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The History of Sniping and Sharpshooting

by Major John L Plaster, USAR (Ret.)

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Hardcover
978-1-58160-632-4
704 pages, 8.5" x 11"
photos, illust.

  • Description
  • Author Bio
  • Chapter List
Thirty-six months in combat. Twenty-four years as a sniping instructor. Twenty years of exhaustive research, including decades spent seeking out hundreds of historic volumes long out of print, test-firing historic firearms, walking Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields with a laser rangefinder, and visiting military museums in the United States and Europe. Only Major John Plaster, author of the highly acclaimed The Ultimate Sniper, has the background and knowledge to bring you this authoritative history of sniping and sharpshooting – the first such book from a combat rifleman's unique perspective.

In The History of Sniping and Sharpshooting, John Plaster has assembled the most comprehensive combat history ever published on the subject. It begins in the 15th century, with the first use of "precision" musket fire in Europe and continues into the 21st century with the significant role sniping is playing the Iraq and Afghanistan and the global War on Terror. Detailing major engagements and minor skirmishes over five centuries of warfare, Plaster has unearthed hundreds of incidents where calculated precision rifle fire has changed the course of battles – and, sometimes, history. He fittingly addresses well-known sharpshooters and snipers – Hiram Berdan, Vasili Zaitsev, Carlos Hathcock – but also pays tribute to forgotten riflemen such as John Burns, Benjamin Forsyth and Arthur Wermuth, to name but a few. He also explains how the evolution of firearms and optical technology has intertwined with sniping on the battlefield and how it has influenced tactics, organizations, and capabilities – a subject that has never before been address adequately.
Major John L. Plaster served three tours in the top-secret unconventional warfare group, Studies and Observations Group, in Vietnam. As a long-range reconnaissance leader, he led tiny intelligence-gathering teams behind enemy lines in Laos and Cambodia before leaving SOG in late 1971. He was decorated for heroism four times and retired from the U.S. Army as a major.
BOOK CHAPTER LIST
Early Wars in the New World and on the Continent
1) Sharpshooter's Dawn
2) Sharpshooting Revolution
3) Rifle Comes of Age
American Civil War
4) War of the Sharpshooters
5) Civil War Sharpshooter Weapons and Equipment
6) Civil War Sharpshooter Tactics and Techniques
7) Sharpshooters in Battle
Sharpshooting in Transition
8) Small Wars and Big Innovations
Two World Wars
9) True Sniping Begins: World War I
10) Snipers from the New World
11) Europe's Second Sniping War
12) Sniping on the Eastern Front
13) Sniping in the Pacific
The Asian Wars
14) Sniping in Korea
15) Vietnam Sniping War
Sniping into the 21st Century
16) Sniping After Vietnam
17) Sniping in Afghanistan and Iraq
18) Sniping in the Future
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