If your set on an L96 go with a Tokyo Marui, or the Maruzen. Both are springer, both have a host of high grade upgrade parts available. The Tokyo Marui is better for realism though, as the magazine is in the right place. The Maruzen works off of the APS-2 system, while the Tokyo Marui works off of the VSR system. The Tokyo Marui VSR G-Spec is also another very good choice, but is not a type 96 platform. If you are on a budget, buy a Classic Army M24.
Any sniper weapon you buy will need a host of upgrades, which cost a decent amount of cash to do. Then the gun has to be properly tuned, maintained, and sighted. A good sniper rifle is an investment to make it even remotely worth while, or decent AEGs and so on will rape you in distance and accuracy; making you as useless as a poopy flavored lollipop.
As for gear; comfortable, light weight, a good camo base (I suggest multicam), and a very thin and light weight ghillie suit or wrap. Ghillie suits can be real hot, and players have severly over heated from wearing them.
Be prepared to be bored out if your mind. Being an even half assed airsoft sniper requires money, experience, and a nack for it. One out of maybe a hundred snipers starting out end up decent, and stick with it. The others end up discouraged, taking a loss on their gun to sell it, and buying an AEG instead.
Your secondary should light and reliable. A KWA USP is a decent choice, and relatively cheap for what you get.
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Last edited by Ricochet; January 24th, 2013 at 10:37..