It's highly advised that newbies don't start with sniper rifles, it takes alot of practice, experience and patience to be a good sniper not to mentioned even a good upgraded sniper rifle isn't going to have too much more range then an aeg. The other thing about the sniper rifle is it costs alot to get a good one. Not just the base, but a lot of upgrades as well. We're talking at least $1000 or more. A sharp-shooting rig like an m14 or a Fal is fine, but stay away from the snipers till you have more experience.