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Paintball Sniper Training – What would you want?

A buddy and I were talking the other day and we have noticed a serious lack of training out there for woodsball and rec ballers and in particular, paintball sniper training for those wanting to play a more serious game of stealth, recon and ambush.

So, we started putting together a wish list.  If money were no object and we could get training from whoever/wherever we wanted, what would we ask for.  Here were a couple of our ideas:

– Camouflage expert, maybe from a military school

– Stealth and movement expert

– Marker tuning and selection.

Those were just a few but I thought I’d give you all a chance to jump in.  So leave a comment below.  Any relevant training that your heart desires is fair game.

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  1. Penguin
    Posted January 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Definitely all that has been mentioned, also not only marker set up and reviews but also product reviews: recommended scope, best camo for each environment, best bipod, etc. Hearing from an expert and trainers on sniping, the philosophy, mindset, and art of the one shot, one kill, and how to train for it. Strategic movement and how to best read your environment and blend into the background. Game preparation and training, from moving within different environments to conditioning you body for best results. Utilizing not only articles for information but tie it to a demonstration video.

  2. Zach Vance
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    For camo styles/ techniques, stealth move is a must, marker tuning, judgeing distance, wind, tematures and how they affect the ball as it leaves the gun.

  3. ThreeJsDad
    Posted February 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Given the lack of ideal equipment for this role I would love to see some DIY stuff on building a sniper gun and maybe some other gear as well. I have built one sniper gun and I have started another one that will be a mag feed designed for finned paintballs. It took a great deal of hunting to find the information needed, it would be great to have this type if help in one location.

  4. fireman
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    How to blend in the suroundings, finding the best spots to fire from, estimate distance to target, shooting moving targets….

  5. dan
    Posted March 20, 2011 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    would like to know if a spyder mr1 can be made into a snyper marker

  6. charlie
    Posted March 22, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    I would wanna learn about hand signals that a marksmen would use.

  7. Ian
    Posted April 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Fieldcraft is IMO one of the hardest things to learn most other things can be fixed with money and time but if you don’t have the fieldcraft then it doesn’t matter.

  8. Ben
    Posted April 25, 2011 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    I think reviews are great. Also, help with those long distance shots. And please include effective ways to cover your teamates that are advancing.

  9. sniper in training
    Posted April 28, 2011 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    how to have better aim and what gun mods should be done for this.

  10. Mitchel
    Posted April 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    How to get a marker as accurate as possible.

    Get a Q&A session with an actual marine sniper thats on leave or something and ask him what his best tips are.

  11. WildWendy
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    As has already been said, Fieldcraft, knowing how to blend in and move silently are key to a snipers trade. That and having a weapon tuned and properly prepared for the job at hand.

  12. badgamuss
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Great article. I am a firm believer of slow steady movement will hide you the best in the chaos of a match. One thing I would like to share is, when I am hunting sniper the dead giveaway I look for is the hopper. That thing sticking up is like a flag saying “here I am”. I use a TacCap from Rap4. It diminishes my profile drastically. Even though I go from 200 shots to 56. As a sniper it is the first couple of shots that count.

  13. Silenceisgolden
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Umm more so then what you guys had up because the camo expert would also cover the movement techniques.

    if i had the golden opportunity of a life time no money is needed, not gonna lie Mike Jaco the author of “the intuitive warrior” only because, training can get you to a level that can get you the perfect stalk/ambush.
    And the reason i would talk to Micheal is only because his real world experiences and valuable insights from his life I think would increase your “game”

    Also he was a Trainer for the Navy Seals “hell week” he could train you to do absolutely everything but more so then physically training, but more so the Mental training required for anyone training for Tactical paintball sniping.

  14. Mathias Henriksen
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    I would love to get more knowledge about how to make the perfect gun/riffle-wrap.
    If you could make a video from the really beginning, to the last day on how to make the ghilliesuit, from the beginning. Like a diary with pictures.


  15. Infamous
    Posted June 18, 2011 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    While it’s fun to talk about extreme equipment and techniques, I would think that fundamental and intermediate-level techniques, strategies and equipment would be appreciated by more members. I thought your video of how to create a simple ghillie elastic for a marker was perfect. Many people would like to begin with relatively inexpensive upgrades and new ways to hone their skills (although I have enjoyed taking out the ultra-equipped yet less aware opponents). Videos from other experts in guest spots would be welcome, too.

    You can always create a more advanced thread for those who consider themselves to have been snipers for some time. I look forward to more of your work. Oorah!

  16. Twitch
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I would love to see an article or video on How to make your own camo at the field, quickly. Store bought camo is good, but every field is different. I know Military snipers often make their own camo when they get to the kill area. In paintball, we do not usually have time to do this to that level, but I would liek to know the most effective quick tricks to use in order to incorporate the local flavor into my Camo. I do not use Ghillie suits. they slow me down if I ever need to move quickly. Thanks.

  17. Jake
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    you definately know your stuff and i love that i just want to know how to make my gun more accurate.

  18. laserman
    Posted July 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    i would like to know how to deploy a fellow sniper so that as a team we could maximize effectiveness, and i think that you should teach not only sniper tecniques, but counter sniper tecniques as well

  19. Roger
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    I would like to learn more on how to move and shoot without being seen.

  20. Zach
    Posted August 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    More on hand singles and how to keep paintballs from deforming as well how to judge distance properly

  21. Sully
    Posted August 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    I would really love to see some training on breathing properly, not getting excited before you shoot and being able to calm your heart rate. I would be awesome to get some help holding your gun the same every time, to always be as accurate as possible. It would also help a lot of players, including me, how to communicate through hand and body signals / language to other players.

  22. William
    Posted September 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Well I was hoping to learn wat add ins to get for my marker, also wat markers r best to use as a sniper gun. Would like to see how the enviornment can affect ur shot.

  23. Enoch
    Posted December 13, 2011 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    I would love a video so I can see what to and what not to do for camo.

  24. Dale Brown
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Since a Paintball sniper is only a couple hundred feet away a the very best and much closer most of the time; How can a shot be made without giving up where you are shooting from? Even the quietest marker can be heard from 100 feet away.

  25. Bryton Larsen
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    Definitely judging wind with paintballs, and being able to calculate distance with the naked eye, how to make some kid of a DOPE card, and how to properly veg up your ghillie while in the field and not give away your position, how to pull security for another sniper in a two man team scenario!
    Thanks man!
    P.s. Thanks for all the help along the way!:)

  26. Posted November 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Bryton! Great questions and we’ll get to work! Thanks for dropping by!

  27. Posted November 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Oooh, good question Dale. An article is in the works!

  28. Epsidufus
    Posted November 21, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    I would like to know how to judge distances effectively, how to take a shot while under fire and not give away where you are before the shot, and how to effectively provide covering fire for teammates on the field. I have an MR100 Pro with a 14 inch barrel and accuracy is pretty good, though it varies in the cold (I use CO2, can’t afford an HPA tank!). From experience taking shots while under fire or people hunting you is very hard but possible if “lucky”, which I know is not true you just need technique. Even when you have those kids behind you camping and just taking fire from the hole enemy team, poking your head out for a second can be disastrous. Another problem is providing covering fire for an advance. To effectively provide covering fire for a teammate without wasting ammo or being completely noneffective, I think, is one of the most challenging things in the game. Just my ideas, Thanks for reading.

  29. KillFace
    Posted November 27, 2013 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    moving targets, weapon selection, stealth, where to fire from.

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