Sniping Rifles in World War I (Weapon) (Paperback)

Sniping Rifles in World War I (Weapon) By Martin Pegler, Adam Hook (Illustrator), Alan Gilliland (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Martin Pegler, Adam Hook (Illustrator), Alan Gilliland (Illustrator)


While Germany and Austria-Hungary were well-equipped with sniping rifles in 1914, their Allied opponents were not. This highly illustrated volume tells the inside story of the rifles carried by snipers of all the major powers during World War I.

Although military sharpshooting had existed since the 18th century, in 1914 only the German and Austro-Hungarian armies fielded trained snipers armed with scoped rifles. Thus upon the outbreak of World War I, the Allied armies found themselves on the receiving end of a shooting war to which they had no means of response. Only the Canadians brought a dedicated sniping rifle into the trenches, but in small numbers. For the British, although production of a suitable rifle and scope were settled on quickly, the establishment of sniper training was difficult and its success was mostly due to the efforts of a handful of dedicated officers. The French eventually introduced a competent scoped rifle and a sniper training system, as did the Italians. Entering the war in 1917, the Americans experienced rifle shortages but were able to build on their pre-1914 efforts to find a suitable sniping weapon. The country that suffered most grievously was Russia; Russian troops fielded no snipers at all and suffered accordingly. Featuring full-colour artwork, carefully chosen archive images and photographs of the sniping rifles and accessories used in the trenches, this is the inside story of the rifles carried by snipers of all the major powers during World War I.

About the Author

Martin Pegler, a former Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, has written numerous books, many for Osprey.
Adam Hook specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on subjects as diverse as the Aztecs, the Ancient Greeks and the modern Chinese Army.
Alan Gilliland writes, illustrates and publishes fiction (, as well as illustrating for a variety of publishers (

Praise For…

"Spread throughout the book are plenty of archive images, plus some modern photos illustrating preserved examples of the various types of rifle and sight, along with some super artwork which does include some lovely cross-sections showing the mechanism of examples such as the Enfield Model 1917, Mauser GEW 98 and Ross rifles." - Robin Buckland, Military Model Scene

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472850768
ISBN-10: 1472850769
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: May 24th, 2022
Pages: 80
Language: English
Series: Weapon