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Technologies continued to improve, in war and elsewhere. Optics, cartridge ammunition, refinements in metallurgy, rifling and mass-produced manufacturing produced tools specialized for marksmen, "snipers" as they were often called.
Tools such as the Springfield M1903A4, a workhorse for the US military from the beginning of the 20th century, and still in service during the second World War. A specialized tool and a specialized role, a well-positioned sniper could make a significant difference in an engagement.