One of the frequently asked questions in airsoft realm is “how to be an airsoft sniper?” or “what are the essential sniping tips?”. Tell you what? It takes patience, composure, and hours of practice to become good at sniping as “every expert was once a beginner“.
But practice is not the only thing, there’re more…
How to be an airsoft sniper?
If you want to become a professional airsoft sniper, you have to keep in mind the following things:
Sniper’s role in airsoft is not that different from what you have seen in the real world; movies and experienced in video games. The thing that differentiates it from real-world sniping is that it’s just a fun sport. It uses replica guns, plastic bullets, having a lower range, etc.
Rest of the jobs/benefits like reconnaissance, gathering Intel, staying stealthy, and being the backbone of your team remain the same.
Snipers can be extremely useful if used properly.
Patience, Teamwork, and Surrounding
Now comes the sour part, snipers are usually the ones with least kills (depending on the game type), yeah it’s really frustrating when the enemies won’t call the hits. Patience is another virtue you must have for being a good sniper.
Sometimes when a sniper spots many enemies at one spot then he must play it gentle instead of getting greedy and trying to take them all with a bolt action sniper because that may flash out his location. At times, he may even choose to stay hidden over taking out a single enemy.
You must be strategic and weigh your options when allocated the role of a sniper, it’s all about teamwork and getting comfy in any surrounding.
The rifle you choose shouldn’t be necessarily expensive but it must not be very cheap either, it should serve the purpose well and you should practice with it for quite some time. Check out my list of good airsoft snipers review.
Once you have your rifle, try it to know if it needs any modification for the purpose you are going to use it.
Know every detail about your gun as that’s what would make you troubleshoot the issues later, and take good care of it, make sure to clean its every part after using it. Cleaning the barrel and overall lubrication is very important for shooting the BBs straight.
You won’t be able to defend yourself with only a bolt action sniper rifle neither you should engage with it at close range as it badly hurts. Also, your field might have a MED rule (minimum engagement distance). It’s usually from 75 to 150 ft. depending on your replica’s FPS.
Therefore, having a pistol tucked in is always recommended as your back up weapon. Some even prefer keeping a small SMG. However, it depends on you whether you go with only a semi-auto pistol or both.
Selection of your sidearm is also as important as your primary rifle, so do your research. Ideally, a CO2 or electric pistol with less to no MED is recommended.
Choosing a good camouflage is equally imperative as other essential things for becoming a good airsoft sniper. When it comes to airsoft sniping, Ghillie suits are the usual form of camouflages.
Whether you make at home or buy it from an airsoft retailer store, it will do the job of keeping you hidden for most of the time. There are a variety of colors i.e green, brown, white, etc. buy one which suits your environment of the playground.
Train yourself with its weight, you should try moving fast yet silently in the field, shooting accurately while in a run and shoot situations, etc.
What makes a sniper take long shots and neutralize enemies from far away? A decent scope. You should have a nice quality scope which gives you the options you need as an airsoft sniper. Ease of use, reticle type of your preference, and durability are some of the features your scope must have.
Check our detailed review post: Best Airsoft Sniper Scopes 2021 – 7 Amazing Scopes Reviewed
The next step is getting experience with using your scope and achieving familiarity so you should play around with its adjustments every now and then. Trust me you shall be needing alterations on the battlefield.
The airsoft ammunition is called BBs, it does the last job i.e hitting the target. After implementing all other recommendations; aiming and perfectly shooting with your good quality replica, the responsibility is transferred to the BBs whether you are using cheap BBs or not. It should be high-quality BBs with moderate weight.
Usually, it comes with a standard size of 0.2g for snipers. However, some might prefer a little heavier than 0.2g BBs. The choice is yours.
Last but not least is practice. Expensive gear would take you nowhere if you are not a good player yourself. And goodness comes with practice as practice makes a man perfect. Also, keep in mind the type of game you usually play and practice related to that.
Also, consider following big names in the airsoft field on social media, watch your favorite type of airsoft videos on YouTube and you will definitely be learning new tips and tricks which will improve your skills on practicing it.
You may even consider joining a team for practice, it will be better for you to have some accountability.
There you have it, a quick post on how to be an airsoft sniper. From now on, keep these in mind whenever you are playing airsoft as a sniper. And I am sure you will become one of the best airsoft snipers and serve your team the best way possible. Always remember, good things take time.
Happy Sniping! 🙂
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