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Hitman: Absolution Walkthrough and Guide

Challenge: It's a Trap!

They don't need more alcohol and you do need the 1.06 point modifier.

While the majority of the Challenges in Sniper Challenge are fairly easy to figure out and to complete, this is one of the very few that in addition to taking significant effort to work out the timing for, ended up requiring more than just a trivial number of attempts. I don't mind saying that this one gave me some trouble, mostly because the quirk of not being able to see both the target spot and the enemy at the same time meant that you had to picture their progress along the walkway in your mind and then fire at just the right time to drop the scaffold and its contents on them!

As you can see from the video embedded below when you do actually manage to get the timing right, the effect is rather gratifying...

Putting a round in just the right place to spring the trap

Kazo TRG Factoids
The signature Kazo TRG Sniper Rifle comes in two basic varieties – the bog standard TRG that chambers the .300 Winchester round, and the Agency Kazo TRG, which chambers the .338 Lapua Magnum round. Both ammunition types are considered to be “Magnum” rounds, and both come from the same generational line, with the .338 being a bit older than the .300 as a caliber for the TRG line of rifles.

The .300 Winchester Magnum: Introduced by Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1963 as part of the high-power family of Winchester Magnum cartridges, the .300 Winchester Magnum is engineered to fit in a standard length action, and is based upon the .375 H&H Magnum round. The .300 Winchester Magnum was originally designed for use as a large game round, being ideally suited for single-shot kills on elk, moose, and bighorn sheep – and man – which is why in addition to being the most popular hunting round in North America, it is also the most popular tactical round for military and law enforcement snipers.

The .338 Lapua Magnum: Unlike its cousin above, the .338 Lapua was not created as a hunting round, but was specially-developed for developed for military long-range sniper rifles and has proven to be among the most effective small-caliber rounds for that purpose as demonstrated by its successes in both the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Only one other sniping round exceeds the .338 Lapua for accuracy and stopping power, and that is the .416 Barrett

.416 Barrett
.338 Lapua Magnum
.300 Winchester Magnum
Bullet Weight
Muzzle Energy (ft/lb)
Muzzle Velocity (ft/s)

First introduced in the world of Hitman in Blood Money as the preferred weapon of Crow Assassin Raymond Kulinsky, his model TRG in Blood Money was the .300 Winchester Magnum fitted with a low-power single-zoom scope, and was a required collection item being a significant part of the Assassin Lair Weapon Collection in the long-rifle category.

Because the Kazo in Blood Money had no case or other camouflage options, it was generally the last thing you did on that level, since running through the streets – even in New Orleans – with a honking huge Sniper Rifle tends to draw unwanted attention from law enforcement officers, making the strategic approach for that mission a process of running like hell for the exit while New Orlean's finest pretty much used you (and the crowd sadly) for moving target practice.

In Hitman: Absolution and Hitman: Sniper Challenge the TRG has been given some serious TLC, having a much more powerful and versatile scope and judging by its performance, having been heavily reworked and tuned to smooth out performance. It has also been flagged as concealable in Absolution, a flag it did not obtain in Blood Money.

Serious firearm aficionados will recognize the relationship between the regular and Agency Kazo TRG models and the real-world Sako TRG-42, which also chambers both the .300 Winchester Magnum and the .338 Lapua Magnum rounds.

Serious Hitman fans will note that while the Kazo is described in Absolution as “Agent 47's Sniper Rifle of choice” even the most cursory examination of the past preferences of Agent 47 will reveal that the only time that he used or for that matter came into contact with the Kazo was the Murder of Crows Mission in Blood Money, and that based upon past use history declaring Agent 47's favorite or preferred sniper rifle would really be something of a toss-up between the W2000 and the SVD Dragunov, with our money being firmly placed upon the W2000...

The W2000: In the world of Hitman the W2000 is an interpretation of the real-world Walther WA-2000 Sniper Rifle, is chambered to fire the 7.62x51 NATO round, but was treated very differently from game to game, causing some serious Hitman fans to refer to it as the “***** Sniper” as a result.

Examples of the vagaries of treatment that the W2000 received include its fluid performance and high accuracy and stability as well as a six-shot capacity magazine in Hitman: Codename 47, while in Hitman 2: Silent Assassin the W2000 was re-interpreted as an unsuppressed (IoW very loud) single-shot slow-to-reload hard-bolt-action weapon with poor shooting dynamics and stability. In Hitman: Contracts the W2000 was again re-interpreted this time as a very fluid and stable fully-suppressed top-of-the-line sniper rifle that, while it was still restricted to a six-shot magazine, had a very high rate of accurate fire and very fast reload speed. In Blood Money the W2000 was standard Kit for Agent 47, being added to his permanent armory after the first mission in the game, and having characteristics that were more in line with the best of those in Codename 47 and Contracts.

The Dragunov SVD: Chambered to fire the 7.62x54Rmm round from a 10-shot magazine, the SVD is one of the most common sniper rifles in the game, being practically on every level in Silent Assassin and Contracts, and appearing in several levels in Blood Money. Agent 47 has access to the SVD both as a “found” weapon and, due to it being the most commonly carried NPC Sniper Rifle, as an “acquired” weapon as well.

So really, if you think about it, there is not only no way that the Kazo in either of its forms could possibly be considered Agent 47's Sniper Rifle of choice, that claim is really rather funny and was very likely written by a copywriter who did not play all of the games in the series...

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