How to choose a sniper rifle and get proper help with it

Discussion in 'Sniper Rifles' started by Shiftyshooter, May 25, 2011.

  1. Shiftyshooter

    Shiftyshooter Learn from your mistakes. Lifetime Supporter

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    I cry and want to tear my eyes out, when people ask this one question
    or
    (and yet, not posting a single option they chose). I am getting fed up with those questions, because they do not lead to anything. Here are some hints and advices on how to ask and get a better answer.

    The answer is simple though. There isn’t any. Why? Because any stock AEG can outperform a stock sniper rifle. You’d have to be very good with it in order to be better than a bb sprinkler AEG.

    There is no good stock sniper rifle for 150 dollars. Trust me on this one. I have had enough sniper rifles, upgraded some of them and poured in one of them well over a thousand dollars. Concerning internals, there isn’t a single stock thing on that rifle. Cylinder, spring guides, springs, hop-up unit, barrel, cylinder head, piston, trigger mechanism, etc. all these parts are custom made in order to create a GOOD sniper rifle. I can now reach some 640 fps with .28 g bbs. I do, however, use .43 g bbs.

    When asked, what does a “good sniper rifle” mean to you, please, try not to answer
    No sniper rifle and I cannot stress that enough, CANNOT give you a stable performance at this range out of the box. Instead, try to ask for a “good and cheap upgrading platform” or something along those lines.

    Most cheap sniper rifles are not even reliable in the out-of-the-box stage and will give you a different performance every few shots. This might be caused by a large amount of factors. These vary from wrong lubrication to filth in the barrel.

    At this price range (150-200 dollars) you can get great upgrade platforms of many shapes and sizes, so that every one of you will be satisfied. Also, when asking for a brand, try to use links. Not everyone knows the rifles and can give you some info on the specs given on the web page.

    At this point, I think it is safe to talk about choosing a sniper rifle. When choosing a sniper rifle, try to look for some upgrades first. It is easier for some rifles than for others (a great example is the A&K SVD, where it was a pain in the butt, however, a friend with a CNC machine did the trick even better). So, upgradeability is a good plus. Look for the price, also. You do really not need an Ares sniper rifle for 400 dollars and then just throw another thousand into it. Get a cheaper rifle. Get a clone of a good brand and pour money into that. It is a very good strategy and hasn’t failed me or others yet.

    If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask, but you should know a couple things. The question should be coherent, it should be obvious that you really are interested, and, if possible you could do some basic research yourself. So, instead of doing this
    try this:
    When reporting a problem – and this applies to all airsofters – please, if possible add photos to your inquiry, since it usually helps the person giving you the advice.

    And last, but not least, when asking information or advice, be polite. There is nothing worse than this
    It looks like you have no interest at all, since you are not even able to come up with a couple of your own choices. Please, bear that in mind. Try this instead
    Before posting any new thread, please take the time and look into older ones, where there is a load of information. Just like in airsoft sniping, it cannot hurt to take a closer look.

    I know, begin with airsoft sniping is neither easy nor cheap, but this is at least something that you could maybe do, before you ask a stu*pid question. We all had to start somehow, so there really is no improper question – there are only improper ways to put formulate it.

    Please note that I am not trying to insult anyone of you, I am merely trying to help you to choose a new rifle (and show you how not to p*ss veteran airsoft snipers off while asking for advice).

    Airsoft sniping requires a lot of patience and immunity against stress, Why? Because of what can happen. You lie down in the grass, crawl through mud, streams, and asphalt to get this one shot and as soon as you get there, you find out that your target and his team has won the game. It happens. Bear that in mind, before you jump with both feet into the magic world of airsoft sniping.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2011
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  2. THE ROCK78

    THE ROCK78 New Member

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    Thank you for this. There are so many new threads being made lately by kids who have no idea what they are doing. It is very irritating especially when they post multiple threads asking the same question because in the first one they didn't get the answer they wanted.
     

  3. Shiftyshooter

    Shiftyshooter Learn from your mistakes. Lifetime Supporter

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    Thanks.

    Could this maybe pass as a Sticky Thread in the Sniper Rifles section? Could any of the mods give his opinion on this idea?
     
  4. Robin-Hood

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    Good stuff. Though the people that make that sort of thread will probably completely ignore it.
     
  5. frangoose

    frangoose New Member

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    It bothers me sooooo much that people are willing to answer questions like "What sniper is good?" and real questions with real issues don't get answers because everyone is too busy answering simple questions.

    Thanks for bringing this up.
     
  6. hunterman

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    well i got a good sniper rifle for dirt cheap
    it fits ALL of my needs and purposes
    its a cyma m187b
     
  7. Shiftyshooter

    Shiftyshooter Learn from your mistakes. Lifetime Supporter

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    I think we differ in our definition of a good sniper rifle, then.
     
  8. ryan12499

    ryan12499 New Member

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    Its called the SD700, had it for a year now and it still works great after being beat up several times with a good fps of 450 fps and it only cost me around $70-80 along with a $30 red dot (Which is all you really need for an airsoft sniper or anyother gun) When you get the hang of firing this baby they'll be hiding from ya. Haha
     
  9. Shiftyshooter

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  10. Robin-Hood

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    According to the product description "the same thing used by field agents and special operations. Shooting at whopping 450 FPS!!"

    So like 100 feet I'm guessing? :p



    Basically we're trying to help you, if you don't want to listen that's cool just don't waste our time by asking and then ignoring all the information we give you. We know what we're talking about and when you spout crap about your uber leet chinese bolt action you just come across as another of lifes idiots to be disregarded.
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011
  11. Sgt_Maj_Minor

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    Agreed. If you wanna know how to reach 100 yards with a sniper rifle, check out my guide
     
  12. Egm09

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    I'm new to airsoft and I try not to be a noob and I try to ask smarter than what I actually am and I completely agree with you.
     
  13. eldiablo

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    I don't want to sound like another noob (which I am) and I'm not asking "what sniper rifle is the best" I just would like to know what makes a good sniper rifle?
     
  14. Shiftyshooter

    Shiftyshooter Learn from your mistakes. Lifetime Supporter

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    Upgrades. And a good sniper.
     
  15. Sgt_Maj_Minor

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    Upgrades such as spring guide, piston, spring, sears, barrel, barrel spacers, etc. etc. etc.
     
  16. Shiftyshooter

    Shiftyshooter Learn from your mistakes. Lifetime Supporter

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    Thanks for completing me, Sarge ;)
     
  17. ryan12499

    ryan12499 New Member

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    A rifle that goes atleast 450 fps, strong, comes with scope mount, and a pretty good scope.
     
  18. G36airsofter

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    620 fps with A .43 is waaaay to high for competion