Before sniping could make an impact on the battlefield, two things were required: accurate rifles and optical sights.
From the May 1978 American Rifleman: Optical sights which present an illuminated dot on the same visual plane as the target image are not new. Examples, other than the Aimpoint, are the Oxford Gunsight and the Weaver Quik-Point which were discussed earlier in the American Rifleman.
After the American Civil War, repeating rifles and smokeless powder revolutionized shooting. Accurate rifles that didn’t give away a sniper’s position, combined with optical sights, made the stalemate of the Great War’s trenches ideal conditions for the sniper’s work.
As of Nov. 1, 2013, Meprolight self-illumination sights will be distributed exclusively through The Mako Group.
Old-fashioned Bullseye shooting—NRA Outdoor Pistol—is my choice for the first type of handgun competition that a new shooter should take up.