Being an Airsoft Sniper.
If you’ve made your way to this post then you’re either looking into becoming an airsoft sniper or looking to improve your skills as an airsoft sniper. In either case, you’ve come to the right place. An airsoft sniper is one of the many important roles of an airsoft team and can be quite a bit of fun.
A common misconception of being an airsoft sniper is that they will be getting loads of long range kills. Well although this is possible, it is not what an airsoft sniper should be doing from a strategic standpoint. An airsoft sniper will typically be waiting and watching for long periods of time while communicating with their team and setting up the shot for their few valuable targets.
Airsoft snipers require a certain skill set to be as effective as possible in this position. Listed below will be all of the skills that are essential in being a truly valuable asset to your team as an airsoft sniper along with a list of the gear and equipment recommended for the position.
Patience – Absolutely every airsoft sniper must be patient and calm. Although you should have multiple positions to switch between, you will typically be stationed in certain areas for long periods of time. You need to be able to sit, lay, or stand in one place without losing focus and without getting anxious. Even when engaging an enemy you must not rush the shot or you may miss or alert the surviving enemies of your position if you don’t time your shots carefully. It is a simple skill that many may not have mastered, but it is a must have skill when it comes to being an effective airsoft sniper.
Precision – Without precision there is no possibility of being an airsoft sniper. It is crucial for an airsoft sniper to be able to hit their target within as little attempts as possible (1-3 shots) or else you will be extremely ineffective. Not only will more missed attempts allow your enemies to survive the attack, but it will also inform them of a snipers presence, put them in a defensive position making it harder to land a hit, and even potentially inform them of your location. Normally as a sniper your designated targets are of high value and being able to accurately land a hit on these targets can be a real game changer. Something to note for an airsoft sniper is that bbs are relatively light weight and therefore can be affected by wind and other elements over long distances. Being aware of these elements, knowing your weapon, and adjusting your aim if needed are very important.
Stealth – They should never see you coming. As an airsoft sniper it is vital to your survival to remain unseen by the enemies. In many strategies an airsoft sniper may be required to flank the enemy team and in this case stealth is crucial. Even when you are not required to enter a flanking position, you must be able to stay hidden even when moving positions. If you are spotted then that puts you at a huge disadvantage especially if the enemy team begins to rush your position. It is far too easy to be pinned down in one position as a sniper and you never want to put yourself in that predicament.
Communication – Keeping your team in the loop will provide great opportunities to succeed as a team. Remember that the objective is to win, not just to get kills. Being a sniper you will have a good overview of enemy positions and terrain/obstacles ahead. Being able to communicate this intel can give your team the information they need to form a plan of attack and catch the enemy team off guard. Communicating your movements and position can also help determine your team’s and your own next move. Communication is a key part of cooperation and effective team work is how you achieve your objective in airsoft.
Position – Knowing how and where to position yourself will give you a huge advantage. An airsoft snipers position should provide adequate cover, a good line of sight, good potential for sniper stability, and keep you as protected as possible from enemy flanks. Ideally higher ground is where you should try to position yourself. Positioning yourself near the fields borderlines are also a good idea for preventing enemies from circling around you. If in an event where the enemies are aware of your location, you always want to have an escape route pre-determined for a quick and easy retreat.
Observant – Generally as a sniper you always want to be attentive to the situations around you. If an enemy is approaching you or if enemies are approaching your team you are going to want to keep note of it and react accordingly. Being able to notice any suspicious movement within the battlefield is very useful especially when in a crowded environment like i forest so that you can identify enemy positions. Upon observing all the information you can gather on the field you are presented with the opportunity to asses these observations and your current situation, and act in the most efficient and safe way possible.
Experienced – The last thing on the list, although not so much of a skill, is experience in airsoft. Airsoft sniper in not much of a beginning position in airsoft. Being a player that knows the flow of the games, the tactics, and the way typical airsoft players play will give you all the basic knowledge you need to begin your career as an airsoft sniper. Although any rookie can hop in as a sniper, it would prove very challenging and very unrewarding if they are not yet equipped with the basic knowledge of the game.
Now that you know the required qualities and skills of an airsoft sniper you can get out on the airsoft field on the “long gun” to practice and improve. If anybody has any ideas and information that you think could help make this post better then let me know in the comments! Your feedback is always appreciated and always helps to improve my posts. Have fun and stay stealthy!