The ultimate paintball sniper can turn the tide of a game by picking off key players with precision shooting. From long ranges and hidden vantage points paintball snipers can thin the ranks of an opposing team with very little ammunition. Unfortunately, average, basic model paintball guns lack the range and accuracy to be effective weapons for the paintball sniper. Proper sniping requires very specific equipment, mainly a sniper paintball rifle.
Take your time shopping for the best sniper paintball rifle however as there are many to choose from. Paintball sniper guns run a wide gamut of pricing, ranging from less than $300 to as high as $1300+. This leaves the novice with many questions as to which sniper tactical marker is better? Unfortunately, the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ does not always apply when it comes to these types of paintball guns; price alone is not the best way of determining which sniper rifle is best for you.
When comparing prices of sniper paintball rifles, most shoppers think the highest priced markers are the most accurate with the farthest range. The fact is amongst snipers, this is not necessarily true. Considering that all paintball guns (sniper rifles or not) shoot the same type of ammo (a round paintball) and use the same type of power source (either CO2 or compressed air), they generally shoot about the same distance. Most paintball guns shoot an accurate distance of 150-200 feet, no matter what kind they are.
There are however upgrades and accessories that can be added to basic model tactical style paintball guns that will help it become more accurate and shoot farther. These items also happen to be the same equipment used on the best sniper paintball rifles that sets them apart from the average marker. Adding a lengthier barrel, sniper scope, sight, laser, bipod or even higher velocity in your paintball gun will definitely add range and precision to any marker; they will also turn your gun into the ultimate paintball sniper rifle!
Comparing sniper paintball guns to regular paintball guns (non-sniper), you will find the snipers shoot considerably farther than basic models. However as long as the sniper rifles have certain specific accessories, they will outperform guns without them, but not necessarily amongst each other. When comparing sniper paintball guns to each other, they perform about the same; not one paintball sniper rifle is more accurate or much better than another, despite the wide differences in price.
When looking for the best scenario sniper paintball rifle, make sure it has specific characteristics for the ultimate performance. While nearly all paintball sniper guns have lengthy barrels 18 inches or longer, barrel length is somewhat controversial. Some nay-sayers feel barrels longer than 8-12 inches cause too much drag on the paintball reducing it’s velocity. While purists are convinced the longer the better, the reality of the matter is paintball barrels 18+ inches may add some distance and accuracy to your shot, however very little.
If you want the best performing sniper paintball gun, choose one with a rifled barrel. Barrel rifling in paintball guns is very much like what’s used on barrels of actual firearms. These are barrels with tiny grooves inside that reduce resistance and act to guide and glide the paintball for a straighter, farther shooting projectile. A sniper paintball rifle (or any paintball gun for that matter) with a rifled barrel is terrifically more accurate than one without.
Another characteristic to look for in the best scenario sniper paintball rifles is a sniper scope. While optical accessories such as scopes and sights are great for helping you dial in your target for better precision shooting; their usefulness is somewhat limited on a paintball gun. Even with a rifled barrel and higher velocity, paintball markers will still lack accuracy after a certain distance making it hard to pinpoint exact precision targeting with highly detailed long range optics.
Beware of the sniper paintball gun with extremely long range hunting scopes! While these accessories may give your sniper rifle a fierce look, their range is often much farther than what the gun can shoot. High magnitude sniper scopes can also be more expensive, driving the cost of your sniper paintball gun up unnecessarily. The best scopes for paintball sniper guns are lower magnitude hunting scopes, sniper scopes or red dot scopes; these are also often cheaper and much easier to use.
Sniper paintball guns that come with accessories that help you stabilize your shot for better accuracy are also a good choice. Bipods are easy to use, fold up when not in use and are terrific for keeping your paintball sniper rifle still while targeting or studying your opponent through your scope. Most tactical paintball markers include a buttstock of some sort, however the adjustable types are best to customize its size for a perfect fit against your shoulder or cheek.
While most paintball guns have an adjustable velocity, some tactical markers offer a higher range than others. These are preferred if you want a farther shooting sniper paintball gun however higher velocity performance often comes at a price. Realize that paintball guns are designed to shoot within a certain pressure range; when you exceed that pressure (or operate at its highest ranges), it’s much harder on the gun often leading to more frequent maintenance and sooner breakdowns. Shooting higher velocity paintball guns can also limit the amount/types of paintballs you can use; tournament grade paint or paintballs with fragile shells will frequently break in guns with too high a velocity.
In conclusion, don’t choose the most expensive tactical sniper paintball rifle thinking it’s the best because it costs the most. Realize the expensive price tag may be due to more costly accessories that might make the gun look cooler, however do very little to improve its accuracy or range. For the best performing sniper paintball rifle, choose a gun with a rifled barrel, low/moderate range scope or red dot sight, a bipod, adjustable stock and an adjustable velocity you can turn up for the occasional ultimate long range shot.