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Moving into a sniping position How to do it, where to do it, and when to do it. Rate Topic: -----

Poll: Moving into a sniping position (591 member(s) have cast votes)

When during a game would you move into your sniping position?

  1. As soon as the game starts (161 votes [27.24%])

    Percentage of vote: 27.24%

  2. After your team has moved in (70 votes [11.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.84%

  3. When your the last player on your team (8 votes [1.35%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.35%

  4. As quickly as possible, before the other team was in hearing distance. (352 votes [59.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 59.56%

In what position would you snipe in?

  1. Standing (4 votes [0.68%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.68%

  2. Crouching (123 votes [20.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.81%

  3. Proning (442 votes [74.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 74.79%

  4. Sitting (22 votes [3.72%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.72%

When would you take your shot?

  1. When the enemy becomes visible (16 votes [2.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.71%

  2. When the enemy is right infront of you (63 votes [10.66%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.66%

  3. When the enemy has his back to you (413 votes [69.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 69.88%

  4. Wait longer, there are more players out there (99 votes [16.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.75%

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#1 User is offline   Dan--- 

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 11:05 PM

The poll questions where just to see how much people who call themselves snipers, really know about sniping, for you true snipers out there, the questions should have been easy to answer!

I am writing this topic to discuss with everyone how to move into a sniping position and then, how to act once your are in the position. When paintballing I enter my position as fast as possible so I can have a minute to scan the area and see where the enemy might be comming from and where I will have the clearest shot, when I am in position I prefer crouching, I would only prone when the cover is not enough to cover me in a crouching position, for one, when you crouch you can quickly move if needed, but when proning, if you move leaves and branches start russling, giving away your position. When it comes to taking a shot, I usually wait untill they have their back to me, unless there is another player behind them, if a player is in a position a where he can hit me after I take my shot I wait, and let my team deal with the player I let go, its not worth having the 10 second glory just to get shot after it. Well... now im going to leave this to you guys, you add your thoughts and questions!

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 08:40 AM

1) B.

The OpFor will be occupied with my teams chaos, perfect time to set up. Makes life a heckova lot easier when they forget about you.

2) C.

Lowest point. Harder to see you and more stable shooting platform.

3) C.

A lot of time when I play there arnt. If there are certain people I'm looking for or if its just a scout squad I will wait and radio to my team their location.


Roll, sit up, and run. Dudnt take that long to get up and move when prone.

I move things out of the way when I crawl, so there isnt a whole lot rustling and what not, especially when you have shadows wanting to drag race you.
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Posted 21 June 2006 - 08:53 AM

View Postghostinthewood, on Jun 21 2006, 11:40 AM, said:

1) B.

The OpFor will be occupied with my teams chaos, perfect time to set up. Makes life a heckova lot easier when they forget about you.

2) C.

Lowest point. Harder to see you and more stable shooting platform.

3) C.

A lot of time when I play there arnt. If there are certain people I'm looking for or if its just a scout squad I will wait and radio to my team their location.


Roll, sit up, and run. Dudnt take that long to get up and move when prone.

I move things out of the way when I crawl, so there isnt a whole lot rustling and what not, especially when you have shadows wanting to drag race you.

i agree thats pretty much what i wuz going to say
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Posted 21 June 2006 - 12:38 PM

While I agree with most of this, a sniper should never really rely on a "cookie-cutter" strategy. For a paintball sniper to aid his team in the fullest he must be one of, if not the most, adaptable player on the field. It all depends on the individual situation and what your commander has instructed you to do.

For example, it's sometimes not always best to actually elliminate the opfor. If your forward team is close to the opposing team's deadbox you'll just be reinforcing the opfor's flanks. Haulting or slowing a squad's forward progress is sometimes a better judgement call then just out-right eliminating them.

Then there's luring, pushing, recon, single target objectives (opfor's commander), reinforcing defense, displacing ambushes, etc...

Laying under a bush for 45 minutes is just a very small part of being a truly usefull paintball sniper. Using your brain more than your trigger finger is what will make you a good sniper.

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 09:27 PM

I totally agree, I just answered his questions. I think somone else was taking about that in a similar thread. ???

Isnt gil the equivalent to a dollar? So wouldnt that be . . . somthing else? :wacko:
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Posted 21 June 2006 - 09:45 PM

i was gonna say, those questions were reall easy.
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Posted 22 June 2006 - 09:25 PM

Honestly, the position can vary. If you're ghillied-up and going hard-core ambush-sniper, then you'd probably want to go prone. Ghost-flanker though, could vary a lot more.
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Posted 23 June 2006 - 11:19 AM

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 01:18 PM

:ph34r: with me being more of a combat marksmen i move out with a team to try to find the objective a eliminate it at what ever it takes but if the stutation calls people need to realse that snipers need to dump the gillie and go into combat with the rest of the team and assist there team because when it comes down to it 1 kill will not turn the tide of the battle in your favor the team will

oh yeah and also everyone has there own playing style so snipers need to learn all about the team before they can become a proper sniper so INTEL is VITAL
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Posted 30 June 2006 - 09:18 PM

View Postbattlestar, on Jun 29 2006, 01:18 PM, said:

:ph34r: with me being more of a combat marksmen i move out with a team to try to find the objective a eliminate it at what ever it takes but if the stutation calls people need to realse that snipers need to dump the gillie and go into combat with the rest of the team and assist there team because when it comes down to it 1 kill will not turn the tide of the battle in your favor the team will

oh yeah and also everyone has there own playing style so snipers need to learn all about the team before they can become a proper sniper so INTEL is VITAL

Alright dude settle down.

What about those ambush snipers covering your rear while the stalkers from the other team are shadowing you? They will save your butt once those stalkers get within striking distance.

Or during scenarios or larger games you have those scouts and stalkers who will letcha know what color the OpFor's boogers are, and they're wearing masks!

Theres teamwork there, its just not as direct. Its like a receiver who runs a deep route while the running back smashes through the line. The receiver didnt block for the back, but he drew a defender away from him. Its a passive teamwork if you will.

Oh yea, those 1 shot 1 kills do a lot as far as psychological warefare goes. Of course, being a marksmen you ought to know that. I mean you see an elbow you pick it off, you see a barrel you pick it off, if they're behind a log you bounce it off the ground and hit their shoe. The OpFor is too scared to peak out of their bunker. Your not sending a hose downfield, but you can hit them accuratley. That keeps them posted and the flankers can do their job more effciently. Once they put pressure on the OpFor then they have to reposition themselves which will give you a better shot.
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Posted 14 July 2006 - 01:37 AM

1) Move to position asap. I call it pulling a Neopoleon. he got to battles alot faster than his enemys thought, and it gave him the element of surprise.

2) Lower you are, harder to spot, and better control of your weapon.

3)Depends. I would wait for more people if the group wasnt worth giving away my position. I would wait for a larger group before fireing

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 12:19 PM

View PostGlitch, on Jun 21 2006, 12:38 PM, said:

While I agree with most of this, a sniper should never really rely on a "cookie-cutter" strategy. For a paintball sniper to aid his team in the fullest he must be one of, if not the most, adaptable player on the field. It all depends on the individual situation and what your commander has instructed you to do.

For example, it's sometimes not always best to actually elliminate the opfor. If your forward team is close to the opposing team's deadbox you'll just be reinforcing the opfor's flanks. Haulting or slowing a squad's forward progress is sometimes a better judgement call then just out-right eliminating them.

Then there's luring, pushing, recon, single target objectives (opfor's commander), reinforcing defense, displacing ambushes, etc...

Laying under a bush for 45 minutes is just a very small part of being a truly usefull paintball sniper. Using your brain more than your trigger finger is what will make you a good sniper.

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 11:48 AM

Well the post was moving into a sniping position, so I figured it was moving into a concealed position on your teams flanks. If I was trying to get to that position I would have liked to walk to field before play, if you can't im sure you have walked enough fields to see good avenues of aproach. I would try to get my position as fast as possible, you don't want to be seen getting there. It would deffently defeat the purpose of being sneaky if they could go around you or shoot you from behind. Since it is a sniping position you should have much need for moving, once your in I would go prone and make sure I was concealed to the utmost. When or if you see someone you should automaticaly call it in on the radio and give yourself a minute or two to see if anyone else is going to show up. Best to fire when he or she is not looking at you. If your just starting out and haven't practice enough then you might not hit them on the first time. Thats never a good thing to have him watch the round come out of a bush and hit a tree next to him. After you take him out wait a few more minutes for someone else, if you don't see anyone I would relocate.
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Posted 12 August 2006 - 08:32 PM

1. You should move into position as soon as possible, but don't be afraid of moving around to get a better angle to to stalk your prey. The bigest problem I see with new snipers is that they want to stay in one place and wait for the enemy to come to them, which is fine, but there are circumstances where you may need to go to your enemy, i.e if they are out of reasonable range, or you need at attack a base. Whatever.

2. Prone. As in the other posts being closer to the ground has many advantages including, more stable shooting position, smaller target therfor being harder spot, and harder to shoot.

3. Shoot when no one can see you shoot. If no one saw they shot they have to rely on thier ears alone and 9/10 times they will have very little idea where the shot came from (except that it was from behind them).
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Posted 12 August 2006 - 08:36 PM

I have my own special shooting position. Get on both knees and put your face on the ground, then lift your head up just enough where you can see. This way you can come to a crouching position if you need to see over the underbrush without making a bunch of movement, and you are still concealed by the brush. Only problem is it hurts your neck. I like to go prone, but most of the time there isn't enough leg room so I have to do this.
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