The British Sniper: A Century of Evolution (book review)

longebow

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Dec 31, 2006
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To All:

I received my copy two weeks ago, and "could not put it down." It was an excellent tome on British sniper rifles and support equipment, from 1915 to present. It is a much needed update/complement to Ian Skennerton's and Peter Laidler's books on the subject. The photos are outstanding, most in color, allowing the reader to see details that have been previously appreciated only by those who have personally owned/handled these rifles. Steve Houghton included anecdotes from British snipers from the major conflicts, which added a rich and enjoyable flavor...

A full third of the book is on topics related to Accuracy International, and AI's contributions to MOD sniping (and the rest of the world for that matter) is easy to understand given the evolution from the first ("Green Meanie") to the latest AX models.

The first printing is of 2000 copies, so don't take too long to consider! It is just a joy to peruse over and over, and is a worthy addition to one's gun library. Two thumbs up!

longebow

 

navynambu

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Dec 5, 2017
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Looks like a great book. Nothing in the links tells me the price. Any idea of how much it is?
 

buffalowinter

Rick Jones MAJ, SF (Ret)
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It's expensive as it is a private printing and ships from UK. I can't remember exactly, but I paid over $100 for mine.
 
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Hairy Biker

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I just bought one. Awaiting arrival. 59GBP plus air mail post I seem to remember.
 

Dougie308

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Jul 28, 2011
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To All:

I received my copy two weeks ago, and "could not put it down." It was an excellent tome on British sniper rifles and support equipment, from 1915 to present. It is a much needed update/complement to Ian Skennerton's and Peter Laidler's books on the subject. The photos are outstanding, most in color, allowing the reader to see details that have been previously appreciated only by those who have personally owned/handled these rifles. Steve Houghton included anecdotes from British snipers from the major conflicts, which added a rich and enjoyable flavor...

A full third of the book is on topics related to Accuracy International, and AI's contributions to MOD sniping (and the rest of the world for that matter) is easy to understand given the evolution from the first ("Green Meanie") to the latest AX models.

The first printing is of 2000 copies, so don't take too long to consider! It is just a joy to peruse over and over, and is a worthy addition to one's gun library. Two thumbs up!

longebow

This looks good.
 

njohn890

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Mar 4, 2011
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Just received my copy, if you enjoy collector grade books this is an excellent book. I have all the Senich books, Chandler, Poyer and others in my library and this book is very well laid out.

The photographs are high quality with photos from training and deployment. The history of equipment and tactics is detailed. Very happy to add it as a reference source to my collection.

Makes me want to go track down an older model AI now........
 

Erno86

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I do own a Smelly fake T-Sniper...along with a large stash of hangfire prone British Cordite 303.

 
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njohn890

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WW1 and WW2 occupy approx 1/3 as a guess. They start at WW1 go through to the L42 of the 60’s up to mid 80’s and then the trials for the AI and include a little on its trial competition of the PH M85. Great details and operational photos as well as details on related kit.
 

Random Guy

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May 16, 2012
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I ordered mine a week ago, looking forward to this book...even if I don't have a British sniper rifle.
 

Hairy Biker

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Feb 14, 2017
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I read a chapter at a time out of order. Then read it again I find something else I either did not know or had missed previously.
 

Basher

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Dec 13, 2004
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Got mine a few days ago, but haven’t had the time to really sit down with it yet. However, it looks amazingly well done and is a very high quality piece of work! Spendy, but looks to be worth it. I’m going to drop Steve another email and see what others he has planned and what the timeline is for them. I’ll definitely be addind any others that he puts out to my library!
 

ZG47A

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Feb 20, 2017
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Mine turned up about ten hours ago (13:30 Thursday NZ time). All the praise seems justified. Great pictures, good text, very tightly edited. Worth my money.

Thank you Mr Houghton.