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Following on from the success of Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper, Martin Pegler gives us an in-depth study of the emergence of American rifleman, sharpshooter and sniper, examining the evolution of the rifle in America from the earliest firearms of the 15th century, to the highly accurate sniping rifles of the 21st century. Pegler analyses the technological development of the rifle, sighting systems and ammunition and uses contemporary accounts to describe how the use of the rifle during the ...
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Overview

Following on from the success of Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper, Martin Pegler gives us an in-depth study of the emergence of American rifleman, sharpshooter and sniper, examining the evolution of the rifle in America from the earliest firearms of the 15th century, to the highly accurate sniping rifles of the 21st century. Pegler analyses the technological development of the rifle, sighting systems and ammunition and uses contemporary accounts to describe how the use of the rifle during the Revolutionary War, Civil War and the conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries have impacted on US military history. This detailed account concludes with a study of the American sniper in modern warfare, including Afghanistan and the ongoing conflict in Iraq, providing an overview of the march of weapons technology, as well as an unusual insight into the lives and the motives of the men who used them.
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"Martin Pegler's Sniper: A History of the US Marksman provides an in-depth survey of sniper history, from early revolution times to sharpshooets in wars and in both global and world war scenarios. Chapters blend history with source material quotes for insights." -California Bookwatch (May 2009)

"Martin Pegler's Sniper is an engrossing history of U.S. military snipers spanning more than two hundreds years. This careful assessment of the rationale behind and the motivation that drives snipers dispels the idea that snipers are no more than assassins. Instead Pegler shows how snipers are all about protection, and their main job is to protect their fellow squad members." -Dan Danbom, TimeOut for Entertainment (October/November 2007)

"... Sniper is more than a survey of modern military strategy; it covers military marksmanship history in America from Revolutionary War days to modern times, considering the first usage of marksmen and their strategic evolution. Chapters chronicle over 200 years of sniper history and developments, from training to weaponry, and make for an excellent addition to any military library." -The Bookwatch (October 2007)

"Overall, a fascinating look at a subject that is somewhat shrouded in mystery. It makes for a great read and is one that I believe you will thoroughly enjoy reading." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (March 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846034954
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/17/2009
  • Series: General Military Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Pegler has a BA Hons in Medieval and Modern History and an MA in Museum Studies, both from University College, London, and was for many years the Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. He now lives in the Somme, France, where he and his wife run a small bed and breakfast, which is situated on top of the old German front line! Martin has established The Somme Historical Centre (www.martinpegler.com), where visitors can see the technology used in the 1914-18 trench warfare. Martin enjoys shooting historic firearms, and has participated in many shooting competitions. He is currently an author and firearms consultant and he also lectures at local Great War museums. In his spare time Martin runs motorcycle tours of the battlefield. He is the author of a number of books including The Military Sniper since 1914 (Osprey, 2001), Firearms in the American West 1700-1900 (The Crowood Press, 2002), and the highly acclaimed Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper (Osprey, 2004), and he has also contributed to a number of magazines. In the 1980s he had the privilege of interviewing many World War I veterans about their wartime experiences, and the recordings are now part of the sound archives of the Imperial War Museum, London The author lives in France.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Chuck Mawhinney 10

Introduction 12

Part I The Evolution of the Rifle 15

Chapter 1 New World, New Weapons 16

Chapter 2 Winds of Change 40

Part II America at War 63

Chapter 3 Revolution 64

Chapter 4 Heading West 79

Chapter 5 The Sharpshooter's War 101

Part III A World at War 131

Chapter 6 Global War 132

Chapter 7 World War II - Unprepared and Unequipped 150

Chapter 8 Cold War, Hot War 168

Chapter 9 A Changing World 199

Appendix 241

Notes 246

Glossary 258

Select Bibliography & Further Reading 267

Index 271

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2008

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    This is a great book for anyone studying the ways of the sniper. I ,myself, hope to become a sniper for Military or police situations. This book is full of information, starting at Columbus' journeys to America, to the war in Iraq. Such notes as: 'Major Patrick Ferguson, had in his sights two American officers. He said, 'It is not pleasant to shoot a man in the back, so I let him alone.' One of these officers in question was almost certainly George Washington.' (Sniper, p.77)

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