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Heart-pounding real-life tales from the military's most experienced snipers, the best of the best snipers in action today. Gunfights, long distance shots, stalking, and more. From the peaks of Afghanistan's Hindu Kush to the subtropical marshes of south central Iraq, American snipers have braved heart-pounding situations to hit their human targets dead-on. Few military feats stir the imagination like the image of a pair of riflemen waiting quietly in a building, in a bomb crater or a mountain pass for the enemy to walk into their crosshairs.Snipercomprises real-life tales from the military's front line snipers, their hits and their misses, the anguish of loss and the anxiety of the first kill. Authors Gina Cavallaro and Matt Larsen provide riveting accounts of Soldiers and Marines on the battlefield, take a rare look at how Rangers and Special Forces snipers train and operate and why today's wars have changed the military's sniper competitions. Gina Cavallarois one of America's most experienced war correspondents. She has traveled to every corner of today's war zones and walked the dangerous streets with the troops to tell their real stories of life on the ground in America's most protracted conflict since the Vietnam War. She is a writer forArmy Timesand lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Matt Larsen, a longtime trainer in hand to hand combat and survival techniques, served as a sniper in the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army Rangers during the course of a 22-year career in the military. He recently revised and updated theU.S. ArmySurvival Handbook(Lyons). He is the Director of the Modern Army Combatives Program, which he created, and the Commandant of the US Army Combatives School, which he founded at Fort Benning, Georgia. He lives in Columbus, Georgia.
Sergeant First Class Matt Larsen, a longtime trainer in survival and fighting techniques for the Army Rangers, recently revised and updated the U.S. Army Survival Handbook (Lyons). He is the Director of the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP), which he created, and the Commandant of the US Army Combatives School (USACS), which he founded at Fort Benning, Georgia. He lives in Columbus, Georgia.
Gina Cavallaro is a staff reporter for the Army Times. She has been embedded in Iraq five times and is currently in Afghanistan. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Table of Contents
Preface: A Mother's Gift
Going to War: Lessons from the Hindu Kush
A Taunting Enemy
ôThe Nastiest Fightö
Other People's Houses
In Their Own Words
Rangers: Sniper Assaulters
Operators as Teachers: Lessons Learned at Range 37
Hidden in Plain Sight
The Hide Site: Three Stories
Sneaking Around in Salman Pak
In the Glint of a Scope
Freaky Bull's-eye Shot
Shots Not Taken
Notes and Acknowledgments
About the Authors
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