Strategies For Using A Paintball Sniper Rifle
When most players think of playing the sniper position in scenario paintball, some are turned off envisioning laying still in the bush for hours waiting for the perfect shot. Most people expect paintball to be fast and furious with high velocity paint bullets whizzing past their heads during ferocious in your face combat. The fact is there are several ways to play the sniper role, so the position can be molded to fit your personality and style of play nicely. While ‘laying in wait’ is one way to play this position, there are other fun strategies that can be used however your gear must be adapted for how you want to play. In general, there are two ways of playing the paintball sniper; the ‘lay and wait’ strategy and the ‘stick and move’ strategy; each using different types of paintball equipment.
Paintball snipers who prefer the ‘lay and wait’ strategy must have patience and the ability to sit still for long periods of time. These players should study the lay of the land ahead 7.62×39 hunting ammo of time whenever possible to secure the best hidden vantage point to sneak shots at the opposing team. While scenario paintball is great fun for all ages and body types, to be the most effective on the field, it’s smart to choose your position based off of what you can do physically. The ‘lay and wait’ sniper is perfect for the player who may not be as mobile or fast as others and still play a valuable role on the team. Being less mobile also allows for more variation in the type of paintball gear you can use. If you don’t have to move as much, you don’t have to worry about how heavy your equipment is.
The ‘lay and wait’ sniper can use a sniper rifle that’s packed with accessories generally considered too bulky for most other paintball guns. This player’s gun often the most realistic looking military replica rifle with a large, stable bipod and high magnification long range sniper scope. While paintball guns have limited range, high powered sniper scopes are often more than what your marker will need, however are great for looking the part and work well using the lower limits of their range. If you plan on being a stationary sniper, you can also use heavier clothing accessories that are great for improving stealth, like a ghillie suit. You can also sit on lots of ammunition when you don’t have to lug it around the field, making this position terrific for providing cover fire for the players in the front who may not carry as much. While the ‘lay and wait’ sniper has more time to dial in shots and is therefore the most accurate, his disadvantage comes when he is spotted and has to get up and move locations with all the cumbersome gear.
For players who like to be more active in the game, they can still enjoy the fun of paintball sniping by using a ‘pick and move’ strategy. This position is similar to that of a tactical scout who follows and tracks his opponents to gather intel about their movement and position. The scout sniper hunts his enemies by keeping a safe distance behind or beside them, picking off key players when the opportune moment arises. This player should be light on his feet and constantly moving, studying the lay of the land as he goes, always looking for the next best invisible vantage point may be for his next shot. This strategy only works however in a scenario game with a large enough playing field so the opposing team has to travel to a fighting destination. If the ‘pick and move’ paintball sniper is effective, he could have thinned out the opposing teams ranks significantly so when they finally arrive at the battlefield, they are barely a skeleton crew.
This sniping strategy requires completely different gear as compared with the sniper who stays put. While constantly moving, the ‘pick and move’ paintball sniper must use equipment that’s totally lightweight so movement remains fast and unhindered. A lightweight sniper paintball rifle with a red dot sight or short range scope is best. These guns have no bipod to weigh them down and may even have a folding stock to be extended when needed and folded for the least cumbersome options when moving. Without a bipod, these guns have less stability and may therefore be somewhat less accurate compared to their heavier counterpart. The tactical sniper scout on the go will also typically carry much less ammo to remain lighter, so every shot must count. If spotted however, this player has no trouble packing up and rushing off to a better hiding spot, having no trouble losing his enemy.
Whether you prefer to stay on the move or sit still and wait for the perfect shot, both sniper strategies are fun and effective for thinning the ranks of the opposing team and propelling yours to victory. As long as you stay hidden from site, both sniper strategies are also capable of causing paralyzing fear in your opponents as well. When an invisible assassin keeps eliminating key players every time the opposing team moves, it causes a mental anxiety that greatly slows or even virtually stops any forward movement. A team with both types of snipers can create an extremely effective type of ambush. The scout sniper on the go can direct the opposing team’s movement (while eliminating players and thinning their ranks) with strategic shooting, leading them right into the crosshairs of a hidden stationary sniper waiting to take out the rest of them. When shopping for the best sniper paintball rifle for you, choose one that’s stacked with all the accessories needed to be the stationary sniper. If you want to try your hand at the sniper scout role, simply remove/exchange accessories as needed to make your marker lighter.