The Longshot Rifle is used for players to hang back and pick off enemies from across the battlegrounds. It takes two shots for it to down someone in multiplayer, and one shot to down them with an active reload in the first Gears of War. (This bonus has been removed in Gears of War 2.) A clear shot to the head equals an instant kill with an exploding head. The Longshot is equipped with a scope for zooming in with incredible view of your targets, giving you the eyes and ears of of the battlefield. It has pinpoint accuracy, thus making up for the slow reload times. When firing the Longshot, the bullets leave a very thick light beam tracer which can reveal your hidden position, so staying in the same area may not be the best choice.