Usually, the AWP is bought instead due to its higher damage per shot, better accuracy, and lower cost. Archived from the original on January 11, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2016. ^ McGee, Maxwell (August 29, 2011). «PAX 2011: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Hands-On Preview — New Gear». GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Advantages High accuracy High tagging factor Low recoil Short reload time High damage Fastest rate of fire of all sniper rifles, along with the G3SG1 Disadvantages Very expensive Heavy Gameplay Tactics The SCAR-20 boasts high damage per shot and has low recoil. However, it is legal to overwrite elements of the map.