World of Darkness Firearms Descriptions
By Charles W. Plemons III (Nosferatu@PremierNet.Net)
Produced by the Crypt of Nosferatu; http://www.wku.edu/~charles/
Version 1.0 December 6, 1997
Version 2.0 January 13, 1998
Version 2.1 March 16, 1998
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Weapons are tools of ill omen.
-- Sun Tzu, The Art of War
This is a modified and expanded list of firearms for use with White Wolfís World of Darkness game systems. Included are the
firearms listed in the Vampire Playerís Guide and many others. Some changes have been made to statistics of a few guns. The
Storyteller is free to use whichever set of stats he prefers. The descriptions are generally the same as the Vampire Playerís
Guide, but some modifications and additional information has been added. All weapon descriptions are in alphabetical
order under their respective weapon type. Please visit my web page (http://www.wku.edu/~charles/) for updates of this and other World of Darkness
This may be freely distributed in any format as long as credit is given to the author. This is free for anyone's use, and
cannot be distributed for profit for any reason.
- Colt Anaconda: This powerful magnum is primarily used for hunting and silhouette target shooting. It can also chamber .45
Special caliber ammunition.
- Colt Detective Special: This is a small, lightweight revolver. It is easily concealable. The gun is double-action and
chambered in .38 Special.
- Colt Diamondback: A very accurate, small caliber revolver. It is build Colt tough, with adjustable sights. Great for
small game hunting.
- Colt King Cobra: A double-action revolver in a large caliber. It relatively small when compared to many other
revolvers. It has a cobra-head motif on the left of the frame.
- Colt Python: Similar to the Smith & Wesson M686 and also popular among police. Can chamber .38 Special ammunition.
It is being challenged in popularity by Coltís own less expensive King Cobra.
- Korth Combat Magnum: A very expensive revolver made in Germany. It is double-action and has no safety. It has a
unique auto-ejection system for fired rounds.
- Llama Comanche: A small revolver firing the .38 caliber round. Great concealment.
- Rossi M720: This is a Brazilian revolver chambered in .44 Special. It is stainless steel. It was introduced in 1992.
- Rossi M971: Another Brazilian revolver with checkered hammer spur. It has a target type trigger and Brazilian hardwood
- Ruger GP 100: This became the standard police revolver in 1987. It is sturdy, with wooden grips, and is double-action.
There is no safety on this revolver.
- Ruger Redhawk: Made in the United States, this sizable revolver is used primarily for hunting. There is an even larger
version, the Super Redhawk, with a scope mount and an effective range of 100 yards. This huge pistol even comes with its
- Ruger Speed-Six: This is a medium-sized pistol chambered in .357 Magnum. It has very good stopping power. The U.S.
government has purchased a large number of these.
- Smith & Wesson M19: Medium-sized revolver with Uncle Mikeís Combat soft rubber grips. Comes in bright blue gun
- Smith & Wesson M29: This large powerful gun is similar in size and shape to the Ruger Redhawk. It too, is
primarily a hunting weapon. It was made famous by the "Dirty Harry" movies.
- Smith & Wesson M36: Small 5-round revolver known as the "Chief's Special." Can be found with 3"
or 2.5" barrels. It is double-action.
- Smith & Wesson M57: A revolver chambering the .41 round. Another concealable pistol, with a full 6 rounds of
ammo (as opposed to the 5 rounds of many smaller pistols).
- Smith & Wesson M60: A slightly larger version of the M36. It is doulbe-action with a five round capacity.
- Smith & Wesson M317 AirLite: A small dual action revolver released in 1997. It is finished
in Clear Cote Aluminum and has the Dymondwood or Uncle Mike's boot for grips. The barrel is
2" in length, with an overall length of 6 and 3/16". The rear sight is not adjustable.
- Smith & Wesson M610: Introduced in 1990, this revolver chambers the 10mm Auto. The bore is similar to .41 Magnum.
The gun is built on the same N-frame as the M29.
- Smith & Wesson M625: A target and silhouette pistol introduced in 1988. The .45 ACP round has similar power to
other revolvers chambering the .45 Colt ammunition.
- Smith & Wesson M629: The 629 Classic is similar in design to the M29. It is double action.
- Smith & Wesson M640: This small revolver, sometimes referred to as "detectiveís special", is one of the most
popular snubnose guns. It is hammerless, meaning the gun can hold no more than five bullets. Its barrel is two inches
- Smith & Wesson M686: A popular police magnum in the United States. It can also chamber .38 Special caliber ammunition.
- Smith & Wesson M696: The larger of the two revolvers released by S&W in 1997, this gun
is 8 and 3/16" in length with silver finish and black rubber grips. The firearm is dual action
and has adjustable sights.
- Taurus M44: Introduced in 1994, this gun features Brazilian hardwood grips. It has a compensated barrel and windage sights.
- Taurus M607: A 1995 introduction that has a 7 round capacity, thatís right, 7 big nasty
.357M rounds. It weighs around 44 oz. It has a built-in compensator.
- Taurus M608: A high capacity, high caliber revolver available in 3", 4", 6.5" and 8 3/8"
barrel lengths. It is double action and has adjustable rear sights. It can be found in
blue or stainless.
- Taurus M76: This is basically a target pistol chambering the .32 Smith & Wesson Long round. It has adjustable
sights, and is double-action.
- Thunder Five: The Thunder Five is an interesting 5 shot revolver that can chamber .45 ACP and/or .410 shotgun shells.
Yes, you can mix and match in the same loaded cylinder. There is quite a bit of kick, but it is a hand-held shotgun.
- Voss BC: Some people say the BC stands for "body count," and there is no denying that this gun has racked up
its share. The .22 magnum round means the bullet leaves the gun at an extremely high velocity. Armor provides one less
die of protection against the BC.
Note: In the United States, gun control laws have severely restricted the ammunition capacity of small arms in civilian use.
All magazines manufactured in or imported to the U.S. can hold no more than ten rounds. The clips sold before this ban are
legal, but getting them is very costly. In other countries the magazines are still full-capacity. That is why many U.S.
gun catalogs do not match the capacity for rounds listed here. However, with a little skill (a.k.a. Gunsmithing) the current
clips could (in theory) be modified to hold their full allotment. This would be highly illegal.
Law enforcement officials are still allowed to purchase the full capacity magazines.
- AMT Automag II: This is a large target pistol chambering the .22 Winchester Magnum round. There is a smaller version
which has a 7-round capacity.
- Baikal IJ-70 HC: This is a Russian firearm chambering the Makarov round. It is a very small double-action pistol. It
also has safety and decocker mechanisms.
- Beretta M84 Cheetah: This is a double-action pistol introduced in 1977. It is made in Italy. It is known for its
quick takedown feature.
- Beretta 92F: This is the new official sidearm of the United States Army. It replaced the M1911. It is known as the
M9 to the Armed Forces.
- Beretta 950BS Jetfire: A very small and concealable firearm chambered in .25 ACP. It is single-action only and has a
- Beretta Centurian: A shortened version of the 92F that can also be found in the .40S&W caliber round.
- Bernardelli P-018: A double-action automatic pistol from Italy. It has a manual safety catch. There is a "compact"
version with a shorter barrel and a 14 round clip.
- Browning BDA9: This is a smaller caliber version of the Browning Hi-Power. It is double-action,
with decocking levers on each side.
- Browning BPM-D: A steel frame small arm with an ambidextrous decocking lever. It is
double-action and has no safety.
- Calico M-110: This U.S. made gun is close to 18" long. It uses a helical-feed cylinder on top of the gun to hold the
rounds. It has a flash suppresser built in.
- Calico M950: A revolutionary U.S. design with a helical-feed cylinder magazine. All the rounds eject from the bottom of
the gun and can be collected in a brass bag. It even has sling mounts.
- Caspian Target: A popular competition grade firearm built in the Colt 1911-style. It has a high-capacity magazine and is very accurate.
- Colt Mustang: A scaled-down version of the 1911A. There is a pocketlite version that weighs only 12.5oz.
- COP Derringer: This is a small 4-round pistol that has four barrels. It uses a rotating striker to fire each round in turn. It breaks open like a shotgun to reload.
- CZ75: A very successful Czechoslovakian pistol that has been widely copied in Europe since it was introduced in 1975. It is a basically a Browning double-action made very high-quality materials.
- Daewoo DP51 Fastfire: A Korean firearm with ambidextrous safety and squared trigger guard. It uses the three-dot sighting system.
- Desert Double Deuce: This is a concealable double action handgun. It has an ambidextrous slide-mounted safety.
- GKK-92C: A Hungarian import designed for concealment. It has a decocking mechanism that allows a round to be carried in the chamber safely.
- Glock 17: This Austrian-made pistol gained a notorious reputation before it was widely
distributed. There were concerns its plastic polymer frame would prove invisible to metal
detectors; these proved groundless (the gun is still 80% metal). Glocks are very well known
for their durability, and they are widely used by Special Forces units such as the U.S. Navy
- Glock 17L: "L" for long. The barrel in this gun is 6" instead of the 4 1/2" barrel of the standard Glock 17.
- Glock 19: This is a shortened version of the Glock 17. It is more concealable, and is, of course, made of a lot of polymer.
- Hammerli M280 Target: A custom-made pistol, this very expensive gun has a contoured grip made expressly for its user. The difficulties for anyone else who tries to use the gun are increased by one.
- Heckler & Koch P7K3: This is a very small pistol chambered in the .380Auto (also known as 9mm Short). There are also converison kits to make it use the .22LR or .32ACP rounds.
- Heckler & Koch P7M13: This recently developed automatic has become popular among police in the north-eastern United States as well as in its homeland of Germany.
- Heckler & Koch P9S: This is double-action in-line magazine pistol. The cocking mechanism is lever on the side of the gun, and the clip release is on the bottom of the gun.
- Heckler & Koch USP: Similar in build to the Glock 17, this gun features a special rib
under the trigger, which allows the user easily to install and use laser targeting devices.
The USP is also highly regarded for its durability. It takes a lot to stop this weapon from
working, thus it is heavily favored by U.S. SEAL teams.
- Intratec Category 9: A very small and concealable automatic pistol. It is 5.5" in overall length. The frame is black polymer.
- Kahr K9: A very small all-steel 9mm pistol. It has no protrusions to help prevent snagging.
- Kel-tec P-11: A polymer frame pistol using a staggering clip to reduce size. It is high-quality and weighs only 14 ounces.
- Makarov: A Russian designed weapon chamber the shorter, fatter, Soviet 9mm. It is double-action only with a manual safety and decocking lever.
- PA-63: A small Hungarian pistol chambering the Soviet Makarov 9x18mm round. It is of
sturdy metal construction and has an external safety.
- Phoenix HP22: Manufactured by Phoenix Arms, U.S.A. This is a small automatic. It has adjustable sights. Total length is 5.5".
- PSM: A modern Soviet pistol chambering the 5.45mm Soviet Pistol round. It has no ridges are protrusions to help aid in concealability. It is rumored to be effective against body armor.
- SIG Sauer P226: This high-capacity pistol came in second during a U.S. Army contest
for a new universal sidearm. A quarter of U.S. police 9mms are of this type, and the P226
is used by police in Germany, where it is produced. It can be chambered in 9mm and .357 SIG
rounds. The .357 version has a 12 round capacity, 5 damage, and a ROF of 3.
- SIG Sauer P229: Another great pistol from SIGARMS, Inc. It can be purchased in double and
single action or double action only models. All models include a safety. Overall length is
7.1" and weighs 27.5 oz. There are also a .357 SIG and .40 S&W versions of the gun with
the same weight and dimensions. These guns have 12 round clips, damage of 5, and a ROF of
- SIG Sauer P230: A double-action pistol with in-line clip. It is blow-back operated.
The gun measures 6 1/2" overall. It can also be found in .32 ACP caliber.
- Smith & Wesson 3913: Known as the LadySmith, this gun is ergonomically designed for a womanís hand. It has smooth edges for snag resistance.
- Smith & Wesson Model SW9V: This is one of the new S&W products of the 1997 Sigma Series. The gun is 7.25 inches in overall length
(barrel length is 4 inches). It comes in black or grey frames and has a satin grey finish.
It is double action only and uses a striker firing system.
- Smith & Wesson SW380: A .380ACP in the Sigma series. It is double-action only with a polymer frame.
- Steyr GB: German firearm with a high-capacity. It is double-action only, giving a long trigger-pull. Its trigger guard is similar to the H&K USP.
- Taurus PT-92: Design that looks very much like the Beretta 92F, being metallic with
wooden grips instead of black. It is double action and has an ambidextrous hammer drop.
- Walther P88: A German pistol introduced in 1988. It is designed differently than most Walthers, using a Browning dropping barrel system.
- Walther PPK: Made famous by James Bond and MI6, this gun has since been replaced by the VP-70z, and is now considered antiquated and underpowered. It should be noted that this same style gun, chambered in .22M is a preferred assassination weapon of some U.S. Special Forces.
- Walther TPH: A small stainless steel pistol designed much like the PPK series. It has rear adjustable sights.
- Wilkinson "Sherry": A very small pistol designed for concealed carry. It is a total of 4 and 3/8" in length. It has fixed sights.
The "Big" Boys
- AMT Automag IV: A very large pistol (over 10" in length) chambering the .45 Winchester Magnum round. Not a true combat weapon, but it has tremendous stopping power.
- AMT Backup: A very small pistol with high stopping power. It is easily concealed. There is also a smaller .380 ACP version which has a Dmg of 4 and difficulty of 6.
- Astra A-75: A sleek Spanish firearm imported to the United States. It has an ambidextrous decocking mechanism and pebble-grain grips.
- Astra A-80: Spanish pistol inspired by the SIG design. It has no safety, but it does have a decocking handle. It can also be acquired in 9mm and .38 Super Auto calibers. These have a 15 round capacity.
- Astra A-90: A newer version of the Astra A-80 with a manual safety catch. It also has a larger magazine for the 9mm version, able to hold 17 rounds.
- Baer Premier II: A custom pistol made in the U.S. by Les Baer Custom, Inc. It has an
aluminum speed trigger with a 4 lbs. pull and flared ejection port.
- Beretta 96D: An Italian double-action pistol with an ambidextrous safety. It has three-dot sights, but it is also available with Trijicon sights.
- Browning Hi-Power: A favored firearm for many years, the new Hi-Power is chambered in .40S&W. It has a long trigger-pull and hammer bite can be a problem. It is also a single-action semi. The older Hi-Powers chambered 9mm in both 13- and 14-round clips.
- Colt Delta Elite: Similar in design to the 1911, but chambered in a slightly smaller round. It can be found in blued carbon or stainless steel.
- Colt Double Eagle MKII: An American made firearm introduced in 1989. It has bevelled magazine wells and extended trigger guards.
- Colt Officerís ACP LW: LW for light weight, this firearm has an aluminum allow frame and compact size. Great concealability with heavy stopping power.
- Coonan .357M Automatic: This is 1911-style firearm chambering rimmed revolver ammunition. It uses an in-line clip holding 7 rounds.
- Desert War Eagle: A large double-action pistol with an ambidextrous safety. Much like the Desert Eagle, it is not a popular combat pistol.
- Glock 20: Essentially a Glock 22 featuring 10mm caliber ammunition. This ammunition is heavier than 9mm and has greater stopping power. (It is odd that this statement was said in the Playerís Guide, because the stats listed this weapon as doing less damage than the 9mm firearms. The damage has been increased in this table to reflect the superior size of the 10mm.)
- Glock 22: Featuring a new caliber introduced in the late Ď80s, the Glock 22 is a lightweight pistol with more stopping power than a 9mm. It has found acceptance among some police, and is slowly moving toward wider popularity.
- Glock 31: One of the newer Glocks chambering the .357 SIG ammunition. It is a polymer
weapon like the others in the Glock family. It has the exact same dimensions as a Glock 17,
but it is somewhat heavier.
- Glock 33: Similar to the Glock 31, this firearm is a polymer weapon. However, it is much
smaller in size and weight (and capacity).
- Heckler & Koch P7M10: Also featuring a new caliber, this gun has been slow to gain wide acceptance.
- Jericho 941: This pistol did not gain a large amount of popularity. Its best feature is the fact that it can be quickly converted to fire 9mm or .40S&W cartridges.
- Laserarms Series 1: Sleek pistol designed similar to the 1911. It has many custom additions, such as beveled clips and ported compensator barrels. It is also available in .40S&W and 10mm.
- M1911: A mainstay of the U.S. Army for years, this gun was replaced in 1985, but many
are still in use. It is also a popular model in civilian markets. Many say that the gun
is too inaccurate, but accuracy lies as much in the shooter as the gun.
- Para-Ordnance Delta Elite: Made from a Colt Delta Elite mated with a Para-Ordnance .45 slide. This is a double-action 10mm with a high capacity 15- or 16-round clip.
- Para-Ordnance P-12: A modified Colt Officerís ACP, this powerful gun brings the 1911 into high-capacity gun use. It has an 11-round magazine, and can also use the larger 13-round clips from the P-14.
- Para-Ordnance P-14: A modified 1911, with grip widened to accommodate the staggered 13
round magazine. It can be purchased as a conversion kit for an M1911, or it can be bought
already converted. It has a very high capacity for its caliber.
- Ruger P90: A medium-sized double action pistol with ambidextrous slide-mounted safety. It was introduced in 1991. The sights have white dot inserts.
- SIG Sauer P220: This double-action automatic has become renowned for its reliability. This gun is likely to remain around for a long time to come.
- SIG Sauer P239: A conceilable double action firearm available only in blackened in stainless
steel. It is 6.6" in length and weighs 25.2 oz. There is also a 9mm version with an 8 round
clip, 4 damage, and 4 ROF.
- Smith & Wesson Model 4013TSW: A 1997 release from the diehard firearms manufacturer. It
is a double action ambidextrous weapon in stainless steel. It has a curved backstrap grip
and bobbed hammer.
- Smith & Wesson Model 4506: A powerful sporting and defense weapon, this firearm uses an in-line clip. It is double-action.
- Smith & Wesson Model 4516: Very similar in design to the Model 4506, but quite a bit smaller. This too, is a double-action in-line automatic.
- Smith & Wesson Model SW40V: A Sigma Series 1997 release that is very similar to the Model
SW9V. In fact, the guns have the same dimensions, differing only in caliber and coloring. This
model has a black frame and stock, but a grey satin slide producing a sort of "zebra" effect.
- Star M40 Firestar: A very compact Spanish pistol. It has low capacity but great concealability. There is also a model M45 chambered in .45ACP. It is some 5mm longer.
- Star Megastar: This is a Spanish pistol with a large capacity. It also has a .45ACP version which is somewhat lighter and has a capacity of 12.
- Taurus PT101 AF: An obvious design copy of the Beretta 92, this pistol is chambered for the .40S&W round, and has a rather high capacity for such a large caliber.
- Taurus PT 945: Introduced in 1995, this imported pistol has a manual ambidextrous
safety. It is double-action only. There is also another version, the PT 945C, which has
a factory ported barrel and slide.
- TJ Stealth III: Custom-made by Tony Jimakas of TJís Custom Gunworks, this is the worldís smallest .45 automatic. It is a chopped Ballester-Molina .45. A second finger-ring has been added under the trigger guard. It is double-action and uses in-line magazines.
- AMT Automag V: A huge pistol chambering the new .50 Action Express round. Not a popular combat weapon, but great for defense.
- Casull: This is a highly expensive, custom-made gun. Casull is the name of the man who develops these from Ruger Redhawks.
- Davao: Named for a town in the Philippines where it was first designed, the Davao fires 5.56x45mm rounds (the same as the M-16 rifle). The recoil is severe, but the bullets zip along at 2,000 fps. Great stopping power.
The gun looks like a large Colt Anaconda.
- Desert Eagle: This huge pistol has found little acceptance among those who would really rely on it in combat, but is popular with armchair soldiers. Made in Israel, this pistol has great stopping power and can also be found in .357, .41, and .44 magnum calibers. Unlike the other "Big Boys" guns, this is actually a semi-automatic pistol.
- Linebaugh: Also custom-made, these pistols are often used to hunt Cape buffalo in Africa.
- Taurus 454: A production revolver chambering the .454 Casull wildcat round. It can be
found in 6 1/2" and 8 3/8" barrel lengths. It is double action and weighs 53 oz.
Most single-shot pistols are break-tops or bolt action pistols that chamber rifle cartridges.
Assume all rounds to do a standard of 7 DMG. If a cartridge is especially nasty, then the
damage may be increased.
Light Submachine Guns
- Contender: Made by Thompson/Center Arms since 1967. Its top breaks open and a single
round is inserted. It has a scope mount and wooden grips. There is a Contender designed
for just about any rifle cartridge in normal production.
- Lone Eagle: Made by Magnum Research in 1991. It chambers a large variety of rounds. It has a scope base and left-hand cocking mechanism.
- SASS 1911-A2: A conversion of the Colt 1911A1 to a break-top pistol. It has a scope mount. It has a checkered grip and black finish.
- Ultra Light M20: This is a bolt-action pistol which can be had in right and left hand actions (left hand is easier for pistols). It has a scope mount. It also has a five round magazine.
Heavy Submachine Guns
- Beretta M12S: A small submachine gun with a forward grip and folding stock. It is used in many small armies and police forces around the world.
- Calico 960A: An innovative new design for subguns, the Calico uses a top-feed helical magazine holding 50 to 100 rounds of ammunition. It has many attachments and upgrades available. The spent casings are ejected out the bottom and caught in a bag suspended underneath.
- Colt M635: This submachine gun looks very much like an M-16, in fact 50% of their parts are interchangeable. It comes in many configurations and with various options.
- Goncz: A U.S. made Uzi-like submachine gun. It is small and concealable and accepts
flash suppressers and laser sights easily. It was made popular in the late eighties by being
the favored weapon of the comic hero, The Punisher.
- Heckler & Koch MP-5: This popular German-made submachine gun is a mainstay of SWAT
teams, counterterrorist forces like Englandís SAS, and even some U.S. Special Operations
troops. The MP-5 is arguably the best SMG currently on the open market, known for its
reliability and fast handling. It is heavily used by the U.S. Navy SEALs.
- Heckler & Koch MP-5K: A smaller version of the MP-5, this SMG features a folding stock and a forward grip not found on the MP-5. It can use the same suppressers and sights as the larger MP-5. It is oftentimes called the PDW, or personal defense weapon.
- Ingram MAC-10: Extremely popular when first introduced, this submachine gun has since
been surpassed by more recent guns. It comes with a folding stock; a flash suppresser and
muzzle brake are also highly recommended. It is known for its ability to produce a "wall of
lead", but its accuracy is notoriously aweful. It can also be found in .32 ACP caliber.
- M56: An old Yugoslavian-made submachine gun. It has a folding stock and looks much like the old German "grease guns." It has a low rate of fire (around 600 rounds per minute) making it easy to control.
- Micro-Uzi: A very reliable and popular submachine gun, the mirco-uzi is the smallest in its family. It also has the highest cyclic rate at about 1200 rounds per minute. And concealable... almost small enough to palm.
- Mini-SAF: A smaller version of the SAF, with a fixed forward grip and no stock. It strongly resembles the MP-5K, with straight clips.
- Mini-Uzi: The Israeli line of Uzis has become the best-known brand of submachine guns in the world, and includes not only Mini-Uzis and Uzis, but also Micro-Uzis and Uzis in other calibers. While the Mini-Uzi is not as popular a combat weapon as its larger brother, it has been carried by troops operating in tight confines.
- SAF: The issue weapon of the Chilean Army. It is based upon the SIG 550 rifle, but
looks more like the MP-5. It has a translucent 30-round clip, folding stock, and can be
fitted with a supressor.
- Skorpion: A pistol-sized submachine gun, the Skorpion has been a mainstay of intelligence services and terrorists for 30 years. These Czech-made weapons are believed to be out of service, but are still popular in espionage novels.
- Spectre: An American-made submachine gun, the Spectre was considered by a number of SWAT forces but has yet to be adopted by many.
- Steyr AUG Para: This is a Steyr AUG chambered for the 9mm Parabellum round. It has the standard scope like all AUGs.
- TEC9: The TEC9 is a very cheap automatic pistol, and is easily converted to full auto. It is readily available in the United States. Anyone with one dot in both Firearms and Repair can convert it to full auto. The reliability of such a weapon should be considered questionable.
- TEC22: Called the Scorpion (not to be confused with the Czechoslovakian gun of similar name), the TEC22 is small and easily controlled, but not known for its reliability or durability.
- Type 64: An old Vietnam-era Chinese submachine gun. It is unusual because it is designed with silencer built on. It can fire full auto or single shots. It has a cyclic rate of 650 rounds per minute.
- AKSU-74: This is a small version of the Russian AK-74 assualt rifle. It has a folding stock and muzzle compensator. It is closer to a rifle than a SMG.
- Heckler & Koch MP-5/10: The MP-5/10 was developed by H&K as a potential submachine gun
for use by the FBI. It looks nearly identical to the MP-5 and MP-40, being slightly larger
than the MP-5.
- Heckler & Koch MP-5/40: This submachine gun is similar to the MP-5 and MP-5/10, chambering a .40S&W caliber bullet. It and the MP-5/10 are slightly larger than the MP-5 and use straight magazines, not curved like the 9mm version.
- La France M16K: Basically a shortened and altered M16 assualt rifle designed for high-power compact weapon use. It has a sling, short barrel, and a vortex flash suppressor. The handle/sight has a new aperture sight for speedy aiming.
- Thompson M1928: The Thompson M1928 is the classic Tommy gun of gangster movie fame. It is an especially heavy submachine gun, and becomes even heavier with the addition of its well-known 100-round drum.
- Uzi: Possibly the most commonly known submachine gun in the world, the Uzi has found
users in military, terrorist, and criminal organizations around the world. Anyone from an
Israeli tank crew member to a West L.A. gang member may be found carrying it. It was made
for desert warfare and is especially known for its reliability. It can be found for both
9mm and .45 ACP caliber rounds. Note that the .45 ACP does 5 points of damage rather than
the 4 listed for the 9mm.
- Beretta 93R: This Italian machine pistol comes with a folding grip for the userís off-hand. The gun was popularized in the Executioner series of books.
- FN P90: This odd-looking weapon is fed by a clear magazine running along the top of the weapon. The gun can fire semi-auto or full-auto. The special ammunition it uses will penetrate 48 layers of Kevlar at 100-meters. Consider every round to be armor-piercing, but do not reduce the damage dice pool, the high velocity of the round does tremendous tissue-shock damage.
- Glock 18: The Glock 18 is a full-auto version of the Glock 17. It was developed for the Austrian counter-terrorist units. Its import into the U.S. is severely restricted. Also recently, Glock has issued a 30-round magazine for this gun. This clip can also be used in the Glock 17, Glock 17L, and Glock 19.
- Heckler & Koch VP-70z: Used by British intelligence, this pistol can only achieve its full-automatic setting with the attachment of a stock, which also increases its range.
- Steckin: The only East European machine pistol listed here, it is uncommon in the West. It chambers its own special, smaller 9mm ammo and cannot use the Western-style 9mm. (This smaller 9x18mm ammo is known as Makarov, and it is becoming more and more popular as a pistol round in the West.)
- Styer TMP: The Tactical Machine Pistol is a new addition for Styer arms company. It resembles an Uzi with a forward grip. It accepts slings and suppressers and has a cyclic rate of 900 rounds per minute.
- Accuracy L96A1: This large rifle is the standard sniping rifle of the British Army. It has an aluminum chasis with plastic coating, bipod, and scope mounts. It also has ring-mounts for a sling.
- Barrett M82A1: This huge rifle is nearly five feet long and weighs twenty pounds. As a sniper rifle, it is top of the line. It is a semi-automatic, firing big, beefy .50 BMG caliber anti-tank bullets. It has a muzzle brake and bipod and a scope mount. There is also a model M82A2, which is identical in statistics, it is just laid out in a bull-pup design. A little less cumbersome, but still a huge weapon.
- Beretta Sniper: An Italian bolt-action rifle with flash suppressor and scope mounts. It also supports a bipod attachment.
- Browning BAR: Another popular U.S. hunting rifle, often used in deer hunting.
- Calico M-900: This is essentially a Calico sub-machine gun with an extended barrel and single-fire only. It has a fixed stock and accepts all the attachments for the Calico 960s. It has a decent range, but the 9mm P was not designed for such long distances. Itís high capacity makes it very appealing, however.
- Dragunov: A Russian sniper rifle which can now be found for sale on the open market. It uses the 7.62x54R Soviet round. It has sight rails. It supposedly has a fantastic range.
- Heckler & Koch PSG1: This German sniper rifle has scope mounts and a very adjustable stock. The accuracy is god-like: 50 rounds in an 80mm circle at 300 metres.
- Mauser SP66: This rifle is designed for sniping. It has adjustable stocks, muzzle brakes, and a flash suppressor. It has no sights other than a scope mount. Nightvision scopes attach easily.
- Mauser 86: A newer version of sniper rifle similar to the SP66. However, this one is designed mainly for police and SWAT sniping. It has a wooden stock, muzzle brake, and flash suppressor. Once again, scopes are necessary.
- McMillan M-87R: Another high-power sniper rifle chambering the .50 BMG round. It has a muzzle brake and a 5 round magazine. It is bolt-action.
- Pauza P-50: Another large sniper rifle. It is almost six feet long and weighs around 30 pounds. It has a bipod and muzzle brake to reduce recoil.
- Remington M700: An extremely popular bolt-action hunting rifle, a version found use in the Vietnam War as the Marineís preferred sniper weapon.
- Remington M740: Also popular for hunting, it chambers the same size ammunition as does the M-16 assault rifle.
- Ruger 10/22: Used primarily to hunt small game, Ruger has supported this weapon with a wide variety of options. Users can choose from a number of stocks, magazines, flash suppressers, and other attachments.
- SIG SSG-3000: A modular sniper rifle for police and military usage. It has scope and bipod mounts. Also, it has a flash suppressor.
- Weatherby Mark V: A British-made hunting rifle with a magnum round, this gun can be used to hunt anything from deer to small helicopters. However, its recoil is likely to break the arm of people who use it without being properly braced. Ignore if the character has a combined Strength + Potence of 5.
- AK-74: The AK-74 replaced the older AK-47 as the assault rifle of the Soviet Union. It is still not very common in the United States.
- Beretta AR 70/90: The Italian Armed Forces assualt rifle. It looks similar to an M16, with variations such as fixed or folding stocks, long and short barrels, etc. Some models have bipod mounts. Like the M16, it has the handle/sight mount atop it.
- Colt Commando: Basically a shortened M16, this is also known as the M733. It looks almost identical to an M16, with a short barrel, and slightly altered stock.
- Famas: The Famas currently has the highest cycle rate of any assault rifle in service. It is standard issue to the French Foreign Legion.
- Galil: An Israeli assualt rifle based on the classic Kalashnikov model. It has a folding stock and bipod. Another, 7.62mm version was produced, but it never caught on like the 5.56 mm version.
- Heckler & Koch 53: A German assault weapon with a retractable stock. It looks very similar to the MP-5, only slightly larger.
- Heckler & Koch G11: This German weapon fires the special 4.7x33mm Caseless ammuniton. Basically, it is an explosive charge with a bullet inside. Thus, no shell casing are ejected. Space-age looking, with an integral scope.
- Japan Type 89: The new assualt rifle of the Japanese Defence Agency. It is equipped standard with a bipod, and there are fixed and folding stock versions.
- M16A2: A very common assault rifle is the M-16 of the United States. Sold around the
world by Vietnam, U.S. military personnel and the C.I.A., it can be found almost anywhere.
Its most recent version, the M-16A2 is the current assault rifle of the United States. Also,
a number of additions can be made to the weapon, such as an undermounted shotgun or grenade
launcher (See M-203 Grenade Launcher).
- Mini-14: Made by Ruger and commonly available in the U.S., the Mini-14 is a lightweight assault rifle with limited military usage. Among its many options are a folding stock, a 90-round magazine and special sight mounts.
- SA-80: This British-made assault rifle was made to be compatible with the M-16 and can use the other weaponís magazines. Since being introduced, a diversity of opinion has arisen as to its quality, and a love-hate relationship similar to the one the M-16 inspired when it was first introduced is now prevalent.
- SIG SG 540: This assault rifle is made by SIG. It has many features and options, such as a folding stock and magazines that can attach together. Clear magazines allow for viewing how many rounds remain.
- SIG SG 551-SWAT: An advanced weapon designed for Special Forces and SWAT units. Features
include a folding stock, standard scope mounts, bipod mounts, and chin rest. The specially
designed clips fit together in a string, and they are clear to provide easy evalutation of
ammo supply. It is designed for ambidextrous use, and its polymer frame makes maritime use
- Steyr AUG: The Steyr AUG is made in Austria and is the most up-to-date assault rifle
currently in service. It is also used by the armies of Australia and Saudi Arabia. The AUG
has an intregal 1.5x optical sight and folding forward grip. It can also mount the very
popular M-203 grenade launcher commonly seen on M-16A2 assault rifles.
- Steyr AUG HBAR-T: A converted AUG with a heavy barrel and telescopic sight (replacing
the integral AUG 1.5x optic scope). The barrel features an intregal bipod as well. It retains
its forward grip. The weapon is designed mainly for sniper applications, however, it also
still has all the normal features that made the AUG so popular.
- Ultramatch: This is an AR-15 altered by Olympic Arms. The trade-mark handle of the AR-15 has been removed to allow the mounting of conventional scopes. The 20" barrel is sheathed in an aluminum cylinder that provides support for the hands and a bipod. Snipers using the weapon can get 1/4" shot groups at 100 yards.
- AK-47: The AK-47 is quite common in Third World countries and is now becoming popular in the United States. Once the main weapon of the Soviet Union, it was replaced by the AK-74.
- FN FAL: This battle rifle finds little use in developed countries outside of its Belgian homeland, but it has been adopted by a number of Third World forces, especially in Africa.
- Heckler & Koch G3/92: This heavy German battle rifle has become extremely popular in South America. It is also an excellent sniper rifle.
- M-14: This was the main U.S. Army weapon prior to the adoption of the M-16. A version, the M-21, found continued use as a sniper rifle.
- Sako M90: A Finnish clone of the Kalashnikov AK-47. It has no wooden components and has a side folding stock. The flash suppressor doubles as a mount for a bullet-trap rifle grenade. There is also a 5.56x45mm NATO version.
- Stoner SR-25: This is actually a modified M16 designed for 7.62 NATO rounds. Itís original purpose is squad support for snipers, being able to be used as a sniper rifle if necessary. It has a bipod and scope, and is very accurate.
- Atis PM2: A combat shotgun with smooth bore and a clip. The factory clips hold six
12 gauge rounds each, but with some luck, a 7th round can be fit into about 1 out of 3 clips.
- Browning BPS: A large hunting rifle chambering 10 gauge shells. It has a 5 round magazine, and is smooth-bore.
- Ithaca M37: The Ithaca M37 is a fairly common shotgun, but the Stakeout version can be considered illegal. In this form, the stock has been removed, thus allowing for easier concealment. It can also be sawed-off, reducing the difficulty to 4 and the range to 7.
- Ithaca M87 DSPS: Military or police shotgun with rifle sights, bottom ejection, and cross-bolt safety. It has hardwood stocks.
- Ithaca M87 Supreme: Primarily a hunting weapon, chambering a relativly small shell. It has wooden stocks and slides.
- Mossberg M500: Not as much a hunting weapon as it is a police firearm, it is smaller than the Remington but not much more concealable.
- Mossberg M590: Similar to the M500, this longer shotgun is also a police firearm. It has a rather high capacity.
- Mossberg MHS410: Similar in design to the M500 shotgun. It has a pistol grip, recoil pad, muzzle brake, and spreader choke.
- Remington 870: A popular U.S.-made hunting weapon, this shotgun can be found almost anywhere.
- TR-870: A modified version of the Remington 870. It is known as the Tactical Response shotgun by Scattergun Technologies. The slide has an area to place a flashlight mounted under the barrel. It includes a sling.
- Winchester M12: A limited production game rifle (around 4000 made). It is very fancy, but also an effective weapon.
- Winchester 1300 Defender: Designed for military and police use, this shotgun has a pistol grip, forward hand grip on the slide, sling swivels, and is in non-glare matte black finish.
- Winchester 1300 Ranger: A long-barrel hunting shotgun. Used generally for hunting deer. It has a number of optional sized barrels.
- Benelli M-3 Super 90: Another commonly used police shotgun, this model is especially
popular among SWAT teams. It has a true pistol grip and is well known for its accuracy.
- Beretta M1201FP3: An Italian autoloading shotgun. It has a solid fixed rifle stock and is matte black finished.
- Browning Gold 10: High capacity autoloading 10 gauge shotgun. Great for hunting two or four legged targets. There is a "stalker" version in non-glare matte black finish.
- Fianchi Law 12: This Italian-made shotgun is very expensive, and generally comes with intricate detail work to make it look more attractive.
- Remington 1100: This American-made shotgun is popular with both hunters and police in the United States.
- Remington SP-10 Magnum: An autoloading 10 gauge shotgun designed for hunting. It can be found in matte black or camo finishes. It comes with a nylon sling and has checkered grip and forehand.
- SPAS-12: A military weapon, the SPAS-12 has been adopted in Europe. It is also one of
the most popular autoloader shotguns in production. It can be seen in films such as The
Terminator (I and II) and Jurassic Park. It features a selector for autoload or
pump action and has a folding stock which can be removed. Special attachments allow it to
fire gas, smoke, and explosive grenades as well. It features a true pistol grip and has
swivel sling mounts.
- Striker Automatic: An American version of the South African Striker. It has a folding
stock and a 12-round cylinder. It is sometimes called a "street-sweeper." The weapon
resembles a scaled-down MGL or "bloop" gun.
- USAS 12: The USAS is a full-auto shotgun. Its appearance is that of a very large M-16.
It is now being purchased by SWAT teams inside of the United States and found some use by
Special Forces during the invasion of Panama. It is fed with either a 10 round clip or a
20 round drum.
Double-barrel weapons have been around for many years. They are mainly used for hunting
large game in Africa or India. Double-barrels come in many designs such as side-by-sides
and over/under configurations. Double-barrels have some of the most powerful muzzle
velocities in the world. Some fire actual bullets, others are smooth bore shotguns.
- American Arms Brittany: A side-by-side shotgun introduced in the late 1980s. It has a 27" barrel and weighs 6 lbs.
- American Arms Silver I: An over/under shotgun imported from Italy. It has silver finish and chrome lined barrels.
- Arizaga M31: A 6 lbs. rifle chambering the .410 shotgun round. Mainly for small game and target shooting.
- Baikal IJ-27EM: A Soviet over/under shotgun with double triggers, sling swivels, chrome lined barrels, and auto ejectors.
- Baikal IJ-43EM: Imported Soviet side-by-side shotgun with sling mounts, auto ejectors, and auto safety.
- Beretta 470 Silver Hawk: A side by side designed by the 470 year old Beretta (hence the
name). It has an overall length of 44.7" and has a selector for barrel to fire. There is
a 20 gauge version available as well.
- Beretta 687EL Gold: Fancy and expensive over/under shotgun from Italy. Walnut stocks and gold inlays.
- Browning Citori Hunting: This is an over/under style shotgun with a break top. The spent
shells are auto ejected when the top is broken open, and unfired shells are elevated for
easy in unloading. The gun can be found chambering the 3" and 3.5" shotgun shells. Both
versions of the firearm weighs just over 8lbs. A selector switch allows users to choose
which barrel to fire. Models can be found in 20 and 28 gauge and .410 bore as well. They
do less damage, but otherwise are very similar.
- Crossfire: The Crossfire by SAM Inc is an over/under assualt weapon. Itís top barrel is a 12 gauge shotgun and the under barrel is a 7.62mm NATO. It has sling and scope mounts.
- H&H 700 NE: The Holland & Holland 700 Nitro Express big game rifle. It takes a military weapon to give more firepower than this weapon. It fires a 1000 grain bullet at over 616 miles per hour.
- Huglu Model 200-A: A Turkish side-by-side shotgun with a selector switch for which
barrel to fire. The stock is made of black hard rubber. It can chamber the 2.75" or 3"
shells and can be found in 12, 16, 20, and 28 gauge configurations.
- Ithaca Auto-Burglar: A classic side-by-side shotgun killed by gun control legislation early this century. It has a pistol-like grip and came with a hip holster.
- Rigby 600 NE: Produced by Rigby & Co. (est. 1735), this side-by-side fires the massive .600 Nitro Express cartridge. It has a TKO value of 150 (compare to the 11.85 value of the .45 ACP round).
- Rigby 775: A side-by-side chambering 2 and 7/8 inch brass 10 gauge shells. It has tremendous stopping power, being used to hunt Cape buffalo in Africa.
- Ugartechea Magnum: A huge rifle chambering the 10 gauge shell. It weighs 11 lbs overall with a 32" barrel length.
- Browning A4: The old standard machine gun of the U.S. Army (until replaced by the M60 in the 1960s). It fires the .30-06 U.S. Service round. It is tripod mounted and fed by 250 round belts.
- Browning M2HB: This huge machinegun is the grand-papa of modern machineguns. It fires the huge .50 BMG caliber round (hence the name .50 Browning Machine Gun). It is not easily portable. It is belt-fed only and wrecks havoc on anything. It is tripod mounted.
- FN MAG: The Belgian general purpose machine gun being manufactured in 80 countries. It has a tripod mount, and can be fitted to vehicles and helicopters. It is belt fed.
- Heckler & Koch HK21E: The modern version of the German HK21. It is bipod or tripod mounted and belt fed. It has a clip converter which allows it to fed from G3 magazines. It can also be converted to 5.56mm and 7.62 x 39 mm rounds.
- M60 General Purpose: The M60 has been a mainstay of the U.S. Army for many years. It is a belt-fed, air cooled, gas operated, bipod or tripod mounted weapon. It does not have a three-round burst selection switch, but with some practice, bursts can be fired by a controlled trigger-squeeze. It has a maximum effective range of around 1,100 meters. Note that if a high cyclic rate is maintained (550/rounds per minute) then the barrel must be changed every minute of fire.
- Minimi: This is a small machine gun made by FN. It can use belted and box ammunition. There is a version known as the Para-Minimi with a shorter barrel and a retractable stock. It has concealability T. The Minimi can use M-16 magazines as well.
- RPK Light Machine Gun: The RPK is a Russian machine gun that is basically a AKM assault rifle with a larger barrel. It is designed as a squad support weapon. It accepts magazines from AK-47s and AKMs as well as its own 40-round magazines and 75-round drum. The RPKS is the same gun but has a side folding stock. Both include a bipod.
- Stoner 63A1: This light machine gun, known as the Mk 23 Mod. 0, was used by Navy SEAL teams in Vietnam. The weapon must be cleaned often and has a tendency to switch to auto-fire when set to single. It is a very light weapon (11.68 lbs.). It is belt-fed, and a an ammunition box can be attached to the bottom of the gun.
- Ultimax 100 Mk 3: This machine gun weighs 14.3 lbs. when fully loaded. It is fed by a 100-round drum magazine. Its recoil is so gentle, it can be fired one-handed if the handler is strong enough to lift the gun.
This section includes weapons that donít really fit into any other category quite well. This includes heavy military ordnance as well as explosive or exotic firearms.
- 105mm and 120mm Guns: These are tank mounted cannons. They fire armor-piercing solid shot or "shaped charges". They do not have a blast effect like other explosives. Only the target takes damage.
- AT-4 Rocket Launcher: This is a Swedish rocket launcher firing the 2.75" rocket. It is very similar the LAW rocket system.
- Flamethrower (Backpack): A catch-all heading for all fire projecting weapons. Made infamous in WWII, these weapons involve
a large backpack-style tank filled with napalm. These are a bane to many supernatural beings. Use the rules for Napalm
(Playersí Guide) when using these weapons. Word of advice, don't take a bullet in the tank.
- Franchi LTM: This is a unique grenade launcher that rests on the ground and fires much like a mortar. It has three grenades that fire at once, saturating the target area. Each grenade hits and does damage in a four hex area.
- GE M-214 Minigun: Typically a vehicle mounted weapon. It has six rotating barrels with
a cyclic rate of up to 1500 rounds per minute. With a little gunsmithing, this weapon can
be converted to a hand-held weapon. It would require a battery pack and a pack to carry
ammo (around 2,000 rounds or so). This would be massively bulky weapon for a mortal, but
a ghoul or other supernatural would be able to wield it. Examples of miniguns being used in
this manner can be seen in Predator and Terminator II.
- HK79 Under-barrel Grenade Launcher: This is the Heckler & Koch version of the U.S. M-203 grenade launching system. The HK79 attaches to the H&K G3 and G41 assualt rifles. Such equiped weapons are known as G3-TGS or G41-TGS respectively. It functions similar to the M-203.
- HK Granatpistole: German for Grenade Pistol, this is a small grenade launching system. It has a sling, folding stock, and ladder-sighting. It is single fire, single load.
- Large Mortar: An artillery weapon, these are used to do some real damage. A mortar barrage will level whole blocks of cities. They break down into three "portable" parts. They can fire from 600 yards to 2 miles away.
- LAW: Light anti-tank weapon. A U.S. military weapon with a sling. It is shoulder fired and one-shot only, unable to be reloaded. Its tube collapses when in storage, and thus is quite concealable considering what it is. Everything in four hexes takes damage as the rocket explodes.
- M18A1 Claymore Mine: The claymore is an anti-personnel device using a C4 charge to spray
metal balls in a 60 degree arc up to 250 metres. It has a kill zone (inflicting full damage)
of 50 metres, moderate casualty range (8 dice of damage) of 100 metres, and is dangerous (4 dice of damage)
out to 250 metres. Also a 60 degree arc from both sides of the mine are considered "dangerous"
out to 250 metres as well. This results in a 180 degree danger zone. Claymores have a
backblast area of 16 metres that inflicts 8 dice of damage. To quote the U.S. Army manual
about it, "No one should be in this area." The mine is a plastic box with adjustable
metal legs to stand it upon. It is detonated by an M57 plunger-style firing device, which
is reusable. The mine itself is destroyed in detonation.
- M-19 Grenade Launcher: An automatic tripod or vehicle mounted grenade launcher. It does damage as per grenade type. It can be loaded singlely, or belt fed.
- M-203 Under-barrel Grenade Launcher: The M-203 is a single-shot 40mm grenade launcher that mounts to the M-16 assault
rifle. It opens easily for reload once fired. It has its own trigger and safety system
separate from the M-16ís. It also has a range sight. The M-203 can also be mounted to a
special frame that allows it to be a singular weapon in its own right. The launcher can
also be mounted to the Steyr AUG assualt weapon.
- M-240 Flamethrower: This is not a real weapon. This is the handheld flamethrower seen in the film Aliens. It has
no backpack tank. Instead it has a fuel cylinder much like an ammo clip. It fires quick blasts of napalm (use napalm rules
- M-72 Rocket Launcher: An American made rocket launcher comparable to the Russian RPG-7. Its launcher telescopes for easy in carry and concealment. It is not effective against modern tanks, but it is great against small vehicles, buildings, "hard points", etc.
- M-79 Grenade Launcher: This is a 40mm grenade launcher. It functions like a break-top shotgun. A large variety of rounds can be found for it (High-Explosive, Smoke, White Phosphorous, etc.).
- MGL: A South African multishot grenade launcher. It is designed along the lines of a Striker Automatic shotgun. It has a folding stock. When firing, it makes a distinctive "bloop" sound, thus it is often known as the "bloop" gun.
- Recoiless Rifle: A large mounted weapon designed for taking out structures and vehicles, not personel. Usually fired by a crew of 2 to 3.
- RPG-7: A Soviet rocket launcher that fires a 40mm oversized rocket. It can be fired and reloaded easily. The rockets can be exploded prematurely by erecting wire-mesh screens to intercept them.
- Rocket Launcher: Vehicle mounted artillery. They are found in clusters of 6 to 60 rockets.
- Small Howitzer: A crew fired artillery weapon. These are fired at targets miles away and aim adjusted by radio contact with a forward observer. When there is an observer, reduce the difficulty by one per shot (minimum of five). After a successful hit, further shots are at difficulty 5. These fire a 122mm artillery shell.
- Small Mortar: These weapons fire a shell in an arc at a target rather than the direct route like a gun. The range listing include minimum to maximum range. It cannot be fired indoors (at least, not without disasterous effects).
- Stinger SAM: A SAM is a surface-to-air missile. It fires through a portable shoulder-mounted tube. When it hits, it explodes and damages everything in a four hex area. It cannot be reloaded. It was this type of weapon that fell off of a military truck in America and was left on the side of the road.
- Taser: Weapons firing electrical shock probes. It is a pistol-like launcher with a battery pack. It uses CO2 to fire two probes which "ground out" on the target. Mortals heal within a day, vampires after one sleep, and werewolves heal like normal.
- TOW: A wire-guided missile designed to take out vehicles and tanks. It is always vehicle or tripod mounted. It does have a backblast.
A Glock to the dome and you start to cry,
Any last prayers before you die?
-- Cypress Hill, "Boom Biddy Bye-Bye"
The guns are not the deadly part of this section, for as every vampire knows, "guns donít kill people, bullets kill people." A wide variety of ammunition is available to all who use firearms, but the differences are usually quite minor. The exceptions to this rule follow.
With the introduction of World of Darkness: Combat, exotic ammo types have became a major demand. This includes some types not mentioned in the Big Book of Beating Ass.
- Browning Machine Gun .50 Caliber
These great big bullets were designed as anti-armor rounds. Modern tanks have armor thick enough to stop these bullets. However, the M-2 Browning is still in production, and many high-power rifles use this cartridge. Many different rounds were designed for this gun. Each is color coated and coded on the tip of the projectile.
- Natural: Regular copper color of a bullet. This is the normal .50 BMG bullet. Big and ugly and all round bad when it hits you.
- Red Maroon or Orange: These are tracer rounds (described below).
- Black: The old armor-piercing bullet. As described above.
- Blue and Light Blue: These monsters are incendiary bullets. Horrible things that do aggravated damage to Kindred and Garou, and anything else that has trouble with fire. As essential to hunting vampires as Silver Nitrate hollowpoints are to killing Garou.
- Aluminum and Blue/Aluminum: These are armor-piercing incendiary rounds. These had horrific effects on tank crews when fired through the armor. Also fun for the Princeís armor-plated limo.
- Red/Aluminum: No, this is not made up. This is an armor-piercing, incendiary, tracer round. Has a little feature for every user. Also fun for vampire hunting, lets you see if you hit (as if the panicking vampire didnít let you know already).
- Cookie-Cutter Rounds
A cookie-cutter round is a specialized bullet that cannot be bought or stolen from the military or anywhere else. They are specially made by a SEAL for the SEALs. Anyone with Gunsmithing 5 and Demolitions 5 can make these with some difficulty (difficulty 9 at first, once perfected, difficulty 7). What are they and what do they do, you ask? Well...
There are three elements to a cookie-cutter round. The first is the knifelike cutter, which opens a huge wound channel. Then comes a small charge of plastic-based explosive, which widens the path. Finally, a third charge implodes, causing tremendous, lethal trauma. The whole process takes less than three one-hundredths of a second. If youíre not killed by the initial shock, you die from loss of blood.
-- Richard Marcinko & John Weisman, Green Team
Fun stuff. Now what does this mean in game terms? Add three to damage done by the bullet, also reduce body armor by two because the bullets cuts, not penetrates. If hit, a mortal will die from this bullet. They lose an additional, non-soakable wound each round if not killed at once. Garou can regenerate after the initial wound, but they must roll for a Battle Scar. A Kindred must heal it and loses 5 Blood Points due to the massive wound. A ghoul can heal it with his vampire blood, if he has enough, he must heal 50% of the initial damage or he will continue to bleed until death occurs. A mummy is considered mortal for effects of this round.
- Grenade (40mm)
The most popular size of launched grenades in the world, the 40mm has be a mainstay for over
thirty years. The U.S. military has designed numerous types of munitions in this size (over
three dozen by my count), and there are even some custom made rounds as well. They are
referred to by XM designation, such as the XM661 Green Flare Grenade.
- Buckshot: These are like giant shotgun rounds designed originally for clearing
the jungle in Vietnam. The rounds are designated XM576 and do damage as buckshot shotguns.
- Custom Rounds: Yes, there are people who design unique 40mm ammunition. This can
be done with Gunsmithing 3 and/or Demolitions 3 depending on if the round explodes or not.
The advantage of this type of ammo, is that it is generally easier to acquire than military
|XM Designation||Special Features|
|26||Fires 26 1/4" Ball Bearings; Works like buckshot|
|107||Fires 107 1.5" Flechettes; Works like flechette shotguns|
|140||Fires 140 1" Flechettes; Works like flechette shotguns|
|1822||Fires 18 .22 calibre bullets; Damage of 8|
- Flares: Many times there is a need to get a lot of light or a lot of attention.
Flares provide an excellant way of doing both. The ones detailed here use a parachute that
deploys at 550 feet. They then drift back to earth, burning for about 40 seconds. They are
not much in the way of combat rounds; they will not even "detonate" until travelling 550
|XM Designation||Color Flare|
- High Explosive (HE): The most common of all 40mm grenade ammunition. There are
numerous variations with special uses. Each is color coded and stamped with the XM designation.
All have an arming distance for safety (in case a round bounces back off a tree limb or the
like). There have been special rounds made with very short arming ranges. HE grenades generally
inflict damage like a fragmentation grenade as described in the Players' Guide.
|XM Designation||Color of Grenade||Arming Distance||Special Features|
|381||Black/Gold||2 to 3 metres||None|
|386||Black/Gold||14 to 28 metres||None|
|397||Gold||14 to 28 metres||Airburst 2 Metres|
|406||Gold||14 to 28 metres||None|
|433||Gold||14 to 28 metres||Penetrates 2 Inches of Steel (HEDP)|
|463||Black||14 to 28 metres||Smokeless and Flashless (HESF)|
- Smoke: Smoke grenades can be used as signals, cover, or offense. The U.S. military
has issued numerous types of smoke grenades over the years, each color coded by type.
|XM Designation||Color Smoke||Color of Grenade||Arming Distance|
|382||Yellow||Silver||2 to 3 metres|
|407A1||Yellow||Silver||14 to 28 metres|
|680||White (Canopy)||White||14 to 28 metres|
|713||Red||Red||14 to 28 metres|
|715||Green||Green||14 to 28 metres|
|717||Yellow||Yellow||14 to 28 metres|
- Tear Gas: Tactical CS tear gas rounds are used by SWAT and Special Forces teams
to clear buildings. Some advantages of launched CS grenades is the fact that they have
greater range than thrown, and they more easily penetrate windows. Its military designation
Hydra-shok rounds were specially designed for and by Navy SEAL teams. They are produced only in the U.S. by Federal
Cartridge Company. They are a round that is made to knock a man down, no matter where it hits him. It would be extremely
difficult for most Kindred to get this kind of ammo, short of robbing a Navy ammunition dump or police SWAT armoury. Body
armor has standard effects against this type of bullet, but add one die to damage. This bullet is favored by assassins,
as the bullet does not retain enough integrity for forensics to discover which gun it was fired from.
Incendiary rounds are especially attractive/repulsive to Kindred, because they so easily cause the Final Death. They are rarely used with small arms, and the most common form is the Dragonsbreath shotgun shell. This phosphorus shell turns a shotgun into a mini-flamethrower for a turn, spraying a spout of fire up to 20 feet. It hits like a regular shotgun, but inflicts two aggravated wounds (difficulty 7 to resist) and causes nearby Kindred to risk Rotschreck. Multiple use of Dragonsbreath rounds can seriously damage the integrity of a shotgun barrel, and Storytellers should take full advantage of botches.
The opposite of armor-piercing bullets, manstoppers are designed to have an even greater impact area. They generally widen or fragment when they hit their target, causing damage over a wider area. These include hollow-point rounds, which flatten when they hit, glazier rounds, which fragment, and even homemade rounds made by carving an "x" on a slug. These bullets cause an extra die of damage when they hit, but armor provides double its usual protection.
- Rhino Ammo
Rhino ammo is one of the latest deadly bullets. It comes in all the standard pistol sizes
and is guaranteed to kill no matter where you hit. It was designed for home-defense purposes,
so a person need only hit an invader once. The bullets are very costly, a few dollars each.
Also, there is military/law enforcement only type known as the Black-Rhino. Black-Rhino
ammo will shoot through body armor, car doors, steel plates, and just about anything else
one cares to fire at. Oddly enough, both types of bullets are made of plastic and 90% of
the bullet fragments inside tissue. Nasty. Add two dice of damage for both Rhino ammo types,
but reduce body armor efficiency by two against Black-Rhino. On a side note, this ammo
exists only in the World of Darkness. In the real world, these bullets were proven to be a
hoax, performing in no way like advertised.
- Shotgun "Combo" Rounds
These deadly little beauties arenít sold in stores, so order now.... A "combo" round is made by home-loaders of shotgun shells. The round is designed as a "wildcat" thus giving it a little more power, and a slug and buckshot are loaded into the shell. When fired, the slug speeds along in its own deadly line while the buckshot fans out like normal. A very unpleasant situation. When an object is aimed at and hit, consider the slug to hit and cause normal shotgun damage, but also roll for hits with the buckshot as described above for normal buckshot damage to all other targets, not the one hit by the slug. No, this is not a cheap way to do double damage to a target. Sorry.
- Silver Nitrate Hollowpoints
These are hollowpoint bullets filled with silver nitrate. Essentially, they act like regular hollowpoints, exploding inside the wound on impact and releasing the silver nitrate. Aside from the aggravated, non-soakable damage these do to Garou who are not in their breed form, silver nitrate is a poison in its own right, and spreads its toxin to affect the werewolf (regardless of form). The poison causes one Health Level of damage per turn for three turns to an infected Garou; this damage cannot be soaked. For those midnight werewolf hunts with the good old boys, these things canít be beat. Because they are so potentially deadly and would therefore draw considerable attention were they to be discovered by agents of the law, they are issued on a need-to-have basis only (referring to Pentex First-Teams who are sometimes given these for wolf-popping missions).
- Teleshot Shotgun Rounds
A Teleshot round is a specially designed shell that captures the gas released by firing. Thus,
this greatly muffles the sound of the blast (in effect, it is like a suppressor for a shotgun).
These rounds can be found in 12 gauge only with solid slugs or buckshot.
Tracer rounds are similar to regular ball rounds, but they are unique in that they glow when fired. Often used in full-automatic fire, these rounds allow the user to see where his bullets are going. They are usually used every fourth or fifth round in a magazine or belt. They do standard damage as ball-cartridges.
- Wildcat Bullets
There have always been people who are not satisfied with the performance of "off-the shelf" products. Some people have decided to make their own "special" bullets. These bullets are known as wildcats. Making these rounds require a successful Gunsmithing skill roll. A failure does not show up as such until the bullet is fired; it will be a dud. The Lord have mercy on those who fire bullets made by a botch! Most wildcats a simply normal bullets with more powder to propel the ball. Others are custom-built rounds for custom guns that can outperform any off-the-shelf firearm. Many are ballistic nightmares that are unreliable and dangerous to toy with. Handle with care. Any type of bullet (hollowpoint, ball, armor-piercing, etc.) can be taken apart and turned into a wildcat. Add an additional die of damage to such rounds. A botch while firing these will destroy the gun and probably the hand as well.
- Nonlethal Ammunition
Not all bullets are designed to kill their targets. Many types of nonlethal ammunition have been created; each has its own purpose.
- Blanks: These cartridges do not fire slugs. Only a small wad of packing leaves the gun. This packing does not travel more than 10 feet, and will only do damage at point-blank range. At that range, however, blanks can be fatal, and do the gunís standard damage.
- Drugs: Commonly used to capture animals, tranquilizer darts are usually fired out of large rifles (use the same statistics as a Remington M-700 rifle, but with a Capacity of 1). They have no effect on vampires, but do eight dice of damage to mortals. This damage is not applied to Health Levels, however; each level of damage subtracts one die from the victimís Dice Pools. Additionally, if the character takes more damage than he has Stamina, he passes out for one hour for every point of damage over Stamina. Other kinds of drugs can also be fired from these guns. For their effects, see Poisons and Drugs, in the Playerís Guide.
- Pancake: Pancake rounds flatten out as they speed through the air and smack their targets within a wide radius. If the round hits, it inflicts two damage dice upon the target. The number of successes to hit does not affect the damage dice. The person who was hit must make a Dexterity + Athletics (or Acrobatics) roll to remain standing (difficulty equals the damage successes + 3). At extremely close range, this damage Dice Pool should be increased by two or three dice.
- Rubber Bullets: These bullets are usually used in riot control, and are generally nonlethal. They can kill, and characters should keep this in mind if they use them. Characters fire these bullets normally, but they do not get a damage roll. The bullets only inflict damage based on the attack roll; thus, if a character fired a rubber bullet from an M-16 and hit with three successes, he would inflict three Heath Levels of damage.
This is a list of additions and gear that can be added to or augment firearms. Some of the gear listed will only work with
the specified firearm. Some firearms will already have these devices.
Specific Firearms Modifications
- Bipod: The bipod allows for steady aim, allowing a +1 bonus to aiming when the bipod is used.
- Flash Suppressors: Every gun releases a flash when it is fired. A flash suppressor reduces the light released, making it harder for someone to aim at the flash at night.
- Muzzle Brakes and Compensators: When a gun is fired, the barrel will "climb." That is each shot forces the barrel to point upwards somewhat. It must be forced back down for the next shot, thus blowing accuracy out the window. Muzzle brakes and compensators chamber the releasing gases of the gun upwards to force the gun down. The opposing forces help cancel each other out. This makes the gun stay closer to target and more accurate. A gun such equiped reduces the penalty for multiple shots by one. A gun with a muzzle brake cannot use a silencer or suppressor.
- Red-dot Laser Sight: A red-dot sight projects a tiny beam of red light in front of the gun. Put the beam where you want to shoot and pull the trigger. Reduce the difficulty for such a shot by two. Be warned, a red-dot can be seen by the enemy. Most pistol-sized red-dot attach to the trigger guard of the gun, and are obvious to those who know what a red-dot is. There is a red-dot made for the Glock handguns which fits under the barrel and under the slide, becoming almost invisible without inspection. Note that red-dots are close-range accurate devices and do not work very well in smoke, rain, water, etc.
- Scope: One of the most common of all firearms options. A scope can be added to most rifles, submachine guns, and large pistols. A regular image magnification scope will add a +2 dice to a shot as described in Vampire: The Masquerade page 226. There are other types of scopes, however. A regular scope isnít worth beans at night. Just try and use one. A night scope could use ambient light and magnify it, or it could be infrared, or night-vision, or... you get the idea. At night time, these scopes add the +2 bonus like a regular one.
One popular SpecWar scope is the thermal-imaging one. It can be used to see heat patterns (even through a wall). When put on top of a large gun (like a Barrett M82A1) it allows people inside building to be hit. The bullet must travel through a wall and any other obstacles, but the scope still does add the +2 dice. Damage will be lowered depending on how much flak the bullet must travel through.
Also, a scope can be mounted on a submachine gun. The rules state that a submachine gun cannot be aimed. Where this came from is bewildering. SWAT teams and SpecWar teams use and aim submachine guns all the time. Granted, automatic fire blows your aim, but when set to single or three-round bursts, aiming is essential for the submachine gun.
- Silencer: A silencer is made to trap the gases of a fired round behind the bullet as it travels down the barrel and then redirect them into another area to cool and dissipate. Unfortunately, silencers have parts that touch the bullet. Accuracy is less when something touches the bullet, and silencer like to "gunk up." Increase difficulties for all silencers by one (except for weapons with built-in silencers). Also regular cleaning is a must.
- Suppressor: A suppressor is a more elaborate version of a silencer that uses baffles and channels to contain gases. Nothing actually touches the bullet, so accuracy is not compromised. One important note about silencers and suppressors. They are useless if not used with the proper ammunition. For a gun to be successfully silenced, sub-sonic ammo must be used (ammo that goes along at under 1000 feet per second). Faster bullets create a "sonic boom" which is much of the noise heard when a gun is fired. All the suppressor in the world cannot fix that.
The following is a list a neat items and handy tricks to modify specific weapons.
- Glocks: Like those Glocks? Like more ammo per clip? A "+2 device" can add two more rounds to your favorite
Glock. Enjoy. Also, the 30 round clip of the Glock 18 works in the Glock 17, Glock 17L and Glock 19 as well.
- H&K MP-5: C&S Metall-Werkes has developed a drum magazine for the MP-5. It weighs 5 pounds loaded and 2 3/4 lbs. empty. This large magazine will hold 72 9mm bullets.
- M-16A2: Sick of that stupid little handle/sight on your favorite assault rifle? Update the M-16A2 with SERFSS (Swan Extended Rigid Frame Sleeve System). The handle is replaced by Picatinny Arsenal mounting rails so you can mount your favorite scopes. AN/PAQ 4C built-in red-dot sight. Picatinny rails below for that M-203 grenade launcher. Also, the sleeve protects the barrel from hands, sling, and bipod. No more barrel warp.
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