When looking for the cleanest, most beautiful line, every firearm excepting the sniper rifle feels clumsy and random. An instrument of precision in the hands is required if one is focused in the mind. Don't let the name fool you. The Platypus is precise.
The Platypus is hands down an "all-out" sniper rifle, only being suitable for live combat due to its abysmal Concealment.
Due to its high stopping power, headshots are not really necessary unless taking on special units. On Death Wish, however, it is recommended to aim for the head due to the enemies' expanded health pools making them harder to kill with body shots.
As with any sniper rifle, an Ammo bag is always helpful.
Although the main flashlight has a toggle switch, the laser sight component of the LED Combo is pressure-activated, meaning the laser will stay on as long as the pressure switch is depressed. This switch is not placed where it should be, however (on foregrips, magazine wells, etc...) and is instead ziptied to the main taclight, leaving no plausible mean for the user to toggle it without awkwardly moving their off hand off the weapon and gripping the attachment itself.
While aiming down sights with this gadget, the bullets will land directly on the tiny circle of the sight, not above it. In other words, obscure your target with the small circle to it. While hip firing, the sight lines up relatively close to target, allowing easy hip fire shots at close range. However, sniper rifles overall suffer from an extremely large hipfire cone of fire; aiming down sights is highly recommended.
The Angled Sight can be installed along with another sniper scope, and does not replace the default sniper scope if installed without one.
Requires a pre-installed sight mod to mount. The magnification level can be changed while aiming down the sights, and the aiming FOV will automatically adjust itself. Not compatible with the Acough Optic, Military Red Dot, Milspec Scope, Combat Sight, Reconnaissance Sight, Theia Magnified Scope, Box Buddy Sight, the JP36's Original Sight, the Raven's Flip-up Sight or the GROM and Platypus 70's iron sights. Currently bugged and not appearing as intended on certain weapons, for a list see here. They're still listed below even if broken.
Upon release, the default reticle of this sight was a chevron instead of the retail version's red dot. After the release of the Gage Mod Courier DLC, it was reverted to the regular sight's red dot.
It is functionally the same as the standard Military Red Dot Sight, but the sight's casing is tan instead of black with the line "A-10" scrawled on near the adjustment knob. The sticker on the lens cap's interior also says "I <3 Payday" instead of having a picture of an American flag.
This sight was based on the Aimpoint CompM2 optic. While it is portrayed as a high-zoom scope in-game, the CompM2 is actually a reflex sight, meaning it offers no magnification in reality.
In its original setup, this is your standard high spec telescopic sight, but it's been fitted with some auxiliary software and hardware, which adds the following functions:
Range Finder Allows you to accurately measure distances up to 200m, displayed on the actual unit and in the reticle. Practical use for this is dubious at best considering that bullets in Payday 2 use hitscan mechanics and have no simulated gravity or windage effects. Furthermore, very few in game locations exist where targets can be engaged from even remotely close to 200 meters away. However, it can be extremely helpful in obtaining the Far, Far Away achievement, as it makes identifying enemies that are at 40m or further much easier.
Auto-Tagger In stealth, the scope will automatically tag any enemy you sweep your sights over, and once the alarm has been sounded, it'll auto-tag specials. This acts similarly to the effects of High Value Target Aced, and having the skill will also cause the increased damage and mark duration.
Note: Due to a bug in the current version of the game, this scope is unable to mark enemies in stealth. This is not intended.
The Theia Magnified Scope's in-game optic is extremely simplified compared to the real BORS. The system, when paired with a magnification scope, would show indications of humidity, environmental temperature, barometric pressure and projectile elevation/depression for precise compensation, which the in-game scope lacks, though seeing as every sniper rifle in the game uses a hitscan system to determine shot placement, the other miscellaneous functionalities are likely not needed.
When aiming down the sight, there is a dim "Y" above the "M" that stands for meters. This dimmed letter would stand for Yards, a different unit of distance measurement. Since the game only uses the metric system, the reason for this being there isn't exactly clear.
The Theia Magnified Scope currently has the largest magnification in the game.
In Greek mythology, Theia was the Titan goddess of sight and shining light of the clear blue sky.
The method of obtaining the sight is ironic to an almost bizarre degree as it's intended for precision shots at long range and not for something that in reality would be haphazard to the point of being insane (i.e. Zip-line Rifling).
Despite being based upon a dedicated night scope with tinted lens, the Box Buddy Sight provides the same clear sight picture as any other optic in the game when aimed through during daytime or in areas with bright lighting.
No Scope Kill 10 enemies in a row by shooting them in the head with the Platypus 70 Sniper Rifle while not aiming down the sights. Unlocks the “Tane” mask, “Sancti” material and “Tribal Face” pattern.
We Do It Live! Complete all days of the Framing Frame job on the OVERKILL difficulty or above with each crew member using no skills, wearing suits, wielding Platypus 70 sniper rifles and Judge shotguns. From December 17th, 2015, to January 14th, 2016, awarded one Christmas safe and drill.
The Platypus 70 is the second weapon that has a cosmetic effect if used by a certain character, (after the Shinsakuto Katana with Jiro) in this case if the Platypus is used by Bodhi when headshotting a Taser; upon a killing shot, the Taser's head will either have a huge hole in it, his face gone, or even the removal of the head.
The Platypus 70 is the third sniper rifle to be able to use iron sights, after the Nagant and Repeater 1874.
It is the first and so far only sniper rifle to be made available to all players without the need for ownership of paid DLC.
The first-person animation set of the Platypus has the player character resting their thumb on the cap of the bolt and very close to where their cheek would be when aiming, which could potentially result in "shooter's thumb" a.k.a. getting whacked in the face with their thumb knuckle due to the recoil.
The Platypus 70's default scope requires the Gage Sniper Pack, despite not being a DLC item. It also offers no magnification at all. This can be circumvented by equipping the weapon with a different sight.