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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Guerrilla Sniper

From Gabe Suarez' One Source Tactical:

GUERRILLA SNIPER is a totally different look at sniping. We examine it from the view of a private citizen and not any form of officially sanctioned operator. Rather than emulate the “official schools” we examine the subject from the historical perspective of the Partisan Sniper as may have been seen in Occupied Europe during WWII. I think this is more in line with what private citizens would want sniping to look like and what our operational parameters may actually be from a historical perspective.

Order yours today.

Guerrilla Sniper classes are being held by the Suarez team on the following dates:

April 30-May 2, 2010

October 1-3, 2010

See also this related course:

Spetznaz Sniper Course


Anonymous Justin said...

Might need those skills sooner then October.

This will make choosing my birthday present much easier for my wife.


March 23, 2010 at 2:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suarez's book is extremely marginal and is little more than an overpriced advertisement for his "Guerilla Sniper" class. The topic coverage is very amateur and superficial. Suarez spends a total of 104 pages on the subject, of which 22 are blank pages at the end of chapters and 11 are advertisements for several of his classes. The content is very basic and provides little information about sniper tactics, field craft, spotting / recon, night operations, sniper hides, infiltration and exfiltration, etc.

John West's Fry the Brain has 23 chapters totalling 446 pages. John Plaster's The Ultimate Sniper 1993 edition has 23 chapters totalling 451 pages and his updated 2006 edition has 125 more pages and several new chapters. Both know their subject and wrote very well researched, in-depth books.

Compared to these two books, Guerrilla Sniper is a Micky Mouse joke of a book whose only useful point is that a guerilla sniper can make do with an AK or a surplus bolt gun and doesn't have to have top-of-the-line gear to be effective in 400 yard or closer ranges. Save your money. Suarez will get you killed from ignorance of tricks of the trade covered by West and Plaster.

March 23, 2010 at 2:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya, hate to say it, but I agreed with Anonymous above. The book is very light on details, and doesn't stay focused on the Guerrilla part of the title.

Which is a shame, as the man has skills, he just did not do a very complete job in this book, of what he knows. (I also think Anthony wrote a lot of it, and his posts at WT are great and articulate, so I had high hopes)

I was expecting to see some info about scoped pistols, more on urban hides, urban camouflage, high angle shooting, E&E in an urban environment, Camera security, like IR flashlights to blind them, and that kind of stuff.....

March 23, 2010 at 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon @2:25 AM

Have the book - do agree.

Can't speak to the class, however.

Much better signal/noise ratio can be had from Fred's guide to becoming a rifleman...

March 23, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Suarez book was writen by Anthony James with Gabe only supporting the effort. James is former British Army with service in Ireland operating as a sharp shooter against the IRA. There is no ignorance of the trade on his part. He currently lives in Brazil one of the most violent countries in the world. I have not read the book but I have ready the threads on Warrior talk about both books. I would not classify the two as being of the same intent. You are making an apples to oranges comparison.
The Suarez book like most of his writen works is an intro of information with the intent to get you to class where the information is expanded on and training methodologies are instilled. Suarez will be the first to tell you that you are not going to learn it all from a book.
Anyone expecting to pick up a book on any subject and after reading it cover to cover become an expert is fooling themselves.

March 23, 2010 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Atlas Shrug said...

I also was a bit underwhelmed by "Guerrilla Sniper" - personally (I have not a small amount of research and training behind me in similar areas).

That said, it's a decent starting place if you're getting to the game a bit late.

Try to ignore the pictures of firing positions where the sling is not even used at all (although mentioned briefly in the text).

You can get some good ideas from the book, and the initial unapologetic tone is refreshing.

I'm about half way through "Fry the Brain" and it is much more thorough, though imperfect as all books are. Much more text tends to help foster more ideas, but some areas are tangential to varying degrees. Nonetheless, I do recommend it highly.

Plaster, these books, etc. are starting points. Get out and do some practical shooting practice. Stretch your mind of applications local to your own safety and own AO. Remember, the essential point of these books is "do what works, traditional theory be damned."

What works may be different for each of us. Keep an open mind and don't let the bastards grind you down.

Atlas Shrug

March 25, 2010 at 11:34 AM  

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