The price tags for sniper rifles are quite high because they are very rare and hard to find. Sniper rifles are so expensive, if one does not have any extra money for it, better consider the alternative, the sniper rifle air soft guns. To duplicate the same experience as handling a real gun, they are made of wood, metal, and plastic.
A real sniper rifle gun uses lethal bullets while the air soft sniper rifle uses BB pellets. The sniper air soft rifle gun is powered by either spring or gas. A spring powered gun can only do single shots, this means it has to be cocked for every shot you make. On the other hand, a gas powered sniper rifle airsoft gun also makes single shots but the action and mechanism of the gun is more realistic. The spring-powered rifle has a harder reloading and shooting mechanism compared to that of a gas-powered rifle. There is also the difference of distance when it comes to high-end spring sniper rifle air soft gun and the gas-powered air soft gun, the former fires 450 feet per second while the latter can do 500 to 550 feet per second. There is no distinct advantage for both types of rifles in terms of accuracy.
The biggest disadvantage of sniper rifle airsoft guns is that they are basically ineffectual for long distance sniping. One needs to upgrade and add accessories to ensure that long distance targets would be hit. The upgrades not only should add more distance but it should also maintain a straight projectile flight path. The best model of gas powered sniper rifle airsoft guns is the M4 rifle, especially if you have plans of using it for competition like a CQB (close quarters battle).
An ideal sniper air soft gun is one that has a high velocity and it comes with a decent scope. Better stock up also on accessories, for they are very essential in competition and events.