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Beretta 93 R
A machine pistol variant of the Beretta 92 designed in the 1970s; it saw some use with security forces, but Beretta ceased production during the 1990s. The R stands for "Raffica," Italian for "burst." The 93R is an extensive modification; the pistol is single-action only with selective fire, able to fire in semi-auto or in 1,100 RPM 3-round bursts. It has a muzzle brake, fold-down foregrip, optional shoulder stock, and a 20-round magazine, though it could still use the standard 15-round magazines of the 92. In movies, a 93R will frequently be played by a modified 92 with a fullauto drop-in sear; the classic sign of a converted 92 is a slide-mounted decocking safety instead of the frame-mounted slide stop of the real weapon. Usually ends up being someone's Weapon of Choice if it turns up, since it combines the popular look of a Beretta with More Dakka.
- Perhaps the most famous use is by Robocop; the modification, nicknamed the "Auto 9," includes a large side-ported compensator and oversized rear sight. The Auto 9 prop was also used in the City Hunter movie, and in Sin City. The MagSec 4 weapon in Perfect Dark and AJM 9 in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are also copies of the Auto 9.
- The 1980's Heroes "R" Us group Able Team used a customized version with silencer, tritium dot sights and steel-core bullets for extra penetration.
- The male cop in the Hong Kong Les Yay action movie Naked Killer used one of these.
- The Big Bad played by John Travolta used one in Broken Arrow (1996).
- Also used in Eraser.
- This weapon becomes the first weapon used in Square Enix's Parasite Eve 2, where ironically it can be quite powerful if you abuse the critical hit mechanism.
- Noir ("Intoccabile"). Sicilian hitman Domenic uses one against Kirika.
- Nikita uses one on a target range when she's being trained as an assassin. She states that she's used one before, but "never on paper."
- Claire's basic handgun in Resident Evil: Code: Veronica. When you first get it, it's single-shot only and holds just 15 rounds. After you get an upgrade kit, it's capable of three-round burst fire and its ammo capacity is increased to 20.
- A weapon in Jagged Alliance 2. It's almost identical to the 92F, but capable of burst fire. Custom mercenaries with a marksman stat under 80 start with one.
- Weapon of Choice for Melvin in The Big Hit.
- 'John Doe', the ex-CIA assassin who trained Pinocchio, is shown using one in Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino.
- The "Joker FP9 Burst Pistol" in All Points Bulletin is a crossover between Beretta 92 and 93R, fitted with a compensator, extended magazine and firing three-round bursts.
- Appears in GoldenEye Wii under the pseudonym "Kunara V."
- Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex. A female secretary uses one to assassinate Imakurusu to prevent him talking to Section 9.
- Bionic Woman (2007 remake). In the final episode Jaime Sommers gets shot at by a guy on a bike wielding one of these — with full auto sound effects instead of three-round burst.
- Bucho the Big Bad from Desperado carries one of these until the Dark Action Girl borrows it to go hunt El Mariachi.
- Added in the Blue Sun mod for 7.62 High Caliber.
- A converted Beretta 92SB ppears in Modern Warfare 2; in multiplayer, it's often called the "Pocket M16" and is infamous for being one of the best sidearms in the game.
- A futurized variant makes a rather infamous appearance in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 as the B23R. Notably, it features the fore grip, but it is unusable, despite the sheer number of other weapons with folding foregrips that the player can choose to use or not.
- Preferred sidearm of Manami Kinjou in Cat Planet Cuties. In one notable occasion, she wielded it burst mode, with the skeletonized stock and completely naked.
- Available in Rainbow Six 3 with the Athena Sword expansion, as a burst-firing alternative to the 92FS.
- Like the Modern Warfare example, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, and Battlefield 4 all feature converted Beretta 92's standing in for the 93R.
The Škorpion is a Czechoslovakian machine pistol used by officers, security forces, and armoured vehicle personnel; not to mention Eastern-bloc supplied terrorists. Four chamberings exist; the vz. 61 in .32 ACP, the vz. 82 in 9x18mm Makarov, the vz. 83 in .380 ACP, and the modernized Sa. 361 in 9x19mm Parabellum, alongside a semi-auto version, the CZ-91S, available in every caliber above. The Škorpion's small size and calibre makes it generally the weakest submachine gun in any videogame it appears in, but this also makes it popular on the screen for the same reasons as the micro-Uzi — it's a compact bundle of full-auto Dakka.
- Cool Calibers: Of note is the wide variety of calibers the Škorpion was produced in: .32 ACP (vz. 61 and 61 E), .380 ACP (vz. 83), 9x18mm Makarov (vz. 82) and 9x19mm Parabellum (modern variants).
- Purchasable in 7.62 High Calibre, and suitable as a back-up weapon. It's slightly more powerful than the comparable Mini/Micro-Uzi and MP5K, as well as accepting a suppressor, but it's less accurate.
- The Matrix. Neo fires a pair with barrel shrouds Guns Akimbo during the slow motion shootout in the lobby, complete with falling slow-motion (rifle) cartridges. Also used by one of the Merovingian's henchmen in The Matrix Revolutions.
- Battlestar Galactica. Starbuck wields them Guns Akimbo in "Resistance". Chief Tyrol has one on New Caprica as well.
- A silenced version is used by the "little friend" assassin in the spoof Mafia!
- Used by a fake motorcycle cop for an attempted assassination in the Steven Seagal movie Exit Wounds.
- Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino. Pinnochio selects two of these from his Wall of Weapons for his upcoming mission with Franca and Franco; the latter using one of them against Triela.
- Carried by several of the terrorists who invade the Chinese embassy in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig.
- NCIS. A mook uses one against CIA agent Trent Kort in the opening shootout in "Dead Reckoning".
- Used in the Bugs episode "Buried Treasure".
- Milan Sova in xXx.
- Lazlo Soot in Smokin' Aces (with custom two-tone finish)
- The terrorists in Executive Decision.
- Agent 86 in the 2008 Get Smart movie.
- Members of the Joker's gang in The Dark Knight.
- Risberg in The Black Madonna.
- Many of Arnold Gundars' (Malcolm McDowell) men in the I Spy movie.
- Bodyguards in Ronin.
- Nyssa (Leonor Varela) in Blade II.
- Leonardo DiCaprio as agent Roger Ferris in Body of Lies.
- Seen in Golden Eye 1997 as the infamously-useless Klobb, also available as a secret weapon in Perfect Dark, now as the KLO1313.
- An easy-to-miss vz. 61 appears in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater; useful in a later sequence because it has an attached laser sight. A vz. 82 (mislabeled as the vz. 83) shows up in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, given to Snake as part of an extended homage to the aforementioned sequence, but it's distinctly less useful outside that, being overshadowed by the P90 in all aspects except the range at which auto-aim mode will let Snake lock on to an enemy.
- Used alongside various Glock pistols as a standard sidearm for ZAFT personnel in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
- In the Doctor Who episode Revelation of the Daleks the assassin Orcini uses one to blow up a Dalek.
- In the Matthew Reilly book Scarecrow a team of Russian soldiers (and occasional bounty hunters) are named after this weapon due to their extensive use of them.
- Sidearm of the Georgian officers in the first Splinter Cell. Sam can use the modern Sa. 361 in Conviction, where it has a lower capacity than most other automatics but makes up for it with incredible accuracy.
- In Resident Evil 5, much like in the description above, it's the weakest automatic weapon, though it has the best Critical Hit chance on headshots. In three highly unusual aspects for this mosquito bite of a gun:
- It's almost double its real life size;
- Its fire rate is lower (around 600 RPM, as usual for machine guns in the series);
- Finally, it's held in a tight two-handed grip by all player characters – including Chris Redfield, a muscular Mighty Glacier who could easily fire it one-handed. The only character who can wield it Guns Akimbo is the wiry Jill Valentine when under the effects of the P30 controller drug (which apparently gives her extra Waif-Fu powers along with the Mind Control), both in this game and in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. That's actually homaged in Resident Evil: Retribution, where a brainwashed Jill wields two of them while Fast Roping out of an Osprey tilt-rotor while blazing away at Alice.
- Available in various Call of Duty games, including Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops. All Old-School mode matches in CoD4 start players off with one of these; it's somewhat infamous in that game for a bug where attaching a suppressor did not affect its damage value - allowing for unnoticed One-Hit Kill's in Hardcore mode until it was patched.
- Conker dual wields a pair of these in the War and Heist chapters of Conker's Bad Fur Day.
- 7.62 High Caliber features the vz. 82 variant in 9x18mm Makarov.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The Winter Soldier has one holstered on his back for the freeway shootout, apparently just for Rule of Cool as he empties it in under two seconds and then throws it away.
- Turns up in PAYDAY 2 as the Cobra, in homage to its appearance in Hotline Miami.
- Similar to the AK-47, the Skorpion appears as an enemy-only weapon in a few Rainbow Six games before the team starts stocking the vz. 61 in Raven Shield and Lockdown, and then the vz. 83 in Vegas 2. It, like the other machine pistols, is notable for being available as either a primary or a secondary weapon in Raven Shield, where the stock will be extended or folded up depending on which it's used as.
Ingram MAC- 10 / MAC- 11
Developed as a "room-broom" for house-clearing in the riot-torn 1960's, the MAC-10's small size and high rate-of-fire made it difficult to control, thus it never really took off with military and law enforcement. Such considerations did not hamper its use by criminals both on and off the silver screen; the fact that it was relatively cheap to buy made it particularly popular in low-income areas with attendant high crime rates. Ironically, the original designer of the firearm, Gordon Ingram, put a large bet on MAC-10 becoming a special purpose military submachine gun: its distinctive suppressor (that also helped with the recoil) was developed by a legendary silencer company, Sionics, and the combo was heavily marketed to various militaries. Sadly, the bet didn't pay off, and MAC-10 became known mainly as a "ghetto gun", like the infamous and crude Intratec TEC-9. Like the latter, the MAC-10 in its original civilian semiautomatic version fired from an open bolt, making it very easy to convert to automatic fire. Two main versions exist; the MAC-10 is chambered in .45 ACP while the MAC-11 is chambered in .380 ACP; the latter version having an increased rate of fire and being even harder to control. Versions of both chambered in 9mm Parabellum also exist (in the case of the MAC-11, the receiver is elongated to accommodate the larger round). A movie MAC will often be fitted with the distinctive Sionics suppressor; in both models, it is longer than the weapon itself.
- Cool Calibers: Though most popularly known for being chambered in the powerful .45 ACP round, the 9mm version of the MAC-10 is actually more common, both on film and in real life. Why? The recoil is lower, as is the rate of fire (only slightly, but still noticeable), the magazine is shorter (making it easier to conceal, carry and maneuver), the ammo is cheaper and weighs less, and it is easier for movie armorers to adapt 9mm weapons to blank-fire than heavier chamberings like the .45.
- John Wayne in the 1974 cop show McQ popularized this weapon. Just as planned.
- Used by Chuck Norris in the New Old West movie Lone Wolf McQuade to mow down some bandits.
- V (1984). Mercenary Ham Tyler brandished a MAC-10 against alien invaders. Becomes the standard weapon of La Résistance in the 1984-5 TV series.
- Moonraker. Jaws is seen firing one with a barrel-extension rather than the standard silencer, as he chases James Bond in a speedboat.
- True Lies. A MAC-10 is dropped by Helen Tasker and rolls down a flight of stairs, firing randomly as it does, and actually kills her assailants while missing her completely.
- Dux's mooks in Noir which has crudely taped torchlight on them which sorts of defeats their (stealth) purpose, and later Christian Gare.
- Snake Plissken uses a MAC-10 with a suppressor (that, surprisingly realistically, stopped working well towards the end of the film, since it was likely a wipe/wet system instead of one with a baffle system) throughout the movie Escape from New York.
- Various drug soldiers in Scarface (1983).
- Wielded by the Heroes "R" Us unit led by Ken Wahl in The Soldier (1982).
- Used for the assassination in the opening scene of Commando (1985).
- Pulp Fiction. Vincent leaves one of these with a suppressor on the kitchen counter at Butch's apartment when he goes to the toilet. It's the last mistake he ever makes.
- Used by Agent Sands during his CMOA in Once upon a Time in Mexico, the scene was extra awesome due to the fact that Sands was blind, and unlike the above examples, he had the MAC-10 set to single shot rather than full auto.
- The MAC-10 is usable in Far Cry 2 as the lower-tier secondary slot SMG.
- The MAC is pretty popular in gangsta rap lyrics due to its image as a gangland weapon.
- The main character of Corpse Princess dual wields MAC-11s.
- In The Abyss, a MAC-10 is used by one of the Navy SEALS.
- Available in the second chapter of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, along with its massive silencer. Obtainable by Snake in Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, where it's unlikely to see use outside of boss battles due to its tendency to spray rounds everywhere. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker allows the development of the standard version, the massive silencer version and a variant with a barrel jacket, allowing for greater accuracy.
- In Resident Evil 2, both Leon and Claire can use a single MAC-11 in .380ACP with a barrel extender, which they fire from the hip. In Resident Evil: Code: Veronica, they appear in pairs; they are Steve Burnside's Weapon of Choice, and Chris can also get them. In both incarnations, it has a (comparatively to real life) very slow fire rate.
- In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Tommy can use a MAC-10. It's the fastest-firing SMG in the game, burning through a magazine in less than two seconds.
- A MAC-10 is available in Left 4 Dead 2, with a flashlight zip-tied to the silencer. It's more powerful than its counterpart, the Uzi, but is less accurate. With a Laser Sight attached, it's quite a beefy piece that can compete even with the game's assault rifles.
- MAC-10s appear in Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, used frequently by criminals. DLC makes a suppressed version available in Fragile Alliance, the game's multiplayer mode.
- Alex Mason carries a MAC-11 with an attached red dot sight in the final mission of Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the weapon is also available in multiplayer.
- Used in Night of the Comet: the protagonists test them out and comment on its user-friendliness ("The MAC-10 submachine gun was practically made for housewives!"); its tendency to jam then bites them.
"That's the problem with these things. Daddy would have gotten us Uzis."
- Made no difference to the car.
- Minor Batman villain The General uses a MAC-10 (stolen from a National Guard armory) to slaughter two guards and the leader of the gang he'd joined, making him the new leader of said gang.
- Used in Counter-Strike as the cheapest SMG available for the Terrorist team, and is their equivalent to the Counter-Terrorists' TMP/MP9, one of the few weapons to not get the A.K.A.-47 treatment in earlier games due to its company going bankrupt.
- Available in 7.62 High Calibre, but generally not worth it: lack of balance means spraying will be inaccurate, and the gun suffers from an inherent lack of accuracy as well. The Blue Sun mod adds the MAC-11 in 9x19mm as well.
- Used by the assassins in Three Days of the Condor.
- A MAC-10 appears in Payday The Heist as the "Mark 11" where it features a large Hollywood Silencer and can be fitted with a more recoil-dampening version and an extended magazine. Confusingly enough, a MAC-11 appears in PAYDAY 2...as the Mark 10. A civilian variant of the MAC-11, the Cobray M11/9, also appears in the game, under the name "Jacket's Piece".
- Max Payne gets his first one of these off a hitman named Rico Muerte, and soon upgrades to two in classic Heroic Bloodshed fashion.
- Used by various dodgy types on the Crapsack World of Androzani Minor in the Doctor Who story "The Caves of Androzani". Or it might be an alien or far future weapon that happens to look exactly like it - "Caves" is one of those "space" Doctor Who stories that gives no internal indication of what the time period is meant to be and whether the guest characters are future-humans or Human Aliens.
- A MAC-11, called an "M11", can be found in Parasite Eve when Daniel breaks into an abandoned gun store in Soho. A MAC-10, also referred to as "M10" is found in St. Francis Hospital.
Intratec TEC-9/TEC-D C9/AB- 10
Probably among the most infamous guns in America, the TEC-9 was originally developed by the Swedish company Interdynamic AB as the MP-9, in a quest to build a simple and inexpensive submachine gun. Since Sweden, a wealthy, industrialized country where law enforcement carries much fancier weapons than most others, is a poor market for a cheap SMG, they established an American subsidiary called Intratec to sell semi-auto versions of the gun in the lucrative American civilian market. Gun enthusiasts paid it little attention, as it was inaccurate, unreliable and too big to be carried comfortably. However, the gun had several things going in its favor, namely its low price, its 32-round magazine capacity, its menacing appearance (it was originally designed as a submachine gun, after all) and, most importantly, its open-bolt design, which made it (relatively) easy to convert back to full-auto with only a few modifications. All of these factors made it very popular among criminals and spree killers in The '80s and The '90s, earning it a reputation as the "gangsta gun" — something that was eventually noticed by the ATF. Dylan Klebold infamously used one during the Columbine Massacre. Intratec was forced to redesign the gun thrice to comply with gun control laws; the first redesign, into the TEC-9, converted the weapon to a closed-bolt system so that it couldn't be converted to full-auto; the second, the TEC-DC9note was simply to get around the TEC-9 being banned by name in California; and and third, the AB-10note , was done to comply with the Assault Weapons Ban. As California's gun laws and the Assault Weapons Ban largely targeted cosmetic features deemed "scary-looking", such as barrel shrouds, the TEC-DC9 and AB-10 are functionally unchanged from the original TEC-9.
- The TEC-9 is available as a weapon in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, San Andreas, and Liberty City Stories.
- Name-dropped in a long, long list of Gangsta Rap songs, which helped contribute to its reputation. Rapper Tech N9ne borrows his stage name from the gun.
- In one scene in Last Action Hero, a few bad guys armed with these are in the house; Slater enters from the ceiling and uses their own guns to kill them.
- The Law & Order episode "Mushrooms" features a TEC-9 as the murder weapon.
- In the climax of the heist film The Town, James "Jem" Coughlin uses a TEC-9 with two magazines jungle-taped together in a running shootout with FBI agent Adam Frawley and several Boston police officers.
- Jack Burton used one in Big Trouble in Little China. Not that it did him a lot of good.
- Available in the Blue Sun mod for 7.62 High Caliber as a rather poor early weapon, with low accuracy and relatively uncommon magazines outside of scavenging them from thugs.
- Ria wields a pair of TEC-9s during the final shootout scene of Crank: High Voltage.
- Lana Kane's firearm of choice in Archer. She wears dual full-auto TEC-9s in shoulder holsters.
- Appears, like many other guns, in PAYDAY 2, as the Blaster 9mm, in homage to its appearance in Hotline Miami.
- Saints Row 2 features it as the "T3K Urban", appearing as the cheapest and most commonly-used SMG.
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive features a semi-auto version as the Terrorists' equivalent to the Five-seveN.
- Far Cry 4 features two versions of the weapon, the normal "A99" and the signature "Rebel", as options for a sidearm. The former can take two attachments (including a drum magazine to increase capacity; it's the only weapon in the game to switch magazine models with extended mags), while the latter is given a reflex sight and a drum mag by default.
- The Ballistic Weapons mod for Unreal Tournament 2004 features an AB-10, apparently converted to .40 S&W, with a Laser Sight and an optional suppressor, as the "XRS-10".
- The original KG-9 is an available (but very, very weak) weapon in Alien Shooter: Vengeance.
Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer
See Mauser C96