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Maritime Sniper Manual: Precision Fire from Seaborne Platforms Paperback – December 1, 2010
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John L. Plaster served three tours in the top-secret unconventional warfare group, Studies and Observations Group, in Vietnam. As a long-range reconnaissance leader, he led tiny intelligence-gathering teams behind enemy lines in Laos and Cambodia before leaving SOG in late 1971. He was decorated for heroism four times and retired from the U.S. Army as a major.
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Whether on a RHIB, frigate, aircraft carrier, or other floating platform, this manual walks its readers through each step of delivering accurate fire with a scoped rifle, from finding a shooting stance on board to prioritizing targets and finally pulling the trigger. The methods used to successfully engage a target moving with or through the water are the trapping and tracking techniques anyone familiar with rifle shooting would expect. These are explained by Jonsson, then expanded on with information that, without this book, could only be gained after years of shooting experience on the ocean. Environmental factors expected to effect the path of each round are described in detail, including waves, vessel engine vibration, and water temperature, and proven methods of compensating for them are outlined. Information on penetrating vessel construction materials is given, and includes measurements for deflection, calculated for the reader during live fire tests, that will allow shooters to adjust their aimpoint with confidence.Read more ›
The "Maritime Sniper Manual" has something to teach junior and veteran snipers alike. The manual is broken down in a logical manner and presents the information in easy to digest bits and pieces as you read the book. Here is some of the information I learned that I have never read from any other source:
-How to make wind calls based on sea conditions (ie: size of the waves)
-How to time your shots between waves and synchronize your breath rate with them
-An in depth discussion on environmental factors such as how water temperature effects air temperature, which as we know effects external ballistics.
-A detailed look at shooting through the different types of glass that can be found on large ships
-Where is the best position on a ship for a sniper to place himself and how to construct a steady firing position once he gets there.
These are just a few of the "take aways" to be found in this manual. Other topics include tactics, equipment checklists, verbage to be used between the spotter and sniper, and much more. I've found that in this line of work that myth often over takes reality but in this case the author has both feet well grounded, making realistic assessments of what the sniper can and cannot realistically accomplish.
Some of the topics seemed rather academic such as the discussion about the Magnum effect, Poisson effect, and the Coriolis drift but like GI Joe says, Knowing is Half the Battle.Read more ›
It's called a "manual" for good reason -- this book is intended to help develop professional snipers' skills in this especially challenging tactical environment. Unlike some manuals on precision marksmanship in a tactical environment, Jonsson's is very readable text that is logical and direct. I highly recommend it for any law enforcement or military snipers with any interest at all in the special problems of firing at moving targets from moving platforms. Anybody with a serious interest in the sniper mission will also find it interesting and insightful.
When I had a chance to review a preview copy of the book, I immediately asked for five more and sent them to some of my warrior brothers in the LE and military community, and that's not something I do very often. Jonsson's Maritime Sniper Manual is the kind of book that might give you another little advantage when you chamber a round and switch your safety to FIRE on the "two-way rifle range."
author of TRIGGER MEN, WAR STORIES OF THE GREEN BERETS, ROUGHNECK NINE ONE (with SFC Frank Antenori), TO BE A MILITARY SNIPER (with Gregory Mast), among many other titles
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Very interesting manual and helpful for those teaching sniping in VBSS.Published 1 month ago by pascal13
This book is absolutely the one and only source for maritime sniping...If you are shooting from platforms like ships etc...then this is your sourcePublished on September 15, 2013 by baris emre ergun
precise, to the point. if your planning on overseas maritime force protection, this book is a must Read. lots of great info.Published on August 26, 2013 by j killhit
Good reading. A good reference for those who use rifles at sea. It has interesting informations and pictures. Enjoy it!Published on April 28, 2013 by Pedro Dibo
As a sniper instructor myself, I have to give Mr. Jonsson a full thumbs up !!!
Maritime sniping is a very complex skill that is very difficult to develop, due to the... Read more
While M. Sgt. Jonsson did a great deal of research, he also brings to this outstanding volume years of direct experience, after tours in the pirate-plagued waters off Africa. Read morePublished on December 20, 2010 by John Plaster
The author is obviously a experienced sniper with a lot of experiences in the field, "maritime operations". Read morePublished on December 15, 2010 by Mard
Frederik knows what he is talking about: He has deployed to some of the most dangerous waters in the world, and brings back lessons that every sniper in the maritime environment... Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by J. Bartee