Paintball Sniper Guns
The ultimate paintball position for most scenario players is the sniper job. Any large game in the woods will include sniper paintball guns doing their job. Most organized teams want several people toting these guns and making eliminations. What makes a good sniper rifle? Can one get carried away with the build? Is the best sniper gun a basic paintball marker with accuracy?
Choosing Upgrades for Sniper Paintball Guns
Not all players have what it takes to be a sniper. Many missions that a sniper goes on is simply for reconnaissance or to reinforce a position that may never get attacked. Often a sniper will spend hours of a day not shooting. It's not that they don't have a target, but for them to accomplish their task, it involves not shooting.
So what does a well equip sniper carry onto the field? What upgrades are commonly found on some of the best sniper paintball guns? Too often you will see a player give up function for the gun to have a strong milsim appearance. We've also seen sniper paintball guns so weighted down with way too much junk on them. A true sniper rifle will be the perfect balance of light weight and functional no matter how awkward it appears.
Form and fit
Having a marker that fits your size allows you to form the gun to you. It has been said that a sniper rifle becomes an extension of your body. You need to find a gun stock that fits to your body, a front grip that works with your playing style and a trigger/grip combination that is sized to match your hand. If your gun comes with a single trigger don't feel obligated to install a double trigger, maybe a single would help you to have a fine tuned trigger pull for sniping.
The length of your gun can make for a different feel also. Some people actually prefer to keep their air tank mounted to a stock ASA instead of a remote location. This can alter the length and offer a different feel to your gun. Keep an open mind and experiment.
When playing sniper, you can have your situation quickly change to a full blown fire fight. Although, a true sniper paintball gun should be built for that single kill shot, there may be options to add-on to the gun that would not impair its ability to spray some paint. Tippmann markers offer the E-Grip that can turn a semi-auto accurate rifle into a high rate of fire assault weapon. This can be a healthy option when you are pinned down.
Room clearing requires a short barrel. Some guns, like the Tippmann A5, have to ability to quickly change the barrel with just a twist. Carrying a short barrel for CQB(close quarter battle) is definitely an option for some people. I've seen some snipers use their A5 with a Flatline to reach that extra 100 feet, then switch to a more accurate barrel for closer range shooting.
Scopes and Red-Dots are always a heated argument. Lots of folks think a scope is not effective on sniper paintball guns. It's too hard to acquire your target, especially when you need to shoot quickly. Anti-scope people will say that it severely limits your field of vision in a fast paced dynamic sport. Others think that if you spend enough time with a consistent set up, you can truly have a sniper rifle accuracy with a scope and there is nothing more accurate. The Red-Dot argument is that it works for quick acquisition but lacks the ability for a truly accurate shot at distances and is too hard to get consistent.
Other folks use a Reflex type sight or the open sights that came with the gun. Most laser sights aren't effective beyond 100ft and can give away the sniper.
One of the most common positions for a sniper to shoot from is prone. It's important for you to be able to shoulder the sniper rifle while laying flat. Most stocks will allow you to do this if you use remote air. Having a stock that is long enough and allow for you to comfortably lay for longer periods of time while waiting for your target is also very important. This is where the common M16 carbine adjustable stock comes into play. It will configure for different lengths depending if you are prone or kneeling, since they generally require different positions of the stock.
There are several other choices for stocks, including the popular commando air-thru stock. The commando stock with the air-thru design sells for a hefty sum. Several people on the Tippmann operator group forums have bought a non-air-thru stock and modified it with Macro tubing and some parts from a remote line for half the cost.
Folding stocks have been used and seem to be favored by smaller people. It proves useful for when you need to move through the brush to get into a spot. Condensing the sniper paintball gun into a more mobile unit is often under estimated, but when you have a longer barrel, it makes sense to use a folding stock.
The ever burning question about paintball barrel length vs accuracy vs velocity. Everyone has their own opinions. It's been proven that a barrel longer than 14-16 inches will start to deteriorate velocity. But at what point is it a fair trade off to increase accuracy? Does a 21 inch barrel really improve your accuracy? Does a long barrel with a large amount of porting really help that much in hiding your position?
Most hardcore snipers love the appearance of a super long barrel. It designates then to others as a true sniper. If you are buying a particular barrel just for appearance, then you need to be ready to sacrifice some function. If it's pure function you are after, then go for something in the medium length range with a good amount of porting.
Forget about spinning the ball. We have our own opinions about this, and you are free to explore yours, but we have found spinning the ball deteriorates consistency. Whether it is done with internal barrel rifling or through external porting. When you have a non-perfectly round object, spinning it will exaggerate the flaws. Because each ball is ever so slightly different, its flaws will be exaggerated differently.
People generally build up their favorite paintball gun into a sniper rifle. Some of the platforms that can host many mods are of course the Tippmann guns. These guns are affordable and have an almost endless supply of gun upgrades available. There are some nicely designed sniper components you can purchase and add, or you can buy one of the many pre-built kits just for the sniper. The Tippmann A5, X7 or 98 are all great choices for this.
You may not like to hear this, but the best sniper gun I've ever used, is a 6-7 year old autococker. It's an older WGP Black Magic with a $30 16 inch JJ Ceramic barrel. The gun doesn't shoot rapid, it doesn't have the appearance of a high tech paintball sniper gun, but it is very accurate and can put the ball where you need it every time. Another great thing about this gun is that it's very quiet. It's a gun that is owned by a member of our team and brought to scenario events to be used as a sniper gun only.
Another good gun for a sniper rifle is one of the Phantom pump paintball guns. They are very accurate and a lot of fun to hunt with. They can be a little more pricey, but generally don't need any modifications before they are affective.
Summing it up
Basically what it comes down to, is that you should make smart decisions by defining what you want to build. If you are after a true sniper paintball gun in the sense of it being fully functional, then go for it. If you are seeking a sniper rifle to look the part, then you should consider one of the pre-build gun packages offered by some of the larger online paintball stores. It's all about personal preference ~ ENJOY!
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Posted by Redwood on 04/03/07