After many decades of practicing their dark art in obscurity, snipers are not only trendy but glamorous. But I don’t think any of the gee-whiz reporting on them has given an accurate idea of the inhuman amount of range time it takes to earn the designation Scout/Sniper. A Marine, for example, must be qualified as Expert with the M16A2 rifle just to get into Sniper School. Then he goes through a 12 ½-week program, getting four hours of shooting a day and burning a total of more than 1,500 rounds. That’s several lifetimes’ worth of ammunition for the average hunter.