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Trigger Men

Trigger Men

Shadow Team, Spider-Man, the Magnificent Bastards, and the American Combat Sniper

Hans Halberstadt; Foreword by Jack Coughlin

St. Martin's Press




Combat veteran and author Hans Halberstadt takes readers deeper inside the elusive world of snipers than ever before, from recruitment and training to the brutality of the killing fields.

Shadow Team is probably the most productive sniper team in American military history, accounting for 276 confirmed kills in a six months span with no casualties of their own. Their leader made what was, and may still be, the longest range kill with a 7.62mm rifle. For the first time ever they explain what it's like to kill a man and what it takes to become one of the elite.

The tragic tale of Headhunter Two is altogether different. This four man sniper team from a regiment known within the Corps as the Magnificent Bastards was killed in 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq. Their deaths not only caused a reevaluation of sniper tactics and techniques, but created a desire for vengeance that was exacted nearly two years later in dramatic fashion.

Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews, Halberstadt gets inside the sniper mind and shows how they think and interact with each other, how missions are planned and executed, how the weapons work, and even what happens when a bullet finally strikes its target. There are only a few hundred snipers from all the services put together in combat at any one time, making this true inside story a rare and important event.

Both a uniquely intimate look at what makes a sniper tick and a harrowing read filled with dramatic war tales, Trigger Men is a book about killers and killing, without apology and without remorse.


Chapter 1

At 0300 hours on a cool, quiet morning, Staff Sgt. Harry Martinez and three snipers slip out of the gate of Camp Corregidor on the eastern side of Ramadi, Iraq, and begin to carefully insinuate themselves into the dark and dangerous...


Praise for Trigger Men

“A chilling look inside what a sniper's effect has on both friend and foe. Straightforward and insightful.” —Jack Coughlin, Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (Ret.), and New York Times bestselling author of SHOOTER

“A gritty inside look at a Special Forces team at work.” —Publishers Weekly on ROUGHNECK NINE ONE

“A rare glimpse into the inner workings of a Special Forces A-team...A true story that is easy to read and hard to put down.” —Army Magazine on ROUGHNECK NINE ONE

“A gripping account…A notable contribution to the literature on both the Iraq war and the capabilities of special-ops units.” —Booklist on ROUGHNECK NINE ONE

“A terrific inside look at a Special Forces A-Team at war.” —Sean Naylor, author of Not a Good Day to Die, on ROUGHNECK NINE ONE

ROUGHNECK NINE ONE takes you behind the scenes into the struggles, complications, preparation, training, and turf issues faced by our most elite forces as they go into battle.” —Col. Gerald Schumacher, US Army Special Forces (Retired), author of TO BE A US ARMY GREEN BERET

“A powerful no-holds barred, first-hand account of actual ground combat in Iraq. ROUGHNECK NINE ONE most definitely captures the professionalism, comradeship, self-sacrifice, and courage that define the heart and soul of America's finest warriors---US Army Special Forces. A must-read book!” —Col. Tom Yarborough, USAF, author of DA NANG DIARY

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About the author

Hans Halberstadt; Foreword by Jack Coughlin

HANS HALBERSTADT has authored or co-authored more than fifty books, most on U.S. Special Operations forces, armor, and artillery. He served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter door gunner in Vietnam. He lives in San Jose, California.

Hans Halberstadt

Sgt. Jack Coughlin

© David Eckenberg, Tumbleweed Photos Yucca Valley

Sgt. Jack Coughlin

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