Sniper Elite 5 Best Sniper Rifle: Stats & Loadouts

Utilize the best Rifles in the game and wreak havoc.

Sniper Elite 5 features six distinct sniper rifles, their performance varies based on the situation. We recommend players experiment with each rifle to determine their favorite for different encounters. In our guide, we’ll outline the optimal stats, capabilities, preferred mods, and recommended playstyles for each rifle, allowing you to customize them to your skill level.

Finally, we’ll provide insights into the recommended loadout for the top-tier sniper rifle in Sniper Elite 5.

Key Highlights

Here’s a breakdown of the best Sniper Rifles in Sniper Elite 5:

  1. Gewehr 1943.
  2. RSC 1918.
  3. M1A Carbine.
  4. M1903.
  5. SREM-1.
  6. Karabiner ‘98.

The Best Sniper Rifles in Sniper Elite 5

Stats of Best Sniper Rifles in the game: 

Sniper NameAudible RangeFire RateDamageRecoil RecoveryZoomMagazine Size
Gewehr 1943130 meters400 rpm105 hp400 ms6 x10.0
RSC 1918150 meters250 rpm127 hp400 ms6 x5.0
M1A Carabine105 meters420 rpm79 hp400 ms8 x15.0
M1903135 meters34 rpm120 hp500 ms8 x5.0
SREM-1128 meters46 rpm108 hp500 ms8 xN/A
Karabiner ’98140 meters28 rpm145 hp600 ms6 x 5.0

Gewehr 1943

Best Snipers in Sniper Elite
Gewehr 1943 is one of the basic weapons in Sniper Elite 5.

The Gewehr 1943 can be found very earlier on in the game. However, this gun can only provide mediocre performance at best. You loot this gun from the enemy Nazi Soldiers during main missions.

Players can complete Mission 3 “Sky Academy” and unlock this weapon for permanent usage. It has a sufficient range so that it can be used as a ‘Mid-range’ weapon to take down enemies within short range.

Other than that, there are pretty much better weapons to use than the Gewehr ’43 in the early going. Limited scope zoom makes this weapon tedious for long-range battles.

We do not suggest pumping any mods into the weapon since they barely improve its attributes. Players can get a better job done by using the secondary weapons of the game. Following are the base stats for The Gewehr 1943:

  • Audible Range: 130 meters
  • Fire Rate: 400 rpm
  • Damage: 105 HP
  • Recoil Recovery: 400 ms
  • Zoom: 6x
  • Magazine Size: 10

RSC 1918

Snipers of Sniper Elite 5
The RSC 1918 is known for its long-range zoom

The RSC 1918 is a very popular gun right now among the Sniper Elite 5 community. This sniper rifle boasts excellent damage power and fire rate. The muzzle velocity can quickly put down foes across wide distances.

The only saving grace for it is its low recoil, which gives you better recovery if you happen to miss a shot on an enemy. This weapon is best used on Vantage points or high rooftops due to its high scope range.

Especially since its audible range is high at 150 meters. This is important to keep in mind as players might unexpectedly attract enemies if they are continuously firing this weapon.

However, there are some slight inconveniences found with this weapon. The muzzle velocity of the weapon gets critically outweighed during windy weather situations. The low mobility and weak sway control of the weapon can also be bothersome.

The RSC 1918 can be unlocked by completing the Kill Challenge during Mission 7″Secret Weapon”.

For this weapon, we recommend upgrading the Stock, Foregrip, and receiver as soon as possible. This will help reduce some of the issues of the weapon during difficult missions.

But you will still be able to effectively headshot most enemies at long distances with this weapon. Following are the base stats for the RSC 1918:

  • Audible Range: 150 meters
  • Fire Rate: 250 rpm
  • Damage: 127 HP
  • Recoil Recovery: 400 ms
  • Zoom: 6x
  • Magazine Size: 5

M1A Carabine

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The M1A Carbine is a unique gun since it is perfect for stealth

The M1A Carbine stands out as a top-tier stealth sniper rifle in Sniper Elite 5, offering exceptional quietness with an audible range of 105 meters, reducible to 47 meters with appropriate mods. Its impressive fire rate makes it ideal for close-quarters engagements, particularly suited for missions emphasizing sabotage and field objectives rather than traditional sniping roles.

Recommended for players adopting a “Guns Blazing” style, the M1A Carbine functions akin to a high-powered SMG, making it versatile for both campaign and PvP modes.

Unlockable upon completing Mission 5 “Festung Guernsey,” this rifle benefits greatly from upgrades to its barrel and magazine for optimal performance. The MK II-S Suppressor attachment minimizes audible range, facilitating swift eliminations without alerting nearby enemies.

Prioritizing upgrades to the stock and receiver enhances mid-range accuracy and eliminates recoil issues, further maximizing the weapon’s effectiveness in various combat scenarios.

Following are the base stats for M1A Carbine:

  • Audible Range: 105 meters
  • Fire Rate: 420 rpm
  • Damage: 79 HP
  • Recoil Recovery: 400 ms
  • Zoom: 8x
  • Magazine Size: 15


Sniper Elite 5 M1903
The introductory sniper rifle of Sniper Elite 5

The M1903 serves as the introductory sniper rifle in Sniper Elite 5, catering to players of all skill levels. Its user-friendly design allows beginners to hone their aiming and shot accuracy while experiencing the thrill of the series.

Featuring a five-bullet magazine capacity and excellent range, the M1903 offers pinpoint accuracy and control, facilitating precise shots across wide areas. Despite its reload time being its only drawback, players can mitigate this by timing their reloads effectively.

Recommended upgrades to the barrel, stock, and muzzle optimize the weapon’s damage potential, enabling players to achieve headshots through enemy helmets with armor-piercing rounds, further enhancing its effectiveness in combat encounters.

Hence even the base rifle can be one of the best sniper rifles to carry you through most of the campaign of Sniper Elite 5.

The base stats of the M1903 are as follows:

  • Audible Range: 135 meters
  • Fire Rate: 34 rpm
  • Damage: 120 HP
  • Recoil Recovery: 500 ms
  • Zoom: 8x
  • Magazine Size: 5


best marksman sniper
The SREM-1 is an excellent multi-faceted Sniper Rifle.

The SREM-1 stands out as a versatile and highly effective Sniper Rifle in Sniper Elite 5, suitable for all players. With a variety of mods available, it offers flexibility and adaptability to different combat situations.

Featuring solid damage and range potential, the SREM-1’s customizable attachments enhance its core playstyle, making it a formidable weapon in various scenarios. Obtainable early in the game, it serves as the second starter weapon, while also being the default rifle in multiplayer, proving its effectiveness in PvP engagements.

Recommended mods include an Extended Magazine for increased capacity, a Stock upgrade for magazine size, and a Short Travel Trigger for improved firing speed, ensuring the weapon maintains staggering DPS consistently.

While the SREM-1 excels in mid-range scenarios, particularly in PvP, it may not perform as reliably in co-op game modes. Precision is key to maximizing its effectiveness, as shots to unprotected areas can result in enemy wounds rather than immediate kills.

Following are the base stats for the SREM-1:

  • Audible Range: 128 meters
  • Fire Rate: 46 rpm
  • Damage: 108 HP
  • Recoil Recovery: 500 ms
  • Zoom: 8x
  • Magazine Size: 

Karabiner ’98

The karabine 98
The Kar 98 is the strongest weapon of Sniper Elite 5

The Karabiner’98 is hands down the most powerful sniper in the game. This rifle delivers massive damage at even the longest distances to every single enemy. It boasts the highest power stat of any sniper found in the game. It is by far the excellent choice to pick off enemy players at large distances in PVP.

As well as trivialize most of the campaign missions where you can have a line of sight visible across the map.

This gun can be found surprisingly early on by completing the Kill Challenge in Mission 2 “Occupied Residence”. There is honestly no point in applying mods to this weapon.

Since the base stat for Power is maxed out. Not to mention the gun shoots bullets at lightning-fast speeds. You may as well double down on its DPS and Range potential. Feel free to attach a silencer to it if you want to make your shots a bit quieter.

Overall, The Karabiner’98 is definitely one of the best high-damage dealing Snipers in Sniper Elite 5. We have compiled the list of the mods you may want to use for this weapon. This will make the mobility and sway feel a lot less noticeable when lining up your shots. The attachments and mods we suggest are:

  • Barrel – Extended marksmen
  • Muzzle – Bramit suppressor or FG42 compensator.
  • Magazine – Gew98 Pressure Magazine.
  • Stock – Leather Pad
  • Foregrip – Thick tape

Last but not least, it’s important to note the base attributes for the Karabiner’98, which are as follows:

  • Audible Range: 140 meters
  • Fire Rate: 28 rpm 
  • Damage: 145 HP 
  • Recoil Recovery: 500ms 
  • Zoom: 6x 
  • Magazine Size: 5

Best Secondary Weapons & Loadout In Sniper Elite 5

Sniper Elite 5 secondary weapons
The secondary weapons are equally important as your main sniper rifleents of battle. It is advised that you use these weapons if you are pinned down or surrounded.

Having the right secondary weapons in your loadout can significantly enhance your combat effectiveness, especially in close-quarters engagements or when you’re pinned down. Here are some recommendations for the best secondary weapons to accompany your sniper rifle:

  1. M1A1 Gov:

    • This submachine gun (SMG) is effective for close to mid-range combat.
    • Use it in short bursts to manage its recoil pattern.
    • Attachments like a stock and rear grip can improve handling and control.
    • Takes some time to get used to, but offers excellent performance alongside sniper rifles.
  2. Type-14 Nambu:

    • Essential for every loadout due to its versatility and perks.
    • Provides a “Faster Movement” perk, granting a speed bonus buff.
    • Helps players traverse sandbox levels more efficiently.
    • Offers a good balance between mobility and firepower.
  3. MK VI Revolver:

    • A powerful handgun that can serve as a substitute weapon.
    • Unlocks later in the game, but worth equipping as soon as possible.
    • Provides reliable close-quarters firepower and can be a lifesaver in tight situations.

This concludes our guide for the Best Sniper rifles of Sniper Elite 5. If there is anything worth mentioning or that we missed please let us know in the comment box below.

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A bit surprised you chose the M1A1 and Type-14 Nambu as your SMG and Pistol, respectively. Personally, I would have recommended the M Pist. 44 and either the P08 or M1911 for the pistol. I shall try your combo to see how that works. I only play Authentic on Campaign unless I\'m going for a medal, ribbon, etc. Gr8 article and helpful! Keep up the good work

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