Sniper in Action: History, Equipment, Techniques
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The equipment, techniques, tactics and profiles of the world's most famous snipers. 80 photographs and 40 line drawings. Focusing on famous snipers throughout history, Sniper in Action explores the origins, development and impact of the sniper from the American War of Independence to the present day. Featuring numerous first-hand accounts, famous 'crack shots' are profiled, such as Vasili Zaitsev, a hero of the battle of Stalingrad, Vietnam War marksman Chuck Mawhinney, credited with 103 kills, and Timothy L. Kellner, credited with 139 kills in the recent Iraq conflict. As well as profiling famous snipers, the book details the equipment, tactics, and techniques of the marksman as it has developed on the battlefield from the original skirmishers of the late eighteenth century to the highly trained specialists of today's hi-tech armed forces. Packed with first hand accounts, Sniper in Action is the definitive guide to these secretive and deadly individuals and the role they have played in conflicts over the last three hundred years.
snipers would be unlikely to break a skyline and their weapons lack any form of camouflage. As time went on, the concept of the sniper team solidified and snipers of the twenty-first century mostly operate as teams. Ultimately, the role of the non-sniping team member is to enable the sniper to focus as much as possible on the job at hand. The assistant will therefore take on a number of roles, including navigation to the target area, preparation of all necessary equipment, building hides,
bounty might well have been collected. M14 SNIPER WEAPON SYSTEM Country of Origin United States Caliber 7.62mm (0.3in) Overall length 1120mm (44.1in) Barrel length 559mm (22in) Weight 5.11kg (11.25lbs) The M14 semi-automatic rifle was selected for its accuracy, reliability and reasonably fast action. The rifle was converted by Rock Island Arsenal, to include the Redfield/Leatherwood 3-9x Adjustable Ranging Telescope and National Match-grade ammunition, giving it an effective
Grozny in 1995. There followed a battle of attrition involving snipers on both sides. The Chechen rebels were equipped with Dragunov SVD rifles and went out in search of Russian snipers. One of the means they used to get around was the Grozny drainage system, which sometimes enabled them to get behind the Russians. Martin Pegler relates the story of what happened when the Russian sniper team, believing they had searched the drains, invited a local general to come forward and inspect the area.
under International Law, the invasion was arguably illegal. One of the operations performed by Task Force 20 was the attack on Saddam Hussein’s sons, Uday and Qusay, who had taken shelter in a fortified villa in Mosul. The concrete-reinforced hideout was so impenetrable, however, that armored vehicles of 101st Airborne had to be called in to use artillery and TOW missiles against the building. As this was going on, and as Delta Force soldiers entered the building, Iraqi snipers fired on the
included the use of gas and of sniping. The Germans were ahead of the game with regard to sniping at the beginning of World War I. In the stalemate of the opposing trench systems and with No Man’s Land blasted and cratered by artillery, infantrymen had several major fears: these included going over the top and being shot down by machine-gun fire or inadvertently raising their heads above the trench line or crossing a gap and being found by a sniper. A sniperscope is used by a British