Models and types of guns that saw little to no production in reality are more likely to show up in fiction. Sometimes, the number of appearances of a weapon on TV can outnumber its actual production run.
This is mostly due to the fact that some models of gun can look incredibly cool
or futuristic despite having real-life problems with their functionality or production that make them unpopular or dismal failures. Or it could be a case of a writer wanting to show they did their research
by deliberately picking form over function without going completely into the realm of fiction. Of course, no one's supposed to care.
Remember that this trope is not
about rare guns that appear once or twice in a work of fiction, or are an
available weapon in a game. It only applies to rare weapons that appear in much larger numbers than they should or did in the real world, or firearms that are prohibitively expensive, difficult to use, or otherwise impractical but yet appear in the hands of many characters. A common justification
is that the wielder/orderer of these weapons has an astounding amount of money
, is extremely skilled with it, or it has become increasingly successful.
This trope is common in anime
, due to the obsession many writers have with technical and historical details
. They also have the advantage of being able to include anything they want without worrying about the inability to get their hands on a real example. Anything the artists can draw is fair game for inclusion, whereas in live-action productions either acquiring an example or building a convincing look-alike as a prop is necessary. For the same reason, rare guns are also a staple of gun-oriented video games.
Each firearm is listed alphabetically.
See also Improperly Placed Firearms
, Family-Friendly Firearms
, Cool Guns
, Rare Vehicles
, and Improbable Use of a Weapon
. Compare Selective Historical Armoury
, where firearms that should be present are absent. See also the Internet Movie Firearms Database
site for more. This Youtube channel
, appropriately titled "Forgotten Weapons", also has plenty of footage of obscure firearms.
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10mm Auto pistols/SMGs
The 10mm Auto cartridge was designed as an alternative to 9mm Parabellum and .45 ACP, offering better stopping power than the former in combination with a flatter trajectory and larger magazine capacity than the latter. Expected to become a popular handgun caliber when the FBI chose the Smith and Wesson 1076note
as its new sidearm in 1990, its rise and fall is largely tied to the failure of that weapon. Reliability problems with the pistol (and every other pistol initially designed for it, for that matter, from the below Bren Ten to the Colt Double Eagle
), coupled with concerns over the recoil of the 10mm Auto cartridge, soon led the FBI to abandon not only the gun but the cartridge as well. While some of the FBI's special units do use a 10mm version of the MP5note
and there are a small number of newer pistols manufactured in the caliber, to a large extent the cartridge has fallen victim to Technology Marches On
- the derivative .40 S&W cartridge has almost completely taken over its intended niche within the handgun market. What market remains for the 10mm Auto is basically the minority of handgun hunters who don't like revolvers, and people who want a defensive weapon to carry in grizzly bear country
. This hasn't stopped it from being a popular cartridge in fiction, however, particularly in works set Twenty Minutes into the Future
- The famous M41A Pulse Rifle from Aliens is said to be chambered for a caseless, explosive-tipped 10mm bullet.
- In the Tom Clancy novel Rainbow Six, Rainbow's assaulters are described as using the MP5/10note as their primary weapons. Somewhat Truth in Television, as in reality the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team does use the weapon in a similar role.
- In addition to Rainbow, Clancy also depicted FBI Special Agent Pat O'Day as carrying a Smith and Wesson 1076. Again, this is partly truth in television; as noted above, the FBI did test, and even briefly issue this weapon to its agents. However, O'Day continued to carry one long after all real life agents had turned theirs in.
- Miami Vice had Sonny Crockett carry a Bren Ten, whose real-life sales were driven largely by its use on TV. While the Bren Ten is widely considered to be among the best pistol design of the 1980s (incorporating the best features of the CZ 75 and Browning Hi-Power), production shortfalls and notoriously bad quality control drove its manufacturer Dornaus & Dixon Enterprises into bankruptcy after just three years with only 1,500 pistols made and most of the original commercial orders never filled. After this happened, the Sonny Crockett character switched between seasons two and three to the decidedly less rare Smith & Wesson Model 645. Two different companies have since tried to revive the Bren Ten, one of which went bankrupt before a single gun was sold and the other cancelled the project in favor of more lucrative military and police rifle contracts.
- In the Fallout universe 10mm was a common pistol caliber before the Great War, and great amounts of it remain in the post-war world. There's a fairly high number of weapons using it in the series, including a shoulder-mounted minigun in Fallout: New Vegas DLC.
- In both Deus Ex and Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the standard sidearm is a 10mm Auto pistol.
- Like the novel above, the Rainbow Six series of games usually give the player the option of using the MP5/10 in place of the many 9mm variants.
- In Police Quest 2, Sonny Bonds carries a 10mm 1911 variant.
- Takedown: Red Sabre allows players to take a 10mm "1911 Elite" as their sidearm.
- Doom The Roguelike uses 10mm for its take on the pistol and chaingun ammunition, unlike the original that based its pistol off the Beretta 92. It's also implied to be a revolver, given its 6-shot capacity.
The AK-12 was an attempt by Russian gun manufacturer Kalashnikov Concern (formerly IZHMASH) at updating and modernizing the classic AK-47 design, potentially creating a replacement for the AK-74M currently in Russian service. Originally designed in 2010, premiering as the AK-200
, which looked more like an AK-74 or an AK-100-series rifle with several accessory rails placed on it, before becoming the more radical AK-12 design. The AK-12 utilizes the same gas-blowback rotating bolt design of all AK-derived rifles. Despite this similarity, the AK-12 modified the classic Kalashnikov design in a number of ways. One of the major design features was its proposed modularity
. In addition to integrated accessory rail mounts, the AK-12 was intended to be able to swap between the major Russian and NATO calibers with just a change in barrel, as well as take on the role of assault rifle, light automatic weapon and semi-automatic shotgun with these same barrel changes. Other modifications included more ergonomic furniture and an ambidextrous charging handle and safety selector switch.
Despite these improvements and changes, the AK-12 has been reportedly passed over for adoption by the Russian Defense Ministry. The reasons were three-fold. First, after several trials, the AK-12 was found to have some serious faults or defects (though the exact issues were not stated specifically, with Defense Ministry officials citing it as "the developer's confidential information"). Second, IZHMASH at the time was in a rather poor financial state, which officials were concerned about. The third and final reason being the one that has come up every time someone has tried to replace the AK-74 for the past thirty years; "we have plenty of AK-74 rifles, we don't need a new rifle to replace them". Despite this, Kalashnikov Concern has stated they will offer the rifle for law enforcement use and will attempt to make another modernized AK. So far, total production of the AK-12 has numbered about thirty prototype rifles.
In fiction, the AK-12 has appeared largely in settings Twenty Minutes into the Future
, where fictional Russian Army soldiers are likely to use it while the Bear goes on a rampage
, or as just a shiny new "future AK-47" for futuristic baddies to use
The AN-94 "Abakan" assault rifle was developed as a possible replacement for Russia's main service rifle, the AK-74. Its most notable feature is the "blowback shifted pulse" system, which postpones recoil until after the rounds have left the weapon. The AN-94 has an ultra-fast 1800 rpm two round burst mode. This results in the second bullet leaving the barrel before the shooter feels the recoil from the first shot, and thus theoretically the two bullets will hit the exact same spot, making it ideal for defeating ceramic-reinforced body armor. Russia eventually decided against replacing the AK-74 because the AN-94 is much more expensive and harder to maintain (since its internal mechanism is more complex than those of AK family rifles), but it still sees limited use in the hands of special forces and the FSB (the successor to the KGB). It's also one of the few weapons that Russia doesn't sell to foreign countries
- It's the main rifle of the Russian army in Battlefield: Bad Company 2. It's often considered to be the "BFG" of the Assault class in multiplayer, for its high damage and accuracy.
- It shows up again in Battlefield 3, but this time, it's accurately used only by Russian Spetsnaz commandos in the campaign and the unique firing accurately depicted.
- Combat Arms, as an NX Standard weapon (means bought with real money).
- Appears in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series (in addition to the more common AK-74 and AKMSU) as the "Obokan" (Shadow of Chernobyl) or the "AC-96/2" (Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat). Outside from being the weapon of choice of novice Duty stalkers, it also ironically is used by the Ukrainian Spetsnaz.
- The main gun of the standard Gurlukovich soldiers in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (the core guards carry AKS-74Us, one of which Raiden has to get). Also showed up in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, but so did every other gun on the entire planet.
- Jagged Alliance v1.13. One of the better Russian weapons available at Bobby Ray's, but still outclassed by Western weapons, and the 5.45 round has terrible stopping power in the most recent version.
- Appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The final unlockable gun in multiplayer, it's unique in that the first two rounds are fired much faster than subsequent rounds in full-auto, though you can switch to the classic 2-round burst via the select fire attachment. It's also heavily favoured by Menendez's personal army.
- Appears in 7.62mm High Caliber as a late game assault rifle.
The .44 Auto-Mag was the first semi-automatic pistol to use a cartridge as heavy as .44 Magnum (.44 AMP, Auto Magnum Pistol). It went through several different manufacturers, and was never a real money-maker thanks to flawed production and business decisions
— the fact that it was the only pistol on Earth that took its particular caliber of ammunition also did not help, since commercially-loaded ammunition was rare and the only other way to get the correct caliber was to modify cases for other ammunition (.308 or .30-06) and reload by hand. Later versions developed by Arcadia Machine and Tool (which look more like giant M1911's than the original Auto-Mag) came in the more readily available .30 Carbine, .22 Magnum, .45 Winchester Magnum and .50 Action Express, but all production ceased in 2001.
Anime and Manga
- Mizuho Inada was issued one in the manga version of Battle Royale. She was so off in la-la land that she never got a chance to use it...and it fell into the hands of Kazuo Kiriyama.
- Shows up in City Hunter in the hands of two different one-time villains. The first is an amateur who uses it as his regular handgun, but the second is implied to have brought that only because his regular pistol (chambered for an unspecified .38 cartridge) had little effect on Umibozu, and by chance the Auto-Mag was the first powerful pistol he got his hands on.
- Used by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry movie Sudden Impact. The Mafia sent a hit squad after him, so Inspector Callahan decided he needed more firepower. The producers had such a hard time getting it that they had to contact the original designer, who had enough spare parts to assemble two in his basement. Rumor has it, during the climactic scene at a pier, a diver had to be kept on stand-by because Eastwood got frustrated with constant jams that ruined takes and routinely threw it into the water.
- Used by Burt Reynolds in Malone.
- Beverly Hills Cop II featured the Auto Mag and its spent cartridge cases as a plot device to locate the Alphabet Bandit.
- Used by Charles Bronson in the Death Wish series; it was Bronson's own personal sidearm both in and out of the series.
- It's Mack Bolan's signature weapon "Big Thunder" in the early parts of The Executioner novel series, when he wanted a hand weapon with greater intimidation factor and range than his Beretta Brigadier. As a weapons expert, Bolan would have no problems handloading his rounds.
- The Auto-Mag III with reloaded .30 shells was the weapon of choice for Hanse Fletcher in C.R. Jahn's Underground.
- Jagged Alliance 2. Rescuing two tourists stranded in Arulco during the conflict will have the husband send you a pair of Auto-Mags modded for 7.62mm NATO, both nicknamed "Big Bertha". The gun pops up again in Back in Action with the same modifications. In v1.13, the unofficial patch for the second game, they're modded for the even bigger .50 Beowulf rounds.
- Featured in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony. While at first it's more justified since you get it from a club manager, it starts popping up everywhere later.
- Dual-wielded in Tomb Raider II.
- The chosen sidearm of Blake Dexter's psychopathic henchman, Wade, in Hitman Absolution.
CAWS was an entry
in the U.S. Military's Close Assault Weapon System program, designed by Heckler & Koch and Winchester-Olin. CAWS was an attempt to salvage the terminally screwed-up SPIW program (a flechette infantry weapon program which was cancelled after it was found the lightweight flechettes would deflect off leaves and even raindrops
), with the idea being a shotgun-like weapon designed specifically for city combat at ranges not exceeding 100 yards. H&K's submission for this project was a bullpup selective-fire shotgun designed to fire proprietary 12-gauge tungsten buckshot or flechette rounds in semi-auto or 240rpm 3-round bursts. Features included a moving barrel (to help reduce recoil), ambidextrous layout and a full plastic shroud with an integral carrying handle.
The usefulness of the CAWS program itself was called into question (specifically, what soldiers were supposed to do if they encountered someone more than a hundred yards away, admittedly a rare occurrence in city combat but still far from unheard of), and the project ultimately scrapped before any weapon involved was out of the prototype phase. The HK design has some major issues as an actual weapon; it was very large for what it did, required brass-cased rounds to avoid fouling the action with melted plastic, and only had a ten-round magazine.
- Major Revell used one in The Zone World War III action-adventure novels by James Rouch.
- It was the US Army's shotgun in the alternate universe of Fallout 2, and is seen in the hands of many a survivor.
- Jagged Alliance 2 featured this weapon, and, with some luck, allowed you to get two of them for free. It is also one of the most broken weapons in the game, seconding only to Rocket Rifle. In the unofficial patch, it's nerfed, due to new weight limitations making it harder to aim, but it still packs a punch.
- It's possible to develop and use this gun in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, and it's the best shotgun available.
While the Calico Light Weapon Systems
submachine guns and rifles have gained more currency since the end of the US Assault Weapons Ban, they remain far less common than they would seem from film and television. Because of their futuristic appearance, the M950 machine pistol series are especially popular in action films; they're typically a "bad guy" gun
. Interesting as well for being a whole series
of rare weapons, not just a single rare model. In real life, they're a little less practical than in film due to the inherent difficulty of determining how much ammunition is actually left in the 50 / 100-round magazine, the time-consuming process of reloading a helical magazine (there's a reason few firearms use them), and the expense of the magazines themselves; militaries typically prefer magazines to be as simple as possible, because magazines are not only the single biggest weak point of any weapon system, but they also have remarkable tendencies to get lost and broken.
Anime and Manga
- Fate/Zero (the Light Novel prequel to Fate/stay night) In this case it has been converted to full-auto. Some source incorrectly list as the the M960 sub machine gun buts it is not, nor is it the M 950 A (which can alternate between semi-auto and full auto) because it lacks a fire selector switch. Justified in this case by his usual target being hard to take down, and the extremely rapid fire of the Calico would be ideal.
- Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business and v1.13 again. It's a decent assault rifle and fares better than the average M4.
- Combat Arms
China Lake Grenade Launcher
No more than fifty
of what is essentially a pump-action version of the M79 Grenade Launcher
with a tube magazine are known to have been produced, and no more than six are known to still exist. First produced in 1968, they were intended for Navy SEAL use, though some were used by Marine Force Recon and the Army 5th Special Forces Group.
Anime and Manga
- Fabiola Iglesias of Black Lagoon pulls one near the end of her shootout in the Yellow Flag, a move that prompts a very appropriate "...the FUCK is that?!" from Revy.
- Kosuna of Desert Punk uses one as her standard weapon, generally to give her mentor fire support. Like all the other weapons in the series it's supposed to be a reproduction, though one wonders how even a single one ended up in Japan and lasted long enough to be reverse-engineered.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops features them as the top-tier launcher in multiplayer and they make an appearance in the single player missions "S.O.G." and "Crash Site".
- The Grenade Launcher of Fallout: New Vegas is this. The Holorifle from the Dead Money DLC is also built off of a China Lake.
IMI / MR Desert Eagle
This Hand Cannon
is among the most powerful production semi-automatic pistols out there
. Designed and marketed by Minnesota company Magnum Research and manufactured by Israel Military Industries, it comes in .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, and .50 Action Express. Magnum Research also offers it in a wide variety of finishes, ranging from standard chrome to gold to titanium/gold tiger stripes, and a model with an elongated, 10-inch barrel. The Desert Eagle uses a rotating-bolt mechanism and direct gas impingement operation usually found on rifles, of course due to the oversized chambering. They weigh about four and a half pounds unloaded; for the weight of the pistol plus a couple of loaded magazines, you could carry an M4 carbine. The Eagle's bulky grip and excessive weight make it difficult to shoot and very impractical to carry for anyone not built like Arnold Schwarzenegger
or Dolph Lundgren
. It is also one of the more expensive handguns on the market, going for about US$1500 for the base model. Throw in a carrying case, extra magazines, accessories and custom finish, and you're looking at upwards of three grand. Adding to that, .50 Action Express ammunition is incredibly expensive, with the cheapest stuff being a dollar per round.
Despite all this, the Desert Eagle is the weapon of choice for media badasses
across the spectrum, sometimes even being depicted as a standard issue military sidearm; quite a contrast to real life, where it's a niche weapon in the civilian market (often described as a "range toy" for rich people) and has hardly ever attracted any serious interest from anyone else. In fact, the only armed forces in the world that uses the Desert Eagle as a sidearm is JW GROM, a Polish special forces. In fan fiction, it's a good sign the wielder is a Mary Sue
of some kind, much like a gratuitous katana
Anime and Manga
- The Dirty Harry-esque main character of the manga Rose Hip Zero wields an Eagle one-handed. The size, recoil, and rarity of this gun are brought up in the manga, though, and his ability to fire the thing with one hand is noted as being quite a feat.
- The elderly one-eyed Sister Yolanda of the Church of Violence from Black Lagoon uses a gold-plated one of these one-handed during the Bloodstained Glass Windows shootout from the Greenback Jane arc. She uses it to blow up one of the bad guys' cars with one shot.
- Ghost in the Shell usually keeps it very realistic regarding guns. So when in one episode of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, a quiet helicopter pilot is obsessed with his fantasies of pulling a Taxi Driver, it fits his character perfectly that he owns a Desert Eagle, as the cops don't consider him a real threat and are sure that he'll never go through with it.
- In the Soul Eater manga, Death the Kid's Super Mode has his handguns transforming into .42note caliber 'Death Eagles'.
- In Haruhi Suzumiya episode 1, we find the local Moe Blob Mikuru wielding the 10-inch barrel version, akimbo. Made particularly egregious by the fact that, again, you see two of them, in the far-less-common 10-inch model - though, these are airsoft replicas, made by a rather popular Japanese airsoft company (and, unsurprisingly, liked by otaku).
- In Witch Hunter, the main character Tasha's strongest magic gun is a .44 Desert Eagle that has enough recoil to break his arm.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Homura initially uses a Desert Eagle as her primary sidearm.
- Mana Tatsumiya of Mahou Sensei Negima! dual-wields Desert Eagles. In a bit of subversion, they are soft-air replicas (at least the ones she uses the most).
- Bando on Elfen Lied uses a customized Desert Eagle. Makes more sense than usual as the Diclonius he fights can deflect conventional ammo and he has a cybernetic arm (due to Lucy removing his own arm).
- The Dragon of one arc of Gunsmith Cats wields one with a fourteen inch barrel. It's treated as an Infinity +1 Gun, capable of penetrating a muscle-car's steel roll cage(Rally's Shelby Cobra, to be specific. It also hits her and is stopped by a collapsible rifle stored in her jacket - but still breaks several ribs) but not two inches of bulletproof glass windshield(Though it still blinds the car, as planned).
- A .44 Magnum Desert Eagle shows up in City Hunter, in the hands of the extremely capable Hitman with a Heart Mick Angel. Given the author is usually very good at properly placing the guns, he probably did it on purpose to both show Mick's showoff personality and his ability to shoot a .44 Magnum one-handed with near-perfect accuracy.
- A particularly egregious offender is the Immortal Iron Fist one shot Orson Randal and The Green Mist of Death. This story takes place sometime around the 1920s, before the Desert Eagle was even invented and likely before anyone involved in its design was born.
- Shows up in the original RoboCop; normal ones are used, but there's also a special one with a large barrel extension. This was originally supposed to be Robocop's gun, but when the suit was finished it became clear the weapon looked like a toy in his hand and the even larger Auto-9 was built based on a Beretta 93R.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger uses them a lot, no doubt because it's big enough to look impressive even in his large hands. He's used them in Commando, Eraser and Last Action Hero, and used a weapon that was a very ironic combination of a Desert Eagle and Walther P38 in Red Heatnote .
- Standard-issue for Agents of The Matrix. They fire Desert Eagles one-handed, and the 7-round magazine capacity is increased to 12 or 13. Well, at least they don't have Bottomless Magazines, even though there's really no reason (other than stylish reloading) such things couldn't be programmed into the eponymous Lotus-Eater Machine.
- Bullet Tooth Tony and his "Desert Eagle point five-oh" in Snatch, of course.
The fact that you have Replica written down the sides of your guns
, (closeup of the word Replica along the barrel) and the fact that I have Desert Eagle
Point Five-Oh written down the side of mine
, (close up of Desert Eagle along the barrel) should precipitate your balls into shrinking, along with your presence. Now... fuck off.
- Justified in that Bullet Tooth Tony is clearly not and never has been a military man, and so likely selected that gun because it fired huge rounds and looked cool. As per the quote above, it is useful for getting people to back down should the need arise.
- In Frank Goddamn Miller's film version of Will Eisner's The Spirit, The Octopus not only goes Guns Akimbo with the Desert Eagle, but he later wields a double-barreled version of it.
- In The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, the McManus twins trade in their suppressed Beretta 92 pistols for some custom made Desert Eagles. And those silenced Berettas were acquired by trading in the Desert Eagles wielded by two Russian mob dudes who tried to murder them near the beginning of the original movie.
- A few appear in the Charlie's Angels movies. Including one carved from a piece of soap by Bosley with his bare teeth.
- Jayne has one that River wields in the Firefly episode "Out of Gas". ...Five hundred years in the future. River also gets her hands on assumedly the same one in the episode "Objects in Space" (which she mistakes for a branch).
- Shows up in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and one of the immediate conclusions by one of the cast members is that the shooter must've been Compensating for Something.
- In the final season of The Shield, when Vic resigns from the LAPD he naturally has to turn in his service pistol, and from that point on uses his personal gun. As he says: ".357 Desert Eagle, cross-draw."
- Used by Jon Sable in the 1980s TV series Sable.
- In an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Benson is talking to a slightly-unhinged stalker at a gun range, where the stalker girl is firing a chrome-finished .50AE Desert Eagle. Benson notes that the gun is "a little hardcore", and then further notes that the 14 round mag the woman is using is illegal in New York City.
- Will shoots one brought in by a friend in Sons Of Guns.
- Chambered with the .50 Action Express, the Desert Eagle is the most powerful and expensive semi-automatic pistol in GURPS: High-Tech, but is the hardest to use and has one of the smallest magazines.
- It's perhaps the most powerful pistol on the gun list in Feng Shui, and has the highest capacity.
- It appears as the most powerful pistol in many First Person Shooters and Third Person Shooters; it's very unlikely to appear with its real name, and often has enough accuracy and power to be used as an ersatz sniper rifle. In first person shooters especially, this is partly because the gun is blocky and angular, and thus easy to make in 3D. Whether its physical appearance will match up with the stats it should have (i.e. featuring a version not available in .50 AE but giving it the usual 7-round capacity anyway) depends on the degree of realism the game is going for. Appearances include:
- Counter-Strike. For Valve's attempts at nerfing it, it's still the best handgun in the game. Means nothing against a skilled player with an M4, however.
- Max Payne: At least Max holds the gun with both hands in the first game, as it really has a mean kick. In the second game, however, he dual-wields them with ease. It's also the preferred handgun for Mona Sax, and she can dual-wield them as well.
- Call of Duty 4 multiplayer. Only two of them appear in single-player mode, and one is owned by the Big Bad.
- Your reward for reaching the final rank in multiplayer, Commander (level 55), is a golden one.
- Modern Warfare 2 has them as well, and it's also possible to use akimbo Desert Eagles.
- Modern Warfare 3 also has them, and in the single-player campaign Yuri usually starts with one. Captain Price also takes up one as his new sidearm of choice after being disavowed from Task Force 141, replacing his old M1911.
- CJ from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas can acquire the Desert Eagle when he reaches Las Venturas, though there's a free one lurking around the first city.
- The gun also shows up (as the "Combat Pistol") in Grand Theft Auto IV. It's not as much of a Hand Cannon this time around — it's clearly based on the less-powerful .357 Magnum version, and takes three shots to take down an enemy. With the above-mentioned AMT AutoMag added in the Ballad of Gay Tony DLC, it's also no longer the most powerful handgun.
- Turns up in Far Cry as the "Falcon 357" and the console sequels as the "Jungle Falcon." In Far Cry 2 it's the "Eagle .50" and has "Deagle .50AE Pistol" engraved on the slide. Far Cry 3 continues the tradition by offering it as the D50 as the final pistol to be unlocked.
- The .357 Magnum version is common in Jagged Alliance 2. The .44 Magnum and .50 Action Express versions are added in the unofficial v1.13 patch, and buying ammo for the gun from the arms-dealing website mocks you for carrying around such an impractical, heavy, and huge handgun instead of a rifle.
- The "Heavy Pistol" in City of Heroes is based on this.
- EA's James Bond video games use this jarringly; despite its ridiculously expensive nature, it's often the standard sidearm for mooks in a few of the games. Even odder, said mooks usually use the "under 50 dollars on the black market" AK-47 as their primary weapon.
- Usable in Soldier of Fortune as the "Silver Talon." Yields a messy result with headshots.
- Appears in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games as the "Black Kite" firing .45 ACP (there is no Desert Eagle variant chambered for that). More bizarrely, in Shadow of Chernobyl there's a unique version found near the Black Kite called the Big Ben, which fires 9x39mm SP or PAB rounds — the same ones used by the Vintorez, which is an anti-armor sniper rifle.
- Replacement for the Colt Python in Half-Life: Opposing Force, used by both "Otis" security guards and HECU Medics.
- Added in the Rainbow Six games starting with Rogue Spear, as the most powerful handgun available until the Vegas games, where it's only the second most powerful (the most powerful happens to be a revolver that isn't used for anything besides hunting really large game like elephants). Notable in that most games in the series that feature it include both the usual .50 version, as well as the slightly-weaker but higher-capacity .357 version as well.
- A variant turns up in Left 4 Dead 2, called the Desert Cobranote ; it's powerful, but hilariously enormous and thus takes up a silly amount of screen real estate.
- But worth it just to hear Nick say "Niiiice" as you pick it up.
- Also notable in that it doesn't lose any accuracy if you're using it in the 'down' state, unlike the regular pistols. This combined with its power makes it perfect for picking off that Hunter/Smoker/Jockey/Charger that's beating down your friend even if you're incap'd.
- Despite the eight-shot magazine, it is very useful in Realism Mode, as the only non-shotgun that can take down common infected with one hit, even with a glancing blow. In contrast, sniper rifles require two or three center-of-mass shots to bring down Realism's rhino-hided commons.
- Surprisingly easy to get in 7.62 High Caliber, with a minor rebel in an early mission carrying a .44 one.
- In Just Cause 2, a slightly modified, nameless version is the most basic peashooter.
- The heavy pistol in All Points Bulletin is clearly modeled after the Desert Eagle.
- Meryl Silverburgh in the Metal Gear series uses a Desert Eagle as her signature weapon. Metal Gear Solid, Snake points out to her that she could have picked something more sensible from the armory, to which she defiantly replies that she used them since she was a little girl, affirming her role as a hot blooded youngster who wants to be a hero, as opposed to Snake being a remorseful veteran. By Metal Gear Solid 4 she carries two, and is now a veteran Badass who's actually very good with the gun. It's used prominently in the same cutscene when Johnny rescues her with a .50 BMG anti-materiel sniper rifle while in close quarters. Snake himself can use the standard version when purchased from Drebin and the scoped version by either obtaining the Fox emblem or entering a cheat code.
- Contract J.A.C.K. has one of these.
- Leon Scott Kennedy can pick up a .50 AE version of the gun and upgrade it to the long-barrel version near the end of the game.
- Dead Frontier has one of these under the name "Desert Fox" as the second most powerful and difficult to use handgun.
- Parodied and mocked in the video game adaptation of The Darkness. When you're in a Mafia safehouse, you can listen to a guy gleefully describing to one of his buddies a scene from an action movie he had just seen; in it, the hero uses two Deagles to shoot up a room full of mooks. The guy's friend says that that sounds like the stupidest movie ever.
- Appears in several Fallout games as a fairly common early-game weapon that is not all that powerful. The "N99" 10mm pistol in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas also looks to be somewhat inspired by the Deagle.
- Scarface: The World is Yours. Advertised as a one hit kill. Very effective.
- Appears in Saints Row 2 as the "GDHCnote .50", holding as many bullets as the real-world .44 version and used solely by FBI agents. Once the player grabs one, s/he can naturally dual-wield them. The ".45 Shepherd" in Saints Row: The Third also seems to be heavily based on the Desert Eagle.
- All of the gangsters you face in the first levels of Splinter Cell: Conviction carry these as their standard sidearm. What's even weirder is that the PMC mooks you face later in the game tend to carry more believable pistols such as the USP45 or M9.
- Appears as the "Hand Cannon" in Killing Floor, as an alternative to the standard 9mm pistol. In earlier versions of the game, Sharpshooters at the highest level spawned with two of them; and, as of the 2013 summer event, you can now buy gold-plated, tiger-striped versions.
- Combat Arms features 4 variants of the Desert Eagle, the standard Desert Eagle, Desert Eagle Black, Desert Eagle Special Edition (Similar to the standard except features a black slide and an engraving on the side), and the Desert Eagle Gold (A gold desert eagle with a two tone tiger stripe pattern).
- Basic pistol in Serious Sam 3: BFE, with infinite reloads and rechambered for .45 ACP.
- Captain Martin Walker of Spec Ops: The Line starts with a Desert Eagle in sections where he loses all his prior weapons. Notably, this only occurs in scenes where he's hallucinating. In other scenes, his sidearm (drawn out of the same holster) is the realistic Beretta M9. Considering Konrad's rant about Walker having delusions of being a fantasy action hero, this makes it an odd case of invoking this trope intentionally!
- Ebony and Ivory in DmC: Devil May Cry are based from this gun, with stylized grips twisting into sharp points, scrollwork engravings at the bore of each pistol, and each also sports a ring hammer.
- The standard pistol skin in Champions Online appears to be based on the Desert Eagle, only with a longer barrel. Expect pistol-packing NPCs (soldiers, cops, even street gang Mooks) to be armed either with these, or with laser pistols. Probably justified, in a world with so many superhumans.
- Appears in all of the Hitman games, barring Absolution, in the hands of various Mooks. Contracts has a gold plated version and, like all other pistols in the game, can be wielded Guns Akimbo if you can find them. Early concept art shows that a pair of them were originally going to be 47's signature pistols before they settled on the Silverballers.
- Burt from We're Alive has Shirley, a silver-plated Desert Eagle that once belonged to his wife that he keeps with him as a reminder of her. Apparently both Burt and his wife were big on the competition circuit, so having such a weapon could be justified as a flashy show piece. But once the Zombie Apocalypse begins, Burt still relies on Shirley as his Weapon of Choice.
- Barry from Archer has a nickel finished Desert Eagle Mk VII, which he talks TO, not with. He also has a subscription to Desert Eagle Magazine. Lana uses one on occaision, which fits her Johnny Bench-ian, steam-shovelly, Truckasaurus hands.
The Fallschirmjägergewehr 42
was a slightly bizarre German weapon designed for use by paratroopers (Fallschirmjäger, hence the rifle's name), designed to be a very light machine gun firing the 7.92x57mm Mauser round used more successfully by the Kar 98 and MG42. The "intermediate" 7.92x33mm Kurz that would later be used in the StG44 (see below), an obviously more sensible choice, was already available, but Hermann Goering vetoed its use and insisted on the full-power 7.92x57mm
. Two versions exist with a total production run of around 7,000 weapons; the early version had a distinctive 45-degree pistol grip supposedly to allow the weapon to be fired as the soldier descended on his parachute (overlooking the fact that this steeply angled grip impaired shooting once the paratrooper actually reached
the ground, which is where he'd be doing most of his shooting), and the late production version with a more sensible straight grip; both used a side-mounted box magazine. Neither was particularly spectacular in terms of performance; the light weight made the weapon's recoil extremely hard to control (while the stock's recoil buffer system made this a non-issue in semi-autonote
, it also resulted in a hollow stock that was rather fragile), and the mechanism proved so delicate that fully automatic fire could totally destroy the action; the action would later be the basis for the M60 machine gun, which also acquired a reputation for literally beating itself apart as it aged.
Despite this, it tends to be depicted in WWII video games as a supergun, able to fire accurately in single-shot (which it was) while still being effective when firing bursts (which it was not).note
The weapon was to be an universal gun, merging the capabilities of machine gun, machine pistol and precision rifle (it was to be fitted with a bipod, scope and a spike bayonet, a true IKEA Weapon
). The designers working on the project even came to joke that their superiors in High Command demanded "eine eierlegende Wollmichsau" (a dairy egg-laying pig), and the Heer (Army) flatly refused to participate in the development, declaring that a gun meeting the Luftwaffe's specifications could be found only in Utopia.
In 2011, Smith Manufacturing Group (a small gunsmithing operation in Texas) began producing a semi-auto FG42 reproduction for civilian sales. While they spent more than twice as long developing their clone as the Germans spent developing the original, resulting in a more reliable weapon than what the Fallschirmjäger actually carried, this new version is every bit as rare (if not moreso) on account being made by a small company and selling for a whopping $5000.
- Seen in the first, third, and fifth Call of Duty games, typically with the ZF-4 scope and depicted as a hugely powerful selective-fire weapon accurate at long range; in the first game it's basically the game's BFG-equivalent.
- All but replaces the MP40 as primary weapon as soon as it appears in Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
- Seen in Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII.
- Germans may choose it in Day of Defeat, but only in a paratroopers team note . The recoil is faithfully reproduced, that is, outrageous: the second bullet in a burst can hit anything only at point-blank; the scope variant is useful because you can't have normal binoculars in the game, but not for aiming.
- Wielded by Nazis in BloodRayne, but it's called the "Blitzgewehr32" here. Rayne can use it one-handed, and can even dual-wield two of them.
The Heckler & Koch G11
was an experimental West German rifle most notable for using caseless ammunition.note
Less well known is that H&K intended to produce a "family" of weapons around the G11, with at least one prototype of the LMG11 light machine gun having been made, while a machine pistol/PDW never even made it past having blueprints drawn. Its cost, complexity, and the end of the Cold War
(reunifying with East Germany proved quite expensive given the dismal state of the East German economy, and the fall of the Soviet Union meant military spending was suddenly less important) meant that it only had a very limited production run of around 1,000 units before being canceled while still in the prototype stage. However, its exotic and futuristic shape makes it a fairly popular addition to media, especially in near-future settings. A particularly ironic fact is that most games have it as one of the most powerful guns available, when in reality the rifle was made during the "micro ammunition craze" and thus fired a relatively puny 4.73mm round which, despite being fired at the same speed and power of regular 5.56s, did not tumble about or fragment as much upon hitting a target and did less damage as a result. In real life, it was designed to make up for this via an insanely fast (even faster than the AN-94
) three-round burst mode that fires all three rounds in about 1/12 of a second, so fast that all three rounds would exit the barrel before the shooter had time to feel the recoil. So even if one of the tiny bullets wouldn't reliably put down a human target, it's a safe bet that three of them hitting near-simultaneously would. And the caseless nature of the rounds means that despite the magazines being fairly small, they carried 45 to 50 rounds each. Thus, a single soldier would be able to easily carry twice as much ammo with a G11 as he would with a conventional assault rifle.
Despite these theoretical advantages, no caseless rifle (or pistol for that matter) has ever again come even close to being adopted. The big disadvantage of caseless rounds is the risk of "cook-off", a situation where the propellant ignites on its own due to the barrel overheating with extended firing. While this can potentially happen with any firearm, conventional metallic cartridges make it far less likely since the heat has to be transmitted through
that metal case before reaching gunpowder, while in a caseless firearm the propellant is in direct contact with the weapon's metal parts. H&K was working on this issue via special propellant that needs a significantly higher temperature to ignite, but it's unclear how far they'd gotten when the G11 project was cancelled.
Anime and Manga
- In Demolition Man, Wesley Snipes' character finds it in a museum (narrator voice says it is one of the last guns ever produced) and uses it. Oddly enough, it shoots magnetically accelerated bursts of plasma instead of bullets.
- To be fair, its referred to be a fictional name, and is obviously a stand in, for a future weapon. Just a case of minimal changes being done to how it looked.
- In the Matthew Reilly novel Temple, a secret army of latter-day SS troopers somehow manages to get a hold of enough G11s to arm dozens of soldiers. It's noted that this version of the gun actually has a microprocessor to fire. This becomes a plot point.
- A shipment of these is stolen by terrorists working for a Jim Jones-like cult in one of the Soldiers of Barrabas action novels by Jack Hild.
- Twilight 2000 describes it as the standard German assault rifle, but notes that, because its caseless ammunition cannot be reloaded from spent brass, ammunition has become extremely scarce. Thus the gun is quite common and cheap, but its ammunition is rare and expensive.
- d20 Modern splatbook Arms Locker includes this gun as arguably the most effective assault rifle. It is always mastercrafted for +1 accuracy, has a 50-round magazine, and can burst fire for double damage at half the usual penalty. This is in fact a fairly realistic depiction within the limits of tabletop gaming stats.
- Shows up in GURPS: High-Tech with a 45+1 round magazine and incredible reliability. It has a special highly accurate burst mode. Its main problem is low range and high cost.
- In the text-based online RPG Hobowars one of the highest-damage weapons is the G11, which outclasses the M16 (which outclasses the AK-47... you get the drift). The G11 is only outclassed by three weapons (so far).
- In Fallout 2, they are used by the Enclave soldiers. They hurt a lot, even if you are wearing Power Armor.
- In Abomination: The Nemesis Project, they are pretty common for a limited production weapon in a plague-infested city in the US.
- In Cold Winter Andrew Sterling will be able to obtain G11s in the Grey Wings' mountain fortress. It makes use of the side-mounted scope and is a very powerful three-shot burst assault rifle, in fact the strongest assault rifle in the whole game.
- It makes an appearance in Syphon Filter 2, A.K.A.-47'ed as H-11. With a 50 round magazine, a 2x scope, and high rate of fire, it's one of the best rifles in the game. Too bad you can only get it in the first level, and even then, only if you know where to look for it and get it at the very beginning (if you land in your parachute, you can't get it).
- Also appears in The Omega Strain (again renamed "C11") and is again one of the best guns, not least because it ignores body armor.
- It shows up in Jagged Alliance 2, wielded by Mike the Mercenary (aka the over priced Merc from the first game). It has excellent armor piercing characteristics, ignoring all armor except treated Spectra Fiber armor (the best in the game), but it only has two magazines, or less if Mike got off a lot of shots, and the in-game gun dealer only occasionally has any more to sell you.
- V 1.13 makes it a bit more available - the gun dealing website states they found an abandoned shipment in a warehouse (ssh... don't tell anyone), but they're expensive and the magazine rounds are huge (they can't fit in regular vests - only SAW pouches and such). As with real life, the damage is only on par with a 5.56 round, but it has a great firing rate, tears through armor like it was wet paper, possesses great accuracy, and has a fifty-round magazine.
- Appears in a single mission in Call of Duty: Black Ops, at a point in time where it was probably still on the drawing boards. Defecting scientist Daniel Clarke has three in his private armouries hidden around Kowloon, and wields one himself for most of the mission.
- Also available in multiplayer, if you have the experience and cash to buy every other assault rifle. Unlike most of the other weapons unlocked in this manner, the G11 is actually useful, considered to be the best assault rifle in the game due to its high ammo count (even without Scavenger Pro), extremely fast fire rate, and high damage. The latter two facts combined make it practically a One-Hit Kill weapon.
- This one also shows up in Delta Force: Land Warrior and every ammo locker in every terrorist base has ammo for it.
- A very expensive and rare late game rifle in 7.62 High Caliber. The gun, ammo, and magazines are all so rare and expensive that the gun ends up being Awesome, but Impractical.
Handheld Gatling Guns
A common method of giving More Dakka
to a soldier in a movie or videogame is to hand him a multi-barrel rotary gun
, most commonly an M134 minigun in 7.62mm NATO. This is sheer Rule of Cool
in action; while some games feature entire armed forces with gatlings as standard issue infantry weapons, no real army has ever seriously considered deploying such a weapon. They're a BFG
that's simply too big to be useful; an M134 weighs in at 52-66 pounds on its own, and you can throw another 128 pounds on top of that for 1,500 rounds of ammo (roughly 30 seconds' worth), plus you'll need to throw the weight of a power source and the rest of the soldier's gear on top of that
. Oh, and have fun with 300 pounds of peak recoil, assuming you can hold onto the weapon when the torque of the spinning bundle of barrels tries to wrench it from your grip. Using such weapons outside of fixed or vehicle mountings is purely in the realm of fiction. The XM214 Microgun 6-Pak
, weighing only 85 pounds with
ammunition, and firing the more managable 5.56 NATO round, might be considered a subversion of this trope, had it actually existed as an infantry weapon past the prototype stage.
- Predator was effectively the Trope Maker for these weapons, featuring Jesse Ventura's character carrying "Old Painless", a customised M134 minigun with an M60 handguard mounted under the barrel and an M16 carrying handle/rear sight. The weapon was firing blanks and had the rate of fire turned down from 3,000 RPM to 1,250 (apparently so the barrels would visibly turn rather than being a blur), and was still fired using an overhead crane in most shots. The actors carried 550 round ammunition cans, while the power source was a stack of truck batteries off-screen.
- Two Terminator sequels also featured man-portable gatling guns; the weapon in Terminator 2 is actually the same gun as was used in Predator, modified with a chainsaw grip which almost all handheld miniguns in fiction since then also use. The depiction of the weapon is slightly more plausible, given that the Terminator has superhuman strength.
- Superman Returns had a thug try to use one on Superman; seemingly as a parody of the Predator use, he hooked his up to an on-screen crane. But of course, it doesn't matter how much dakka you have, bullets don't work on Superman.
- Action-oriented westerns such as The Outlaw Josey Wales and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, repeatedly feature Civil War-era gatling guns. Although these weapons did exist in that time period, more 1862 model guns have been featured in film than were ever actually fielded during the Civil War. This trend was finally taken Up to Eleven in Jonah Hex, which gave Jonah a horse mounted gatling gun, as seen here.
- Possibly inspired by real-life promotional material for the Model 1874 Gatling Gun purporting to show it mounted on the saddle of a camel in the Middle East, which almost certainly never actually happened in real life but might have been inspired by Persian and Arab camel cavalry using large-bore rifles affixed to a swivel mount on the saddle. (source). Stranger Than Fiction much?
- In Predators, Nikolai, the Russian Spetnaz soldier, uses an M134. Yes, we know.
- In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, one of these is briefly used by a HYDRA agent.
- In Robert Rankin's novel They Came And Ate Us: Armageddon II: The B-Movie, repeated reference is made to "One of those really amazing rotary machine~guns, like Blaine had in Predator". At least until Elvis Presley gets involved; turns out the King knows his guns, and is absolutely delighted to get his hands on an M134. Repeated reference is also made to the weapon's weight (and the fact that it ruins the line of Elvis's gold suit), and when he finally gets the chance to fire it, the narration asks the reader if you've considered what 6,000 7.62x51mm rounds would actually weigh.
- The Adventures of Samurai Cat: No one in their right mind would call a quarter-ton GAU-8 Avenger a hand-held weapon. Fortunately for tiny kitten Shiro, he isn't in his right mind, so he has little trouble wielding it (once).
- The Assault Cannons sometimes used by Space Marine Terminators in Warhammer 40k are functionally six-barreled rotary 30mm cannons carried in one hand, though the users have the advantage of wearing Powered Armour with special systems built in to compensate for recoil.
- FPS Russia is shown in his minigun video firing a handheld gun "halfway around the world". The lack of visible bullet impacts on the nearby sand dune (and telltale lack of recoil) indicates that it's almost definitely firing blanks, which is the only practical way to shoot one without being bowled over. Even then, the fire rate is noticeably lowered.
Heckler & Koch Mark 23
If you believe fiction, this is the
gun for badass spies and special operatives; a big, blocky, serious-looking weapon, it's often seen on Tom Clancy
covers being brandished by an "Operator." The Mark 23 was originally developed for US SOCOM special forces, and is basically a giant USP chambered in .45 with a heavier slidenote
. Note that the SOCOM version has "USSOCOM" engraved on the slide, while a Mark 23 does not.
While the Mark 23 isn't rare in the sense of low manufacture, it's another case, like the Desert Eagle, of being seen far more often than it should be. SOCOMs might have been procured for use, but the special forces operators hated
them; they found the Mark 23 excessively large and heavy (a loaded Mark 23 with the full SOCOM kit weighs as much as an empty MP5 and is over a foot long) and the ergonomics terrible. Most SOCOM Mark 23s spent peaceful careers sitting in storage racks while more sensibly proportioned sidearms were used instead. Military production was just under 2,000 units total, while the civilian version was discontinued in July 2010.
Anime and Manga
- Lehm from Jormungand uses a Mk. 23 as his primary sidearm. He is rather large and burly, which might explain how he handles the weight so well.
- The Navy SEALs led by Bruce Willis in Tears of the Sun carry the Mk. 23 (excluding Doc, who carries a P226 instead).
- Solid Snake uses a Mk. 23 SOCOM pistol in the original Metal Gear Solid game, and gives Raiden another one in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. It can be found again in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots in the same spot as in the original. In both the first and second game the weapon's size and weight is acknowledged, by Nastasha and Snake respectively, but both Hand Wave it, saying it "shouldn't be a problem for you."
- Word of God says part of the reason they chose the SOCOM was because it was hard to handle and really big. Hard to handle makes Snake look cooler for being able to use it while still taking full advantage of its capabilities; really big makes it easier to render recognizably with the graphical capabilities of the PS1 (especially with the light attached, which makes it into basically a big black rectangle. Six polys, next!).
- The Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six video games feature the Mark 23 Mod 0 in every installment, with the exception of Lockdown, often alongside the more sensible USP40.
- Hayden Tenno in darkSector starts out with a Mark 23 (with "Mark 24 Cal 45 auto" on the slide), called the "Tekna 9mm".
- In Soldier of Fortune 2, Mullins can equip two Mark 23s with the full SOCOM kit. The idle animation shows him twirling one around his finger; a stunningly bad idea with a 17-inch long weapon of any sort, more so with a one-foot-long, 5-pound gun that has a 4.8-pound single-action trigger pull.
- Shows up in Delta Force: Land Warrior, with the (unusable) LAM and optional suppressor.
- Added to Killing Floor during a summer event. Like the other pistols, it can be used Guns Akimbo.
- Used in Supernatural by three characters: Gordon, Future!Dean, and Sam, when he didn't have his soul. Seems to be a motif of it being used by dark characters.
Heckler & Koch VP 70
The H&K Vollautomatische Pistole
(German for "fully automatic pistol", though the name is a bit of a misnomer) is a select-fire semi-automatic/burst-fire handgun firing 9x19mm Luger/Parabellum (9x21 IMI for Italian civilian customers, due to 9x19mm being restricted to military/law enforcement use), first produced in 1970. It was one of the first (preceded only by a prototype Makarov called the TKB-023
) pistols to use a polymer frame, predating the Glock 17 by twelve years and sported a still-impressive 18+1 round capacity. It is also unusual in that in order to fire the weapon on burst-fire, one has to fit a combination holster/stock (similar to the one found in Broomhandle C96 Mauser pistols) that contains the selector switch. Once mounted, this allows a shooter to fire a three-round burst at a staggering 2,200 RPMnote
. It also has a rather hefty trigger pull (though Wolff Gunsprings offers a replacement striker spring to lighten the trigger pull), due to being double-action only. Overall it was mechanically very simple and field stripped into only four components (slide, recoil spring, magazine, and the frame) and rather rugged due to its other intended use as a simple weapon that civilian conscripts could be trained to opperate when the Reds came swarming over the wall
H&K produced two versions of this pistol, the VP70M or Militär
(military) and the Z, Zivil
(civilian). Naturally, the burst-fire capable "M" model is the one most frequently depicted
. Unfortunately, while innovative and unusual, it never really took off; it's heafty trigger pull, European magazine release (a switch at the base of the grip, as opposed to a button behind the triggerguard), push-button safety, and lack of a slidelock (meaning that when empty the slide cycles normally instead of locking to the back, meaning that the slide needs to be racked again after the magazine is swapped during a reload) meant it never really stood a chance on the U.S. civilian market. Coupled with little interest from Law Enforcement and it never serving its purpose as a tool of resistance against an East German invasion
, the VP70 saw abyssmal sales throughout its production life. Production ended for the M model just a few years after it was first produced, with the production of the Z series ending in 1989. It was yet another example of an innovative design that could not find a marketable niche. Despite its relative scarcity, lightly-used units still in their box can still be purchased inside the U.S. for around $450 (less than the price of most new name-brand handguns), making it a rare but affordable collectable.
Anime and Manga
- Appears as the sidearm for the Colonial Marines in Aliens, seen used most prominently by Lieutenant Gorman. The film's armourers selected it due to its status as a rare gun and for its futuristic looks.
- According to the tech manual, the the VP70 used by the marines is based off of the M variant and fires a futuristic 9x19mm sabot round in place of conventional ammunition.
- It appears rather frequently in the first Street Fighter film, used by Ken, Sagat and T. Hawk.
- One of Roman Bulkin's thugs uses a VP70 to intimidate Sin LaSalle in Be Cool.
- The Weapon of Choice for 49er One in Half Past Dead.
Mateba 6 Unica Autorevolver
A very rare semi-automatic revolver
that uses the force of the previous shot to revolve the cylinder and cock the hammer; the Mateba is one of only a handful of attempts to create such a weapon. It's also notable for having the barrel at the 6-o-clock chamber as opposed to the 12-o-clock as most guns are, in an effort to reduce muzzle flip and felt recoil (a lifelong obsession of Emilio Ghisoni, the designer of the Mateba Autorevolver and several other unconventional revolvers). Was made by a single company in Italy, and discontinued after a few years; it turned out semi-auto revolvers are rare for a good reason, since they lack the inherent simplicity that is the chief advantage of using a revolver rather than a semi-auto in the first place. However a similar weapon the Chiappa Rhino
is currently in production.
Anime and Manga
- Trigun — Vash the Stampede's gun (and his brother Knives' identical gun) visually resembles the Mateba (it has the same 6-o-clock barrel arrangement), though it's otherwise a regular break-open, double-action revolver.
- One of the episodes of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi has Sacci using one of these.
- Togusa's weapon of choice in all of the Ghost in the Shell series. His Mateba isn't a real world production model, but a combination of two different Mateba variants. There's also a chance that his is actually a traditional DA revolver, as the Major comments on how he refuses to carry an automatic.
- The tech manual refers to Togusa's revolver as the "Mateba 2008M" and it apparently take design cues from both the Unica Six and the Mateba Autorevolver's immediate predecessor, the Mateba 2006M, a visually very similar (and even rarer) revolver that's a conventional double-action but has the same 6-o-clock barrel configuration.
- Ithaqua from Demonbane is patterned after the Mateba revolver, and seriously upscaled at that.
- The main character in Gamer uses what appears to be a Mateba model 6 during a shootout while escaping from the alternate-reality game Society. The ammo limitation doesn't seem to affect him at all.
- Wash has one in the movie Serenity, it is shown being held by River in the poster, but it is only seen used by Jayne and Zoe.
- The remake of Total Recall has the protagonist's 'wife' Lori using the Chiappa Rhino 50DS (meaning it has a five inch barrel) with a stainless steel finish. The police use Rhino 50DS revolvers as well but in the standard black colouration instead.
- Used by Joe during the Shanghai scene in Looper.
- Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has the Chiappa Rhino 60DS available in multiplayer for Bodark scouts; it can also be unlocked in singleplayer through a website on 360 and PC.
- "Video Game/Battlefield4 has it make an appearance in the Dragon's Teeth map pack, as the "Unica 6".
MB Associates Gyrojet
Looking at this list, you will no doubt see that many of these guns tried quirky, unusual, sometimes innovative features that never took off. The Gyrojet might be the most unusual among them, for it tried to be a gun without utilizing what many would say makes a gun a gun: the traditional chemically-propelled bullet.
The Gyrojet was a project launched in the mid-1960s by MB Associates, intending to revolutionize the firearms industry. Rather than use a bullet as the projectile, the Gyrojet fired what amounted to a miniature rocket(Without the explosion.), more or less making the Gyrojet a miniaturized rocket launcher. The barrel was not rifled, instead the rounds were guided gyroscopically, hence the name. The intent for this design was to make a handgun that had just as much velocity as the .45 ACP round fired by the then-standard issue Colt M1911 but at half the weight. The rockets were also intended to be more accurate at greater distances and be capable of piercing body armor. (For more on the design of the gun and the bullet, check out The Other Wiki
on the subject.)
Sounds awesome, right?
Unfortunately, it did not not live up to expectations. It was marketed as a civilian weapon, but a few U.S soldiers with cash to spare brought them to Vietnam
to try there. It was advertised as being accurate, reliable and simplistic to use. Customers said that it was none of these things. It proved to be wildly inconsistent in accuracy between shots, its complex action meant that it would foul up at the drop of a hat and users reported it was cumbersome to reload at all and doing so quickly was impossible. One report even stated that the weapon had a nasty habit of hang-firing, a seeming misfire only to have that round suddenly shoot out of the barrel without warning
. And unlike a conventional bullet, the rocket projectiles continue to accelerate after leaving the barrel...which sounds great until you realize that at very close range (ie the kind of ranges where a pistol would normally be used), the projectile is too slow to kill; if you cover the barrel with your hand and fire a Gyrojet, the projectile won't even be fast enough to break your skin when it reaches the end of the barrel. To top it all off, the weapon and its ammunition were extremely expensive to both produce and purchase. It's pretty much the poster child for Awesome, but Impractical
The Gyrojet eventually fizzled out, but the afterimage was burned into the public psyche. The idea of a hand-held rocket launcher was just too cool to let fade away, not to mention its Space Age look. Today, both the Gyrojet and its bullet are some of the most coveted items for firearm collectors today. While many variants were planned (including a light machine gun variant
), only the pistol, a carbine and a rifle were ever produced. Due to the rarity of ammunition, Gyrojets are rarely fired today, with a single round costing as much as 100 USD
. Most people also get confused by the fact that the gun fires rockets and assume the rockets blew stuff up
. They didn't.
In an odd consequence, the one thing that it could have been good at was combat in space: regular firearms wouldn't operate in free-fall and zero gravity as well as they do normally, so a propelled projectile would work far better. This was something that interested the American military during the space race, but, for obvious reasons
, didn't save it.
Anime and Manga
- One of the most iconic uses for the Gyrojet was the climactic battle of You Only Live Twice, also acting as a marketing ploy. In the film, Tiger Tanaka's Ninja army uses both Gyrojet pistols and rifles along with katanas to fight through Blofield's defenses in his secret mountain lair.
- There are two remarkable things about the mostly unknown Action/Comedy film Collision Course. The first is that one of the villains, played by Tom Noonan, uses a Gyrojet. The other is that Jay Leno starred in it. No, really.
- In Cybergeneration, a sequel to Cyberpunk 2020, gyrojet weapons have obsoleted most traditional handguns; unsurprising, since in the dark future the projectiles are self-guided, computer-controlled little monsters.
- The Ultra-Tech supplement for GURPS has "Gyroc" weaponry, arriving on the scene at Tech Level 9 (Cyberpunk tech). The Gyrojet is mentioned as the distant ancestor of Gyroc weapons which overcome the earlier weapon's design flaws through application of futuristic tech. Like the example from Cybergeneration above, GURPS Gyrocs can also fire homing rounds (along with a wide variety of specialized warheads).
- From Warhammer 40,000, the high-end ballistic small arms used by the Imperium of Man are "Bolters", guns that fire amor-piercing, rocket-propelled rounds that explode just after contact. They're fairly hard to get, meaning they're well beyond the means of the average Imperial soldier. They're most commonly seen being used by elite forces, such as Space Marines or the Sisters of Battle.
- Shellshock 'Nam 67 has the main character run across a Gyrojet pistol. It fires only two rockets, which are high-explosive.
- 7.62 High Caliber has all three variants show up. Naturally, they are Awesome, but Impractical, as both they and their ammunition are pretty costly. You even have a random chance of recruiting a mercenary early in the game who carries one, but the gun and its ammo are literally impossible to find at that point and you're better of selling the package.
- Given a nod in Borderlands 2 with Torgue's gyrojet munitions. They behave like very exaggerated versions of this, starting as Painfully Slow Projectiles, but getting quite fast towards the end. They also explode.
- The "Scribblenauts series includes a gyrojet amongst countless other weapons and firearms. Given the series exists in a 2D plane, it doesn't suffer from they gyrojet's crippling inaccuracy and fire explosive rounds, making it awesome AND practical.
MP- 412 REX
A Russian top-break revolver designed in the early post-Soviet days, the REX was designed primarily for the export market (hence its name: "REX" stands for Revolver for EXport). However, it failed to find a market, presumably since there were already a ton of serviceable .357 Magnum revolvers out there (plus, a mid-90s agreement between the US and Russia that Russian handguns wouldn't be exported to the US cut off what would have been its primary market), and Russians themselves had little interest in them. Still, it has recently seen a fair amount of use in modern video games and such, due to its sleek, futuristic design. It also features a top-break design with an automatic extractor that ejects spent casings as soon as the cylinder is opened. For some reason, this is very rarely seen in any kind of media.
Normally, top-break revolvers fire relatively slow, low-pressure rounds, due to their being inherently weaker than solid-frame designs: instead of the stress being distributed across the entire frame, it's concentrated into a single relatively small point: the latch holding the barrel and frame together. This is why, despite being even more convenient to reload than swing-open cylinders, the top-break configuration slid into disuse over the first half of the 20th century. The REX was the first time anybody attempted to make a top-break firing a high-powered Magnum round. Uncertainty about whether it was up to the task might have contributed to its inability to find a market, though superior modern metallurgy probably made it strong enough.
- Battlefield: Bad Company was probably one of the first games to prominently feature the REX; here, it was shown as the Middle Eastern Coalition's standard handgun. It reappeared in Bad Company 2, but was made available to all factions. In both games, it's the most powerful pistol available, but also the slowest to fire and load.
- It came back in Battlefield 3 as well, in spite of the generally more realistic selection of weapons in that game. Notably, this is probably the only game in which the automatic extractor is actually used.
- It comes back again in Battlefield 4 as the standard secondary weapon. You can switch it out for a different gun when you find a weapons crate, but there are a few moments in the campaign where you lose your gun and your character draws an MP-412 regardless of whether you actually had one on you.
- Perhaps following on Battlefield's heels, Modern Warfare introduced it in its third installment. It's the starting weapon on some of the harder Survival Mode maps, and features an incredibly slow and over-wrought reloading animation (nearly identical to the one from Bad Company, incidentally) to balance its power with the later-unlocked .44 Magnum.
- Counter-Strike Online has a weirdly dressed-up version called the "Skull-1", which is apparently chambered in .50 cal and used as some kind of dedicated anti-zombie weapon.
- Red Steel features it as a pretty run-of-the-mill Hand Cannon.
- Brink features it as the "Caesar Revolver," another skin for the game's rather overbuilt .357 revolver.
- Ghost Recon: Future Soldier features the REX as a sidearm for the Bodark faction; originally it was an unlockable bonus for playing a Facebook game, before that game was removed and an update added it to everyone's arsenal. Also notable in that, while hard to tell from the fact that it's a third-person shooter that doesn't focus on the reloads, the automatic extractor is perhaps being used for the first time since the above Battlefield 3.
The Modular Rifle - Caseless only exists as a mock up and never even made it to the working prototype stage. Designed around 2005 (though not intended to be part of the OICW Increment One tests at the time), it was a bullpup rifle designed for caseless 6.8mm bullets, loading from 45- or 50-round magazines, and mated to a 40mm grenade launcher named the "AGL".
- Appears in Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter as one of the Ghost's primary weapons (it also shows up on the cover art). In it, they appear as a standard variant and a grenadier variant with the AGL. In-game info claims it's firing a 5.56x25mm bullet rather than the 6.8mm ones the real one would have used.
- The enemy Splinter Cells in Splinter Cell: Conviction use the SC3000, which combines the overall design of the FN F2000 with the magazine design of the MR-C.
Nambu Type 100
The Nambu Type 100 was an 8x22mm submachine gun utilizing a blowback, open bolt design with a side-mounted magazine, developed by Nambu Arms Manufacturing Company during World War II
starting in 1942. It is also the only submachine gun to ever be produced by the Imperial Japanese during the war in any significant number. It's based largely on the German MP-18, and externally looks very similar. However, several modifications were made, many of which proved to be problematic. In addition to steps taken to simplify manufacture, the initial version, the Type 100/40 had a rather complex ammunition feed which only fired when a round was fully chambered, leading to stoppages, a bipod and may have been the only submachine gun ever made with a bayonet-fitting lug
(the Imperial Japanese military had a bit of a thing for them
, they probably would have stuck one on a pistol if they could have gotten away with it). Like a number of side-mounted magazine firearms, it also had a rather poor balance with a fully loaded magazine. There were three versions produced, the aforementioned Type 100/40, the later, more simplistic and reliablenote
Type 100/44 and a lightened folding stock version of the Type 100/40 which was removed from service due to being quite fragile compared to the full-stock version.
The Type 100 saw only limited service in the Japanese military, due in large part to Japanese military doctrine, but also due to a lack of a manufacturing capabilities towards the end of the war. In addition, the round it fired was simply inferior to anything else being used at the time, lacking significant punch. Total production for all variants was between 24,000 to 27,000. This may sound like a lot, but it is a drop in the bucket compared to the approximately one million MP40's and six million
PPSh-41's produced in about the same period. These were rare while in service, and today they are a holy grail of World War 2 Japanese Military collectors.
- The Type 100 is used rather frequently by the Ōtomo City Police in the Skull Man anime.
- Both Golgo 13 and later Crying Freeman featured plots to arm private armies with stocks of lost Type 100s. Both considerably overplayed how useful/advanced the gun was (while the Japanese army could certainly have used more submachine guns, that doesn't make the Type 100 a good example of one), and apparently never considered that getting a bunch of Kalashnikovs would be much more effective and far easier.
- They show up to levels of implausible frequency in Call of Duty: World At War during the Pacific Theater levels, likely to match the equally implausible spread of MP40's in the Eastern Front campaign and is usable in multiplayer.
- Type 100s show up less frequently in Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault, mostly supplemented by Type 99 machine guns.
- Type 100s also show up in the World War 2-based prologue of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, as well as in Battlefield 1943 and the popular Forgotten Hope mod.
- Lara Croft ends up coming across one in the 2013 Tomb Raider game. It's in remarkable condition considering it's been sitting unattended to in a Japanese bunker for 70 years. A few of the enemies also use them, and the player can later upgrade it into an AK-47.
- Appears in Rising Storm as weapon for the Assault, Squad Leader, and Commander class.
A futuristic-looking assault shotgun
manufactured by the South African company NeoStead, The NS2000 is a 12-gauge pump-action with dual 6-round tubular magazines in a bullpup configuration. The bullpup action allows a longer barrel in a shorter overall package, and the dual magazine provides for loading two different types of ammo at once for multipurpose use - for example, buckshot and rubber baton rounds. Despite these interesting and useful features, the NS2000 has yet to be picked up in any large numbers. The fact that it hasn't been approved for import to the United States, the word's biggest (legal) firearms market, certainly didn't help. But it looks really cool, so it gets plenty of use in fiction. Unlike most pump-action shotguns, the rounds are cycled by a forward-back motion.
See also the American-made Kel-Tec KSG, which has been gaining some popularity recently. The KSG uses a similar dual-mag design (but with 7 rounds per mag instead of 6, at least when using normal 2.75-inch shells) and looks similar to the NS2000 but with the magazines on bottom.
- The DDS Police in Doomsday also issue the NS2000.
- Apparently a standard-issue weapon for the CFP SWAT in the first-person Le Parkour game Mirror's Edge. Then again, the game is set Twenty Minutes into the Future, so the NS2000 may have become successful by then.
- Featured in Battlefield: Bad Company for the multiplayer Demolition Class.
- Bad Company 2 follows, with NS 2000 available for all kits and being one of the best shotguns in the game.
- Shows up in UFO Aftermath as one of the best shotguns. However, by the time you get it, you probably have better projectile, laser and plasma weapons, and the very short range of the shotgun is a huge drawback when you start fighting Reticulans.
- Yep. Dr. Clifford Highball (no, that's actually his name) uses one in V 1.13, and it has a good range for a shotgun.
- Appeared in Fallout Tactics, but without magazine selector and for some reason as full-auto.
OICW / XM 29
The Objective Individual Combat Weapon, the U.S. Army's name for the weapon development project and the weapon itself. Meant as an advanced tactical weapon
, composed of a 5.56mm carbine mounted underneath a bullpup-feed 20mm grenade launcher (later 25mm), and equipped with a sophisticated computerized sight. This allowed the use of HEAB [High Explosive Air Burst] rounds which could have their fusing set by the user to explode without hitting the target or requiring a proximity fuse.
The XM29 was H&K and Alliant Techsystems' entry in the project, and the one that got closest to a green-light. However, it became clear that the XM29 would never be brought within the project's weight and cost goals, so it was cancelled and the OICW program was split into two "increments"; in the first, the separate halves of the weapon would be developed as discrete weapon systems. The grenade launcher is still in the works, while the lower was based on the G36 rifle and was worked into the XM8 (see below). This was supposed to be followed up with a second increment where, technology allowing, the systems would be used as the basis for a new combined system like the XM29 would have been. It remains unclear if the current next-gen US rifle project is part of the increment 1 or if the whole OICW program has now been scrapped.
While the OICW program was a failure, South Korea has put the similar K11
system (with a simpler bolt-action grenade launcher helping to keep its weight 4 pounds lighter than the OICW protoype...and it's still a hefty 13.5 pounds) into service, not as a standard rifle but as a limited-issue grenadier's weapon, which is probably what the US should have been thinking in terms of in the first place. This implies that having OICWs in a work set Twenty Minutes into the Future
might not be too
unrealistic, as long as not everybody
is carrying one.
- In Die Another Day bad guy Colonel Moon pulls out a "new anti-tank gun" which is obviously supposed to be an OICW, depicted as firing depleted uranium shells; the prop was actually a converted G36 rifle.
- Soldier of Fortune 2 - With a bit of Lampshade Hanging, as the issuing agent who gives Mullins the gun explains that it's still a prototype weapon. It's extremely unwieldy in this game due to forcing the player to use an awkward menu-driven interface in order to actually use the grenade launcher.
- Far Cry also has it in its arsenal as a common gun in the later parts of the game. It's much more simplistic, with the grenade launcher reduced to a standard alt-fire Noob Tube.
- OICWs are the weapons used by the generic foot soldiers in Metal Gear Ac!d 2. As a result, they're probably the weakest weapons in the game.
- The penultimate level in Eternal Darkness is about blowing up Eldritch Abominations with an OICW.
- Said example is also a blatant Rule of Cool usage; that level is set in 1991.
- Vatican assault troops in Cry Havoc carry modified OICWs.
- Red Faction 2 gives the player a "Nanotech Individual Combat Weapon" clearly based on older OICW prototypes with a long lower barrel.
- Most Command & Conquer: Generals mods have Colonel Burton using one.
- Jagged Alliance, to no one's surprise, uses this in V 1.13. Its bullpup configuration and short barrel means it has less range for its rifle and grenade components than, say, its Australian cousin, the AICW, but the grenade rounds still pack a punch. It's also got accuracy bonuses as long as an enemy is in range.
- Ghost Recon allows you to arm soldiers in your squad with this gun, with or without a grenade launcher as well. The ability to remove the the grenade launcher portion and attach a conventional stock to the assault rifle portion was a planned feature of the real OICW.
- This weapon was originally intended to be used by the Combine in Half-Life 2, and appears in many promotional screenshots for the game. It was only replaced by the completely fictional pulse rifle relatively late in development, and can be used in the leaked beta version of the game.
- This was the main gun in Delta Force: Land Warrior under the name OICW Landwarrior. Its armory description specifically notes its light weight.
- Available in later levels of Nightfire, firing standard rifle ammo as well as high-velocity grenades and complete with computerized scope.
A 12-gauge automatic shotgun
with a ten-round drum magazine. Can (theoretically) empty itself in less than four seconds. It also has the oddball feature of being able to remove its magazine and use it as an anti-personnel landmine with the addition of a detonator. Like the CAWS and the NS2000, it has a futuristic look due to a plastic shroud and bullpup format. Less than twenty prototypes were made; a mere two
of these were full auto-capable. The real weapon had severe problems in semi and fullauto since it depended on the magazine grooves being manufactured to fairly tight tolerances, and the weapon would typically only be able to fire two or three shots before failing to cycle. The Jackhammer is oddly much more common in videogames than the production USAS-12 fully automatic shotgun, probably due to its appearance. The very cool name
probably helps too.
- The Wastes
- Harry Tsai was given one in V3 of Survival of the Fittest, while Ivan Kuznetsov received his own in V4 as a prize for Best Kill.
There are more listed examples here (plus unlisted appearances) than the actual number of Jackhammers that were manufactured. Maybe there's some sort of gun-sharing pool in action.
PP- 19 Bizon
A submachine gun
produced by Russian state armory IZHMASH, the Bizon is essentially a modified AKS-74, chambered for one of three pistol cartridges and with a helical 45 (7.62x25mm) or 64 (9x18 and 9x19mm) round magazine which doubles as the handguard. It is still in production, but has seen only limited service with Russian security and law enforcement forces; like the Calico weapons, the main issue is that helical magazines are expensive to manufacture, and early Bizon versions also had issues with the magazine detaching from the gun while being used as a grip (this is why using the magazine as a grip is rarely a good idea in any firearm, despite what every movie featuring an MP40
would have you believe). It is nonetheless seen in large numbers in a few video games. It is not to be confused with the similar PP-90M1, which also uses a helical magazine in the same configuration, but suffers from a host of amazingly stupid design decisions. The Bizon was designed by Victor Kalashnikov, whose father Mikhail famously designed the assault rifle it was based on.
- Carried by many Soviet soldiers in Freedom Fighters.
- In the first Syphon Filter, (renamed BIZ-2) it is available in the last missions, which take place in an ex-Soviet military base/missile silo in Kazakhstan. It's pretty realistic in a sense that Bizons are featured there and only there. It appears again in Syphon Filter 2, but is also realistically limited to missions that take place in Russia.
- The Bizon is available for purchase in Metal Gear Solid 4. It's not as accurate as other SMGs, nor as powerful as the P90, but makes up for it in terms of More Dakka.
- The stock submachinegun of the Middle-Eastern Coalition Anti-Tank class in Battlefield 2.
- A suppressed 9x18mm Bizon was used by Spetznaz soldiers in the first Operation Flashpoint and its expansion pack, Resistance. The gun is an anachronism since the first Bizon prototypes weren't made until 1993, and Flashpoint's campaigns take place in the 1980s.
- Arm A II also features the PP-19 in various roles, in both supressed and non-supressed variants.
- The Helghast pistol and SMG in Killzone are both based on the Bizon; the SMG has the receiver of an Uzi.
- Jagged Alliance 2 1.13, featuring several versions: one in Russian 9x19, and one in 9mm Parabellum. The latter is almost comparable to the P-90 in stats (has worse range but better damage and, obviously, ammo capacity).
- Combat Arms has 5 Variants of the PP-19: The standard, the PP-19 CAMO (Has a blue-grey camo pattern), the PP-19 MOD (A PP-19 with a suppressor and a red-dot sight), the PP-19 MOD CAMO (A PP-19 MOD with a yellow-black camo pattern) and Scorpion's PP-19 MOD (A PP-19 MOD with a scorpion design involving a scorpion tail wrapping around the magazine and a black and red-tipped suppressor).
- One of the specialists' loadouts in the first Ghost Recon includes the Bizon. It returns in both Online and Future Soldier.
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive features the Bizon.
- 7.62mm High Caliber, as usual for a Jagged Alliance spiritual successor. Also available in an even rarer version with a silencer, and the very common 9x19mm ammo is offset by the rare and expensive magazines.
- Appears in Call of Duty: Ghosts as one of Federation's SMG.
Spectre M 4
The Spectre M4
was an Italian sub-machinegun that was designed in the early-80's. It was designed to be a firearm used for counter-terrorism and close quarters combat. It was light, compact and carried a unique quadruple-stack "casket" magazine (so named because it looks very much like a coffin
) that can hold fifty rounds, although it can also fire conventional magazines as well. It was a closed bolt system and it had an unusual convention of having the bolt pump air into the barrel to cool the barrel.Primarily designed to chamber 9mm, it can be chambered for .45ACP or .40S&W, which was even rarer. However this gun saw very limited use outside of Italian and Swiss Special Forces as production for the weapon ceased in 2001.
Civilian variants had been made to fire in semi-auto mode only and with reduced magazines. The SITES Falcon being a pistol was shipped in the United States with it's forward grip and folding stock removed. The SITES Ranger was a semi-auto carbine that was sold mainly in Italy.
Anime and Manga
- Petrushka used this submachine gun in Gunslinger Girls. In spite of the series being a serious offender in terms of Improperly Placed Firearms, the Spectre is exactly the appropriate weapon, as she's part of an assassination team sponsored by the Italian government.
- Alliance Of Valiant Arms featured this weapon, however it bares a negative reputation for it's recoil and inability to kill. Althought it can be modified to make it a decent weapon.
- Callof Duty Black Ops featured this weapon, but it was an anachronistic as the game was set during the 60's while the gun wouldn't be introduced until the 80's.
- Golden Eye 1997 featured the Spectre on the Frigate misson, renamed the Phantom. With it's fifty round magazine, it can be a decent substitute for the RC-P90. However it was only available in single player. Luckily it's included in the multiplayer for the Fan Remake Goldeneye: Source.
The Sturmgewehr 44
, also known as the MP43 and MP44, was a select-fire assault rifle developed by Nazi Germany near the end of World War II. The first assault rifle to be produced in significant numbersnote
, the weapon was also first to be called such; "sturmgewehr" literally means "assault rifle". It was capable of fully automatic fire, had a thirty-round detachable box magazine and fired an intermediate cartridge — a round that was less powerful than the standard rifle round of the time, but still packed a bigger punch than the pistol rounds used in submachine guns — the 7.92x33mm Kurz ("Short"). The result was reduced recoil but excellent stopping power at medium to short range.
A common misconception is that it was the basis for the AK-pattern rifles, which is untrue; the mechanism of the AK isn't even remotely similar and the similarities of form are purely due to similarities of function. Despite the rifle's positive features, there were plenty of problems with it. It was difficult to fire while prone, heavy, unwieldy, and unreliable. Due to poor quality materials and rushed construction, the receiver was prone to distorting; simply dropping it on a hard floor or jostling the magazine too much could irreparably damage it. Indeed, British tests showed it was possible to render it totally unable to fire simply by propping it up and then pushing it over, or even just pinching the sides of the receiver hard enough.
Amazingly enough, there's actually some Truth in Television
to seeing the StG44 in more modern works; there are some militias in Lebanon and Africa that still have them in their arsenals. This is because the rifles were used for decades after World War 2
by East German militia units, and were supplied to Communist-aligned forces in the Third World when they became surplus to requirement. Serbia still makes 7.92x33mm ammo for them, too. Originally for sale to such militias, but now more for rich American collectors who want to shoot their rare guns.
Anime and Manga
- At least two appearances in The Professionals: A pair of Bulgarian intelligence mooks are seen carrying these in a spy exchange, and a Brainwashed and Crazy Manchurian Agent uses one for an assassination plot that Doyle and Bodie must foil. Presumably real AK-type firearms were unobtainable on a TV serial's budget in The Seventies.
- Telly Savalas uses one during the uprising in the WW2 action movie Escape to Athena (1979).
- Appears in perhaps larger quantity than any other movie in Downfall. Truth in Television, the Nazis at first issued the weapon in a rather tentative manner, but as they started to run out of men to arm, they handed out the guns to everyone that looked capable of lifting it and/or didn't evacuate to the west fast enough.
- Also because it was a popular weapon among German troops, who soon asked for more to be supplied after the initial trials weapons had been introduced. This caused Hitler's opinion about the weapon to take a 180-degree turn and so for the weapon to be mass-produced toward the end of the war.
- In a manner similar to how a lot of Western movies would dress up Western weapons to look like Soviet weapons, the Soviets tended to do the same for their movies, or at least with whatever stock guns they had available. In a few Soviet-era films from Russia and other parts of Eastern Europe, StG's were dressed up to look like M16 rifles.
- Rebel Blastech rifles in Star Wars, most noticeably during the Battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back, are dressed up StG's.
- The Master Sniper by Stephen Hunter. The title character, a German sharpshooter in the last days of WW2, spends some time developing a specialized version for the assassination he's been tasked with.
- In Hidden & Dangerous, one mission set in occupied Norway in the winter of 1943, there are guards equipped with the StG44, which only entered mass production in July 1944.
- Used by both German soldiers and your character in Medal of Honor: Underground, Allied Assault, and Frontline.
- The first Call of Duty features enemies equipped with this weapon in a level set in Stalingrad in November 1942, a case of Anachronism Stew and Improperly Placed Firearms. While an early prototype version, the MKb42(H)◊, did exist at that time (in extremely small numbers, even relative to the production model's rarity) and a few might have been present at Stalingrad, that version had distinctive features (including a bayonet lug) that are absent in the StG44 depicted in the game. The American and British levels as well as the sequel have soldiers in Normandy wielding it in June 1944.
- Call of Duty 4 features the StG44 as the top-tier assault rifle the player can unlock through online play. It's something of a booby prize. The weapon's autofire is difficult to control and inaccurate at long range, and no attachments can be added to improve it.
- The main weapon for the German assault soldiers in Battlefield 1942.
- Also the main gun for the Support class of Day of Defeat and Day of Defeat: Source.
- Available from Bobby Ray's Guns and Things, though it's not worth it in the slightest (rare ammo, bad range and high complexity).
- Appears in Commandos 3: Destination Berlin, even during the "Stalingrad" campaign (set before the invention of this weapon).
- Used by the Germans in Red Orchestra 2, by the Assault/Elite Assault classes. Unlockable by the Russians for double your fun.
- Possibly in referencenote to this game, Killing Floor added a predecessor, the MKb42, to its list of weapons for its 2012 Halloween event.
Designed by Eugene Stoner, the designer behind the AR-15 series of rifles, this rifle was a modular, multipurpose weapon that could be configured as an assault rifle (with typical bottom-feed magazine like the M16), a carbine (same as rifle but with shorter barrel), a squad automatic weapon (with Bren-style top feed magazine) or a light machine gun (belt-feed, but with a box carrying the belt like the later M249 SAW), a concept that would be later used in the Steyr AUG. While not formally adopted by the US military, it saw limited usage among special forces units in Vietnam and was also briefly combat-tested by the Marines as well (with the unit that did the testing very
disappointed that they had to turn their Stoners back in and start using the standard M16 and M60; as a result they "forgot
" to turn in a couple of the LMG-configured Stoners and kept using them for the rest of their deployment).
Live Action TV
- In a rare live action appearance, Sam Beckett carries one when he leaps into his brother's squadmate in Vietnam.
Developed jointly between Samuel Colt and Captain Samuel Walker, the Walker Colt was intended to be a sidearm that was extremely powerful at close range and capable of killing horses as well as men. In fact, prior to the introduction of the .357 Magnum, it was the most powerful handgun in the world and had an effective range of around 100 yards. However, it had two major drawbacks. The first being that it was fucking huge
and had to be holstered in the saddle. The other being that the barrels had a tendancy to rupture should proper care not be taken in maintaining the weapon. As a result, only around 1100 of them were ever made, though modern replicas are widely available (and are invariably what you'll actually see in films).
- Colt Walker is the weapon of choice for the Saint of Killers in Preacher. As he gains the title he gets a new pair, which are forged from the sword of the previous saint in hellfire. The resulting weapons never miss, apparently never run out of ammunition, can shoot through anything (like, say, the armor of an M1 Abrams tank) and kill just about anything in the entire creation. Including God.
- Josey Wales carries a pair of them (along with two smaller pistols).
- Mentioned in Unforgiven. Part of the real story of the death of "Two Gun" Corcoran mentions that he carried one of these weapons and it exploded on him, allowing English Bob to finish him off.
- In The Last Stand The Dragon uses this gun for no good reason, other than Rule of Cool.
- Mattie Ross carries one throughout the original True Grit. Being that she's a waifish teenager with little firearms experience, it proves difficult for her to handle. In The Remake she instead carries a Colt Dragoon.
Walther WA 2000
Designed from the ground up as a target rifle
, this bullpup semi-auto is exceptionally rare. Estimates vary on how many were produced, but the number was only 170-250 in two versions with minor differences; this was largely due to extremely high costs killing demand. A WA 2000 in good condition is now easily worth $75,000 on the open market. Unfortunately, there aren't any
even if you have this kind of money to spare; there are exactly fifteen WA 2000 rifles in the entire United States, with 11 owned by the President of Walther's American branch and the rest owned by another collector. Very, very popular in movies and videogames, since it has a nice mix of the unconventional (bullpup layout) and the traditional (wood furniture). Due to its obscene rarity, many WA 2000 rifles seen in movies are actually Ironwood Designs SG2000 .22 rifles◊
acting as stand-ins for the WA 2000. If a work of fiction wants to get even more
ridiculous about rarity, it'll specify that the WA 2000 in question is chambered in 7.62 NATO or even 7.5 Swiss instead of the standard .300 Winchester Magnum.
Anime and Manga
- Henrietta uses one in the anime of Gunslinger Girl.
- Also used by the stylish hitwoman of Geobreeders: Breakthrough.
- Kurz Weber uses one against a Giant Mecha in Full Metal Panic!.
- Rally Vincent from Gunsmith Cats uses one in one of the few scenes she uses something other than a pistol.
- Emiya Kiritsugu from Fate/Zero uses one equipped with a dual-scope setup: night-vision, and thermal imaging.
- Major Motoko Kusanagi uses a very similar rifle in a WWIV flashback in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd gig. Since the series is set Twenty Minutes into the Future and the rifle has some design changes and updates, it's likely that this is supposed to be a new model based on the vintage WA 2000.
- The same rifle is later seen in Solid State Society, the made for TV movie of Stand Alone Complex, being used by the same guy who'd previously been shot with it.
- Used as a shotgun to kill dogs in Equilibrium.
- Used by Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights, equipped with a large night vision scope.
- Notably, they had an actual WA2000 on hand for the close-ups, as the Walther logo is prominent in the close-ups of Bond's finger on the trigger. Probably part of the deal, considering the fact that James Bond is one of Walther's biggest film endorsers.
- Used by Archer to take out some guards in "Placebo Effect", then never seen again (possibly because ISIS uses H&K PSG-1).
- Able Team. Carl Lyons finds a mercenary sniper team practising with this weapon to assassinate the President of Guatemala.
- Dieter Weber, the Rainbow Team 2 Sniper, uses this in Rainbow Six. Memorable usages include shooting the submachine gun out of a terrorist's hands, allowing his partner to painfully send a bullet into said terrorist's liver for killing a child.
- Agent 47 uses this weapon as his primary sniper rifle in Hitman: Codename 47. It is also featured in the sequels and in The Movie. In Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, there is a custom version of this gun, used by ninja.
- Notably, it is the single most expensive weapon in the game. And you can carry it in a briefcase. It's also not available until you reach Rotterdam, which is 3/4 of the way through the game (he uses a Remington 700 until then).
- Appears in Modern Warfare 2 in the hands of an entire force of Russian snipers. How they afford it is anyone's guess.
- It's also an early-tier sniper rifle in multiplayer, superior to the Intervention because it's semi-auto and has a larger magazine.
- Returns in Treyarch's game Call of Duty: Black Ops. Which is set in the sixties, before the weapon's invention.
- Team sniper Dieter Weber uses this rifle in the sniping sections of the console versions of Rainbow Six: Lockdown and as far back in the games as Rogue Spear.
- Used in Black, shown as a straight-pull bolt-action rifle, and therefore presumably broken.
- Used in the Quantum of Solace video game.
- Also appears in both versions of the GoldenEye remake; being a Walther gun, it is one of the few to keep its real name. During the Severnaya Bunker mission it is given a winter white finish (Wii version only).
- Now available from Bobby Ray's Guns and Things at the low, low price of $7940!!! Cash, major credit cards and conflict diamonds accepted!
- Again, found in Combat Arms as the WA2000 and the WA2000 Classic (which has a wooden handguard and stock).
- Anachronistically (as the game is set in 1974) appears in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
- The Weyland-Yutani WY-102 sniper rifle in Aliens Versus Predator 2 is basically a dressed-up WA 2000 with a strange rotating cylinder replacing the action.
- In Team Fortress 2, this is one of the craftable rifles for the Sniper. It's called the Hitman's Heatmaker, has a massive Hollywood Silencer for a barrel, and can DECAPITATE targets on headshots.
Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver
A predecessor of the Mateba Autorevolver mentioned above, and rather more conventional in appearance; at a distance it's almost indistinguishable from a regular revolver. Designed in the 1890s
, based on the then-standard issue sidearm of the British Army, and about five thousand were made between 1901 and 1915, in both .455 and .38ACP. The action sounds like pure Clock Punk
, with the entire barrel and cylinder moving backwards in the same manner as the slide of a semi-auto pistol in order to turn the cylinder (via a system of zig-zag grooves in the cylinder and complex set of internal springs to ratchet along those grooves); firing one has been described as "an interesting experience". It achieved some success as a target pistol but was never adopted as a service weapon, and the handful of officers who took privately purchased Webley-Fosberrys into combat generally regretted it; it was heavy (even moreso than the already hefty regular Webleys), generated a lot more felt recoil than a regular Webley and had a very low tolerance for mud and dirt. It does, however, allow for rather quick yet still accurate shooting, in the hands of a skilled marksman who's experienced with the gun.
- Used to kill Miles Archer in The Maltese Falcon, both book and film versions. The film gets the calibre wrong, describing it as ".455, eight shots." In reality, and in the novel, the .38 version had eight chambers while the .455 version had the usual six.
- Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat, in direct homage to the above.
- Wielded by Sean Connery's character in Zardoz. Connery had to manually cock the gun after each firing, because the blanks didn't generate sufficient recoil to cycle the action.
H&K's second attempt to salvage the OICW program, the XM8 is a G36 mechanism in a plastic casing
based on the bottom half of the original XM29 design. The weapon had some promise, but the Army ended up canceling the program in 2005, likely due to it being heavier than the current generation M4, the short life of its optics and reports of its handguard and parts of its upper receiver melting during sustained fire. The fact that it used proprietary accessory rails incompatible with the existing NATO-standard Picatinny rails didn't help either. Even if all the problems were solved (the melting issue and the optics's battery life were solved early in its design, and the last revision added a traditional Picatinny rail above the carry handle), it still was judged not to be a sufficient improvement over the M4 to be worth the added expense. The XM8 appears everywhere
in video games and occasionally movies set Twenty Minutes into the Futurenote
(or even in the present day), developers unruffled by a pesky real-world cancellation, despite its newer replacement, the HK 416, having already lost its rare status. That may have something to do with the fact that the XM8 has a sleek futuristic look while the HK 416 looks almost identical to the M4. That said, there is still some
precedent for the XM8 appearing after the project's cancellation - H&K attempting to market the rifle globally after the US rejected it eventually lead to the Royal Malaysian Navy's PASKAL
adopting it and the aforementioned HK416 to replace some stocks of the M4 carbine in 2010.
- Lutz & R in Jormungand briefly test out an XM8 early in the series while they are sailing off the coast of East Africa. Probably in a nod to how rare it is, this is the only time the weapon appears in the series.
- Used by the traitors in xXx: State of the Union; in fact, these are modified G36K rifles.
- Carried by Homeland Security officers in Children of Men; the prop was an airsoft gun for some reason fitted with the non-export sight of a G36.
- The first episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy had this weapon in the hands of Black Dragon thugs. Possibly because of its unique appearance, the XM8 was depicted as a directed-energy weapon.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 features the XM8 for use, where it's a four-round burst rifle. In a rare aversion to the norm, it's actually called the "M8A1" in-game; apparently in the Black Ops 'verse, U.S. Forces adopted it as their main rifle and it even went through a revisionnote , thus the name change.
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots had the US Army and Marines use it as a standard weapon. Then again, it is an alternate timeline. Then again again, it would be called the M8 if it had actually been adopted. Snake can find one in South America, and it's about on-par with the M4 Custom he receives in the Middle East, though with less customization (it can take the grenade launcher and has a built-in red dot sight); likewise, all of Rat Patrol under Meryl uses different variants of them (Jonathan gets a normal one with grenade launcher, Ed has a Sharpshooter and Akiba uses a Compact). In Ac!d, it was Snake's signature weapon on all official art, was very powerful, and caused random status effects (including making the enemy catch fire). In Ac!d2, it was less powerful and in less art, but still caused random status effects.
- In the Crysis series, the main US assault rifle is the SCAR and its stripped-down urban combat variety the SCARAB. Despite the similar name, it's almost entirely based on the XM8 rather than a reference to the FN SCAR or the SOCOM SCAR project.
- Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, and its sequel.
- Appears in Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, without the top-mounted scope, in the hands of one P.L.A.V. soldier, in an out-of-the-way area of the map, and is named (appropriately enough) Prototype Rifle. It's also one of the best assault rifles, making it a bonus for anyone that decides to explore Venezuela.
- And then it becomes the standard weapon for Allied soldiers.
- The Legionnaires of Battlefield: Bad Company use this weapon, just without the standard scope, going with iron sights. Also available as an unlock for the Assault class in multiplayer.
- It shows up again in Bad Company 2 as the new signature weapon for most of B-Company, save for Sweetwater, who uses an M60 machine gun instead. Multiplayer also features the LMG and Compact variants for the Medic and Engineer classes.
- Jagged Alliance 2 1.13. features the XM8 in all varieties.
- The House Of The Dead Overkill's assault rifle is modeled after this gun, despite the game being set in 1991.
- ARMA II features multiple variants of the XM8. Operation Arrowhead's "Private Military Company" DLC makes this the standard weapon system of the eponymous PMC.
- Appears in Saints Row 2 as an unlockable weapon. A special variant with a grenade launcher attached can also be unlocked.
- Shows up in UFO Aftershock as the most accurate bullet-based assault rifle (the AK-47 is more powerful, and the M4 is more of an all-rounder). Considering you can manufacture your own, the numbers limitation isn't an issue, but the AK-47 tends to be better due to sheer damage capability.
- Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, released in 2005 and set Twenty Minutes into the Future in 2007, depicts an early-version XM8 as the standard-issue weapon of Army National Guard troops in the New York map.
- Appears in Combat Arms as an NX Standard (bought with real money).
- Appears in Rainbow Six: Vegas and Vegas 2, presumably having been adopted as the M8 in that series. Featuring a railed carry handle, from a late-production model.
- The Dragon from Perfect Dark is an assault rifle based on the design of the XM8, as is the SuperDragon (which is same thing with an underslung grenade launcher).