How to Choose an Airsoft Sniper Rifle

When choosing your first Airsoft sniper rifle, some basic principles must be taken into account before making any purchase. If you do not do so, your entry into Airsoft can be monetarily costly and become a headache. In the end it all depends on you and your personal preferences. Unlike the real war, his life and the lives of those who depend on you not be prejudiced if you choose a low powered model toy-looking child who may fail mechanically.

Snipers may be hiding in the Bush, but want to use a M240 GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun), which is expensive and heavy. It is not, however, specifies the role of the “sniper”, is a model that may appeal to the individual as he or she wants. Some teams or clubs may insist only if use certain models for you to participate. This is especially important within the re-enactment groups, so make sure that if reports about their rules, or comes into contact with the team prior to purchase of any model. For uniforms and other equipment, what was said previously. If you’ve never experienced the Airsoft guns, it is best to try to play with different teams or as an independent player, to meet different clubs/teams and the community. So it will be easier to find the community that best fits what you’re looking for.

The choice of your first Airsoft model must be based on why you want one, and what will use. Is for target shooting? To look good in photos? Or play with others? Once you have decided, you can then decide what best works for you. I would like to reinforce that any choice should be your and personal, not base any decision on others you may have. Anyone that says you must have this or that equipment or is trying to impress you, or press his will in you.

The next step to buying your first Airsoft Gun is deciding what function would like to adopt. It feels like the player who likes to be in the middle of the action, or wants to be a player in support of your team? Determine its function is essential to discover its main model that will fulfill your requirements, taking the accuracy and size required.


What is its function?

You may want to only do target practice at home or in the Woods, that’s fine, but if you want to play or participate in events will have to establish what function you want to perform. These are the typical functions in Airsoft.

Team leader/Commander of faction

You will need a model, for example, an AEG (this term is explained below), as it allows a rapid rate of fire, shoot in semi-auto and automatic and usually have good accuracy when wielded properly. Any assault rifle should complete this function.

Assault soldier

This function is best suited for a beginner at the sport. Assault soldiers make up the bulk of a team and can initiate clashes at different distances, which can go up to 50 meters. The weapons used are usually the M4, AK47, AUG and the G36.


You will need a weapon that is very precise, long barrel. An AK47 isn’t a sniper, but in some scenarios of the game, it may be necessary to designate a player with a model of robbery as a sniper, if anyone has a sniper weapon in the game day. These players can get shot, or play alone. Although it is a very interesting function is expensive to buy and upgrade your first Airsoft model. Snipers tend to use models of spring or gas as the VSR-10,-10 Bar, PSG1 or L96. Play the role of sniper is expensive, the options in the field are extremely limited and at this stage I can say from experience that model sniper is an unwise choice for your first Airsoft model.

Support Gunner

This will require a gun that shoots in automatic, and also with a huge ammunition capacity to maintain the rate of shots required. In Airsoft automatic shots should be two seconds, tops. Shooting an opponent any longer will hurt. The Gunners support often use large quantities of ammunition in a tactic called “spray and pray” that is characterized by firing continuously at target zone and pray that one or two bbs reach. It’s a tactic not much appreciated in the field and should be avoided. Small and precise bursts are well seen by the community they will be well seen by colleagues. Look for models clearly designated as SAWs (Squad Assault Weapon, or assault weapon for police stations), as the Minimi, M249 SAW, M240 GPMG or MK46 RPK. As first Airsoft Gun, some of these models can be expensive and/or heavy. These players support team/squad firing large amounts of ammunition to suppress the enemy, while the rest of the team moves. Here the spent ammunition may be a prohibitive expense, and therefore may not be a good choice for your first airsoft model.

Once you have decided your job, the best way to choose your first Airsoft model is to see a Airsoft store, and see what suits you, and make a list of them. Remember that a good quality model will cost upwards of $ 150, and can go up to any value you are willing to give for a model. It is often said that aftershocks below this minimum value are of low quality and that will disappoint. Now it’s not so much the case, however, it is always advisable to purchase your model on a competent shop.

Have preference for Airsoft models with good potential for future enhancements, like Tokyo Marui, Classic Army, ICS, G&G, KWA, or any Chinese copies of TM. Then, choose just three models and compare statistics about them. Do a thorough research on the models. Look for reviews, tests, reviews of the same. Waste your time at this stage to do the proper research, and will save on headaches and future problems. Don’t be lazy!

Don’t forget to when I finally have decided on your Airsoft model, verify that comes with ammo clip, and if a AEG also comes with battery and charger. If not, order them along with your model. Case, contact the store and ask if they are advised, since many models bring low-quality batteries, chargers, and batteries may be low amperage. Nothing more frustrating than having your first model and not being able to try it for not having battery! Use only quality BBs (Ball Bearings, small plastic balls with 6 or 8 mm). 20 g or higher, to prevent damage to the model. Last Council during the purchase of your first Airsoft model. Check out the credentials of the store. Search or ask in public forums for opinions about the same. When you receive your model do not forget to take care of her. Clean, and keep it in the box where it came from or in a transport box itself.

How much should I spend on buying an Airsoft model?

If you don’t have much money, the best advice is to save. It will take some time, but in the long run is the best option. Don’t be impatient. It may even pay a fortune in a model, but at most you should see an improvement in the order of 15%, maybe even 20% in provision of the model. And of course, you may have the best money can buy, but on the field it’s all about skill, tactics and player’s determination! Brag about how face to your model is will only generate hostility, and may deter new players to the sport. And of course, it will be a priority target for his opponents. Ideally, be prepared to spend between $ 200 to $350 on your first Airsoft model.

Basic choices of models

There are three types of Airsoft models available: gas, electric and spring. Each with different versions and additional features or extras.

Types of Airsoft sniper rifles:

1: Spring Models: these are the most easy to use, pull the slide or slide to compress the spring and the gun is ready to fire. Excellent for target practice, and there is no need for gas or charge batteries. The downside is that you have to be rearmed for each shot you shoot. It is not practical in the middle of a firefight.

2: Gas Models/GGB (Gas Blow Back): these models are usually adopted by most serious practitioners. Using a gas-operated mechanism, either CO2 or propane. The drawback is that when the gas runs out, you will have to refill the magazine with gas. These models have realistic retreat, every shot you shoot, she gives a kickback as a real gun. On very cold days, gas guns tend to have reduced performance.

3: Electric Models or AEGs: known as AEG or AEP, Automatic Electric Gun and Automatic Electric Pistol respectively. These are the most popular models and by far the most common. Also tend to have better quality and more variety. The rechargeable battery provides power to an electric motor that through gears, and air compression results in an internal mechanism to load and then raise the BB. The advantages of this type of system are that can shoot in semi-Auto (i.e. a BB is expelled every time you pull the trigger) or in bursts of automatic shooting. Most also have high-capacity ammunition loaders, which can store hundreds of BBs. However they are not well seen in teams of MilSim, given that removes the realism that these teams are looking for. These types of models are advised for players in General. The batteries most commonly used are the 8.4 v 9.6 v NIMH and, however the 7.4 v 11.1 v and LIPOs are now also highly sought after. Beginners should, ideally, opt for a gun AEG since they are easily upgradeable and reliable, when compared to models GBB (gas blowback).

Select your final choice


How durable and resistant wants the weapon? Will simply be beautiful, but fragile? Or do you want it to last as long as it is subjected to knocks and falls from a field or inside buildings?

The durability depends on the quality of the gun and the material of which it is made. Some argue that the plastic does not last as long as the metal. This is no longer true. Some plastics are incredibly strong and durable, will not rust, or paint or coating breaks as is the case of most metal models. Remember that even real weapons use currently plastics in its construction. The G36 and the SCAR are good examples of this. Either metal, plastic want work well for Airsoft games and none of them is unbreakable. Metal bodies may bend or break with the use. A plastic model can last for years with the right player. Some models that begin with a plastic body, such as Tokyo Marui, can be modified with a metal body when you have more availability.


How accurate do you want the model is? Precision is determined, among other things, by the diameter, size and quality of the internal pipe. Precision pipes can be purchased in different lengths and diameters, in order to improve the accuracy and range of the ammunition. Confirm that the gun’s hop up adjustable. This is the mechanism that acts on the BB, forcing it to turn back, which gives rise to a longer trajectory, and needs. Different BBs require a hop up differently, so a hop up adjustable is indispensable.

Extra parts.

Extra parts are easy to get? A damaged model may need high values to get. So you might want to consider whether parts can be replaced cheaply or even getting improvements, thus increasing the quality of your model without this translates into high costs.


Note that the FPS (feet per second) and MPS (meters per second), are different sizes. The higher the SPF, the faster the BB moves. Therefore, the higher the FPS, the greater the impact it will have in contact with a body part. FPS at 200 or 300 can lead to very painful wounds, where the BBs are fired at less than 5 metres from the opponent. Of 500 FPS for the BB’s can penetrate the skin. Please note that the higher the SPF, the greater the impact exerted on the internal mechanisms of the model. So the potential to damage the model if the inmates are not correctly fitted, is also greater. As a rule, the higher the speed of the BB, she’s got more range, but if the gun has precision issues, so these can be increased with the FPS.

ROF is the clock rate. This is the amount of BBs fired from model, a time limit. Automatic weapons have a ROF higher. This fact is often sensationalized and is promulgated how many more BBs fired, more likely to get it right! In practice, this only leads to the use of absurd amounts of ammunition.

Basic types of models:

Remember, choose your model according to your preference, and not what other people say.

M4/M16 models: it’s almost the standard weapon in the world of Airsoft because there is plenty almost absurd want external updates, either internal to these types of models. For games in the woods or, any Variant works well, but if you are thinking about playing CQB, avoid the M16, opt for shorter barrel M4 variants.

MP5 and variants: very popular Model. Don’t have so many options for external improvements like the M4/M16 ‘s, but many internal improvements available. Ideal for CQB, where small size makes a big difference.

AK-47/AK-74 models: Many different body styles to choose from, ranging from the standard AK-47 the AK-74U compact. Does not have many external modifications as the M4/M16 ‘s, but there are many internal improvements available.

G36 Variants: not so popular as the families of the M16 and AK47, but are now have a considerable demand. The low price of many of these models are of the most sought after by beginners. A great advantage is the availability of adapters for chargers. These adapters are an asset, since loaders for G36 are not available in many quantities like Ms or AKs. The G36C is beginning to become a practical, reliable and durable. With a good range, and short enough for CQB is a promising candidate to become the first Airsoft Model Ideal.

Consider also that there are two main types of layout and configuration of model. Default setting and “bullpup”. Bullpup models have the charger located behind the trigger, which causes the model itself has a shorter length, but the inner barrel is a lot longer than one would expect. Because of this, the bullpup models may be used by snipers, models and CQB assault all at once, if necessary.

Don’t buy the cheapest

Once you have decided what function you want to play in the game, and what your first Airsoft model should now establish the real price limit. Your model will seem too expensive, and it is important to decide how much you’re willing to spend on it. If you want to take the Airsoft is likely to eventually spend $ 200 said earlier in a quality model. You can also get in touch with teams or clubs, and put it on loan or hire of equipment. In the long run will help you save some money. You need a model to a friendly price, but not at the expense of having a power far short of expected, or of a very inferior quality, all this to save some money. What are the considerations to be taken into account? First, you need a model with precision. The aim is to hit the opponent, and will have to attack him at sufficient distance to be at a disadvantage during the game. Thus, a hop up adjustable is mandatory. A model with a long barrel improves the accuracy, but you should be able to point correctly in the first place. Pistols and grenades are useful in some situations, but the long barreled weapons are the primary tool of an Airsoft player in a field long. Once again, it all depends on personal taste. Try to strike a balance and get a model that works well both in field and in CQB (Close Quarter Battle) and inside buildings. The Ms and G36 are excellent models that meet these objectives. How will hardly attack targets at distances exceeding 50 m, not worth spending a lot of money on an expensive system. Snipers are a completely different issue. Theoretically in games where snipers are on the line, they would have a tendency to dominate the dynamics of the event and even spoil the game for all the other players when they are constantly caught by a sniper they never see.

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