"Ah, it's just what I've always wanted!"
Sam Stone[src]

The RAPTOR Sniper Rifle is a powerful long-ranged sniper rifle that appears in many games throughout the Serious Sam series.


The RAPTOR is one of the most powerful long range weapons in the world. Its 16mm armor-piercing Kevlar-coated bullets will pass right through most small to medium-sized enemies in Mental's forces.

The RAPTOR fires a single bullet every time the fire key is pressed. There is a brief pause between shots while the player chambers a new round in. After that, the gun can be fired again.

The weapon has a scope that lets the player zoom in to 8.0x. The scope itself has a crosshair that shows where the center of the screen is. On the lower left-hand side of the scope is a triangle that will change color depending on the gun's state; it will be green if the gun is ready to fire, while it will be red during the reload animation.

In Serious Sam HD, the damage the RAPTOR does is dependent on the player using the scope or not; if the player is not using the scope, each shot is about as powerful as a 12 Gauge Pump-Action Shotgun blast. If the rifle is fired while the scope is being used, it will be almost as powerful as two rockets. Either way, the weapon will always be perfectly accurate, like most bullet-firing weapons. This is in contrast to its original appearance, where the weapon dealt the same amount of damage regardless of whether it is zoomed in or not, but would fire wildly off-center from the crosshair if firing without the scope.

In Serious Sam 3: BFE, the RAPTOR is obtained only as a secret weapon in 2 levels. The weapon sees an increase to damage and is now semi automatic instead of bolt-action. Like in the original The First Encounter and The Second Encounter, the weapon now does the same damage scoped as it does unscoped; to compensate however, the weapon is now extremely inaccurate when unscoped, having a wider spread than even the pump-action shotgun.

NETRICSA descriptionEdit

Serious Sam 1Edit

  • Weapon: RAPTOR 16mm Sniper
  • Ammo: 16mm AP Sniper Bullets
  • ROF: Manual
  • Range: 1400 yds


The RAPTOR Sniper is one of the most powerful long range weapons in the world. The 16mm armor piercing kevlar coated bullets will pass right through most known armor types. It causes instant death to small and mid-sized species.

The Raptor has an automatic excess pressure exhaust mechanism that will lower the exit speed of the bullet when it is not fired from a balanced sniping mode. This provides maximum safety and minimizes injuries to the weapons wielder.


  • Be sure to use the Raptor in sniping (zoom) mode, since it will deliver much more damage when fired this way
  • Using the sniper on bigger nasties like Biomechanoids, Lava Elementals,... is much less effective

Serious Sam 3: BFEEdit

"The RAPTOR Sniper is one of the most powerful long-range weapons in the world. The 16mm armor-piercing, Kevlar coated bullets will pass right through most known armor types. A flexible 2x-4x zoom ratio allows the shooter to choose between a larger peripheral field of view and more precise aim at longer distances. The use of auto-stabilizing, rapid-fire mechanism allows one to fire an entire clip without taking their eye off the scope."

Serious Sam: Next EncounterEdit

AMMO: 16mm AP

RATE OF FIRE: Single Action, Manual Reload

The highly accurate Raptor Sniper Rifle is fitted with a crystal clear telescopic lens and digital image enhancement so you can ensure you see the whites of their alien eyes before you fire. The armor piercing bullets will make mincemeat of anything in their path, so just line up your target, breathe, and squeeze the trigger to get your one shot kill.


The telescopic lens is activated by holding down [bound key] to zoom. Pressing it again will return to normal view.


  • The RAPTOR is excellent for thinning out a horde of weak/medium strength enemies from a distance, such as Kleer Skeletons and Scythian Witch-Harpies. However, if the horde is getting close to the player, they should switch to another weapon because the RAPTOR is not very effective in close quarters.
  • Individual medium-strength enemies, such as Zumb'uls, Arachnoids, Sirian Werebulls and Minor Bio-mechanoids can also be quickly defeated with this weapon. This can be quite useful for quickly eliminating single to medium-sized groups of medium-strength enemies, especially if they are faraway.
  • Using the sniper rifle to take out individual enemies with low health (such as beheaded enemies or Zorgs) is a waste of ammunition and are best dealt with using rapid-firing weapons.
  • Its scope makes the RAPTOR a great weapon to locate and kill enemies placed faraway from the player, such as Fiendian Reptiloid Demon.
  • Despite what NETRICSA says, the RAPTOR is moderately useful against large enemies such as Major Bio-mechanoids, being able to defeat these enemies in roughly four shots. Despite that, it's more ammo-efficient to use the rocket launcher on said large enemies, as the rounds for the RAPTOR are best spent elsewhere.
  • As ammunition is scarce for the RAPTOR in the Serious Sam 3 campaign, it is best to use the weapon as a last resort against tough enemies such as the Major Bio-mechanoid or Scrapjack, though it is more effective to do this when they have taken sufficient damage.

Related achievementsEdit

Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter HDEdit

Bird hunter Bird Hunter
Kill 100 Harpies with the Sniper rifle.

Serious Sam 3: BFEEdit

Vista Vista
Find the Vista secret.

Serious Sam FusionEdit

Bird hunter Bird Hunter
Kill 20 Harpies with the Sniper rifle.


  • The RAPTOR sniper rifle appears to be based on several models:
  • In Serious Sam 1 the rifle is a modified Heckler & Koch HK41, a semi-automatic version of the Heckler & Koch G3. The only difference between these is the SS1 version has a wood and chrome finish.
  • In Serious Sam 2, like the RAPTOR from Serious Sam 1, the sniper rifle is also a modified Heckler & Koch HK41. The only difference between these is the SS2 version having a dark green and black coloration (as well as different scope sizes).
  • In Serious Sam 3: BFE, the weapon model is a GIAT FR F2, a French 7.62 NATO bolt-action sniper rifle.
    • Also, despite the FR F2 being bolt-action, this weapon is fired semi-automatically. Additionally, due to the firing sound simply being a cleaner version of the firing sound in SS1, the player will hear a 'bolt' being primed if they wait long enough after firing a shot, despite no animation accompanying it.

Serious Sam 3: BFEEdit

  • The sniper rifle was probably going to be reloadable at one point, you can see it if you open its file in Serious Editor 3.5 and enable the "Shoots to reload" parameter. According to its animation, it was probably going to have the same reload animation as the shotgun.
  • This gun, as well as all its ammo, appear only in secrets. It can not normally be found outside of the Jewel of the Nile levels.


Serious Sam 1'Edit

Serious Sam 2Edit

Serious Sam 3: BFEEdit

Serious Sam: Next EncounterEdit

List of appearancesEdit