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The Military and Police Sniper: Advanced Precision Shooting for Combat and Law Enforcement [Paperback]

Mike R. Lau
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October 2000
Intended for police SWAT teams and military snipers, the book contains considerable material suitable for hunting and precision target shooting. The manusript starts with extensive reviews of the Marine Corps M40A1 and the Army's M24 rifle programs.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Military and Police Sniper March 15 2002
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I would reccomend this for the learning sniper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on this subject Jan. 5 2001
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If you are a person who has an interest in Military and Police sniping you must read this book. Together with the book written by Major John L. Plaster 'The Ultimate Sniper'this book offers a good insight in how things work and how things are done to function as a sniper. A lot of practical tips are added in this book. As you go through the book you understand how much the author 'Michael Lau' knows about the subject and how much experience he has in the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 9 2007
By A. Alan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book really covers all topics you need to know about sniping. A great book for somone who is trying to become a sniper or for a seasoned veteran who wants to brush up on their fundamentals. The book covers things like rifle and ammo selection, range estimation, wind, weather factors, mil-dots, and everything else. Especially nice was a chapter on how to fill out your log book. The log books are so important, but no one else really shows you how to fill one out.

This book covers just about everything you need to know, and reads easy - it is not dry and overly technical. The end of the book covers several tactical scenerios and explains how a sniper in these situations would accomplish their shot. Definitely recommended.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Military and Police Sniper by Mike Lau Sept. 5 2004
By M. Skye - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an outstanding book jammed with information for both the novice and master shooter alike. I constantly review sections though I read the book a few years ago.Subjects include what makes a rifle a precision weapon, ammunition, optics, position, the difference between military and police sniping, etc. It's definately a keeper.
33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on this subject Jan. 5 2001
By Herman Vaalburg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are a person who has an interest in Military and Police sniping you must read this book. Together with the book written by Major John L. Plaster 'The Ultimate Sniper'this book offers a good insight in how things work and how things are done to function as a sniper. A lot of practical tips are added in this book. As you go through the book you understand how much the author 'Michael Lau' knows about the subject and how much experience he has in the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad grammar but GREAT book! Jan. 14 2008
By D. R. S. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has tons of information. I found typos on practically every page, so the editor needs to be fired, but overall there's so much here and it's written so well that I would highly recommend it. Mike Lau has a friendly writing style, and does not overload the text with technical jargon and $5 words, though there is plenty of technical info in there. Reading it is more like talking to a shooting buddy than reading an engineering manual. There are also tons of pictures, and although I would have gladly paid extra for some to be in color, they are all clear, helpful, and interesting. This is not the end-all, be-all of shooting manuals; rather, it is really one person's knowledge as well as his experienced opinions. For non-fiction, it is quite a page-turner. Mike Lau was a soldier and is still a competitive shooter and is an accomplished custom precision rifle builder. Great book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Supplementary Book on Precision Shooting July 15 2012
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I had high hopes for this book since it was recommended to me by a couple of well experienced, and knowledgeable shooting instructors. I was initially a little let down because I was expecting a more definitive manual. The book does have a lot to offer however, but it is far from a complete reference on military and police sniping.

Chap 1-3: These chapters go into a fair amount of detail concerning the Marine Corps M40A1, and Army M24 sniper weapon systems. A light discussion of their standard procedures, testing requirements, and some of the equipment each group uses. There is also a discussion of police snipers, along with some examples of their deployments, and how their programs developed a little differently from the military.

Chap 4: Discusses some of the various sniper weapon systems. Different scopes, mounting options, and stock configurations are described and the author concludes that the M40A1 configuration remains his favorite.

Chap 5-8: These chapters cover just about anything a person would want to know about terminal, interior, and exterior ballistics. Tables and charts, along with Mike Lau's expert knowledge on this subject describe in great detail the effects of these on accuracy and damage. The development and advantages of key cartridges is also discussed.

Chap 9-12: Here is where the reader gets to learn a little more about the mechanics of shooting. The book takes a turn here from the in depth descriptions of the technical aspects of bullet, barrel, stock and scope designs and their effects of each on accuracy. This section is really what I was looking for in the book. Details and guidance are offered on range estimation, shooting from angles, and reading and adjusting for wind. A chapter on shooting at moving targets rounds out this section. There is a lot of good information here and made the purchase worthwhile.

Chap 13-14: These two chapters were a very pleasant surprise. Chap 13 contains the best information and the most clear instruction on filling out and using a Data Book. The author provided many blank forms as well as examples of completed entries. By photocopying the pages, a novice shooter could create a very professional DOPE book and understand very well how to use it. I thought Chap 14 was amazing. It walks you through some real world engagements and shows you the calculations and considerations that would need to be made in a real world environment.

Chap 15 and Appendices: The last chapter is about Sniper Sustainment Training, but it is mostly all photos with some captions. It is interesting and adds to the book, but there is no instruction concerning the topic. The appendices are good though. They give tables and charts for Ballistics, Leading Moving Targets, and Wind Drift Tables.

This is a good book. A great book in fact on precision shooting. But that's where it ends.I do recommend it with some caveats. There is no information or instruction on other aspects of sniping such as field craft and supplementary gear. No discussion of tactics, strategy, or operating in a hostile environment. It is a great supplement to
The Ultimate Sniper: An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers which discusses some of the things left out of this book.
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