- Paperback: 453 pages
- Publisher: Paladin Press (January 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873647041
- ISBN-13: 978-0873647045
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 246 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ultimate Sniper: An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers Paperback – January, 1993
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About the Author
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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His rifle descriptions read like advertisements and I would not be surprised if he's receiving endorsements. (Paraphrased) "This new Savage trigger will force competitors to redesign their rifles. I'm surprised this hasn't taken off yet." and "This muzzle break can be adjusted to tune barrel harmonics. I'm surprised these haven't taken off yet, they're fantastic."
Another pattern in my cherry-picked, paraphrased examples above is that Plaster uses soft, fluffy language. There are no negative rifle reviews. There is no criticism. Whatever information exists here is buried between so much BS, I'm afraid I'd let my guard down and start taking it at face value if I tried to get through the whole thing in a short period of time.
I would recommend this book to someone who is interested in snipers and how they work, especially if you like stories as to why they might think that way. However, unless you're early in your life and shooting career, take most of what he says with a grain of salt.
Because this is the internet and people don't like critical reviews - No, I don't doubt his skill and I respect his service. I don't think his book is what it's advertised to be. He'd have been better off writing a memoir and a separate manual.
I am a little frustrated about two subjects. I can not find the 'mesh' camo discussed in the book as expedient for police snipers. I also would like a discussion of group sizes obtained with various rests and positions, particularly the camera tripods now deployed in the field. Being an experimentalist, I prefer data to theory.