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Posted 09 February 2006 - 07:40 PM

Sniper Marker Modifications

When You start to think about modifying your sniper marker into the ideal weapon, there are a lot of things that you are going to need to consider. These modifications should make your marker into something that every other sniper dreams of owning. They are just basic ideas, and there are many other options. It basically goes over the options that you have for upgrading.

there is a lot of decisions involved in buying and assembling your whole sniper setup, and it is a complicated process. My best advice here is to look through the volumnes of text written in these forums and ask questions about what to look for in the perfect marker setup. The ultimate setup is only achieved through hours and hours of testing and refining. This is something very few of us actually get to do. The following hints and tips on marker setup should give you a general idea of what is needed.

While I do think that a lot of these modifications are extremely helpful, I do not think that they will work for everybody. Everything that is done to your marker should be based on what you need, and not what other people think that you should have. There is no set in stone way that any marker should be set up, it all really depends on what you need and expect from your marker. Please keep in mind that these are suggestions to guide you, and are not "rules."

First of all you will want to consider using the best quality paint that you can afford. Quality paint will increase your accuracy and give you more consistent trajectory, or less balls that wing off to the sides. This type of accuracy is essential for making one shot kills. I have written a whole thread that is devoted to this exact step, so I will give you a link to it here. This is one of the biggest steps, or modifications you can make to bring your accuracy up a notch.

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You would do well to switch to HPA, go remote, and get a stock for your marker. This step is very important because it balances the gun and increases you accuracy. You will be able to bring the gun to target more quickly, and have less of a backwards tilt to the gun as you go to aim. You are also going to want to have an extremely lightweight marker. A light marker can be brought to aim very quickly, making quick and precise shots possible. These items for the most part work best if used together. They all serve to do the same thing: increase accuracy.

Basically any of these items will have the same performance. Remotes and stocks all really come down to personal preference, so try them out and see what you like. You will want something that simply feels right for you. Try and test them out by using somebody else's or feeling them over at a paintball shop. Remotes that are brand name are usually all good, and have the same qualities for the most part. You should consider getting a slide check for the remote, as they are only about $10 dollars more and very handy.

HPA tanks are pretty much all the same in performance too. Get something that you like the looks of, and will work good for you. As far as sizing is concerned, snipers generally use smaller tanks because they shoot far less then most players, and also because they are so lightweight. This is an advantage, but some snipers still prefer the larger sized tanks.

With Stocks, you want something that is the right length for your reach, looks appealing to you, and works for the application that you are going to apply it to. You will need to consider a raised sight rail for some stocks, as they do not allow you too look down your sights while wearing a mask. Some stocks are designed not to require the raised sight rail, such as the dogleg stock. Remember, there is usually a drawback that comes along with benefits. With the dogleg, you do not have a place to rest your cheek, and it hinders your snapshooting. These are very important to many players.

Also, many people simply prefer to use their tank as a stock. Whatever your preference is, you should not feel that anything is necessary to be a sniper. You need to be comfortable with your gear, even if it is a normal tank used as a stock.

In my opinion, using a red dot sight is very important to the sniper. Many people feel that they do not need one, but I find they are almost essential for me to play well. This all comes down to what works for YOU though. Try stuff out and you will know what you like.

The red dot will increase you first shot accuracy. It will allow you to get a good aim on the target, and take one shot that is very likely to end up being a kill. That is always important, as the first shot is the most likely to connect. I recommend getting a scope with high eye relief so that you can use it with your mask. It is simply a mod that makes sense. Most red dots function very well no matter their price, so a cheaper one should work fine for you.

Red dot sights will often require the use of a raised sight rail if you have a stock like I said before. This is because of the masks interference with the stock. The sight rail is the most obvious choice to take, but you can also get a stoack that feels comfortable when you are using a sight. You will also need to make sure your marker has the right rail and you use the right mounts. Check into all of this before you make any purchases.

You are going to want a quiet marker, and this is a big issue with the sniper role. A quiet marker is going to make it harder for the enemy to locate you if you only make one shot. The inability to determine where you are is highly advantageous, and is a great concern when choosing a marker. The only thing keeping you hidden is superior concealment techniques. When you shoot you are giving the enemy a beacon to identify your position by. Make it so that beacon is as dimly lit as possible. Make your marker as quiet as you can, and put some time into considering your options in this matter.

It is not really much of an option to always buy the most quiet marker right out of the box. People don't usually base their decisions for a marker on how quiet it is to start with. That is why I think it is important to cover mainly how to make your marker quiet after the purchase. Also, you probably already have a marker to begin with.

For the most part, you are going to want to focus on a quiet barrel and a quiet hopper. These are the two most important modifications you can make to the gun to keep yourself unnoticed. For a quiet hopper you will probably want to add some felt to the inside, or get a hopper with thick walls, which reduce the amount of sound as well. I feel that this should be bookmarked for most people, simply because you cannot enjoy sniper success if you are noisy.

Another option that I have recently seen for making your pods or hopper quiet is the use of some shelve padding from Wal-Mart. This handy stuff is extemely cheap and can be glued to the inside or pods or hoppers. This is a good way to quiet down your paintballs a bit. Pictures of this mod are to come.

You might also want a hopper, which does not block your view down thebarrel so that you can have better accuracy. You can use a Q-loader which can be mounted below the marker to solve this problem. The Q-loader is also very quiet. Although I worry about the feeder tube getting snagged, many people claim good success with this loader, so there is no reason for me to doubt its performance. These are some of the most popular ways to go about making the hopper smaller or out of the way.

Here is a link to the Q-loader website:
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Another great option is the Tac-Cap for the A-5 or 98 Custom. This reduces the capacity of the cyclone hopper, and makes your marker much lighter. This will help balance your marker a bit better, and simply will feel better overall when you are playing. Why carry around extra ammo that you are not going to use anyways?

Here are some things to consider when purchasing or using a hopper. It is a good idea to have pods that are half the capacity of your hopper. That way it will be easier to keep your hopper full, and more quiet. If you have to wait until your hopper is nearly empty until you can refill, you are going to be making a lot of noise. Another hopper consideration is putting a neoprene cover over it. This will further reduce sound.

Another way to have a quiet barrel is to use a Stiffi. These barrels have been proven to be the quietest thing out there, and they are definitely worth a try. Here is a link to the Stiffi site so you can read all about it and make some decisions for yourself here. For the most part, porting is what quiets the sound of any barrel, and Stiffi addresses this concern very well. The carbon fiber design is also extremely light, and that is a benefit to any marker. It is not a huge gain, but something nonetheless.

http://www.sitemfg.c...ion.html]Stiffi Website

Another consideration is the length of the barrel that you choose. Mostly it just comes down to preference in my opinion. You can get a long barrel up to 21" and possibly see the benefits. Most will argue that this type of barrel wastes gas because of the length. While this is true, it only really uses enough gas to reduce the shots per tank by about 20 paintballs. Depending on the gun that number might increase or decrease, but really if you feel you need a longer barrel then go for it. Shorter barrels can be beneficial though because they are easy to maneuver. No matter what length you have, just make sure that the barrel is quiet and accurate, That is the biggest concern in this department.

One other modification that you might make to your marker is a bipod. Now, there really is not a large need for a bipod when you are sniping, but to some it is very beneficial. If you spend a lot of time in the prone position (crawling) then you can definitely use the added stability of the bipod. It gets the marker off of the ground and makes it easier to shoot while prone. This can come in very handy. Another reason for a bipod is to use it for recon. This gives a good brace while you are scanning an area, and makes life a bit simpler.

Some of the disadvantages are the weight of the bipod, and it simply is not used an awful lot if you do not crawl or have a need to use it enough. Now, if you have a need to use one a lot, it will outweigh the con of weight, but if you never use it then it is doing you no good whatsoever. Again, this is a mod that you make depending on the way that you play.

In conclusion, there are many things that the sniper can do to make their marker work better for you over the course of a game. What you really need to do in order to decide which of these will work for you is spend a lot of time on the field figuring outt what you like, and testing other equipment if possible. These modifications will not work for eveyone, but they are some of the most popular. You need to modify your marker into something that you can take onto the field and use as a tool designed to accomplish what you expect form it. Anything short of that is not good enough for an experienced sniper.

This post has been edited by Femur Breaker: 14 February 2006 - 03:30 PM

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Posted 09 February 2006 - 07:44 PM

great info. will use it.
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Posted 09 February 2006 - 09:03 PM

really, the beat all advice is to ask yourself "what is wrong with my gun and do i really need it?"

Just because the 'experts' and 'experienced' players say you need a stock, even though your comfortable with your tank, doesnt mean you should get a stock regardless.
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Posted 09 February 2006 - 09:21 PM

"While I do think that a lot of these modifications are extremely helpful, I do not think that they will work for everybody. Everything that is done to your marker should be based on what you need, and not what other people think that you should have. There is no set in stone way that any marker should be set up, it all really depends on what you need and expect from your marker. Please keep in mind that these are suggestions to guide you, and are not "rules."

I added this into my thread just for you Ghostinthewood. I thought that I had emphasized "what works for you" well enough, but it is what the reader thinks that matters. It has been edited.
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Posted 09 February 2006 - 09:25 PM

One thing to seriously consider here is a regulator of some sort (assuming one is not already on the marker). A sight may make your first shot accuracy a bit higher, a regulator will make your shot-to-shot consistency (and thus accuracy) higher.

However, the ultimate rule is this: Add on whatever improves the game FOR YOU. In the end, you're the only person who can give a final answer on this one, as you're pulling the trigger.
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Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:35 PM

I edited some stuff, reorganized my thinking so it was easier to read, and added in a few mods.

Hopefully this will make it a better piece to read. I reread it and there was some things that were not clear even to me..lol. All better now, but I know there must be more to write about. Any ideas for more mods, or about what I have so far?

I know that I can make it better, I just am looking for directions.
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Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:53 PM

Good work Femur Breaker. You've done it again... so many stickies man lol.
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Posted 15 February 2006 - 05:33 PM

Dang, yet another amazing post made by Femur Breaker.
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Posted 15 February 2006 - 06:35 PM

furmer breaker your way too good at posting

and a great post only thing i can say is that you forgot about CCM barrels they are a little quiter than a stiffi
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Posted 16 February 2006 - 12:54 AM

Great post again :D



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Posted 08 April 2006 - 01:33 PM

Great post Femurbreaker but you also have to consider that sniping is 50% skill like i use a stock gun with a stock 9-inch barrel and most of my shots are long range single ball kills.
Also a sniper should add guillie to their weapon.

My gun only has one problem for me which is that the feed port is vertical. so I cant mount a sight wat should i do about this???

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 12:26 PM

View PostShortjak, on Apr 8 2006, 01:33 PM, said:

Great post Femurbreaker but you also have to consider that sniping is 50% skill like i use a stock gun with a stock 9-inch barrel and most of my shots are long range single ball kills.
Also a sniper should add guillie to their weapon.

My gun only has one problem for me which is that the feed port is vertical. so I cant mount a sight wat should i do about this???

P.S. I cant just go buy a new marker. :huh:



if your sight is vertical, get an ofset rail for your current setup. the offset connects to where a sight would normally attatch but moves it over and down at an angle to clear a path of view. they come in many different styles so check them out and see what works best


you could also get an elbow for your hopper. this will put your hopper at an angle and you can then mount a sight regularly but you might have to get a raised mount to see over the curve of the elbow

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 01:40 PM

Just recently got a Tippmann A-5, could i get some ideas for good mods for it?
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 04:50 PM

Awesome dude. I'll bookmark this. It'll help a new sniper like me :unsure:
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Posted 17 July 2006 - 02:49 PM

Good info. I disagree that the bipod should even be considered tho. I find them heavy and useless, form experience.

You might also want to include a list of loud items, and a list of quiet items for the sniper.

For examle, a Tippmann marker tends to be the loudest marker on the feild. A stock Spyder is a mid range volume. An Autococker, Automag, Dye Matrix series marker and Ion tend to be very quiet.

A Flatline barrel is one of the loudest barrels in the world, along with un-ported short barrels (including the Apex). You did mention the Stiffi being very quiet. Carbon fiber barrels in general tend to be VERY silent.

Barrel kits can also be a huge asset, as they allow you to perfectly match your bore size with the paint size. We all know that greatly improves accuracy. The Stiffi Switch Kit is the quietest, and perhaps most accurate kit in the world.

Another huge thing you may want to mod on the marker is the markers finish. Markers tend to be black, which is a bad color to use when trying to conceal yourself. Covering your marker in camo tape, Spandoflauge, or even painting it a drab color can greatly improve you marker concealment ability. That is more of a camo thing, but I would include it among my mods for theultimate sniper setup.

I can say from personal experience that the Q Loader rocks for the sniper. Its the best tool for the job. Kicks butt over the tac caps. You get twice as much ammo storage, which means half the reloads of a tac cap. It also force feeds your marker faster than any loader in the world, if you want to do a quick burst of shots. It also makes no noise, and does not allow for any ball rattle while moving. The perfect sniper loader.

All in all a great article. Good job Femur.
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