Major John Plaster
is a national authority
on sniping, firearms and special operations, as well as
author of The Ultimate Sniper, an encyclopedic reference on
sniping, and most recently, SOG, the true story of America?s
most highly classified Vietnam-era covert operations. Maj.
Plaster?s instructional videos, The Ultimate Sniper, Pro
Sniper, The Ultimate Rifleman, and Advanced Ultimate Sniper,
have been distributed worldwide. He also has appeared in a
number of special operations historical documentaries for
the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and the Learning
Channel, and is now assisting a series of films on foreign
police tactical units.
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Plaster began his military career as a U.S. Army
Special Forces (Green Beret) weapons NCO, and served three
one-year combat tours in the top secret Studies and
Observations Group, where he led small intelligence
gathering teams deep behind enemy lines in Laos and
Cambodia, covertly penetrating heavily defended North
Vietnamese base areas along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Plaster
was wounded once, decorated four times for heroism, and
later given a direct commission due to his combat
Applying what he had learned of stealth, camouflage,
stalking and long-range shooting, he co-founded a stateside
sniper training program in 1983, and went on to instruct
sniping and special operations to personnel from more than
100 departments and agencies, including the FBI, U.S.
Customs Service, the RCMP, U.S. Marshals, Navy SEALs, Army
Special Forces, the Spanish Foreign Legion and the U.S.
Marine Corps. Since 1993 he has instructed precision rifle
shooting at Arizona's prestigious Gunsite Training Center,
and more recently has been the Chief of Competition for
Autauga Arms? U.S. and European sniping championships. With
a BA in Journalism, Plaster has contributed articles to many
publications, including The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin,
Tactical Edge, Soldier of Fortune and Guns & Ammo. He writes
a regular column on long-range shooting for Rifle Shooter
magazine, and also serves on the staff of Tactical Shooter.
Currently, he?s working on a major new book, An Encyclopedia
of Sniping & Sharpshooting.
Turning his lengthy experience to equipment design,
Maj. Plaster?s first sniper rifle stock was fielded by
Choate Machine & Tool in 1997, with a sharpshooter-varmint
variation following a year later, and a third stock,
designed in cooperation with Gunsite Training Center, to be
produced in 1998. He?s now turning his design efforts to a
variety of shooting-related gear, from rifle targets to
slings and even tripods.
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