Cheaper Than Dirt recently posted an interview with Former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. It seems the shooting instructor doesn’t have much time for civilian sniper wanna-be’s. “We do not teach civilians sniping. We do teach precision shooting, which can be employed in self defense and hunting. If someone wants to be a sniper, then they need to enlist in the military or in law enforcement.” A distinction without a difference? Code for “preppers welcome”? Let’s think about that one for a moment. What good would civilian snipers be if Uncle Sam turned into Uncle Adolph? Ace snapper Oleg Volk has some thoughts on that subject . . .
Surprisingly, Volk, an uncompromising Second Amendment supporter, isn’t optimistic on that whole “sniper behind every blade of grass” thing.
I am a great fan of armed and trained civilians. But I’d like to point out that the “hundreds of thousands of deer hunters” are no military snipers and do not overmatch regular infantry. A very well trained rifleman with a sub-MOA rifle can indeed score a first shot hit on a 500 yard foe. What happens then? . . .
Assuming that the sniper can manage to retain his stand-off distance, what can he do about air or artillery response. Insurgents world-wide have to brave close combat to get away from the firepower available to the regulars with one radio call. Against well-designed sniper hides that cannot be reached by artillery or airpower, short-range rockets would be used. The hide would have to escape detection in visible, near and far infrared ranges to remain secure.
Multiple snipers might do better, but the regulars can just continue using smoke to remain safe from long shots while encircling the whole area and plastering it with mortars or just mining the perimeter and leaving it at that.
So the man who makes a rifle look more glamorous than Esti Ginzburg in a bikini reckons a civilian sniper’s prospects against an organized force are ugly. How weird is it that the gun fetishist’s fetishist titles his blog post “The mis-directed fetish of marksmanship”?
I guess no matter how good it looks, the truth still hurts.
I am a great fan of rifle marksmanship. But we shouldn’t overestimate its value in warfare. Unsupported by regular troops, most snipers die quickly. Most hunters may be marksmen, but they aren’t even snipers — that skill set goes far beyond the basics of fieldcraft and marksmanship required to bring down deer . . .
So our best bet is political proselytizing and raising the next generation to love freedom, and to respect the freedoms of others. The opium pipe dreams of the “restoration of the Republic” through another revolution are best left for those who don’t much value a connection to reality.