I have a plethora of questions. I am an experienced airsoft player but I haven't played in a couple of years with the exception of last weekend. After playing last weekend I am once again interested.
So my first question is what type of sniper rifle do I want to use
? Gas, Electric, or Spring? Obviously there isn't a correct answer and there are lots of qualifiers so let me give you some info.
The sniper rules at my field are:
- Semi auto mode only.[/*:m:28ltesnk]
- 10' minimum range[/*:m:28ltesnk]
- 475 fps maximum[/*:m:28ltesnk]
- No highcaps[/*:m:28ltesnk]
The regular rules at my field are:
- max 420 fps[/*:m:28ltesnk]
- 10' foot minimum range[/*:m:28ltesnk]
As you can tell there is very little that is beneficial about being a sniper. You get an extra 55 extra fps.
I live in Wisconsin, gas guns do not work well for in the winter.
The rate of fire is something to consider. Since my maximum range is only a little bit farther than a regular AEG. Rate of fire is important in case I miss the first shot.
The amount of noise a gun makes is important. During this last game I took a shot (with the L96) and missed the target, my goggles were fogging up, so I decided not to take a follow up shot, the guy thought it was a stray BB or a twig breaking and he walked away. That was awesome. Go ghillie suit.
The ease of which to carry the gun is important. Long guns are hard to set up quickly and they are more visible. In the last game I enjoyed flanking on my own and hiding behind the enemies main line. But to get into that position I have to move through a lot of brush.
Accuracy is very important. Since I only have one shot to make it count it is important that I have an accurate shot. Also more accuracy gives me more range which means that people will have a harder time seeing me.
The gun has to be upgradable to ~475. I think it needs the extra umph to get through all of the brush.
Reloading can be an issue in the field. With my gas rifle I need to bring plenty of extra mags, with the spring / electric rifle this isn't as important.
Last weekend I played with an gas sniper 'rifle' the Mk1 Carbine
and I borrowed a spring L96 from a friend. Both worked well.
I already have the KJW MK1 carbine, Tanaka M700 rifle, G&G M14, and I can borrow the L96. The M14 isn't a sniper weapon yet, but I could set it up to be.
If you have a particular model in mind let me know.
My next question is I need a mask that has the least amount of fogging
. Which mask do I go for? The field rules are that is need to be full seal and it cannot be wire mesh. I had pretty bad fogging problems last game. I would also like it to cover my face. After being shot in the face last game I think it is pretty important. hehe.
Where do I carry stuff
(complicated with ghillie suit)?
Should I use a scope?
A sniper at the last game scoffed when I said I use my iron sights. To me it seems like extra work to have to look through a scope. It doesn't seem like the guns are accurate enough to warrant one.
Should I have a sidearm?
If so what should it be? If I stick with the Mk1 Carbine I could get the KJW MK1 pistol
and have interchangable mags.