Sniper Rifles: From the 19th to the 21st Century

Sniper Rifles From the th to the st Century A technical outline of the history of the sniper rifle from its introduction in warfare during the Napoleonic Wars through the US Civil War to its current apogee as the most fre

  • Title: Sniper Rifles: From the 19th to the 21st Century
  • Author: Martin Pegler Peter Dennis
  • ISBN: 9781849083980
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Paperback
  • A technical outline of the history of the sniper rifle, from its introduction in warfare during the Napoleonic Wars 1799 1815 , through the US Civil War 1861 1865 to its current apogee as the most frequently used combat rifle in Iraq and Afghanistan This book details the development of ammunition, different weapons types including single shot, magazine loading and semiA technical outline of the history of the sniper rifle, from its introduction in warfare during the Napoleonic Wars 1799 1815 , through the US Civil War 1861 1865 to its current apogee as the most frequently used combat rifle in Iraq and Afghanistan This book details the development of ammunition, different weapons types including single shot, magazine loading and semi automatic, as well as the introduction and use of optical sights.Martin Pegler, a leading expert on the history of sniping and former Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Leeds, also details the current advances in technology, such as laser range finding sights and night vision devices Using first hand accounts, the book brings the dangerous world of the sniper to life revealing their training and concealment techniques as well as their mastering of their weapon of choice.

    One thought on “Sniper Rifles: From the 19th to the 21st Century”

    1. A well done book in the "Weapons" series by Osprey Publishing. The volume opens by noting that the first firearms were not good candidates to be sniper weapons. Handgonnes and arquebuses were simply not accurate enough nor had the range to serve effectively as sniper or sharpshooter weapons. With the rifling of weapons, possibilities emerged for sniping.The book explores the development of weapons--and those who could use them--for sniping in the 18th through 21st centuries. Part of this was the [...]

    2. provides historical context and outlines the development of precision rifles up to present day. Not too deep and/or technical and is an easy read

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