Friday, December 29, 2006

UTG Master Sniper - Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

On to the range. Because the UTG Master Sniper is an airsoft gun, I started shooting indoors to keep the winds from affecting things.

How good do airsoft sniper guns get?
I tested a Classic Army M24 sniper rifle a few years ago. It had been highly modified, which included a power upgrade, a tighter barrel and the addition of an adjustable Hop Up mechanism. That gun could hold all its shots in less than one inch at 10 meters. If you were lucky and selected the right BBs (those without voids in them), a half-inch group was possible. It shot 0.25g BBs faster than 400 f.p.s., so it was really rockin'. But the 190 percent mainspring made that gun much harder to cock, and the investment topped $500, with all the work and parts. Here, we're looking at a gun selling for less than $100, so a direct comparison isn't fair.

UTG Master Sniper accuracy
I started shooting at 20 yards, but it soon became apparent the gun couldn't hold better than 12" at that distance. Remember, this was after I had dialed in the Hop Up! So I moved up to about 30 feet and tried again. With 0.20g BBs, the rifle shot five-shot group after group of about 4-5". That's not bad for starters, but it means the max range for skirmishing is going to be about 30-40 yards.

Switching to 0.25g BBs, the group size shrank to 2.5-3.5". That's much better, and the Hop Up wasn't even adjusted for that weight BB! With additional adjustment, another half inch might be shaved. That pushes the effective range for skirmishing out to 50 yards. I did not find the 24x scope to be an advantage, as many readers pointed out beforehand.

Firing behavior.
All shooting was off the bipod, which works as it should. It's lightweight and quick to deploy, but when you carry the gun it stays up and stowed, too. Can't ask more than that - especially when it comes in the box with the rifle! The gun was very calm upon discharge. I could watch the ball toward the end of its flight, but in a real sniping situation, you would use OD BBs to conceal your position and watching would be much more difficult.

The trigger was easy to use, if not exactly what I'm used to. It's a long single-stage pull with no creep, but a very long and fairly light pull. Except for the pull weight, that trigger got me ready for the trigger on the IZH MP 513M pellet rifle.

The 0.20g BBs ranged between 277 f.p.s. and 297 f.p.s., with an average of 288. The heavier 0.25g BBs ranged from 238 f.p.s. to 256 f.p.s., with an average of 247 f.p.s. I didn't try 0.12g BBs. When the power gets this high, there's usually no way the Hop Up can handle something that light.

Final opinion
This gun comes with a lot of nice features and accessories. I think it's a great value for the asking price. It can be used for informal war games among friends, but I don't think it's ready for the big time as it comes from the box. I didn't check into the availability of aftermarket parts, such as a tighter barrel and more powerful mainsprings. Knowing the airsoft market, I'd be surprised if they aren't out there. If you want to get into airsoft with a budget long gun, this is a bolt-action springer that has a lot going for it right out of the box.


At December 29, 2006 7:19 AM, Anonymous Vince said...

Looks like a fun gun, but in terms of raw performance I've seen moderately priced gas pistols (WE-Tech and KWA) do about as well in terms of power and accuracy. So you're right - it isn't quite there yet.

Thanks for the review, though - a solid write-up by an experienced gunner is a lot better than most sources of feedback on airsoft guns.

At December 29, 2006 7:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no experience whatever with airsoft guns. Never handled, shot or seen one fired. But, I live in an apartment full of nervous nellies and firearms are forbidden. I'll cut to the chase. How much noise would a airsoft spring powered pistol make? Air pistols are too noisy.

At December 29, 2006 8:08 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

Quiet guy,

Yes. A spring piston airsoft gun is very quiet. But so are several air pistols you may not have thought of. The Daisy 747, for starters, is very quiet.

Please read my report on it:

I used to shoot a 717 (same gun with a cheaper barrel) IN MY OFFICE in a modern office building! I also shot in a room next to an adult education class and no one was the wiser.

I only mention this because the air pistol will give better accuracy. Yes, it will be noisier than the airsoft gun, so you might want to start with one of those and then move up when you see there is no problem.

I like the new wave of upscale airsoft springers for what you want to do.


At December 29, 2006 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

on your idea of upgrade parts there are very little.a good gun to upgrade would be the mauri vsr10
or the hfc vsr11, same gun different companies.the mauri costs mor than twice as much though.but if you want to do upgrades you have to do all of them. you have to get a better spring a new trigger and sear assembly and possibly a better barrell. this will run you about $300. i had a usr11 and put just a better spring in it. within 10 shots i had stripped the edge off the piston where it catches the sear so it would no longer shoot.
my point is if you want to upgrade an airsoft gun DO LOT OF RESEARCH FIRST. i wish i had

At December 29, 2006 10:44 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

A very good point!


At December 29, 2006 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what mount does the "Leapers Quick Aim Electronic Dot Sight" uses? (3/8,11mm)

and the Baikal 61 uses a 3/8 right?

At December 29, 2006 12:46 PM, Anonymous Glenn said...

Hey BB,

I just got a new Benjamin 392, and I love it, but I've got a couple questions.

First, how should I lube my piston head, as you often mention is important. Should I add a drop of Pellgun to the seal that becomes visible at the extreme end of the pump stroke? I'm just worried about getting air in the "Air hole - Do not oil" port.

Secondly, how can I improve the trigger. It's pretty poor at this point. I've alread given it a cursory polishing and changed out the trigger spring for a lighter one, but beyond additional polishing, any tips or links to help me?

And lasty, I'd like to sling it...what would your sling suggestions be?

Thanks BB. This is a fantastic blog. I've wanted a 392, or something like it for 20 years now, and I finally got to pick one up as an adult, armed with the information provided here.

At December 29, 2006 1:14 PM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...


Yes, oil the pump head seal.

The trigger has vexed airgunners for years. Crosman made it less prone to bump off when cocked and now its heavy and gritty. I don't have a suggestion.

A sling on a multi-pump is like a screen door on a submarine. However, you can use a single sling point on the butt and hang it from that.


At December 29, 2006 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

will a "Leapers Quick Aim Electronic Dot Sight" fit on a Baikal 61?

At December 29, 2006 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dose that mean we can put oil in the air hole? i think it would get blown right thruogh the valves and oil everything on the way out

At December 29, 2006 2:48 PM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

No, don't oil the air hole. Oil the pump head as it becomes visible in the slot under the gun.


At December 29, 2006 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you know anywhere that has Baikal 61 Take down instructions?

At December 29, 2006 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glenn with the 392, get a super sear from Skyler at Power Stroke Pneumatics. I've been very pleased with mine, which now has a light two-stage pull:


At December 30, 2006 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

im looking to order 4 tins of pellets from pyramyd and get 1 free. could you recomend inexpencive .22 pellets for a 392

At December 30, 2006 8:23 PM, Anonymous Vince said...

I'm guessing that the best buy in .22 pellets right now are the Crosman Premier Hollow Point at $6/tin of 500. Item#:CR.22/P/HP - when you buy 3 and get 1, it comes down to 4.50 per tin. The boxed Premiers (same weight, but more consistent) are about twice as much.

This is a bit cheaper than even the Copperhead wadcutters, but I believe the HP's shoot better.

Am I anywhere near right on this, BB?

At December 30, 2006 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok i was thinking of the crossman .22 wad cutter and mabey kodiaks but i dont know what to get for the other 2. the hollowpoints are a good deal but i cant see them coming in too handy

At December 30, 2006 9:55 PM, Anonymous Vince said...

Maybe BB can find instructions, but meanwhile, this might help:

At December 30, 2006 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dunno if you are still viewing the comments on your earlier utg master sniper review so ill just remind you that i have a comment on the utg master sniper part 2

At December 31, 2006 12:57 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

There are 42 comments on that post. I will assume that you posted the one about red/green reticles in Leapers scopes.

There are several hundred anonymous people, so it's difficult knowing which is which.


At December 31, 2006 12:59 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

Crosman pellets are great in a 392, because Crosman also makes the rifle. Crosman pellets are well made and their quality is high, so if you like the price, I'd say get them.


At December 31, 2006 5:35 AM, Blogger StiCkY said...


How does this set up sound, BAM B40 ,Leapers 3-9x40, A.G.E Rocktite rings, and B-Square scope stop...also is the Leapers 3-9x40 a good scope for $70, or is their one that is equally as good for cheaper or what is best scope for up to $70? thanks man

At December 31, 2006 9:56 AM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...


Your choices sound good. You can get a lot of scopes for the price you're willing to pay, but I think with a Leapers you'll never regret the choice.


At December 31, 2006 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

are hollow points as accurat as other pellets?

At December 31, 2006 11:47 AM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...

Typically no. Hollowpoints are the least accurat of the pellet shapes. That doesn't mean they are horribly inaccurate, but I have not found a hollowpoint that grouped good enough for a 40 yards shot.

Crow Magnums have the reputation for being among the least accurate hollowpoints. I would limit them to 25 yards unless shooting in a particular gun reveals otherwise.

Beeman Silver Bears and RWS Super H-Points are among the more accurate. I have not yet tried the Crosman Premier hollowpoiunts because they are made from hard lead and unlikely to open up anyway. They may be very accurate but I doubt they will perform differently that regular domes.


At December 31, 2006 12:25 PM, Anonymous Bryan said...

Do hollowpoints really work in pellets?

At December 31, 2006 12:30 PM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...


Do hollowpoint pellets really work? What a great subject for a blog! Probably a big one, too.



At December 31, 2006 12:34 PM, Anonymous Bryan said...

Sweet! Also forgot!

Happy New years Eve!

At December 31, 2006 12:37 PM, Blogger mr-lama said...


I was looking at your last izh 513m review and noticed those shot groups that would have 4 in a really small group. Then shot 5 would be way off the first group. Why exactly do the pellets do this? I mean, that makes it superb with 4 shots, and just so so with 5. What exactly makes those first 4 so accurate and then throws the 5th somewhere else? It's wierd to me that the majority goes in almost 1 hole and one isn't all that great.

At December 31, 2006 12:43 PM, Anonymous Bryan said...

That also confused me, I get that sometimes with my 953 all 4 shots (Using Gamo Match) in less then .50" at 15 meters but sometimes you get one like 1-2" (Then agian it has been very windy here in southern Arizona, and chilly!)

At December 31, 2006 12:48 PM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...

Lama, Bryan and everyone else.

This is the million-dollar question! Why are there flyers?

A short answqer is if I had taken the time to sort the pellets by weight they might have done better, but I have to admit, that doesn't always work either.

I direct you both to the book, "The Bullet's Flight From Powder to Target," written by Dr. Frank Mann in 1914. It is the seminal piece on accuracy from a rifle, and, though it is difficult to read, Dr. Mann figured out things that nobody since has been able to refute.


At December 31, 2006 12:54 PM, Anonymous Bryan said...

I found this while googling the books name:

At December 31, 2006 1:25 PM, Blogger mr-lama said...

I'll have to go check that book out.

I'm looking forward to that article on hollow point pellets. I'd like to see how they impact compared to a massive pellet such as an eun jin. Also, how accurate can the hollow points be when they have the polymer tips. Such as the predator pellets. And do they add any advantage other than that?

At December 31, 2006 2:21 PM, Anonymous Vince said...

I'm wondering if round balls have the same tendency to unpredictably toss a flier now and then. Seems to me that it would be relatively easier to make a round ball almost perfectly symetrical and uniform.

Unlike a pellet, that is - where minute differences in skirt thickness or shape, or improper centering of the pellet's waist can be virtually undetectable and yet cause enough flight path deviation to drive some shooters nuts...

At December 31, 2006 7:11 PM, Anonymous HB said...

I have noticed that crosman hollowpoints don't mushroom at even 950 fps. I do a lot of testing on stuff like that. If you want the most deformation use pure lead domed or especially wad cutter.

Also can I remove the "silencer" on my walther night hawk.

PS its a great gun, triggers a little heavy but its a dao revolver inside

At December 31, 2006 10:57 PM, Anonymous Sam mc said...

What about an Avanti 888 medalist for a indoor/outdoor target rifle?
Is it really worth it for a bulk-fill CO2 gun?
For the price and performance, how does compare to other bulk-fill CO2 guns?
Love all of your reviews
thanks bb,

At January 01, 2007 4:12 AM, Blogger StiCkY said...


Well what about the Leapers 3-9x32 instead of the 3-9x40... the only differance is the diameter which is used to attract more light isnt it... i live in arizona, so attracting light isnt that necessary considering its sunny almost year round... and the 3-9x40 has illuminated retcile which i will probably never use... so is it worth the extra $35 in you oppinion to get the 3-9x40 instead of the 3-9x32?

At January 01, 2007 7:36 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...


That silencer should just unscrew. Have you tried it?


At January 01, 2007 7:50 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...


The 32mm scope wil be fine. If it's ever too dar, simply decrease the scope's power.


At January 01, 2007 11:29 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

Sam mc,

The Avanti 888 is a great target rifle. I used to help coach a juniors rifle team that used Daisy 853s, but we had one 888 used by the best kid who didn't own his own rifle.

I don't understand the bulk-fill question. Are you asking whether the 888 is a good bulk gun (it is) or if bulk-filling is a way to go?

The latter is a question only you can answer. It would be like me recommending a car for you.


At January 02, 2007 5:06 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...


The Predator pellet has reasonable accuracy. I'm not sure the polymer tip does that much, but what do I know?


At January 03, 2007 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


If you go to the predator web site at and you click on testimonial(the top page also shows a mushroomed predatoer pellet) and you go all the way down to the page where it says more reviews and articals and click on predator polymer tiped hunting pellets it has a little artical about the pellet(it also has an artical about how to build a spring compresser for the guy who was asking about it on another post).Also on that same site if you go to the press release section and click on the shot gun news artical this guy did a comparison on five hollow point pellets,the RWS super H point,Beaman sliver bear,Beaman crow magnum,JSB predator and an vortek lamprey pellet. if you read all of these articals i told you about it should answer most if not all of your questions.

At March 21, 2007 5:01 PM, Anonymous scott298 said...

B.B.--one of my questions you answered with putting a little chamber lube in the air transfer port. I asume when I cock my rws 350 the transfer port is that little hole across from the breach. So I take my lube with the 3 inch needle-insert it into the port then???? How does one tell if one drop or a dozen drops have come out when you can not see the end of the needle?--This is why we need that week long semenir in a warm local-with a range of course- to pick your brain --thanks again Scott--and by the way ordered the shooting bench from cabela's and the leapers scope from pyramyd--shoot straight!

At March 21, 2007 5:36 PM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...


Okay, you have a needle. I don't use them but here's the deal. You don't need to stick the needle into the transfer port to oil the piston (you guessed right on the transfer port, by the way). Just drop the oil into the port from the OUTSIDE and you'll be able to count drops.

Scott, there are probably many people who wonder about this as you do, so I will do a blog about it soon.


At August 21, 2007 5:46 PM, Anonymous Jack Bauer said...

Hey BB,

Can you review the UTG Master Sniper Rifle with the Generation 3 Upgrade? I've heard it's even better than the previous Generation given the added 100 fps!


At August 22, 2007 7:30 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...


Yes, I have the Gen 3 Master Sniper on the "to do" list. But the next test I will do o9n UTG guns is with the Shadow Ops Type 96 sniper rifle. That will begin in a few days.


At August 22, 2007 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Are you going to review the UTG Master Sniper with the new Generation 3 Bolt? I've heard that it is even better than the previous Generation given the added 100 fps!

At August 22, 2007 4:48 PM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

My answer is the one before your question.


At January 29, 2008 4:29 PM, Blogger Jack Bauer said...

Hey B.B.,

It's been a little while since you've reviewed the UTG Shadow Ops Rifle (regarding the above comments I posted), so when are you going to review the latest Generation 3 UTG Sniper airsoft Rifle? I own that gun, but I want to know what you think about it and so does everyone else. I have done extensive testing on it and it has proved itself worthy in combat, though I have upgraded it with a much needed 6.01mm barrel as well as I did a personal "tune" of my own, which greatly helped. If it wasn't upgraded like I have done, then its not worth buying (poor accuracy). If you do review the rifle, make sure that you lube the very end of the hop-up bucking (not where the roller is, but where it seals out the air from the transfer port) with pellgun oil, which helps at least with my gun. It also likes to be held very firmly with a very quick and motionless trigger pull. If I don't do those things, then it doesn't shoot well (for my gun at least). Note: I have shot the gun over well over 10,000 rounds and I still get an average of 400 fps w/high polish .25gram BBs. Just a little advice to other Master Sniper owners.

Jack Bauer

At January 29, 2008 7:31 PM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...


I'm on the road right now. Please remind me in two weeks.


At May 18, 2008 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SAFETY? Is this a safe gun for young teens or preteens for airsoft wars?

At May 19, 2008 6:56 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

No gun is safe by itself. It requires a responsible shooter to control it.

If the shooter has passed an NRA firearms safety course, then this sniper rifle is safe.


At February 22, 2009 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I need help, im a average backyard airsoft shooter, but i have a farm that my family goes out to on the weekends. I am planning to have a huge airsoft war there with some of my friends. I know where aton of trenches are, cliffs and small hiding places are there, just i need a good sniper rifle i can use when in those places. i think i will get this one, its just my dad is one of those guys that hates guns. so he only lets me get clear airsoft guns or guns that look dif than normal guns or, if they r a weird color. so i thought i could get the desert camo version of the UTG master sniper, and tell my dad that u will rarely find a gun that has this kind of a paint job, and he would let me buy it. but i would very much like some back up to this statement, i have no idea if its true but please B.B please give me some feedback on this.

At February 23, 2009 6:30 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

So, your question is this--do most snipers shoot rifles that are not painted with desert camouflage?

Well, in terms of the total number of sniper rifles in existence, the answer would have to be yes. Most sniper rifles are not painted desert camouflage. But that answer isn't truthful, because there are some sniper rifles that are camouflaged that way. It just depends on where the rifle is being used. Only those rifles deployed to a desert theater would be camouflaged that way.

The solution is not in the color of the gun but in the handling. The airsoft skirmisher's credo is to never allow his gun to be seen in public. It is always inside a case until put into use. Do you practice that? Not many young skirmisher do, but that is the sign of a careful gamer.

Your father may be concerned about people who don't know you seeing you carry what looks like a firearm, and in the current environment he is right to be concerned. Gaming on vacant lots in town where the unsuspecting public can see the guns is a dangerous practice.

You say you have a farm at which to skirmish. That is ideal! But have you taken steps to ensure that the local law enforcement authorities are aware of what you are doing?

What I'm suggesting is that, instead of arguing with your father about the safety of a certain type of gun, you could go the other way and embrace his concerns. Find out about airsoft safety and its relationship to law enforcement and public relations, then put that to practical use by organizing an airsoft "club" that follows the rules of safety to the letter.


At February 23, 2009 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you sooo much, but i have another small question. would the statement of the paint job being pretty rare also apply to the digital camo version of this gun?

At February 24, 2009 4:33 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...


Digital camo is even rarer than conventional desert camo.

Remember, this is a sniper rifle. There are not that many of them in existence. They aren't issued to general soldiers.


At February 26, 2009 5:08 PM, Blogger Philip said...

were can i find good upgrade parts for a black eagle sniper rifle

At February 26, 2009 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


B.B. is out of town til Saturday. If no one else can help you before then, B.B. will try to address your question when he returns.

Edith (Mrs. B.B.)

At February 26, 2009 7:50 PM, Blogger kevin said...


Since B.B. is out of town let me try to help you. I'm a fish out of water when it comes to airsoft but I have 4 suggestions:

1-Have you looked on Pyramyd Airs website or called them for the parts you're looking for?

2-Try googling "parts for black eagle sniper rifle" or "parts for airsoft guns"

3-Try this site (you'll need to copy and paste:

4-Come to the current site where dialogue is taking place live right now. You'll find the majority of airgunners (including airsoft owners) by clicking on comments under the most recent article that B.B. has published (B.B. does a new article every day Monday-Friday). Here's the link to take you there so you can post any questions you have and many times you will get multiple answers:

Hope to see you there!


At February 28, 2009 11:31 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...


In addition to what Kevin has said, I will say this. Find out who made your gun, because that is the answer to the parts situation A Black Eagle sniper rifle is made by a manufacturer who make other guns with other names for other companies. It helps top know what the root gun is.

There are places that specialize in airsoft parts. The Army Store in Dallas is one such place.

Find out who made your gun and they will be able to help you.


At March 28, 2010 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is this gun made ?

At March 28, 2010 4:57 PM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

I think it's made in China, though some parts may be Taiwanese.


At March 29, 2010 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it made out of metal?

At March 30, 2010 9:03 AM, Blogger Slinging Lead said...

The stock is synthetic, or composite plastic. The action is metal.

At April 21, 2010 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the UTG Sniper (Digital Camo) with the Gen 5 bolt. I am using .2g BBs and find the accuracy disappointing and inconsistent. With the hop-up at normal, the BB still rises on most shots, and about 30% of the shots curve left or right, over a 30 yard distance, by as much as a foot.

Is there a way to decrease the hop-up below the normal setting so I can still use .2g BBs? I assume .25g BBs might help the rising issue, but what about the curving left/right issue - would heavier BBs help?

At April 21, 2010 2:14 PM, Blogger FRED said...


you're expecting too much from this type of gun. What you are experiencing is what our forefathers experienced with muskets - smoothbore guns do this kind of thing, hence rifled barrels. Your UTG sniper is a fun plinker not meant for shooting much over 20' with any degree of accuracy.

Fred PRoNJ

At April 21, 2010 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well my son has the UTG Shadow ops sniper rifle - a very similar gun - and it doesn't do this and we're using the same BBs. We can shoot bottle caps with it at 20 yards...... consistantly.

I'm getting shot a lot......!

At April 21, 2010 2:20 PM, Blogger Bobby Nations said...


Your results with the 0.2g ammo match B.B.'s results pretty well, which were 6" deviation at 20 yards. His review indicated that the 0.25g ammo gave slightly better results, so it would be worthwhile to try them. To get the best accuracy, you should hand select the individual BBs and rule out those with voids or imperfections. Every gun has preferences for ammo, so you'll just have to experiment to find the best selection for your particular specimen.

I don't have this gun, so I don't know if it's possible to decrease the hop-up any further.

Hope this helps,


At April 21, 2010 2:21 PM, Anonymous Edith Gaylord said...


I've forwarded your comment to some experts at Pyramyd Air and will post their response here.



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