Posted by: Sam | December 23, 2008

Sniper Rifle

The Sniper Rifle is the favorite weapon of most players in Halo 3, it’s the perfect weapon at long distance and strangely its good at close distance unlike most other games. As it’s on most maps people, it can become a very dominant on maps with good teamwork.

Sniper Rifle

Sniper Rifle

Type: Human
Rate of Fire: Semi Automatic
Clip Size: 4
Maximum Ammunition: 20
Range: Long and Close
Found On: Blackout, Epilogue, Guardian, High Ground, Last Resort, Narrows, The Pit, Valhalla, Isolation, Sand-trap, Construct, Rats Nest, Ghost Town, Foundry, Avalanche.


The Sniper Rifle is one of the most and best used Weapons in the Halo Saga, this is because of its one shot kill capability (if the bullet travels through the head). A Medal is also gained if you get a sniper head shot. Its relatively quick reloading time makes this a very effective weapon, especially at long range where the opponents will have a hard time even hitting you. With 4 bullets a clip and with 1.33 bullets firing off every second a mid-skilled player can easily pick of 2-3 kills every 2 clips or so. As most people into FPS’s will know, Sniper Rifles have ‘zoom in’ capability which is also what Halo incorporated with the 5x and 10x zoom. Utilizing the Sniper Rifle in a desolate open space is advised.


As this weapon only takes a maximum of two shots to the body and one shot to the head, it a very dangerous weapon. Gaining high ground is an advantage that should be used not just for the Sniper Rifle but for every weapon. On maps like The Pit a sniper can do a great deal of damage without a great deal of cover from team mates. However sniping on Construct and Isolation is quite challenging as the enemy are always able to put fire on a sniper making it very difficult. In a one on one situation at mid distance, there are 2 options. Firstly, you could choose to try “no scope” or “quick scope”. This is risky as there is good chance of dying and giving away a power weapon and a kill to the other team. The other option is to try to run away you may not get a kill but you will keep the sniper rifle. The Battle Rifle or Carbine is the enemy of an Sniper user, not only does it put alot of pressure on the sniper but it knocks the scope off and causes disarray and confusion, as your aim will be jolted away.

If its inevitable that you are going to die. However, if  worst comes to worst, try to jump off the map (if this is possible such as on a map like Guardian). If this isnt possible then fire all the ammo out of the gun so there is no ammo or at least reduced ammo for the other team. People do not know this tactic and giving the enemy a sniper in the later stages of a close game can just be a deciding factor.

Sniper Rifle or Beam Rifle

Beam Rifle

Beam Rifle

When deciding to choose the Sniper Rifle or Beam Rifle (this choice will only come up in the Team Snipers playlist) it is matter of personal preferance. in actual fact the Beam Rifle is better. It never has to reload, it can shoot faster and the beam is harder to see a bullet trail to locate the person who shot it. In my opinion i prefer the Sniper Rifle, i believe its easier to use. Though this maybe due to the fact that I have had more practice with this weapon because it is on more maps.

Best Maps used on

The Sniper Rfile and Beam Rifle should be used on any map as it is a game winning weapon. They are both dominant on the levels they appear on.


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