Call of Duty: Black Ops
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Call of Duty: Black Ops (also known as CoD:BO or BO) is the seventh main installment of the Call of Duty series and the sequel of Call of Duty: World at War. Developed by Treyarch and published by Activision, the game was released worldwide on November 9, 2010 for the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and Nintendo DS. The game sold over $1 billion after six weeks of its release. The storyline takes place during the Cold War of the 1960s, where the player assumes control of two characters: Alex Mason (voiced by Sam Worthington), a Captain in the USMC who was recruited to the CIA and SOG and Jason Hudson (voiced by Ed Harris), a CIA special agent. Both are to find and eliminate a former World War II Soviet Army officer, Major General Nikita Dragovich (voiced by Eamon Hunt), alongside his assistant, Colonel Lev Kravchenko (voiced by Andrew Divoff). With the teams of Mason and Hudson, few more non-playable characters are included in the storyline: Frank Woods (voiced by James C. Burns), a former USMC Sergeant; Joseph Bowman (voiced by Ice Cube), a Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy SEALs and Viktor Reznov (voiced by Gary Oldman), a former World War II Soviet Army Captain who was under the command of both Dragovich and Kravchenko, though he was betrayed by them.
The following weapons are seen in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops:
Two M1911A1s can be seen in the hands of Black Ops's signature soldier. The M1911A1s have tally marks engraved on them, and one of them has the name "Sally" engraved on it (based on the gun's upgrade in zombie mode, the other weapon is presumably "Mustang"). It can be dual wielded, and available attachments are a suppressor, extended magazines, and upgraded iron sights. It is also the players' starting weapon in zombie mode. There are two finishes on the M1911A1: in single player, it has a standard parkerized finish, while it has a bright nickel finish in multiplayer and zombie modes.
The Colt Python appears in-game as the "Python." It has a snub-nose variant for use in multiplayer, which can be purchased, and decreases the amount of visual kick in exchange for less damage. Other available attachments are speed-loaders for your reserve ammo and a Colt Sporter Scope. Like the .44 Magnum from the previous game, when reloading, the player character holds it muzzle up and dumps rounds instead of using the ejector rod. It seems that the Python is Mason's preferred sidearm, as he starts with it in "Executive Order", and pulls one out of nowhere to save a downed Woods in "SOG" and clear Vietcong tunnels in "Victor Charlie".
The Makarov PM appears in in the game. Although it has a heel-mounted magazine release, it still uses the same reload animation as the M1911 and the CZ-75, which have their magazine releases behind the trigger. In multiplayer, it is rated as more powerful than the M1911 .45 pistol, odd considering the 9x18mm round used in the Makarov. Another inaccuracy is that it's modeled with an adjustable rear sight, which is only available on the civilian version.
The "Pre-B" CZ 75 pistol is featured in the game, along with its machine pistol variant, the CZ 75 Automatic. In-game, its standard magazine capacity is incorrectly 12 rounds or 18 with the extended magazine upgrade. The real capacity is 16 rounds standard in 9mm (the in-game CZ 75 is definitely not the .40 S&W version). Other attachments include the aforementioned automatic conversion kit, high-contrast iron-sights, a suppressor, and dual-wield capability. The CZ 75 is highly anachronistic to Black Ops: not only did production first start in 1975, but the automatic variant wasn't introduced until 1992. A more historically accurate choice would have been the Soviet Stechkin APS (introduced in 1951). All dual-wielded CZ 75's in single player have 20 rounds per magazine.
In-game Mason uses an ASP 9 in the Cuban levels, as do Cuban police officers. Its appearance in Black Ops is anachronistic, as it was not developed until the 1970s and was intended for special forces usage. A more historically-accurate choice would have been the Smith & Wesson Model 39, on which the ASP 9 was based, as the Model 39 was developed in the 1950s.
Capt. Viktor Reznov uses a Tokarev TT-33 and flashlight to clear the ship in the World War II mission "Project Nova." Kravchenko uses a TT-33 to execute German POWs. British commandos draw one if knocked into Last Stand (which is erroneous; a more accurate choice would have been the Webley Mk IV).
At the end of the first part of the World War II flashback mission "Project Nova," Dr. Friedrich Steiner waits for the Soviet troops with a Walther P38 drawn, but does not attempt to use it. This is the only place where the Walther P38 is seen.
A MAC-11 with suppressor can be seen in one of the artworks, in the hands of a special forces operative crashing through a glass window. It can be found in the campaign level "Redemption" and is the player's secondary weapon in that level as well. Its appearance is also anachronistic as it was not developed until 1972. It would have been more accurate to see the MAC-10, designed in 1964 and actually used by S.O.G.
Heckler & Koch MP5K Prototype
An MP5K Prototype is featured in the game. Its appearance is massively anachronistic: the MP5 itself was developed in 1966, but the MP5K appears in the game in a level set in 1963, while the first MP5K prototype with wooden foregrip was developed in 1976. It would have been more accurate to see the HK54 prototype of the MP5 which lacked a foregrip.
CZ Sa. Vz.61 "Škorpion"
The Samopal Vzor 61 "Škorpion" is available in the game. It is depicted without its folding stock, but the unlockable Grip attachment adds and folds out the stock. It retains its 2-hit kill ability at close range from its Modern Warfare counterpart.
SITES Spectre M4
The Italian Spectre M4 is one of the available SMGs. Its appearance is anachronistic, since it was not developed until the 1980's. More correct choices could have been the Franchi LF-57 (1956) or the more similar looking Beretta Model 12 (1959).
A PM-63 RAK is another available SMG. It anachronistically appears in a level set in 1963, though the weapon wasn't introduced until 1965. A similar looking and more adecuate option could have been the Soviet version of the Czech Sa.25 SMG.
The IMI Uzi is one of the available SMGs in-game. The Uzi was actually used by S.O.G. recon teams during the Vietnam War.
The Walther MPL is one of the available SMGs. It is also a very common weapon in zombie mode, where it carries twenty-four rounds, not thirty-two.
KBP Instrument Design Bureau OTs-02 "Kiparis"
The KBP Instrument Design Bureau OTs-02 Kiparis with the wire stocks removed is the available classified submachine gun in-game. It is extremely accurate, but holds only twenty rounds by default, increased to thirty with Extended Mags. It appears in the hands of Spetznaz operatives in the campaign and can be dual-wielded by the player. The Kiparis was designed in 1976, making it another anachronistic weapon. Since it is used primarily by Soviet forces a more correct choice could have been Warsaw Pact SMGs from that era like the Czech Sa.26 or Soviet experimental weapons like the Korobov TKB-022 (1962).
The Russian soldiers, including Capt. Viktor Reznov and Pvt. Dimitri Petrenko, use the PPSh-41 in the World War II flashback mission "Project Nova." Unlike the previous COD games, the PPSh-41 in Black Ops uses 35-round box-magazines.
The MP40 is available to purchase for 1,000 points in the zombie maps Kino der Toten, Shi Nu Numa, Der riese, Verrückt and Call of the Dead. It is also used by the Germans in the World War II flashback mission "Project Nova." The MP40 in zombie mode has a blued finish
The Sten Mk II is carried by British SAS commandos in the World War II flashback mission "Project Nova" and usable by the player.
The Thompson is available in zombie mode for 1200 points in the zombie maps Natch der untoten, Verrückt, Shi Nu Numa, and Der Riese. The magazine size in zombie mode is a 20 round magazine.
The Type 100 appears in Shi Nu Numa and Der Riese for 1000 points
FAMAS F1 FELIN
An early version of the FAMAS FELIN appears in several levels. The FELIN is incredibly anachronistic for the time period the game is set in (the 1960s): not only was the base weapon not developed until 1978, this specific variant didn't come into existence until the late 1990s. A more correct choice could have been the FA-MAS Type 62 bullpup configuration prototype from 1962.
If upgraded with the Pack-A-Punch machine in zombies mode, it will turn into the "G16-GL35"(leet speak for GIGGLES), which fires laser-like rounds, has a forty-five round magazine instead of thirty, and a custom red dot sight.
The AK-47 that appears in the game is a composite of several different AK-47 variants, e.g. straighter magazine similar to those on AKs chambered for 5.45x39mm; this magazine is anachronistic, since it was introduced into service in 1974 along with the AK-74. The weapon's overall appearance seems close to a WASR-2. In multiplayer, the Extended Mag attachment gives the AK-47 an RPK's magazine (the RPK in-game is the RPK-74, chambered in 5.45x39mm, hinting that the AK in-game is also chambered in 5.45x39mm). Also, the Suppressor attachment looks nearly identical to an AK-74's muzzle brake. In the singleplayer campaign, the Soviets and North Vietnamese Army use the AK-47 with a variety of accessories.
The AKS-74U appears with the same "AK-74U" name used for the JG Beta-F Airsoft gun in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and the same erroneous designation as a submachine gun; this one, however, is an actual AKS-74U. It has a black foregrip, steel magazines, and no stock. Anachronistic to Black Ops, it was not developed until 1979 (the full size variant, the AK-74, didn't enter service until 1974). A more accurate option would have been the Hungarian AMD-65 carbine (1967), which was used as a compact weapon for Warsaw Pact vehicle crews.
IMI Galil ARM
The IMI Galil ARM is available in the game. It has a thirty-five round magazine with a medium rate of fire. The standard rear sight for the Galil is the flip-up tritium night sights instead of the flip peep-sights, raised dramatically to accommodate the camera's point of view. The carry handle is on the wrong side and the handguard is from the Galil AR, which does not have the underside cutout for the bipod, although it appears to still contain it. Appearance is anachronistic, as the Galil series of rifles was not developed until the late 1960s, and did not enter service until 1973.
Upgrading a Galil with the Pack-A-Punch machine in zombie mode will turn it into the "Lamentation"; fitted with a red dot sight (which has a blue lens and an unusual blue reticle) and a sci-fi camo pattern, it fires laser-like rounds.
The Steyr AUG with a 16-inch carbine barrel (though the third-person and Create-A Class versions show a full 20-inch barrel) is available in the game, used only in levels that take place in the Ural Mountains. It has a Swarovski scope, arctic camo paint, and a suppressor in some of the scenes. Its appearance in the game is anachronistic, as the level takes place in 1968 but the prototype for the AUG was not patented until 1974 and was not introduced into Austrian military service until 1977, entering wide service in 1978. The AUG A2 is used in multiplayer (since it incorporates a rail top with sights instead of the default optical scope), the A2 variant depicted in multiplayer was not developed until 1997.
A weird visual glitch exists on the AUG when it is equipped with the Swarovski scope or red dot sights; the scope mount will actually slide along the weapon to meet the user's eye when the weapon is aimed down the sights.
If upgraded with the Pack-A-Punch machine in zombie mode, it will turn into the "AUG-50M3" (leet speak for AUGSOME, a play on the word awesome), firing laser-like rounds and attached with Knight's Armament Masterkey, but both weapons keep their normal ammunition counts. Reloading the AUG-50M3's Masterkey counts each reloaded shell twice, allowing the player to reload all six rounds with just three shells.
The AUG lacked its foregrip in the beta, but has it in the final game.
Throughout the game, it appears to have a short barrel like the Colt Model 733 and a flat top. The flat top hints at a Colt Model 933. While the weapon is not completely anachronistic, since the Rock Island Arsenal did experiment with a weaver-rail mounted AR-15 known as the Model 656, the presence of back-up iron sights on the weapon can be considered anachronistic. It would be more accurate if this Commando was modeled after the XM177 carbine, which was developed during the Vietnam War. Early screenshots and footage showed a modeling mistake on the rifle, with the magazine looking as if it were stretched or partly falling out, but the final game has it at its proper length. In-game, the weapon holds thirty rounds in the standard twenty-round magazine, while equipping the Extended Mags attachment gives it forty-five rounds in the real thirty-round curved magazine. This goes for the M16 too as it acts more or less just like it.
Unlike some rifles in the game, the sling is wrapped around the weapon, instead of being clipped onto the sling mounts and allowed to hang loosely. If you look closely, the sling blocks the bolt release button, so the shooter would have to use the charging handle every time he loads a fresh magazine. Even so, the reload animation of a fresh magazine still uses the bolt release button.
Upgrading the Commando with the Pack-A-Punch machine in zombie mode turns it into the "Predator" (a reference to the Schwarzenegger movie Predator. Commando is also the name of another movie in which Schwarzenegger starred, hence the reference.) "Predator" fires laser-like rounds and has a forty-round magazine instead of thirty.
Also note that a Commando (and the M16 for that matter) mounted with optics has the front sight and the gas block removed. This would prevent the gun from firing automatically. The shooter would have to manually rack the bolt to load the next round into the chamber, effectively making the gun a bolt action. Once again this design goof is seen in the Campaign and Multiplayer. This same goof was previously seen in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2. Interestingly, all NPCs in the campaign who use either the M16 or Commando with optical attachments still retain the front sight posts and gas blocks.
Colt USAF M16 (Colt Model 604)
The USAF variant of the original M16 is available in the game, and can be identified by its M16E1 partial magazine fence lower and lack of forward assist. Like with the aforementioned Colt Commando, the thirty-round mag only appears with the Extended Mags attachment and holds forty-five rounds. It is correctly depicted as firing fully-automatic in single player, but incorrectly uses a three-round burst fire mode in multiplayer and Zombie mode. Treyarch developer Josh Olin has stated that it was "an early prototype", although the first variant that was capable of burst fire was the Model 606B (essentially a heavy barrelled M16 with a four position selector switch tested in 1965) was fitted with a forward assist, unlike the weapon in game which also appears to have a standard weight barrel.
If upgrading the M16 with the Pack-A-Punch machine in zombie mode, it turns into the "Skullcrusher," which fires laser-like rounds and mounts an M203 grenade launcher. Both the M16 and the M203 keep their normal ammunition count.
The M14 Rifle is one of the assault rifles (correctly, battle rifle) used in-game and also distinguished by its firepower. For some reason, it uses an eight-round magazine in zombie mode despite using a twenty-round one in single-player and multiplayer modes. If comparing the M14 to the M1 Garand from Call of Duty: World at War, it's actually the same weapon, only with a different model, more ammunition held at once, and a reloading animation taken from Modern Warfare 2's Mk 14 EBR. Various attachments can be fitted: M203 grenade launcher, flamethrower, Colt scope, red dot sight, reflex sight, Knight's Armament Masterkey shotgun, suppressor, foregrip, IR scope and extended magazine.
The in-game model has a pistol grip and bipod like the M14E2 LMG, but is semi-automatic only. Attaching a foregrip in multiplayer increases its resemblance to the M14E2.
Heckler & Koch G11K2
The Heckler & Koch G11K2 is one of the prototype weapons in the game, and is used by Dr. Daniel Clarke in the level "Numbers." As in real life, it fires in bursts, at a very high rate of fire with incredible accuracy and close to zero recoil, but suffers from low damage due to its 4.73mm caseless rounds. Its appearance in the 1960s is anachronistic; the G11 was not fully developed until the late 1980s, and working prototypes were not created until the early 1970s. However the G11 variant in game is based on the pre-production version, the G11K2 which was developed in 1989 and incorporates attachment points for spare magazines on either side of the magazine being fed. The weapon is also erroneously depicted with iron sights; G11s were never designed with iron sights, and instead incorporated a scope (which is an available attachment in gameplay). A more appropriate choice of exotic rifle for the era would have been one of the Project SALVO (1951) prototypes, the bullpup SPIW (Special Purpose Individual Weapon) from Project NIBLICK (1960s) or one of the many Tula Arms Arsenal Soviet bullpup TKB prototypes from the 60s.
If upgrading the G11 with the Pack-A-Punch machine in zombies mode, it will turn into more powerful version called "G115 Generator"; firing laser-like rounds, but keeps the normal ammunition count. In multiplayer, it can be fitted with only two attachments: a Low-Power or Variable Zoom scope.
The FN FAL is seen mostly in the hands of Cuban soldiers and some NVA soldiers in-game. The rifle is aesthetically accurate in the game, however the wooden furniture and semi-automatic fire mode would suggest that this weapon is more specifically the "G Series" FAL, the civilian version of the FAL which was imported into the US in the 1960s.
The Enfield XL64 is one the assault rifles available in the game. Hudson carries an Enfield fitted with an infrared scope and a Masterkey under-barrel shotgun as during the singleplayer mission "Rebirth." The Enfield is anachronistic as it was not developed until the mid-1970s; the presence of the Enfield EM-2 Mamba (1951) would be more accurate. Members of the British Army, including the Scots Guards, tested the XL64 during the early 1980's to replace the L1A1 SLR. The XL64 eventually gave birth to the SA80/L85 series of rifles in service with the British Army.
The Sturmgewehr 44 is used by the Germans in the World War II mission "Project Nova" and can be used by the player. Also is able to purchase for 1200 points in the zombie maps Verrückt, Shi No Numa, and Der Riese.
The FG 42 can be purchased in the zombie map Der Riese for 1800 points and incorrectly holds 32 rounds instead of 20.
The M1 Carbine can be purchased in zombie mode for 600 points in the maps Nacht der Untoten, Shi No Numa and Der Riese. It is erroneously referred to as "M1A1 Carbine", which is the variant with a folding stock.
The M1 Garand is used in zombie mode for 600 points and is found in the zombie maps Verrückt and Shi Nu Numa.
The Gewehr 43 is 600 points in the zombie maps Verrückt, Shi Nu Numa, and Der Riese. Holds 10 shots in the magazine.
The Kar98k is 200 points in the zombie maps Natch Der Untoten, Verrückt, and Der Riese. It also replaces the M1903 Springfield in Verrukt, probably due to file space and the Springfield's poor preformance. It's effect on zombies stops at round 4.
Type 99 Arisaka
The Arisaka Type 99 is able to be purchased in the zombie map Shi Nu Numa for 200 points.
The Franchi SPAS-12 is present in the game. It should be noted that the SPAS-12 is unrealistically depicted as being used by Vietnamese and American soldiers in 1968, even though it did not actually enter production until 1979. In contrast to MW2's SPAS, the one featured in Black Ops is semi-auto and has its stock folded. Despite this, when it is picked up and when reloading the player pumps the weapon, even though the charging handle on the right side of it must be pulled back to chamber a new shell in semi-auto mode, as the pump is locked forward. It should also be noted that the Dragon's Breath rounds used in one campaign mission are underpowered and not rated for use in semis due to insufficient energy to cycle the action. If upgrading the SPAS-12 with the Pack-A-Punch machine in Zombies mode, it will turn into a more powerful version called "SPAZ-24"; firing laser-like rounds, but has 24 shells instead of 8 and also it reloads the entire magazine only after one shell, which only takes a second. Another note of interest is that the middle of the butt-pad on the folding stock is incorrectly depicted as being hollowed out, leaving only two rectangular sheets on the ends the stock, you can see a similar thing in the game F.E.A.R. This is done so the shotgun can be aimed down the iron sights, as they are normally unusable whilst the stock is folded.
Ithaca 37 "Stakeout"
An Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" with a heat shield and unusable shell holder wrapped around the receiver, is available in the game. Originally thought to be the full-stocked Trench Gun variant due to insufficient detail, until shots of the world model revealed that it really is the Stakeout. Its appearance is anachronistic as the Stakeout was not produced until 1981. A more accurate weapon would be the Ithaca 37 "Trench Gun" variant, as it was around during the time period and was actually used by special forces during the Vietnam War.
A Soviet KS-23 shotgun/carbine is seen only in the game's single-player mode. It holds more rounds (seven) than it actually does in reality (three in the tube mag, one in the chamber); for some reason, it also seems to eject two shells at once every time the player pumps it after firing. Appearance is anachronistic, as the weapon wasn't designed until the 1970s. More correct choices of Soviet shotguns from the 60s would have been the IZH-18 or the TOZ-34.
A KS-23 with a harpoon and cable is used by Mason to shoot down a Soviet helicopter during "Vorkuta".
Beretta Model 682
One of the shotguns available in the game. While named after the Rottweil Olympia Over/Under 72 shotgun, the "Olympia" is in fact modeled on a Beretta 682. Either way, it is anachronistic; not only the Rottweil Olympia was introduced in 1972, but also the Beretta 682 was not invented until 1985. A more historically accurate choice would have been the Browning O/U.
High Standard Model 10
The semi-automatic High Standard Model 10 Type B (1967) is the last shotgun unlocked, holds 4 shells and can be dual wielded; in zombie mode it holds 6 shells. However, it is unclear why the multiplayer version doesn't have an "extended mags" attachment, since the capacity of the real HS-10 magazine tube can be extended from 4 to 6 shells. Furthermore, despite that in real life the HS-10 features a warning label that reads, "Caution: Do not fire from left shoulder" due to the ejection port's location, when it is dual-wielded, could easily result in hot brass (or, rather, plastic) flying in your face.
Winchester Model 1887
A Winchester Model 1887 is seen being wielded one handed while riding a motorcycle near the end of the level "Vorkuta". It is erroneously depicted as being able to fire two shots before needing to be spin-cocked, why this was done is unknown, but it means this 1887 is the opposite of the one in MW2: that one's barrel was incorrectly used as a magazine tube, while this one's magazine tube is incorrectly used as a barrel. The model appears to the same one from Modern Warfare 2.
Double Barreled Shotgun
In the opening cutscene for the newly-released zombie mode level "Call of the Dead", Michael Rooker is seen using a pair of sawn-off 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotguns akimbo while acting for a zombie film. These are not usable in the Call of the dead zombie map, however, and they appear to be reused models from Call of Duty: World at War. In one instance when dual-wielding them, probably as homage to typical Hollywood inaccuracies, Rooker fires three shots from one of them without reloading. Also purchasable in zombie maps Natch der Untoten, Verrückt, And Der Riese for 1500 points. The sawed off version does not come out in Der Riese only the one with long barrel comes out in Der Riese. It should be noted the long-barrel shotgun form Der Riese has the character's hand floating under the grip, probably due to file space reasons.
Winchester Model 1897
The Winchester Model 1897 is available in zombie mode in the zombie maps Natch der untoten, Verrückt, Shi Nu Numa, and Der Diese for 1500 points. It's the best with the Perk a Cola "Speed Cola".
The RPK-74 appears early in the single player campaign, in the hands of Cuban soldiers in "Operation 40" (set in 1961). The RPK-74's handguards are ribbed like the later RPK-74M, even though the weapon is ostensibly the earlier model with wooden handguards. The weapon features a tech-SIGHT rear sight aperture (modeled on Valmet Assault Rifle Series), which is removed and replaced with the standard AK top cover when an optic is attached. Compared to the two other AK-type rifles, the RPK-74 has an artificially long reload animation. It is called "RPK" in-game, but is actually modelled after a RPK-74, which is anachronistic, as the RPK-74 wasn't introduced until 1974 (alongside the AK-74). The tech-SIGHT rear sight aperture is also anachronistic. A more appropriate choice for the time period would be the Kalashnikov RPK, which was introduced in the 1950s. Nevertheless it has the correct for RPK magazine capacity of 40 or 75 (with drum magazine) rounds, as well as Valmet M78 style handle for carrying.
Heckler & Koch HK-21E
The HK-21E is in the game, but uses G3 Magazines holding 30 rounds. The extended drum magazine holds 60 rounds in multiplayer, and 80 in single player. Other attachments include various optics. If upgrading the HK-21E with the Pack-A-Punch machine in zombie mode, it will turn into more powerful version called "H115 Oscillator"; firing laser-like rounds, and has 150 round magazine. While the HK-21 itself is not anachronistic to Black Ops (being developed in 1961), the HK-21E variant was not developed until the 1980s.
A Stoner 63 in its assault rifle configuration is unlocked as the last light machine gun in Multiplayer.
GE M134 Minigun
A handheld M134 Minigun (the GAU-2B/A, according to a data plate on the weapon's model) is available in multiplayer as a Kill Streak reward; it can also be found during the campaign level "Vorkuta", under the name "Death Machine", and is also available in Zombie mode as a power-up, with unlimited ammo but disappearing after 30 seconds.
This weapon is a modified version of the now-standard Terminator 2-style Minigun with some slight alterations. First the chainsaw grip is offset to the left and the Y-frame and rear grip are tilted to the right so that when the player holds the weapon, it is tilted to the left. Because of this the Y-frame is not actually attached to the recoil adapter assemblies which makes them completely extraneous. Additionally the barrel cluster incorrectly spins clock-wise from the player's perspective and features a custom three-disc barrel clamp rather than the traditional four-disc clamp.
Brass and links eject from the 12 o'clock position sending a stream of shells up and to the left. In reality the links would be ejected from the feeder/delinker where the chute is attached on the right side of the weapon and the brass would eject from the bottom. Likely this was altered for a more cinematic effect while using the gun. Finally the firing mechanism is a thumb switch on top of the rear grip rather than a traditional trigger.
The gun itself is fed from a 999-round (499-round in multiplayer) belt loaded into a chute from the first person perspective. In the third person the weapon has no visible ammo or power source. Despite the rotational speed of the barrel cluster (it spins so fast that it appears to be slowly rotating the opposite direction) the weapon only fires 1200 rounds per minute. There is a slight spin up and spin down of the barrels before and after firing. Though it is only a fraction of a second and doesn't impede gameplay, it is technically incorrect as the M134's action is cycled by barrel rotation and would start firing as soon as the cluster rotated and would continue to fire until the cluster stopped. The XM214 had a feature that would declutch the feeder/delinker during spin down to conserve ammo, but the "Death Machine" is based on the M134, not the XM214, which was developed much later.
It is also worth noting that the Sentry gun and the Huey door gun Miniguns both use the handheld "Death Machine" model including custom hand grips and barrel clamps. The door gun version features an ammo can to the left of the gun with a chute that appears to feed into the left recoil adapter mounting assembly, which is incorrect since the feeder/delinker is installed on the right side of the weapon.
The M60E3 general purpose machine gun, known as "The Pig" during the Vietnam war, is available in the game. It does not appear to have the forward pistol grip. In-game, the M60E3 uses a modern flip-up rear iron sights instead its own original sights, like some other weapons available in Black Ops. It is labelled as "M60" during gameplay, but is modeled after a M60E3, which the appearance during the Vietnam War is anachronistic, as only the original M60 was available at the time (the E3 variant was not introduced until 1986). The first M60 in the game, mounted on the plane at the end of Operation 40, has unlimited ammo and fires explosive rounds.
Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2
The Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2 can be purchased for 1800 points in the zombie maps Nacht der Untoten, Verrückt and Shi No Numa.
Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Magnum
The Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Magnum is available in the game. The folding stock and fluted barrel indicates that this is the Magnum variant of the AW. It is highly anachronistic, since the AWM entered British Military service in 1998, and the entire Arctic Warfare family of rifles wasn't developed until 1982. A more adecuate bolt-action high power sniper rifle choice would have been the M40 sniper rifle (introduced in 1966) or the older Winchester Model 70.
In-game the AWM is called the L96A1, which is the incorrect designation for the weapon. The L96A1 is the British designation for the Accuracy International Precision Marksman. The Arctic Warfare Magnum's designation, at least the German Army designation, is the G22.
Upgrading the L96A1 with the Pack-A-Punch machine in zombie mode will turn it into the "L115 Isolator", firing laser-like round and gaining a magazine capacity of 8 rounds instead of 5. Although the name is likely supposed to be a reference to the Element 115, the "L115" designation is incidentally more accurate for the actual weapon.
Gun used on November 22, 1963, by Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate U.S. President John F. Kennedy, can be seen for a second in a trailer. This is the first of many allusions to Kennedy's assassination throughout the game's campaign. This gun isn't usable in-game.
The Soviet SVD Dragunov (introduced in 1963) is one of the sniper rifles available in the game. Can be used with Variable Zoom Scope, NSPU Night Vision Scope, PK-AV Combat Scope, Suppressor, or Extended Magazines.
Walther WA 2000
A Walther WA 2000 appears as part of Mason's loadout in the mission "Victor Charlie", which makes it anachronistic, because "Victor Charlie" takes place in 1968 and the WA 2000 was not manufactured until 1982. Even a prototype would be anachronistic, because the gun was designed in the late 70s. Its exorbitant cost and ill-suited design for the military also would have discouraged use.
A more adecuate U.S. sniper rifle choice for that era would have been the M40 sniper rifle (introduced in 1966) or the older Winchester Model 70, both used in Vietnam before 1968. However, these were bolt-action rifles. A semi-auto sniper rifle system used in the war was the XM21, but it was fielded until late 1969.
Heckler & Koch PSG-1
The Heckler & Koch PSG-1 is a selectable weapon when playing as Agent Jason Hudson in the slums of Kowloon. In multiplayer, it is unlocked after every other sniper rifle is purchased. Its appearance in the game is anachronistic as the PSG-1 was not developed until the 1970s. In addition it seems to be, for some reason, modeled with the standard G3 tropical handguard, attached bipod, and a shorter barrel. This suggests it was modeled after the SR-9 rifle, which is the civilian version of the PSG-1, though the SR-9 was not designed until 1990.
A more accurate (and somewhat similar looking) choice for the time frame of the game would have been the French MAS FR F1 precision rifle introduced in 1966.
Mosin Nagant Rifle
The Mosin Nagant Rifle is found during the World War II Flashback mission "Project Nova", available open sighted as well. NPCs hold the in-world model of the weapon as if it has a pistol grip; this is due to recyling poses used by weapons which do have pistol grips (similar issues in other games result in sights like an enemy replacing a non-existent box magazine on a belt fed weapon, for example). In addition all of the models have a downturned bolt handle, actually only a feature of sniper versions.
This updated version of the SA-7 Grail, referred to in-game by its Russian designation of "Strela-3", appears in both single- and multiplayer mode, only capable of firing when locked onto a vehicle. Its appearance in the campaign is brief; Hudson uses a scavenged Strela-3 to shoot down two Mi-8 "Hip" gunships during the attack on Rebirth Island. The Gremlin is, like most weapons in the game, anachronistic, as Black Ops takes place in 1968, 6 years before its introduction in 1974. A more appropriate choice would have been the Strela-2, which was developed in 1968 (though in both cases the "Valkyrie" variant mentioned below would still be anachronistic to the 1963 level "Executive Order").
A unique fictional version of the SA-14 Gremlin, called the "Valkyrie" which has a MCLOS (Manual Command to Line of Sight) system same as the BGM-71 TOW. It is usable in the single-player missions "Executive Order", wherein Alex Mason uses it to destroy the Soyuz II rocket in flight, and "Redemption", where it's used to down a pair of Mi-8 helicopters. It also acts as a killstreak in multi-player, awarded after seven kills and costing 4,000 CoD Points.
RPG-7 is used by Cuban, North Vietnamese, and Russian troops in campaign mode, and is available in multiplayer as well.
The M202A1 FLASH referred as the "Grim Reaper", can be used in the missions "Victor Charlie" and "Numbers" and also can be seen used by NPC's in the mission "Crash Site". In multiplayer mode, the Grim Reaper can be obtained from a care package killstreak (awarded after five kills) just like the Death Machine. It hold 4 rockets per clip, and has the unrealistic ability to lock on helicopters and planes. In singleplayer mode, multiple rockets can be fired at once, while in multiplayer the weapon is restricted to semi-automatic fire. The M202's appearance in Black Ops is anachronistic, as it wasn't designed until the late 1970s and was not fielded by the US military until 1978. The XM191, on which the M202 was based was fielded during the Vietnam War.
The M72 LAW appears in the game as a single shot rocket launcher; it is anachronistic as the version used in the game is a modern M72A7 LAW, not Vietnam-era model. It is used by Mason to destroy NVA T-55 tanks in Vietnam. In multiplayer the M72 is the first launcher unlocked by the player and has the unrealistic capacity to lock-on to vehicles as opposed to the real life counter-part, which is direct-fire only.
China Lake grenade launcher
The China Lake Launcher is available in Black Ops, and is the last launcher unlocked. The pump animation has been deliberately made slow for game balance, to the point that when paired with the correct Multiplayer perk, it'd be faster to reload after every shot rather than waiting for the pump animation to play. Furthermore, in Multiplayer mode, the tube magazine holds only half its actual capacity (two grenades instead of four). The weapon also cannot be fired without using the iron sight; if a "no-scope" shot is attempted, the player character will bring the launcher into aim-down-sight mode automatically before firing.
The Panzerschreck is used by the German soldiers in the World War II flashback mission "Project Nova" and usable by the player.
The M60 machine gun is seen mounted as a door gun on a Huey gunship, and as a mounted weapon throughout the game.
A Huey gunship is seen armed with a M21 armament system that consists of side mounted 70mm rocket pods and twin M134 Miniguns.
A Browning M2HB can be seen mounted on every M113 APC in the singleplayer and also on every PBR.
Seen as a part of the SAM Turrets.
BGM-71 TOW missile
The BGM-71 TOW is seen mounted on a jeep only in the mission "S.O.G." where the player need to destroy the NVA tanks. Unlike real TOW missile, this missile is guided by MCLOS (Manual Command to Line of Sight) instead of SACLOS (Semi Automatic Command to Line of Sight) which would be much simpler. Its appearance in "S.O.G." (set in 1968) is anachronistic: the BGM-71 wasn't introduced into US military service until 1970, and though it saw service in Vietnam, the weapon didn't appear there until 1972.
Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun
The sentry guns in the zombie map "Kino der Toten" appears to be based on Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun. A double machine gun turret in the level "Victor Charlie" appears to be made of two modified Type 92s. The use icon for that turret reuses the icon for the Type 92 from Call of Duty: World at War.
The MG42 appears only as an emplaced weapon throughout the World War II flashback mission "Project Nova". The first MG42 is seen fired by a Russian soldier and the rest by the Germans, but all are usable by the player.
AGS-30 automatic grenade launcher / machine gun
A heavy machine gun and a grenade launcher versions of AGS-30 with extended barrels are both attached to the BTR-60 APC that Hudson operates during the mission "Rebirth". Development of AGS-30 started in early 1990s, so it is highly anachronistic.
DShK heavy machine gun
The DShK heavy machine gun is mostly seen mounted on trucks. The player uses one in "Vorkuta" and "WMD", and NPCs operate them in several other missions. It is fitted with an antiaircraft sight.
The 82-PM-37 mortar is used by the Russian soldiers in the World War II mission "Project Nova". The player can't use these first-hand, but can instead call in mortar strikes that are launched via these weapons by allies. Calling the mortars is done by throwing smoke grenades near the target. They appear on the ground as stun grenades, though this is simply a result of model reuse.
M34 White Phosphorous grenade
The M34 White Phosphorous grenade AKA "Willy Pete" is used in its intended role as a smoke grenade, rather than as an incendiary weapon. It still causes mild damage to enemies who are too close when it explodes, though.
M67 hand grenade
The M67 hand grenade once again returns as the primary grenade of every faction in-game (not including the World War II mission "Project Nova"). Because Black Ops takes place from 1961 to 1968, it would be slightly more accurate to see the M26 hand grenade instead of the M67, as it did not come into common use in the U.S. Military until 1969. Strictly speaking, though, it's not exactly anachronistic, as it was designed in the 50's. In the zombie maps Kino Der Toten, Five, and Ascension M67 hand grenades are 250 points for 4 grenades.
Model 24 Stielhandgranate
The Model 24 Stielhandgranate is used by the German soldiers in the World War II mission "Project Nova" and usable by the player. Also available in the zombie maps Natch Der Untoten, Verrückt, Shi Nu Numa, and Der Riese for 250 points.
RGD-33 stick grenade
The RGD-33 stick grenade is used by the Russian soldiers in the World War II mission "Project Nova" and usable by the player.
The M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel mine is available once again as a defensive weapon. For 1000 points claymores X2 are able to purchase in the maps Kino Der Toten, Five, Ascention, Call of the Dead, and Moon. Shangri La features an alternate version for the same price, called the "Spikemore", which as its name indicates launches spikes along with its usual shrapnel.
As with other Call of Duty games, the mine is based on the depiction of the Claymore in Metal Gear Solid, emitting two red laser beams from its iron sight when placed to show its damage radius and arming area, and is proximity triggered; such a system would require a level of laser technology that did not exist at the time the game is set, and would be of very little practical function since the beams are not associated with any kind of reflector. About the only way it could work, assuming the laser is actually the detonator, is if the laser unit was a rangefinder set to detonate the mine if anything passed closer than a preset distance, which would be an absurdly inefficient method of fuzing an antipersonnel mine. Real Claymore mines are typically command-detonated.
F-1 hand grenade
The F-1 hand grenade is one of the grenades that aren't usable in-game.
RGD-5 hand grenade
The RGD-5 hand grenade is one of the grenades that aren't usable in-game.
Mk 2 hand grenade
The Mk 2 hand grenade is one of the grenades that aren't usable in-game. The Mk 2 can can be seen on Tank Dempsey in the zombie map "Kino Der Toten".
M7 Gas Grenade
Purchasable for 2000 points in multiplayer, the player can use Semtex in place of a hand grenade. In zombies, four semtex grenades are 250 points in the zombie maps Call of the Dead, Shangri La, and Moon. It works somewhat similar to the normal hand grenade, though with a slightly shorter fuse and it can't be cooked to explode earlier. If it attaches to a player, that player's HUD will alert them that it is stuck to them, at which point they will die once it goes off.
M203 grenade launcher
The M203 grenade launcher returns once again, but this time, it actually has the trigger and trigger guard, unlike in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2. In the first stages of the game, the M203 lacked the front and rear mountings as can be seen below, but added in the final version. Since Black Ops takes place from 1961 to 1968, it is anachronistic to see the M203 in use as it entered service only in 1969. A more historically-accurate choice would have been the XM148 grenade launcher.
A GP-30 can be seen mounted on the AK based gun and the Galil; as ever for the series, it is incorrectly called a GP-25 despite having the quadrant sight on the right instead of on the left. Its appearance is anachronistic; the GP-30 entered service in 1989, and the GP-25 itself in 1978.
Knight's Armament Masterkey underbarrel shotgun
The Knight's Armament Masterkey is a purchasable attachment for some Assault Rifles in multiplayer, and is seen in singleplayer mounted on the M14 and M16 in "SOG", the AK-47 in "Victor Charlie", the Enfield in "Rebirth" and the Galil in "Redemption". It is anachronistic, since the Masterkey project was not initiated until the 1980s.
The GSN-19 grenade launcher is a unique attachment for the AKS-74U compact carbine. First encountered in the single-player mission "Rebirth". Anachronistic, as like the gun in question, the launcher was not developed until the 1970s.