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

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

by Martin Pegler, Peter Dennis
     
 

The sniper has lurked in the shadows of warfare for more than two centuries. In that time, snipers have gone from being seen as little more than paid assassins to being the most highly trained of all infantrymen, and they are an invaluable asset on any modern battlefield. Two hundred years of development and innovation divides the Napoleonic rifleman, whose

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The sniper has lurked in the shadows of warfare for more than two centuries. In that time, snipers have gone from being seen as little more than paid assassins to being the most highly trained of all infantrymen, and they are an invaluable asset on any modern battlefield. Two hundred years of development and innovation divides the Napoleonic rifleman, whose muzzle-loader was capable of extreme-range shots of 300yds, from the modern sniper whose high-precision .50 and .338 calibre rifles can achieve kills at well over a mile.

Written by an international expert on the history of sniping, this book charts the evolution of the sharpshooter and his weaponry, and assesses the impact of the sniper's single bullet on the history of warfare.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849083980
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
11/23/2010
Series:
Weapon Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
658,938
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.30(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 WWI 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. Martin is the series editor for Osprey's Weapon series.

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