The lifeblood of the Sniper Elite series is no doubt its fantastic weapons. From sniper rifles to submachine guns to dynamites and landmines, you have a wide selection of destructive tools to use from.
So here at Nerdds, we ranked the best weapons you can use while playing the series. Let’s round them up:
A Russian semi-automatic pistol, the Tokarev TT-33 features an 8-round magazine and has a high-rate fire with great accuracy. Although it lacks the power of other handguns, its high-rate fire and accuracy makes it a fantastic medium-range pistol that deals a considerable amount of damage against multiple targets. Just be sure to take cover when reloading the gun as it can leave you in a vulnerable position. The Tokarev TT-33 is available in Sniper Elite V2 and Sniper Elite III via DLC as well as in Zombie Army Trilogy.
One of the strongest long-range weapons available, The Arisaka Type 99 is a Japanese Bolt Action Sniper Rifle, used during the Second World War, which has a high bullet velocity but a slow rate of fire. This makes it similar to the Mosin Nagant and Springfield rifles, although its scope has a better level of zoom than the Nagant. Chambered in the 7.7 × 58mm round, it features a low recoil and deals moderate damage. The Type 99 sniper rifle is available in the Axis Weapons DLC Pack, with a few variations.
An Italian bolt-action rifle, the Carcano offers a 6-round magazine, high damage output, and high recoil dampening. Although the rate of fire is slightly slower than other rifles in the bolt-action category, this rifle makes up for it by having an extra round for each magazine. You’ll be surprised to see another bullet in the chamber when faced with multiple enemies. That said, this weapon is good for all-rounders that prefer to keep an extra bullet but not ideal for rapid-fire specialists.
The Karabiner 98k is a German sniper rifle featured in Sniper Elite V2 and Sniper Elite III based on the Gewehr 98 used during World War 1. As a DLC weapon, it comes with the Assassinate The Führer DLC as well as the SVT-40. It has a starting ammunition of 5/80 and 5/100 as its full ammunition. While it’s not the fastest reloading rifle in the game, it features the highest zoom and good bullet velocity. It’s also a very dependable weapon, with a high stability rating, so you don’t have to worry about using the rifle even with shaky hands.
A double-barreled shotgun, the Preacher is actually a hammerless coach-style gun. Seemingly, it’s not based on any real weapon. But it has a decent range and fast rate of fire, although it only has a total two-shot capacity. Moreover, it deals massive damage to targets. It’s not a break action/breech loader, but it’s loaded as if it comes equipped with a tubular magazine. The Preacher is found in Zombie Army Trilogy.
Based on the Sten and featured in the Sniper Elite V2 as well as Sniper Elite III through DLC, the Blyskawica is a Polish submachine gun built in 1943 by the Polish resistance movement as an automatic machine pistol. It has good accuracy and decent rate of fire while also deals a good amount of damage. Although it can be tricky if you don’t know how to use it from a longer range. It’s a very useful weapon when it’s being used to mow down groups of enemies in tight spaces.
The Webley Mk. 6 is a British service revolver developed during World War 2, appearing exclusively in The Neudorf Outpost Pack of Sniper Elite V2. It holds 6 ammo rounds, with a maximum of 16 in reserve at a time. Although the Mk. 6 has a slower fire rate compared to other pistols, it compensates with its extreme power and good accuracy. In fact, survival is unlikely when an enemy is hit at close range. It almost guarantees a one-hit kill. But it’s not recommended when you’re dealing with multiple enemies and firing at point blank range.
If there’s a weapon in the SE series that can be used for setting traps or destroying vehicles, it’s the dynamite. A powerful explosive found in Sniper Elite V2, Sniper Elite III and Zombie Army Trilogy, it can be set off through a precise shot from a sniper rifle. This will allow you to manage multiple explosive kills from a distance. Be warned though, doing so can also give away your position. So it’s best to use a timer by using the Flint and Steel to strategically place and detonate it without attracting the attention of your enemies.
A semi-automatic sniper rifle, the M1 Garand is one of the most popular weapons in the game. For a good reason. It features an impressive 8-round magazine with an increased recoil dampening and high rate of fire and damage. This makes it ideal if you’re looking to move quickly and quietly as you take down enemies. On the other hand, it has a low muzzle velocity, zoom and scope. To get the M1 Garand, you have to purchase the Allied Forces Rifle Pack.
One of the staple rifles of the series, the Gewehr 43 is considered as the most useful weapon in the game. Which is why it easily landed the top spot in this list. With a very high fire rate – in fact, one of the highest in the game – and large magazine size at 10 rounds, it is dubbed as “The Hitman’s weapon.” The great zoom capability also allows you to easily land kill shots at long range without compromising the accuracy. It may not deal out massive damage, but it can keep you alive and protected when gunning down and running from multiple enemies. Definitely worthy of the $5 required to unlock it.
Our final thoughts
Having two or three of these weapons in your arsenal will definitely give you an edge when playing the SE series. The Dynamite or the Blyskawica, for example, makes it easy to kill large groups of enemies. M1 Garand, on the other hand, is your best bet in staying alive when gunning down enemies at a moving pace. But whatever weapon you decide to use or unlock, make sure that it will give you the maximum win rate.
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