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Standard sniper rifle. Ideal for situations that require accuracy at long range. Limitations include slow reload speed and very low rate of fire.
Grand Theft Auto V description on Ammu-Nation and Social Club.

The Sniper Rifle is a weapon that has been featured in every Grand Theft Auto game since Grand Theft Auto III, with the exception of Grand Theft Auto Advance. In Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, it is manufactured by Shrewsbury.


The weapon is often referred to as "standard sniper rifle" or "bolt-action sniper rifle" to distinguish them from other rifles in the game.

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. In the DS version, the whole top screen is then used to display the scoped view. In the iOS version, the top screen display moves into the single screen by showing up beside the rifle assembly. This also applies to the PSP version, although there is no touch screen functionality.


3D Universe

From Grand Theft Auto III to Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the Sniper Rifle resembles a Remington Model 700, evidenced by the single wooden body (even though in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the HUD icon depicts a PSG-1 instead). The rifle is only able to use single rounds per reload, opposed to the real-life inspiration, which is equipped with 5 or 10-round magazine

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the weapon is based on the M21 Sniper Weapon System, but it functions incorrectly as a bolt-action rifle, whereas the real M21 is semi-automatic. Despite having a detachable box magazine, it still acts as a single-round weapon.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Grand Theft Auto IV rendition is still modeled after a Remington Model 700, but features a detachable magazine this time. The scope adopts a basic Mil-Dot reticle and is able to be used when aiming, although when taking cover, it is possible to use the generic reticle. This rendition uses a 5-round magazine.

In the files, the Sniper Rifle is referred as "M40a1", suggesting it is intended to be an M40A1, the USMC version of the Remington 700 that shared its design, but having different traits (i.e. non-detachable magazine).

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the in-game sniper rifle resembles the Sako TRG, even though some artworks depict Huang holding a H&K SR9 T and an SR-25. The icon for the Sniper Rifle resembles the PSG-1 from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

In Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, the sniper rifle is based on the Arctic Warfare, specifically the AW-F (judging by the sectioned stock right behind the grip, a common feature on folding variants of the rifle). The weapon has a top and side Picatinny rails.

With the introduction of the attachments mechanic, the weapon can be fitted with a Suppressor, allowing the weapon to be used for long-ranged sneak attacks. Rather than employing a unique reticle, the Sniper Rifle uses a different reticle, which is standardized by the scope the weapon is equipping.


3D Universe

As expected from a sniper rifle, the weapon deals excellent damage and range over targets, as it is usually deadly and can deal a considerable damage over basic vehicles; it takes around five direct hits to destroy an unarmored vehicle. It is always one-shot kill against both armored and unarmored target at any range and a headshot will usually decapitate the target. While powerful, the Sniper Rifle's bolt-action mechanism means it is rather slow, as the weapon reloads every time it shoots, being ineffective on situations where a rapid-fire weapon is needed. Since the player needs to stand while aiming the weapon, it makes somewhat difficult to take out targets at close ranges.

3D Universe Overview

Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
125 (GTA III, Vice City, San Andreas) 500 (GTA Vice City) 100 / 328 (GTA Vice City) 1 (GTA Vice City) N/A 1401 (GTA Vice City)
N/A 40 RPM
(GTA III, Vice City, Liberty City Stories & Vice City Stories)

55 RPM
(San Andreas)

Cannot be determined Single Round (All games) Bolt handle 1.4 seconds

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Sniper Rifle appears to be statistically similar to the Combat Sniper rifle; it is, however, a bolt-action rifle, and thus it cannot fire nearly as fast. It provides a one-headshot kill in single player and multiplayer, unless the target is heavily armored.

GTA IV Overview

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


333 1500 / 4921 5 N/A 1300 (Standing)
2066 (Crouched)
In-game Statements / Markings
Lethal 48 RPM

170 RPM [?]
150 RPM [?]

Cannot be determined 5-round standard magazine Charging handle 2.07 seconds

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Compared to previous iterations, the Sniper Rifle is more versatile thanks to its 10-round magazine. Its reload speed is almost the same as in GTA IV, since it is still a bolt-action rifle. The Sniper Rifle's zoom is determined by the current scope and, because it can equip a suppressor, is a perfect choice for stealthy kills at long distances.

The Sniper Rifle is not very lethal compared to previous renditions, but is still a powerful weapon. A body shot usually hurts the target severely, to the point of dying by bleeding. Against another player, they will receive a critical damage if being shot to the body, but they can suppress it with Body Armor, as the rifle is not very good against armored targets. It will also take many rounds to take out a single car, making it unsuitable for such purpose.

GTA V/GTA Online Overview

Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
50.5 (80.8)


(38 RPM)
1500 / 4921 10 N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A 38 RPM Cannot be determined 10-round standard magazine Charging handle N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
Fire Rate/Speed
Clip Size


Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Rounds & magazine GTA V GTA Online (Unlock) Image
Rounds (20) $48 $145 (Rank 21)
Scope (expands field of view) Default Default
Suppressor (silences but slightly reduces damage and range) $2,300 $12,050 (Rank 22)
Advanced Scope (advanced-range zoom, improved accuracy) $2,437 $12,500 (Rank 23)
Etched Wood Grip Finish $32,500 $32,500
Black Default Default
Army $100 $5,000 (Kill 100 players)
Green (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $200F $5,250 (Kill 200 players)
Orange (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $400F $5,500 (Kill 400 players)
LSPD $600 $5,750 (Kill 600 players)
Pink (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $800F $7,500 (Rank 50)
Gold (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $1,000F $10,000 (Rank 75)
Platinum (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $1,500F $12,500 (Rank 100)
F Free for players that have the Special/Collector's edition of the game.

Image Gallery

In-game model

HUD icon

First-Person View



Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Sniper Rifle's locations map

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

IV - Sniper Rifle (Remington 700)-target.png

Grand Theft Auto IV


  • The Sniper Rifle can be purchased only from the Underground Gun Shops for $6,000 and each additional magazine will cost $800.


  • 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. Only found after Luck of the Irish.


  • 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. Again, only found after Luck of the Irish.


  • Northwood - Can be found atop a crude oil refining tower at the intersection of Exeter Ave and Grummer Rd, near the water's edge. This is the only sniper able to get at the beginning of the game, but it's easy to get Busted or Wasted with a 6-star wanted level.

Grand Theft Auto V

Weapon pickups map including the Sniper Rifle observatory location in Grand Theft Auto V.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Can be purchased from Ammu-Nation at Rank 21, for $20,000.
  • A sniper rifle can be found and kept for free by attacking the gang hideout south of the Cypress Flats Ammu-Nation. The gang attack only appears from 12:00 to 20:00. The sniper rifle is not in the crates, but can be picked up from one of the enemies.
  • Awarded to the player by entering a Police Maverick, Annihilator, Valkyrie and Valkyrie MOD.0, with 10 rounds.



  • From Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas up to the latest games, shooting the birds flying in the air causes them to disappear, with the exception of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, where shooting a bird will kill it.

3D Universe

  • In all 3D Universe games (excluding Grand Theft Auto Advance), shooting at the moon with the rifle will make it bigger and smaller.
  • The sniper rifle's cocking animation can either be seen in multiplayer (Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories) or when set on fire (Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas only).
  • In GTA III, pedestrians that acquire this weapon through cheat codes suffer from a glitch that causes them to loop through the aiming animation of the weapon whenever they try to fire it. Furthermore, if the player looks around in first-person or aims the M-16, Rocket Launcher or Sniper Rifle, the sound of a gunshot from a sniper rifle will be heard and the player will receive a significant amount of damage. This applies even if the pedestrian sniper wasn't aiming for the player.
  • In GTA Vice City and GTA Liberty City Stories, there is no specific animation for shooting the rifle, so everyone who uses it (including the player) uses the default punching animation.
  • Some games in the 3D Universe allows the player to lock on to any opponent and fire without utilizing the scope if they are set on fire.
  • In GTA San Andreas, crouching while using the scope in with the sniper rifle allows movement while the scope is zoomed in but standing up will stop movement.
  • In GTA San Andreas, using the rifle's scope while crouching will automatically cause CJ to stand up, although he can crouch again while aiming down the scope.
  • The sniper rifle from GTA III, GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas and GTA Liberty City Stories uses the same GTA III AK-47 textures (Seen inside the .TXD file)
  • The sniper rifle in GTA III and GTA San Andreas has a unique firing sound, which is a louder and higher pitched version of the respective game's shotgun sound.
  • In GTA Vice City, the rifle is silenced, as it has no echo noise after firing.
  • GTA Vice City is the only game (excluding GTA Advance) where, when the player has 100% completion (thus unlocking infinite ammo for any weapon) and fires the Sniper Rifle, no reloading sound will be heard.

HD Universe

  • A possible overlook, when the Poor Weapons cheat in GTA IV is used, instead of receiving this rifle, the player instead gets the Combat Sniper. This makes the Sniper Rifle the only weapon that cannot be acquired by cheats.
  • In GTA IV and its episodes, the sniper rifle's bolt is on the right, but the player character will pull an invisible bolt on the left.
  • The sound of the Sniper Rifle firing in GTA Chinatown Wars is recycled from that of the shotgun sound from the 3D Universe games (except GTA San Andreas).
  • The Sniper Rifle in GTA V and GTA Online holds 10 rounds in its magazine, however the magazine juts out significantly further from the weapon than its real-life inspiration, and should be able to hold closer to 20 rounds.
  • In GTA V and GTA Online, after firing the last round of a magazine in first person, the character will unnecessarily pull the bolt and push it back into its position, as if there is still a round left, before initiating the reload sequence.


Grand Theft Auto IV

  • In Grand Theft Auto IV, if the player keeps crouching and shooting at the same time, the weapon will fire in automatic mode.

See also