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#2 - Womens Study Major (05/05/2013) [-]
staying on spot picking off enemies with a sniper rifle= sniping
hiding, staying in a corner or spot with an machine gun or something else= camping
#143 to #2 - Womens Study Major (05/06/2013) [-]
There is no such thing as a 'sniper rifle' only precision rifles, a 'sniper rifle' is any rifle carried by a trained sniper. Also snipers dont fire multiple shots from the same spot, they shoot and move.
#127 to #2 - Womens Study Major (05/06/2013) [-]
should have logged in
#58 to #2 - Womens Study Major (05/06/2013) [-]
IRL, depending on the situation a well trained sniper would never take more than two shots from a position in ideal circumstances. An instance where the sniper would not change position is if they were trying to keep enemy infantry from making troop movements in a specific area. Like watching an alleyway to keep the enemy from crossing. If they are out looking for targets and not defending a position they would take only two shots at most. The first shot would alert the enemy to their presence and the second could give away their position(assuming the enemy has enough sense to try to figure out where the shots came from. It could be a deadly mistake for a sniper to assume otherwise.)
User avatar #125 to #58 - meganinja (05/06/2013) [-]
IRL, the snipers wouldn't be so close to the combat. Further back, or with more cover, they could move much more freely. In games like CoD, there are not enough good sniping positions on the map to go to a different spot every time. Battlefield has more room to do it, which makes it better, but these are fast paced battles where you're not worried about surviving as much as you are about getting kills, to where it would be impractical to move your position every time.

Also you're not going against professionally trained soldiers here.
User avatar #14 to #2 - tittystargalactica (05/05/2013) [-]
IRL, the weapon used has NOTHING to do with what it's called.

You can be a sniper with a revolver. To snipe means to be a hidden gunman.

The origin of the word actually has a really interesting story to it involving a bird called the "Snipe".
#27 to #14 - Womens Study Major (05/06/2013) [-]
Everything you just said is false.
User avatar #135 to #27 - tittystargalactica (05/06/2013) [-]
Seriously, man.

Years and years ago in England, hunters used to all dream of shooting a very rare bird called the "Snipe".

The bird wouldn't come out near people so the hunters used to have to lay in wait in camouflage sometimes for days on end in the hopes that one would show up. They would then take one well aimed shot and either hit the bird or miss it and have to repeat the process.

If you got the bird, you would be known as a "sniper".

That's basically what they do in the military today.
#128 to #27 - Womens Study Major (05/06/2013) [-]
Etymology

Middle English "type of bird", from Old Norse -snipa, in myrisnipa (“moor snipe”)

The verb originated in the 1770s among soldiers in British India where a hunter skilled enough to kill the elusive snipe was dubbed a "sniper".[1] The term sniper was first attested in 1824 in the sense of the word "sharpshooter".[1]
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