Sniper Rifles

Sniper Rifle is a type of firearm featured in the Call of Duty series designed for long-range shooting. Sniper Rifles excel at long range, where the high power, accuracy, and zoom (given by the attached scope) allow players to kill enemies at ranges other weapons would be unable to do. Sniper Rifles come in bolt-action and semi-automatic fire-modes.

Bolt-action Sniper Rifles have high power, allowing for one-shot kills. However, these Sniper Rifles have high recoil and a low rate of fire, due to cycling the bolt after each shot.

Semi-automatic Sniper Rifles are more diverse than bolt-action. The semi-automatic Sniper Rifles can have high power and recoil, or low power and recoil, allowing for follow-up shots if the first did not kill. Semi-automatic Sniper Rifles can be fired as fast as the user can shoot (aside from Black Ops, as all semi-automatic sniper rifles have a firecap), unlike bolt-action Sniper Rifles.

Other than long range sniping, the quick-scope style of sniping is fairly popular. Quick-scoping is usually done at close range, where the player quickly zooms in, shoots, and zooms back out. This is hard (but not impossible) in Black Ops.