Airsoft guns are designed to look and feel like their real-world counterparts, they are made of lightweight materials to ensure that they do not cause injuries. Airsoft rifles are commonly air-powered, with a semi-automatic design and often a vertical grip for the user's hands. Though they may be less powerful than their live counterparts, airsoft rifles don't require permits nor is carrying an airsoft sniper rifle illegal in most areas. 

Airsoft rifles range in size from 8mm plastic pellet guns to .22 caliber (6 mm) BBs. In order to achieve a better-balanced position as a sniper, the airsoft gun is mounted onto a bipod stand, which elevates its position by 20cm, giving the user an increased field of fire. The rifle's balance can also be altered in accordance with the soldier's needs through the use of different modules. 

The airsoft sniper rifle was invented by Daniel Schmidt and has been patented worldwide. It is based on the successful model "Model 2?. The airsoft sniper rifle is being sold worldwide. The real sniper's weapon of choice is a bolt-action rifle – for many reasons. Firstly, such a weapon requires less skill to operate than an airsoft gun, thus making it easier to introduce into training programs and increasing the number of trainees that can be trained at any one time. 

Secondly, since snipers are often so far away from their target that they must take extreme care in their use of the weapon, bolt-action rifles offer more protection than other types of airsoft guns due to their ability to withstand greater forces without breaking down or causing the barrel to become damaged.

Features of Sniper Rifles

I got my first airsoft sniper rifle a few weeks ago and was looking to buy an upgrade. I can't believe how little information there is about this type of gun on the internet! All we have are discussion groups, or short articles that don't really have anything too conclusive. If you're looking for a good overview of what you need to know before buying one, keep reading.

The features of an airsoft sniper rifle are high-velocity rounds, semi or full auto firing modes, adjustable hop-up, gas powered. Airsoft guns operate by compressing a spring using energy from compressed gas cartridges and then releasing that point in the form of kinetic force upon release.

  • Velocity

I was looking for at least 350 fps for my rifle but I found that this figure is not consistent. For example, Elite Force M4 rifles are rated at 370 fps but my rifle only achieved 343fps (with .20g BBs). The FPS listed on airsoft guns claims are unreliable and not worth the paper they're printed on. Even if a manufacturer promises up to 370 fps, you'll likely never shoot faster than 340-350 fps. The best thing you can do is to buy velocity test equipment and test your gun yourself.

  • Gas or Electric 

Gas refers to any compressed gas, most commonly air. Electric refers to an airsoft gun that runs on the same power source as a real gun, like every one of my friends' video cameras.

  • Hop-up

This is the mechanism by which the pellet is pushed out of the barrel. Some high-end sniper rifles have a great many adjustment points so that you can adjust them to your accuracy preference. The hop-up system is mechanical and utilizes adjustable weights in the barrel extension area.

  • Gas Tube/Pneumatic

These parts are simply plastic cylinders that release compressed gas through small tubes and valves for the propulsion of airsoft pellets. The gas tube piston is powered by propellant gasses that are released by the use of a green gas canister. This allows for a higher velocity and a more powerful shot. Obviously, you need to be careful around this part if it's malfunctioning or misused, as it can cause serious injury.

  • Full Auto 

An airsoft sniper rifle that has the capability of fully automatic shooting. While this is a fun feature you get with some rifles, it really doesn't do much for accuracy and after one or two rounds the ammo supply will be spent so unless you're firing in bursts, don't spend too much on full auto rifles.

This is the most important characteristic in choosing an airsoft sniper rifle. The ability to locate and shoot long distances accurately is vital for any combat situation. The best way to check if a gun is a good fit for sniping or not is by researching others' experiences with them. 

There are many other features that I found that make it worth the money, like functional rails for adding accessories (usually used to mount sniper scopes), ergonomic grip and pistol grips, and even Hi-cap mags.

Benefits of An Airsoft Sniper Rifle

The benefits of an airsoft sniper rifle are many. Perhaps one of the more important features is that it doesn't require a large amount of space to maintain and operate as its muzzle is significantly shorter than traditional rifles with a long barrel, meaning that it can be stored in a smaller area. It also compresses the sound that the user can hear using materials such as rubber, which allows for stealthy movement in games and situations where close-quarters combat might otherwise result in noisy gunshots.

The rifle also has adjustable hop-up which allows for greater accuracy when using certain types of ammo such as 0.12g or larger pellets. Using these pellets would not normally be possible with a sniper rifle as the velocity of these pellets is known to be excessive, however, with the use of airsoft pellets, this is not an issue. With this rifle you don't have to attach silencers to it, freeing up more space for the user to stock more ammo. 

It also comes with a comfortable stock which many other airsoft pistols lack in terms of comfort. In addition to that, it also has a very good rate of fire and is quite accurate considering its size. The battery is small and can easily fit into spaces such as wallets or pockets; this makes keeping the rifle charged for longer periods of time much easier. 

Downfalls of Sniper Rifles

If you like playing paintball but are looking for more realistic markings, then you might have considered getting an airsoft sniper rifle. However, there are a few drawbacks to this new sport. See what they are and how they can affect your game for the worse!

  • Accuracy: An airsoft rifle only shoots .40 caliber balls; real-life rifles shoot .223 rounds. So while you can hit targets up to 75 feet away, you'll have more accuracy with a real-life gun at distances under 75 feet.
  • Shock: Real-life guns shoot 9mm, .45 ACP, or .50 BMG rounds and have an effective muzzle velocity of 648 m/s (2,000 f/s). Airsoft guns only shoot .22 LR, which has a muzzle velocity of 311 m/s (900 f/s). The bullets used in airsoft are much lighter than actual bullets; this causes them to have less shock when they hit the target. This means you'll only be able to injure someone with your airsoft rifle when you're right on top of them. You might not make a bad shot with the gun, but you won't make a good one either!
  • Kicks: For only shooting .22 LR rounds, airsoft sniper rifles have a lot of kickback than real-life sniper rifles. You have to constantly compensate for it; this becomes harder to do the longer you play. It gets easy to miss your target, even when you're standing right next to it!
  • Spring Damage: Airsoft rifles don't discharge fast enough to put force on a bullet that could damage the gun's spring or valve; this is what happens with real-life sniper rifles. The result is that your airsoft gun will last longer, but you'll have to troubleshoot because the spring will be weaker than it should be. As mentioned previously, airsoft rifles' .22 LR bullets are weaker than real-life sniper rifles' .223 or .50 BMG ammo. This means that your airsoft rifle will shoot inaccurately no matter what you do with it.