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Origin of the Sniper: Rifle Development & Accuracy Potential

Before sniping could make an impact on the battlefield, two things were required: accurate rifles and optical sights.

NRA Gun of the Week: CZ 455 Varmint Precision Trainer Camo Rifle

American Rifleman’s Christopher Olsen reviews a rimfire trainer from CZ.

The Genesis Of Sniping, Part 6: Soviet Sniping, 1939-1945

After the Great War, Soviet Russia sought to upgrade its military capability—especially when it came to sniping rifles. The result was the scope-sighted, bolt-action Mosin-Nagant, used with deadly effect against the Nazis on the Eastern Front.

The Allies Strike Back: The Genesis Of Sniping, Part 5

Without a suitable sniping rifle, and with no training organization in place, the Allies struggled against German snipers early during the Great War. That changed—and then the Americans arrived.

From Civil War To World War: The Genesis Of Sniping, Part 4

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.

Navy Arms Whitworth Rifle

The company’s Parker-Hale Whitworth and the Parker-Hale Volunteer, to be specific, are back, in both hexagonal and round bores with American walnut stocks and bone-charcoal color-casehardened hammers and lockplates.

Sharpshooting North & South: The Genesis Of Sniping

During the Civil War, sharpshooters brought marksmanship skills to bear, dispatching generals and influencing battles.

The Quest For Accuracy: The Genesis Of Sniping

The biggest advancement in precise, aimed fire before the American Civil War wasn’t made to the rifle itself—it was made to the bullet. Ever heard of the Minié ball?

The Genesis Of Sniping

Before sniping could make an impact on the battlefield, two things were required: accurate rifles and optical sights. While generals were interested in bayonets and smoothbores, hunters and target shooters tackled the problem of precision rifle fire.

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