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For the weapon category, see Machine Pistols.

As user reviews consistently indicate, the machine pistol can empty a clip faster than it can empty your bowels. Experience the synchronized thrill for yourself.
Career Builder description.
This fully automatic is the snare drum to your twin-engine V8 bass: no drive-by sounds quite right without it.
Grand Theft Auto V description on Ammu-Nation and Social Club.

The Machine Pistol is a submachine gun appearing in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, where it is known as the Tec9. It was added to Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the GTA Online: Lowriders Update for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC versions of the game, where it is manufactured by Vom Feuer.


3D Universe

Short-range, high impact automatic weapons. Popular with Cuban drug barons and other law-breakers. No social benefit to this one - unlike most machine gun
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Website.

The weapon is based on an Intratec TEC-9 Mini fitted with a barrel extension. In reality, the TEC-9 is a semi-automatic weapon, although it can be illegally converted quite easily to fire in full-auto. For this reason, it is popular amongst criminals, befitting its inclusion in the Grand Theft Auto games.

In the original PS2 release of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the gun was modeled after a full-sized TEC-9 without an extension.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

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Available in both Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, the Machine Pistol retains some the original design of the TEC-9, though it is now modeled after the TEC-DC9 Mini variant (again with a barrel extension), which has a sling ring on the back of the gun (instead of the left side for the original TEC-9). The default magazine is also much shorter and holds 12 rounds instead of the 50 rounds from previous games.


3D Universe

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the Tec-9 has a slow rate of fire and moderate damage, but this is compensated by a large magazine capacity and a good mobility: the player can run while firing it. As with other submachine guns, a Drive-By can be performed with it. While sharing a similar damage to the Uzi, it has greater ammunition capacity, increasing the chances of hitting a target. However, it lacks good range compared to both the Uzi and the MP5 and therefore, is only reliable at short to medium distances.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Tec-9 has similar statistics to the GTA Vice City version, but now it has a lower recoil. When the Hitman skill level is reached, the Tec-9 can be dual-wielded, allowing for an increased ammo and more possibilities to neutralize a target. Also, firing while in a vehicle increases the weapon's fire rate tremendously compared to the normal fire rate while on foot, being a perfect choice for car chases or as a mean to neutralize police cars.

3D Universe Overview

Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
20 (GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas) 250 (GTA Vice City) 30 / 98 (GTA Vice City) 50 (GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas) N/A 500 (GTA Vice City)
N/A Vice City & Liberty City Stories:
460 RPM

San Andreas:
500 (standing)
375 (crouched)
'Hitman' skill:
1000 (standing)
750 (crouched)

Cannot be determined 50-round standard magazine (All games) Charging handle 0.5 seconds

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

For a submachine gun, the Machine Pistol offers particularly good performance. It has the second highest damage per shot value of SMGs, only outclassed by the Combat PDW, and a rather high fire rate (on par with the standard SMG). The result is a high damage-per-second value of 229, making it a valuable weapon to use in close-quarters combat and in drive-bys, rivaling with other assault rifles in terms of damage per second.

The Machine Pistol's biggest downside is its mere 12-round magazine which will force the user to reload very often, as the weapon's high fire rate will deplete magazines very quickly. Although the reload time isn't very long, it still leaves the player vulnerable during the animation. Thus, magazine modifications are almost essential when using the weapon.

For a submachine gun, the Machine Pistol offers good accuracy as the viewkick isn't very noticeable, making the weapon helpful for longer-range engagements. However, the lack of optical attachments as well as the muzzle flash and iron sights may discourage one to use this weapon on longer ranges.

The only attachments the weapon can equip is the Extended Clip, Suppressor and eventually, a Drum Magazine. The extended clip attachment increases the mag capacity to 20-round, which will not resolve the reload issue but will make it less problematic. Drum magazines have a 30-round magazine capacity, making them much more helpful.

In conclusion, the Machine Pistol is a strong SMG to use, combining high damage per shot and fast fire rate, with the magazine capacity and lack of attachments as downsides.

GTA V/GTA Online Overview

Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
13.5 (21.6)


(508 RPM)
120 / 394 12 N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A 510 RPM Cannot be determined 12-round standard magazine

20-round standard magazine (Extended Clip)
30-round drum magazine (Drum Magazine)

Charging handle N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
Fire Rate/Speed
Clip Size


Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Rounds & magazine GTA V GTA Online Image
Rounds (36) $85 $85
Default clip (12 rounds) Default Default
Extended clip (20 rounds) $9,200 $9,200
Drum magazine (30 rounds) N/A $22,950
Suppressor (silences but slightly reduces damage and range) $12,100 $12,100
Black Default Default
Army $5,000 $5,000
Green (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $5,250F $5,250
Orange (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $5,500F $5,500
LSPD $5,750 $5,750
Pink (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $7,500F $7,500
Gold (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $10,000F $10,000
Platinum (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $12,500F $12,500
F Free for players that have the Special/Collector's edition of the game.

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Along with the Micro SMG, it is one of the most common submachine guns, being widely used by Grove Street Families members in San Andreas, and various NPCs in the game as well.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Tec-9's locations map

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Available to purchase from Ammu-Nation for $6,250 at rank 1.


3D Universe

  • The Tec-9 has no recoil animation in GTA San Andreas.
  • If players were to turn the "Pedestrians have guns" cheat in GTA Vice City or GTA LCS, the Tec-9 will be one of their main weapons, along with the pistol.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the Tec-9 shares the same weapon skill with the Micro SMG, and both level up through the use of either weapon.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the Tec-9 has a much slower fire rate when crouch-shooting.
  • The Tec-9 is used by all Los Santos-based gangs in missions only, while it is only used by members of the Grove Street Families until it is replaced by the SMG when all gang tags are sprayed over.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Like most handguns, the Machine Pistol's reload animation may vary if it has a round in the chamber or not.
  • The Machine Pistol uses the same reload animation for all magazines. Thus, when reloading with a drum magazine, the player character's hand will clip through it.
  • Despite being classed as a submachine gun, it uses the same aiming reticule with the other pistols.