"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.


The Ballad of Gay Tony

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 before the rifle's handle, and in the stock (As with other bullpup rifles). Thanks to the dual magazine, the advanced sniper can hold up to 10 rounds per magazine, unlike the normal sniper rifle, which can hold only 5 rounds per magazine.

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.


The Ballad of Gay Tony

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 as slower as a Sniper Rifle, since it is a bolt-action firearm.

The advanced rifle has a secondary ammo of explosive bullets. These explosives bullets are highly destructive and can cause significantly higher damage than the normal rounds. The power of the bullets' explosions vary between game modes; in singleplayer, the exploding rounds are as powerful as Grenades and Sticky Bombs, while in multiplayer they are only effective as the Automatic Shotgun's explosive bullets. These round can also hurt the player if they shoot too close to themselves, so it is nearly useless at close range compared to normal bullets. 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.

TBOGT Overview

Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Damage 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)

Image Gallery


The Ballad of Gay Tony


Advanced Sniper' scope.

  • 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".


The Ballad of Gay Tony


The Advanced Rifle in the hands of the terrorism expert, as seen in the 'Weazel News' trailer for TBoGT.

  • 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.
  • Alongside the Assault SMG, the Advanced Sniper was one of the first bullpup firearms to be featured in the Grand Theft Auto franchise.
  • Because of the game's limitations, the Advanced Sniper is defined to have a single 10-round magazine, while the in-game model holds two 5-round magazines.


The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • There is a glitch that if one keeps crouching and shooting at the same time, the weapon will fire faster.