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WikipediaA Handgun is a small, handheld firearm with a relatively small size and caliber. Handguns are cheap and easy to carry, with a small magazine size and average accuracy, firepower and reloading speeds.

A common misconception is that "handguns" and "pistols" refer to the same category of weapons, while in reality, pistols are a type of handgun fed with a magazine and uses a slide that loads a single round into the weapon's barrel.

In the Grand Theft Auto series, handguns are the cheapest weapons, usually given to the player at the early stages of a game, often at the same time he/she practises shooting. Handguns are also frequenly used by small criminals and police officers, however it will remain as a rare sight among specialized agents (SWAT or Military officers), often used for last resort.

List of weapons

Pistols

Image Name Description First Appearance
Pistol-GTAV
Pistol The Pistol is the most basic firearm in the series, with average damage and generally versatile for every situation. Grand Theft Auto 1
PistolMkII-GTAV
Pistol Mk II The Pistol Mk II is an upgraded version of the Pistol, being a bit more powerful. Grand Theft Auto Online (Gunrunning)
TwinPistols-GTACW-Android
Dual Pistol The Dual Pistol, or Twin Pistol, are simply two pistols wielded at the same time, doubling the ammunition and rate of fire. Grand Theft Auto 2
Silenced9mm-GTASA
Silenced 9mm The Silenced 9mm is the suppressed version of the Pistol, having less stopping power, but lower chances of being spotted. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
CombatPistol-GTAV
Combat Pistol The Combat Pistol is a compact-sized pistol with very similar statistics to the normal Pistol (same rate of fire and magazine capacity). Grand Theft Auto V
SNSPistol-GTAV
SNS Pistol The SNS Pistol is a small handgun with a small capacity and lower statistics than the normal Pistol. Grand Theft Auto V (Beach Bum Update)
SNSPistolMkII-GTAV
SNS Pistol Mk II The SNS Pistol Mk II is an upgraded version of the SNS Pistol, being a bit more powerful. Grand Theft Auto Online (The Doomsday Heist)
VintagePistol-GTAV
Vintage Pistol The Vintage Pistol is an engraved handgun with a small capacity and mediocre accuracy. Grand Theft Auto V ("I'm Not a Hipster" Update)
HeavyPistol-GTAV
Heavy Pistol The Heavy Pistol is a pistol with great statistics over standard pistols, with high damage and a large magazine capacity. Grand Theft Auto V (Business Update)
Pistol.44-TBOGT
Pistol .44 The Pistol .44 is a medium-sized handgun with powerful rounds and great accuracy, dealing good damage over targets at the cost of a lower fire rate. The Ballad of Gay Tony
Pistol.50-GTAV
Desert Eagle The Desert Eagle is a powerful version of the standard pistol, having less ammo and rate of fire in favor of more firepower and accuracy. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (cutscene)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
MarksmanPistol-GTAV
Marksman Pistol The Marksman Pistol is a single-shot pistol with a very high damage, but its accuracy is poor and takes a while to reload. Grand Theft Auto V (Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2)
Automatic9mm-TLAD
Automatic 9mm The Automatic 9mm is a fully automatic pistol with higher fire rate than semi-automatic pistols, but low damage and high recoil. The Lost and Damned
APPistol-GTAV
AP Pistol The AP Pistol is a striker-fired fully automatic pistol with decent damage, but high fire rate, great accuracy and low recoil, being an effective drive-by weapon. Grand Theft Auto V

Revolvers

Image Name Description First Appearance
Python-GTAVC
Python The Python is a revolver with low fire rate and high recoil, but makes up for using powerful rounds, able to take out targets with a couple of shots. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
DoubleActionRevolver-GTAV
Double-Action Revolver The Double-Action Revolver is a small revolver with good damage, fire rate and accuracy, being as versatile as most pistols. Grand Theft Auto Online (The Doomsday Heist)
HeavyRevolver-GTAV
Heavy Revolver The Heavy Revolver is a heavy handgun with high damage, being also a threat to unarmored vehicles. However, it has low fire rate and takes a few seconds to reload. Grand Theft Auto Online (Executives and Other Criminals)
HeavyRevolverMkII-GTAV
Heavy Revolver Mk II The Heavy Revolver Mk II is an upgraded version of the Heavy Revolver, being slightly faster and more damaging towards targets, as well as unarmored vehicles. Grand Theft Auto Online (The Doomsday Heist)

Miscellaneous

Image Name Description First Appearance
StunGun-GTAV
Stun Gun The Stun Gun is an electroshock weapon that is limited to incapacitate enemies and has low damage and fire rate, but makes up for its unlimited use. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
FlareGun-GTAO
Flare Gun The Flare Gun is a weapon that launches a bright flare for signal and marking purposes, although can be used to ignite enemies and vehicles with a direct hit. Grand Theft Auto Online (Heists Update)
UpnAtomizer-GTAO
Up-n-Atomizer The Up-n-Atomizer is a futuristic raygun that, although not powerful, causes a serious knockback to enemies and vehicles, as well as having infinite ammo and recharges quite fast. Grand Theft Auto Online (Arena War)

Trivia

Grand Theft Auto V

  • One of the advantages of some pistols seen in the HD Universe is that the player can tap the firing button, increasing the fire rate of these weapons more than if the player holds the same button. This also avoids the recoil, giving also more accuracy.
    • However, as of the Doomsday Heist DLC, the tactic of tapping the fire button has been removed, reducing its fire rate and making it less effective of recoil and accuracy. It isn’t confirmed whether or not this is a glitch.
  • Handguns in Grand Theft Auto V are the only weapons that have proper reload animations, which differ if the gun still has a round on the chamber or not. This can be noticed in those with a slider, where it only opens if the gun has no rounds inside.
  • When firing a pistol, the hammer remains static and the slider will pass right through it. This is best noticed in first person view and using Michael's special ability.
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