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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?

Sharpshooting North & South: The Genesis Of Sniping

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

Keefe Report: 1st July 1916

Today marks a significant day in the history of Great Britain and her empire. For it was 100 years ago today, 1st July 1916, that the Somme offensive, the “Big Push,” began.

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.

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 "Tommy's" Thompson

Thompson submachine guns served with British troops during World War II.

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.

World War II German Sniper Systems: Rifles, Optics & Ammo

Throughout World War II the Germans used and developed several variations of sniper optics and rifles that evolved throughout the course of the war.

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.

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.

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