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I am just curious to know how everyone on this forum got into Airsoft Sniping. So I'll start with my own personal story:

It was about one year and three months ago, I began to enter my first searches on google for "Airsoft Sniper Rifles". I looked around, saw Maruzens at full potential, and saw UTG's, and every other clone.. And of cource.. Me being stupid.. Went with the UTG M324 (First Generation).

Now, the accuracy was not that amazing, so it was more so me relying on stealth tactics in order to acheive victory over my opponents. This is where I built my first ghillie suit, out of primarily burlap, and then started to learn about adding "natural vegetation" into the suit. This made me one of the most legit airsoft snipers out of the group of kids I played with (a collaberation of three smaller teams.. Each team having maybe 10 people on it, with games happening every weekend). Anyways, after a while with this rifle, I realized that I always had a passion to hit the front lines, so again.. with me being a middle-class person, not really having $300 to spend on a toy.. I went with a JG M16, which is pretty much the same as a Echo1. It lasted me for a good while, I still used stealth, but this time instead of people walking into precision fire, they walked into ambushes.

Then a team known as Team RAGE came to our field, I had a chance to talk to the team leader and make good friends with all the people on the team.. Afterwords, I was asked if I would like to attend my first "Operation" with them. Of cource I did not hesitate, and I went. The event was Operation Rolling Thunder, hosted by Military Ops Airsoft. From there on I met the most revered snipers in Michigan at the time, Big Texas and Father Livonia. They both let me shoot their tweeked out Maruzens, and it was from then on that I knew I wanted to build my way to where they were.. Going through guns, buying and selling, finally getting rid of the UTG, so on and so forth, fast forward a good 6 months later.. I joined Team RAGE with an ICS MP5 and a CA M41FS Offizier (My Semi Auto Sniper Rifle) and then decided that I would like to get a Maruzen.. Luckily for me I played WoW and met a guy that would trade his 7 year old Maruzen (Owned by in my opinion THE best sniper in all of Michigan for a long time) for my WoW account and the ICS MP5.. So I did it.

Little by little I have been upgrading it, and I hope to persuit getting all the upgrades that my peers have gotten, and eventually make it as one of the best airsoft snipers/marksmen in Michigan.


Anyways.. That's briefly my background of wanting to get into the art and the sport, let's hear yours!

-Mosin
 

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Well my story isnt that expansive but I have been playing paintball for 2 years. It was very expensive in that I had to buy paintballs, CO2 and upgrades (which would run well over 500 just to start decently)

But, once i found that a group of guys were airsofting on the farms near my apartment i looked into it and instantly became a convert to airsoft. I started off with an mp5, and really enjoyed airsoft for its realism and teamwork (not to mention cost).

After one year my friend had bought a sniper rifle, and started sniping on the field. (by then we had well over 15 people on each team, so as more ppl played more roles ingame started to appear). As the only sniper on the team, i decided to ask if he wanted to partner up as a spotter with me, and because of this i bought my first rifle (nothing expensive just a UTG MK96) and built my own ghillie suit out of jute. Im still working out the tactics and playing styles of being a sniper not to mention im fairly inexpiaranced when it comes to sniping. But, thats how i got into the mix, by watching other people and trying out the sniping position (which i instantly found interesting).
 

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I got into airsoft about 2 years ago, My friends and I had springers half of theirs from Hobby tron and mine from Airsplat( Dboys M4a1), at first I was the best out of all my friends. After a while a bunch of them started buy electrics and I got sick of electrics because I use my stealth and tactics to fight instead of firepower. So I ended up getting a JG Bar10 and a factory made Ghille So I studied up and started following the footsteps of Mosin and the other snipers on MIA. So I am currently saving up for a maruzen Aps2.
 

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I started playing airsoft three years ago, and livonia and I both built SPRs. We rolled together sometimes during the SEMIA monthly games, then I parted out my SPR to fund an M24, but I got into trouble with the parents, so I had to quit airsoft for about four months. After I got back into it, I bought my VSR and dropped about $700 into, the Mosin broke it.


I didn't really chose to be a sniper I guess, I just started off as a DM then worked my way up I guess. I don't really have any aspirations of being the best or anything, but it makes me happy when people can call on me to back them up at long ranges, or give them some info that they can't see or something.
 

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My epic journey to become a sniper started two years ago, almost immediately after I started airsoft. My first weapon was TM Ak-47 Kalashnikov, a second hand gun that started literally fall apart and wasn't any good in games. At this point I got pissed on all AEG weapons and decided to ignore my experienced friend who constantly told me how bad idea it is to buy a rifle, and even worse if it is a bolt action one. He hates rifles so I knew it was no wonder he talking stuff like that so I bought my 3rd airsoft weapon (I bought a weird Chinese air cocking pistol that looks like one of those basic service pistols you Americans use 11-12 years ago. Back then it was just for fun, now who wouldn't want a toy gun that actually shoots projectiles?) and 1st sniper rifle of my history in airsoft.

Took couple of game days to adjust into the new role and the majority of older players, the better half of our local players, thought me as a new joke trying to look cool and so on. Yet I saw that this role is for me. I tell you guys, we have soooo many "AI AM ZE UBA XNIPA JIIHAA!!!" styled players and even though I had just picked up the class I saw that I'm way better and already more skilled than the majority of other snipers. Yet I've got couple of my new good friends and some other "elite" players in my "Black Book of Who I Must Get Shot". =D

I don't know about you folks, but I see every time I go play how age and there fore the level of maturity effects in one's skills in airsoft, capabilities of staying sharp, think where and how to attack and move, understanding on the commands and ideas of elder or other players etc. All these improve with age and maturity.

Lol, I just remembered this whacky situation, I am the only "real" player left (could say almost in charge of the nonexistent defense of a ridge.) We were supposed to defend the whole ridge but I and like almost 20 kid players were ducked down at the south end of the ridge and was it about 10 remaining enemies slowly but steadily moved forward on the ridge from north, but for a reason I don't know they got stuck on the middle of the ridge (on the top of it). I understood that one big single charge on them was our only hope and I tried to make those kids get it, but NO they are too frightened even to move nor answer... All I managed to do was to get them fire a simultaneous support fire on enemy giving me a chance to charge close to our enemy with a AEG I borrowed from a kid (high powered rifle at close range is not accepted in our rules). I charge, drop couple of enemies, get stuck in their fire, try to make my forces move or shoot (neither happens), few minutes and I get shot and other few minutes I "dead" lying on the ground shouting and all enemies shouting at my forces to do something (everybody knew it was TOO easy to just charge on them, would be funnier to shoot them running). I shouted too regardless of being dead (not allowed to speak) since they totally pissed me off, sitting there behind rocks shitting in their pants. Few minutes more and time ran out, while I rose up from the ground I herd those kids of mine who didn't do a thing saying: "Gee that was a good round!"...

The TM VSR-10, my first sniper rifle.

I bought it from a local store with quite low price (new) and had all interior decoration reconstructed ending with M170/550fps power. It also has tightened inner barrel and a cheap but relevantly good scope on it and one extra 55 rounds magazine. I also painted it whole black with Krylon. I've played most of my games so far with my dear "Domina" in my hand, dropping people down in a somewhat dense (trees) forest.

My 2nd sniper rifle, The G22.

I never liked the looks of the VSR-10. When I early this year found out that a sniper friend of mine would sell me hes Maruzen Type 96 sniper rifle that is a air cocking bolt action (this was beyond of my knowledge) I immediately decided to grab the the bait and go for it. The fact of it being fully pimped and firing the desired M170 made it even easier to decide. I haven't had any really good games with it so far but I look forward to them.

The new paint I did on it few days ago succeeded really well. I even dazed myself when I took a look on it in the forest floor and the natural lighting. All the shades of the paint come to life when the weapon is outdoors.
 

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I got into airsoft about 4 years ago. I grew up in a household where guns were not toys! So I was 20 years old (which works due to the local rules at most fields being 18+) and I finally made it to my first game. I had been talking with friends about it for some time and was as psyched as ever. I started looking up guns online only to find a website for a local retailer. I met him at the local field and he let me borrow his CA36K for the day and I was hooked. Now I had to pick my own gun. I fell in love with the 36 and ended up ordering one. about 2 months later I became friends with a player who was a pretty good shot as a sniper with an upgraded APS2-SV, which a teamate of mine later borrowed money from me to buy. Nice thing was I was able to borrow it whenever I wanted. It was set-up for .43's at 375 fps and had decent range but carried a lot of energy to the target. My teamate only kept it for about 5 months before selling it to build up his M4. What a sad day this was as I did not know he sold it until after the fact. So I stirred for a few months watching two other friends build Maruzen L96's to perfection making the itch grow. My father was head range instructor at the prison he worked at when I was young so shooting and doing it well was forced upon me from a young age, as was the respect for the gun and the practice of using it. Well enough was enough. I bought a brand new, bone stock APS2-SV and so began the arduous journey of making contacts and building ties all over the local and internet community to get parts. This in turned built my reputation, locally, for being able to find parts that others couldn't get their hands on. This led up to my reputation of being an airsoft sniper rifle gun-smith, of which I have become somewhat skilled, but only for spring models. I have owned my APS2 over 2 years now and have been playing the role of a sniper for slightly less than that as it took a bit to get my gun completed in its current form.

Once I finally got my gun on the field I realized how much different the game was as a sniper, and loved it. It was a great challange and continues to push my limits. I am happy I took this path and plan on continuing to improve my skills and maintain my dedication to this role.
 

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I first began airsofting 3 years ago, with a tokyo marui mp5-J. Ever since the beginning, i loved sneaking up on people, and the feeling of being in an area, ready to ambush without your enemy knowing. I saw a show on the history channel (World's Deadliest Snipers) and instantly became in love with sniping.

Pretty soon i was doing constant research on the internet, anything that had to do with snipers. I bought books, and began doing research on a rifle also. I made 2 ghillies before being happy with the one i have right now. about 2.5 years ago i bought my first sniper rifle, a Tanaka m24, and fully upgraded it myself. Me and the tanaka didn't get along very well, I just couldn't get it exactly the way i wanted. So i sold it, and about a year ago bought a Gspec, and upgraded that quite a bit.

Now i am a steady sniper, and also a squad leader. I would have to say i am a good sniper, but in many ways an even better squad leader. I have the ability in the field to make a much larger impact as a squad leader, or even in charge of as many as 15 people. The reason for the larger impact being that i am in control of my team as a whole, and there in the fray, giving them orders, rather than doing it from afar. Overall, i love sniping, 1 shot 1 kill..sometimes 2 shots :)
 
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