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One Shot -- One Kill : American Snipers : World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Beirut
One Shot -- One Kill American Snipers World War II Korea Vietnam Beirut Author:Sasser, Charles W; Roberts, Craig During WW II, it took 25,000 Allied bullets to produce one enemy kill. In Korea, 50,000 rounds. In Vietnam, US forces expended 200,000 rounds to add one digit to the body count. By contrast, America's most skilled combat marksmen - its snipers - average an astonishing 1.3 rounds. — Sgt William E Jones parted Normandy's hedgerows with a scoped .... more »30-06 1903 Springfield; he was the first call whenever the Fourth Division was halted by German sniper fire.
Twenty-year-old Cpl Chet Hamilton was "appointed" sniper and given a cosmoline-packed M-1 on the slopes of Pork Chop Hill. His first hit was on a too-tempting-to-pass Chicom shovel flashing above the enemy trenches; it wasn't his last.
Cpl Ron Szpond carried a .45 automatic and a .38 revolver in addition to his bolt action Winchester 70. At Chu Lai in Vietnam he scored hits as far as 800 yards, but he had to empty both handguns at point-blank range to save his own life.
Marine Cpl Tom rutter, sent to Beirut, was ordered not to chamber a round without a direact command. He watched helplessly while guerrillas executed members of the Lebanese Armed Forces in plain sight. He stayed in practice by holding rock-steady and dry-firing on guerrillas 600 yards distant. Then his orders changed.
In "One Shot - One Kill," you'll relive the incredible -- yet confirmed -- exploits of this elite cadre of men, told in their own words. You'll get the full details of the evolution of the Marine sniper rifle, from the off-the-rack sporting arms first used to the armory-built, match-grade speciality tool in use today. You'll also learn the full story behind the permanent establishment of the USMC Scout / Sniper School in 1977 (whose graduates saw action in Beirut), where men are taught to place shots with surgical precision ... to deadly effect.« less