Sharpshooters: Marksmen Through the Ages. Yee
From the Middle Ages on the most precise shooters have been employed as marksmen or sharpshooters, and equipped with the best available weapons. The German states made the first serious use of sharpshooters on the battlefield during the Seven Years War. Some of these talented riflemen were then employed as mercenaries in America, where the tactical use of the rifle in wooded terrain was valued. By the Revolutionary Wars, American riflemen were formidable, able to blend into the landscape and take out targets at long range. Their potential was noted by the British who began to train rifle units; during the Napoleonic Wars, the Green Jackets were the elite of the British army. The mid-19th century saw the advent of mass-produced high-quality firearms, and the development of optical sights, meaning that the units of sharpshooters raised in the Civil War were even more lethal. In World War I the press coined the term 'sniper' at a time when accurate German rifle fire was terrorising the British trenches, leading to the creation of dedicated snipers and developments in weapons technology, sniper training and counter-sniping that has continued ever since.
Hunters Guide to Long Range Shooting. Zwoll
Hunters Guide to Long Range Shooting
Determine your maximum effective range under a variety of conditions
Tips on range estimation, rangefinders, and wind-doping
How temperature and elevation influence bullet travel
If you are hunting wary prey with a strong sense of smell on terrain with long site lines, you probably aren't going to get many close-up shots. Learning how to shoot your rifle accurately and consistently from a long range is the only way you are going to have success in the field. Hunter's Guide to Long-Range Shooting explains all the variables involved in the science of shooting from long distances. Early chapters explore the colourful history of shooting, and sections on technical subjects such as ballistics are written in plain English that can be easily understood by even the most casual shooter. The book gives a detailed overview of rifles and ammunition, sights and scopes, and includes extensive ballistics tables with data on cartridges for deer and elk at various distances. From choosing barrels, bullets, and sights to understanding optics, you'll be prepared for that shot you always thought was impossible. And you'll make it.
The Marksmanship Primer: The Experts' Guide to Shooting Handguns and Rifles. Casada
he Marksmanship Primer serves as a roadmap to greater shooting proficiency as well as greater enjoyment of the sport of shooting. Jim Casada, renowned outdoors author and editor, has brought together the best selections from America's great gun writers of yesterday and today. Marksmen of all levels of experience—beginners, pros, and hobbyists—can benefit from this collection of shooting wisdom.
Positions for Rifle and Handgun Shooting
Rifle Marksmanship for the Hunter
Accuracy at All Distances
Hunting with the Handgun
Physical and Mental Fitness for the Marksman
Achieving accuracy and a high degree of competence is an immediate joy; refining it through regular trips to the range or the field can provide a lifetime of pleasure. The Marksmanship Primer is the best book to seek hunting and target shooting knowledge.
Ballistic Allsorts. Thompson
Ballistic Allsorts is, as the name implies, the compilation of an assortment of topics centred around the theme of the ballistics of small arms, with a separate chapter devoted to each such topic.
With over half a century of professional, sports and competitive shooting behind him, Ian is well qualified to offer his readers this book. During his career as a ballistician, Ian has worked on trouble-shooting and product-improvement programmes for a variety of existing weapons systems and on research into possible future systems, as well as running the ballistic consultancy service, Baltec. This accumulation of experience, together with his lifelong interest in the 'hows, whys and whens' of shooting allows him to cover the field with an unusual depth of understanding.
Sight Alignment, Trigger Control & The Big Lie. Owens.
NEW Updated 7th Edition The power-packed book that helped hundreds of shooters improve their groups and scores, some by as much as forty or fifty points. Written by Master Sergeant Jim Owens, his 20+ years of Marine Corps Shooting Team experience will give you the skills and insights to excel in any type of rifle competition. Jim’s book covers the core basics, in-depth as only he can. With his tips you will master breathing, natural point of aim, sight alignment, sight picture, focus and trigger control. Includes additional sections on mental conditioning, marking your sights, zeroing, normal come ups, light effects, damage to the crown, care in cleaning, throat erosion and way more. Jim's advanced theory section has been praised by High Masters and numerous National level competitive marksmen. This updated edition includes a new extra chapter on "Analyzing Groups". Revised and updated as of 2013, this new version is a must-have for every student of shooting.
Shots at Big Game. Boddington.
The only book that deals exclusively with how to shoot game in the field. This is a basic primer on how to become a better field shot and how to practice for field shooting.
Reading the Wind and Coaching Techniques. Owens
As a competition shooter you can control many things, but you cannot control the wind conditions. To excel in any outdoor shooting sport you will need to learn how to compensate for the effects of the wind. Written by Master Sergeant Jim Owens, his 20+ years of Marine Corps Shooting Team experience will give you the knowledge of how to read, judge and adjust for the wind - in any type of rifle competition.
Jim’s book presents a simple system for judging the speed, direction and value of the wind. You'll learn to read the mirage, how to accurately read the range flag, wind strategies, effects on the bullet and much more. The coaching techniques section will help your own performance and that of others when shooting in the wind.
Also included are 22 sets of wind charts for a variety of calibers (.223, .308, 6.5-08, 6.5-284, .300 Win. Mag.), bullet weights, and for both Across the course and Long Range. There are 80 wind charts in total !
Complete Guide to 3-Gun Competition. Adams
Hot guns and hotter action, that's what you get and more in The Complete Guide to 3-Gun Competition, by the master of the craft himself, 3-Gun Nation's own Chad Adams. This explosive, high-octane sport is setting the world of shooting sports on fire. Now, with The Complete Guide to 3-Gun Competition, novices and experts alike have an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the match design kings, the wildly wonderful guns and gear, and the hot-shot accuracy superstars that are thrilling crowds everywhere. Inside you'll find: The fascinating history behind the sport, from its not-so-humble beginnings with the controversial Soldier of Fortune organization to the bright lights and big money payouts of today's championship shoot in Las Vegas and the rockin' TV show that are introducing an entirely new crowd of X-tremers to the sport. Gun and gear highlights that cover the minimalists to the custom works and novel inventions bringing new meaning to the term "speed shooting." Highlights from the first two years of the sport in front of the camera, the thrilling coverage that is 3-Gun Nation, rocking TV consoles everywhere on the NBC Sports Network. And more! Maybe you've dabbled in IPSC, IDPA, and the other sports that came before 3-Gun. Or maybe you've never even heard of "speed shooting" but wondered if there was more to you and your guns than punching holes in paper. Either way, The Complete Guide to 3-Gun Competition will have you hooked. Game on!
ABC's of Rifle Shooting. Watson.
Think you know rifle shooting?
You will after reading ABC's of Rifle Shooting by David Watson! With this comprehensive look at the elements you need to connect with your target, you'll get not only the ABC's, but the Ds through Zs, too! Inside, you'll find:
Getting accurate--bolts to bullets, barrels to breathing, no detail is missed.
Optics, accessories, why and when they help.
Beyond windage: spin-drift, the Coriolis effect, atmospheric pressures and more explained.
And much, much more!
The hundreds of details that go into making an accurate shot--at any distance, in any place--are all right here in Gun Digest's Abcs of Rifle Shooting. Indeed, if you could have only one volume on the art of triggering your rifle consistently, accurately, every time you line up your sights on a distant target, this is the book to have.
Down Range Data. Falin
This is a guide to extreme long rang shooting with your “Buffalo Rifle” written by William T. Falin, Jr. This book is targeted toward the demographic of Black Powder Cartridge Rifle shooters, aficionados of the Sharps , Winchester Hi-Wall and Remington Rolling Block rifles and indirectly to shooters with similar interests such as Cowboy Action Shooting. Contains background information on the development of the cartridges used in these rifles and chronicles the process of data collection resulting in this book. The famous shot made by Billy Dixon at the second battle of Adobe Walls is central to the creating of this book and is examined in detail. Given is specific guidance in the use of the vernier sights commonly used on such rifles, recommendations regarding both black and smokeless propellant usage, ballistic tables and much more
Shooting Lever guns of the Old West. Venturino
Mike again has put his vast knowledge and years of experience in shooting all types of lever action rifles from the old west. From shooting the originals by Winchester and Marlin, as well as the many replicas made today. It also discusses in detail reloading cartridges for many calibers that were popular in these rifles. Sights for these guns are covered. There is a section on hunting with a lever gun. An important reference book to the lever action fan. Soft bound, 8-1/2 x 11", with 200 black & white photos.
The Wind Book for Rifle Shooters. Miller, Cunningham.
The Wind Book for Rifle Shooters
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward
Readers often ask us: “Is there a decent, easy-to-comprehend book that can help my wind-reading?” Many of our Forum members have recommended The Wind Book for Rifle Shooters by Linda Miller and Keith Cunningham. This 146-page book, published in 2007, is a very informative resource. But you don’t have to take our word for it. If you click this link, you can read book excerpts and decide for yourself. When the Amazon page opens, simply click the book cover (labeled “Look Inside”) and another screen will appear. This lets you preview the first few chapters, and see some illustrations.
Other books cover wind reading in a broader discussion of ballistics or long-range shooting, such as Applied Ballistics for Long-Range Shooting by Bryan Litz. But the Miller & Cunningham book is ALL about wind reading from cover to cover, and that is its strength. The book focuses on real world skills that can help you accurately gauge wind angle, wind velocity, and wind cycles.
All other factors being equal, it is your ability to read the wind that will make the most difference in your shooting accuracy. The better you understand the behavior of the wind, the better you will understand the behavior of your bullet. — Wind Book for Rifle Shooters
Understanding Headspace . Zeglin .
A basic understanding of headspace and how it affects the proper operation of a firearm are necessary if you wish to call yourself a gunsmith. Otherwise all you will be able to do is change parts with the hope that somehow the problem will go away. The later is normally called an armorer, not a gunsmith. Many self proclaimed experts try to create fear and confusion around the subject of headspace. This subject, like most measuring processes, is simple and easy to understand if you are willing to educate yourself.
In a broad sense, headspace is a complex relationship between the cartridge, chamber, and firearm mechanism. The starting point for headspace is the cartridge case. The complex functions of the cartridge case include holding the cartridge components together, aligning the bullet in the bore, expanding to seal the breach from gasses, contracting in time for easy extraction, and removing heat from the chamber. Then of course we have to discuss the chamber and all its attributes. This booklet contains all the information a gunsmith needs in order to understand headspace and diagnose issuse that may arrise with ammunition and chambers.
Shooting Buffalo Rifles of the Old West. Venturino.
This tome will take you through the history, proper use, many models, & actual shooting (& how to's of reloading) of the many guns that saw service on the Frontier & are lovingly called "Buffalo Rifles" today.
Another work of art from the word processor of Mike "Iron Duke" Venturino! The man who (unlike Al Gore) actually helped invent "modern" Black Powder Cartridge shooting and competition. This book is destined to become a desired reference, as have the three before it! This tome will take you through the history, the proper use, the many models, and the actual shooting (and how to's of reloading) of the many guns that saw service on the Frontier and are lovingly called "Buffalo Rifles" today. If you love to shoot your Sharps, Ballards, Remingtons, or Springfield "Trapdoors" for hunting or competition, or simply love Old West history, your library WILL NOT be complete without this latest book from Mike Venturino!
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
* What constitutes a buffalo rifle?
* Understanding Buffalo Rifle cartridges
PART 1: THE RIFLES
* Trapdoor Springfields
* Winchester Single Shot
* The Rifle Reproductions
PART II: BASIC RELOADING
* Introduction to Buffalo Cartridge Reloading
* Basic Reloading for Buffalo Rifles
* A Paper Patch Bullet Demonstration
* Types of Guns: .40-70, Bottleneck & Straight; .40-90, .44-77, .44-90, .45-90, .45-100, .45-110, .50-70, .50-90.
* Modern Competitions for Buffalo Rifles
* Reloading Match-Grade Ammunition
* The Buffalo Hunters
* The Legend of Billy Dixon
* Modern Hunting with Buffalo Rifles
* Modern Bison Hunting
* The Buffalo Rifle in Combat
* Cleaning Chores
The Accurate Rifle...and Rifleman. Boddington.
It was Townsend Whelen who said, "Only accurate rifles are interesting." This must be one of the great truisms of the rifle-shooting world. While there certainly are a great many experienced riflemen in the USA today, few can match Boddington's experience with the variety of calibers, actions, makes, and bullets that he has shot over the last three-plus decades. That experience is why this book is such an important contribution to the literature of the hunting/shooting world.
Starting with the barrel, Boddington steps us through every single element that makes an accurate (or not so accurate) rifle. These elements include the different actions; stocks, bedding, and vibrations; good-quality triggers and how to control them; the variables in cartridge design; factory ammo; handloading for serious accuracy (by Paul Massaro); the accuracy of the various bullet designs; breaking-in a rifle; how to clean a rifle; open sights; and scopes and mounts. Boddington delves into good shooting positions; rests; how to shoot long range, and a host of other serious topics that will improve your shooting with a rifle. Ultimately, he discusses the single biggest factor of all as far as accuracy is concerned-the human element.
Nobody will shoot all brands of rifles, all different calibers, and all types of bullets, and nobody will experience all the different circumstances that one can encounter in the field or on the bench. With his experience, Boddington comes close. There are darn few people on this earth who have gathered as much experience with sporting rifles for all these elements as he has. Boddington must rank as one of the most knowledgeable authors who currently write on the subject.
The Bullet's Flight from Powder to Target. Mann
This book is a facsimile reprint of the original book by Franklin W Mann
The bullet's flight from powder to target; the internal and external
ballistics of small arms: a study of rifle shooting with the personal element excluded, disclosing the cause of the error at target, illustrated with one hundred and eighty-eight plates showing the results of over three hundred rifle experiments performed and chronologically arranged
The Perfect Shot Buffalo Targets. (Life Size). Robertson.
If you want a 100 percent, life-size buffalo target to shoot at, wait no longer. This is a six-piece “mosaic” target poster and can only be used if you have a firm background such as a plywood sheet to hang it on. Attach the posters to the plywood with a staple gun just like you would for any target. Step back to the desired distance to shoot. When done, turn the target over to see if you were able to hit the heart, lungs, spine, or brain. Excellent practice before you go on that next hunt or to impress other shooters at the range.
Precision Shooting at 1,000 Yards. Brennan.
Among riflemen there has always been a fascination with 'the long shot', and this book addresses every aspect of this highly specialised skill. The dedicated proponent of serious rifle accuracy will come away with loads of practical advice on ultra-long-range riflery, including the ingredients for a great long-range rifle; varmint shooting at 1,000 yards and beyond; 1,000-yard military sniping; 1,000-yard bench-rest shooting; optics for 1,000-yard shooting; long-range competitions today; hand-loading for long-range rifle competition; high-power rifle gunsmithing; replicating Billy Dixon's legendary shot; and much more.
Modern Advancements in Long Range Shooting. Vol 1. Litz.
Modern Advancements in Long Range Shooting is a book series by Bryan Litz which documents the ongoing R&D taking place in the Applied Ballistics laboratory. Many topics are covered in this first Volume, including the effects of twist rate on muzzle velocity, BC (supersonic and transonic), precision, even spin rate decay for various rifling profiles is tested experimentally. Other sections detail the evolution of modern rifle, bullet, and optic design. Results from extensive chronograph testing are presented which show the strengths and weaknesses of available commercial chronographs. High tech instrumentation such as laser rangefinders and wind measurement devices are explained in detail by contributing author Nick Vitalbo. The series is heavily based in experimental ballistics, and takes a sort of 'mythbusters' approach to many of the questions and problems faced by modern long range shooters. In today's world of marketing hype and movie magic, Applied Ballistics continues to explore long range shooting using the scientific method, and publishes the results in a non-biased way that's easily understood by the layman. Future volumes are planned to cover the ongoing testing and evaluation activities of Applied Ballistics.
Modern Advancements in Long Range Shooting Vol. 2. Litz.
Volume 2 of Modern Advancements in Long Range Shooting contains all new content on the research being done by Applied Ballistics. Author Bryan Litz along with contributing authors Nick Vitalbo and Cal Zant use the scientific method and careful testing to answer the important questions faced by long range shooters. In particular, this volume explores the subject of bullet dispersion including group convergence. Advanced hand-loading subjects are covered such as: bullet pointing and trimming, powder measurement, flash hole deburring, neck tension and fill ratio. Each topic is explored with extensive live fire, and the resulting information helps to guide hand loaders in a deliberate path to success. Nick Vitalbo's material on laser rangefinder performance is a landmark piece of work in the industry, and Cal Zant's chapter on composite wrapped barrels presents detailed test results on how these barrels perform compared to conventional options. The current bullet library of measured G1 and G7 ballistic coefficients is included as an appendix. This library currently has data on 533 bullets in common use by long range shooters. If you're a long range shooter who strives to understand the science of your craft, this latest installment of the Modern Advancement series is a must read!
Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting. Litz.
There's a lot of good information available on long range shooting which explains how to correct trajectories for drop, wind deflection, etc. This book takes it a step further and discusses how various uncertainties affect your hit percentage.
The book is broken into 3 parts: Precision, Accuracy, and WEZ analysis.
Part 1 focuses on Precision, which explores how hit percentage is affected by variables affecting group size, including:
Muzzle velocity variation
Range estimation error
Wind estimation error, and
Inherent rifle precision
Part 2 focuses on Accuracy, which is how well the group is centered around the aim point. Chapters in the Accuracy section include:
Leveling your sights
Secondary trajectory effects
Calibrating ballistic solutions, and
Live fire verification
Part 3 focuses on Weapon Employment Zone (WEZ) analysis including:
300 Winchester Magnum
300 Win Mag vs. .338 Lapua Mag
Wind Sensor Array design
Medium and big game hunting
Military and tactical shooting
The Golden Age of the American Schuetzenfest. A History and Study of the Marksman's Art, Wright.
From the 1890's until the U.S. entry into World War I, the target shooting game known as Schuetzen was in its Golden Age. Rifle shooing contests were held at Schuezten parks across the U.S. in cities large and small. With deep European roots, Schuetzen has origins that reach back more than half a millennium.
Immerse yourself in the history of the Schuezen game, gain insight into how matches were conducted and acquire the appreciation of what it was like to complete in a Schuetzenfest during the Golden Age. Examine several fo the famous old Schuezen parks and re-live memorable Schuezenfests of that bygone era. Learn in comprehensive detail, hot to load and shoot the magnificent target rifles of that era for precision accuracy using methods in vogue at the tail end of the black powder era.
Attain an understanding of a former age through masterful visuals and descriptive narratives that shed light on the history of the Schuetzen game and study of the markman's art as practiced by legendary target shooters at the pinnacle of the Schuetzen era. Hard cover, 6-1/4 x 9-3/8", black and white photos, 374 pages.
The Table of Contents includes the following:
Old Time Schuezenfest in a Nutshell
A Ticket to Shellmound Park
The Schuetzen Game
Verein, Gesellschaft, Berzirk, or Bund?
How were Scuetzenfests conducted?
German Ring Target
Standard American Target
All Comers Targets
Election Day March
End of the Schuetzen Game
Schutzen Parks and Shooting Festivals
Glendale, Long Island, New York
Shell Mound Park, Emeryville, California
Butte , Montana
Walnut Hill, Woburn, Massachusetts
Uniion Hill, Union City, New Jersey
Notable Shooters's Rifles and Loads
New Glarus, Wisconsin
Shooters of Note
Harry M. Pope
Frec C. Ross
Louis P Ittel
Dr. Walter Hudson
August O. Zischang
Charles W. Rowland
Franklin W. Mann
Mrs George Mannel
Anna Bauermann Krempel
Miss Lizzi Utschig
Schuetzen Rifles of the Golden Age Defined
Hooked Butt Plates
Factory Schuetzen Rifels
How Long Would a Schuetzen Rifle Barrel Retain Accuracy
Loading and Shooting Gear
Bullet Lubricating Pump
Breech Seating Tools
Cartridge Case Scraper
Pope Universal Bullet Mold
Ideal Bullet Molds
Duplex Powder Measures
Old Powders and Cartridges
Early Smokeless Powder
Black Powder Substitutes
Black Powder Cartridge Nomenclature
.22 Winchester Centerfire
.25-20 Single Shot
.32-35 Stevens & Maynard
.33-47 Pope Wildcat
.38-50 Remington Hepburn
.40-50 Sharps Straight and Bottleneck
.40-70 Sharps Straight and Bottleneck
.44 and .45 Cartridges
The Marksman's Art of the Golden Age
Grains Weight vs. Grains Bulk
C.W. Rowland Targets
Other Bench Rest Targets of Note
D.W. King Jr.
Election Day March
Targets for Advertising
Frank Dulleck Target
Recreating the Marksman's Art
Breech Seating Bullets
Tether False Muzzle to Loading Bench
Tips About Shooting Dirty
How Should a Muzzle Loading Bullet Fit the Barrel
Pope Machine Rest
Hitting the Mark - Loading Methods of the Golden Age
.38-50 (Rem) Ballard Kreiger
The Columbia Target
.32-40 Ballard No. 6
.32-40 Ballard RKS (Cody) No. 7 BR
.33-47 Ballard Pope
.32-40 Stevens- Schoyen/Peterson
.38-55 Ballard (Cody) No. 8
.4065 Ballard (Cody) No. 7
Black Powder Cartridge Load Summary
Cleaing and Care of Your Rifle
Eds Red Bore Cleaner
The Role of the .22 RF in the Golden Age and Today
The Ultimate Sniper. Plaster
When John Plaster's The Ultimate Sniper was released in 1993, it was hailed as an instant classic in the sniping community, influencing an entire generation of military and police marksmen around the world. Now, this revolutionary book has been completely updated and expanded for the 21st century. Through revised text, new photos, specialised illustrations, updated charts and additional information sidebars, The Ultimate Sniper once again thoroughly details the three great skill areas of sniping; marksmanship, fieldcraft and tactics. This new edition includes the latest tactics and techniques from the frontlines of the War on Terror, including the mountains, deserts and urban areas of the Middle East and Central Asia; analysis of evolving techniques including lasers, night vision, FLIR and ballistics programmes; an all-new chapter on countersniping'lessons learned' in Iraq and Afghanistan; and detailed ballistics and trajectory data for sniper ammunition. About the Author Major John L. Plaster served three tours in the top-secret unconventional warfare group, Studies and Observations Group, in Vietnam. As a long-range reconnaissance leader, he led tiny intelligence-gathering teams behind enemy lines in Laos and Cambodia before leaving SOG in late 1971. He was decorated for heroism four times and retired from the U.S. Army as a Major.