Combat veteran and author Hans Halberstadt takes readers deeper inside the elusive world of snipers than ever before, from recruitment and training to the brutality of the killing fields. Shadow Team is probably the most productive sniper team in American military history, accounting for 276 confirmed kills in a six-month span with no casualties of its own. The team's leader made what was-and may still be-the longest range kill with a 7.62mm rifle. For the first time ever, team members explain what it's like to kill a man and what it takes to become one of the elite.
The tragic tale of Headhunter Two is altogether different. This four-man sniper team from a regiment known within the Corps as the Magnificent Bastards was killed in 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq. Their deaths not only caused a reevaluation of sniper tactics and techniques but also created a desire for vengeance that was exacted nearly two years later in dramatic fashion.
Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews, Halberstadt gets inside the sniper mind and shows how snipers think and interact with each other, how missions are planned and executed, how the weapons work, and even what happens when a bullet finally strikes its target. There are only a few hundred snipers from all the services put together in combat at any one time, making this true inside story a rare and important event.
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Lots of info and good stories
If you enjoy history and all things military, this book will not disappoint. The author shares tales of many different soldiers and the experiences they had while deployed as USMC Scout Snipers. All in all, this book will give you a mountain of information about snipers, what it takes to become one, and just how difficult it is to pull off some of the shots they take. My only personal critique is that while the book gives an incredible amount of information on the subject, it can sometimes be a bit too technical for my taste. I found myself on occasion lost in the "nitty gritty" of the author's words. Other than that, this is a great book and well worth a listen.
Great book, Bad reader
I love the book and the content. I was there and got the t-shirt. Great book. Can't stand the reader.
If you are interested in sniping, the art of it, what snipers do and how they kill people, you will love this book. The author talks about all the aspects of technical shooting and gives you first hand accounts from different snipers points of views, their personal stories.