The Ultimate Sniper

An Advanced Training Manual For Military And Police Snipers
Updated and Expanded Edition

by Maj. John L. Plaster, USAR (Ret.)


584 pages, 8.5" x 11"

  • Description
  • Author Bio
  • Chapter List
This updated and expanded edition of The Ultimate Sniper includes cutting edge sniper rifles, scopes, ammunition and equipment, the latest tactics and techniques from the frontlines of the War on Terror, analysis of evolving technologies, detailed ballistics and trajectory data for sniper ammunition, an all-new chapter on countersniping "lessons learned" in Iraq and Afghanistan and an up-to-date listing of U.S.-based sniper training programs.

Major John Plaster, U.S. Army Special Forces (ret) is also the author of The History of Sniping and Sharpshooting. Check out his latest work, Sharpshooting in the Civil War.

While at the 2009 SHOT Show in Orlando, Florida, Major Plaster was approached by a U.S. Army civilian intelligence analyst from Iraq, who told him that "many, many soldiers and Marines owed their lives to The Ultimate Sniper."

Major Plaster recently received a letter from a GI sniper in Iraq who told him about how much the snipers in that war depended on The Ultimate Sniper:

"Major Plaster,

I just wanted to thank you personally for all the great work you have compiled and made so easy to study. I am currently a Sniper in Iraq with the Big Red One out of Ft. Riley and the RTO/Security guy in my team has your book, The Ultimate Sniper. I went to Sniper School in 2007 and was in my battalions sniper Section a few months before I went. I've been a shooter for my team ever since. I appreciate the book and as a section we review it often and even give 'Sniper tips of the day' from it.

Thank you so much and God bless,
SPC. Andrew Wiscombe"

"Just finished reading The Ultimate Sniper and wanted to thank you for a fantastic book. I have read lots of books on shooting and sniping but have never enjoyed or gotten more from a book."

C.W., via Internet

Ultimate Sniper is also available in Espanol .
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.
1) Sniper Unit Organization and Equipment
2) The Sniper's Rifle
3) Sniperscope Basics
4) Using a Sniperscope
5) Bullets and Ballistics
6) Basic Sniper Marksmanship
7) Advanced Sniper Marksmanship
8) Special Shoot Situations
9) Heavy Rifle Sniping
10) Binoculars and Spotting Scopes
11) Spotting the Target Detection
12) Range and Wind Estimation
13) Camouflage for Sniping
14) Stalking and Movement
15) The Sniper's Hide: The FFP
16) Mantracking
17) Basic Offensive and Defensive Tactics
18) Sniping in an Urban Environment
19) Countersniping Tactics and Techniques
20) Countersniping in Iraq
21) Special Sniping Operations
22) Night Sniping Operations
23) Special Sniping Environments
Appendix I: Glossary of Sniping and Marksmanship Terms
Appendix II: Current U.S.- Based Training Programs
Appendix III: References