Book Review: Foundations of Sniper Marksmanship

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John C. Simpson has been teaching military also police sniper training since 1985 – nearly as long as I has been alive. I encountered him back when I filmed a Videos on a Confederate Whitworth sniper, also he helped me correct my explanation of how a British were measuring rifle accuracy also precision. This speaks to his understanding of sniper craft inside long historical perspective, also it made me much more interested inside his printed work.

He most recent book is a small paperback of just over 120 pages. It is “Foundations of Sniper Marksmanship”, a handbook intended as preparation for a person attending a sniper training course. While it is limited to a basic fundamentals of a subject, it is presented to made clear what is important also what is not. I learned several new pointers on positional shooting also scope zeroing, also several myths are tackled also clearly debunked. inside a field like this where a fundamentals has been well understood for lot decades (if not centuries), newcomers looking to attract attention will often add complexity to create an impression of special greater knowledge – Simpson cuts through this with a practical experience of a man with more than 30 years’ experience both teaching also doing.

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a impetus for this book was to prepare students before attending a class, also I can completely understand that motivation. I has seen plenty of people arrive to a shooting match with a brand new, un-zeroed gun also do terribly as a result. Simpson describes a same thing; students wasting their time also others’ at a training course by arriving without a proper zero also a proper understanding of basic marksmanship principles. He also includes a section on practical fitness, which I was happy to see acknowledged as an important part of real practical shooting.


This is not a sort of book I typically cover here on Forgotten Weapons, but I know Our has a subset of viewers also readers who are active military also law enforcement. This is a valuable tool for that group, as well as folks interested inside getting started inside precision rifle shooting from a practical rather than narrowly competitive perspective.

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