INSIDE THE CROSSHAIRS SNIPERS IN VIETNAM PDF

There have been sharpshooters and snipers ever since the advent of firearms. In the military in Vietnam, it took some hours of special training to produce a sniper. It took less than a second for him to earn his pay. Novels and movies have portrayed snipers as heartless killers, but they were just highly skilled soldiers and Marines, trained for a specific job. They included men like Ed Eaton, who recorded most of his kills beyond meters, including one from a moving helicopter at night. Marine Sergeant Charles Mawhinney recorded probables and confirmed kills—the equivalent of three NVA companies.

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There have been sharpshooters and snipers ever since the advent of firearms. In the military in Vietnam, it took some hours of special training to produce a sniper. It took less than a second for him to earn his pay. Novels and movies have portrayed snipers as heartless killers, but they were just highly skilled soldiers and Marines, trained for a specific job. They included men like Ed Eaton, who recorded most of his kills beyond meters, including one from a moving helicopter at night. Marine Sergeant Charles Mawhinney recorded probables and confirmed kills—the equivalent of three NVA companies.

With the advent of more automatic weapons, that number doubled to 50, rounds per kill in Korea. In Vietnam, since every soldier carried a rifle capable of fully automatic fire, the number swelled to , By contrast, U.

Lanning believes that a pilot who shot down enough enemy planes to become an ace would be called a hero by the public, but a sniper who killed five enemy soldiers might be called a murderer—a thought-provoking point.

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Start your review of Inside the Crosshairs: Snipers in Vietnam Write a review Shelves: vietnam A decent book, discuss snipers throughout history ,although mostly focuses on Vietnam. The book contains a decent amount of detail, could contain more first person recounts though in my opinion, already has a lot though. The book happens to throw a lot of facts at readers ;however does not give them context in place of the conflict, if you do not have extensive knowledge of Vietnam not much will be gained from A decent book, discuss snipers throughout history ,although mostly focuses on Vietnam. The book happens to throw a lot of facts at readers ;however does not give them context in place of the conflict, if you do not have extensive knowledge of Vietnam not much will be gained from reading the book. It fills a niche role of information, however does not go into the politics or reasons of the war. Coming as it does in the same format as many "boys own" style tales of derring-do adventure-style books about the Campaign, the actual content, a sober academic look at the process of developing a sniper program, may disappoint some.

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