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The best sniper rifles in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Here's what to use when striking from afar.

Call of Duty might not be where it is today without sniper rifles.

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Think about it. Back in 2006 or 2007 when players were blowing up on YouTube with 480p sniper rifle quickscope or no scope montages, Call of Duty was growing.

Now in Black Ops Cold War, sniper rifles are still a staple. They might be outshined by tactical rifles when it comes to quick kills and DPS, but this is without a doubt one of the best games for snipers in recent CoD history.

Black Ops Cold War launched with only a few sniper rifle options, so it shouldn’t take long to figure out which one suits your playstyle best.

Here are the best snipers in Black Ops Cold War.

LW3 Tundra

Bolt-action sniper rifle. High damage with moderate sway. One-shot kill to the head, chest, or shoulders. Hold button while ADS to steady.

The best sniper in the game feels classic in a true sniper’s hands, whether they quickscope or find the farthest reaches of the map to sit in a bush. It’s reminiscent of some of the best sniper rifles in past CoD games.

Pelington 703

Bolt-action sniper rifle. Hand loaded with improved handling speeds and faster rechamber. One-shot kill to the head or chest. Hold button while ADS to steady.

The Pelington is similar to the LW3, offering slightly faster speed by default. But its inability to get one-shot kills to the shoulders like the Tundra can makes it a bit weaker in comparison.


Semi-auto sniper rifle. Heavy recoil with slow handling. One-shot kill to the head or chest. Hold button while ADS to steady.

This sniper is for those who love to spam. If inaccuracy is a problem, the M82 can fill the sniper shoes quickly due to its semi-auto nature. But if you do miss a shot, the recoil could be a big problem. Statistically, it has the highest firepower in class but still loses out to the Tundra in most situations.

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Scott Duwe
Staff Writer & Call of Duty lead. Professional writer for over 10 years. Lover of all things Marvel, Destiny 2, Metal Gear, Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, and more. Previous bylines include PC Gamer, Red Bull Esports, Fanbyte, and Esports Nation. DogDad to Yogi the Corgi, sports fan (NY Yankees, NY Jets, NY Rangers, NY Knicks), Paramore fanatic, cardio enthusiast.