Last Updated: December 2016
Think you’re ready to start airsoft sniping? Great! First things first: you need a gun. You don’t need a $500 airsoft sniper rifle, but you do need to find the best airsoft sniper rifle for your situation. To be an effective sniper you also need to be the eyes and ears of your team. You need to be one step ahead of the enemy!
Your goal as a sniper is to spot your enemies from a distance, take them out, and not be spotted yourself. However, all the skills in the world mean nothing if you don’t have a kickass sniper rifle to back you up. Below you can find the top airsoft sniper rifles for the money, based on ratings and in-depth reviews performed by our team at Dead Center Airsoft.
Best Airsoft Sniper Rifles of 2016 & 2017: Our Recommendations
Best Airsoft Sniper Rifles 2017
- 1 Best Airsoft Sniper Rifles 2017
- 2 Best Bolt Action Airsoft Sniper Rifle 2017
- 2.1 UTG Sport Gen 5 Airsoft Master Review
- 2.2 Types of Sniper Rifles
- 2.3 How To Choose A Sniper Rifle
- 2.4 Know Your Rifle
- 2.5 Budget
- 2.6 Clothing
- 2.7 Top Airsoft Sniper Rifles
- 2.8 How Much Do You Want To Spend?
- 2.9 Best Airsoft Sniper Rifle Manufacturer?
- 2.10 What’s Airsoft BB’s Should I Use For A Sniper Rifle?
- 2.11 Should I Get A Sidearm Weapon When Sniping?
- 2.12 What Are The Most Useful Sniper Accessories?
- 2.13 Airsoft Sniper Advice
UTG AccuShot Competition Shadow Ops Review
This bolt-action airsoft sniper rifle is no joke. It’s spring powered but very powerful. Depending on the weight of the bb’s, this gun can shoot at a velocity of 450-600 FPS. For how fast it is, it’s actually fairly quiet. It weighs in at 8.5 lbs. Because of the 80% metal construction, it looks and just like the 7.62mm sniper rifle. It comes with a foldable high-quality bipod, two magazines. You will need a scope, so we recommend the UTG Mil-Dot Airsoft Master Sniper Rifle Scope.
- Metal Construction
- Foldable stock
- Two Magazines included
- Extremely accurate
- No scope
- Prefers heavier bb’s (.20g or .28g)
- Grip could be more comfortable
This is a professional grade sniper rifle with a very reasonable pricetag. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in taking up a sniper role.
TSD Sports M100 Review
This heavy duty airsoft sniper is about half the cost of other top airsoft rifles on the market. It fires at an impressive 350 FPS with lighter BB’s and 400+ FPS with heavier ones. It’s spring loaded, not bolt action, and will need to be cocked after every shot. The magazine holds 37 rounds and includes a front and side rail for attachments. Luckily, this model does come with a sight and flashlight.
- Nice hop up
- Very durable
- Large clip size
- Range adjustment
- Inexpensive scope
- No instruction manual
- Pellets sometimes drop out of the clip
- Requires speed loader to load the magazine
For under $70, this is the best airsoft sniper rifle for the money. It’s great for beginners who are just starting out and great for veterans looking to try something new. The accuracy is more than enough to sustain a backyard airsoft scrimmage with your friends.
BBTac BT59 Bolt-Action Review
If you’re looking for the best bolt action sniper rifle, look no further. If you’re a gamer, you’ve likely seen this weapon in Counter-Strike before. This sniper comes with a sling, scope, bipod, and 25-round magazine. The body is made of ABS plastic so it’s much less heavy than full metal models. The gun itself can fire 400+ FPS using heavier BB’s, and requires you to cock it after every shot.
- Includes the following: Adjustable bipod, scope, 25-round magazine, and a sling.
- Doesn’t require batteries or gas cartridges.
- Easy to cock, very accurate.
- Attachments rails on top and bottom.
- 350 Feet per second
- Quiet & fun to shoot
- Entry level sniper rifle
- Poor instructions
For the price, this is a pretty solid sniper rifle. It costs around $130, so it’s a good middle of the road option for airsoft enthusiasts. However, you can find options without a bipod or scope for a little less, since a lot of people like to upgrade both of those. Either way, this is a very highly rated model and comes from one of the best airsoft manufacturers.
WellFire VSR-10 Bolt Action Review
Wellfire is known for having some of the hardest shooting bolt action airsoft sniper rifles on the market, and this is one of their best. At 7.5lbs, this monster is huge and heavy and shoot over 510+ FPS – the fastest gun we’ve reviewed on Dead Center Airsoft. It includes a 24in fluted barrel and muzzle break on flash hider. Because of the long barrel, this rifle is meant for long distance outdoor-style play.
It’s accurate up to 240ft, holds 30 rounds in the magazine, and has an easy to adjust hop up. The body has a very nice finish, and most importantly, it shoots INCREDIBLY hard. Your friends will be shaking in their shoes every time they see you with this.
- 20mm adjustable top rail mount for scope
- Sling hooks
- Lower rail mount for bipod or lasers
- 24″ fluted barrel for increased accuracy
- Includes adjustable zoom scope
- Very long
- Fairly heavy
- Uses .28-.30g bb’s
- Hard to find additional magazines
This is my choice for the best airsoft for under $150 and definitely one of the best airsoft sniper rifles for the money. All around – it’s incredible. The construction, the accuracy, the includes accessories.
Best Bolt Action Airsoft Sniper Rifle 2017
UTG Sport Gen 5 Airsoft Master Review
If you need a sniper rifle, this is one of the best options currently available and my #1 choice for the best airsoft sniper. It’s an exact replica of the M700 sniper used by military personnel all over the world. The gun comes in 3 parts and must be assembled once opened, but it actually comes with a pretty decent instruction manual to assist you. The barrel makes up most of the weight, as the stock is fairly lightweight. Its solid metal construction makes this model incredibly durable.
Included are two magazines, a speed loader, and a muzzle velocity of 450+ FPS with heavier BB’s. It also comes with stackable butt pads to lengthen the gun depending on your arm length. It feels very balanced and is very effective at 200-250 ft.
- High FPS, low weight, extremely accurate at long distances
- All metal construction
- Securely packed
- Easy to load bb’s, and best hop up adjuster
- Highest rated airsoft sniper rifle on Amazon
- Difficulty bolt-action at first, but it does become easier
- No scope included (buy this one: leapers 4×32 scope)
This is our choice for the best airsoft sniper rifle in 2016. It has 160 4-star reviews, which is the highest rated airsoft gun on Amazon. As I said, all the skills in the world mean nothing if you don’t have a kickass airsoft sniper rifle to back you up – and this rifle will definitely get you there.
Types of Sniper Rifles
There are three types of airsoft guns: spring loaded, electric, and gas powered. Sniper rifles can come in either of these options
How To Choose A Sniper Rifle
Manage Your Expectations
Most people think their Battlefield experience will help them become a better airsoft sniper. Sure, some of the tactics used can be applied and transferred to real life, but the only real way of excelling as a sniper is through practice and experience. As a sniper, you need to have excellent communication skills, leadership skills and be tactical. You are the eyes and ears of your team. You must be able to spot an enemy in the distance and protect your teammates from harm. You need to be one step ahead of the enemy; calculating their every move.
Snipers are one of the most valued players in the game of airsoft. However, all the skills in the world mean nothing if you don’t have a kickass airsoft sniper rifle to back you up. It’s important to do proper gun research before you practice your sniping skills.
Know Your Role
Due yourself a favor and research how to become a better sniper marksman before jumping into the role as sniper. You have a lot of people depending on you. Gameplay will be just as much a strategic mental challenge as a physical one.
Nothing would be more frustrating than spending $150 on a rifle only to realize you prefer close quarter combat.
Research Your Rifle
This is the most important step. Airsoft sniper rifles tend to be on the pricey side, but that does not mean you need a $400 to be an adept marksman. You can easily find a sniper rifle for less than half that cost – with a scope, a bipod, and other accessories.
Above you will see the top airsoft sniper rifles on Amazon.com for 2016. After vetting over 200 models, these models have the best rating to review to price ratio, which is where I get my metric. A more expensive model may be attractive, especially if the specs are higher. But if it only has 4 reviews, you can’t be sure of the quality you’ll receive or the longevity of the gun.
Snipers can come in the form of .50 cals, M40’s, L96’s – you name it. If you have a favorite sniper in Call of Duty, you can probably find it’s airsoft replica. I recommend ordering from Amazon because of the no-hassle return policy, and 2-day shipping(with Amazon Prime). Other websites drop ship directly from China, so it takes significantly longer to receive your item and you may pay a 25% restocking fee if it arrives broke.
Know Your Rifle
Spend some time understanding how your rifle performs. Fire practice rounds in various weapon conditions, at different lengths, and from different levels of elevation.
Practice standing shots, practice laying down, and practice with the bipod. Then, test your maximum effective shooting range.
Avoid guns less than $90. If it has a lot of reviews, it’s probably okay. But generally speaking, you want to purchase a sniper rifle that won’t jam and is going to perform when you need it to. Bolt-action spring loaded rifles fall under this category. Of course, stick to your budget and plan to upgrade a few accessories.
As a sniper, your goal is to remain hidden. Get some camouflage! You won’t need a full-blown ghillie suit(although it helps), but a gun wrap, shemagh, face paint or dark-colored clothing can help.
Top Airsoft Sniper Rifles
As I said, there are many spring loaded airsoft guns, electric sniper rifles, and gas powered ones.
Spring loaded snipers are typically more accurate. FPS doesn’t matter as much since your goal is accuracy over speed. Any sniper over 300 FPS will be just fine(most are). Electric ones will require batteries, and gas powered ones will require expenditure of gas.
In my opinion, if you’re looking for the best bolt action sniper rifle, gas or electric is your best bet. They are a little bit more pricey, but in the long run, you will be thankful you spent a few extra dollars.
How Much Do You Want To Spend?
You can pick up a pretty decent sniper rifle for $100-$200. Now, if you are looking for the best airsoft sniper rifle on the market – you might consider upping your budget a little.
Review the advantages and disadvantages of each, compare features, attachments, and budget for accessories. Some of the top airsoft sniper rifles do not come with a scope at all.
Best Airsoft Sniper Rifle Manufacturer?
It really depends on what you are after. Are you looking for a sniper rifle that includes a scope, or will you be purchasing your sniper scope separately?
But if you’re looking for a general purpose sniper rifle, I would recommend VFC, G&G, and Systema. Systema is significantly more expensive than the others, but it also includes “real steel” compatible components and has great trigger response.
What’s Airsoft BB’s Should I Use For A Sniper Rifle?
.20g or .28g bb’s work best. You want to choose a high-quality heavy bb instead of a light bb because light bb’s are affected by the wind when fired long distance. Heavier bb’s are more accurate, especially in windy outdoor play.
Should I Get A Sidearm Weapon When Sniping?
Absolutely. There will be times you find yourself cornered or in a close quarters situation. Not only is it difficult to shoot someone close range with a sniper rifle, but a spring-loaded airsoft sniper is too slow to cock back.
A pistol and a holster is highly recommended for a sniping role. Since most of the best airsoft sniper rifles are spring loaded or bolt action, you want your pistol to be at least semi-automatic. Additional magazines are also recommended. You never know how many CQC scenarios you will run into in a single game.
A pistol with 275+ FPS is a safe bet.
What Are The Most Useful Sniper Accessories?
There are a lot of accessories you can buy to make your sniping experience a little better, and a little easier. Here’s a short list:
None of these top sniper accessories are necessities, but they do help you “hide in plain sight”. Which in the long run, could give you the advantage that you need.
Airsoft Sniper Advice
If you’re still set on becoming an expert airsoft sniper marksman, we highly recommend you spend an afternoon at an airsoft skirmish and tour the grounds. Find someone who is carrying an airsoft sniper around and, and ask if they’d let you shoot it.
This will give you an idea of the weight, grip, accuracy, and price. You could also ask him where he ordered it online, and whether or not they had a good experience.
Plus, people absolutely love to talk about and show off their sniper rifles. It’s a great way to test the waters before making your purchase.
Good luck, and happy airsofting!