Your paintball gun may be the deciding factor between victory and defeat. It’s not just about the size and capability of your gun; you need to know how to use it! There are a number of styles of play. Those who love to rack up a number of kills with their paintball gun occasionally adopt a sniper-style of play. If you want to learn how to be a sniper or enhance your sniper skills, consider the following suggestions.
A sniper sits and waits for opportunities to make a kill. Aside from an accurate paintball gun, patience is a must regarding this style of play. If you’re an anxious player who loves to move around, a natural-born sniper you’re not. It doesn’t mean you can’t be an advantage to your team in other ways; it means you should consider adopting a different role.
Where are you going to sit and wait for enemy targets? Remember you’re a sniper and not a hider. Yes, you need to choose a covert position, but not a place so well hidden no one will spot you and you won’t spot them. Consider making a base adjacent to a well-traveled crossroad or area on the battlefield. Being stationary, you’ll need the enemy to come to you.
Consider donning camouflaged clothing (we have a number of camouflaged paintball gear items available at our online store!), facilitating your ability to hide from enemies. You want to blend into your environment rather than standout in a conspicuous fashion. If you can’t integrate your outline into the surroundings, you’ll become an easy target rather than an enemy-slaying sniper.
What’s the capacity of your paintball gun? This is an important consideration. If you’re positioned 100 feet from potential targets, but your gun’s accuracy begins going awry at 70 feet, you’re going to have issues being an efficient marksmen. Know your gun and its limitations.
Don’t be overly confident. Listen to your intuition (this usually gets better with the accumulation of play hours). If you have any reason to believe you’ve been spotted, it’s time to adopt another hiding spot or style of play. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for an unexpected visit by enemy fire.
Don’t get too excited. Sure, it’s a great feeling knowing you are about to open a can of paintball death on an opposing player, but maintaining a low profile is a major objective of snipers. Be patient in pulling the trigger. Optimally, you need only pull the trigger once to make a kill. The best snipers leave opponents in post-kill wonder, shot yet having no clue where the opposing paintball came.
Keep it quiet. Like a magician never reveals his secrets, a good sniper never reveals his hiding spots. Your exact location is only for you and your paintball gun to know!