lol they show you the shot that worked not the 40 or 50 that didnt the reason people are jumping from those boats even before there engines are shot out is there being riddled with machine gun fire to take out said engines spray and pray is very effective with multiple machine guns
the last i checked the police dont have navy seal and marine snipers in there heli copters
Yes they do. SWAT snipers get more action than many military ones, and I'd be surprised to see s SWAT sniper who didn't get their training in the military. Best quote I've ever heard about them is 'these guys can hollow a dime at 200 yards".
All that aside, I'm in total agreement that the AI accuracy and range is a bit much. I've tried scoped shooting, and while I have no delusions of any actual skill on my part, my own breathing was a massive factor in whether or not I hit anything - I would hit nothing if I was even standing - if I was actually moving I imagine I wouldn't even be able to put the scope on the target. Again, I'm untrained, and it's safe to assume that professional shooters transcend my 'skill' on a cosmic level, but still - that's some pretty goddamn impressive shooting from LSPD.
And to roll on to a third para, there's something to be said for dry gulching - it's really the key to getting away in GTA 5 - we're just not meant to do the old 'run away as fast as you can in a straight line' any more - that will get you killed now, sooner or later. The new way is Evade and/or Ambush - run to a good spot (Michael's Social Club Garage is absolutely brilliant - centrally located, one way in, has cover, right near an LSC), take cover behind your car and waste them as they approach - works on everybody - even players (can't believe actual humans with functional eyes and brains just walk into it, but they do). Then you get back into your car and enjoy a firefight-free drive to your objective.
Oh, and that mission where you steal the RV? Meth'd Up, I think? Yeah, just start the mission standing right next to where the RV spawns, waste the two dudes in front of it, jump in and bail and DO NOT TAKE ROADS - just go overland - you might get one or two bikes come after you, but you can take them out easily enough - then just stay off the roads and you're home free.