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A tactic used by snipers in FPS video games. Older than the COD franchise, this tactic has been made heavily popular with COD: Modern Warfare 1 and 2. One of the biggest debates surrounding quick scoping is whether or not the tactic requires real skill, how much skill, or if it's just a matter of repetition and blind probability.

The tactic itself involves utilizing quick reflexes to spot an enemy, center them on screen as best as possible, and then zoom into your scope only to then fire as soon as the crosshairs are visible.

Some view it as an exploit. This is due to the fact that the crosshairs essentially "lock on" briefly and allow one to achieve relatively easy one-shot kills. A missed shot usually means one need only quickly repeat. Since it's primarily dependent upon reflexes and simple visual cues, sufficient practice by any player eventually leads to the ability to quick scope repeatedly with a diminishing overall vulnerability while doing so.

The tactic is helpful for snipers while they're on the run, in close quarters, in place of a weaker secondary weapon. However, abuse of the tactic as a primary method of fighting has lead many to view it as the "cheap" preference of noobs. Many who rely on quick scoping have furthered this stereotype by abusing it repeatedly, even going as far as ridiculing those who snipe in more traditional fashions (often calling them "hard scopers" in a derogatory manner).
Man, I was playing Modern Warfare 2 last night. I kept getting killed by this noob who did nothing but run around and quick scope. His hits were like 1 in 10, but he did it so frantically that he got enough kills to annoy us. His team still lost, though.
by ShootThemByProxy December 16, 2010
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A person who quick scopes will use a sniper rifle, but instead of aiming down the scope like sniper riffles were made for, they exploit a feature and shoot when the cross hairs meet, resulting in a one hit kill, despite the fact a majority of the time the cross hairs miss the target. Then when somebody uses a sniper riffle for what it was meant for and look down the scope, the people who quick scope yell at the player who looked down the scope and call them a "hard scoper"
I would like to see those quick scope kids go to Afghanistan and try quick scoping.
by quickscopingisforfags September 23, 2010
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A dumbass sniping technique in Call of Duty invented by some bitch who single handedly ruined sniping for everyone. Quickscopers can be identified by bolt action snipers(Intervention, L96, DSR 50, Ballista, etc.) with a camo above Urban or if they instantly want to 1v1 you after truely sniping them.
"Dude, I just got such a beast quickscope."

"Yeah, up yours too buddy."
by YALE70 January 19, 2013
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When a person plays Call of Duty too long and develops a nervous "twitch" and cannot aim in correctly while using a sniper.

They often think they are 'more skilled' than all the other players, and are quite full of themselves.
WOW I just got a QuickScope on that guy! IM SO BEAST!
by LadyKikyo8 February 28, 2011
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A technique of aiming with a sniper rifle that was born in the Call of Duty franchise. The idea is to position your opponent in the middle of your screen and then proceed to shoot your sniper rifle just as your character brings the scope up to their view, hence a "quickscope". The advantage being that your accuracy is not affected by sway and is much more reliable than a no scope.
I was caught off guard up close by my opponent but I whipped around and nailed a quickscope just before he killed me.
by Studlyguy August 06, 2009
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A Quickscope is a close quarters technique/tactic which was generally an expliot at first. It is utilized by many gamers in Close Proximity with another player to Frag them, aka kill them. It was born in 1999 in a PC FPS game that is still bery popular known as Counter-Strike. The tactic is now used by many other games including Halo, Gears of War, Day of Defeat, Battlefield, & Call of duty. Most players now that do this technique over use it and call out other players that do not use the tactic when sniping.

Most Call of duty Quickscopers only use the sniper rifle for this tactic because they think they are famous over youtube, or that being an on a youtube channel with a number next to their name makes them notorious. Other fps gamers do this technique for fun or when they are under pressure i.e Clutching a game while using a sniper rifle the old traditional way. They do not overuse it they do not boast about them being better than others when doing it, they just play like any other normal gamer.

Quickscoping should not be an excuse for gamers to think they are better and more skilled than other players just because they have a new style of sniping.
A 1 second zoom in of a scope with any type of high powered rifle.

Gamer 1: Hey man did you see that kids final killcam he quickscoped me.
Gamer 2: yeah he and his friends have been doing them non-stop, I think they are overrated.
by FPS Gamer 1998 June 28, 2012
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Pussy-assed n00b tactic in FPS games, particularly the Modern Warfare games, who exploit the cheap auto-aim bot that center's your reticule on your target if you aim downsight while he is nearby. They primarily use the Barrett and Intervention sniper rifles, and do nothing but dart around the map one-shot-killing everybody with no regard for the cheapness of the tactic they are employing. They even make fun of players who use the sniper rifle the right way.
That noob just wants to do nothing but run around and quick scope everybody. Let's team up on him and take him down.
by mbatl0907 December 04, 2011
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