If you've been one of the hundreds of visitors to Sniper Country that we get each day, you've noticed a flurry of activity in recent weeks. We've added lots of new reviews on sniper training and related equipment, expanded our links section, updated our Bibliography (if you haven't referenced it yet, our Bibliography is a valuable resource to anyone researching the subject of sniping), and reformatted our main page to make it easier for you to access those things you are most interested in. And we're not done yet! In the weeks and months to come, you're going to be seeing a lot more of the same -- more product evaluations, more school reviews, more articles, more links... basically, "more!"
However, even though we have a specific way of doing things here (in keeping with our Charter), we are very interested in hearing your ideas about the "direction" you'd like to see Sniper Country take. So, consider this an invitation, of sorts, for you to have some input into the Internet's premier sniper website!
What would you like to read about the most? Product reviews? Training? Sniper operations? Would you like to read more about the significant contributions snipers have made in military history? Do you have questions about handloading ammunition for long-range, precision shooting? Are you interested in wound ballistics? Then drop us a line -- we'd like to hear from you!
For now, though, let me take a minute to tell you what we have in store for you. "In the works," as they say, there is a review of the Plaster/Choate sniper stock; bullet reviews (hopefully including some of the newer bullets like Hornady's A-Max and the tungsten-core bullets from Powell River Laboratories); a laser range finder evaluation (we hope to eventually test all of the current models); and certainly not last in importance, we'll be occasionally featuring "guest" columns, from people who are prominent in the long-range shooting community.
Let me take a moment to tell you how you can help us. If you can write, and do it well, then we'd be interested in posting articles from you on subjects that are in keeping with our Charter. We'd also like to hear from some of you snipers in the law enforcement community -- particularly, but not limited to, stories of actual incidents in which you were given the "green light" and had to take "the shot." We're not looking for anything that would incriminate you in a civil suit from the family of some criminal you had to take down, nor are we asking you to compromise an ongoing trial or investigation by revealing case-sensitive details. We are, however, looking for stories (that we can verify) which would be suitable for posting here at Sniper Country. We'll be glad to change names, cities, even dates -- but we want real stories about real events.
For that matter, we'd also like similar articles from members of the different military services... and NOT just the military services of the United States! We would consider it a pleasure, for example, to receive an article from someone in, or formerly a member of, the British SAS (Special Air Service) that involved the employment of snipers to resolve a situation or to ensure a mission's success. While we prefer submitted work to be "scrubbed" for grammar, style, and spelling before we receive it, we do have people who just "live" to correct infractions in such areas -- so don't get too wrapped around the axle about making sure everything is perfect. Just get it to us, and we'll take it from there.
And while we're on the subject of "I was there" articles... I am not aware of any duty-slotted female snipers in the law enforcement or military communities, but if anyone knows of one, and she's got a story to tell about her experiences on the job, I'd be the first to tell her to write something up and send it in!
Please be advised that we will not pay for any written material you submit but, if you're like us, you'll do it because you have a desire to share information on a topic that you know others with a similar interest will enjoy reading.
And a final word to you fine folks who make all those neat toys that I and my colleagues like to play with. If you have a product you'd like us to review, write to us. Tell us what you've got, why you think Sniper Country should take a look at it, and we'll see what we can work out. Our staff currently encompasses the United States and South Africa, so chances are a little better than average that logistical barriers can be overcome and we can get your product or service to a member of our staff.
I take a lot of personal pride in Sniper Country, as does everyone on the staff. Frankly, we put a lot of work into ensuring that our visitors are provided with information that is all but impossible to get anywhere else. Each of us at Sniper Country devotes a lot of personal time and effort into making this site the best it can be. Although we can't always answer every piece of correspondence we receive (though I think we come pretty darn close), we do read everything that comes in. I'm thrilled to say that the E-mail we get is overwhelmingly supportive of our efforts, and your suggestions for ways to improve our website are allconsidered. Many ideas are implemented, some are not... but please know that we sincerely appreciate hearing from you. Because we do receive such a heavy volume of E-mail, please keep your comments brief and concise. This way, you stand a better chance of hearing back from us if you've asked a question.
I want to invite you to come back and visit Sniper Country again and again -- and let me tell you, we have a lot of things going on to ensure that you will!