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Hey guys, after thinking it over a bit, I was wondering, does anybody else use special equipment when sniping(i.e. mines, distraction devices, comm gear, other)? Or do you guys have any ideas for custom equipment?

For me, I'm always looking for something to add to my load-out or use in a game that'll add some excitement and bit of extra fun. Whether that be mounting up an m203 for CQB play or using a tracer for night games, I like using stuff that adds a little "spice" to my skirmishes.
However, I don't really have any specialty gear for my sniper load-out other than the basics(radio, binoculars, ghillie).

So as a result, I've recently started to develop some new equipment to use when I snipe, ultimately hoping to get gear that's beneficial to use for the "sniper" role and that'll help quite a bit when on the field.
Some of the first things that came to mind were mines, or claymores more specifically. I was thinking having claymores to cover my back, objectives or even high traffic areas could help a lot. But I didn't want to spend $100+ on a single claymore, so I came up with this:
Homemade claymore, the design is the same as some other homemade claymores seen before as well as the actual ones you can buy, however mine is detonated by a trip wire, not remote.

The pouch is made from "safety red" duct tape, but I am testing as to see if cloth works better. The detonating design is simple. The line is tripped, which moves the small silver latch up from its closed position, which then frees the lid to open. The lid then slams open because of pressure from the depressed rat trap arms inside. The two trap arms then open away from each other, pulling the tape tot in a very fast motion, sending bb's in a big spread.


Claymore set with 10lb. fishing line. The "trip" is very sensitive and doesn't take the line being moved much, but does indeed take a knock or foot step to set it off. The trip line is adjustable and can be cut as long or short as needed. The mines have an effective range of about 30' with a spread of 25' wide and about 6' tall.


The stakes are made form scrap metal and were bolted to the back of the mine body. The bolts and nuts are stainless, and the box is painted steel.


So far I have made two of these and plan to make at least a couple more. Not counting the metal boxes I had already, it cost me about $20 to make both of these. I plan to paint them, or even attach some netting on them so brush can be put on them so they can be disguised even better.

The next piece of equipment I am making is a camera spike. I thought it could be very helpful to have an extra set of eyes watching a specific area or objective while not necessarily being near that place. I am using a wireless color camera and receiver to make this. I purchased the camera and receiver on sale for $60 and still need to get an LCD and some small electronic pieces like on/off switches , wiring, etc. That should be about $50 or so. The cool thing is that once it's made, I can use this for things other than airsoft.



The camera has an internal battery that lasts 4hours and has a max range of 400' from the receiver. Picture of it next to a madbull bb jar for size reference.


I plan to have a small screen which the live stream from the camera is sent to via the receiver. I want to power this screen and receiver with an aeg battery pack, like a 9.6 4500mah or something.
When finished, the receiver/screen/battery should all be in a protective case/box about the size of 4"x6"x2", small enough to carry in a utility pouch.

Some of the other concept gear I've been thinking about are remote detonated distraction devices(similar to sound grenades).
So, what do you guys think?
 

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LCD screens are notorious for draining power. How do you route the picture to the screen? How long will a aeg battery hold up with constant power to the LCD screen? If all else fails a few extra batteries should suffice.

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Thanks!
When I snipe, I typically set both depending on where I "dig in" and how far my spotter is from me. But they're usually no more then a 100' from my position.

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The stream from the camra is going through the camera's receiver which will be with the LCD.
And Ill have to do calculations to find out how long a battery will last or straight up just use it after it's built to find out. But just as long as it lasts long enough for a match(2hours on the long end) it should be fine becuase I can change the pack between games(I have plenty), and you have to consider the set up won't be running the entire match either.
 

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This is an extremely cool idea, please keep us updated on how this turns out (if it hasn't already).

As for special gear, I use an HPA rig, but that isn't really that special.

I do, however, carry supplies to make mannequins of myself in the field, I like hunting other snipers that way. It is funny to watch them sneaking up on a mannequin...
 

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The claymores are pretty much a finished project besides the two other ones I'm going to make.
But the camera however is a work in progress. It's one of my currnet airsoft projects, but I'll definitely keep you guys updated with pictures and maybe a video when it's all done.
 

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thats totally awesome great ideas and inventions!!
 

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I like the idea of a "dummy" CheeseMan, seems like it'd be fun watching someone go after a decoy. x)
And here's a picture of another claymore I'm making, the bolts on this one look "cleaner" because they don't stick out so much, maybe I'll take the grinder to the other claymore to get the bolts shorter. As you can see, the legs haven't been attached as I still need to make them.
 

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What do you think would ba a good alternative to those boxes you have? I can't seem to find anything like them either at home or anywhere else. It's a wonderful idea, those claymores.
 

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Love the claymore idea. Have you tested the cameras at range, (receivers connected to a tv or something?) I ask because I have those same ones and I get no signal at all from them at 60'. Hope you have better luck than me with the cameras because that sounds like an awesome idea.
 

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I've actually been trying to source sheet metal, because that's what the boxes are made of. If I can get the sheet metal, I can use one of the existing boxes to make the template and just cut it out with metal shears and bend the edges into place with simple tools like a hammer and straight edge.
The lid to the boxes is secured with simple rivots, but bolts can be used as an alternative if a rivitor is not available.

I want to develop this alternative to the boxes I have since I understand not everyone can find these boxes and they are not readily available like sheet metal is.
I eventually want to make a tutorial with instructions, complete cost and needed materials so anyone can make these claymores.

And for the camera, I have tested the range already by hooking up the reciever to my TV. I can get clear picture at up to 175'. Small amounts of static start to show up at anything past that. When nearing the 400' mark, the picture isn't that great, but is still clearish to tell whats being seen.
 

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Maybe we could use altoids tins and some sort of smaller trap?
 

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Possibly, but I know mice traps are kinda weak so the range and spread won't be as good. Maybe I can make one, I have a big box of Altoids tins since I save the boxes when I finish them.
Then I can post up my results.
 
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