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Illustrated Manual of Sniper Skills (ePub)

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By Mark Spicer
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 53.6 MB (.epub)
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 208
ISBN: 9781473884540
Published: 6th December 2016


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This heavily illustrated manual provides a timely, in-depth review of the art of sniping in war and anti-terrorist environments. Drawing on a vast, firsthand knowledge of sniper skills, former British Army sniper and sniper instructor Mark Spicer describes the role of the sniper in peace and in war, in reconnaissance and counter-surveillance, in cities, in vehicles, at night and by day.

He presents crucial information about training and equipment, judgment and positioning, details of great relevance to professional marksmen, both military and law enforcement. This comprehensive manual will also be of interest to hunters, weapons enthusiasts, competition shooters, and paintball participants.

The book is complimented by 280 full colour illustrations, diagrams, and related information.

While GUNS Australia readers are unlikely to need a book like this for their day to day work, it does contain a lot of good info on hardware and shooting techniques in the field like doping wind and range estimation. It is also a testament to the level of skill and training required to be a military or police sniper and is worth a read for that alone.

Guns Australia, October/December 2017

Unlike other books on sniping, the author, an ex-British Army sniper himself, does not go into excruciating detail on the weapons used. The various types are described, examples of them are shown and that is that. No obsession with proof marks or the thousand and one differences between models. This is not a book for the gun enthusiast.
Spicer examines firing training and the full planning process for inserting and withdrawal of a team. He provides numerous colour photos showing hides and firing positions, and examines in detail the camouflage and concealment used in various terrains.
Profusely illustrated with many examples of hides and concealment and with diagrams illustrating nearly every part of a snipers repertoire, this is a very useful book.

RUSI Defence Systems

Once again, Mr Spicer has managed to write an understandable and well illustrated book. I have been fortunate to receive a 'pre-released' book and am very happy with what I have seen. It is understandable and he has the gift to write as though he is talking to the reader. The subjects covered are illustrated and explained well and gives the reader an understanding of what is being spoken about. I would definitely recommend both of Mr. Spicers books.

Long Shot, Amazon

The art of the sniper is not all about taking long range shots; camouflage, concealment, gathering intelligence are all essential elements which are well covered by Mr Spicer.

Given the limitation which Mr Spicer sets himself (not to assist terrorists) and which he explains, I think he has done an excellent job of describing the role of the sniper in the modern world and the techniques necessary to be successful.

An excellent book.

Mr. R. Willis, Amazon

The illustrated manual of sniper skills I believe is an excellent book, one of my top printed resources on the subject. Although it is alittle holistic and lacks specific direction, it does this for good reason, as Mr Spicer states he does not wish to add to the education of a passing reader who has more sinister applications of this knowledge, therefore some of the more sniper specific expertise appears to be omitted. This book is highly reliable and from a very credible source, and covers many broad areas without confusing the reader and offers some good illustrations and photographs to educate and inspire. I am very pleased with this book, whilst I wouldn't call it a 'manual' by any means and this could mislead some, it is not a field manual, but it is very informative on the topic of sniping and to anyone interested in the subject, this is a very robust read and not compiled of hear-say war tales retold for hollywood drama which fill the shelves. Mark Spicer breaks down sniper training and employment in a realistic and satisfying read.

Amazon reviewer

About Mark Spicer

Mark Spicer is a foremost sniper instructor who has trained snipers of many of the world’s military and paramilitary forces, including the US Marine Corps and Britain’s SAS. He was the expert witness during the ‘Washington Beltway Sniper’ trials, and also writes and broadcasts on the art of sniping in war and antiterrorist environments.

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