Airsoft is a wonderful activity because it offers all sorts of possibilities for different types of people. There are so many roles to fill in that almost anyone can join in the game! It’s also filled with adrenaline, physical activity and military strategies, so it keeps both the body and the mind engaged.
Still, in my experience, and many experts confirm this, the role of a sniper is the most difficult. This position requires mental strength, lightness of foot, and the ability to move unseen into an environment where everything can give away your position (even the BBs you shoot).
It’s a position that requires patience and lots of practice to master so if you’re looking to improve your sniping game have a look at the tips below.
#1: Get the Best Rifle
The amount of money you should invest in a rifle depends on your level of experience. For instance, if you are a beginner, you shouldn’t go higher than $150 – actually, you can find some pretty good airsoft guns in between $80 and $100. Of course, if you’re an advanced player and want to invest more, you should feel free to do so as long as you know where the money is going.
For a beginner I recommend a bolt action rifle because they are more accurate than AEGs and pack quite a lot of power. Not to mention, they’re not fussy about reloading times and most models on the market have lots of aftermarket replacement parts.
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#2: Get a Sidearm
The sidearm will get you out of tough situations, like when someone from the enemy team makes your position and comes your way. The sniper rifle is fantastic for long-distance shooting, but before you have the time to use it in a close range situation, a pistol or a CQB rifle will work best.
I always like to recommend a pistol as a sidearm, but some players swear by shotguns. Of course, it’s your choice, but before buying either, make sure to learn more. You can do so by reading reviews (as the ones on Airsoftpal) or asking around in specialized stores.
#3: Practice Makes Perfect
Yes, even if your aim is good, you still have to continue practicing! It’s important to test the limits of your sniper rifle so, if the gun has a range of 300 feet, try shooting from 350 – it will improve your sharpness and keep your mind in the game.
The more you practice and push yourself, the more you will become better and no one will stand in your way to greatness!
Also, practice your breathing – a sniper needs steady breathing because even the smallest deviation can take your BB away from the right path. So, when you practice, try re-creating a real game in your mind. Of course, if you have friends to practice with, they can help with the atmosphere.
#4: Get High Quality BBs
A sniper needs good BBs and this cannot be denied in any way. High-quality BBs are heavier than the standard .12g and come in colors that easily blend in the landscape (usually dark green). However, you should do some testing before you start playing with a new rifle, to see which of the BBs fit best (.20g, .25, or heavier).
The producer of the rifle will usually recommend .20g or .25g, but you can considerably improve your aim if the BBs are just right. The final weight of BB that you will end up using will be a .36 or .40 in that area once the rifle is upgraded and you have gained more experience in the field and with the rifle.
The life of a sniper is not reduced to just rifles and BBs! You also need several good accessories to become the best. For instance, you should invest in a good scope and it always helps to have a professional bipod to stabilize the rifle.
Not to mention, a ghillie suit it’s also a fantastic way to make sure you blend in with the environment perfectly. If you want to learn more about accessories, I recommend this guide – it has some amazing tips!
Being a sniper is a lot of fun, but as you can see, it requires quite a bit of investment. But don’t worry, everything can be done step-by-step and as you improve your aim, you’ll have time to improve the gear as well!
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