How to Be a Paintball Sniper

These are the steps in sniping someone with a paintball gun without them knowing were you are.


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    Determine if being a sniper is even worth playing. Being a sniper is mostly for people who are scared of being in the action (or people who have the patience and skill to do it effectively in big games, in small games snipers are not effective). Most normal people are not snipers and they just play paintball normally. But if you want to become a real paintball sniper then you are at the right place. Actual snipers can take days to move in to their targets, and find the perfect position. In a 10 minute paintball game, this isn't going to be practical. Instead, consider simply playing as a marksman, and taking long distance shots, while being at the front line. However, in larger scenario games, playing as a sniper can be a vital role, and prove to be a very fun experience.
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    Put on your goggles.
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    Take off the barrel sleeve(it should already be on).
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    Load/put your paint balls in your marker's Hopper.
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    Screw your CO2 Or Nitrogen Tank into The marker's ASA, or on to your remote line.
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    Do not take off safety until ready to shoot.
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    Look for a place to sit and wait. When moving, keep your profile as low to as possible, by pulling your marker in towards you so that the barrel is pointing away from you, and the rest of the gun is tucked next to your stomach. Keep your head up to look for targets, and take your step at a slow cadence.
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    In selecting an area, first choose an area that is going to bring targets towards you. The less movement and work you have to do, the better off you are. Places that intersect or parallel well traveled paths, open fields, and villages or bunkers is going to be the best chance you'll have at bringing in a target. Also remember that unlike a real rifle, your range is going to be limited to a very short distance, at maximum 60 yards (54.9 m). Also try find places that are up high. Having the high ground is always a good tactic.
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    Second, choose an area in which your outline will not appear against a treeline, skyline, or any other type of horizon. Human shapes naturally draw the eyes towards you. Choose areas where there is a lack of light coming in, such as bushes, ridges, or areas where there are lots of fallen leaves or trees. Choose your camouflage according to the area, and the season as well. Laying down will decrease your silhouette.
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    Once you find your hiding spot, make sure that you haven't already been spotted and are heading for an ambush. Take your time to set yourself up and get comfy. In longer scenario paintball games, you could be waiting from an hour to a half an hour. Depending on the type of game, paintball sniping may not be practical due to time constraints.
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    Lay at your hiding spot and scope out people with your goggles. Look for markers from which to judge distance, and base your shots. Remember once again, that a paintball is not like a real bullet, and has a very short range. This range is also severely effected by the wind, and if you are using the Co2, how cold or warm the CO2 is. Once again, time constraints come in to play here. If you are in a short match, then this may not be practical.
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    If a target doesn't appear for roughly 25% of the game time, then your best bet is to move from your position to a new location. 25% works a general rule, because in short games (5-15 minutes) sniping is not going to be practical, so moving every couple of minutes would be normal anyway. In longer scenario games, if the enemy hasn't advanced to the position you are working at, chances are they won't advance through that position at all. Remember to move quietly!
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    If you find a person, aim your gun at him but do not shoot until you are ready to shoot. Do not fire unless you are in range or your target sees you and shoots first. Because if your paint balls do not make it to your target, that will give away your position and that person could get away or come after you.
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    Once you are in shooting range aim at your person. To do this, move your sight or scope over your target, and attempt to center the sights over the target's body, as this is the biggest mass and most easy to hit. If you think you have a good shot and a good line of sight, put your hand on the Marker's trigger/lever and squeeze it to fire off a paintball.
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    If your first shot misses and the person does not know where you are, wait for another shot. To aim again, look to where your ball went. If it curved left or right, it is possible you had either a spike in wind speed or Co2 velocity. In this case, adjust for wind, and take another shot.
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    If your first shot misses and the person knows where you are follow with a volley of shots, and move away from your target if possible.


  • Make sure to move quick but quietly when looking for a hiding place.
  • Never stay in one place after firing.
  • If you are serious about sniping, then invest in to a Co2 Expansion Chamber or a Nitrogen System. Regular Co2 will have spikes in velocity, which makes your shots much less reliable. A CO2 Expansion Chamber will allow for the gas to expand, before being fired.
  • Be sure that your scope is regularly sighted in.
  • Investing in a Red-Dot Scope, or investing in an ACOG Scope will give you an advantage, as they are much easier to see through goggles, then hard sights. They also give you more of a general area as to where your paintball is going to hit.
  • Also make sure to aim carefully first before shooting someone instead of just bringing up your gun and shooting wildly.
  • It will help to think of "paintball sniping" as more of an ambush.
  • Make sure to use your goggles when sniping.
  • Also make sure your marker is intact and properly set up.
  • Barrel length will play a factor, as 14 inch (35.6 cm) or greater barrels have been shown to have longer distance in shooting. However, beyond 18 inches (45.7 cm), there has been some doubt as to whether the barrels are effective.


  • Depending on the field, do not fire too close to the target. Instead, yell out "Surrender or Die", or whatever the field may ask you to do. Shooting too close, can cause physical damage.
  • Keep your hand away the end of the paintball gun's barrel when shooting.
  • Do not let children under the age of 12 play with the marker (gun).
  • Never release the safety until you are ready to shoot.

Things You'll Need

  • Goggles
  • Paintball gun
  • Paint balls
  • Air pressure tank
  • A Hopper (Storage for Paint balls)

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