One could consider the climax of "The Sniper" the moment when the Republican sniper successfully tricks the opposing sniper and kills him in one shot. The moment that the enemy sniper wounds the Republican sniper is considered the rising action, which leads to the climax. The Republican sniper ends up removing his helmet, placing it over the muzzle of his rifle, and slowly raising the helmet from behind the parapet so that the enemy sniper can see it. The enemy sniper then shoots the helmet off of the rifle and assumes that he killed the Republican sniper. The climax takes place when the Republican sniper peeks above the parapet undetected and shoots the unsuspecting enemy sniper. The events that transpire following the climax are considered the falling action, and the story concludes when the Republican sniper discovers that the enemy sniper he killed was his brother.