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Old 11-30-2019, 10:00 PM   #1
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Startin' as a Sniper

Hey everyone, I'm new to airsoft and would like to become a sniper. I know how difficult it is to become a successful sniper, and have read and browsed this forum for months before I made this account. I'm twelve, and I've already played a few games with a rental Combat Machine. I know that it is very difficult to become a proficient Airsoft Sniper and that it isn't like Call of Duty or Novritsch. I'm planning on building a Mancraft SDiK powered JG Bar-10 as my first rifle, because I'm not sure I would be able to cock a 550 FPS spring with my noodle arms. Any opinions? Thanks.
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Old 11-30-2019, 10:24 PM   #2
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First does your club allow 12 year olds to have a 550fps rifle?
If so, my 13 year old boys (not big) can cock my 600fps rifle but it is hard. You should be able to do it and in time you would gain strength in that arm to be able to do it easily.
Also, it can be a matter of technic. Make sure that the butt of the stock is firmly in your should when cocking the rifle. Only cock it once because if you do it twice, you would have 2 bb's in the chamber.
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Old 11-30-2019, 11:35 PM   #3
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First does your club allow 12 year olds to have a 550fps rifle?
If so, my 13 year old boys (not big) can cock my 600fps rifle but it is hard. You should be able to do it and in time you would gain strength in that arm to be able to do it easily.
Also, it can be a matter of technic. Make sure that the butt of the stock is firmly in your should when cocking the rifle. Only cock it once because if you do it twice, you would have 2 bb's in the chamber.
We don't have any limits about age and FPS.
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:48 AM   #4
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In my opinion starting as a sniper that young will give you nothing but disappointments. I get why you want it, but I’ve seen so many lost their interest on airsoft after not being able to stand up to the game. However if you still feel this is your thing we’re here to help.

Also, SDIK is a gas powered conversion, cocking does not require any force at all.

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Old 12-01-2019, 09:36 AM   #5
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I hope you have rich parents or an endless supply of driveways to shovel! Just kidding, welcome to the forum pal. I remember starting airsoft for my 13th birthday with a bunch of friends, spring guns, and over-cautious dad's! I ha a spring FAMAS, trying to nail people with .12's from like at least 350 feet 😂! Several people will recommend going with a DMR first, but I would say a bolty is probably your best option to start since it has simpler mechanics (*sigh,* still haven't bought myself a BASR). Anyways, glad to see you, and I hope your sniping goes well!
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Old 12-01-2019, 11:17 AM   #6
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The only concern I have for a new player starting with a 550fps BASR is understanding and properly judging MED mid-game.

I started my kid off with a P90 tuned to 1j just so he could get the feel of playing. After a good bit of play I upgraded him to a microgun so he could understand the SAW class and the 50ft MED. Now that he has a firm grasp on playing with an MED, I built him a SDiK BAR-10.

My advice would be to get your own Combat Machine and play with it stock for a bit. Get to know your local community. Listen, learn and ease in before making the investment necessary to build a dependable BASR.
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Old 12-01-2019, 11:58 AM   #7
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My best advice to a young airsoft sniper, is, if you are truly set on going to spring bolty route, don't skimp out of parts. I started building my Vsr when I was about 13, and to try and save money, bought more budget parts over time (angel custom stuff), and ended up having to replace almost every piece in my gun twice. Its been 6 years, and I am still working on that gun. Either upgrade something, or leave it stock, because going half way will make the build take longer and waste a lot of money.

I recommend making a parts list, getting approval from members of the forum, and then working away at that list, maybe even asking for members input as to which parts to order first.

*measure twice, cut once*
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Old 12-01-2019, 12:52 PM   #8
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My best advice to a young airsoft sniper, is, if you are truly set on going to spring bolty route, don't skimp out of parts. I started building my Vsr when I was about 13, and to try and save money, bought more budget parts over time (angel custom stuff), and ended up having to replace almost every piece in my gun twice. Its been 6 years, and I am still working on that gun. Either upgrade something, or leave it stock, because going half way will make the build take longer and waste a lot of money.

I recommend making a parts list, getting approval from members of the forum, and then working away at that list, maybe even asking for members input as to which parts to order first.

*measure twice, cut once*
Or, you know... Take the walk of shame and buy the SSG
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Old 12-01-2019, 04:35 PM   #9
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I'm considering either building a VSR with the following parts
Mancraft SDiK
Mancraft M.A.R.S.
Springer Custom Works Zero Trigger
Maple Leaf Autobot
Maple Leaf Crazy Jet
or buy a VFC M40A5 Gas Sniper and upgrade it with a Crazy Jet and Autobot
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:17 PM   #10
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I'm considering either building a VSR with the following parts
Mancraft SDiK
Mancraft M.A.R.S.
Springer Custom Works Zero Trigger
Maple Leaf Autobot
Maple Leaf Crazy Jet
or buy a VFC M40A5 Gas Sniper and upgrade it with a Crazy Jet and Autobot
Vfc m40a5 is way too heavy for you.
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Old 12-01-2019, 09:00 PM   #11
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What about a Tanaka/KJW M700 platform tapped for HPA?
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Old 12-01-2019, 09:38 PM   #12
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Also, my local field rules state that I must wear a full-face, paintball grade mask to play. What masks are recommended for sniping?
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Old 12-01-2019, 09:52 PM   #13
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Don't be me and start as a sniper. While I never regretted it myself (and as a matter of fact I played nothing but sniper rifles in my airsoft career), it is not fun getting hosed by AEG that doesn't have as much range but a much larger VoF than your bolt action unless you can rack that bolt 30 times per second.

Your better bet is to first get an AEG that works and then go for a VSR. All M40 rifles are some 3+ kg which is way too heavy for a 12yo.

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Old 12-02-2019, 05:16 AM   #14
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A mask will make it difficult to cheek any rifle properly. Maybe something like a Dye i4 would be less restrictive as they tend to have a slim profile.

With regards to the whole idea, go for it. I'd recommend a VSR from weight alone, ideally a G-SPEC so it's shorter and you'll appreciate the mobility. There's so many parts to choose from at varying price points and it has arguably the largest experience base to draw from.
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:46 AM   #15
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What about a Tanaka/KJW M700 platform tapped for HPA?
Check the weight, If it’s more than 3kg/7lbs it’s going to kill you. Also, no paintball mask is good for sniping so if you need to wear one I would recommend buildIng a dmr or just get a nice assault rifle. How big is your field? Does it have 200-300ft range? How often will you shoot for a far position? I use my sniper only in milsims, it makes no sense and give no advantage in skirmishes on small areas.
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