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i want to be a sniper but im not sure what barrel to get for my A-5 im thinking a flatline but then u cant drop balls on people. i was also looking at an apex does anyone know if its any good?
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The History of Military Sniping, and how it relates to the Game of Paintball.

Ok. So I got bored, and I am sick and tried of this stupid sniper debate. I got a Barnes and Noble gift card for Christmas, and didn’t know what else to get so I picked up several books on Military Snipers. Here are my findings.

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First lets go over the basics of what a sniper is, and what a sniper is not.

“A sniper…is considered a specialist, whose prime function is to kill selected high value targets at long range using superior skill and armament. A sharpshooter, by contrast, is a rifleman (proficient or otherwise) who acts in an opportunist manner, taking shots at the enemy when the chance arises”

From SNIPER by Adrian Gilbert

Keep this in your mind as you read the rest of the article.

The American Revolution (1775-83)

Sniping first came onto the battlefield during the American Revolution. Standard infantry of this period were equipped with “Brown Bess” smoothbore muskets. The Continental Congress approves 10 independent companies, armed with long rifles. The men of these companies were the first snipers.

Comparison between the “Brown Bess” musket, and the Long Rifle.

“A soldiers musket, if not exceedingly ill bored (as many are), will strike the figure of a man at 80 yards: it may even at 100, but a soldier must be very unfortunate indeed who shall be wounded by a common musket at 150 yards, provided that the antagonist aims at him; as to firing at a man at 200 yards, with a common, musket, you might as well fire at the moon.” –British Major Hanger, on the “Brown Bess” musket

 In contrast, the American Long Rifle (as carried by the Irregular companies), was effective in ranges up to 300 yards, and headshots could be achieved at 200. At these ranges American Snipers picked-off high ranking British Officers. During the battle of Saratoga an American sniper brought down British General Simon Frasier from a range of 300 yards. Despite its advantages the long rifle had several disadvantages. Its slow reload time(2 shots a minute), and lack of bayonet fixture made it useful only as a skirmisher weapon, not for use as a standard infantry weapon.

 

Brown Bess

Long Rifle

Range:

80 Yards

300 Yards

Muzzle Velocity:

1100-1300 fps

 ~1600fps

Ammunition:

.75 caliber ball

.40-.70 caliber ball

 

As you can see from the table, the Rifle outranged the common muskets of the time by over 200 yards. Also the muzzle velocity of the Rifle was much higher than that of the Brown Bess.

The War of Northern Aggression (American Civil War) (1861-65)

During the Civil War, the standard infantry rifles were the Enfield(for the south), and the Springfield(for the north). These were muzzleloading rifles with effective ranges up to 500 yards. The confederacy managed to acquire Witworth and Kerr rifles from Europe for their snipers. These rifles had an effective range of well over 1200 yards, and hits were reported at over 1500 yards.

Confederate Snipers were selected in a manner which has been used to select snipers in most present wars. The best men from each infantry regiment entered into shooting competitions. They were required to hit man-sized boards at 500 yards. The best shooters were given the prized Kerr and Witworth rifles. They then went through extensive training in the use of these rifles.

The snipers were warned never to get within 400 yards of the enemy, but to use their superior range, to keep the enemy at a safe distance.

 

Springfield/Enfield

Kerr & Withworth

Range:

 1200+ yards

500 Yards

Muzzle Velocity:

 

 

Ammunition:

.451 Hexagonal Slug

 

 

World War I (1914-18)

US Snipers during World War I used modified, and accurized versions of  the standard service rifle the Springfield 1903, equipped with 2 to 4 power scopes. Snipers during the war mostly sniped from behind the MLR, the main trench line. These snipers were Infantrymen taken off the line, and equipped with scoped rifles. With their rifles they could pick the enemy off 3 or 4 trench lines back from the MLR. The marksmanship standard for infantry of the time was to be able to hit a standing man from around 100 yards. The snipers were trained to hit targets from over 500 yards.

World War II (1938-45)

World War II snipers were selected in different manners during the war. I will concentrate on the Marine Corps Snipers trained at Green’s Farm because the documentation of this school and its snipers is the best. There, snipers were instructed in 5 week courses in marksmanship, camouflage, and field craft. They were trained to approach a target using stealth and to eliminate the target from long distances. These snipers were required to hit a moving target at 500 yards, and to hit a stationary target at 1000. They were equipped much the same way as snipers in WWI  were. These snipers used accurized  versions of the M1903 Springfield service rifle, the A1 or A3 variants equipped with 2 or 4 power scopes. Marine Infantry qualified at 500 yards.

 

M1 Garand

M1903A3

Range

500 yards

1000yards

Ammunition

.30-06

.30-06

Korea (1950-53)

Korea, in the latter part of the war turned into a bogged down war of attrition, looking somewhat like the trench warfare of WWI. This, alongside Korea’s terrain of rolling hills combined to make it prime sniper territory. Sniping tactics in Korea did not change much from the tactics of WWII so I will not elaborate on them. The rifles also remained the same. Snipers in Korea were equipped with 1903A3 Variant Springfield’s, and National Match M1’s(which were used in competition shooting because they were more accurate than the standard M1) Equipped with 4 power scopes(the M1D model). The accuracy of the M1 was not as good as that of the Springfield, due to the need to offset the scope, and have major Eye Relief built-in to the rifle due to the Clip Feed of the M1. These M1’s still were able to reach ranges of 500 yards accurately. In Korea the use of the .50 caliber round for sniping was first seen. M2 Machine Guns mounted with a 10 power scope were able to reach ranges of 2800 yards effectively, Snipers also experimented with .55 Caliber Boy’s antitank rifles modified to take .50 caliber rounds, and mounted with scopes which had the same range as the M2, but was able to be carried by a man whereas the M2’s were limited to fixed positions.

 

M1D Sniper Model

M1903A3 Sniper

M2 Machine Gun

Range

500 yards

1000 yards

2500 yards

Ammunition

.30-06

.30-06

.50 Caliber

 

Vietnam (1965-75)

Vietnam is the perfect example of how a sniper can be employed during combat. The restrictive ROE and vast open fields and rice paddy’s of Vietnam became prime sniper territory. The Marine Corps and the Army both Fielded Snipers. Army snipers were equipped with accurized versions of the M14 service rifle, accurate out to 700 yards. The Marine Corps fielded snipers equipped with Winchester Model 70 Hunting rifles firing the .30-06 cartridge, and later in the war snipers carried the M40, which fired the standard 7.62x51mm(.308) cartridge both of these rifles had an effective range of over 1000 yards. Also snipers used modified M2 .50 caliber machine guns, fitted with scopes. These were accurate to ranges out to 2500 yards. Normal infantry of the time fired the M16 Assault Rifle, and the enemy fired the AK-47 assault rifle. These rifles were designed for infantry combat which takes place in ranges of only around 200 yards, and can only be fired accurately up to 500 yards. Thus snipers were able to operate with impunity from beyond the range of effective return fire of the enemy.

 

M16

Winchester 70

M40

M14 Sniper

Range

500 yards

1000 yards

1000 Yards

700 yards

Ammunition

5.56mm

.30-06

7.62x51mm

7.62x51mm

 

 

 

 

 

Now through all these wars several things have remained in common among snipers, lets analyze these facts:

A sniper acts independently from standard infantry, not as a part of a unit but in a one or two man team.

This is possible in paintball, most of the time in scenario games, I am alone behind enemy lines trying to accomplish a mission. But you do very little if any tactical good for your team waiting in one spot for an entire game, hoping a target of high-value (such as the opposing general) walks by.

A sniper does not act at random, he selects targets of high value and eliminates them.

Targets of High Value in a military sense are:

  1. Officers:
    • Generals
    • Field Grade officers
    • Company Grade officers
  2. Forward Observers
  3. Crew Served Weaponry:
    • Heavy Machine Guns
    • Artillery Batteries
    • Mortar Crews
  4. Non Commissioned Officers
  5. Radiomen

Targets of High Value in Paintball:

  1. Generals
  2. Tank Crewman (if there are tanks)
  3. Um…. Yeah… that’s all I can think of...

The problem with selecting high value targets in a scenario paintball game is, there are very few. The vast majority of players play independently, not under any command and they do what they want. What officers and team captains there are do not look any different than any other players.

The Sniper fires at targets from beyond the range of return fire by the standard infantry weapons, or from distances that were beyond the training of the normal infantryman.

As you can see from the diagrams of the Sniper Rifles of the Period in comparison to the standard issue infantry weapons, the sniper rifle always has a great deal more range than infantry weapons, and the sniper has been trained to an accuracy standard that is beyond that of standard infantry training.

This is where sniping in paintball fails. All paintball markers except those equipped with the Flatline or Apex systems fire the same distance, around 25 yards or 75 feet. The Flatline will reach ranges of up to 150 ft, but because the ball loses velocity at the same rate as a normal paintball, the chances of getting a break, or a single accurate shot at those ranges are close to zero.

The sniper uses a single accurate shot to take his targets down.

The ammunition expended to kill ratio of a sniper in Vietnam was 1.7 rounds per kill. The average infantryman expended 50,000 rounds per confirmed kill.

It is possible to take targets down with a single shot in paintball. However it is near impossible to eliminate a target with a single shot from beyond the effective range of return fire by the enemy.

A sniper uses camouflage and concealment to hide himself from his enemies to eliminate his targets.

No qualms with this, it can be done. Most every scenario paintball player does it. Using camouflage doe not make you sniper.

 

 

Now as you can see there are several places where sniping fails in paintball. Now look at the definition of a Sharpshooter:

“A sharpshooter… is a rifleman (proficient or otherwise) who acts in an opportunist manner, taking shots at the enemy when the chance arises”

From SNIPER by Adrian Gilbert

Ok, this looks a little more feasible in the game of paintball than the sniper definition doesn’t it?

For paintball purposes we can strike rifleman, because there are no rifles in paintball.

“who acts in an opportunist manner, taking shots at the enemy when the chance arises”

This sounds feasible. The definition of a sniper that Spec Ops puts forth is one of an “ambush player” that fires from concealment, using camouflage. The problem with the Spec Ops definition of a sniper is that it perfectly describes the definition of a sharpshooter in a military sense.

So we will set forth the definition of a Sharpshooter in paintball. This is what most of you would call a Sniper in paintball.

A sharpshooter takes shots from concealment, shoots at targets as the opportunity arises, and uses a marker that has the same range as everyone else’s. This is not a Sniper. This is a sharpshooter. You will never be a sniper in paintball simple ballistics prevent this from ever happening.

The fact of the matter is if you think you are a sniper in paintball, your terminology is wrong. The definition of a sharpshooter, fits paintball a lot closer that the definition of a sniper. But for those of you who insist that you are still snipers, look at an analogy: You work for a living. Your job is to go to people’s houses and businesses, to pick up their trash and take it to the dump. You drive a Garbage Truck. What would you be called, a Garbage Man, or a Professional Truck Driver?

You would be called a Garbage Man, would you not? As much as you would prefer to be called a Professional Truck Driver, everyone would call you a Garbage Man because it fits what you are doing better than the title Professional Truck Driver does.

 

The definition of Sharpshooter, or a Designated Marksman fits what you are doing in paintball a whole lot better than Sniper does. Stop fooling yourself.

 

References:

 

SNIPER- Adrian Gilbert

One Shot-One Kill- Charles W. Sasser and Craig Roberts

Marine Sniper- Charles Henderson

 

Authors Note: In my haste of writing this, I may have gotten some minor facts mixed up, or in the wrong place. Please contact me with the correct info if you
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you just made a big mistake bringing up "snipers".

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No, you dont want to be a sniper...walking up to the field and saying "Hay guys, I'm a sniper" will ensure that you'll have people laughing in your face.
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It will also ensure any argument of being a sniper getting completely crushed on this forum. I hope you read Snake's post.
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snake must have that page bookmarked cuse he sent me that exact same thing when i ask that question... boy did i learn the hard way...

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Originally posted by Cammo Cammo wrote:

snake must have that page bookmarked cuse he sent me that exact same thing when i ask that question... boy did i learn the hard way...


I have it saved as a word doc.
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You want to be a sniper...

...I want to be God.

 

Moral of the story...it's not going to happen.

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Snake layed it out pretty darn well.

I think on the paintball field you can be "like" a sniper but NOT in a range of target sense but using extreme stealthy-ness. Instead of trying to make your marker superior in range which can be done by any other player. Go out in the woods and practice moving silently, practice your cover and concealment tactics etc.

Being a sniper isn't just about how far you can shoot.
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You say that I lay it out pretty well, then you go on to contridict my points.

/me is confused.

You either think you are a Sniper or you don't think you are a sniper. There is no in between.
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Originally posted by Snake6 Snake6 wrote:

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You say that I lay it out pretty well, then you go on to contridict my points.

/me is confused.

You either think you are a Sniper or you don't think you are a sniper. There is no in between.


I meant you can still employ tactics used by true snipers although you will never actually fufill the role as a sniper.

A vast majority of sniper training doesn't even involve firing your weapon. I have been involved in a sniper training exercise where eight teams of Marine Scout-Snipers were to move from point A to point B while my battalion were ordered to try and spot them and mark their location. If we were successfull in locating them they failed.

The tactics those real snipers were using could easily be employed in a large scenario game or just general woodsball.
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Ok, I didn't understand waht you were saying. I''ll agree with you on that one. But there is really no need to encourage the, and make him think it is possible to be a sniper.
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Originally posted by Snake6 Snake6 wrote:

But there is really no need to encourage the, and make him think it is possible to be a sniper.


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Originally posted by RED_B@ng RED_B@ng wrote:

i want to be a sniper but im not sure what barrel to get for my A-5 im thinking a flatline but then u cant drop balls on people. i was also looking at an apex does anyone know if its any good?

LOL, particularly at Hybrid-Sniper's animation. You are going to get a bunch of flames and Snake6 has all ready pulled out the "encyclopedia" of sniper-ism. Let me toss in a couple of cents worth.

Snipers existed before firearms ever came into existence. Snipers were armed with long bows and later cross bows. Distances were on par with, in the beginning, today's paintball markers. A well hidden marksman could take out strategic personnel and strike terror in the hearts of supporting troops who could not respond to virtually undetectable assailants.

A well hidden paintball marksmen can take out an individual and remain undetectable even when he is less than 200 ft away. On a busy field it is, at best, difficult to determine from which direction a single shot originated. If the marksman remains still and holds his fire while waiting for a next target of opportunity, it is not difficult to keep a rather large group pinned down. I have done it on several occasions.

I play a lot of night speedball under the lights. There are places on the field and in shadows cast by bunkers where the lighting provides pockets of perfect cover. Even though my barrels are not quiet, when I have made it to one of those spots undetected I can on occasion take out 4 or 5 people in a game. Certainly at some point I become one of the few remaining players and I am eventually detected. But, my object is to remain hiden, not just ducking and posting shots.

At times I have remained so well hidden, even though I am firing, that an opponent will run into my hiding place expecting to use it as cover to assault my team. So the so-called classical definition of a sniper has clearly evolved since the evolution of the firearm. When one can remain undetected while eliminating the opponent, when one can hide and continue to fire without giving one's position away, I'd classify that as a sniper.

Look at SWAT teams who post shooters literally across the street from the position of the perp...at paintball distances. Now some might strictly call such personnel as sharpshooters, but I see little difference. And even though their rifles are loud, in the noise reflective environment it is sometimes impossible to tell from where the shot came.

 



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hey i was a sniper yesterday, I was in a bunker (so i was concealed). then from a hole i was looking at i saw where my target was at. I then waited until his head came in sight. I popped up took one shot (it got him in the head) then i went back down.

well ok maybe i wasn't a sniper b/c of distance and people knew where i was but i did get the one shot one kill. lol

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Bruce,

"The Snipe is a small gamme bird similar to a woodcock. In India, during the late eighteenth century, British Army officers popularized the hunting of the Snipe, its small size and agility making it a difficult adn rewarding target. The term 'Sniper' came to describe a skillful hunter, well versed in the arts of stalking, and a first rate shot."

SNIPER - Adrian Gilbert

This is the original meaning of the word Sniper.

The first instance of the term sniper being used in a military sense is in a letter from India in 1773. "The Soldiers...put thier hats on the parapet for the enemy to shoot at, and humorously called it sniping"

Snipers were not around before the invention of firearms, sorry Bruce.

As for the SWAT anology. SWAT Snipers are trained and armed as Military Snipers are. The have the ABILITY to hit tarets up to 1000 yards away. That is what counts. Technically a shot made with a sniper rifle from across the street is not a sniper kill, just as a shot made in QCB in the military with a sniper rifle is not a sniper kill. Just because someone is shot with a Sniper Rifle, it is not a Sniper Kill. I could shoot you in the head from point blank range with a M40A3, with the barrel touching your forehead. Would that make me a sniper? Would that count as a Sniper Kill? No it wouldn't.
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