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G23

One of the most popular pistols is the G23. It has a very quick rate of fire and good control with minimal downsides.

Pistols are the only secondary weapons in Combat Arms. They are characterized by their slow rate of fire, high portability and low damage (with the exception of the Anaconda and Desert Eagle series), fast draw and reload speed, and cheap cost.

Overview

Pistols are best known for their portability, and cost approximately one third as much as regular primary weapons. All pistols have a relatively low magazine count, and as such, are advised for usage only at close range when the primary weapon magazine is empty. Due to weapon balancing, all pistols, with the exception of the G18 and a few other pistols, are capable of only semi-automatic or very slow automatic fire. Exceptions include the more recently released G18 Cobra/Carbon Black/Chrome and the Bushmaster Type 97, which are fast-firing fully automatic pistols, as well as the Beretta 93R, which has burst fire like the G18.  Pistols usually have faster draw speeds and reload times, allowing a faster option than reloading a Primary Weapon.

Usage

All Permitted

Pistols are rarely used in the all permitted weapon mode. A large majority of players don't use a pistol at all, instead opting to switch to another primary weapon in their backpack or to wait for their weapon to reload. However, pistols, when used correctly, can be highly effective at close range, especially against stationary targets. Some players use either a Desert Eagle or Anaconda to finish off wounded opponents.

Pistols Only

A game mode weapon restriction called "Pistols Only", in which only weapons classified as pistols and melee weapons can be used, can be set by the Room Master. Since pistols do not drop upon death, ammunition can become a prevalent problem in this mode. For this reason, experienced players often equip 2 or more pistols in their backpacks for a match. Commonly played maps include Junk Flea and Death Room, while the most popular modes are Elimination and One Man Army. Some players and clans specialize in this weapon mode.

Strategies

Many techniques can be used to improve pistol technique in Pistols Only matches:

  • Carrying at least two pistols is paramount to achieving pistol kills. Players will find it hard to achieve more than 3 or 4 kills with pistols without a backup sidearm equipped in the backpack. Even then, it can be hard to achieve higher accolades. Some players carry up to 4 pistols, allowing them to attain accolades such as fantastics and unbelievables without running out of ammunition or having to spend time reloading.
  • Due to the speed of recoil settling, lack of accuracy difference between crouch-moving and walking, and difficulty of hitting moving targets with pistols, strafing is a highly effective tactic in Combat Arms. To do this, switch between moving left and right at irregular intervals. If attempting to reach a location, forward and backward movement can be added to this routine. Strafing throws an opponent's aim off, while allowing a player to fire with relative accuracy.
  • Jumping, or "Bunny Hopping", is also a possibility when in a firefight. Jumping makes it extremely hard for enemies to track a player. However, this also drastically affects the user's accuracy, and is therefore recommended only for use when finishing off a near-dead opponent, or when attempting to avoid as much damage as possible.

Trivia

  • All pistols have a similar draw and reload animation except for those belonging to the Anaconda revolver series and the Desert Eagle SE/American Eagle.
  • Pistols have a tendency to jam when a player fires their pistol too fast while lagging. This jam prevents the pistol from being used for a fraction of a second, costing valuable time on the battlefield. Firing slower, or using a pistol with a slow ROF such as the Anaconda Black or an automatic pistol such as the Desert Eagle, can help to resolve the problem.
Damage Accuracy Rate of Fire Portability Recoil 1 Day 7 Days 30 Days 90 Days Permanent Rank
32SW2 70 66 12 93 70 Gun Emporium Forging
44Rem Rev 70 66 18 93 67 Gun Emporium Forging
American Eagle 78 64 11 85 66 Limited Edition
Anaconda Black 70 65 12 90 70 550 GP 2,695 GP 10,745 GP 29,700 GP - Staff Sergeant
Anaconda Black 8-Inch 70 65 12 93 66 825 GP 4,000 GP 16,100 GP 44,550 GP - Major III
Anaconda Gold 45 65 24 93 70 - - 1,900 NX 3,900 NX - None
Anaconda Silver 70 65 12 90 70 - - 1,900 NX 3,900 NX - None
Anaconda Silver 8-Inch 76 65 12 93 66 Supply Crate MYST-N
Beretta 93R 32 60 45 90 54 - - 1,900 NX 3,900 NX 9,900 NX None
C1851N 64 66 20 93 68 Gun Emporium Forging
C1860N 64 66 15 93 65 Gun Emporium Forging
Desert Eagle 70 61 11 85 66 650 GP 3,185 GP 21,675 GP 35,100 GP - Master Sergeant III
Desert Eagle Black 78 65 11 85 66 975 GP 4,800 GP 19,000 GP 52,650 GP - Colonel I
Desert Eagle Gold 80 65 11 85 66 Supply Crate MYST-N
Desert Eagle SE 78 64 11 85 66 - - 1,900 NX 3,900 NX 9,900 NX None
G18 33 60 45 90 60 900 GP 4,410 GP 17,550 GP 48,600 GP - Second Lieutenant II
G18 Cobra 35 58 43 90 56 - - 1,900 NX 3,900 NX - None
G23 33 60 45 90 56 300 GP 1,470 GP 5,850 GP 16,200 GP - Recruit
G23 Carbon Black 34 61 45 90 56 600 GP 2,940 GP 11,700 GP 32,400 GP - Captain IV
G23 Chrome 35 62 45 90 56 Supply Crate MYST-N
G23 SE 33 60 45 90 56 400 GP 1,960 GP 7,800 GP 21,600 GP - Commans Sergeant Major IV
K5 30 60 48 90 59 350 GP 1,715 GP 6,825 GP 18,900 GP - None
K5 CAMO 34 62 48 90 59 525 GP 2,575 GP 10,240 GP 28,350 GP - Lieutenant Colonel I
K5SD 30 60 48 90 56 - - 1,900 NX 3,900 NX - None
K5SD CAMO 34 62 48 90 56 Supply Crate MYST-N
M1849 Pocket Revolver 66 67 20 93 66 Gun Emporium Forging
M1911 Knight's 45 65 35 90 65 - - 1,900 NX 3,900 NX - None
M1911 Knight's Gold 50 65 35 90 65 Supply Crate MYST-N
M1911 MEU 45 65 35 90 65 450 GP 2,205 GP 8,775 GP 24,300 GP - Private First Class
M1911 Silver 45 65 35 90 65 675 GP 3,300 GP 13,200 GP 36,450 GP - Lieutenant Colonel IV
M92F SE 28 55 42 90 59 200 GP 980 GP 3,900 GP 10,800 GP - Master Sergeant IV
M92FS (Variants) 28 55 42 90 59 Default Weapon
M92FS Gold 32 55 42 90 53 Supply Crate MYST-N
M92FS Silver 31 55 42 90 56 300 GP 1,470 GP 5,850 GP 16,200 GP - Captain III
P226 33 60 45 90 56 - - 1,900 NX 3,900 NX - None
P226 Silver 33 60 45 90 56 - - 1,900 NX 3,900 NX - None
P99 36 68 38 90 71 400 GP 1,960 GP 7,800 GP 21,600 GP - Clan level 4

Python

70 65 12 90 65 1,000 GP 4,900 GP 19,500 GP 54,000 GP - First Lieutenant/I
USP 38 65 37 90 70 300 GP 1,470 GP 5,850 GP 16,200 GP - Corporal
USP SE 38 65 37 90 65 - - 1,900 NX 3,900 NX - None
USP Tactical 38 65 37 90 70 450 GP 2,205 GP 8,775 GP 24,300 GP - Colonel IV
USP Tactical SE 40 65 37 90 65 Supply Crate MYST-N

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