Ah, the elusive Airsoft sniper. It’s a sought-after position, but few have the skills and temperament to take on this role. Being a sniper involves a whole host of skills that are rare, but the defining skill for a sniper is marksmanship. Snipers are great long-range shooters who are also masters of stealth. Their primary tool of the trade is the so-called “sniper rifle”. These rifles are characterized by long barrels, powerful optics, and bolt-action loading mechanisms.
In Airsoft, sniper rifles are often the most expensive gun you can buy within each class. So it’s not only elite skill, but an elite asking price that stands between you and being the sniper you’ve always dreamed of. In that spirit, here are some fine sniper rifles at various prices. Mayhaps you’ll find the perfect pretend death-dealer among them.
BBTac Airsoft Sniper Rifle VSR-10
I have already reviewed this rifle in my general Airsoft rifle reviews, but it’s worth repeating here as well since I think the BBTax VSR-10 is one of the best budget choices on the market. Plenty of the sniper rifles you’ll see here cost a small fortune, but this rifle provides decent quality and specs for a reasonable price. Are there cheaper rifles on the market? Yes, you could get something for a quarter of the price, but given how bad those pieces of junk tend to be you would simply be wasting your money.
This is a realistic, bolt-action rifle that comes with a scope and bipod as part of the kit. Additionally, it uses a clip to reload, making this the perfect all-round starter rifle for those on a budget or merely dipping a toe in the game or the sniper role. The clip takes 30 rounds and the rifle will fling them at about 400 feet per second. That’s A-OK and I’d be happy to hand over my rupees for this rifle any day. The only caveat is that the bipod quality isn’t great, but luckily the rifle itself is plenty fast and accurate without it.
BBTac BT59 Bolt Action
Moving up a bit in the BBTac price range, we have this BT59. This rifle has a very handsome look to it and is based on the L69 AWP rifle. The proper name of the rifle this is based on is the Accuracy International Arctic Warfare. It’s from the UK and still in service today, with the first examples seen in 1982. This rifle or one of its variants has seen action in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Syrian civil war. You may not know the name, but chances are you’ve seen it in a game or movie before.
This is quite a complete kit, if you just want to pick up and play. It includes a bipod, sling, magazine, and scope. For the asking price that’s a pretty good deal. These are removable, so you can buy upgraded replacements at a later date and get a better scope if you need it. This is a classic, spring-powered, bolt-action rifle, so you don’t have to worry about consumables like batteries or gas. Of course, this means you can’t expect a very high firing rate, but the muzzle velocity is between 350 and 400 feet per second depending on BB weight.
People who own and use this rifle are pretty happy with both the quality and accuracy. At this price it’s definitely still low-end, but I feel like this could be a main weapon for the casual player who doesn’t want to break the bank.
Evike Tokyo Marui Airsoft VSR-10
Mention the name “Tokyo Marui” in any conversation with Airsoft player and more than a few of them are likely to come down with a case of the vapors. This Tokyo-based company is a pioneer in electric Airsoft guns and makes some of the best guns of any type in the world. Unfortunately, it mainly sells to a Japanese market, and importing can be pretty expensive.
Here we have a VSR-10 made by Tokyo Marui and, as you can see, the price tag is pretty steep. What makes this hurt even more is the fact that you don’t get any accessories. There is no scope, no battery, and no sling. That may seem harsh for a rifle at this price, but the market this rifle is aimed at include the sort of people who want to buy the exact scope or sling they want.
Now, this rifle package is offered by Evike, which has modified the base Tokyo Marui gun with the Wolverine Bolt high-pressure air conversion. HPA technology is not for the faint of heart, but this rifle is aimed at the elite players – those who will do the research and make sure they use the rifle responsibly.
The hardest part of these conversion kits is installing them properly; a lot of the money you pay for this rifle goes to the trained technicians who did the installation on your behalf. So you have peace of mind and a warranty. The end result is a highly-accurate rifle with a muzzle velocity of 433 feet per second. This rifle also features an air saver system that promises to reduce air usage by as much as half.
You can also switch to CO2 cartridges easily. This is important, since most venues are not going to be able to help you with HPA refills. If you have the money for this plus the needed accessories, it certainly seems like a step in the right direction for the most talented marksmen.
Evike CheyTac Licensed M200
This is another fairly pricey sniper rifle modeled on the very cool-looking CheyTac Intervention. The real steel rifle is an anti-materiel rifle, which means it’s not mainly used against human targets, but rather things like vehicles and satellite dishes. Like most anti-materiel rifles it looks brutish, and that’s a big part of the appeal. Of course, since this is just an Airsoft gun it makes no difference to the actual performance, but it does look gobsmacking and gets 10/10 when it comes to the “rule of cool”.
I want to harp on a little more about the looks of this rifle. The amount of detail put into this replica is astounding. I keep finding more little details to marvel at. This is where you can really see the difference between a cheap replica and a pricey one. Cheap replicas get the big details right, so that the silhouette of the replica looks the way it should. However, looking at cheap rifles with any scrutiny reveals that it’s like a blurry picture: OK to look at from a distance, but not much more.
This rifle has a metal bipod but does NOT include the scope. The bolt action has been designed to feel and look like the real thing, which is very cool but perhaps not the most competitive choice, since this sort of rifle tends to have a slower reload speed.
The rated muzzle velocity is between 370 and 390 feet per second, which is par for the course. This is a big, BIG rifle that looks awesome but is perhaps too cumbersome in practice. In the end you’re getting an accurate, badass rifle, but you have to decide if looking cool is worth the drawbacks of hauling a giant rifle around.
It is at least much lighter than the real thing, since it is made of aluminum. The rifle is also upgradable to a CO2 gas system; this apparently almost doubles the muzzle velocity, but I wasn’t able to confirm this.
Evike 6mmProShop Gas Powered Full Metal DSR-1 Advanced Bullpup Sniper Rifle
After just looking at two pretty expensive rifles, this DSR-1 replica almost seems reasonable in comparison. However, we are still in premium territory here. This is a replica of a German real steel rifle first produced in the year 2000. The main claim to fame of this rifle is how compact it is. It’s designed for use by police snipers who don’t ride around in big APCs and have to work in cramped urban spaces. The primary way it achieves this is by using a “bullpup” design. This means that the rifle action and magazine are behind the trigger, letting the overall weapon be much shorter than usual. Since the replica mimics this design, you also get the advantage of a much shorter rifle, which is a big advantage in Airsoft for a sniper, especially given that in terms of power most rifles are more or less the same.
In terms of the looks, the rifle looks pretty plasticky, to be honest. It’s no patch on the M200 we just looked at in that sense. It is a beautiful rifle, but the materials and finish in this replica leave something to be desired. It is a weighty rifle, with aluminum CNCed upper parts and fiber-reinforced polymer lower parts.
One area where this rifle kicks butt is in the firepower department. Since this is a gas-powered rifle it has much more oomph than a spring-powered rifle. It’s been rated at a whopping 600 feet per second, so ironically this shorter rifle is going to hit targets further and harder, especially given that threaded barrel.
So for the hefty price you get something that has a nice design, but lacks in polish. This is made up for however by the stonking performance. I’d be happy with this rifle, all things considered.
Evike – G&P M14 DMR Custom Airsoft AEG Sniper Rifle
OK, so if you read my article on the different types of Airsoft rifles and roles you get, then you’d know there’s such a thing as a “designated marksman” rifle. A DM is different from a sniper and their weapons aren’t really meant for the same sort of purpose either. However, this M14 DMR replica is being sold as a sniper rifle and it ain’t cheap, so the question is whether it can stand in for a proper sniper rifle when used in that role.
Well, it has a rail for the scope of your choice, but no bipod, which means you’d have to support it some other way. In terms of muzzle velocity it’s about the same as any bolt-action rifle, but this is an AEG rifle, which means it has a fast firing rate. That makes this perfect for medium- to -long-range targeting and produces a sort of intermediate sniper tool. As long as you know what you are buying, this could actually be a devastating battlefield tool.
Hey Man, Nice Shot
As you can tell, being an Airsoft sniper isn’t the cheapest choice when entering the hobby. The good weapons all cost a pretty penny, but nothing can beat the feeling of nailing your target without their ever knowing you were there. Pick the right rifle, decorate your ghillie suit, and find the right spot to become an invisible ghost. That’s the sniper way and maybe that’s the life for you, Mr. Money Bags.