cut. Dacascos, ex-special forces, familiar with these types of weapons and their handling, points to her cut, and the crescent-shaped rookie cut is clearly visible above her eyebrow at the 0:34:14 mark when she tries to clean it with a handkerchief (third picture below).

Rokkie cut on dead killer

Carrie-Ann fires the sniper rifle

Rookie cut next to her right eyebrow

  • Incredible! I can't believe someone actually found this! Commented Oct 30, 2016 at 16:12
  • I saw the movie in the 90's, liked it very much, and the scene immediately came to mind. Your description was good.
    – casspir
    Commented Oct 30, 2016 at 16:15

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