Being a paintball sniper is not a role for everyone. As a sniper, you have to stay undetected and take out as many members of the opposing team from long distances to provide cover and open a way through for your teammates.
Some people believe that there’s no such thing as sniping in paintball. However, with the right mindset and some skills, you could prove them wrong.
That’s why we’re giving you a little crash course on how to be a paintball sniper.
Perfecting the Paintball Sniping Game
In order to become a paintball sniper, there are two important points to consider: equipment and the strategy.
When it comes to most paintball equipment, there aren’t any that are specifically made for sniping purposes. However, apart from having high-quality gear, there are some little details that could give you the edge over your opponents.
You don’t have to go for the most expensive equipment. You just have to look for certain specs that’ll help you with your hiding and camouflage, and allow you to have accurate shots when the opportunity comes.
The essential thing is to choose a marker that you’re comfortable using and have a good feeling with it in your hands. That’s how you’ll be able to quickly and accurately shoot your targets.
Nevertheless, there are some marker specs that could give you a little bit of an advantage. A longer barrel can be better for sniping than short barrels. It doesn’t have any significant effect on your range, but it produces lower sounds than a short one.
This way, it’ll be harder for your opponents to pinpoint your location when you’re shooting at them.
You can also extend the tip of the barrel through the branches or bushes you’re hiding under without taking the risk of exposing yourself. Contrary to that, you’ll probably need to move around more if you’re using a short barrel so that it wouldn’t be obstructed by your camouflage.
Another point to take into consideration when choosing your marker is the type of gas it uses.
High-pressure air (HPA) tanks are more convenient for sniping than CO2 for two reasons. First, it produces more accurate shots because it requires less pressure than CO2 to fire the ball.
Second, it’ll give you better hiding conditions because it’s quieter than CO2 and it produces less smoke at the tip of the barrel when you shoot. That’ll make it harder for the enemy to locate you.
Finally, consider getting a good scope to be able to clearly see and aim at your targets.
The clothes you’re wearing could play a huge role in your success. You should look for camouflage clothing that can help you hide and blend in with the surrounding environment to make it harder for your opponents to spot you while you’re ambushing them.
The most effective way to choose your camouflage is to look for patterns that’ll match the colors of the environment you’re playing in. You can also use a ghillie suit, which would give you a great advantage if you make the most out of it.
It’s also a good idea to conceal your marker and other gear with similar patterns to the ones you’re wearing so that they wouldn’t be too visible.
Even if you have the best equipment with the most accurate marker you can get, it wouldn’t help you at all if you don’t have the right strategy and skills to become a sniper.
The hardest thing for most players who try to play as snipers is the patience factor. You must be able to sit still and wait for your enemies for a long time. It could take you the whole length of the game before you’re able to trap someone and snipe them.
There are a few steps to take in order to perform a successful sniping job.
Find a Good Location
The first step is to look for an area where you can easily hide and be able to effectively monitor your surroundings at the same time.
People have different approaches to this. Some people prefer to look for areas where there are lots of bushes and branches so that they could hide in them and wait for the enemy to pass near the area to ambush them.
Other players opt for higher grounds with an adequate range, so they could have better visibility of the enemy and can target them more accurately. At the same time, it makes it harder for the enemy to pinpoint the location of the sniper.
In both cases, you should stay away from well-lit places where the sun is directly pointing at you. The lighting will make you stand out and become easily detectable.
Wait Silently for Your Target
In this step, you should master the art of stillness and silence. You should stop moving and stay as quiet as possible, while actively surveying your surroundings looking for any approaching targets.
Change Your Location after Some Time
If you haven’t spotted any enemies for some time, 25% of the game time is a good mark, it’s better to consider moving to a new location.
When you’re moving, it’s vital to be cautious. You should be crawling most of the time. While you’re covered, you should move as fast as you can. However, when you’re in an open area, try to move slowly to avoid being noticed.
Try to plan your route when you’re going for the new location. It’s important to avoid going through places that could expose you like grounds with lots of leaves and branches, which would produce a lot of noise.
Finally, Aim and Shoot Carefully
When you finally spot someone approaching your location, don’t be too hasty to fire. You should wait for the right moment to shoot at them.
Keep following your target while ensuring that they didn’t spot you. Use your scope to help you keep track of them. As soon as your target gets within a good range of you and becomes clearly visible in your line of sight, snipe them.
If you miss the first time but your opponent still wasn’t able to figure your location, don’t panic. Aim for them and wait for the right time to try again. However, if you’ve been spotted, just go for them and try to hit them without getting hit yourself.
Being a sniper in a paintball is not fun for most people, but the sense of accomplishment of hitting your target after a long period of patience is worth it.