Oh yeah... I did do some reseach on the whole sniper thing. Actually I found more info when I was able to ask the question how I did rather than say there is no sniper in paintball. I just think the name "sniper" is very misleading, also most of us know that there is no way to be more accurate with a round projectile than the next guy. Thats why we have hard brass cone shaped bullets and not soft lead balls anymore. I am not saying there is no such thing as a sniper. I think there is a position that needs to be taken there. I just think the name is misleading. (I do like the SEALS idea but that would be a bit much, so would Rnger or Marine scout) I just think too many people without prior knowledge of military tactics, or experiance are all to ready to call themselves the most BAD BUTTOCKS! guy on the field. Via everytime I talk to a beginning player in the first conversation of paintball he asks: "How can I be a sniper and what gun shoots far like a sniper gun?"
Just wondering why we mislead with the names we adopt. Please dont confuse this with saying there is not such a position on the field. There is and someone has to do it. If you like to be stealth like and be a forward observer for your team, or conduct a quick clean one shot one kill ambush against mulitple foe. This position might be for you. I just refuse to call it sniping.
The traditional definition of a sniper is an infantry soldier especially skilled in field craft and marksmanship, who kills selected enemies from concealment with a rifle at long distances. Typically and ideally, a proficient sniper approaches an enemy undetected, uses a single bullet per target, and withdraws without being seen. The word originates from the snipe, a game bird known for being difficult for hunters to sneak up on.
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"In the last few decades the term 'sniper' has been used rather loosely, especially by media in association with police precision riflemen, those responsible for assassination, any shooting from all but the shortest range in war and any criminal equipped with a rifle in a civil context. This has rather expanded the general understanding of the meaning of the term. It has also given the term 'sniper' distinctly pejorative connotations. This explains the increasing use of alternative terms, especially for police snipers such as counter-sniper, precision marksman, tactical marksman, sharpshooter and precision shooter".
So maybe tactical marksman would be more accurate? I think it sounds nice and impressive enough.
This post has been edited by Soldier9243: 15 March 2006 - 08:59 AM