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Precision Fire Sniper Kill
German vs. British Snipers, World War II
309 pages; 31 chapters and 6 appendixes
Precision Fire Sniper Kill is a unique e-book about sniping
because it not only provides expert sniper analysis of
World War II sniper tactics, but also critiques the sniping
performance of the major combatants in World War II.
Precision Fire Sniper Kill especially focuses upon British
versus German sniper performance. A variety of sniper tactics,
skills and training are analyzed by expert
World War II snipers; although most of the analysis is an
edited version of expert British sniper’s reports. He not only
served as a sniper, sniper leader and sniper instructor, but also had privy to intelligence reports on snipers of
several foreign armies. A British sniper expert also reports what he learned from both interrogations and visits to
abandoned German sniper training facilities and warehouses. Precision Fire Sniper Kill is an interesting review of World
War II sniping. In addition, Precision Fire Sniper Kill provides explanations of how to perform a variety of sniper
tactics that are just as valuable today as they were in 1944-45.
" The Finns believe that it isn't the rifle that makes the kills. It is the man with the rifle! A skilled man with an average
rifle is far more efficient that a poorly trained man with an excellent rifle.
Saying "one shot, one kill" (in Finnish "laaki ja vainaa") was a combat principle of Finnish snipers in World War II. The
goal of Finnish snipers was always to make a kill. "Modern spray and pray" tactics was not a common feature of
Finnish sniping, but some Finnish snipers did use machine pistols or sub machine guns (such as the M31 Suomi smg)
During the 1920's and 1930's, the Civil Guard was the place where many Finnish men learned to shoot well, in combat.
The army didn't teach much about shooting. Boys, even as young as 12 years old, were taught to shoot at home.
The Winter War's famous Finnish snipers, like Simo Häyhä, were members of The Civil Guard, and they didn’t have the
latest weapons. For example, Häyhä used an iron sight rifle (no sniper scope) for sniping. His rifle wasn't a sniper rifle
either; it was a standard military rifle, the M28-30. In modern days no one would even imagine trying to use an iron
sight rifle for sniping. Yet Häyhä managed to kill over 250 enemy soldiers (and 250 more with M/-31 Suomi-sub
machine gun) with a rifle that was just a standard issue. If he had notched his weapon after each kill, his rifle butt would
have been reduced to a matchstick.
Finnish Sniper Standards
The World War II Finnish standards for snipers were that sniper must be able to make:
- Head shot every time when distance in under 300 meters
- Chest hits at distances from 300 to 600 meters
- Hits from 600 to 800 meters
The above skills were required to be performed by an “effective” sniper under all conditions of weather and terrain. No
matter whether the weather conditions were, snowing, rainy, or windy the Finnish sniper was a shooter. "
Excerpt from Precision Fire Sniper Kill
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