In our earlier blog, we talked all about camo and how best to use it. This week, we’re going to go a little more in depth into shooting from concealment. Most of this will apply to snipers, but the general tips can be useful to any squads looking to take advantage of cover and ambush tactics.
Airsoft sniping top tips
- Know your terrain
- Modify your airsoft gun for prone/concealed fire
- Make use of camo
- Be slow and patient
- Don’t give away your position until you have to
- Fire, then move
How to shoot without being seen
Take it low and slow if you want to maintain concealment while airsofting. Be patient. You may only be able to move a couple feet a minute. The best position for a sniper is the prone position, which keeps you hidden the most. Don’t be afraid to get down and dirty! Lay on your belly under a bush and right in there, leaving only your barrel poking out. Crouching is an alternative in very dense areas, but don’t stand up. It will reveal your whole silhouette and expose you. You can learn more about airsoft concealment in our earlier blog.
Knowing your terrain ahead of time is essential to maintaining a concealment advantage. You need to know where the best places to hide are and more importantly, you need to get to them first. If your optimum location becomes compromised you could be forced to rethink your strategy.
Memorising the landscape also allows you to spot concealed enemies and counter-snipe. No matter how real that bit of undergrowth looks, if you know it wasn’t there earlier, it’s probably something you’ll want to shoot.
Once you’ve fired, keep on the move. Take one or two shots and then move on. Unless you’re waiting in ambush, move once you’ve revealed yourself. Again, stay low and move slow, but know where you’re moving to next. This is where knowing the terrain really pays off. You need to know all the contingency spots and secondary sniping positions.
Prepping your airsoft gun for concealed fire
There are literally thousands of aftermarket parts for airsoft sniper rifles. More powerful springs provide greater distance, while a better scope will make sure you can see what you’re shooting. For prone fire, a bi-pod is an excellent investment for both snipers and support guns. Not only do they provide a stable firing platform, they also allow you to remain in a firing position more comfortably for longer.
Knowing your terrain also allows you to optimise your gun camo. A new paint job will help your airsoft sniper rifle blend in to your surroundings. Finally, as with any airsoft scenario, make sure your airsoft gun is clean and in good condition.
Firing from concealment is all about forward planning and the element of surprise. Hopefully, we’ve given you some takeaways to get an edge on the competition in your next skirmish.