If there’s a role that people seek after so much on the airsoft field, it is that of a sniper. If you’ve been an airsofter for a while, you probably feel that most beginners seem to venture into this game wanting to play the sniping role more than any other. This is because most people think it’s a comfy position that allows you to take people out.
In a real sense, however, it’s more than that. Forget about the mystique that movies such as American Sniper and games like Call of Duty and Battlefield add to the sniper. Turning a battle’s tide or making the war a one-man-show may not happen in the real world quite often.
What it Means to Become a Great Airsoft Sniper
In spite of the prestige and charm of the role, the journey to becoming an airsoft sniper takes much more than having a powerful rifle and a beautiful ghillie suit. Are you prepared to part with some good amount of money? Then add dedication, hard work, and training and soon you’ll be able to take out your opponents from a concealed vantage point.
Sniping can also be a very frustrating role on the field. Imagine shooting someone and they don’t notice or just ignore it! That’s what often happens with sniper shots. The majority of snipers get the fewest kills in a day’s game as compared to other players. Likewise, carrying the heavy, costly equipment and crawling on your stomach most of the time isn’t easy.
However, sniping can be rewarding if you master the skill. You can take out your enemies effectively without them detecting your moves, and that is fun. Even one perfect shot can make your day. This is the heartbeat of an airsoft sniper.
Know Your Rifle
Want to be a great marksman? Get the right rifle since it’s going to be among your most valued tools on the field. While it’s not a must to spend a fortune on your gun, do not expect to become the best airsoft sniper in the world with a $100 weapon.
Understand that you don’t necessarily need to get super hot shots to be a great sniper. Therefore, do your own research extensively to find out the kind of replica that fits the sniping style of your choice. Whether you prefer Bolt Action or semi-auto, standard or Bullup, do not select a sniper rifle based on looks alone.
You should also know how to upgrade and maintain your sniper rifle. The decision on the type of replica you want determines how much you’re expecting to pay in terms of upgrades and maintenance. For instance, gas rifles have nice recoil and shoot powerfully, but maintaining them is not easy. For cheaper upgrades and maintenance, go for Bolt Actions.
Another necessity to consider when upgrading your sniper rifle for optimum performance is proper compression. Ensure that you do enough research on your replica’s best setup.
Get a Backup Weapon
To be a good sniper, you need more than just a great rifle. A secondary, and sometimes tertiary, a weapon is a necessity. This is because you cannot use your powerful sniper rifle beyond the minimum engagement distances (MEDs) that your field can allow. So, you need a gun with fewer FPS.
For this reason, you should at least get a semi-auto pistol as your backup. You could buy a small SMG to be your secondary weapon and tuck a small spring pistol somewhere. This helps when you find yourself in a jam. Select a weapon that has less or no MED at all. This requires extensive research.
This might help to choose a pistol:
Get Ghillie Sniper Suits
It’s important to train in your own full equipment before going to the field. This ensures that you’re comfortable in it and can move quickly and nimbly under its weight while taking accurate shots when in real action. An integral part of a sniper’s kit is camouflage, and ghillie suits are the best choice.
Airsoft retailers have many types, sizes, and colors of this gear. They come in winter, brown/tan dominant, and green dominant. There’re more elaborate setups at higher end retailer shops, but whichever type you go for, the main purpose is to:
- Conceal the wearer’s shape
- Blend into your surroundings, and
- Allow you to affix local foliage
Each of the above purposes is important in itself since they aid in concealing your human form. Altogether, they make you close to invisible. However, if you don’t know how to move correctly, even the world’s best camouflage isn’t helpful.
Moving too fast quickly gives away your position if your enemies happen to be within a 25 feet range. To camouflage yourself effectively, you must go slow and low. This maximizes your importance as a sniper.
Learning How to Aim
Here are a few things you should understand concerning aiming:
- You’re using 6mm plastic pellets and not real bullets
- Wind and foliage significantly affects far off shots
- Understanding your BB weight is very important because it relates to your rifle
If you’re lucky to be living in a state that permits the ownership of firearms, then learning how to aim with real bullets can be of a great help in your journey of becoming a sharpshooter. Proper trigger squeezing technique, breath control, and follow through can help you get more shots on target.
Observation and awareness are very vital when surveying your targets to prioritize shots. Don’t just fire at an approaching patrol as quickly as you can. You’re likely to miss most of your shots and your opponents can take you out or you’ll have to give away your position.
To increase your effectiveness as a sniper on the field, you must learn how to prioritize shots. For instance, if you take out a squad leader, the patrol can fall back or panic as they lack leadership. Panicking allows you to get another clear shot or move away in time before the rest react.
Know Your Terrain
If possible, get permission to explore the field to see how the terrain is. If not, then you’ll have to learn to be observant during the game while moving along the field. It can help you pick your spots.
After establishing your concealment, maintain slow and deliberate movements. Use your observation skills to move the way the foliage is, for instance, when it is windy. Whenever it’s possible, utilize natural concealment as an aid to your moves.
Escape and Evasion
Learning how to get out of a position when you need to is very important. Don’t insert yourself somewhere without selecting escape and fall back routes. Your current potion should have more than one breakout route.
If you learn this, you’ll often find yourself in a place where getting up and bugging out isn’t dangerous because your enemies would be far off. This way, you can fall back to a different defensible point or safely follow your escape route. Selecting the wrong escape or fall back routes exposes you to danger most of the time.
Becoming a sharpshooter in airsoft takes a lot of commitment and time. You’ll have to read several materials like this one, follow some great players on social media, or watch YouTube videos on your playing style. All these can give you a few tips and tricks to becoming a better player.
However, nothing is as important as practice. This is what makes the difference. You need to train:
- With your primary, secondary, and tertiary weapons
- Moving quietly and camouflaging. Especially, practice crawling on your stomach
- In a team. Look for a club to join in order to sharpen your skills
If you’re up for the challenge of becoming a sniper, then know that it requires a lot of commitment, training, and money. First, you’ll have to get the right equipment, which can be costly. Then, you need to do a lot of practice to become a sharpshooter.
If you’re ready for all these, then the fun of taking out your opponents can soon be your portion.