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"Assassination remains rifle in Vice City. Who is Mr. Black?"
— GTA Vice City Website.

The Combat Sniper is a semi-automatic sniper rifle available in the the Grand Theft Auto series.


In the 3D universe, the rifle is equipped with both a telescopic sight and a red laser point sight. It has a seven bullet magazine, allowing for (brief) rapid firing, in contrast to the bolt-action mechanism of the regular Sniper Rifle. The HK MSG90 rifle, a military variant of the PSG-1, was first featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and is also seen in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. The rifle is labeled as the "PSG-1" only in the PS2 Version of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City; all other versions label it .308 Sniper, and it is labeled Laser Sighted Sniper Rifle in Liberty City Stories. It also has a suppressor but serves no purpose other than aesthetics. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the MSG90 is replaced by a Dragunov (SVD-1) to fit the game's setting of 1984, and it is referred here to as "Laser Sniper".

The PSG-1 (not a MSG90) in Grand Theft Auto IV is referred to in-game as the Combat Sniper. It has a ten-round magazine, and excellent range. The reticule used is not a standard mil-dot, but the graduated sight found on the Russian SVD Dragunov's PSO-1 scope. During first-person aiming, if the player is standing, there is a noticeable movement of the scope due to Niko Bellic's breathing. This can be minimized by crouching. The Combat Sniper rifle delivers a one-headshot kill in single player and multiplayer, unless the target is armored. It will also kill with about 3 shots to the body. It can easily take down pedestrians, drivers, motorcyclists and, with patience and extreme accurancy, take down helicopter pilots.


GTA: Vice City

GTA: Liberty City Stories

GTA: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Combat Sniper can be purchased from the back-alley gun shops for $8,500 and each additional magazine will cost $500. It is also available from Little Jacob, Terry Thorpe in TLAD, and Armando Torres in TBoGT for $5,000, with each additional magazine costing $500. It can also be acquired from certain LCPD officers attempting to snipe the player from rooftops such as the rooftops of Chinatown and of The Exchange.

IV - Combat Sniper (H&K PSG-1)target



  • Acter - Can be found on the roof of an apartment complex off Aspdin Drive. A helicopter is required, as there is no roof access from the ground.
  • Acter Industrial Park - Can be found atop another crude oil refining tower on Trinity Rd on the southwestern end of the Acter Industrial Park.


There is a glitch in GTA IV that if you keep crouching and shooting at the same time, the weapon's rate of fire will increase.


  • The GTA Liberty City Stories PSG-1 reuses the beta GTA Vice City model found in the PS2 files.
  • The HUD icon in GTA Vice City Stories shows a PSG-1, indicating that Rockstar was intending to use a PSG in Vice City Stories, but it was cut during the development of the game.
  • The PSG-1 was going to appear in GTA San Andreas, but it was removed without a reason, although it can be seen in Ammu-Nation. And the Sniper Rifle's HUD icon resembles to PSG-1.
  • It is possible that the PSG-1 was going to appear in GTA V, as seen in an artwork of Trevor below.


In-Game Models

HUD Icons


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