Originally Posted by kalnaren
It's about scouting and reporting, of sneaking and recon. It's not uncommon for a sniper to play a 5 hour game and fire their rifle only once or twice.
To add to Kal's post, perhaps you should consider buying one of the aegs he suggested, something simple like an M16, and work on the sneaking and recon aspects. When you think about it, if you're going to get into playing a sniper role later on, it would do you some good to substitute the sniper rifle with an aeg such as the M16, and work on movement, hiding, camo, as well as the other things that have been suggested, such as the combinations of BB's, different brands of BBs, different Hop-up options, etc, etc. This will give you a good understanding of how everything works, prior to you dropping the cash for a sniper and its upgrades. It's always good to get some experience with a gun before you decide to purchase it, and the same goes for the role you want to play in the future. Maybe you'll find sniping completely boring, and want to keep the M16 as your primary. Whos knows, but it's something to consider at the least.