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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.

One of the common misconceptions is that handguns and "pistols" refers 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.


Main article: Pistol

As the most basic firearm in the series, the Pistol appeared in all Grand Theft Auto games. On each game, the Pistol is based on several models that are usually available in the game's current timeline:

Dual/Twin Pistol

Main article: Dual Pistol

The Dual Pistol, or Twin Pistol, are simply two pistols wielded at the same time, doubling the ammunition and rate of fire. Dual pistols appeared only in Grand Theft Auto 2, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (through the "Hitman" skill level), Grand Theft Auto Advance and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

The Dual Pistols on each game are based on their single counterparts.

Silenced 9mm

Main article: Silenced 9mm

Featured only in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Silenced 9mm is the suppressed version of the pistol, having less stopping power, but lower chances of being spotted. This version is usually wielded by Carl in missions requiring stealth.

Desert Eagle

Main article: 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: San Andreas: The Combat Pistol takes the form of an IMI Desert Eagle, and it is commonly referred as such. The weapon is based on the .50 caliber Desert Eagle.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: Referred to as "Combat Pistol", the weapon retains its Desert Eagle design, this time modeled after the .357 variant of said weapon.
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Referred to as "Pistol .50", the weapon takes the form of a Desert Eagle with a multitude of changes made to the design: besides the removal of the famous "Beaver Tail", the slide-mounted safety has been removed, the frame mounted slide release is missing, the cocking serrations on the gun are chunkier, an underbarrel rail has been added, the barrel lock has been omitted, a sliding safety has been added in place of the slide release and the trigger guard has been redesigned. In addition, the muzzle has been shifted downwards towards the middle of the barrel, and is noticeably larger in diameter. It holds 9 rounds per magazine, which is inaccurate, as the Desert Eagle chambered in .50 holds 7 rounds per magazine.

Combat Pistol

Main article: Combat Pistol

The Combat Pistol is a compact pistol featured in Grand Theft Auto V. It closely resembles a Heckler & Koch P2000, combined with a Beretta Px4 Storm, and has very similar statistics to the normal Pistol (same rate of fire and magazine capacity).

SNS Pistol

Main article: SNS Pistol

The SNS Pistol is a small handgun featured in the Beach Bum Content Update for Grand Theft Auto V. It resembles the Colt Junior 25, with some design elements from the AMT Backup. It is one of the smallest pistols and has six bullets per magazine.

Vintage Pistol

Main article: Vintage Pistol

The Vintage Pistol is based on the FN model 1910 and Colt M1902. It is a semi-automatic custom made engraved pistol featured in Grand Theft Auto V added in the "I'm Not a Hipster" Update.

Pistol .44

Main article: Pistol .44

In The Ballad of Gay Tony, the Pistol .44 is modeled after the AMT AutoMag, a handgun which was designed to bring the .44 magnum power to a semi-automatic pistol, making it the first .44 Magnum pistol to appear in the HD Universe. The pistol has a long, thin, barrel, a rounded trigger, and a wooden handle. The pistol itself is coloured silver. The pistol is designed to hold 8 rounds per magazine.

Heavy Pistol

Main article: Heavy Pistol

he Heavy Pistol is a weapon appearing in Grand Theft Auto V as part of the Business Update.

The handgun's design appears to be that of a modern tactical handgun. It features a small grip safety to prevent accidental discharge, a small rear right and a full-length tactical rail underneath. The Heavy Pistol resembles the Entreprise Wide Body 1911.


Main article: Python

The Python is a revolver featured in the GTA series.

As the name suggests, it is primarily based on the Colt Python, a .357 Magnum caliber revolver.

  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories: Modeled after the 6-inch barrel version of the Python and named .357, this weapon has six bullets on its barrel and can deal more damage than a pistol, though having a huge recoil and slow rate of fire, appart that it does not allow the player to move and shoot at the same time.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories: Renamed the Equalizer, the Python acts much like its VC/LCS counterpart. This weapon adds a large scope, which only gives cosmetic changes.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars: Same as their previous appearances, the Revolver remains as the most powerful handgun in the game. The HUD suggests that this time, the revolver is based on either a 4-inch barrel version of the Python, a snub-nosed .38 Smith and Wesson or a Colt Detective Special.

Heavy Revolver

Main article: Heavy Revolver

The Heavy Revolver is a weapon in Grand Theft Auto Online, added in the GTA Online: Executives and Other Criminals update.

The Heavy Revolver takes the form of the Taurus Raging Bull, with some elements to the MP412 REX. It can load six bullets on the barrel and can be devastating on vehicles.

Automatic 9mm

Main article: Automatic 9mm

The Automatic 9mm is a weapon introduced in The Lost and Damned.

It is based on the automatic variant of the CZ-75. It's one of the first automatic pistols featured in the series and is balanced in terms of firepower.

AP Pistol

Main article: AP Pistol

The Armor-Piercing Pistol, known as the AP Pistol is a weapon featured in Grand Theft Auto V.

The AP Pistol is a striker-fired fully automatic pistol featured in GTA V. It is chambered in 9x18mm. It is much like the Automatic 9mm from The Lost and Damned. It appears to resemble a Colt SCAMP with elements from the OTs-33 Pernach. However, the Colt SCAMP is outdrew from agency and rare up to date. It also has similarities to the Glock pistol series, especially the Glock 18 in performance and having the ability of full-auto firing, as well as to 17C/24 in appearance due to their long barrels.

Marksman Pistol

Main article: Marksman Pistol

The Marksman Pistol is a weapon in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, introduced in the Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2 Update.

The pistol resembles a Thompson-Center Contender G2, which is a handgun commonly used for hunting. It looks like a small rifle and has an ergonomic grip. Like the Flare Gun, it is a break-action weapon. Its size is the same as the Sawn-off Shotgun, but the player still holds it with one hand when not in First-Person View.

Teaser/Stun Gun

Main article: Stun Gun

Also known as the Taser, the Stun Gun is one of the "non-lethal" weapons featured in the series.

The Stun Gun is used to paralize people by discharging an electric charge, falling to the ground and incapable of getting up. It is one of the first electroshock weapons featured in the series.

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Flare Gun

Main article: Flare Gun

The Flare Gun is a weapon in Grand Theft Auto Online added in the Heists Update.

The Flare Gun appears to be based on the Orion Brand Flare Gun with some inspiration from the British Very Pistol from World War I. Its base colour is red and fires red flares, similar to common flare guns in real-life.


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 differs 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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