by David McBryan
Including Spring, Gas & Electric
Best Airsoft Sniper Rifles
Everyone wants to be a sniper.
But sniping ain't easy.
Not only does it take zen-like concentration and monk-like patience, but it also takes a quality rifle.
The best airsoft sniper rifles combine both power and accuracy with a heavy dose of consistency.
After all, you don't want to have your target in your sights only to have your rifle let you down.
This roundup of the 11 best airsoft sniper rifles looks at our favorite models across 3 categories:
(Click those links to jump to each section.)
Oh, and that beastly, full-auto rifle I mentioned with a 5,000-round magazine capacity? Click here to skip to that one.
Let's get started.
Spring-powered sniper rifles are inexpensive but still fire with impressive shot velocities. The major downside? Your rate of fire is limited to how quickly you can chamber new rounds.
Powerful firing velocity? Check.
High-capacity magazine? Check.
Intimidating design? Check.
The Well MB4410 airsoft sniper rifle has it all, including an affordable price tag for such a high-quality, high-performing sniper rifle. The included 4-16x50 mm scope is more than adequate, the all-metal barrel and bolt assembly will stand up to repeated use, and the foldable bipod and adjustable cheek rest make it comfortable for you to sit as you wait for unsuspecting prey.
The ASG M40A3 is a sleek-looking sniper rifle with plenty of pop for a spring-powered gun but a disappointing 27-round mag capacity while weighing almost half of the Well MB4410 above.
The hop-up dial is firm, which is a good thing, as you won't change your setting by bumping the rifle as you move. It also delivers solid accuracy with a lot of pop, usually settling in around 420 fps after several shots though capable of approaching the advertised 450 fps.
Who doesn't want to fire an M82 Barrett .50 cal? You sure do. This spring-powered version comes at one-tenth of the price of gas-powered versions, making it an amazing way to get in the game with this near-replica of an iconic rifle.
The quality is excellent for the price, but it can be hard to cock and the bolt can be rough on your hands. The top rail can also be wobbly when tightening scopes, and the hop-up is inconveniently positioned such that you need to remove the barrel to access it.
Those are nitpicky downsides, though, when you consider you're getting a replica M82 with 430 fps firing velocity for less than some of the best airsoft pistols.
Gas airsoft rifles provide real power and tend to have longer ranges with better downfield accuracy. Unfortunately, you need to replace their gas cartridges annoyingly frequently.
You'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't love this rifle. It's a replica of the M44 Carbine introduced in 1944, and it offers smooth, powerful, and reliable performance in a classic design. From the bolt to the included sling, everything about this rifle is smooth and comfortable, and it's an absolute joy to shoot.
It also includes a permanently affixed steel bayonet. Just be aware that the bayonet can be dangerous, so never run with it extended.
The only real downsides are the fixed hop-up, meaning you can't adjust for the weight of lighter 0.20g BBs, and the realistic-looking, faux wood polymer frame only looks real (it doesn't feel real), but that's to be expected when purchasing in this rifle's price range.
Overall, this is one of the best airsoft sniper rifles and definitely the best among gas-powered models.
As a gas blowback sniper rifle, compared to both the spring-powered rifles and the non-blowback Mosin-Nagant above, this KJW KC-02 is a gas guzzler.
However, that's one of the only negatives about it. It's reliable and incredibly accurate with a ton of customizability on the outside, though not so much on the inside. The only reason it fell to number 2 among the best gas airsoft sniper rifles is because of its lower firing velocity (thus, reduced range) than the CO2-powered Mosin-Nagant M44 Carbine.
Capable of firing both semi-automatic and fully-automatic at 12.6 rounds per second, you'll need every bit of the KWA LM4 PTR's 40-round magazine capacity. And it gets surprisingly good gas efficiency for a GBB rifle.
Full-auto firing aside, the biggest selling point of this rifle is its all-metal construction, which has realistic weight and a ton of durability. Both the Picatinny rail and RIS handguard allow you to accessorize as desired, and the whole gun just feels smooth and real.
Accuracy and range are its only major downsides, landing it third in this section of our list of the best airsoft sniper rifles.
Despite its polymer frame, the McMillan M40AG green gas airsoft sniper rifle weighs an impressive 9 lbs, 12 oz thanks to the quality, all-metal barrel, bolt, and trigger system. You're going to need a bipod when using this thing, and thankfully it comes with an adapter.
Performance-wise, this rifle is smooth with astounding accuracy. The bolt mechanism and trigger are light and easy-to-use but neither flimsy nor cheap, and the hop-up is well-positioned under the grip and easy to adjust.
Unfortunately, the McMillan M40AG doesn't come with a scope, which you'll need to purchase, and has just a 15-round magazine capacity. That means more frequent changing, which isn't exactly easy with its snug-fitting design that feels like it might wear out over the years.
If you read other roundups of the best airsoft sniper rifles on the Internet, you'll see he KJW M700 at or near the top of many rankings.
I don't think it deserves that spot.
Don't get me wrong, it's still in my top 5 for best gas airsoft sniper rifles, but number one overall? I don't think it's that good. It only has a 10-round magazine capacity, the bolt is poor-fitting and has more wobble than I'd like (despite being advertised as smooth action), and the powder coat on said bolt scuffs easily.
But a 500 fps green gas sniper rifle that you can use as a base rifle to be upgraded? That's where I see the KJW M700's value.
Electric rifles are far more popular than either spring or gas-powered rifles because they're capable of reaching high firing velocities and tend to look much more tactical. These are the three best electric airsoft sniper rifles you can buy.
If you want the best airsoft sniper rifle, just click the "View on Airsoft Station" button below to check out this bad boy.
The LCT PKP LMG is a full-scale replica of a Russian PKP right down to its massive 22 lb weight and 5,000-round magazine powered by an electric winding drum.
The integrated steel bipod and carry handle? Yeah, you're going to need them.
If realism is your goal, this is your gun.
Performance-wise? Very few complaints there. It fires both semi-automatic and fully-automatic at 15 rounds per second with consistent velocities around 400 fps, and the proprietary, all-metal gearbox just doesn't fail. The only real con is the mag box doesn't wind when you pull the trigger. You also need to press a second button on the bottom.
Is this gun practical for every type of airsoft player? Probably not. But no list of the "best airsoft sniper rifles" can be complete without what's actually the best airsoft sniper rifle: the LCT PKP LMG.
Looking for a rifle that's accurate from long distance but won't leave you vulnerable in CQB combat? Look no further than the G&G Combat Machine R8-L electric rifle. Powered by a 9.6V 1600 mAh battery and fueled by an insane 300-round magazine with full-auto mode, this is the only airsoft rifle you'll need for any type of combat.
Another rifle capable of sniping or going full-auto with a 250-round magazine capacity, the JGM16A3 fires at 400 fps with 0.20g BBs and can hit near-500 fps with lighter ammo. The only two reasons it comes in behind the G&G Combat Machine R8-L above are its lower 250-round magazine capacity and its center of gravity, which sits a little too close to the grip for optimal sniper accuracy.
Feet Per Second, in reference to the velocity of the BBs.
Indoors: 300-350 FPS
Outdoors: 400 FPS, 500 if 100 ft or more away
We recommend the spring-powered Well MB4410.
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