A thorough encyclopedic study of the world of the sniper. This new book contains many illustrations and biographies in an alphabetically staged work. – Very Highly Recommended
NAME: The Sniper Encyclopedia, An A-Z Guide To The World Sniping FILE: R2865 AUTHOR: John Walter PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Greenhill Books BINDING: hard back PAGES: 306 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Sniper, long range shooting, the rifle, ammunition, sniper teams, technology, sights, sighting, range finding, deployment
IMAGE: B2865.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y2r77jcv LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A thorough encyclopedic study of the world of the sniper. This new book contains many illustrations and biographies in an alphabetically staged work. – Very Highly Recommended The sniper is not a new part of warfare but has expanded significantly during the last hundred years. The sword and spear are short range weapons that for much of history have been the main weapons of war on the field of battle. The bow may have been around for centuries but is not ideally suited in its most popular forms to the stealthy craft of the sniper. The exception has been the crossbow because it has not required the shooter to stand to fire, or required the tension on muscles that the other forms of bow demand if the shooter is to to take careful aim and hold until the target has come into the most favourable position. Perhaps the bow with the most potential has been the pocket crossbow which was banned by Papal Bull in language that could have described nuclear weapons. At the time of its Medieval introduction, it posed a major threat to the Establishment of the time, allowing a shooter to fire from concealment or to carry it close to the target without being observed. However, the sniper really became effective with the development of firearms. The exact first use of a firearm by a sniper is not known. Certainly, the Scottish figure James the Bastard was mortally wounded by a sniper ambushing him with a hackbut in the latter part of the Sixteenth Century. This was a smooth bore long arm firing a stone ball. It allowed the sniper to chose a position and wait for the target to come into range. It may not have been the first attempt, successful or otherwise of the employment of a sniper to take out a target at a distance from a point of concealment. The first sniper rifle to be used in any quantity was the British Baker rifle that was easily able to take out distant targets that were beyond the range of the standard infantry gun, the musket. The Baker rifle has been credited with effective fire to 200 yards, where the musket was struggling to achieve aimed fire beyond 50 yards. There have also been claims of snipers taking down targets out to 300 yards, a huge improvement in firearms capability. This book demonstrates great care in research with 750 standard entries. The format is alphabetic, making it very easy to navigate as a reference work. There are more than 200 illustrations, mostly in full colour. From the Napoleonic Wars and the Baker rifle, sniping has become increasingly important in warfare. Where the British Rifles were used alongside traditional infantry units, they were teams of soldiers, specially chosen and used in teams ahead of the main regiments and where their common role was to target enemy officers and NCOs to destroy command and control of line regiments. By WWI, the sniper was often solitary, a patient shooter waiting for a target of opportunity in the enemy trench lines. By WWII, the Germans and Soviets depended on snipers at Leningrad and Stalingrad with individuals and small teams taking out many enemy soldiers. Snipers became increasingly important in all the other forces deployed in WWII. Today snipers frequently operate in pairs and the distance to target continues to increase. The spotter provides critical information to the sniper, such as range and wind conditions, and also watches the shooter's back. This means that a modern sniper may be taking down a target at more than a kilometre and may have to wait for hours before taking the shot. This is a must read for anyone interested in snipers and long range high accuracy shooting.