Forum:The Helicopter Sniping Trick
This trick only applies to Vice City, San Andreas, Liberty City Stories, and Vice City Stories. There is a way to destroy a helicopter in one shot with a sniper rifle. When you have an opportunity, if you have a sniper rifle equipped, zoom in on the helicopter and aim so your cross hair is on the spot where the blades meet the top of the helicopter and fire. The helicopter should lose control and begin descending until it crashes. It's quite easy to do in all games but you must be more precise with your shot in San Andreas.
The helicopters in GTA IV have increased armor, making them very resistant to small arms (except RPGs), repeatedly firing at the hull will eventually cause it to smoke, but this can be difficult and time consuming. However, the cockpit of a Maverick has large glass panels and the pilot is clearly visible, if you can shoot the pilot with a sniper rifle, the helicopter will be sent into a death spin and crash. This can also be done with the Annihilator, but the front wind shield is much smaller and higher up, making a shot from the ground more difficult, but still possible. In addition, killing the two cops who are providing cover fire from the cabin will cause the helicopter to retreat.