[[Image:Sniper rifle.gif|thumb|The Sniper Rifle in [[Grand Theft Auto III]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]], [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]], and [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]]]
[[Image:m21_vcs.png|thumb|The Sniper Rifle in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]]]]
[[Image:sniper_4.png|thumb|The Sniper Rifle in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]]]]
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 '[[wp:Hitscan|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, [].
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.
*[[Belleville Park]], [[Staunton Island]] - On top of the building south of the Belleville Park [[Liberty City Fire Department|Fire Station]] behind the [[MSX FM]] sign (and next to the body armor icon) (use the angled edge of the [[Shoreside Lift Bridge]] Loop to jump to it).
*[[Newport]], Staunton Island - Available to buy from [[Ammu-Nation]] after completion of [[Last Requests]] ($10,000).
*[[Cochrane Dam]], [[Shoreside Vale]] - In the trees along the path to the base of the Cochrane Dam from the main entrance (near [[Cedar Grove]]).
===[[GTA Vice City]]===
*[[North Point Mall]] - Available to buy from Ammu-Nation after completion of [[Phnom Penh '86]] ($1,500).
*[[Starfish Island]] - In the hedge maze at the west part of the Mansion.
*[[Viceport]] - On the ledge on the south side of the base of the south bridge housing at the west end of the [[South bridge|South Bridge]] that connects [[Ocean Beach]] and [[Little Havana]].
===[[GTA San Andreas]]===
*[[Jefferson, Los Santos|Jefferson]], [[Los Santos]] - On the roof of the [[County General Hospital]]
*[[Vinewood]], Los Santos - On a deck with a ramp leading to it, inside the [[InterGlobal Films|InterGlobal Television]] studios
*[[Mulholland]], Los Santos - On a balcony of a house, near a body armor pickup
*In small house on top of hill between [[The Farm]] and [[Foster Valley]]
*[[Downtown San Fierro|Downtown]], [[San Fierro]] - Atop a building beside [[Otto's Autos]]
*[[Doherty]], San Fierro - In the exterior of the [[Doherty Garage]] after photographing all 50 [[Snapshot|Snapshots]]
*[[Julius Thruway North]], [[Las Venturas]] - On the roof of a little chapel near the [[Las Venturas Police Headquarters]]
*[[The Clown's Pocket]], Las Venturas - Somewhere on the Clown's Pocket Casino roof
*[[The Four Dragons Casino]], Las Venturas - On the lower roof of the casino
===[[GTA Liberty City Stories]]===
*[[Hepburn Heights]], [[Portland Island]] - On top of the construction site roof.
*[[Torrington]], Staunton Island - On top of the large star monument.
*[[Francis International Airport]], Shoreside Vale - Underneath a small wooden ramp/bridge leading to [[Wichita Gardens]].
*Cochrane Dam, Shoreside Vale - In the large tunnel entrance (tunnel leading to Cedar Grove).
===[[GTA Vice City Stories]]===
*[[Starfish Island]] - Behind a mansion in the southern part of the island.
*Outside every [[Safehouses|safehouse]] after bursting 80 [[Red Balloons|red balloons]].
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.
[[Category:Weapons in GTA III]]
[[Category:Weapons in GTA Vice City]]
[[Category:Weapons in GTA San Andreas]]
[[Category:Weapons in GTA Liberty City Stories]]
[[Category:Weapons in GTA Vice City Stories]]
[[Category:Weapons in GTA IV]]