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"More than a manual, 'The 21st-Century Sniper' is a look at all aspects of the deadliest marksmen on the battlefield, and it provides useful information for anyone looking to improve their long-range shooting. It is indeed a complete practical guide on the subject." --Shooting Illustrated

About the Author

Brandon Webb is a former combat decorated U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer. He served combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. His last tour of duty was as the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Course Manager, the same course that graduated Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle, where he graduated over three hundred SEAL sniper students. Glen and Brandon served together at SEAL Team 3 and trained together in the SEAL sniper program, where they became lifelong friends. Brandon is author of the New York Times bestseller The Red Circle. He lives in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where he runs and continues to write.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Third Printing edition (December 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616080019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616080013
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 7.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 of 109 people found the following review helpful By R. Bowman on January 13, 2011
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No, I did not get the buzz words backwards. Supposedly a practical guide, this book makes use of a large font and copious whitespace to fill it out. There is a lot of general background information that may be of interest to someone unfamiliar with firearms, but again is primarily padding to cover up the paucity of usable information.

For example, there is a chapter on optics. We learn valuable information like the reticle should look like a 'T' and not an 'X' and if you shake the rifle and the scope rattles around, it probably won't be accurate. Mil dot reticles are mentioned, but if you are interested in using them for range estimation, look someplace else. There is no discussion of other reticle types like the BCD versions or why different patterns may be useful in some situations. Other than a suggestion to make sure they are tight, no information is provided on mounts or such details as lapping the rings to avoid distorting the optics tube. Want to know the advantages or disadvantages of variable power scopes and fixed power, go someplace else. Should you have a question about what a 20 MOA base is and why you might want to use it, ask elsewhere. Confused about 40 or 50 mm objectives? Good luck. Want to know how to come up with a solution and dial it into your scope? Yeah, right.

The other topics in the book get the same gloss. If you want a book to give to your Aunt Mary who has expressed a mild interest in what snipers do, this is it. If you are interested in practical advice for long range precision shooting, save your money.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Mangus on January 13, 2012
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This book proposes to be a "complete practical guide" but really is fluff. I am so sorry I bought this book. I am sure the authors have had lots of combat experience but don't relate any of it. They offer no information about the field-craft of sniping or actual shooting techniques. The majority of the first part of the book is quotes from other authors about the history of sniping clear back to King Richard in the crusades and follows up to modern day. There are numerous, like pages and pages, of quotes from other books on sniping. Lots of the photos in the book are computer scans and don't give reasonable resolution. DON'T BUY THIS BOOK.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By D. Buxman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2010
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I'm not a soldier or a sniper, but I've had around 35 years of shooting experience. The 21st Century Sniper taught me more about sniper technique, weapons options and ballistics than any other book or range experience I've encountered. The logs, formulas and zero data sheets in the Appendix alone are worth the price of the book if you want to truly become an accurate shooter. More importantly, the book is written in such a way as to explain the fundamentals without getting too preachy or boring. The initial chapter on the History of Snipers is one of the most interesting that I've read. This book contains critical information concerning action and rifle types, caliber selection, optics, ballistics and gear in a pretty concise package that is amply illustrated with photos and tables. While there are some more technical manuals out there, The 21st Century Sniper is the most interesting, comprehensive and balanced shooting book that I've read. It is truly a practical guide that is the product of experience rather than theory. Now that I'm teaching my children to shoot, this book is destined to become a well-used tool in my kit.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ken Cook on July 4, 2011
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If the title of this book had not included the words "A Complete Practical Guide" it would have a four star rating rather than the lowly single star I'm giving it now. The book is well written and for the most part entertaining. The authors manage to convey a bantering tone that will be familiar to any veteran, and contains many pretty, though often unexplained pictures.

Unfortunately, "The 21st Century Sniper: A Complete Practical Guide" contains nothing of significant value to anyone seeking to improve their long range shooting, target spotting, or stealth skills.

More than once, the authors express a desire to: "keep valuable information from falling into the wrong hands" and sadly, they succeed all too well. Of course this means they keep all their "valuable information" out of your hands as well. Frankly, I feel this is a cheap and insulting ploy. If you're worried about who's going to read your book, don't write a book. And certainly don't market the book as any sort of "Complete Guide." Doing otherwise is rather dishonest.

The book is filled with entertaining anecdotes from the authors and others and spends a great deal of time discussing the history of sniping and firearms in general but the information covered is so general and basic, it would be useful only to someone so new to shooting they had not yet actually fired a rifle. For anyone else, the material is useless.

Bottom line, if you're looking for a book with a cool title which you can place unread on your bookshelf in order to impress guests and friends with your manly tastes in reading materials, or if you are seeking a book full of mildly entertaining anecdotes mixed in with some basic firearms and sniper history, this is the one for you. Buy it and you will be well pleased.

If however, you are a serious shooter looking for serious information to improve your game, pass on by. This book will be a waste of your time and money.
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