When i mean old days, i mean BF2/BFBC2 days and BF1; A lot of people said that BF1 had an overpopulation of snipers. This isn't truth. If you look to the BF tracker, medic rifles and SMG's are more used than Bolt Action rifles
And the bolt action rifles with more than 10% of Kills are SMLE carbine/infantry and Martini-Henry. Rifles that aren't good for long range. So, removing for the equation this rifles, snipers(not infantry or marksman bolt action rifles) are in fact the less common primary weapon on BF 1.
Anyone can look on BF tracker and see by yourself( battlefieldtracker.com/bf1/weapons/rifle ) People that say that bf1 have an overpopulation of snipers probably join in a long range map, see the scoreboard and assume that every recon is using an 12x scope and camping(this isn't truth according to the data)
Sure, Bolt Action rifles on BF1 are stronger even than on BF2 and BFBC2. I agree that the sweetspot on fast firing rifles are a little too much but lets be honest. If the sweetspot is removed, why i should use an Martini-Henry over an 2HK medic rifle that fire much more faster? IMHO sweetspot should be only for infantry/carbine variants. But that is just my opinion. Anyway, other complaint is that snipers muzzle speed is too fast. This isn't truth. If you look to any ballistic calculator, is not uncommon for a sniper to fire rounds past 800 m/s(converting feet to meter). The muzzle speed is realistic for all guns on BF 1. In fact, snipers have more bullet drop on BF1 than in reality. Anyone can look to an online ballistic calculator and select the cartridge, gravity, etc to see that snipers have more bullet drop on bf1 than IRL because the gravity on BF 1 is greater than on reality.
Also, the bullet drag makes very hard to engage "regular infantry" in a range that even medics with a scoped mondragon can't hit you. Not mention that K-Bullets doesn't allow you to kill someone inside an armored vehicle like M95 allowed on Bf2 and BFBC2. I can pierce the armor of an boad and headshot the driver on bfbc2. On BF 1, K-bullets can't one headshot the "medieval plate armored" MG elite class...
BF V is the unique game of the franchise where an CQB chest shot deals only 50 pts of damage. This means that even on hardcore, snipers will not be OHK on BF V. Compared even to BF3/BF4 who have really weak "BB gun snipers", they are OHK at mostly common engagement distances on Hardcore. And the muzzle speed of BF V makes me wonder. Why someone will use an sniper rifle??? Any bipoded LMG kills faster and doesn't even require to aim on the head. The unique viable playstyle of snipers on BF V is the hill camper and even for that, there are better weapons, thanks to the BB gun muzzle speed and the lowest damage model on the series.
This was so epic...