Did you ever dream of playing Call of Duty in real life? If you did, then you probably wanted to be the sniper, that mysterious guy, always covered in a ghillie suit that never misses a shot and waits for the perfect moment to pull the trigger.
The cool thing is that you don’t need to get into the army to become a great sniper! All you need is some good airsoft gear, a reliable sniper rifle, and a lot of practice. Of course, you’ll also need some great tips, which is why I put together a min-guide to help you on the way of becoming a fantastic sniper!
Find the Right Rifle
As a beginner, you don’t need a high-end design with lots of bells and whistles. You need a reliable airsoft sniper rifle that will allow you to aim right and practice often. This is why I recommend a spring rifle – these are sturdy, more precise, and don’t require any adjustments on the field (like changing the battery or gas container).
Also, FPS is not extremely important as long as the rifle can handle at least 300 FPS (after all you are shooting to distance).
Finally, the rifle should have an adjustable hop-up so you can adjust the trajectory of the BB. Speaking of which, make sure your rifle works with heavier BBs (.20g or .25g) as these reach bigger distances and hold accuracy better.
To find a good airsoft sniper rifle, I recommend reading reviews (like the ones on Airsoftpal.com) and talking to experienced airsoft snipers.
Get High-Quality Accessories
Sniping is two parts skills and patience and one part high-quality accessories. A good rifle will only do as much, but if you add a high-end scope and a good bipod, you already increase the level of your skills.
Of course, you don’t need to spend $1000+ on a scope for airsoft, but you should consider getting a 3-9×40 scope with adjustable parallax (under $100). It’s important to understand that the more you have to zoom in with the scope, the more your accuracy will drop, so make sure to get the right one for your needs.
The bipod is amazing at keeping the rifle steady when you need to keep the same position for long periods of time. Also, a good one will allow you to position the rifle on all sorts of obstacles (branches, rocks, and other natural features).
Get a Side Arm
Every Airsofter needs a sidearm, that’s very important to know! As a sniper, the sidearm (which is usually a pistol) will get you out of trouble if one of the enemies stumbles across your position by mistake.
Also, the enemy team can make your position based on your BBs trajectory, which is why the pistol will come in handy when you’re looking to retreat. The rifle doesn’t really help in close quarter combat, but the pistol is lightweight, easy to maneuver and can even be automatic.
Make Yourself a Ghillie Suit
Camouflage is very important for a sniper! Now, you can either buy a ghillie or you can make one using what you have at hand (old clothes painted in camouflage colors (several shades of brown and green mixed together), natural materials such as grass or leaves). You should also learn to use the environment to your advantage, regardless of the fact that you are playing outdoors or inside.
Furthermore, a sniper should master the art of stealth! For this, you should practice moving without making noise or attracting anyone’s attention, sneaking through various types of environment (tall grass, dry leaves, and so on).
It’s not just about shooting
I know sniping can seem fun when you’re playing video games, but at the end of the day, it’s all about patience and studying the environment. Your job is to blend in and strike at the opportune moment (which you have to be prepared for). So, if you’re in it for the fun of shooting, maybe you should consider a CQB role.