Being a sniper is all about stealth, camouflage, patience, and of course, having a weapon system that can do the job. This article will talk about the things you need to consider, and what to use when you make your own paintball sniper rifle.
The first thing to consider is the sound of a paintball gun firing. There’s no point trying to be a sniper in a paintball game if everyone can hear where you are whenever you fire your paintball gun. So you first need to start off with a gun that will be very quiet when you fire it. For this reason you should select an electronic gun, rather than a mechanical one. Mechanical guns are much louder because of all the metal parts which move connect every time the gun is fired. An electronic paintball gun has far less moving parts and is extremely quiet.
Concealing yourself is always an important part of paintball, but it is especially critical for the sniper. You need to conceal your paintball gun extremely well so it doesn’t give your position away. Snipers only carry a small amount of ammunition during a game, and can’t easily run away after firing because they can’t defend themselves very well. So this means that after a shot is fired the sniper must be able to remain in position without being detected.
Cover the paintball gun in material which matches the colour and texture of the environment you’re going to be playing in. Get some of the local flora (plant leaves etc) and fix them onto the paintball gun using tape or wire. Opposing players will automatically recognize the shape of a gun from a distance, so you need to disguise the shape so that it looks more organic and natural, thus avoiding attention from anyone close by.
Of course everyone knows that snipers are all about 1 shot 1 kill, so you need your paintball gun to be accurate, and you need to be proficient at using it. You’ll need to select a long barrel for your paintball gun. The longer the barrel the more accurate your shots will tend to be. If possible use a barrel that can apply backspin to the shots as they are fired. This will make your paintballs travel much flatter and further than a barrel which applies no spin.
An 18 inch or 20 inch barrel is probably the longest you’ll want to use. There are longer barrels in paintball however there is much debate over how much more effective they are. Remember that a paintball barrel doesn’t have rifling through it, so the physics isn’t exactly the same as a real rifle.
If you want you can attach a reflex or red-dot scope to the paintball gun to look through, though be prepared that you will never be able to depend on it for aiming, only for roughly bringing your shots on target.
You’ll also want to get very good at judging distances, so that you can accurately predict where your shots are likely to fall.