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Karin Snipe

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About

Karin Snipe refers to a Grand Theft Auto V hoax and troll that involves players trying to convince others of the existence of an exceptionally rare car in the game named the "Karin Snipe." Spawned on a Grand Theft Auto forum in late 2013, the hoax saw spread in the community in late 2013 and 2014 and has been occasionally referenced since.

Origin

Karin Snipe is purportedly named after "snipe hunt," a type of practical joke that existed in North America since the mid-1800s. The joke involves duping an unsuspecting victim into trying to catch a nonexistent animal called a snipe, with the pranksters leaving the victim in the dark and having them make animal noises to attract this snipe. Karin is a brand of cars in the Grand Theft Auto universe.

On November 30th, 2013, GTA Forums user WBaker wrote[1] in a thread about rarest cars in Grand Theft Auto V that the rarest car in the game was Karin Snipe, a vehicle that had no regular spawn but could be encountered randomly on rare occasions. In a follow-up post,[2] WBaker clarified that the car was so rare that it was not mentioned on the game's wiki and that data about it was encrypted in the game files (posts shown below).


WBaker Posted November 30, 2013 The rarest car of them all is the Karin Snipe. There is no regular spawn, you just have to look all over the map for one. 3 WBaker Posted December 1, 2013 On 12/1/2013 at 12:35 AM, tomaukz said: t On 11/30/2013 at 9:36 PM, WBaker said: The rarest car of them all is the Karin Snipe. There is no regular spawn, you just have to look all over the map for one. I can see all the GTA wiki searches now I see you have heard of the Snipe. I'm sure you also know the car is so rare it isn't found on the Wiki and the data is encrypted in the game files themselves. I had finally found one after weeks of searching but the R* cloud servers lost my character and the almost never seen Snipe. I think it is most often found randomly spawning in the wilderness while on foot. I have never seen it while driving a vehicle or on any road.

Spread

In early December 2013, user WBaker made more posts[3][4] spreading the hoax on the forum. On December 1st, 2023, GTA Forums user Mr Tiddler made a post[5] inquiring about the car and asking others to post pictures of it (shown below, left). On December 3rd, 2013, user AlienTwo wrote[6] about seeing the car in the game (post shown below, right).


Rarest car in GTA online? By Mr Tiddler November 24, 2013 in GTA Online < PREV Page 2 of 6 NEXT >>> Mr Tiddler Posted December 1, 2013 Wait, there's a car called a karin snipe? Can someone post a picture? I might have to try and find one, also, I have found the intruder and primo once or twice online:) --- G Masta Phunk Posted December 5, 2013 Ya I dont know if that snipe nonsense is a troll or a real thing. Sounds interesting tho. IT took me a good long time to find a Felon... And I dont see many driving it. . I dont know what the rarest care is tho... the question needs to be a bit more specific like... do you accept modded cars in your list? or cars that have to be glitched into the game? or is it just based on cars that spawn? cars that lots of people drive? perhaps there is a car that is a rare spawn... the rarest spawn...but a good number of people dedicated time into finding it so even tho its the hardest car to find... many people have it... does that count? WBaker Posted December 3, 2013 The Karin Snipe is the rarest vehicle. It only spawns randomly away from other vehicles and roads in the wilderness. You have to find that car on foot. It's so rare you can't even find a Wiki page for it. AlienTwo Posted December 3, 2013 On 12/3/2013 at 4:18 PM, WBaker said: The Karin Snipe is the rarest vehicle. It only spawns randomly away from other vehicles and roads in the wilderness. You have to find that car on foot. It's so rare you can't even find a Wiki page for it. I saw one once near that peak with the ghost! It was gone by the time I got there though... really a major bummer. I'm going to look tonight until I find it. 1

The hoax saw further spread on the GTA Forums in December 2013, with some users sharing fake images of the car (example shown below). In 2014, the hoax saw further spread online, with inquiries about the car appearing on Reddit and other sites.


CONFIRMED

On July 22nd, 2022, YouTuber[7] InControlAgain posted a video titled "30 Minutes of Useless Information about GTA V," which mentioned the Karin Snipe hoax. The video (shown below, left; 2:38 mark) garnered over 4.8 million views in two years and revitalized public interest in the hoax, with posts about Karin Snipe appearing on Reddit.

On August 5th, 2023, YouTuber and TikToker Syrup made a video about the hoax that garnered over 7.7 million views on YouTube[8] and 217,000 likes on TikTok[9] in 10 months (shown below, right).



Various Examples


The Karin Snipe Appreciation Thread By SHFU May 5, 2014 in GTA Online SHFU Posted May 5, 2014 Title says it all. Lets see those Karin Snipes! 20_0.jpg R Reconified Posted May 5, 2014 20_0.jpg Police version, only spawns on top of Mt. Chilliad on Wednesdays at 9:01pm. 1 3 r/GrandTheftAutoV 10 yr. ago LUCID_FUCKING_DREAMS GOURANGA! Guys I found the Karin Snipe! 0 5 8 ↑ Share where does the karen snipe spawn at? By hugh750 October 5, 2014 in GTA Online hugh750 Posted October 5, 2014 i've seen other players talk about the karen snipe and how its rare, where does it spawn at?? i want to try and get one.

Search Interest

External References

[1] GTA Forums – WBaker

[2] GTA Forums – WBaker

[3] GTA Forums – WBaker

[4] GTA Forums – WBaker

[5] GTA Forums – Mr Tiddler

[6] GTA Forums – AlienTwo

[7] YouTube – 30 Minutes of Useless Information about GTA V

[8] YouTube – The Biggest Joke in GTA 5😂

[9] TikTok – @yosyrupp

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