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Spring Airsoft Sniper Rifle

Spring airsoft sniper rifles are designed for those seeking long-range engagements, accuracy, and high power. At Redwolf Airsoft you can find the biggest selection of bolt action precision rifles, semi-automatic DMR's, heavy-duty anti-material rifles, ultra-modern sniper rifles, classic WWII rifles, and much more. Similar to other Airsoft guns, they can be powered by gas, spring, or electricity. 

A lot of new Airsofters are usually very excited about Airsoft sniper rifles and their role as a sniper. But what's the sad truth? Airsoft sniping is challenging and not as glorious as the sniping you see in video games or movies. You’ll need sufficient training and learn what to expect from Airsoft sniping to get the most out of it. 

In the UK, they are known as "springers" and were often a player's introduction to the sport due to the entry-level cost in comparison to AEG and GBB weapons. Almost all airsoft players at some point owned a spring weapon, whether for its actual use in a competitive event or for the replica value since some airsoft weapons are only available as spring versions. However, some veteran airsoft players rely on a sniper rifle and shotgun-type spring guns as a primary weapon due to their reliability, high power, high accuracy, and low noise, as well as their ease of repair and modification compared to AEGs and GBB guns.

For those who enjoy shooting from long distances, it is very rewarding and feels great to be able to pick your enemies from 60 meters or more without knowing what hit them. It is not too difficult to grasp once you have a deeper understanding of how the sniper roles work. Just don’t expect to win any CQB games using a spring sniper rifle!

What are Spring Airsoft Sniper Rifles?

Spring airsoft sniper rifles are made to shoot targets that are far away. Because the BB has to travel a very long distance, the sniper has to be very careful when taking aim. There are three main things that have an effect on the accuracy of the shot. You must plan ahead for these things.

  • The target may be moving, such as walking or running. You must think about where the target will be when the BB reaches it. A still target may suddenly move.

  • Force of gravity affects the BB, so that it will drop towards the ground. If the target is close, the effect of gravity does not have a big effect on accuracy. If it’s further, then the sniper must judge how high to shoot, to make up for the distance that the BB will fall as it flies.

  • Wind also affects the way in which a BB will travel and can blow it away from the target. A sniper must think about the direction that the wind is blowing and the strength of the wind. You might need to shoot to the left or the right of the target, to make up for the wind.

What to Look for in a Spring Airsoft Sniper Rifle?

When deciding what to use as your first spring airsoft sniper rifle you have to consider what style you want and also the brand. As with all spring airsoft guns, it’ll require almost no maintenance, and upgrading the inner barrel/spring can provide the best performance possible. Upgrading it allows you to shoot further which is what you want as a sniper, so means making sure that sniper rifle has after-market parts too. One thing most average joe would forget on the sniper rifle is a scope. The scope is another important accessory to add for a sniper as it allows one to see enemies from a distance compared to just using iron sights. Consider looking to the Tokyo Marui, Ares, or Silverback brands as they have a great range of spring sniper rifles.

What are Some of the Best Spring Airsoft Sniper Rifles?

After much testing and experience, we consider the best spring airsoft sniper rifle is the SILVERBACK SRS A2 (22 INCH BARREL) LICENSED BY DESERT TECH. There are a plethora of aftermarket parts for this sniper rifle which makes it very easy to upgrade, further increasing its potential range and performance. What we like about this SRS is how lightweight it is and extremely quiet as well as superior accuracy. But that being said if your on a budget you can look into the Tokyo Marui VSR 10, this is another great example of how sniper rifles should be out of the box. Its range is very surprising considering how much power it has, and that’s not much!

To learn more about the Silverback SRS A2 click here:

To learn more about the Tokyo Marui VSR 10 click here:

How Far Can a Spring Airsoft Sniper Rifle Shoot?

As much as 70 meters or more, it depends on how the user modifies their sniper rifle. But there are also factors to consider if you want an extended range. Things like the spring power, wind, hop up and inner barrel all affect the range. 

How Does a Spring Airsoft Sniper Rifle Work?

Spring airsoft guns are single-shot replicas that use the elastic potential energy stored within a compressed coil spring to drive the piston air pump. Then released upon a trigger-pull and rapidly pressurizes the air within the pump cylinder to in turn push the pellet down the inner barrel. You must manually recompress the spring under stress prior to each shot, typically by pulling back the slide (pistols), bolt handle (rifles), or forend pump (shotguns) on the weapon, which cocks and readies the gun. Thus spring guns are incapable of automatic or semi-automatic firing by design.

Though spring airsoft guns are generally not as powerful as gas ones, they have more power than electric airsoft guns. This is because stiffer springs can be used without the worry of overloading any motor-gearbox. Spring guns are generally inexpensive, and may not last long due to the tension exerted on the gun parts by the recoiling of a powerful spring. However, many spring guns can be modified and upgraded to last longer and shoot with even more power!

Airsoft Spring Sniper Rifles

Spring powered sniper rifles are realistic replicas that shoot 6mm round plastic BBs for recreational shooting.  Spring sniper rifles are manually cocked to compress an internal spring to create a pocket of compressed air to power each shot.  Different from airsoft starter spring guns that use a manual cocking system to save on cost, the best spring airsoft sniper rifles are designed to create much higher power to shoot a BB far beyond the normal range of an airsoft assault rifle or pistol, and with greater accuracy s well.  From a cost perspective, spring sniper rifles are cheaper to operate because they do not require any gas or batteries.  They are also more consistent in different temperature conditions and will operate effectively in sub-zero temperatures.

Popular spring airsoft snipers include the Tokyo Marui VSR-10, Silverback SRS A2 which offers left-handed models, Silverback TAC41, Novritsch SSG10 airsoft rifle and Novristch SSG96, Snow Wolf Barrett M82A1, Action Army AAC 01, and Modify Mod24 Sniper.

How Does A Spring Sniper Rifle Work?

Spring sniper rifles are generally bolt action and require the shooter to manually cock the bolt before each shot.  By pulling back the bolt, a main spring inside the bolt is compressed until it is locked in a fully compressed state by a trigger sear.  The bolt is then pushed forward and returned to its original position.  When the shooter is ready to fire, the trigger is pulled and the trigger sear releases the compressed spring forward.  The spring is connected to a piston that is pushed into a cylinder, much like how a syringe works.  The spring’s release is rapid and the resulting air that is pushed into the cylinder generates pressurized air for propelling the BB out of the gun.  Spring sniper rifles with long barrels can shoot in the range of 300 FPS - 600 FPS or more using a 0.2g BB, although the majority come out of the box in the mid 300 FPS range. The velocity of the BB can be increased further by upgrading the spring, trigger sear, and other components of the rifle to durably withstand the increased power.

On a high power 500fps spring airsoft sniper, the cocking action will be very stiff and require the shooter to have strong arms and good technique to cock the gun.  On more extreme 700 fps airsoft sniper spring rifles, the cocking motion may be so difficult to do by hand that some people resort to propping the rifle on the ground facing upwards, and then using their foot to push down on the bolt to cock it.  You can imagine that this makes stealth shooting more difficult.

Extremely high power levels are a brute force way to make a sniper rifle shoot far, but an often ignored aspect of a good sniper rifle is the hop-up unit, which imparts a backspin on the BB as it leaves the gun.  Such a spin will help the BB counter gravity and resist dipping for much longer during its flight.  Imparting too much spin, however, will make the BB rake upwards and become inaccurate.  A good sniper rifle with a good hop-up will do a precise job of balancing distance and accuracy.  Tokyo Marui airsoft snipers are renowned for having excellent hop-up units for this purpose and achieving great range and accuracy, despite only shooting a modest 300fps out-of-the-box.

Important accessories to get with an airsoft spring sniper is a good rifle scope, possibly illuminated for low light conditions, that can help you aim.  Make sure to get one that can be adjusted for your planned engagement distances.  Getting a scope that can zero targets at 500 meters away will be overkill since most airsoft sniper rifles can reach less than 100 meters unless they are upgraded.  You may also want to invest in a good rifle bipod to help you stabilize your shot.  An airsoft suppressor will also help to keep things quiet and keep you undetected for longer.  And of course, dressing yourself up as well as dressing your sniper rifle in the right camouflage colors is a good idea too.  Finally, if you’re carrying your sniper around all day during a game, invest in a good rifle sling too.

Pros and Cons of Spring Sniper Rifles?


Reliable and stable performance even in very cold weather

  If the shooter is inexperienced and unable to achieve “one-shot-one-kill”, continuously cocking can be tiring

Few moving parts mean they can be very accurate

  High power levels are not easy to achieve compared to a gas, CO2 or HPA sniper rifle

Relatively simple to maintain and upgrade

  Some spring sniper rifles generate an unrealistic “twang” sound when the spring is released
Ready to shoot any time; no need to pre-charge batteries or gas   Highly upgraded spring sniper rifles become difficult to cock


Are Spring Snipers Better Than Gas or Electric Guns?

Spring sniper rifles are great because they are ready to shoot at any time and you do not need to charge batteries or gas in advance.  They are simple and easy to upgrade, and a simple replacement of the main spring can already make some noticeable gains.  While cocking the bolt on a sniper rifle is part of the experience, having to do it repeatedly during a game, especially if the cocking motion is stiff, can be tiring.  You also may not be able to fire off follow-up shots quickly because of this.  But the great advantage of spring guns is their ability to shoot with the same power levels in cold temperatures, where a gas rifle may not be able to do much good.  Tokyo Marui sniper rifles are famous for having very smooth cocking motions so consider them for easier cocking and rapid shots.

Gas sniper rifles are great because pre-charged compressed airsoft gas is used to propel the BB.  The bolt is cocked backwards to prime a striker pin, which simply knocks open a gas valve when the trigger is pulled.  This means the bolt is very light and easy to cock, allowing for rapid follow-up shots.  But gas guns do not work well in cold weather because gas contracts, which reduces its pressure.  Shooting a gas sniper rifle in sub-zero temperatures may not deliver any usable power at all in a game.  If you live in the North with relatively low temperatures year-round, opt for a spring-powered sniper rifle.

Electric sniper rifles are great because you do not have to cock anything.  The battery and motor does all the heavy lifting to compress a spring, and you just keep pulling the trigger.  Electric airsoft guns are therefore less realistic, and they require you to pre-charge a battery in advance for them to work.  The vibration from the mechanical moving parts of an electric sniper can also interfere with the accuracy of the rifle.  Some forms of sniper rifles that are semi-auto in  the real world may lend better to being made as an electric airsoft rifle.

How Far Can Spring Snipers Shoot?

The maximum distance that an airsoft sniper rifle can shoot depends both on the absolute power of the gun, as well as the quality of the hop-up unit.  Highly powerful airsoft sniper rifles without a hop-up unit would not do much good, because the BB dips to the ground quite quickly.   A good hop-up can impart just enough back-spin on the BB to keep it flying in a straight line for as long as possible.  The amount of spin has to be matched agains the power and weight of the BB.  The general rule of thumb is that the higher the power of the sniper rifle, the heavier the BB should be.  A heavier BB not only allows it to fully accelerate within the barrel of the gun, but it also makes it less suceptible to wind once in flight.

A 300 FPS sniper is the most common factory power level from a manufacturer like Tokyo Marui, with a maximum effective range of 30 - 40 meters (100- 130 feet).  Other manufacturers offer to 400 FPS or more, which is good for approximately 50 - 75 meters (150 - 200 feet).  These are just approximations since actual distances will depend on the shooting conditions including wind, as well as the weight and quality of the BB used.

To learn more, read our article about How Far Can Airsoft Guns Shoot.

How Accurate Are Spring Snipers?

Spring sniper rifles are quite accurate in general because they have fewer moving parts, which reduces vibration and flex that can send a BB off target.  The quality of the hop-up unit and the rigidity and length of the inner barrel plays a big part in whether the sniper is accurate.  Tokyo Marui sniper rifles are famous for their accuracy and can hit a hand-sized target at 30 meters, and a torso sized object at 40 meters.  Accuracy can be increased further with upgraded parts.  Read more about airsoft gun accuracy.

Useful Spring Sniper Rifle Resources

If you’re considering buying a spring airsoft sniper, use these Redwolf Resources for more information.

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