So you have played airsoft for a while, and got bored with just spraying bb's, and want to try sniping. Or, you find out about airsoft last week, and want to be a SEAL Sniper! I am going to say right now, the second option is the less exciting one at first, but you can really get into it and have a lot of fun.
The first thing you'll want to think about when you start sniping is your rifle. If you want to "reach out and touch some one" the first step is to be able to reach out at all, let alone upgrading your rifle so you can touch them.
Some things to think about:
-Your stock rifle will not go 300' at all, much less consistently, or with any accuracy. You will have to upgrade almost everything (if not everything) to get even close to that.
-Don't get a rifle simply because it looks cool. If it doesn't have good upgrade paths,
don't get it. -For a beginner, get something that is popular with lots of different parts. Think VSR-10, or UTG L96, for example.
-If you aren't willing to spend hundreds of dollars and even more time fine tuning this gun, stop here.
-Be willing to do mods, fine tuning, and general tech work on this, or be prepared to send more money to get it worked on.
-There are three types of sniper rifles-electric, spring, and gas. Do your research and decide which is best for you.
Another thing to think about is camouflage. While a set of BDU's may work fine for now, you may want to invest in 3D camouflage, better known as a ghillie suit. While you can buy these, you'd be better off making your own. I could tell you how, but that is another guide for another day.
If you are looking forward to being effortlessly invisible and making 350' head shots consistently, stop reading. You must practice stalking, staying low, crawling, even sliding yourself inch by inch across the ground on your face. Yes. That is a real thing, and it is called a skull drag. If you are not willing to at least crawl moving a foot a minute for two hours only to get one shot and have to then do the same backwards, sniping is not for you.
You also may think that you will slap on a 4x32 scope and be killing newbies like a boss, but in reality you have to take time to zero it in and get good with it. The same goes with hop-up.
This whole article may seem very discouraging to you. Good. If you are not willing to do these things, you're gonna have a bad time.
If you read all this and you still are determined to try sniping, it may just be for you.
Happy hunting, and, in the words of a good friend of mine, see you in the crosshairs.
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