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The Sniper Encyclopaedia (Hardback)

An A-Z Guide to World Sniping

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By John Walter
Greenhill Books
Pages: 306
Illustrations: 300
ISBN: 9781784382407
Published: 9th April 2019


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The Sniper Encyclopaedia is an indispensable alphabetical, topic-by-topic guide to a fascinating subject.

It is intended as a companion volume to John Walter's Snipers at War (Greenhill Books, 2017) and is another addition to the Greenhill Sniper Library which includes a series of first-person memoirs.

This is a comprehensive work that covers virtually every aspect of sniping. The work contains personal details of hundreds of snipers, including world-renowned gurus such as Vasiliy Zaytsev and Chris Kyle as well as many crack shots generally overlooked by history. Among them are some of more than a thousand Red Army snipers, men and a surprising number of women, who amassed sufficient kills to be awarded the Medal for Courage and, later, the Order of Glory. Some of the best-known victims of snipers are identified, and the veracity of some of the most popular myths is explored.

The book pays special attention to the history and development of the many specialist sniper rifles - some more successful than others - that have served the world’s armies since the American Wars of the nineteenth century to today’s technology-based conflicts. Attention, too, is paid to the progress made with ammunition—without which, of course, precision shooting would be impossible and the development of aids and accessories, from camouflage clothing to laser rangefinders.

Finally, The Sniper Encyclopaedia examines place and specific campaigns - the way marksman have influenced the course of the individual battles and locations which have played a crucial part in the history of sniping, from individual sites to sniper schools and training grounds.

The book contains authors’ biographies, a critical assessment of the many books and memoirs from the world of the sniper, and a guide to research techniques.

Open this hefty book at random and you're sure to find something interesting, whether it's spelled out in succinct entries or analyzed in more detail in longer articles. This is not a book meant for reading from cover to cover -- although I have no doubt there are enthusiasts who would enjoy doing exactly that -- but it's a trove of information for anyone intrigued by the subject.

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The book is still the best one I have ever read in regards to snipers and sniper rifles. From Kentucky Long Rifles to today's 50 caliber extreme long range rifles, all of them are here. If you are interested in the history of sniping this is your book. If you are looking for Biographies of the top snipers then look no further. If the reader is looking for a detailed description of just their weapons, then again this is your book.

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Editor's Choice

The writing is first rate as you'd expect, production standards are high with quality paper and it's the kind of book that you can dip in and out of at your leisure, rather than it being a chronological history of sniping.

The Armourer, November 2019

An interesting encyclopaedia, and a very useful single reference not just for the many snipers who have excelled over the years, but the weapons, tactics, ammunition and optics that have been developed over the years by nations all around the world.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

Tactics, ammunition, famous kills and snipers are all covered in this volume and you can dip into it for the odd article, or like me, read it sequentially. If you have even a passing interest in the military and/or sniping, this is an excellent addition to anyone’s bookshelf... Highly recommended.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

This is a very well researched encyclopedia and i recommend it to anyone interested in the art of sniping.

David Leece, RUSI NSW,2019

I recommend it to anybody who wants to gain a solid basis in the knowledge about sniping, the people involved and their weapons. Another great book by Pen & Sword.

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Olga Miret, Author Translator website, July 2019

This new book contains many illustrations and biographies in an alphabetically staged work. - Very Highly Recommended

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In short, a beautiful book for a topic that nowadays seems to be very popular thanks to films, video games and memoirs. The fascination of this lethal activity, which in the chaos of modern war perhaps represents one of the last concepts of "duel" (though not always so) fascinates everyone and that is why I think the knowledge of the subject cannot be separated from this book.

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About John Walter

John Walter is among the world’s most prolific writers on small arms, the author of seventy books, translated into more than a dozen languages. His published works include several studies of the Luger pistol; four editions of Rifles of the WorldThe Airgun BookThe Rifle Story and The Handgun Story; Guns of the Elite and its current successor, Guns of the Elite ForcesThe German RifleThe Greenhill Dictionary of Guns and Gunmakers and The Sniper Encyclopaedia.

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