a paintball gun obvisually cant shoot hundreds of yards
...with that lack of range, other qualities of the sniper also become negated...'snipers' get a bad name because the vast overwhelming majority of them fail to make the connection to reality.
I wouldn't necessarily say "negated", but the challenge or degree of difficulty increases to a level I do not think many would-be-snipers here are prepared for, or that their expectations are realistically aligned with. As with one of the five senses, when one is removed, a person learns to compensate for a lost sense by developing, accentuating, and relying more heavily on the senses that remain. Physically challenged people do not surrender to their lost functionality; they improvise
. Possessing the ability to shoot with precision over long distances (a relative term) is only one characteristic, attribute, or quality of a field effective sniper. If that field advantage is reduced or eliminated, they improvise
The primary advantage of distance to a sniper is the minimized risk of detection and engagement by the enemy; distance facilitates concealment. While effective range distances are considerably shorter in paintball, does that mean one cannot hide from an opponent within a proximity of 150 feet or less? I have hidden in the darkness so close to my prey that I could feel their breath on my face. I have remained so motionless in broad daylight that I have spooked people near me who didn't realize I was real...hidden in plain view
. Does a military sniper always have 1000 yards of unobstructed field of view to ensure his position is not compromised? Would a sniper prefer to move closer to his intended target if doing so would improve his odds while still maintaining his cover? Are snipers forced to improvise
when the preferred/expected/anticipated/planned shot is not available? Distance is a factor
, a consideration
, not an absolutely essential necessity to an effective sniper...when that factor
is compromised, a sniper must improvise
In fact, if there is any one attribute all snipers share and rely upon to be effective or successful, it is their enhanced ability to improvise
. A sniper, paintball or otherwise, must be able to improvise his appearance, technique, skills, and thinking to the situation, environment, and challenges he encounters EVERY
time he is in the field. Sniper camouflage is not one style for all occasions. It must be improvised each and every time to blend with the current field landscape...everything from the densest rainforest to the most barren desert. When the expected shot does not line up, the sniper must find another angle. When the target moves, the sniper must move. If the target is close, the risk of detection increases, so stealth and diversion become greater factors. When the target is far away, there is increased risk for other objects to move into one's line of sight...these objects must be accounted for. If the cover is poor, the sniper must go lower and slower to get into position for target acquisition. If the day is windy, the sniper must take that into account. If the target is moving, that must be accounted for.
Again, the sniper must be able to improvise
upon any given situation or surrounding. True, this attribute is seen in and useful to other roles or assignments, but it is absolutely critical and essential to being a successful and effective sniper...yes, a sniper, paintball or otherwise, must be able to make precision shots (relatively speaking) from concealed positions REGARDLESS
of distance (relatively speaking) and other FACTORS, but a sniper must truly be a master at improvising
Assasin2213, on May 23 2007, 09:00 AM, said:
The one thing that i find nonbelievers nagging on snipers is that we can't shoot long range. Even if we proove there are snipers, they always say that there arn't because we can't shoot far.
People here tend to fail to make the distinction between distance being a factor
, and not a sniper attribute
. It reminds me of my kids when they say there is nothing to eat in the house. I point out the bread and lunchmeat for sandwiches, milk and cereal, fruit and vegetables, and the occasional leftover in the fridge and they respond with, "Well, there is no GOOD
food in the house!", meaning fast food or goodies. I think when people state there are no snipers in paintball, they really mean to state there are no GOOD
paintball snipers, which may or may not be the case depending upon their experience, and their attitude towards snipers, paintball or otherwise.
This post has been edited by ghostinthewood: 14 June 2007 - 03:29 PM