Hitman – How to Become One


(… and why you probably shouldn’t.)

The "Technical Manual"

What is a Hitman, anyway?

Well, if you’ve ever watched a movie with some guns in it, you’re almost sure to know what a hitman is already, but we’ll take a stab at explaining it to you anyway. Just in case the most action filled movie you’ve ever seen was based on a Jane Austen novel.

A hitman (or hitwoman…but for simplicity, we’ll just call’em all “hitman”) is a person who is hired to kill someone else by a third party, also known as a contract killing. That’s not too nice right from the start, but we’ll keep on truckin’ anyway. Here’s a couple of snippets from Wikipedia on the subject:

“Hitmen are largely linked to the world of organized crime. Hitmen are hired people who kill people for money. Notable examples include Murder, Inc.”

Well. That wasn’t very informative, was it? No it wasn’t. So let’s look at contract killings then – maybe we’ll have better luck with that.

Contract killing is a form of murder, in which one party hires another party to kill a target individual or group of people. It involves an illegal agreementbetween two parties in which one party agrees to kill the target in exchange for consideration, monetary, or otherwise. The hiring party may be a single person, a group of people, a company, or any other kind of organization. The hired party may also be one person, such as a hitman, or a group of people, or an organization.[1]

That’s better. So, a hitman is a contract killer, in case that went by you unnoticed. But what’s this Murder, Inc. you say? Okay, okay… let’s have a quick look at them as well before we move on.

Murder, Inc. (or Murder Incorporated or the Brownsville Boys; known in syndicate circles as The Combination) was the name given by the press to organized crime groups in the 1920s through the 1940s that resulted in hundreds of murders on behalf of the American Mafia and Jewish Mafia groups who together formed the early organized crime groups in New York and elsewhere. The name was a journalistic invention. In his biography The Valachi Papers, Mafia turncoatJoe Valachi insisted Murder, Inc. did not commit crimes for the Mafia.”

That’s not really all that interesting, to be frank. The thing is, Murder, Inc was a long time ago, and they got caught too. That’s not good for a career criminal at all. So how would one go about becoming a Hitman these days? We’ve asked ourselves this a few times over the years, and others have asked it of us too, without getting a decent answer. We’ll try to rectify that here.


Becoming a Hitman – The Why’s (and why not’s)

Let’s just point out right away that becoming a hitman is a bad idea. Killing people is bad, killing people for money is worse. So there. Here’re the why and why not’s.

- The Money. Cash is indeed king, as they say, and the money in contract killings is apparently at least potentially good. No guarantees. According to the FBI, their undercover agents have had offers of sums ranging from $2.30 plus some Atari games to $200,000 as a down payment. So it’s potentially good. Or you need an Atari to play your fee on…

- Action and Adventure. Surprisingly often, crimes are committed with this as the main motivation. Contract killings would probably be exciting for the right person, but the right person is probably a psychopath, and so would have trouble feeling that excitement anyway, and so the point kind of disappears right there. If you’re not a psycho, then you probably won’t want to be a contract killer anyway.

- Freedom. Uhm… okay. You’ll be a freelancer for sure, and not really answer to any boss… But to do what? You won’t pay taxes, of course, but you’ll always be on the run, no matter if you see the blue lights pulsing in your rear view mirror or not. Someone’s looking for you.

From Slate Magazine:
“Reliable statistics on murder-for-hire fees are hard to come by, since most successful contract killers presumably go unpunished and are careful not to leave a paper trail. But fees can depend on a number of factors: the difficulty of the hit, the prominence of the target, the financial standing of the employer, and the financial needs of the hit man, to name just a few.”

So there you go – a short how-to in how to calculate your price for the hit, or the kill, or the contract.

Let’s not kid ourselves. Hitmen do exist, and those who think they’re only a fabrication of Hollywood and popular writers are basically all wrong. As long as there are people around, and as long as we either use some kind of currency or there are things of value, there will be hitmen. Hell, if we didn’t have money or an equivalent, people would kill for food. Simple as that. Now, whether or not there are hitmen conglomerates like Murder Inc or competing such like they had in Mr & Mrs Smith, that’s up for debate. The concept is cool of course, and would probably be very profitable, but the risk would just be too high to manage.

The fact that the hitmen exist begets the fact that you can become one as well. There’s not much info on this, however, but a good place to start is actually with the FBI. They handle (2009 figures) 70 – 90 cases of attempted hirings for murder each year, and going through those should teach you a little about what not to do at least.

Becoming a Hitman – The How’s

Resources online are scant when it comes to becoming a hitman. Maybe not all that surprising – we’re pretty sure that those who have made it in that business are far too busy keeping their heads under the radar and their silhouette off of ridges to write articles online. That being said, we’ve written about it before – here, and there are a few other exaples out there.

The best resource, however, seems to be the 1983 book “Hit Man – A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors”. The book’s origin is somewhat disputed, and the prevailing opinion these days is that it was written by a bored housewife with a great imagination. The book is actually in the public domain, after the publisher was forced to give up the rights to it as a settlement in court. Apparently, someone had actually used the book as a manual for becoming a hitman. The person in question wasn’t smart enough to not get caught, however.

Another set of books that have become a reference for both regular survivalists and hitmen in training is “The Poor Man’s James Bond” which is also referred to in the “Hit Man“. Okay. We’ll go on with a little list.

- Decide. It’s a pretty big decision to make, after all. Kill people, not kill people. Hmm.

- Training & Research. Get in shape. After all, you can’t make a get-away if you’ve got a big’ol beerbelly hanging down in front. Also, do your research. You’ve started in the right place, at least (here, dummy), but you should read the whole Hit Man book, the PMJB and other resources.

- Building Contacts. Building contacts means building your client base. Referrals are important in this business, since you can’t exactly advertise your services in the local classifieds. Or Craigs List. Even though that’s been known to happen.

So, a final word and a small disclaimer. Don’t become a hitman. Killing people for money is not fun. We don’t condone it or encourage it, and all the info here is for educational purposes only. Also, you’ll get caught, eventually. So…yeah. Leave a comment if you have questions!

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klone July 27, 2014 at 12:35 am

Wow to read all the comments and realize how ignorant people really are is truly a laugh. to correct a few erroneous statements yes they exist no not all are ex military. its nothing like what’s seen in movies. no it doesn’t have to be a lonely life it does however require a high degree of intellingence and a lot of training. patience is your great ally. in point of fact guns are used quite often depending on the clients wishes. Still the amount of ignorance present among the masses is astounding and did give me a good laugh.

ram mem July 19, 2014 at 4:12 pm

hello i would like to be a hit man i would realy need an advice on how to start im seriouse about it

Johnson July 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Hey you can call me Johnson. I’m interested to become a trained hitman just for a purpose to help my country, I will be glad if you can train me or help me straighten this country.

Thank you and I will look forward to read from you soonest.


mirai July 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm

hey.. pretty interesting.. i want someone to teach how to do this killing thing better.. i want become one. email me @maryshy411.gmail.com

Matt June 30, 2014 at 7:36 am

Looking for a job someone hire me

darkjake June 24, 2014 at 12:34 am

So…many…kids who think this is call of duty

Maranda June 15, 2014 at 1:47 am

Beautiful 21 gun and forensic expert looking for work. I would consider myself the perfect person for any job, I am the last person anyone would expect . Could you really see a 4’10 woman as a problem fixer. I have lost everything in my life all I have left are my dogs, so have no family. I also have no problem fixing and job. Give me the skills and the job and it will get done. I have no criminal record and nothing to lose. You scratch my back and I will do the same, I have sniper training thanks to a U.S.M.C. sargent, along with hand to hand combat.

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0rwell April 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm

You think you know what its like to be a killer?
You have no idea.
You can judge and speak about weapons and bullets all you like.
But until you pull the trigger and take a life, your opinion is not relevent.
It’s not like the movies or your video games. You have to be smarter and always 3 steps ahead of everyone.
Killing a target is harder than it looks, you have to observe them everyday know their life inside and out. You get to know your mark their likes, dislikes, favorite song which way they drive home what they eat. Its intimate and dangerous. I like to think there are two types of mercs, the good and the great.

The good can kill just fine get away remove their trace and just keep running.

The great well….. The great do not exist their ghosts theres no need to run because you could never find them, they are the people in the background when you walk through a crowd the faces you see when you sleep. The great are naturally adept at killing, like for example someone has a knack for computers, they would have no problem tracing my ip to try and find me. Likewise the great would have no problem killing me a ‘break in gone bad’ or a ‘accident at home’ no one would ever suspect a thing……..right?

Alexander Chambers April 6, 2014 at 7:31 am

I’m also a par time bounty hunter. I like to hunt and the hitman gig is when I like to or need to kill.

demolition April 6, 2014 at 6:03 am

Can any one spare a 50 cal Barret snpier and or a shotgun with splatter boulets.

demolition April 6, 2014 at 5:37 am

Ask for demolition only.

demolition April 6, 2014 at 5:36 am

If you want to see how meat me on halo 4 I’ll be using the gamer tag called unjusttrash14 I only use this on sertent days other times its my little brother or little sister’s or me for fun.

demolition April 6, 2014 at 5:32 am

When I play games I can adapet and use the skills I learn to fight in many current ways.

demolition April 6, 2014 at 5:28 am

I like to called demolition because I like to blow stuff up. When needed of course and for the heck of it some times on halo.
In real life its a last resort.

demolition April 6, 2014 at 5:17 am

Give me a sniper rifle 50 cal bearret and I’ll get the job done.
PS. I don’t kill girls.

demolition April 6, 2014 at 5:13 am

I’m not a moron. I don’t kill unless the money is for kill a terrorist that no one else knows about or not doing something about it.

SS March 15, 2014 at 10:29 am

Well. Thanks for visiting and commenting, but maybe read the article also? That usually helps… ;)

tachshakova March 14, 2014 at 8:48 pm

First off the idea of anyone of the readers becoming a “hit-man” as you say is hilarious. Second, becoming a killer requires you to kill someone, so inless you’ve got no qualms with taking a human life, are clinically dubed mentaly insane, or desperate enough to do it; then go right ahead and get contracted, attempt to kill your target, then go to prison for a long time. Also the fbi, nsa and etc flagg these articles so all of you-inless using a secure device and link- have been put in a folder for further investigation appon suspicioun so good luck getting away with that. Sure it pays well but don’t for one second believe that your the only one looking through a scope-to say- most likely if u tried to hit anyone big youd end up dead yourself

SS March 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

Pretty neat.

. March 4, 2014 at 12:37 am

Pretty quiet

. March 4, 2014 at 12:27 am

I kill, never use guns! Hate gun’s!

Jimmeh February 20, 2014 at 3:55 am

-to “slow death” yes they are real, try the deep web and you can find lots of them i’d say the average price is about $50,000 but it depends on a lot of things including: location of target, traveling cost, cost of ‘materials’, how much information you can provide, and the time-frame.
-to “marshez” what the fuck did you just say?
-to “007″ thank you for the laughs, wait, what? you were serious, i just…don’t even…
-to “dumbasswannabethugs” you my friend i like
-to “nihm” would you like to help me test your Beretta theory?

jeiryld February 5, 2014 at 12:13 am

i want to become a mafia or to be a hitman so teach me please

i live in purok 14,sta. cruz bugac ma-a davao city :)

Dumbasswannabethugs September 18, 2013 at 1:35 am

It would really help if half you “killers” knew what the fuck you were talking about! First off BB’s are round they don’t have points the ammo that you are referring to are called pellets. “Silencers” are called suppressor’s! As far as the guy needing a 9 mm magnum, good luck considering there is no such thing it is called a 9mm Winchester magnum also known as the 9x29mm, two gun companies produced these and the caliber never caught on, I thinking you mean a 9mm! If you are going to talk at least know what the hell you’re talking about! Idiots! As far as Mister badass Glock man, I can assure you a berretta will “kill shit” as you put it. Invade my house and you will see that my tactical 12g will stop you and your Glock 17. I don’t ever comment, but this shit you guys are talking makes you sound like you’ve never touched a gun. I don’t know shit about being a hit man nor do I claim to, but I do know a thing or two about guns!

james August 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Man leave this shit be isn’t their enough shit going around in the world yes their are real live hit men their mercenaries or ex nsa, cia or ex rangers who can’t find a job and those are the medium level guys the lower end guys are usually drug dealers with a record a mile long if your into something in a lower leverl stuff in real life look at the telly hankton trial in new Orleans that’s lower level kind of stuff

slow death July 20, 2013 at 5:03 am

do hitman really exist ? name some of them ? Is the jackal a real hitman?

slow death July 20, 2013 at 5:01 am

do hitman really exists ? who is best hitman after the jackal ?

somnique May 24, 2013 at 11:49 pm

I want the career change….I need to get in the business ASAP

nihm May 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm

There is no top, there is no international assassin for hire. Operators work regionally – and never start out in the bloodletting business. If you’re lucky enough to survive being a career criminal someday someone is going to give you an opportunity to distinguish yourself from the worms and become a wolf. If you’re successful…you’ll be the go to guy – bartered out by your keeper. And – a baretta isn’t going to kill shit…guns are rarely used. Its either a stabbing device, poisening, forced suicide…or an accident. However – I do prefer the Glock 45 for home invasion, and a Modified Glock 17c (G-18) for well protected vic’s.

Mad Man May 2, 2013 at 8:01 pm

All of you responding to this article are either ignorant or just plain stupid. This is not a profession for immature morons…

Hazel March 18, 2013 at 5:47 am

Hit men often start out as drug dealers who earn a reputation. It is so sophisticated. Hit men fly in from other places…to do hits in unknown areas. They are met with weapons instructions and a vehicle. Often they are tied to car dealerships where cars are in and out constantly. This is where the vehicle is provided. The target gets watched, sometimes other than by the hit man himself. Things work in cells. Beware of spray paint targeting your curb. They do tend to be psychopaths at least the ones who stay with it. They feel nothing during there crime, just doing a job

SS February 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Pretty good advice, Nobody. ;)

Nobody February 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Why don’t you kids stop playin’ around and start training at your local range

SS February 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Don’t we all.

Mac February 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I need a hot 9mm beretta cheap.

007 February 3, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Silenced powerful Air pistol with sharp tipped BB’s

mark December 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm

me too and need a way in to the top

marshez October 10, 2012 at 2:10 am

need a dirty 9 mm magnum extended barrell fitted howllow points silencer

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