Ah, the sniper. Almost every airsofter has the urge at one point to become a sniper. Sure, most people don't do anything about it, but if you want to be a sniper, but you don't want a rifle that is too expensive, this guide might help you.1) UHC Super-9
The UHC Super-9 tends to be a favorite rifle for people starting airsoft. However, since its release, airsofters have had mixed feeling about it. The Super-9 has gotten a bad reputation of the accuracy and velocity dropping after a few months or weeks. Also, it has been reported that the bolt can break very easily, but they do have replacement bolts. Of course, one of the biggest draws to the Super-9 is its price. On average, you can buy the gun for about $60 to around $80 new. However, in airsoft, 99.99% of the time, more money equals better quality. This means the Super-9 isn't very good quality. Another draw to the Super-9 is the shell system. The rifle can either use a 5 round roatary style magazine, or a 25 round stick magazine. With the shell magazine, you insert a BB into each of the shells and after each shot fired, pulling the bolt back will eject the previous shell. However, this magazine isn't very practical for skirmishes because you could lose the shells easily. It is much more practical to use the 25 round magazine, but you will sacrifice some realism as shells won't eject each time the bolt is pulled. Simply put, the UHC Super-9 may be a good choice for someone starting out with rifles and wants to know the basics of a bolt action rifle.2) AGM MP001
The AGM MP001 is a decent TM VSR-10 clone. It has a pretty realistic wood grain pattern. But, one of the downsides is that the rifle is very light, although this can be easily fixed by placing weights in the stock. The internals of the AGM MP001, from what I've read from several reviews, are pretty good. Performance wise, the AGM MP001 shoots at a velocity of about 400 FPS with a .2 gram BB. It also has an effective stock range of about 160-200 feet. So, in conclusion, the AGM MP001 will probably another top choice for someone new to sniper rifles, with its inexpensive price tag, which ranges from about $55 to $70.
Here is a great review: http://www.airsoftretreat.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=114&cat=773) UTG M324 "Master Sniper"
The UTG M324 was released in 2005 and has two versions. The first version has a velocity of about 315-325 FPS with a .2 gram BB. However, the newest version has a velocity of about 425 FPS with a .2 gram BB, which makes new players want the rifle more. However, as many veteran airsoft players will tell you, high FPS doesn't make the gun. Which brings me to my next point. The UTG M324 has a notorious reputation of not lasting long at all. Some people have even said their's lasted about 3 months before breaking. But, it is also said to have pretty good accuracy at 150 feet, but since I've never shot it first hand, I can't confirm this for sure. So, in summary, the UTG M324 is a semi-decent performer with questionble durability.
Here is a review: http://www.airsoftretreat.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=104&cat=394) UTG MK96/WELL L96
These L96 clones are known to have a very high stock velocity. They shoot about 450 FPS stock. They also can be upgraded or downgraded to suit your needs. These sniper rifles are said to perform decently for their price, with an effective range of about 150+ feet stock. However, it is said that these L96 clones aren't very reliable in stock form. That's why it's good that these rifles can be upgraded with more reliable internals. These two rifle's prices can graetly vary, ranging from $80-$150.
Here is a review(UTG MK96): http://www.airsoftretreat.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=196&cat=395) HFC USR-11
The HFC USR-11 is a more recent Tokyo Marui VSR-10 clone. One of its best features is that it is FULLY upgradable with every TM VSR-10 part. This makes this rifle an inexpensive rifle with plenty of room for upgrades. However, the USR-11 is known to have a fairly shiny stock, but that can be easily fixed with some flat black paint. One feature of the USR-11 is the "recoil". This is caused by some weights in the stock that vibarte when you shoot, creating a recoil effect. However, this becomes a problem becasue those vibartions will make the rifle less accurate. But this usually isn't a big problem as you can always remove the weights, but this gets rid of the simulated recoil. Stock velocity is a bit on the low side, but out of all the VSR clones, it appears to shoot at about the same velocity as a stock VSR-10, which is about 280 FPS. It can be found reasonably priced, from about $80-$100.
Here is a review: http://www.airsoftretreat.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=229&cat=796) Jing-Gong BAR-10
The JG (GB) BAR-10 is the newest VSR-10 clone availiable. It also seems to be one of the best shooting and feeling VSR clones. It features a stock with a rubberized finsih that is incredibly comforable to hold. There are two versions, the standard BAR-10 (based off of the TM VSR Pro), and the BAR-10 G-Spec (Based off of, you guessed it, the TM VSR G-Spec; it is also the version I own personally.), which includes a scope rail and a working supresssor. It was also JGs first sniper rifle release, and after proving themselves a strong contender of AEGs, their first sniper rifle proves itself, too. Future releases by other companies have a lot to live up to. Stock performance is very good, witha velocity of about 390 FPS with .2g BBs. But, you can cut down the airbrake and get close to 500 FPS, which a little quietness sacrificed. Stock range and accuracy are very good also, with an effective range of about 150-200 feet accurately. So, all in all, the JG BAR-10 has very few cons and MANY pros. If you want a budget sniper rifle, the JG BAR-10 is the rifle for you. Prices range from about $100-$150.
Here is a review: http://www.airsoftretreat.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=220&cat=62
I hope this guide helped, and happy sniping!