Overview & Game Play
Snipers were often recruited from the finest marksman in the force and assigned to hit high-value targets. Working from concealed positions, snipers were commonly experts in camouflage, infiltration, and reconnaissance.
Since killed players can just respawn, a sniper's role is less important in the game than it was in real life, but their impact can still be felt. The first skill you'll need to master is using the rifle at long ranges: The bullet doesn't hit instantly and gravity pulls the bullet downward as it travels. Practicing offline is a necessity to get a feel for the rifle, and even online it's worthwhile to hold the fire button to avoid chambering another bullet until you see where the last one landed.
The second skill you need to master is staying hidden. If you keep far enough away from where the bulk of the fighting is taking place, your biggest concerns should be soldiers hunting for you or an LMG trying to spray your position from afar. To be a successful sniper, focus first and foremost on your survival: The infantry fighting position will make you all but invisible at the long ranges you should be engaging the enemy at as well as shield you from machine-gun fire, and occasionally moving around or letting a few enemies slip by will help prevent the enemy from zeroing in on your location. If the enemy engages you at medium to short range, you've probably already lost: The scope prevents you from aiming with your rifle's iron sights, making it extremely difficult to fire accurately while moving.
Snipers are equipped with a scoped rifle, four smoke grenades, and a combat knife.
The reliable Lee-Enfield No.4 was also employed as a sniper weapon. A Mk.3 Scope was added with x3 magnification.
|Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk I|
Despite more modern weapons using the 7.5 mm calibre entering service, the French army continued to issue older 8 mm rifles to its snipers. This was not necessarily a bad thing, as the old ammunition type was somewhat harder-hitting at long ranges, whereas the new 7.5 mm calibre had been designed for shorter, lighter weapons than the pre-WWI rifles. In WWIIOL:Battleground Europe, French snipers use the Lebel rifle fitted with an APX mle 1921 telescopic sight.
The reliable Mauser Kar.98 was also employed as a sniper weapon. A scope was added with x3 magnification.
|Mk 8 Smoke Grenade|