Paintball Sniping 101

Hey paintballers! My name is Tim, a brand new sponsor of Ultimate Paintball. I’ve always had a fascination since I was a kid with sniping in general, and so along the way I’ve picked up a lot of tricks just from watching scenario games online. Today I would like to share them with you. I’ve been told that sniping is hard, that it requires too much precision, and that they are useless when against skilled infantry paintballers. While they are correct that sniping is a precision sport, if you can utilize your talent in to sniping, there is very little that can dominate you on the course.

Today I’m going to give you five tips to always follow when sniping. I’ll be making this a weekly blog post that everyone can follow to stay on top.

1. Don’t be too obvious!

When you’re sniping, one of the worst things you can do is be so obvious that you give away your position. Shooting too many times at once, making any noise, reloading too noisely, any of these factors can make or break being found. If you have a ghillie suit, you’re a lot better off. (You can find ghillie suits cheap and I must say, they will change your gameplay)

2. Know your way out!

Everyone, even if they’re professional scenario players, will be too loud at some point in their ‘career’. Don’t rely on just being extra quiet, know your way out. If you’re laying behind two trees and sniping from inbetween them, and hear someone coming behind you, by the time you get up and turn you’re already hit.

3. Choose your shots carefully.

In each round, try and go for at least an 80% hit/miss ratio. (In example, if you shoot 20 rounds you want to hit 16). Then if you miss less, you won’t be a disappointed as if you had set yourself a lower goal.

4. Set your shots up with other team mates.

If you play with team mates, such as with a team or you’re just playing with a pug (pick up group, which is a random group of players you might meet in a normal day at the course) you should talk to them about covering your spots, and trying to generate as much traffic to open spaces of the field where you can pick off players.

5. Pick your cover carefully!

If you don’t have a ghillie suit, cover is going to be a lot harder for you than if you did have one. Here’s some mini tips on hiding with and without ghillie suits

With: Look around for grass or twigs quickly and pile them up. If you’re playing in a woodland course, don’t make marks on the ground, experienced players will know that you’re sniping somewhere around that area and will find/hit you with ease.

Without: Try to hide behind trees (still giving yourself an out) or behind/next to logs, somewhere cluttered and away from where you’ve spawned. Be extra careful that you hit your shots and not miss them, because once your position is given away without a ghillie suit you’re done for. Also don’t let your paintball marker poke out anywhere, it’ll be way too obvious to your opponents.

I hope these tips have helped you and/or encouraged you to take up sniping, whether it be a hobby or a sport for you. Grab your paintball gun and paintball mask, and get out there and play! 

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