Let me start this thread by stating I have never been a great, or maybe even good, sniper. This discussion isn't really meant for the "L337" snipers, but if you have something positive to add to the discussion, by all means please do.
I am not much of a sniper by my own admission. I have tried it off and on in previous CoDs to varying levels of success, but I have just never had the patience or affinity for it.
With all the discussions lately about the Ghillie Suit, and snipers in general, however... I decided to put my money where my mouth is and give the Snipers a shot (pun most definitely intended). I set a goal for myself to earn the Ghillie Suit... and while it may take me until the next CoD is released to finish this challenge I figure I don't have the right to complain about Snipers until I do it myself.
So, here is what I have learned as a Sniper in this game.
1) People HATE snipers. They just hate hate hate getting killed by Snipers, period. I have begun to really enjoy the screams of the vanquished in my ear after each kill, especially on the handful of collateral kills I have gotten recently.
2) Earning a kill with a Sniper is incredibly satisfying. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy all the kills I get in this game, but there is something just fulfilling about dropping someone with a well placed shot; I'd rank it up there with Shotgun kills.
3) The act of sniping isn't all that difficult, but the act of being a sniper is. Let's be honest, the Sniper Rifles in this game aren't hard to handle. You point, and shoot. While moving targets can be an issue at times, especially if you miss your first shot... you don't have to account for wind or bullet drop or anything else. You aim it right, the shot will hit. What IS hard, however... is getting set up for shots. Knowing where to look, how to get proper cover, and how to move about the board. Getting into one v one situations is no picnic either, I can assure you all that QSing is not as easy as some folks make it look.
4)Don't be selfish. I find that if I am trying to snipe and I get to a point where I am negative by 3 or 4 kills(sometimes less), it is time to switch to another class. I have been in WAY too many lobbies where a bad sniper will go negative by double digits, and yet they stick with the Sniper through the entire match. If things go South, I will always switch to a more comfortable class so as not to hurt my team.
5)Love thy pistol- I have had to shelve my pistols this game as I use a lot of stealth, so have sacrificed pistols for Perk Slots. But as a Sniper, carrying one is essential, especially when moving about. Throw a muzzle brake on there and they are very effective and can fire quickly. I mostly use the M9A1, myself.
6) Don't expect to lead the lobby- I am a competitive person. I pride myself on being at or near the top of the Lobby scoreboard in most matches, win or lose. But as a sniper, I have learned sometimes I just have to be more of a role player. That I may not score as high, but I can still be an effective team member. That being said... I have been pleased at how often I have been able to be the top scorer on my team, if not in the lobby, using my sniping classes.
So this is what I have learned thus far, and I have been having some good success. So I ask you all who might be in the same boat as me... what have you learned when you try to snipe? What to do, and what not to do? For you experienced Snipers out there, what tips would you provide to someone less comfortable with this weapons class?
PS- Please, do NOT let this degenerate into a Quickscoping discussion. I thank you in advance.