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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 featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes.

Design

3D Universe

in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the Combat Sniper is based on the Heckler & Koch SR9T. The rifle is labeled as "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 GTA Liberty City Stories. It also has a Suppressor, but serves no purpose other than aesthetics. In the PS2 version of GTA Vice City, the PSG-1 model does not have a silencer and the magazine is a bit smaller. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, it is based on the Dragunov SVD, and it is referred to as "Laser Sniper".

In the 3D Universe, the rifle is equipped with both a telescopic sight and a red laser point sight, seen when moving the aiming to a side. The laser point sight will leave a trace of red color.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The weapon in Grand Theft Auto IV is referred to in-game as the Combat Sniper, and is based on the Heckler & Koch PSG1. The reticule used is not a standard mil-dot, but the graduated sight found on the Russian SVD Dragunov's PSO-1 scope.

Performance

3D Universe

The PSG1 has a 7-round magazine, allowing for (brief) rapid firing, in contrast to the bolt-action mechanism of the regular Sniper Rifle. The PSG-1 in GTA Vice City is one of the most powerful weapons in the game sans explosive devices such as the Rocket Launcher. A full magazine will easily destroy any unarmored vehicles in the game.

Curiously, files suggest that the weapon has much less fire rate than the Sniper Rifle, as the weapon has a fire rate of 150 rounds per minute, while the Sniper Rifle has 500 rounds per minute.

3D Universe Overview


Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
Weapon.dat
125 150 100 / 328 7 N/A 1401
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined 7-round standard magazine (All games) Charging handle (All games) 1.4 seconds

Grand Theft Auto IV

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 accuracy, take down helicopter pilots. 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.

It has a ten-round magazine and excellent range. The semi-automatic firing mode allows for better chances at taking out targets, especially when players misses them.

Interestingly, according to the files, the Combat Sniper appears to have a slightly lower fire rate than that of the Sniper Rifle.

GTA IV Overview


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Damage
(per shot)
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
WeaponInfo.xml
20

40
75
150

400 1500 / 4921 10 N/A 2066
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
Lethal 150 RPM

140 RPM [?]
120 RPM [?]

Cannot be determined 10-round standard magazine Charging handle 2.1 seconds

Image Gallery

In-Game Models

HUD icon

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes from Liberty City

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

General

Algonquin

Alderney

  • 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.

Trivia

General

HuangLee-Artwork

Huang Lee with a Sniper Rifle, similar to the one depicted in GTA Vice City.

3D Universe

  • The GTA Liberty City Stories Combat Sniper reuses the beta GTA Vice City model found in the PS2 files.
  • The HUD icon in GTA Vice City Stories shows a PSG-1 instead of an SVD.
  • The PSG-1 was going to appear in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but it was removed for whatever reason, although it can be seen in Ammu-Nation, and the Sniper Rifle's HUD icon resembles the PSG-1.

HD Universe

  • When purchasing weapons from either Little Jacob, Terry Thorpe or Armando Torres in the Grand Theft Auto IV trilogy, the Combat Sniper is simply referred to as "Sniper Rifle". The same happens in the files, where it is also referred to as "Sniper Rifle".

Glitches

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • If the player keeps crouching and shooting at the same time, the weapon's rate of fire will increase.

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