Originally Posted by dmitril
People are being unfair to sniper rifles here, these can be made completely silent in airsoft thus making you into a ninja assassin. Though you generally need a sidearm to go with your sniper so its true that nothing beats an AEG for a starter gun.
Tip: If you are any good with a soldering iron and time to wait for shipping feel free to get cheap Chinese lipos. 2x3Sx800mah + a charger came out about $40 for my friend, so far only one of the cells failed so now its a 3s(11.4v) and 2s(7.4v) + balance charger for $40.
Have you ever read the sniper post on the stickies, in the newb section? No one, not even a good airsoft sniper will reccomend a sniper rifle as a starter gun. Same as most won't reccomend a PTW, a GBBR, etc, because the cost money and have unique quirks. There's nothing wrong with trying out the sniper gig if you really can't shake it off, but I've gotta tell ya, get yourself a reliable gun first, upgrade it to functional/consistent, get batteries, mags, a charger, etc, basic gear you may need, then get into a sniper project. Even good snipers with properly tuned rifles aren't super versatile or always needed. 99.9% of people who start in this way, end up selling their dissapointment at a loss and are discouraged.