Modern Snipers Book Review


Modern Snipers

by Leigh Neville

Hardcover in dustjacket, 336 pages, illustrated

Published by Osprey Publishing, August 2016

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1472815343

ISBN-13: 978-1472815347

Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches


In Modern Snipers, author Leigh Neville describes the deployment of snipers in the “War on Terror” in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Police and counter-terrorism units are also covered.  The book catalogs several engagements, describing the tactics and techniques used and the outcomes of each mission.  There is a particular focus on the rifles and optics used, each weapon is described in the text and again in great detail in the last chapter of the book.  Information on the differences and similarities of the sniper training methods of the various nations and services involved is presented as well.  There are several first-hand accounts from the snipers themselves, but these are rarely more than a few paragraphs.

This book is a good general overview of current sniper employment, told in anecdotal format.  This is not an “I was there” type of read, but more of a listing of engagements.  The particularities of sniper field craft are not covered in detail, there are few details on camouflage measures or the types of hides used by the various teams.  Information on site selection or security elements are only mentioned in passing.

Overall, Modern Snipers is a useful book as it covers the current conflicts and presents information on several specific incidents.  It is not an “action” book, but there are several other sniper biographies available which cover that aspect well for those who are interested.  It is a useful book on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but not the only book on the subject you should have in your collection.