"Greatly increased range, rate of fire and sniper zoom make this the ideal long range weapon."
Description from the TBoGT website.

The Advanced Sniper is a sniper rifle featured in The Ballad of Gay Tony.


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The Advanced Sniper rifle is based on the German DSR-1, a bolt-action sniper rifle manufactured and marketed by DSR-Precision GmbH. The DSR-1 is a bullpup rifle.

The weapon is colored silver with a black scope. Its design has a fully adjustable rear stock, cheek piece and fluted barrel. It has two ammo magazines: one in the rear, from which the weapon feeds from, and a spare one in front of the pistol grip.

The scope of the weapon is of a SVD-type reticle found in the PSO-1 scope, but without a Rangefinder. Said scope is green-tinted and seems to have better observation through darker areas, albeit to a certain extend.


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Being a long ranged rifle, it is a very powerful firearm, being able to take down an un-armed pedestrian with one shot even from a long distance. The advanced sniper is also highly accurate, yet slow-firing like Sniper Rifle, since it is a bolt-action firearm. Nevertheless, it fires faster than the Sniper Rifle, and holds 10 rounds per magazine compared to the latter's 5-round capacity

The Advanced Sniper has a secondary ammo of explosive bullets. In singleplayer, a cheat is used to get these special rounds, while they are always on the Advanced Sniper by default in the multiplayer. These are highly destructive and can cause significantly higher damage than the normal rounds. The power of the bullets' explosions vary between game modes; in multiplayer, the exploding rounds are as effective as the Automatic Shotgun's explosive bullets, while the singleplayer version only usable with cheats comes with much more power, with the exploding rounds being as powerful as Grenades and Sticky Bombs. These rounds can also hurt the player if they shoot too close to themselves, so it is nearly useless at close range compared to normal bullets; however, the explosive rounds in the multiplayer don't hurt the player if shot close to them (such as direclty at the ground or at a wall nearby). They only do damage if they hit another player or vehicle. Much like the Automatic Shotgun, an Advanced Sniper with explosive rounds can disable a vehicle easily, and the explosion will also knock down targets, increasing chances of taking them out. Becuase of the added power in the multiplayer version, even a player with full health and full body armor can still be taken down with one headshot at any distance, making the Advanced Sniper highly deadly in the right hands of a skilled marksman.

TBOGT Overview

Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(per shot)
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]


333 1500 / 4921 10 N/A 1300 (Standing)
2066 (Crouched)
In-game Statements / Markings
Lethal 60 RPM

170 RPM [?]
120 RPM [?]

Cannot be determined 10-round standard magazine Charging handle 1.3 seconds (Standing)
2.1 seconds (Crouched)

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  • Given by Yusuf Amir in the mission Caught with your Pants Down. The player has to free an APC from a Skylift with the Advanced Sniper with infinite rounds.
  • Available for purchase from Armando Torres after the above mission. It costs $4,750 while a magazine costs $200.
  • Available via cheating with the code "486-555-0100".
    • Its explosives rounds can be activated via the cheat "486-555-2526".


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  • During the DLC's beta version, the advanced sniper had a normal scope.
  • The weapon was also shown in use by a "Terrorism Expert" in the 'Weazel News' trailer of the game.
  • Despite the 10-round capacity in-game, the weapon model features 5-round magazines. The doubled capacity could be attributed to the DSR-1 having two magazines mounted for faster reloads, but the character will only replace the main rear magazine for the reloading sequence.
  • The Advanced Sniper is one of the loudest weapons in the entire series; it is easily heard from a very far distance away when another player is shooting it the multiplayer. This can potenially allow the player to take preemptive action against the sniper. The only thing in the game that is louder is the sound of the Annihilator's miniguns firing they are heard from hundreds of feet, almost at the edge of the render distance on consoles for helicopters.


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  • There is a glitch that if one keeps crouching and shooting at the same time, the weapon will fire faster. This affects most weapons in the game. With the explosive rounds cheat activated (or in multiplayer), the Advanced Sniper becomes one of the most powerful weapons in the game, easily able to destroy any vehicle in mere seconds. As a downside, the glitch can be hard to master, and it quickly drains ammo.


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