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From AWM to VSS: All PUBG DMRs and Sniper Rifles ranked

Sniper rifles and DMRs have the highest range in PUBG.

  • Published: November 26, 2018 10:58 AM IST
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PUBG or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has become a phenomenon, and people all over are getting into it. Even though the PC version of the game came first, the Xbox and the mobile versions that followed have managed to gain much more popularity. PUBG is all about guns and using them properly.

And since knowing the game goes a long way in winning it, players can always get better results when they know which guns to use and which best suits their style of play. PUBG as a game has Pistols, Shotguns, Sub-Machine Guns, Assault Rifles, Designated Marksmen Rifles, and bolt action Sniper Rifles classified into different classes. We take a closer look at the different DMRs (Designated Marksman Rifles) and Sniper rifles in the game, and the specialties of each of these. Snipers and DMRs share equipment which include cheek pads, magazine mods, muzzle mods, all scopes available in the game and grips for some.

We will be ranking the DMRs and Sniper rifles based on three variables, which are damage, range, and recoil in the ascending order.

8 – VSS Vintorez

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The most basic form of sniper rifle found in the game is VSS and it is an underrated gun because hardly anyone uses it. It has potential because It can be equipped with a cheek pad and an extended mag. This gun comes with a built in suppressor and scope and uses 9mm ammo which is used in pistols and SMGs. It has a very short range and can be fired in an auto mode. The damage from VSS is the lowest among all the DMRs and Snipers at 41. It holds a normal magazine of 10 bullets, which can be extended to 20.

7 – Mini 14 & QBU

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Mini 14 is the most basic sniper rifle that uses 5.56mm ammo and its substitute for the Sanhok map is the QBU. Mini 14 has the lowest damage (46) among the DMRs and snipers that use 5.56mm and 7.62mm ammo. The QBU on the other hand has a damage of 48 which is slightly higher than the Mini 14. Both the Mini 14 and QBU have extremely long range, which is highest among the DMRs. Both these rifles have relatively low recoil and can be fit with scopes, muzzle items and magazine mods. The QBU even comes with a bipod which increases stability a lot while proning on the ground. The Mini 14 holds a normal magazine of 20 bullets, which can be extended to 30, while the QBU holds a normal magazine of 10 bullets, which can be extended to 20. Both these weapons have only a single fire mode.

6 – SKS

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SKS is the most basic DMR that uses the 7.62mm ammo and can be found on all the maps on PUBG. This gun has the lowest range among the DMRs using bigger bullets, and its damage of 53 is higher than the Mini 14 and QBU that use 5.56mm ammo. Without any equipment, this gun has a lot of recoil and can be difficult to use at longer ranges. But it has the option of a lot of mods that increase stability a lot. It comes with a slot for a cheek pad, magazine, grip, muzzle and a scope. It holds a normal magazine of 10 bullets, which can be extended to 20.

5 – SLR

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The SLR is a more powerful version of the SKS but it comes with less options in terms of attachments. It has a damage of 58 which happens to be the highest among the DMRs that are freely available in the maps. It has a longer range compared to the SKS as well. But it has higher general recoil and which can be reduced. It’s attachments include a slot for a cheek pad, magazine, muzzle and a scope. It holds a normal magazine of 10 bullets, which can be extended to 20.

4 – Mk14 EBR

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The Mk14 is the best among all the DMRs because it has does the most damage and even has an automatic mode. The Mk14 is only available inside air dropped loot crates in the game which makes it an extremely rare gun. It has a damage of 61 and the longest range among all the DMRs that use 7.62mm ammo. It has high recoil especially in the auto mode which can be reduced using attachments. It has slots for a cheek pad, magazine, muzzle and scope, it also come with a bipod which stabilizes the gun when shooting while prone. It holds a normal magazine of 10 bullets, which can be extended to 20.

3 – Karabiner 98 Kurz

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The Karabiner 98 Kurz or simply the Kar98 is the most basic bolt action sniper rifle in the game and the most popular one since its availability is the most. This is a very basic bolt action rifle which uses 7.62mm ammo to do 75 damage which is the third highest among all guns in the game. The high damage is balanced out by a very small magazine capacity or 5 bullets which can’t be extended and the next bullet needs to be loaded in the chamber using w bolt action which gives it an extremely low rate of fire. It has a long range which is less than the M24 and AWM but higher than most other guns in the game. It comes with slots for either a cheek pad or bullet loops which makes reloading quicker, a muzzle slot and a scope slot. The suppressor is the only reasonable attachment for bolt action snipers because the recoil is not an issue with these guns.

2 – M24

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This deadly gun is a more powerful version of the Kar98 and it has higher range and damage. The M24 used to be found only on loot crates but has since been added to the maps. It has a damage of 79 and a higher range than the Kar98. It is also a bolt action sniper and has a magazine of 5 bullets which can be extended to 7. It comes with slots for a cheek pad, magazine, muzzle and a scope.

1 – AWM

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The AWM is the most powerful gun in PUBG, period. It uses a special .300mm magnum rounds which are only found along with the gun in air dropped loot crates. It has a damage of 120 which basically means its a one shot kill to the head for anyone, and only the level 3 armor has a chance of keeping the wearer alive at full health with a body shot. This devastatingly powerful gun has the longest range of any in the game but it comes with extremely high reload and animation times. It has the same slots as the M24 and since the bullets are limited, it is suggested that players be accurate with their shots. It also has a magazine that holds 5 bullets which can be extended to 7.

We may have ranked the guns according to what we think the variables said, but all said and done, it is up to the user to best use them. It does not necessarily mean that having a better gun will win the game, using it properly will. And always use guns that suit your play style and not what rankings say.

  • Published Date: November 26, 2018 10:58 AM IST