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The Sniper Rifle, sometimes shortened to just Sniper or Snipes, is a human precision power weapon featured in all major Halo games, starting with Halo: Combat Evolved. It is a long-range weapon which typically has two levels of scope, and is best used to pick off enemies at a great distance. The Sniper deals a large amount of damage per shot, but has a slow rate of fire and usually only carries four shots per magazine.
Universe and lore
- Main article: Sniper rifle (fiction)
Most of the sniper rifles seen in the Halo games are part of the SRS99 family, a series of rifles produced by Misriah Armory for the United Nations Space Command armed forces. The original SRS99 AM rifle entered service in 2460 with the UNSC Army, and the SRS99 series was eventually adopted by all remaining branches in 2521, thanks to its impressive modularity and continuing support on behalf of Misriah. Having gone through at least three further revisions since its initial adoption, the series remains in service as of 2558, with the Series-5 model being in mass production at that time.
Another prominent sniper rifle is the M99 Stanchion, a now-defunct weapon that has been out of production since 2521. The Stanchion bears more resemblance to a coilgun or railgun than a traditional chemical propellant-based firearm, using electromagnetism to launch its projectiles. It was used by the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire during the Second Ark Conflict, along with another sniper rifle known as the signature-suppressed anti-materiel rifle. Additionally, an Insurrectionist group active on Harvest and Arcadia was known to equip its soldiers with an as-of-yet unidentified sniper rifle.
The following is a list of all sniper rifles in Halo lore that have appeared in the games:
Halo Wars 2
General info here
REQ variants, brute plasma rifle in the case of the plasma rifle, suppressed SMG in the case of the SMG, etc
Sights and scopes
For REQ loadout weapons with swappable scopes. Not present in this particular case.
For REQ loadout weapons with attachments. Not present in this particular case.
Beam rifle, focus rifle, binary rifle, etc
Gameplay info here
- Main article: First-person shooter
FPS info here
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|Shots per trigger pull||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Reserve ammo (reserve mags)||28 (7)||24 (6)||...||...||...||...||...||...||...||...|
|Headshots to kill||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Body shots to kill||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2|
|Headshots to break shields||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Body shots to break shields||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Red reticule range||...||...||...||...||...||...||...||...||...||...|
- Main article: Twin-stick shooter
Twin-stick info here (Spartan Assault, Spartan Strike, etc)
Real-time strategy games
- Main article: Real-time strategy
Wars info here
Changes from CE to H2
Changes from H2A to H5G
Discussion of skins and skin unlock conditions here.
Medals tied to the weapon.
Discussion of achievements related to the weapon.
Usual production notes section
- Trivia here
A sniper being used by a player on Lockdown.
A sniper being used by a player on Shrine.
A player using a sniper on Stonetown.
List of appearances
- Halo: Combat Evolved (First appearance)
- Halo 2
- Halo 3
- Halo Wars
- Halo 3: ODST
- Halo: Reach
- Halo 4
- Halo: Spartan Assault
- Halo: Spartan Strike
- Halo 5: Guardians
- Halo Wars 2