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Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper (General Military) Hardcover – October 13, 2004
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This is not a "how to", but a great book about what is Sniping and it evolution through time.
I strongly recommend it.
There is a ton of detail about the rifles used and the scopes that were mounted on them. In a few places it gets a little tedious, but the author has obviously done his homework.
Not an exciting book by any stretch, but you do feel like you've learned something at the end.
Reading "the german sniper" by P Senich answered a little in this area but informed in other aspects ie level of commitment to camo. Then stumbled into "history through crosshairs" which illuminated the questions but still missing..
Then i stumbled into "out of nowhere" & Mr Pegler totally nailed all the questions i had. It was a phenomenal read about the german sniping as well as Russian sniping. I skipped the pacific war parts as i had no interest in that area.
I would suggest to people to read other sniper history books before reading this book bec you will be able to notice the thoroughness that Mr Pegler has gone through. Otherwise, you will just be let down if the order is reversed.
In addition, the book is quite technical about sniping rifles & optics & so it helps to read other books to get used to & appreciate the technical discussions & points made. A first timer would be somewhat confused.
The structure of the book is: chronological order, then arranged nation by nation, then sniper representation by each branch of service. Each group is defined by type of mission, type of training or lack of the same, definition and history of hardware and ammunition, all reinforced with historical documents of the time or interviews. The photography is period, black and white for the most part, and quite good in representation.
Scopes and night sights and selected ammunition are as well documented as much as the rifles themselves. Also covered are the side arms and field equipment carried by snipers. When I think of the extremes civilian rifleman have gone to assure accurate firearms and sub MOA firearm performance for paper punching competition, it is truly amazing how effective snipers have been at long distances with firearms of comparatively modest refinement.
Beyond weapons, there is the detailing of general strategies employed by all participants and how these strategies evolved rapidly with first battlefield experience. The language is concise and focused. There is little expressed in the context of politics or morality, as the book is about snipers and the associated settings and equipment, not about the justification of each nation's cause.
The treatment of the people who filled the role of sniper was a little antiseptic, although I really don't think I expected much different.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as much American sniper history as I would have liked but a good historical account of sniping.Published 9 months ago by Jack V.
This is a much better book in terms of both history and technical details than others I’ve read in the same category. I give it four stars, though, because of a few obvious errors. Read morePublished 9 months ago by autodidact
If you like the history of sniping then read this. It talks about the first attempts at sharp shooting in renaissance Europe and all the way the to sniping in modern times. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Long Shot Charlie
Historically fascinating, technically interesting and demonstrates quite clearly why a sniper is no ordinary soldier.Published 19 months ago by Chris Budgen
author has done a great job. Tonns of useful info on evolution of sniper weapons and tactics. plenty of good pictures with informative comments. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Levano007
As a military history enthusiast, I was underwhelmed by this book. I was expecting far more; perhaps that was my mistake. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by TruxtonSpangler
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... Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Jeffrey L. Cordell
Very nice book. I have used it quite a bit with no problems at all.
Many thanks, Amazon. And it was nicely priced
This is a good account of how military sniping developed from the time that muzzleloading weapons became a commonplace feature on the battlefield. Read morePublished on February 26, 2012 by p6wexford