Old-style Hyperion sniper rifles have such traits of modern analogs as a low rate of fire and branded "reverse recoil". Compared to modern Hyperion sniper rifles they have higher damage output at the cost of lower accuracy and slightly lower fire rate. This and almost complete lack of recoil make them a worthy choice for short-to-medium range.
The old-style Sniper Rifle can come with Dahl or Maliwan barrels; each one can give the gun different properties:
Dahl barrel (stable) – Gives more recoil reduction and faster recoil recovery, but decreased base damage.
Maliwan barrel (standard) – Increases elemental effect chance (if the weapon spawns with an element) and accuracy.
Fremington's Edge – Unique sniper rifle (version from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel) with greatly increased zoom and critical hit damage when zoomed in.
In addition to the old-style Sniper Rifle, a new-style variant of this weapon exists with the same title but is made by the "new" Hyperion.
The Sniper Rifle is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source.
Cryo variants with Maliwan barrel tend to be more powerful and useful compared to other varieties of old-style Sniper Rifles.