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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 the best book of its type to be published so far. -- Mark A Keefe IV, Editor-In-Chief, American Rifleman

About the Author

Martin Pegler was born in 1954 and educated at Hampton School. He has a BA Hons in Medieval and Modern History and an MA in Museum Studies, both from University College, London, and he is currently Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. Martin enjoys shooting historic firearms, and has participated in many shooting competitions. He is the author of a number of books including 'The Military Sniper since 1914' (Osprey, 2001); and 'Firearms in the American West 1700-1900' (The Crowood Press, 2002), 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.

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Product Details

  • Series: General Military
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (October 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841768545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841768540
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By moviemusicbuff on January 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This comprehensive history of the military sniper traces the development of the sniper from 1500, the American Civil War and European wars, WWI and WWII (in both the European and Pacific Wars), limited wars from 1945-85, the Vietnam Conflict, and the present. It is filled with anecdotes of snipers, B & W and color photos, and a brief description of the weapons used. What fascinated me the most were chapter 6 (Russian snipers from 1936 - 1945), chapter 7 (German Snipers in the Eastern front from 1941-45), chapter 8 (the American sniper in the War against Japan in WWII), and chapter 9 (the American sniper in the European front in WWII). In each of these chapters, the author describes the training, the rifles / ammunition used, and the combat performance of the snipers. What fascinated me was the development of the American sniper in WWII, since these American forces had to start completely from scratch in developing the skill of sniping. The author Martin Pegler does a great job of blending technical information with anecdotes and descriptions of the combat performance / training of the snipers. This is an excellent introduction of the history of the military sniper for any military historian or enthusiast.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jean Francois Brousseau on January 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Being involved in shooting, I have always been fascinated by these persons we call Sniper. Out of Nowhere is a very large book, full of photos of famous and other not so famous snipers and their personal histories. This is a great book if you want to know all about Sniper and Riflemen history.
This is not a "how to", but a great book about what is Sniping and it evolution through time.
I strongly recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Stell on April 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm about 3/4 done reading this book and can recommend it to anyone interested in military history. It is not at all a "how to" book, but more a history of how snipers have been used in war since the development of the rifled barrel.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NiQ on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Snipers by Craig Cabell ignited my interest in german WWI & II snipers due to their ability to headshot at a moment's notice. Questions in my head:why were they that good? what prompted them to have good snipers in the first place etc?

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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hannibal on January 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing! I have other books by Pegler and have never been disappointed by his product. The topic of Military Snipers is a touchy one that has been maligned in the mainstream press for many years. Even the term "Sniper" is thought of with negative thoughts be it terrorist or criminal. Pegler discusses this a bit along with a complete history of the Sniper, their craft, and equipment. It makes for extremely interesting reading. Many historical facts are brought to light by the author and after reading this book one can better understand the need for this dark warrior, even more so in the 21st century.

Han
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe D on July 25, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"Out of Nowhere - A History of the Military Sniper" by Martin Pegler, was a pleasure to read. With the feel of an academic work with sources and references cited, the book begins with the emergence of the rifleman as a longer range shooter then carries through to current times and the snipers at work in support of the was in the middle east.

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.
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