The PSG-1 is a semi-automatic sniper rifle based on the H&K G3 battle rifle. It is designed and manufactured by Heckler & Koch of Germany. In the GTA games, the PSG-1 is equipped with both a telescopic sight and a red laser point sight. The rifle has a seven bullet magazine, allowing for (brief) rapid firing, in contrast to the bolt-action mechanism of the regular Sniper Rifle.
The HK MSG90 rifle, a military variant of the PSG-1, was first featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and is also seen in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. The rifle is labelled as the "PSG-1" only in the original PS2 version of Vice City; all other versions label it .308 Sniper, and it is labelled Laser Sighted Sniper Rifle in Liberty City Stories. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the MSG90 is replaced by a Dragunov (SVD-1) to fit the game's setting of 1984.
The PSG-1 (not a MSG90) in Grand Theft Auto IV is referenced in-game as the Combat Sniper. It has a ten-round magazine, and excellent range. The reticule used is not a standard mil-dot, but the graduated sight found on the Russian SVD Dragunov's PSO-1 scope. During first-person aiming, if the player is standing, there is a noticeable movement of the scope due to Niko Bellic's breathing. This can be minimised by crouching. The Combat Sniper rifle delivers a one-headshot kill in single player and multiplayer, unless the target is armored. It will also kill with about 3 shots to the body. It can easily take down drivers, motorcyclists and, with patience, helicopter pilots.
GTA Vice City
GTA Liberty City Stories
- Fort Staunton, Staunton Island - On the balcony of a restaurant. It is easiest to acquire this weapon after the mission "Bringing the House Down" — due to the height of the balcony, it is very difficult to acquire this gun while the restaurant is still intact.
Grand Theft Auto IV
The Combat Sniper can be purchased from the back-alley gun shops for $8,500 and each additional magazine will cost $500. It is also available from Little Jacob for $5,000, with each additional magazine costing $500.
- Acter - Can be found on the roof of an apartment complex off Aspdin Drive. A helicopter is required, as there is no roof access from the ground.
- Acter Industrial Park - Can be found atop another crude oil refining tower on Trinity Rd on the southwestern end of the Acter Industrial Park.