Playing airsoft can be a lot of fun, but it’s also important to know how to play the game effectively.
If you’re not playing smart, you’re going to get shot. And that’s no fun.
These 9 sniper tips will help you play smarter and stay alive longer. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to take down your opponents with ease.
Know your terrain
Our first tip is to know your terrain. If you’re playing in an urban environment, there are going to be a lot of places for your opponents to hide. You need to be aware of all the potential hiding spots and be ready to take them out.
In a more open environment, you’ll need to be able to read the wind and use that to your advantage. Know where the sun is so you can use it to blind your opponents.
Modify your airsoft gun for prone/concealed fire
Our second tip is to modify your airsoft gun for prone or concealed fire. If you’re going to be lying down to shoot, you need to make sure that your gun is able to fire from that position.
You also want to make sure that your airsoft gun is as quiet as possible. The last thing you want is for your opponent to hear you coming and take you out before you even have a chance to shoot.
Use a suppressor
Our third tip is to use a suppressor. This will help to reduce the noise of your gun and make it harder for your opponents to hear you.
You can also use a flash suppressor to help reduce the muzzle flash from your gun. This will make it harder for your opponent to see where you’re shooting from.
Make use of camo
Our fourth sniper tip is to make use of camo. If you’re wearing bright colours, you’re going to stand out like a sore thumb. You need to be blending in with your environment so that your opponents have a hard time finding you.
There are a lot of different types of camo available, so make sure you find one that works well in the environment you’ll be playing in.
Our fifth tip is to use cover. This is one of the most important sniper tips. If you’re out in the open, you’re an easy target. You need to be using cover to stay hidden and protected from your opponents.
There are a lot of different types of cover available, so make sure you find one that works well in the environment you’ll be playing in.
Be slow and patient
Tip number six involves being slow and patient. When you’re first starting out, it’s easy to get excited and start running around like a chicken with its head cut off. But this is a surefire way to get yourself eliminated.
You need to be calm and take your time. If you rush, you’re going to make mistakes. And those mistakes could cost you the game.
Don’t give away your position until you have to
If you’re firing at an opponent and they don’t know where you are, they’re going to have a hard time hitting you.
But if you start firing and they see where you are, they’re going to be able to take you out very easily. The best thing is to not give away your position until you’re sure you have a shot.
Fire, then move
Our final tip is to fire and then move. If you stay in one spot for too long, your opponents are going to be able to figure out where you are and take you out.
The best thing to do is to fire a few shots and then move to a new location. This will keep your opponents guessing and make it much harder for them to take you down.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to lay the game out effectively. Stay safe and have fun!
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 of 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 into 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.