The art of being a sniper, and the fantasy behind it, has been somewhat of a cult fascination for many years. Its been a tradition as old as the gun itself, with most of the initial snipers consisting of boys who grow up hunting, and recently many recruits started out playing video games such as Call of Duty and Modern Warfare. With each subsequent generation, the mystique and persona have grown.
The sniper is the lone ranger, the guy responsible for the one shot, one kill, and who has all of the pressure that comes with it. In most recent times, an ex Navy SEAL by the name of Chris Kyle has spurned on an even greater frenzy into the world of sniping, after writing a book chronicling his 150 confirmed kills(previous American record was 109).
Some of the best snipers in the world have have training and practicing for years. It takes a lot of hard work, effort, advanced motor skills, experience, nerves of steel, patience, and most of all practice. Sniping doesn’t just involve sniping people by the way, there are plenty of prestigious hunters as well. This road will eventually require you to purchase some sophisticated equipment, in order to maximize your efficiency while sniping at long range. Here is a one stop shop for everything that you might need for sniping.
What are the Top 3 Rifle Scopes?
Top Pick: Nikon Buckmaster 4.5-14×40 Riflescope
When talking about sniper gear, the key piece in any long ranger snipers arsenal, is their scope. The Nikon Buckmaster tops our list as perhaps the perfect cost effective rifle scope on the market. Not only are the materials made of high quality and will last long, but Nikon backs all of their products with a lifetime warranty, so you know that you will be getting a top of the line brand with all of the trimmings.
For starters, the Buckmaster is extremely versatile, offering your choice of a mil-dot, BDC, or Nikoplex reticle to fit your style of shooting. In addition, the spread of the tubing is 14.4 inches long, giving about 4 inches eye relief, and comes light weight, weighing in at about 17 1/2 pounds.
Best of all however, is the crystal clear vision it gives you. At 4.5×14 magnification, which gives about 40mm of objective diameter, you’ll be able to pinpoint your targets and take them out fairly easily. Combining with that, the multicoated optics provide up to 92% transmission of light, and is water, fog, and shock proof. You won’t find a better rifle scope for the money.
What are the Top 3 Protective Headsets While Shooting?
Top Pick: 3M Peltor SV Tactical Pro Hearing Protector
Although not as trendy as say, a sweet pair of glasses, protective wear is an essential part of sniper gear, unless you want to go deaf. 3M produces some of the very best civilian protective headpieces on the market, and they’ve knocked this one out of hte park with the Peltor SV Tactical. Headsets are a very peculiar item because if you reduce the noise too much, they become an inconvenient necessity, and if you reduce it too little, well, you go deaf. With a noise reduction rating of 26, and with perfectly calibrated Omni-directional stereo microphones, they are able to provide 360-degree external ambient listening.
That isn’t the only reason why 3M gets high marks for this head piece, but their price point is fantastic as well. Some of the very best headpieces be north of $500 dollars, and this headpiece is easily just as competitive, perhaps even more competitive than 3M’s more expensive models such as their SwatTac II’s.
Our only complaint with the 3M is that the quality is somewhat questionable, and although they are constructed well, if the materials are clearly where the company shaved some of the costs, so if you find yourself in a position where you have to constantly smack them on the ground, you may want to look elsewhere. Luckily these come with a 1 year factory warranty.
What are the Top 3 Shooting Glasses?
Top Pick: Wiley X Gravity Sunglasses
Wiley X is a cool name, but its more than just that, they are a name brand company that provides perhaps the best shooting glasses on the market, in terms of price point, safety, and style, and their Gravity Glasses take our pick as the best on the market. If your looking for sniper gear, picking up shooting glasses is a must.
While hunting, your glasses have two jobs. First, is to protect you from the recoil of the gun. With proper eye relief, this shouldn’t be a problem, but accidents do happen. Wearing some second tier glasses that aren’t up to ANSI standards, means that recoil from one misfire can leave you missing an eye. Personally, I only have one from a child hood accident, and I take no chances. In this area, the Gravity Glasses are completely shatterproof, so they get an A+
The second job of your glasses, is to protect you from the glare of the sun. Nothing like lining up your crosshair for the kill shot and the sun getting in the way. This is where the Wiley does a fantastic job and sets itself apart from the competitors, the lenses will protect you from 100% of all UV light and there is no glare. The lens are crystal clear, and the glasses overall are extremely durable. Obviously if you do something stupid like use a knife on them or run over them with a truck you can kiss them goodbye, but for normal wear and tear use they are more than up to the task.
Our one worry with the Gravity glasses, is that they are polarized. Polarized glasses take virtually all of the glare away, but it prevents you from looking through scopes which are also polarized. So make sure you keep this in mind when you are purchasing a scope.
What are the Top 3 Shooting Gloves?
Our Pick: 5.11 Tac A2 Gloves
A key piece of sniper gear in any aspiring marksman’s tool kit, is a nice pair of shooting gloves. 5.11 is the best company in America when it comes to civilian shooting gloves, and we really like their A2 gloves, which have several features that I’m sure you will enjoy.
First off, they are made out of Kevlar cloth, which feels more like cotton than. If you know anything about Kevlar, you know that it is extremely durable, so your getting the best of both worlds here. Secondly, these gloves are extremely light weight, at about .2 pounds per glove, and can keep you warm except in sub zero temperatures. The awesome breathability of the gloves also means that they work great in warm climates as well.
These puppies, for performing their role, are also fantastic. The key to getting a good pair of gloves is to make sure that they are tight, and flexible. Kind of like spandex. Yet at the same time you want them to be durable and protect your hands. These gloves should give you a nice, tight fit, but provide you the flexibility needed to pull the trigger with limited hinderance, due to the reduced leather near the end of the fingertips. As for the rest of the glove, it offers a superior grip. Best of all, it looks fantastic!
The one complaint, is that when you first put them on they may bleed some black. Your also looking at about a one year life span if you double these up as winter gloves.