Sniper Rifle

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A Sniper Rifle has been featured in every Grand Theft Auto game since Grand Theft Auto III with the exception of Grand Theft Auto Advance. It is often required in missions to shoot enemy gang members at a distance, especially when the goal is to protect an ally from far away. It is used as stealth kills, but firing a sniper rifle may cause increase of a likelihood of police attention and pedestrians panicking, so stealth kills should only be performed in secluded areas where there are no witnesses or cops around. The rifle's telescope is a valuable reconnaissance tool and many players have fun using its zoom feature on characters or objects.

Like in many computer games, its bullets fly straight to the targeted point (a 'hitscan' weapon) - real life variables like distance, wind, or target movement don't affect the bullet.

In Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto IV, the sniper rifle is based off the Remington 700. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, however, it's based on a Springfield M21 in order to fit the game's setting, 1984.

The sniper rifle's scope is easier to use, but the Laser Sniper is more accurate, yet harder to actually aim due to lack of a crosshair.

The sniper rifle only appears in certain missions of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, where the player has to assemble the rifle using the touch screen. The whole top screen is then turned into the scope.



GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA Liberty City Stories

GTA Vice City Stories


The Sniper Rifle can be purchased from the back-alley gun shops for $6,000 and each additional magazine will cost $800.


  • East Hook - Can be found on a gantry crane at the docks where the Platypus is berthed, which is located on Mohanet Ave. Specifically, the gantry crane closest to the bow on the starboard side of the ship.


  • Steinway - Can be found atop a ferry terminal-type structure in Gantry Park, located off Dukes Drive. From the leftmost portion of the docks, the rifle is located atop the second structure.


  • Northwood - Can be found atop a crude oil refining tower at the intersection of Exeter Ave and Grummer Rd, near the water's edge.