Martin Pegler was the curator of the national collection housed at the Royal Armouries Museum for over twenty years and is an accomplished author on the subject. Martin very kindly agreed to write the foreword, so, what does Martin think of The British Sniper, A Century of Evolution?
“I think the culmination of this remarkable book is the chapter dealing with the development and eventual introduction of the radical Accuracy International L96A1 rifle. For the first time, a purpose-designed sniping rifle was issued to the British sniper, providing him with the cutting edge tool that he so desperately needed. Until now, little has been published on this important weapon and much of what exists is misinformation, speculation and sometimes complete fabrication! The L96 chapter provides the reader with a complete history of its design, manufacture, teething troubles, service issue and some remarkable accounts of its combat use, as well as detailed illustrations. If for no other reason, this chapter alone makes this book an important addition to sniping literature.
I can state with some authority that to cover such a broad subject as a century of British sniping is nothing less than a labour of love. I congratulate Steve Houghton on a publication that has covered a difficult subject in an informative and interesting manner. Having written one or two books on the subject, I know this is far from easy to achieve. If you have any interest whatsoever in the subject of sniping, then this book must be considered an absolute necessity”.