- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1st edition (March 6, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620871963
- ISBN-13: 978-1620871966
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 7.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 100 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Navy SEAL Sniper: An Intimate Look at the Sniper of the 21st Century 1st Edition
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More than a manual, [Navy SEAL 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
Glen Doherty (1970–2012) was a combat-decorated SEAL who served in the U.S. Navy for nine years. He worked extensively as an independent security specialist throughout some of the most dangerous places on the planet, all in support of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. Glen was KIA in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, when his team came to the rescue of the U.S. Ambassador and State Department personnel after their safe house was attacked by an overwhelming force and under intense fire. Glen believed in working hard and playing harder; before giving up his life, he was frequently found skiing in Utah or surfing at his home break in Encinitas, California.
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I meant to give this book four stars and tried changing the five to four but my kindle didn't let me for some reason. I can't speak for the printed version because I haven't seen it, but this kindle version chopped off part of the last column or columns in the ballistics charts at the end of the book. This did not really detract from my experience with the book because I know those charts are supposed to be general guidelines not the end all definitive word for each bullet. Each rifle will handle ammunition differently, even if it is the exact same ammo and rifle type combination, so the shooter will have to come up with their own ballistics charts for their own rifle anyway. It would have been nice to be able to really dig in to what those last few pages were talking about though.
I like the things the authors discussed pertaining to where sniping is headed. I've been out of the military for a while now, so it was interesting to learn about some of the advancements that have come about since I left and especially about what companies are working on for the future.
I do recommend you read this book if you are interested in snipers and their job, but I wouldn't recommend this be the only book on the subject that you read, especially if you want to know more about the technical side of putting rounds down-range.
Thank you for reading my review. I hope this was helpful for you.
Two of the three men on the cover have been called home for other good works but they passed as true heroes..helping their fellow men in need.
Glen Doherty ran to the sound of violence in the finest tradition of men since the dawn of time on 9/11/2012. With time his heroism will be fully recognized and the nations highest honors will be bestowed on this man. His writing held within this work will be the trusted truth cherished by firearms enthusiasts and men of honor for eternity.
Chris Kyle, arguably one of the most beloved SEALs in history passed while helping a troubled fellow veteran - his foreward is fitting and a reminder to all of us that a lighted torch must be carried by all.
And as to Chief Brandon Webb - it is sometimes harder for those left behind to carry forward but it is vital that those who remain with us, before they are called home, must carry on the good works. Now for content.
The writing style is nice easy prose and does not get get bogged down in minutia and technical jargon. The work takes us through the history of sniping in a summary form with highlights to carry the day - who can't be in awe of a simple Finnish man defending his country as only he can do best.
The details to look for on any great shoointg piece are straightforward - a simple bill to see if your barrel is free of the fore end of the stock is a prime example of great, easy to understand writing. Even a novice can understand all the details as we work through. I will leave it to the reader to explore deeper - it is all there, in simple writing.
The various types of rifles and their strengths and weakness get presented - in a very well layed out work with plenty of good photos and diagrams (yes we do get some cameo shots of Green Beret/Ranger Sniper Jack Murphy with his various rigs...) that makes it all easy to pull together. The highlight for ballistics geeks comes with the CheyTac descriptions, comparison charts and test examples...just enough data to wet your whistle if you desire to dive deeper into all levels of firearms ballstics. But with this book you do not need to, there is enough in the pages to get you rolling.
"Sniper" finishes off with some great summary explanations of optics, ballistic modifiers and the way forward with technologies working in the field with IR, ballistic computers and laser rangefinding. It closes out with a good discussion on the morality of killing - in an era where nations can kill hundreds of millions in the blink of an eye - the simple sniper can make all the difference in the world and prevent such holocausts. We would all do well to take heed as evil still exists out there.
Well done men. I love the book.