If you want to hit long-range targets from afar and be accurate while doing it, you need to get an airsoft sniper rifle.
Yea running straight at the enemy team with guns blazing can be fun and all, but there's something so satisfying about picking off targets without them knowing where you are.
Here's the thing:
You won't be able to hit your target if you airsoft sniper rifle is poop.
Think of it like pin the tail on the donkey. Using a bad rifle is like being blindfolded and spun around in circles. You'll miss about 90% of the time.
So knowing that, we're left with an important question. How do you find the best airsoft sniper rifle possible?
The 2 Most Important Things You Should Know About Airsoft Sniper Rifles...
There's two things you need to understand about airsoft sniper rifles.
The first thing you should know is:
The best airsoft sniper rifles are built, not bought.
I repeat: Airsoft sniper rifles that have the ability to be super accurate while shooting BBs at long distances — and I'm talking up to 100 yards away — have to be built.
The BIGGEST mistake you can make is thinking the airsoft sniper rifle you bought will be amazing out of the box.
"WTF. But I don't know to build an airsoft sniper rifle. Where the hell do I even begin?"
The thing is, building your very own airsoft sniper rifle is easier than you might think. I'll show you how to build one step-by-step in this article.
But before I get to that, the second thing you should know is:
Getting a sniper rifle is hard work.
You have to:
- Spend a good chunk of money to upgrade your rifle
- Figure out which parts will work well together
- Learn to assemble everything properly
- Practice shooting the gun at a high enough level so that you can keep up with players using airsoft assault rifles.
If you are new to airsoft or don't have at least $450-$500 to spend, then buying an airsoft sniper rifle might not be a good idea.
You could just as easily get a different type of airsoft gun (assault rifle, smg, shotgun, etc.) and it would be cheaper and perform way better than an airsoft sniper rifle that hasn't been aggressively upgraded.
So take a second to really think about it. Is building an airsoft sniper rifle something you really want to do?
Buying the Best Airsoft Sniper Rifle
If you're still here, that means you're one of the few willing to put in the time and effort to master the airsoft sniper rifle.
So now comes the fun part. You get to decide what base rifle you want.
But before you decide, there's something you need to keep in mind:
Never get an airsoft sniper rifle that can't be upgraded, as that will only lead to disaster.
Remember how I said sniper rifles are built, not made? Not being able to upgrade one means you end up wasting a ton of money.
That being said, there are a only TWO base rifles I would highly recommend buying.
These rifles have a ton of upgradeable part online, and have a lot of support from the airsoft community.
Those two rifles are:
- Tokyo Marui VSR-10
- JG Bar-10
1. Tokyo Marui VSR-10
|Muzzle Velocity||290 FPS (Measured with 0.20g BBs)|
|Fire Modes||Single Shot, Safety|
|Package Includes||Gun, Magazine, Manual|
When anyone talks about airsoft sniper rifles, the Tokyo Marui VSR-10 is one that will usually get brought up.
Tokyo Marui makes some really awesome airsoft guns, and the VSR-10 is no exception.
This bolt action rifle is extremely accurate and has a phenomenal hopup system. It's made from a combination of aluminum, metal, and polymer, making it pretty durable.
It does have a measly 290FPS out of the box, so you'll have to upgrade it as soon as you can to get that number higher.
To put it simply, it's easy to upgrade, has a ton of aftermarket parts, and is built well.
Although it's the more expensive of the two sniper rifles, it's one of the best airsoft sniper rifles out there today.
2. JG Bar-10
|System||Bolt Action, High Power Spring|
|Hopup||Yes, Adjustable (TM Compatible)|
|Package Includes||Sniper Rifle, 20mm Scope Rail, Speed Loader, Magazine|
The JG Bar-10 is the cheaper alternative to the Tokyo Marui VSR-10. This is pretty much a clone of the TM VSR-10 G-Spec.
The best part?
This rifle is Tokyo Marui compatible, so there are plenty of parts readily available to upgrade with.
This bolt action rifle is very durable, and the the trigger box is made from metal. It also comes with a speed loader and a magazine.
At under $150, this should be the go-to rifle for those that have a tight budget.
Before You Upgrade...
Now that you've decided on a base rifle, there's something you need to do before you consider upgrading it.
Get comfortable with the rifle.
Use it as much as you can in the beginning, and understand what its limitations are.
You'll learn so much that way, and you'll get a clearer picture as to why you need to upgrade it in the first place.
Aimlessly upgrading the rifle without understanding why will just make things worse in the long run.
Once you do that, THEN you should start thinking about upgrading your airsoft sniper rifle.
The Art of Upgrading Your Airsoft Sniper Rifle
So that you've understood the limitations of your rifle, you can now ask yourself the question.
What should you upgrade first?
The answer to that is easier than you might think.
Something you need to know is that accuracy is way more important than power for your rifle. If you can't hit your target, then power is pretty meaningless.
Here's the order you should upgrade your airsoft sniper rifle in:
- Barrel & Chamber
- Trigger Components
1. Barrel & Chamber
The barrel of your airsoft sniper rifle is one of the most important parts you can upgrade.
You need to be able to consistently hit your target at long distances, so the better the barrel, the easier it is to accomplish.
The best length for a barrel is whatever one is closest to the length of the stock barrel. So in the case of the VSR-10, a 430mm barrel length upgrade would be perfect.
The barrel upgrade I highly recommend is the Laylax VSR-10 Inner Barrel. Laylax barrels are accurate, affordable, and are one of the most common aftermarket barrels used.
The hop-up chamber is another upgrade you should get. Although you'd be ok with the stock in the VSR-10, getting the TM Precision Chamber will improve your accuracy.
BBs are more important than you probably think. Heavier BBs will be more accurate, so consider something between 0.30-0.45g.
BLS, Madbull and Bioshot have some great BBs, so try to get one of those brands if you can.
3. Trigger Components
You want your trigger to be able to fire at the slightest tug of your finger. The less time it takes between you pulling the trigger and the BB being fired, the faster the BB gets to your target.
The Laylax Zero Trigger is one of the best triggers out there, so I would recommend that.
Another trigger that gets tossed around in conversations is the PDI V Trigger. Although I don't have enough experience to confidently suggest them, they might be worth taking a look at.
You want a piston that can maintain a good seal and that's durable.
Although the Zero Trigger comes with a solid piston, you can upgrade it to something a bit better. The best piston I've come across has come from Polar Star. High-quality, great air-seal, and very durable.
Cylinders aren't really necessary to upgrade, so feel free to skip it if you want. It is nice to upgrade though, and something like the Laylax Teflon makes the pull of the cylinder much smoother.
Now we get to the spring. Laylax springs work well and are inexpensive. Another choice is the Action Army spring, which is pretty solid overall.