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Books and Stuff about Sniping

This section of Sniper Central is here to give you our own reviews on books and other sniping related media that we have personally read or have experience with. We also have an affiliation with Amazon.com so we could link straight to the specific book on the Amazon site. For those of you so inclined to purchase, just click on the ‘buy now’ button. These reviews are personal reviews and may not reflect the same views as what more traditional book review writers may write, but they are what we personally feel about the book, software, movie, or other media.

Books (07/28/2017)

Software

  • Ballistics
  • Games & Simulation

Videos and Movies

  • Instructional
  • Documentary
  • Feature Films

Books – Training and Instruction Manuals
 

Illustrated Manual of Sniper Skills ~ Mark Spicer
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100+ Sniper Exercises ~ Eduardo Abril de Fontcuberta
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Fry the Brain, The Art of Urban Sniping and its Role in Modern Guerrilla Warfare~ John West
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The Wind Book for Rifle Shooters ~ Linda K. Miller and Keith A. Cunningham
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Sniper Pocket Book ~ Frank Fletcher & Rupert Godesen
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SAS and Elite Forces Guide Sniper ~ Martin J. Dougherty
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Books – Historical

Sniping: An Illustrated History ~ Pat Farey and Mark Spicer
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Hogs in the Shadows: Combat Stories from Marine Snipers in Iraq ~ Milo S. Afong
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Out of Nowhere ~ Martin Pegler
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Sniping in the Great War ~ Martin Pegler
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Sniper: American Single-Shot Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan ~ Gina Cavallaro and Matt Larsen
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Trigger Men ~ Hans Halberstadt
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The Sniper Anthology: Snipers of the Second World War ~ 10 Authors
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Snipers: Stalkers and Shooters – A History of Snipers ~ Kevin Dockery
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Through the Crosshairs: A History of Snipers ~ Andy Dougan
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13 Cent Killers, The 5th Marine Snipers in Vietnam ~ John J. Culbertson
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One Shot – One Kill ~ Charles W. Sasser and Craig Roberts
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Ronin: A Marine Scout/Sniper Platoon in Iraq ~ Mike Tucker
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Kill Shot: The Deadliest Snipers of All Time ~ Charles Strong
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Sniper, A History of the US Marksman ~ Martin Pegler
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Confirmed Kill ~ Nigel Cawthorne
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Snipers: Profiles of the World’s Deadliest Killers ~ Craig Cabell and Richard Brown
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Books – Biographical and Autobiographical

Sniper One: On Scope and under Siege with a Sniper Team in Iraq ~ Sgt. Dan Mills
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A Rifleman Went to War ~ H.W. McBride
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American Sniper ~ Chris Kyle with Scot McEwen and Jim DeFelice
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Notes of a Russian Sniper ~ Vassili Zaitsev
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Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper ~ Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
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Shifty’s War ~ Marcus Brotherton
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In The Trenches 1914-1918 ~ Glenn R. Iriam
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The Red Circle ~ Brandon Webb & John David Mann
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Sniping in France 1914-18 ~ H. Hesketh-Prichard
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Spirit of a Sniper ~ Bill Russell
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Red Sniper on the Eastern Front ~ Joseph Pilyushin
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Sniper Ace: From the Eastern Front to Siberia ~ Bruno Sutkus
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Silent Warrior: The Marine Sniper’s Vietnam Story Continues ~ Charles Henderson
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Sniper Elite: The World of a Top Special Forces Marksman ~ Rob Maylor & Robert Macklin
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Sniper in Helmand ~ James Cartwright
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Jack Hinson’s One-Man War, A Civil War Sniper ~ Tom McKenney
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The White Sniper: Simo Hayha ~ Tapio A. M. Saarelainen
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Team Reaper, 3rd Ranger Batt’s Deadliest Sniper Team ~ Nicholas Irving
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Sniper on the Eastern Front ~ Albrecht Wacker
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Shooter ~ Jack Coughlin, Casey Kuhlman, Donald A. Davis
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Long Rifle: A Sniper’s Story in Iraq and Afghanistan ~ Joe LeBleu
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Novels

Backshot: Starfist: Force Recon, Book 1 ~ David Sherman & Dan Cragg
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Octopussy and The Living Daylights ~ Ian Fleming
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James 516 ~ BJ Bourg
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Into Hell’s Fire ~ Douglas Cavanaugh
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Hardin Hollow ~ D. Larry Patterson
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Through the Crosshairs of a Scope ~ Bill Anthony
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Books – Reference (Weapons & Equipment)

Sniper Rifles: From the 19th to the 21st Century ~ Martin Pegler
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Sniping Pamphlet No.28
Nigel Greenaway is reproducing this excellent sniper manual used by U.K. snipers. Its an excellent reprint of the 1946 No. 28 Pamphlet (U.K. military manual). There is a lot of information contained within the manual, and while its not nearly as in-depth or as long as FM23-10, it still contains a large amount of useful data. The information is more of a practical field nature, not so much of a technical nature. I found the tidbits and pointers that are in the manual are still very much useful today. There is more information about field craft then marksmanship, but that has always meen the specialty of the U.K. snipers. I found the manual excellent, and a valued addition to any library for both its historic value, and the information contained within. The cost is $25 USD or £15 sterling (cash only). Email Nigel Greenaway if interested in purchasing the manual.

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White Feather ~ Roy and Norm Chandler
When I first heard about the new book about Carlos Hathcock several years ago, I feared that it would be a direct slam against the book by Charles Hendserson, I have been pleasantly surprised, as there is even a section in this book that praises the book by Henderson, very classy. This book is very in depth look into the life of the late Carlos Hathcock II, not just his war time exploits, but his entire life, including such things as his successful competition shooting and many other accomplishments. There are a lot of photos and copies of historical documents. This book is a great historical source of information and I strongly recommend it. Click on the image of the book to be taken to the Iron Brigade Armory site to purchase the book.

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Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills ~ Charles Henderson, E. J. Land
This is the book that starts the interest for most people. It is about Carlos Hathcock, mostly about his exploits in Vietnam, but also with some insite into his childhood and post war experiences. Its great reading, and it makes you appreciate just exactly how much Gunny Hathcock did. The book is highly recommended.

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Sniper One on One : The World of Combat Sniping ~ Adrian Gilbert
This series of books by Adrian Gilbert are a very good look into sniping, and its history. There is no actual tactics or how to information involved, its more about the actual use of sniping and their historical role in combat. Very very interesting reading.

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Stalk and Kill : The Sniper Experience ~ Adrian Gilbert
Another book in the series by Adrian Gilbert. This one is focused more toward the actual experiences of the sniper, in a wide variety of conflicts. Once again it is more of a history book, but not a historical reference. He gathers a lot of first hand accounts and presents it in a tasteful way.

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Sniper : The Skills, the Weapons, and the Experiences ~ Adrian Gilbert
This book goes more into the the technical side of sniping, and the developement history of the training, equipment, and tactics of sniping. It also goes into the impact of modern eletronics and other devices on sniping. This series of books by Adrian Gilbert covers about all the aspects of sniping, and does a pretty good job.

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The Ultimate Sniper : An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers ~ John L. Plaster
This is one of the more popular technical manual, and it has a ton of information. The book takes you from ground zero and works from there. It covers most of the aspects about being a sniper, from choosing your weapon, to ballistics, to special sniping applications. I personally think the book has a lot of fluff, but makes a good beginners manual.There is now a new edition of this manual that fixes a lot of the mistakes that were in the original edition and they have cleaned up a lot of the fluff as well. It is now a pretty good manual and worth owning. (The purchase link to the left goes to the latest edition)

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Sniper Training : Fm 23-10
Well, here it is in all its glory. This is the Field Manual that the US Army uses for its training. Since I am US Army trained, I’m very framiliar with this book, and it covers all the aspects of sniper training. The Army (at least instructors at the Sniper School) has come out with an addendum about sniper employment, but I doubt its included with the copy you buy from amazon. Keep in mind that this is an Army field manual, it is not written for the general public, so its not a good “reading” book. Its just stuffed full of useful info.FM23-10 has been superseded by a newer manual that is not authorized for general distribution, but FM23-10 is still available.

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U.S. Army Special Operations Target Interdiction Course : Sniper Training and Employment
Well, here is the “other” army sniper training manual. The Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (SOTIC) has actually been around longer then the standard US Army sniper school. Once again, this is a US Army training manual, and isn’t the best “reading” but its packed full of info.

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U. S. Marine Corps Scout/Sniper Training Manual
This is a collection of lesson outlines that are used to teach the blocks or instruction at the USMC scout/sniper school. The information is dated (I believe 1979) and is in a odd format (that of a lesson outline). There is some valuable information, but it takes some digging in a clumsy format to retrieve, never the less, it is there. Obviously some of the equipment covered is no longer in use, like the redfield scopes.

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U.S. Marine Corps Scout-Sniper : World War II and Korea ~ Peter R. Senich
Peter Senich is one of the big name history guys when it comes to sniping. His books are loaded with historical pics and copies of documents. The books are purely historical reference, and contain very little narrative or discriptions, but that is what the books are suppose to be. This one is about the USMC sniper program and equipment during WWII and Korea.

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German Sniper : 1914-1945 ~ Peter R. Senich
Here is another of Peter Senich’s books, this one deals with the German snipers during both the World Wars. Contains a whole ton of pics of all the german rifles and optics used during that time period. Its a must of those history buffs out there.

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The Master Sniper and Point of Impact ~ Stephen Hunter
Okay, well, they are novels, they are about sniping, and they are entertaining reading. Don’t take them much beyond that. Not everything is accurate, but they do a better job then most movies out there. Enjoy the books for what they are.

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The War of the Rats ~ David L. Robbins
This book is historical fiction about the legendary sniper duel between Zaitsev and Thorwald during the battle of Stalingrad. There is a love story mixed in, which kind of hurts the overall story of the book, but the book has a lot of historical accuracy mixed with fiction, and offers some good entertainment along with historical data that allows you to learn some history at the same time.

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Dead Center ~ Ed Kugler
Ed wrote a good book here. It was about his two years spent in vietnam as a USMC Scout Sniper. Ed’s time in country was not spent as a traditional sniper, but more as a small unit hit and run tactics. There are certainly times when him and his teammates used their sniping skills, just not as much as some might think. I actually think Ed’s experience is more in line with most soldiers who spent time as an operational sniper. I enjoyed reading the book, and recommend it.

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Dear Mom : A Sniper’s Vietnam ~ Joseph T. Ward
J.T. was an accomplished sniper in vietnam, and this is his story, based around his letters he sent home to his mother. The book has some good stories about JT’s experiences, and it reads ok. I didn’t find it as good as some of the others, but its worth reading. Plus, it has the destinction of being the book that exposed Charles B. Mawhinney to the spot light.

Software


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Sniper Elite ~ Namco
Sniper Elite is a pure sniper game, but, it is a sniper game for the general public, so it is not a simulator and is very dumbed down. But it does have things like ballistics that most games with snipers in them do not. The game is scripted missions with not a whole lot of freedom to do various things, and a long shot is about 150 meters. So, if you are looking for a good sniper simulator, this is not going to satisfy you. But, it is entertaining and is a pure sniper game.

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Rainbow 6 Gold ~ Red Storm Entertainment
Okay, well, I like games also! A few things, Rainbow 6 is a great game, but it has its limitations. The fact that ballistics are not modeled is the biggest draw back. While Rainbow 6 doesn’t model snipers exactly, there are areas that where a simu-snipers can be used. Especially if you play the excellent multi-player games.

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Rainbow 6 : Rogue Spear ~ Red Storm Entertainment
This is the sequel to Rainbow 6, and it actually models snipers, giving them special deploy positions in the planning phases, and some other capabilities. It actually has a couple of sniper rifles. (PSG-1, SVD, M82A1???, and the Walther WA2000). The game also sports other updates to the original R6, but still no ballistics modeling.

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Ghost Recon ~ Red Storm Entertainment
Well, here is the next in the line from Red Storm. This is a more “military” based game then the Rainbow 6 family. The maps are more wide open, and there is more of a focus on squad based tactics. In regards to sniping, its probably the best yet. Ballistics have been modeled on a very limited scale, but better then before. There is also ghillie suits and the ability to go prone. The multiplayer games are much more slow and not nearly as fast pace shoot’em up, which can be good for some, but boring for others. The single player game is lots of fun.

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Delta Force Land Warrior ~ Nova Logic
Okay, okay! Enough already! I’ve had so many requests and mention of the DF series of games I decided to put it up. I have never been a real fan of the DF games, they are just too arcadish for me, the realism just isn’t up to the level of the R6 games. BUT, DF does indeed model ballistics a lot better then R6. There is a huge following for this game, so a lot of people obviously do not feel the same as me. To be honest, I have not played this one multiplayer, it “might” be better then the single player.


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Hitman & Hitman 2 ~ Eidos New!! 11/22/02
Here are some games that portray the “darker” side of the art of sniping. While its a game, I do not recommend these games for anyone who is not mature. These games portray the criminal life of assination. For a single player games, they do a great job of creating the sense of survival and sneak and peak. They are not just shoot’em up games, you have to actually think and plan. The orginal Hitman was revolutionary, but the newly released Hitman2 is more “evolutionary” and some think it didn’t live up to the hype. Either way, the games are fun and an interesting twist on the sniping profession (and one I do not support in the “real world”).

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Operation Flashpoint ~ Code Masters New!! 11/22/02
Operation Flashpoint is another first person shooter, but on a grand scale. Not only is there some sniping involved, but there are tanks, aircraft, and other vehicles to operate. Flashpoint actually made an effort to portray ballistics and likewise offers more realism. Of course, its not totally accurate but is at least better then then “laser” rifles most all FPS. Everything in Flashpoint is BIG, landscape and all. Overall, its not a bad play, though sniping takes a very limited role.

 


Videos & DVDs
 


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Enemy at the Gates (Added 08/15/01)
This is the most recent “sniper” movie, it was released in early 2001 and was fairly successful. It attempts to recreate the historical duel between Konings/Thorvald and Zaitsev. The movie is okay as a movie, but I was not too happy with it. They missed a good opportunity to portray snipers in a better light, and to really show some good sniping scenes, but they didn’t. I didn’t like that every shot was a head shot, the ending was completely screwed up (the real one was better), and that there were several inconsistencies. But hey, its entertainment I guess, and probably worth watching.

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Carlos Hathcock:Marine Sniper
To be honest, the quality of the video is pretty bad, its pretty much just a home video camera recording an interview with Carlos Hathcock. The saving grace is Carlos himself, as he relates a lot of personal experiences and some other insites.

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Ultimate Sniper
This video is intended to go along with Col. Plasters “Ultimate Sniper” book, but I didn’t find the video very useful. In fact, it was pretty disappointing. I don’t know if I’m expecting too much, but the video was all fluff, and only skirted on important issues. There could have been a time limitation, but it just didn’t seem to have much focus, and showed just about enough to get someone in trouble.

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Sniper
Well, here is the one full length movie that is all about a sniper(s). Unfortunately they really blew the technical side of sniping. There is not enough room on this page to write all the things they got wrong in the movie. But I will give it one thing, its entertaining. If you go into it with an effort not to criticize everything about the sniping art, then it’ll probably be entertaining to you.

 


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