The Ultimate Paintball Sniper Rifle
Designed for the one-shot, one-kill player, the Longbow Sniper takes accuracy and stealth to a whole new level. With the advent of the Longbow, Special Ops has dramatically enhanced the the woodsball sniper game by providing unparalleled paintgun performance for sharpshooters. Built on the back of the highest performance woods guns and pumps, the Longbow adds superior ergonomics to peak performance. The result: a paintball gun that looks, feels and shoots like a sniper gun should.
The Longbow system is completely modular – allowing you to mix and match Longbow components with other performance parts to create your own perfect sniper solution.
The sleek lines of the Longbow Sniper start with the Longbow Magazine System. Through a revolutionary detachable, horizontal clip, the Longbow requires no hopper. Twenty-one paintballs stand ready to spring-feed into your breach. This leaves your sniper rifle light, lean and low profile. Best of all, you will finally enjoy an uncluttered sight picture with the scope of your choice. The Longbow system allows you to carry additional loaded magazines that can be instantly swapped out with the push of a button.
The Longbow Shroud brings a new realm of modularity to the legendary line of Airgun Designs paintball markers. Along with the smoking good looks of the custom shroud comes a sturdy attachment point for the full line of Special Ops Paintball Stocks. When attached to the AGD Tac-one, eMag or RT Pro (current models,) the Longbow Shroud mounts any of our stocks and permits them to roll easily up and out-of-the-way to clear the rear velocity adjuster when you step up to the chrono.
The first-of-its-kind Longbow Stock finishes the sniper kit with the superior woodsball™ ergonomics of an air-through design. The all-aluminum, tubular stock is ultra-light and will soon be attachable to the Tippmann A-5 and Tippmann Model 98 as well. You may still run with your air on-gun. But, the superior position of the rear air nipple just begs you to go remote. Carrying a tank in the back of your vest or harness, the distance between your air tank and the nipple is so close, you'll never even know that your remote hose is there.
Currently, the Longbow Sniper Kit is available only for the Airgun Designs Tac-one (newer versions,) eMag (with standard rail and body,) and RT Pro (current models) -- and the Longbow magazine itself works only with center feed configurations. In a short time, the kit will be adapted to fit the CCI Phantom pump, the WGP Sniper pump and possibly the WGP VF Tactical. Since the kit is fully modular, you can run the Longbow with or without the Longbow Magazine System, if you don't feel up to ditching your high-capacity hopper.
You may choose whichever barrel you like best, but if you'll be using the Longbow Magazine System, an 18-inch barrel fits perfectly underneath the horizontal mag. We offer the most complete selection of 18-inch barrels around, so take a look and see which one 'floats your boat'.
The Longbow Complete, as pictured, comes with all the following:
1) Airgun Designs Tac-One
The Tac-One is absolutely loaded with outstanding features and performance at an amazingly low price!
The Tac-One was developed specifically with the scenario player in mind and its Three Rail (Military Spec Picatinny) Black Anodized Aluminum Mainbody is designed to house a wide variety of optical accessories. A fourth mounting point on the bottom of the new Wingless Tac Rail is ideal for mounting additional accessories like a flashlight or laser sight. The Tac-One also sports a Black Anodized All Aluminum X-Valve with a Factory Tuned LvL 10 Anti-Chop Bolt, Black Micro-Switch-Ready Intelliframe with Blade Trigger and a cocker threaded two Piece J&J Aluminum Barrel.
This is one helluva great sniper system.
1) Tac-One Features:
ThreeMilspec Picatinny rails
Rear sight rails are angled 60 degrees for clearance and comfort
Autococker™ barrel threading
Angel™ threaded feed neck & ball detent
Black anodized finish
Retrofitting body that fits existing Automag design
Variety of Tippmanns - nothing like it.
This is really a moot category, there is no comparable mechanical marker.
I say can the optics unless you really like using it. The holo sight is not horribly necessary except for snap shots.
air through stock!
-notable inconstancy every 10 shots
-Q-feeder hard to hide
-Grips are very uncomfortable
I picked this bad boy up about a week after spec ops/AGD put this out. For some reason I found it for $650 at the time. Luck, all luck.
Nice tight groups at 30 yds (for a marker) with inconsistencies high or low in placement, but still not enough to miss a 20" circle at 30yds! Q-bow is kinda quirky, but I only feed mine Marbs an winter hardened rounds, so that keeps the reliability in check.
Grips are poor. Bulky and designed for someone with large hands. Completely unnecessary visual additions, like a Dye logo for instance.
Blow forward design makes for some interesting conversation, but it is a bit hard to oil and clean. Then again, this is a "high-end" mechanical marker, expect nothing less.
I have very little experience with the Automag world, but the stock level 10 anti chop seems to have been a good idea and I have had zero chops, breaks or jams or gremlins crawling down the barrel. That's ZERO in a two year period of around 10,000 rounds of paint.
I should note the 10 shot inconsistency is to be expected. Every 10 shot you get a slight change in drop. Just my observations.
No breaking in required. Functions exactly the same as it did two years ago.
The Q-bow feeder is high maintenance as well. must be kept clean and rust free. will not hold paint well for long periods of time and pretty muh requires hard paint. No PMI!
Single greatest mechanical marker of its type ever built.
Very consistent, mostly ergonomically sound and can shoot the balls of a squirrel. Buy different grips.
Special ops longbow, Q bow adapter, Ncstar sight, 2 mags
a remote is a must for balance, qbow adapter if you cant deal with 20 balls, otherwise, just a sight
Very nice roll to shoulder, very accurate, pretty quiet
Limited ball magazine, air hog
I believe that this marker is the answer to what many people need for the "sniper" marker. Its very light, it's very accurate, and the quality of the gun is outstanding. It is based off of the AGD Tac-One, which is considered (in many peoples opinion's, including mine) the best mechanical marker on the market, and is only rivaled by very nice autocockers. I tested this gun for the second time yesterday, and i was very pleased with the results. I shot nearly a bag of paint, and though it was hard to reload, each shot nailed the target. I then practiced some snapshot drills, which it also preformed very well. I haven't gotten to use it in a real firefight yet, but as soon as i go to a big game, i will edit this post
edit - ive played a few games now and it is very nice - i got three head shot the first game - from about 25-30 yards as my freinds ran up towards my castle - the other game a ball hit me right as i smacked my dad's ear peice and the third game - i played in a bunker and just popped up and shot - over all - its everything that spec ops says it is - light, quiet, accurate. the only problem is the limited amount of balls - it will take me some time to get used to, but otherwise - it rocks
The marker is extremely nice, not only the tac-one, but the custom parts by special ops as well. If you are looking for a balanced, accurate,quiet, light marker, then this is the gun for you.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, March 9th, 2008 at 4:04 pm PST
Speed is good
I love the looks
My friend went paintballing with me using this gun and i tested it out.We were woodsballing so i went on a hill and started shar shooting,i almost shot someone too!Seriously though this gun is very expensive but worth the price.This is a good scenerio and woodsball gun,with a scope on this it is a perfect sniper,oh and a bipod=)
None really needed. It's a complete package.
2-Point Gun Sling
Ease of maintenance
Rate of fire
Special Ops promised the ultimate sniper marker. Given my experience with my new Q-Bow (Longbow with Q-Loader), I believe they have delivered. Special Ops mentions a lot about the ergonomics of this marker. They certainly do not lie. This gun snaps to your shoulder with lightning speed. Its balance point is also good, between the rear and front grips, even with a full Q-Pod up front. The gun is a little heavier than a 98 Custom with one of their stocks, but not significantly. It feels rather compact despite its length. I do recommend getting a gun sling, though. Even with my 98, a sling was a lifesaver.
My normal target for determining accuracy is a 2 inch steel pole at 30 feet. The 14" CP Classic barrel they provided does its job well, at least with the Karnage Tear paint I was using. With this gun, I was able to hit the pole most of the time I fired at it, and the shots that missed did so by only an inch or so. In paintball, it's accepted that there will be some variation between shots. It's the width of the variation that determines accuracy. With my 98 Custom, I was pulling a 3 inch variation from the pole, compared to the 1 inch here. Given that I was using a premium barrel on the 98, I attribute the increase in accuracy to the gun itself. What truly impressed me was when I tried a rapid fire. The light trigger pull combined with the stock meant that it was just as accurate when walking the trigger as when firing single shots. That was something my Tippmann could never have come close to.
Someone reported that maintenance on this marker was a bit of a problem since it required removal of the Special Ops hardware in order to get to the guts. This is actually not true, and I discovered this the first time I went to work on it. The Longbow shroud is only attached to the mainbody, and the rear stock is attached to the shroud via spring push tabs. It can be released in under 30 seconds. The base marker for the Longbow / Q-Bow is the Airgun Designs Tac One. Like all Automags, the valve and all of the gun's guts can be removed by simply removing the field strip screw at the back of the grip. Simply remove the screw, and pull the guts out the back of the gun. Then a crescent wrench can be used to open the power tube for Level 10 maintenance. You can take the gun apart, perform maintenance, and reassemble it again in 5-10 minutes, and the work involved is paintless; no spring-loaded parts to deal with. Compare this to 30 minutes for Tippmann 98 maintenance.
In conclusion, Special Ops certainly delivered on this product. The gun is well-made, and lives up to all their promises. If you get the Q-Bow, it can be used for longer scenario games more effectively. If you have the money, and want to play sniper or just want the best gun with a stock you can buy, this is it.
Quiet, not insanely quiet, but quiet enought that it wont be noticed in firefights
magazine refill time
The Longbow is a beautiful gun, Ergonomic to the max, accurate, quiet enough, and slim. The gun almost shoots itself, the design of it allows you to pick it up and shoot it instinctively and accurately. Coming off a tippmann with a Flatline i was unimpressed with the range on the gun, but the accuracy was insane. The combination of an awesome stiffi, and the AGD Tac-One made for an insane combination. This lethal combination also led to another distinct advantage, noise. While not as quiet as I had anticipated it to be, it was quieter than all of the guns I have seen. Perfect positioning, and a loud distraction equals the perfect stealth kills with this gun. The profile of the gun is very slim too, allowing it to poke through almost anywhere, and make the good cover of thin brush not a problem when it comes to shooting out.
The gun came ready to go, and it was perfect from the start. While it requires some dissassembly to take out the guts, its not unbearable. However, the gun does tend to be a gas hog, however if you find yourself running out of gas in the field with this gun, either you haven't filled it in a while, or your in the wrong buisness (alternativley, if you go with the Q-bow, you are allowed to complain of gas problems)
Speaking from experience, if you want to conduct a Lone-Wolf, gurellia style war, this gun is Perfect, it allows you to set up quickly and and get up and go even quicker.
A note on running with the magazine holster, if you attach it to your leg, the magazines will pop out while you are running.
In Conclusion, I would reccomend this gun to anyone who feels they are ready to take on the challenge of being a lonewolf/advanced recon/gurellia fighter. However, if your looking to do the paint heavy fighting, steer more torwards the Q-bow.
Tippmann A-5 with G36 Modification
Ariakon Sim4 with Sniper Barrel
16' Stiffi Barrel
Special Forces M16 Sniper Scope package with RIS ring mount
Red Dot Scope
INOVA XO3 LED Spotlight (for night games, fits perfectly in a scope mount)
Yukon Seawolf 3x Gen 1 Nightvision Scope w/ Weapon mount (night games)
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Very Reliable, Very Accurate, Very Consistant, Not too heavy, Low profile
Took a while to hone X-Valve's Lvl 10 Anti-Chop system, Price
Fell in love with this gun when I saw it the first time on the website this spring. Couldn't afford it until recently. Was very excited and lucked out too. I got the last one in stock (at the time). Came in already assembled, along with the magazine and a two piece, high quality barrel. The Lvl 10 kit is included w/ all its parts, including three springs (one already installed in the gun) to allow more customized use. Instructions kinda suck cause it doesn't give you a schematic of the whole gun.
First time I took it out, it started leaking (b/c I didn't check the instructions about the Lvl 10 system. Yet, it worked perfectly fine even with the leak! Had to find the right chasis to use to stop the leaking.
Very accurate in long distances and pretty quiet as well (when it stopped leaking). Took it apart (which can get annoying b/c of the stock/scope mount), and fixed the Lvl 10. Now that I got that leak fixed and a new side arm for back-up, I play the lone wolf now against my friends, and they HATE me for it! HA ha ha ha ha! (Mine is an evil laugh)
I give it a ten becuase it was everything I expected and worth every penny. Can't wait to get the QLoader to complete it. I would suggest getting the QBow kit if you can. A red-dot scope is recommended, I use one mounted on the side of my special forces 4x scope so I can aim at both long and medium distances. This marker is strictly for those with the one shot one win mindset.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, January 10th, 2006 at 8:49 am PST