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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.

This Old Gun: British Baker Rifle

Even though rifles had been around for at least a couple hundred years, because of their expense and the skill needed in their employment, by the late 18th century the simpler smoothbore musket remained the principal infantry arm.

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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