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01 June 2008 - 09:09 PMMore and more scenarios and paintball fields are incorporating urban environments. Especially when it comes the the scenario world where the play goes on for hours, urban battles can be long enough for you to utilize certain techniques. Here is a crash course in urban sniping tactics adapted somewhat for paintball. In reality, in the very close confines of the small 'towns' that make up the paintball urban scene, there is no real ballistic advantage of any paintball gun, so it is more ambush techniques than it is 'sniping'. But nevertheless, the Urban scene offers many opportunities for ambushes, almost better than the woods. Becoming well rounded in all environments will make you a better asset to your team.
The book answer is that camo color for urban environments is shades of gray. This works in most urban terrain, but any subdued dull color will work regardless if it is blotched or digitized. In urban terrain, there is usually large areas of all the same or mostly the same color. Building walls, debris, etc. Sometimes camouflage clothing actually stands out more than not because of it's sudden change in colors or pattern like you would find in the woods. Since buildings, cars, cebris, and whatnot are all man made, there is a lot of straight lines, hard corners, unnatural colors, and debris making it both easier and harder to camouflage yourself. Basically, you want to try not to be the darkest thing running around, but at the same time you don't want to be the lightest. You want to be boring, average, and unnoticeable. Remember, the head and shoulders outline is one of the most recognizable outlines to humans.
If it looks like a great hide, it isn't. The guy in the church tower in the movies always gets taken out. Why? Because people always assume that the high places are where the sniper is going to be. Being up in a tower gives you a better view and may allow your rounds to go a little farther, and is alright if the surrounding area is your team so you have the cover, but it can be a death trap. Escaping from that tower is limited and you are pretty much stuck if you et surrounded. Don't shoot from the roof, try the 2nd story. Not the tower, but the roof of the building next to the tower. Don't be the tallest thing in the environment. This way, when you fire from your concealed location, they will spray the tower and any other tall places that they see. Meanwhile, you are left somewhat alone to pick off people as you please. Don't fire over things, try to fire under or around to obscure your outline.
Don't shoot from windows or doors if you can avoid it. Try to find smaller loopholes that you can shoot from. Never ever stick your barrel out of the loophole. Scoot back and shoot from inside the building. It will muffle your shot and hide the CO2 that comes out of the end of your barrel. A barrel sticking out of a hole is a big giveaway. If you are shooting from a room through a window or door, stay back in the room. Find your intended shooting lane and try to block anything that is not in that lane out of view. If you can, shoot from a back room through a door and then out a window. It may be awkward, but it will really hide your location. Stay in the darker rooms and avoid the light. Pick several shooting locations in one area that you can get to without having to reveal yourself. Shoot a couple from this location and then quickly move to the next. This way, as your targets are reacting to rounds coming from one location and taking cover, you may be able to catch them from a different angle and get them while they are bunkered down and not moving.
Another technique would be to shoot through the buildings without actually being in them. On one side of the building, line multiple windows, doors, or other spaces up and shoot through them giving the other team the illusion it is coming from that building. Meanwhile, since you are outside of the buildings you have the ability to move around freely. If they move in to try and clear the building, swing around front and take out some of the guys that they left out side. You are only limited to your imagination.
ALWAYS HAVE AN ESCAPE ROUTE
Always have a way out. Know the layout of the building you are in. If the poo hits the fan, sling some paint to keep their head down and move quickly. You don't always have to go alone. Take a buddy or tow to watch your back. In a building with 3 or 4 ways to get in, blind spots, choke points, and limited hearing and vision, you can't always concentrate on security and eliminating your targets. They can also help you by distracting the targets while you move. Or make your targets move into a position more advantageous for your shot. They can watch your back and move with you. Make sure they know the E&E and displacement plan.
The skies the limit on this one. You can sneak to an unoccupied or sparsely populated urban environment and set up shop because you know more people are going to come around eventually. Or, if you are in a hotbed of activity, you move forward with your front line. Then, when the front line falls back a little (either due to enemy fire or on purpose), you stick around with maybe a couple of buddies as security and pick off the other team as they move up to occupy the newly vacated positions. Once you have over stayed your welcome, you can rejoin your team and do it again (in a different spot). Eventually, if you are successful, the other team is not going to push forward so aggressively when your team falls back. This is a good time for a concentrated push by your team to gain some ground. Vehicles make good insertion tools as well. Use them as cover or to mask your movements or shots. Even enemy vehicles have blind spots that you can use to your advantage.
When it comes to all aspects of Urban Ops, you are only limited to your imagination and common sense. I am sure that many people on here have some experience in using an urban environment to their advantage and can share their experiences as well.
30 May 2008 - 11:16 AMI looked around the forum and couldn't find one topic specifically addressing the use and employment of a ghillie suit.
In the Army, part of the right of passage as a sniper is building your ghillie suit. The construction of it is passed down from sniper to sniper, and each sniper adds his own element to it that makes it his own, like a signature. As new snipers join the section, all this information is passed down. And as you meet and work with other snipers, you see what they did to their suits and you take away ideas from that. All in all, one is never done building his suit, it is a project that continues throughout his career as a sniper.
A ghille suit is a specialized camouflage designed to break up the very distinct outline of the human body. The myth of the ghillie suit is that it can be used by itself without any kind of modification or camo. While this may be true in a grassy environment, the stringy jute tends to look out of place in a very leafy environment of the woods.
First of all, what colors should you use in a ghillie suit? Tan should be the predominate color in your ghillie suit as it is found in all environments. From there, look at the area that you are playing in and throw in some other colors. The one that I use for sniping is mostly tan with some olive green and brown thrown in for break up. Stay away from pastel colors, black, and really bright greens. Also, too little jute is better than too much. You can always add more later.
Secondly, once you are done with your ghillie suit, you need to break it in. New jute shines like crazy when the sun hits it. Find or make a mud puddle and rub your ghillie suit in it until it is nice and nasty. Then drag it over sand, rocks, dirt, leaves, etc. This dulls the color and gives the suit a natural look. Don't worry, jute is a lot stronger than it looks, and as long as you sewed it on well, it should shrug off this little abuse. After you are done with it, you can hose it off or just set it out to dry. Once it is dry, beat it against a wall or something to get rid of excess dirt. Now your ghillie is ready to be worn. The colors on your suit now blend in more.
Now, the whole debate on using natural vegetation. The ghillie suit is designed for you to add natural vegetation. The natural vegetation is what allows you to disappear. As one of my sniper instructors put it, 'veg is the edge.' Or you can take the words of another instructor, 'Men, veg the **** up!' If you want to blend in with your environment, you need that natural veg. At least veg up when you find a good ambush spot. Take a pair of garden shears with you to cut some good veg. Use hard celled vegetation as it usually takes longer to wilt. Grass, bushes, trees, sticks, etc is what you should look for. Fragile plants such as flowers will wilt in a matter of minutes. Cover mainly your shoulders and head. Add some to your back. Don't worry about your legs and boots. If you get caught because of your legs, you are doing something wrong.
Attaching veg to your suit. I have heard a lot of you complain that you can't get veg to stay on your suit. I have tried tucking it into the netting and using the jute itself to tie it on, but both ways didn't work very well. So here is what the snipers in my unit use, and what is taught at sniper school. Go buy zip ties (also sold as cable ties) and hair rubber bands that your sisters use to do their hair. Buy a good amount, 20-30 and in good, subdued colors (black, brown, dark blue, etc). Zip tie the hair bands to the netting all over on your ghillie suit. Now just wrap the band around the veg a couple times and boom, your veg sticks around. The other way to do it (this is that way I prefer) is to take para cord and cut them into 8-10 inch pieces. Pull the white 'guts' out and discard them. Burn the edges of the para cord shell and attach it to your ghillie suit like you would if it was jute. You can secure it with a knot if they tend to become loose. Now just tie veg in when you need it. Remember that you want to veg your head and shoulders the most.
Now for your gun. Put some of the hair bands tight around the barrel, and hopper. Shove veg into those bands to create a great natural camo scheme. I used an all black, non painted rifle at sniper school and successfully used this technique. To help break up your scope or sight, get a pair of old panty hose or stockings from your mom, sister, girlfriend, aunt, etc, or buy a cheap pair from the store. Use a good neutral tan color. Cut a section from the middle of one of the legs. It should resemble a giant, thick rubber band. Now just stretch it over your sight or scope and secure it with rubber bands if needed. This helps soften the edges of your sight making it blend in a little easier.
Choosing your veg. Gather veg that is several meters in front of you and behind you. When you get to your hide sight, use some of the veg in that area. Don't destroy your concealment in doing so. Gather it from beside or behind. Another place where the garden shears come in handy.
Moving with the Ghillie Suit
It is totally natural to feel big and bulky while stalking with the ghillie suit on. It's because you are. Try not to feel claustrophobic and just move like you normally would. A ghillie suit is worth its weight in an ambush. Just move slowly and methodically stopping every so often to look and listen. Watch for areas that your jute could become caught and cause a whole bunch of overhead movement. Don't rise above the surrounding vegetation if you can avoid it. Stay low and move slowly. Common sense stuff.
Ghillie Suit Tips:
-Wear a camelback under your suit to stay hydrated, especially during the warm months.
-If you want to cool your suit down a bit, cut a large, rectangular section out of the back of your suit and sew or glue in a section of mesh, like from a laundry bag. The downside is that you are going to get poked in the back with veg.
-Spray the front of your suit down with tent waterproofing. This will help shed a little water if you crawl through a damp area.
-Use spray paint to dull out sections or break up sections that are too uniform in color. This is another reason why you should use mainly tan. Tan paints easily.
-If you need to reinforce your netting some more but don't feel like sewing and gluing, find the reinforced areas on the suit such as seams for example. Cut a tiny slit on either side of the seam and use a zip/cable tie to secure the netting.
29 May 2008 - 04:04 PMHey guys. I've been reading around Sniper HQ and am impressed on how much energy you guys are putting into developing the Sniper position in paintball. You guys definately have a good deal of experience and information here and I have enjoyed reading it.
I am currently serving as a Sniper in the US Army. I would be willing to answer any questions that you guys have regarding the Sniper trade. While I understand that many of the tactics that we use are not compatible with paintball play, I have a little paintball experience and can maybe help adapt some real life tactics to paintball play in order to better enhance your guys' experience.
Also, 'Jellyfish' served for 8 years in the U.S. Marine corps, 7 of which as a sniper, 4 of which as a sniper team leader, to include 3 tours in Iraq. He also will be able to answer questions that you may have.
I understand completely if you guys don't want to do things on your own, but I thought I would just throw this out there. I'm hoping that I can spark some discussion and possibly open some new doors to enhance your play and your ability to be an asset to your team.
So, with that said, do any of you have any questions?
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