Pointers on learning snipercraft

Sniping is a lot more than just shooting straight. Read a few suggestions for the direction of study for being a sniper.

In addition to my post, read this excellent blog about long-range shooting.

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12 Responses to Pointers on learning snipercraft

  1. Ray says:

    I read a lot of orthodox military and internet chat room dogma in that ones blog post. The WW-2 Russian sniper was limited more by the poor quality of the PE and PU telescopic sight and the spotty availability of sniper grade ammunition , than he(or she) was by the rifle. The 91/30 is at least as good as the 1903a4 , the 98K sniper or the No 4Mk1T and may in fact be better than all of them with sniper ammo. The “Guillie Suit” is IMO become such a mythic “cloak of invisibility” among the internet “experts” that to even question its utility has become a “nonstarter” . Over the last few years I have watched the shooting community morph into the “orthodox church of TACTICOOL military worship” . To the point that everyone who won’t conform to the latest “operator” fad in weapons, ammunition and “uniforms” is labeled an “Elmer Fudd”, or worse, an idiot.—News flash people– WE ARE NOT MILITARY .— Except for a few of us (who are in service) we will not attend military sniper school. No matter how hard you train, or how much ammo you put down range, 99% of you will never be able to consistently hit a man sized target at ranges above 600 yards. That IS something that you CAN learn to do with a good quality M-1 Garand, M-1903, M-98 ,91/30, FAL, M-14 or G-3 clone using good quality surplus ammunition over open sights. Remember that the best sniper in history never used a scope AT ALL . They ARE nice to have , but you don’t need one to score. Its not about the weapon or the cammo or how much “stuff you can hang off your black rifle” , It is about the MIND and the WILL . Going out and training with your weapon and gear doesn’t hurt ether.

  2. Ray says:

    Typo! I meant to say that shooting out TO 600 yards was something the “average shooter” could learn

  3. Paul Koning says:

    For those of us not so versed in this corner of history, who is “the best sniper in history”? Alvin York? Carlos Hathcock?

    • Oleg Volk says:

      If best = most productive, Finnish Simo Haya would take the prize.

      • Ray says:

        Thank you Oleg That is what I meant. Paul, Alvin York was never A sniper. He was an infantryman with the 82nd infantry Div. in WW-1. Everything he did was with an open sighted six shot M-1917 rifle and a 1911 colt pistol.

  4. AM says:

    Simo Haya was never formerly trained as a sniper. Neither were Jack Hinson, Alvin York, or Carlos Hathcock. Neither was Vasily Zaytsev.

    They were men intimately familiar with hunting and/or competing in marksmanship competitions. Take that for what it is worth.

    • Paul Koning says:

      It turns out his name is Simo Häyhä — also known as “white death”. Indeed, an impressive man.

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