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How to Be a Paintball Sniper

Learn how to be a paintball sniper from paintball pro Mike "Pev" Peverill in this Howcast video.


My name is Mike Peverill. I'm here at Pev's Paintball Park in Aldie, Virginia. I've been playing paintball nearly 30 years. I've played professional paintball with numerous pro teams all over the world. This facility here was built from the ground up for paintball, kind of like a paintball Disney Land. Our website is Hopefully you can come out and visit us sometime.

One of the number one questions I get when people come into a paintball store, and they ask me about buying a paintball gun is "I want to be a sniper." I think they just like the thrill of it, the knowing that "Hey, I'm going to go out and play war. I'm going to hide somewhere in the bushes and when someone doesn't see me, and they're just walking by, I'm going to snipe and hit them and eliminate them from the game." The downside with being a paintball sniper, though, is just with any paintball gun: paintball guns, you cannot really quiet the muzzle blast because they make a loud pop from the bolt action, actually. Some guns are quieter than others. But still, you can make it look like a paintball sniper gun. At the same time, you can still play paintball sniper. The trick is: don't shoot a whole lot of paint. Once you shoot your first round, make that shot count. And then be quiet. Because most people hearing know that noise came from a paintball gun.

But, what you're going to see here is a lot of different options you can use to become a paintball sniper: the mounted scope or red dot, the bipod to put on the gun to stabilize it, the apex barrel which you can adjust the trajectory of the ball. So, a lot the basics here are right here to set up to be a paintball sniper. And then some of the other features are going to be on how well you hide yourself, dark clothing, hiding in spots where people can't really see you, where you just stick the barrel out instead of the rest of your gun. But if you want to be a paintball sniper, start with the basics of the gun. And also start with the clothing that you're going to wear. Wear dark clothing, camouflage preferably. Wear something to hide your mask. Don't wear a flashy mask that's going to draw attention. Try to find yourself a spot where most people won't see you coming.

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