My new friend, Filipe, e-mailed me from Brazil and had a raft of really sweet questions, even if some of his English is rough around the edges. And I think you have probably asked one or more of them. So I posted it all here for your consumption.
Filipe! You rock dude! Thanks for the awesome e-mail. Totally made me smile.
A paintball ghillie suit looks like really fundamental to a paintball sniper. Do you have any tips do do may own ghillie? Any tuto or something… I have some ideas, but i think they are a bit… Wrong. :p
Ghillie – helpful but not necessary. Less is more. Custom build a ghillie suit. Use old camouflage pants, burlap and tan/grey/brown colors. The store bought ghillies are, for the most part, too bulky, too dark and too flimsy
If i get caught? Like by a guy with a fully-auto marker… I know, if i do everything right, i won’t be caught. But when i still newb, you know…
If you get caught, do what you must to stay alive. Make it real. A real sniper wouldn’t just sit and take it. If your position is compromised, you’re screwed anyway in terms of camo. MAKE THEM CHASE YOU. The hunted always has the advantage. P.S. Shoot back.
One thing i were thinking about: When the match start, my team starts do advance, to meet the other team, and then start the combat. Me, as a tactical paintball sniper, should run to get a position, and there hold for any possible target? Or just move slowly… Like 1/4 speed?
Part of being a paintball sniper is the “one-shot, one-elimination” attitude. But the aspects of stealth and camo are extremely valuable tools in any situation. Use them. Maneuver for a stealth flank. Run fast to get where you have the advantage and then sit tight. Intercept them. Ambush them. And move slow if you need to. You have skills many players don’t have. Put them to work.
Well, now a bout the gear:
The paintball sniper marker! Its a hard question… So, now i am about to buy a Tippmann Alpha Black, as my woodsball/scenario marker. Do you really think its a good marker for sniping?
Anything with Tippman’s name on it get’s my nod. Very good. But the impact of a paintball sniper IS NOT about the marker. It is about patience and cunning. It is about stealth and camouflage. If you do it right, you should be able to use any marker that you’re comfortable with. That said, see the next point.
What are the qualities of a good paintball sniping marker?
Here are my “7 Critical Qualities of a Great Paintball Sniper Rifle” (and 2 Surprising Exclusions) –
Maneuverable, light, camouflaged, better than average barrel, small hopper, high pressure air, stock. Forget the scope. Forget the bipod.
What do you think about the coil remote? Would it be a problem to the camouflage?
Coil remotes are great for tactical play but not for a sniper role. It’s not a problem at all to camouflage but if you get into the deeper brush, it’s just one more thing to get tangled up.
A bi-pod… Would it be a good source to shoot while prone?
Forget the bi-pod. You don’t need it. It’s extra weight and bulk. 9 times out of 10, I’m in a sitting position or laying on my back waiting for the close range eliminations.
I’ve heard a guy say that pump action markers are the most acurate on the market. True?
Pump action markers are typically simpler and more efficient. Similar to a real bolt action rifle being more accurate than a semi-automatic. With a good barrel, pump guns are awesome. Not only are they effective but playing a stealth game with a pump will hone your skills to a razors edge.
Really, thank you for the questions! Great to get a note like this.
I hope it was helpful. Please pass forward this along to all your teammates and paintball friends.