Our friends at Osprey Publishing have sent us a copy of “Sniper Rifles” from their new Weapon series. This book details the development of ammunition, different weapons types including single shot, magazine loading and semi-automatic, as well as the introduction and use of optical sights. Martin Pegler, a leading expert on the history of sniping and former Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Leeds, also details the current advances in technology, such as laser range-finding sights and night vision devices. Using first-hand accounts, the book brings the dangerous world of the sniper to life revealing their training and concealment techniques as well as their mastering of their weapon of choice.To win this free copy, all you have to do is send us an email with the answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the origin of the term “sniper”, as applied to military marksmen?
  2. What is the origin of the “ghillie suit”, as made famous by military snipers?

Send the email with your answers to CONTACT(dot)STRIKEHOLD(at)GMAIL(dot)COM.  Only one entry per person please – contest ends at midnight on Monday the 22nd of November – the winner will be chosen at random from among all the correct responses – and announced on Friday the 27th of November.  The winner will also be informed seperately by email, and will receive a copy of the book, plus a Strike-Hold! patch.