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The weapons in Counter-Strike are slightly more
realistic than guns in many other games, as they are based on real
life guns. But they are far from perfect. Learn to use all guns,
become an expert at two. Here is a brief guide on the guns featured
in Counter-Strike, using the mod (real) names, not the retail (fake)
I have updated the titles.txt
file to reflect the correct weapon names. This is for CS 1.6, and should
be placed into your <STEAMDIR>\SteamApps\<username>\counter-strike\cstrike\
Pistols are non-auto, you have to press fire every time you want
to fire a bullet.
(1) H&K USP .45 Tactical
This is the default spawn weapon of the CT force. It comes equiped
with a silencer which can be toggled with the secondary fire button
(right mouse button). It's of medium strength, and highly accurate,
with slight recoil.
It is best to aim this gun directly at the face as the low recoil
means the bullets should all hit. Fire this gun quickly into the
opponent and you will easily make a kill. The gun remains accurate
whilst jumping. So is a good choice when trying to hit long range
(2) Glock18 Select Fire
This is the default spawn weapon of the T force. The gun comes
with two fire modes - single bullet, and burst fire. Burst fire
will let three bullets off at a high rate (use secondary fire to
switch modes). The gun itself is far weaker than the USP, but does
hold more in a clip.
Accuracy is average in single fire mode, but can be very dodgy
in burst fire mode. It's recommended that you use single fire unless
you can be sure of a head shot. Three bullet burst is deadly if
shot in the face.
Personally I try and discard this gun as soon as possible.
(3) Desert Eagle .50AE
This is a very high power gun, but it only contains 7 bullets to
a clip. Another problem is the accuracy, it's hard to hit at long
distances. It's accuracy while jumping isn't much different to when
stationary, but as the gun is so inaccurate anyway targets can still
be hard to hit.
It's the primary choice for snipers as backup as they do not need
long range accuracy with it. A shot in the face will kill with one
bullet. Otherwise three bullets usually do the trick. It has a slow
rate of fire, but it is often better to slow your firing off as
you don't have the amount of bullets that other guns can throw at
you - it also gives you time to aim.
The gun is a favourite of LPB's or people on fast Internet Connections.
It seems to go very well with their latency advantage.
(4) SIG P228
This is a fairly week gun, but more powerful than the glock. It
has an extremely good accuracy. It is high pinger favourite against
the desert eagle because of it's accuracy and high fire rate.
(5) Dual Beretta 96G Elite
Akimbo pistols! Need I say more? Together the two pistols hold
30 rounds this can be an extreme advantage over your enemy - although
the bullets will exit quickly. The accuracy is reasonable, not so
hot when jumping. Reaload times are awful, so do that when under
This pistol is only avaliable to the T's.
(6) FN Five-Seven
The most accurate pistol avaliable, holds a big clip, but has trouble
shooting through paper. The large clip counters the weakness of
the gun, along with the high fire rate and exetreme accuracy.
(1) Benelli M3 Super90
Your typical Pump Action shot gun. Put to a face this will be a
one shot kill. No questions asked. Put to the chest, two shots.
It's fire rate is more than to be desired, but it can hold 8 rounds
which can be reloaded one at a time in between shots - handy.
The shotgun shells that exit the gun are accurate, but shotgun
shells are made up of lots of smaller projectiles which will spread
out. Because of the spread it's not a good idea to use at long range.
An accurate pistol goes nicely with this gun.
(2) Benelli XM1014
The "Super" shotgun. This gun will unload it's entire
load in about a second. It is also known as the "newbie stick".
If you run into somebody with one of these you can say goodbye.
Almost as powerful as the M3 shotgun, but with such a high rate
of fire nobody stands a chance when in front of you.
Again long range accuracy is awful, so don't try it. Restraint
is the word to use, if you are too trigger happy then you will run
out of ammo very quickly.
(1) H&K MP5-Navy
This is the de-facto weapon in CS. It's one of the cheapest, and
one of the most effective. It's over all accuracy is very good,
and shots are best aimed at the neck/lower face. It retains a lot
of it's accuracy when in flight so is great for death match style
jumpy movements against the enemy.
It has a high rate of fire, which when directed at the enemy will
prevent them from moving at much speed. A single bullet isn't very
dangerous, and can be shot into a face without killing - but because
of the rate of fire it's an exetremely effective weapon.
If you can master using this gun you should be safe in most games.
(2) Steyr Tactical Machine Pistol
Don't buy it. It's a joke.
Update: CS 1.6 has made this a lot better, but it's still a joke, just one which
can be funny now.
(3) FN P90
Spray and Pray is the term. This gun is very powerful and has a
high rate of fire - it will kill most things in front of it. It's
down side is it's accuracy, aiming is not required, and you aren't
expected to hit your target if he is more than a metre away.
(4) Ingram MAC-10
You will find the elite using this, it's inaccurate, exetremely,
not especially powerful, but fun to use, and retains it's lack of
accuracy when jumping around.
(5) H&K UMP45
This is like the MP5 - but it's more powerful, and less accurate.
You may want to use this in closer combat than the MP5. The effect
is much the same, shoot somebody in the chest at medium range it
will take the clip to kill.
The first bullet fired from this gun is accurate, only sniper rifles
will beat the first bullet from an AK. After that it all goes to
pot. If you do not kill them with the first bullet you should direct
your fire towards the chest of your vicitm - the recoil will then
carry your gun up and the bullets will hit the head.
This gun has quite a punch, but is hard to control. It's best you
leave this gun until you have mastered some others.
(2) Sig SG-552 Commando
A personal favourite, this gun comes with a zoom. The gun has a
deadly punch behind it and a high rate of fire - meaning that people
who come in front of it will die very quickly. It's accuracy isn't
the best when being shot at full auto. The nature of the recoil
will bring it into a curve, so head shots are often achieved when
When in zoomed mode the accuracy of the gun is increased and the
recoil is dramatically reduced. The rate of fire is also reduced.
This allows effective sniping, and is why I will use a sig over
a lot of sniper rifles. This weapon is a good all rounder, and is
worth buying if you can afford it.
(3) Colt M4A1 Carbine
This weapon has to be the most popular, and it's easy to understand
why. Coming with a detachable silencer the colt has a punch behind
it, not quite as much as the AK. The first bullet accuracy is highly
accurate, but still doesn't compete with the AK - it's main advantage
is it's recoil. Going full auto with this weapon is fairly easy
to control - unlike the AK47.
The gun is more accurate with the silencer on, but it's less powerful.
Take the silencer off and it's less accurate, but a lot more powerful.
An interesting note is, the first two bullets from the unsilenced
colt are more accurate than the first two from the silenced colt.
(4) Steyr Aug
A lot like the Sig Commando, there is a zoom on this weapon. In
contrast to the Sig Commando, the rate of fire is lower, but the
punch is stronger. It is also more accurate with the zoom.
If you prefer punch over rate of fire then this the gun for you.
(5) Steyr Scout
The cheapest Sniper Rifle in the game, this is a highly effective
weapon. It will kill with a single head shot, it has two levels
of zoom with closed edges - it is also bolt loaded, so will take
longer to reload than a semi-automatic.
If shot at the chest, two shots are required. The gun is extremely
easy to aim and fire - it is also very light, thus not slowing you
down too much. Like all sniper rifles you must be stationary to
fire this gun.
(6) AI Arctic Warfare/Magnum
The most powerful and accurate gun in the game. Shot anywhere apart
from the leg a single bullet from this sniper rifle will kill instantly.
It has a large noise which will give away your position, and has
a very slow bolt loading system. It's accuracy is appauling when
moving, even in the slightest. If you are caught up close, chances
are you will lose if you do not have backup.
(7) H&K G3/SG-1 Sniper Rifle
A semi-automatic sniper rifle has a quick reload. It's accuracy
is far inferiour to the manual bolt riles, but the reload means
if you miss, you can usually try again. Recoil does affect this
gun, and the trick is to wait until the gun has settled before shooting
again - also try not to get put off with the gun jolting after each
(8) Sig SG-550 Sniper
Yeah, don't bother - it's another sniper rifle. I have never enjoyed
it. I will release more information in the next version of the guide.
(1) FN M249 Para
Think of gun, and machine. This gun is exetremly powerful, and
will easily shoot through walls killing whatever happens to be behind
it. It hold 100 rounds to a clip - and has a very high rate of fire.
The down side? Highly Inaccurate - if you can master this gun, you
will be unstopable - you just have to master it.
Your best bet is to shoot the enemy while they are hiding behind
a wall. If you see enemy face to face, shoot them in their stomach,
that's middle, so the whole spread of it will munch up the enemy.
Protects main turso against bullets and knife stabs. Highly recommended
as it increases your resistance by quite a lot. Playing without
armour is being cannon fodder.
(2) Armour and Helmet
See above, with the addition of a kevlar helmet. This will protect
your upper head from bullets and is also highly recommended. There
is no down side to armour, you can run the same speed and do everything
else you would. I buy armour and a helmet before I buy anything
These are a form of grenade, when thrown will blind whoever is
in close vicinity or looking at it. These are extremely useful weapons.
Throw one into a room before moving across the door way. This will
blind anybody lying in wait to kill you as you enter. They also
help prevent being rushed. If you have lots of enemy coming down
on you, throw one at them, and they will probably stop, giving you
chance to escape.
You can bounce them off walls so you can throw them without effecting
(4) HE Grenade
High Explosive Grenade is exactly what it says it is. These are
very effective, and you can reckon you will get the enemy down to
50% of their strength if you throw one of these at them - highly
useful. They also bounce of walls - but be careful, the shock wave
does damage through walls, floors and ceilings.
(5) Smoke Grenade
These are handy for situations where there is a sniper. Being able
to smoke a corridor will render the sniper useless, and allow you
to attack. They are limited in the amount of smoke they will spew
out, but it's worth waiting for them to fill out a bit before making
NB: smoke grenades have a very heavy impact on graphics performance,
and can reduce even the most powerful computers to a wreck in highly
graphical areas. Be careful where you deploy them, as you may not
be able to make the frame rates to get a kill.
(6) Defuse Kit
Only avaliable to the CT team on a defuse map. These packs will
significantly decrease the time taken to defuse a bomb. When you
die they will be left for other people to pick up - like your gun.
Look for green packs lying on the floor. These are the defuse packs.
When going to defuse a bomb have a quick look around for a defuse
kit. Also if you see a team mate with a defuse kit round their weighst
then let them defuse as they will do it quicker, thusly reducing
the chance of loosing.
(7) Night Vision Goggles
Handy for dark levels, Night Vision Goggles (or NVG's) will light
up a large area in front of you, allowing you to see lurking bad
guys in the shadows, and other parts of the environment.
NVG's will probably half your frame rate - so if you have a slow
system it will probably be best just to avoid dark parts, or use
your flash light.