The UTG (Leapers) MK96 is a great starting platform for sniping and available upgrades can make it a perfect long term sniping choice.
Out of the box, the UTG MK96 is a decent powerhouse shooting at 425+ FPS. The accuracy is great and the range is about as good as you can expect from any airsoft gun. However, there are some upgrades that will bring up the performance even more. I have done both of the following upgrades and can easily hit medium sized targets for a long distance. Note: Depending on your field limits, you may not want to perform both of the upgrades:
-The first upgrade is the UTG performance Upgrade Kit for increased velocity, it comes with an upgrade spring, piston, and ball-bearing spring guide. Only takes 10-20 minutes to install. It increases the velocity of the gun by about 20%.
-The second upgrade is a 6.01mm Tightbore Barrel for accuracy. It's a little more difficult to install and can take 30 minutes to install. It will increase the accuracy and give you a small boost to the velocity of the gun.
-Great accuracy and range.
-Upgrade parts available.
-Rail mount for optics.
-Large and a little heavy (like most snipers of this kind).
-Oddly, one shot out of every 10 tends to veer off target. Re-seating the HopUp Bucking might address this issue.
-The finish on the lower plastic body isn't the most realistic.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]