Out of Nowhere
A History of the Military Sniper
(8"X10", 351 pages with B&W / color photos)
Martin Pegler
(Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum. Leeds UK)

(Buy from Amazon.com)

5 February 2005
By Jerry Edwards

This review is written from the perspective of a non-professional rifleman.

After an excellent overview in chapter 1, titled "The sniper in prospective" the author goes back to the 1500's and through subsequent chapters brings the reader forward into the 21st century. The professional rifleman/sniper should enjoy the extensive history and anecdotes in each of the chapters which generally follow every major conflict since the 1500's. There are extensive descriptions of equipment development to include optics. Also included are interviews with active and retired snipers. For the non-professional the whole book makes a very interesting and informative read. The final chapter hints at present and future developments and deployments which sound almost like science fiction.

This is a well researched and well written book and should be on any rifleman's book shelf.

The book is available via Sniper Country's Bookstore, directly from Amazon.com, or:

Available in the UK at:
    Osprey Direct Uk, PO Box 140, Wellingborough,
    Northants, NN8 2FA, UK

Available in the USA at:
    Osprey Direct, USA c/o MBI Publishing, PO Box1,
    729 Prospect Avenue,
    Osceola, Wisconsin 54020 USA

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