Former U.S. Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, who recently died defending U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and other diplomats against the terrorist attack in Benghazi, has a left a legacy of honor and courage. He has also left his contribution to future U.S. snipers in Navy SEAL Sniper, a book about the sniper’s craft from the point of view of two operators who had looked at the enemy through the crosshairs and taken their shots. Those two operators are Doherty and coauthor Brandon Webb, who is known by many as the author of The Red Circle and with whom Doherty had trained as a SEAL sniper.
Navy SEAL Sniper is an excellent manual for the prospective sniper or for anyone who wants to learn more about long-range precision marksmanship. The first part of the book offers a historical overview of sniping, while later chapters cover topics important to the present-day sniper. Semi-auto sniping rifles are examined in detail, as is the value of suppressors. Ballistics, scopes, laser rangefinders and ballistic calculators are addressed as well. This along with the discussion of sniping rifle calibers and the examination of the characteristics of effective sniping rifles represents a fraction of the book’s valuable technical information. Other sections deal with training and mindset, as well as taking a human life.
Navy SEAL Sniper is worth the read, and then reading again. Pick up the book and take notes. To order, visit Skyhorse Publishing’s website at skyhorsepublishing.com.