Sniper. Origin of Snipers




 
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January 16th, 2004  
Redleg
 
 

Topic: Sniper. Origin of Snipers


Sniper, Origin of Snipers

The snipe was a bird prized for its delicacy in medieval England. However, hunters had a tough time catching the bird because of its alertness and speed. As firearms improved, hunters found it easier to shoot the birds, but only by hiding and waiting for the snipe to come within range. Soon, hunters who were particularly adept at catching the bird became known as snipers.

(yet another one from MindlessCrap.com.. )

I have found this one several places, so I think it's true.
January 16th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
I've heard that also, and it does seem to make good sense.
January 16th, 2004  
GuyontheRight
 
Yea, there was a big History Channel Documentary on Snipers a year back, they talked about this.
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January 16th, 2004  
Redleg
 
 
I think I heard this one about Snipers on History Channel too.
March 1st, 2004  
D_Plus_One
 
So, I guess at one point snipe hunts just weren't for the amusement of the people who sent initiates out on them.