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Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
From the American Revolution to World War Two, the history of the military combat marksman is one of indifference, unpreparedness and cost cutting. Despite the proven effectiveness of the rifleman in battle, the sniper in the 20th century has been regarded as little more than a paid assassin, whose life if captured was forfeit. However, since the Vietnam War the undeniably ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Osprey Publishing (first published 2004)
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May 27, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it
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OK, first a confession. I am a long-time gun enthusiast (but not a gun nut— please keep your opinions to yourself); I am also a devotee of novels about snipers (Stephen Hunter’s Bob Lee Swagger series is my favorite). All of this comes from a youth improved by my service time in the Viet Nam-era Marine Corps, where I learned about firearms, and from the near Hollywood-star role of the sniper as the last frontiersman: a hunter adept at his craft, working in isolation and without direction—the ...more
Jan 29, 2013 Checkman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: military history buffs, firearm enthusiasts
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A well researched piece that covers the evolution of the military sniper from the early days of gunpowder up to the present and the role that they are playing in conflicts around the world. The book pays particular attention to the evolution of sniping in World War I and World War II. Rifles, optics, ammunition, ballistics, training and tactical deployment are all examined.

For such a large topic Mr. Pegler does a good job of being both in depth and brief. The book never lags and if you're inter
Nov 15, 2011 Marcus rated it really liked it
Surprising as it may sound, I think that Osprey has managed to create something very unique here. You see, history of sniping is something of an on/off study subject for me and I have read my share of "sniping histories" and stories about snipers. Most of history volumes focus on U.S. and take the predictable path of War of Independence, American Civil War, trenches of WWI, western front of WWII and finally Vietnam. Furthermore, because of usual linguistic barriers, focus of those books lies ...more
Issehiah G
This book"Out Of Nowhere"is about military specalist are explaining about the rifel.Also the way it is used and the differnt types of them.From the first year into now.This story is gun like.So I don't recomend this book to lots of people.The book has vilontice and images not suddet to 5th grade and under.I say this book is a three star book.

The book talks about a sniper and his partner.the same things to them is that they both wear the same gear,and they are both armed with deadly guns.Also t
Mar 17, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Excellent book that I recommend to anyone with even a passing interest on the subject. The book is broken down well covering the evolution of equipment, tactics, wars and snipers themselves and is full of excellent photographs which really effectively show the points made by the text.

I learnt alot from reading it and plan to read it again soon
Apr 03, 2013 F rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed in its breadth. It's pretty much all Western (America, England, Russia, Germany, some France/Canada/New Zealand/Austrailia) For example, when talking about the Vietnamese in the Vietnamese War it's all American POV/quotes. So it felt a bit limited. But it was very interesting and I generally liked reading it.
Mar 20, 2008 James rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Students of military history and marksmanship
A thorough and very detailed history of every aspect of military sniping from its inception to the present. The author covers the evolution of the technology and tactics used, relates important events, and profiles key people. Extensively illustrated with photos of equipment throughout.
Jun 27, 2008 Derrick rated it it was ok
Another must if you're interested the history/development of a very controversial battlefield occupation. Great pictures!
May 21, 2014 Norbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book about sniping from the 19th century, more or less. It's an osprey bok, so it's short. But it is interesting
Tod Bellrichard
A history book on the sniper. interesting read more on the guns and training rather than the men themselves.
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Recommends it for: Riflemen and historian
Outstanding academic history review of this special type or warrior.
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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 ...more
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