[[Image:SniperRifle-GTA3.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.]]
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. At long range, the sniper rifle usually provides a stealth kill, however it is not silenced, and should be fired far away from pedestrians and police. The rifle's magnifying scope is a valuable reconnaissance tool, and is also useful for viewing small game details like magazine covers and in-car objects.
Like in many computer games, the rifle's bullets fly straight to the targeted point (it is 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 on the Remington 700. [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] is the lone exception; its sniper rifle is based on a Springfield M21, reflecting the game's setting of [], but it functions incorrectly as a bolt-action rifle.
The GTA IV Sniper Rifle is said to be twice as powerful as the [[Combat Sniper]] rifle; it is, however, a bolt action rifle, and thus can't fire nearly as fast. It provides a one-headshot kill in single player and multiplayer, unless the target is heavily armored.
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 used to display the scoped view.
*[[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 a studio
*[[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]]s
*[[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 (to get it use the ruins of the doll house as a ramp).
*[[Torrington]], Staunton Island - On top of the large star monument.
*[[Francis International Airport, Shoreside Vale|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. You cannot purchase the weapon from [[Little Jacob]]; however, you can purchase the [[Combat Sniper]] from him for less than the standard sniper rifle.
*[[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.
*The Sniper Rifle in [[GTA San Andreas]] has three weapon skills defined in the game's files, however only one is used in the game. The unused skill levels can be attained with cheats.
*Shooting at the moon in every [[Grand Theft Auto]] game with the Sniper Rifle will make it bigger and smaller.
*In [[:Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]], the icon for the Sniper Rifle resembles the [[PSG-1]] from Vice City and Liberty City Stories. However, while being assembled, the rifle resembles a cross between the Remington 700 of [[Grand Theft Auto IV]] and the M21 of [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]].
*In Grand Theft Auto IV you receive a Sniper Rifle during certain missions such as [[Luck of the Irish]] and [[Lure (GTA IV)|Lure]].
Image:SniperRifle-GTA3.gif|GTA III, GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas, and GTA LCS.
Image:SniperRifle-GTAVCS.png|GTA Vice City Stories.
Image:SniperRifle-GTACW.jpg|GTA Chinatown Wars.
Image:SniperRifle-GTAVC-icon.png|GTA Vice City.
Image:SniperRifle-GTASA-icon.png|GTA San Andreas.
[[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]]
[[Category:Weapons in GTA Chinatown Wars]]