Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Official Box Art
Release Date: 2002
Developer: Rockstar North
Publisher: 2K Games
Series: Grand Theft Auto
Platforms: Playstation 2
Genre: Third-Person Shooter

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is sixth title in the Grand Theft Auto series and the first main entry since 2001's Grand Theft Auto III, developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 27 October 2002 for the PlayStation 2, on 12 May 2003 for Microsoft Windows, and on 31 October 2003 for the Xbox. Set within the fictional Vice City (based on Miami) in 1986, the game follows Tommy Vercetti following his release from prison. After he is caught up in an ambushed drug deal, he seeks out those responsible while building a criminal empire and seizing power from other criminal organizations in the city. The game's events follow on from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. Upon release, the game received critical acclaim, with praise particularly directed at its music, gameplay and open world design. However, the game also generated controversy, with criticism directed at the depiction of violence and racial groups.

The following weapons appear in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City:



Has a theme color of yellow. Can be put to good use while robbing a store.

Colt M1911A1

Called the 'Colt 45' in the original release and later renamed 'Pistol' in the 2.0 version, the M1911A1 appears as the game's first handgun. It is the most popular weapon in the game being used by the Vice City Police Department, all gang members, Patrol Invest Group (PIG) guards and many more. This is virtually the only weapon used by armed NPC's in free-roam outside of missions and sub-missions, the exceptions being the Ammu-Nation store shopkeepers, the Golfers and the soldiers around Fort Baxter (programmed similar to gangs) and Tommy's Gang after completing the storyline missions. Although it incorrectly uses a large magazine capacity of 17 rounds, it one of two firearm models to be recycled from Grand Theft Auto III, the other being the Remington 700.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
The M1911A1 at a spawn point in Ocean Bay Marina.
Tommy using his pistol.
VCPD Officers are the only NPCs in the game to fire the M1911 by using both hands.
Tommy's men armed with M1911s.

Colt Python

Originally properly named 'Colt Python' only later to be renamed '.357' in the 2.0 version, the Colt Python appears as the sole revolver in the game, possibly meant as an homage to films like Dirty Harry and Taxi Driver (though in both instances the prominent revolvers therein were .44 Smith & Wesson Model 29s). Though sold in two out of the three Ammu-Nations, it is otherwise very rare in the game - It is not used by any NPC in the game except for the Ammu-Nation store-keeper in Downtown Vice City. It is a slow-firing, but extremely powerful handgun, usually being able to kill someone with one shot, except for SWAT, FBI and National Guardsmen with protective armor. Interestingly, Tommy uses one in the cutscene at the end of the mission Rub Out even if you don't have one in your inventory. It holds 6 rounds, and incorrectly ejects shells upon firing. The redesign of the Colt Python for the 2.0 version changed the Python model for a less accurate one.

Colt Python Stainless Steel variant with 6" Barrel - .357 Magnum
The original in-game Colt Python.
Tommy armed with the Colt Python in a pre-relase screenshot.
The in-game redesigned version of the '.357'.
Tommy aims his Colt Python at a SWAT member.
Tommy armed with the Colt Python in the end cutscene of Rub Out; his Python uses the same model from the original release.

Submachine Guns

Has a theme color of yellow. All can be used in drive-bys and can be fired to the front or sides while riding motorcycles. Interestingly, when fired from a vehicle, they all have the sound-bites of the Uzi, and a drastically much higher damage, so that one bullet will usually kill virtually every type of NPC.

Intratec TEC-9

The TEC-9 has a somewhat low rate of fire compared to other submachine guns in the game, moderate damage, and a high capacity magazine of 50 rounds. Used most prominently by Street Wannabes and low-level thug muscle in a few missions, but also by other gangs and the respawning Mafia attackers in Keep Your Friends Close... The redesign of the TEC-9 for the 2.0 version added a longer magazine, and a changed the model of the top of the weapon for a less correctly modeled one.

Intratec TEC-9 - 9x19mm
The original in-game TEC-9.
Tommy armed with the original TEC-9 in a pre relase screenshot.
TEC-9 HUD icon
The in-game redesigned 2.0 version of the TEC-9.
Tommy uses the redesigned TEC-9 on a motorcycle.


Originally named 'Ingram Mac 10' and later shortened to just 'Mac' in the 2.0 version, the MAC-10 is a very rare weapon in the game, as it is never used by NPCs during any missions - It is only wielded by the storekeeper of the Ammu-Nation Store that sells the weapon in Vice Beach, but on the PC version only (on the PS2 version, he is unarmed). The same model also appears later in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.

The weapon also was originally supposed to have a suppressor - The suppressed version can be seen on the Ammu-Nation adveresting banners, and text strings in the game files also refer to the weapon as "Silenced Ingram". A MAC-10 with suppressor does appear in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. The redesign of the Ingram MAC-10 for the 2.0 version added a top charging handle, although changing the model of the front sight for a less correct one.

Interestingly, the game icon for this is actually a Micro Uzi, while on the 10th Aniversary Edition the icon is from a normal Uzi, even though there's a 10th Aniversary Icon for a Micro Uzi (Basically a GTA III Micro Uzi icon but colored) which is still wrong, but at least closer. (Also interestingly, the opposite is the case for the 'Micro-SMG' in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, where the game weapon's model is a Micro Uzi while its' icon is that of a MAC-10). Probably, in the process of development of Vice City, Micro-Uzi from GTA III was replaced on the full-size variant, but its icon fell on the MAC-10 due to confusion, and this, strangely enough, was not fixed.

Ingram MAC-10 - 9x19mm
The original in-game 'Ingram Mac-10' with more correctly modeled front sight, but a missing charging handle.
The in-game redesigned 2.0 version of the 'Mac' with a charging handle and different model.
MAC-10 HUD icon (which actually shows a Micro Uzi)
Tommy armed with the MAC-10.
Tommy uses the MAC-10 from a motorcycle in the 10th Aniversary Edition. Note that the icon used in this edition depicts an Uzi.


Known as the 'Uzi 9mm' in the original release and later incorrectly named 'Uz-I' in the 2.0 version, the IMI Uzi is considerably the second most popular weapon in the game, being used by some law enforcement officers (SWAT, Cheetah Undercover Officers), gang members such as Haitians and Cubans, Tommy's goons, and many more NPCs throughout the game. It has moderate damage and a very fast rate of fire and holds a 30 round magazine The redesign of the Uzi for the 2.0 version changed the model of iron sights and charging handle.

IMI Uzi - 9x19mm
The original in-game 'Uzi 9mm' with more accurately modeled iron sights and charging handle.
The redesigned 'Uz-I' with a less accurate model.
Tommy armed with an Uzi.
Tommy uses the Uzi on a motorcycle.
Tommy's men become armed with Uzis once the main storyline is completed.

Heckler & Koch HK94A3

Despite being referred to as 'MP5' and later shortened to just 'MP' in the 2.0 version, it is actually a converted Heckler & Koch HK94. With a high rate of fire, but slightly less than the Uzi's, and moderate magazine capacity of 30 rounds, it is one of the most effective weapons in the game. It can be found on FBI agents and National Guardsmen. Ricardo Diaz (voiced by Luis Guzmán) uses one when Tommy and Lance take over his mansion in Rub Out. Cam Jones (voiced by Greg Sims) and Hillary later uses the HK94 in The Job when robbing a bank. The redesign of the HK94A3 for the 2.0 version changed the model for a less correct one.

The "Fake MP5", the Heckler & Koch HK94A3 Converted to full auto fire, shortened barrel and added third firing position on trigger pack - 9x19mm
The original in-game 'MP5' with a more correctly modeled rear sight, as well a better positioned charging handle.
Tommy armed with the HK94 in a pre-relase screenshot.
The in-game redesigned 2.0 version of the 'MP' after the original relase with a less correct model.
HK94 HUD icon
An HK94 sits on Ricardo Diaz's table. Note how the handguard appears to be fitted accessory rails, which is anachronistic for the game's 1986 time period.
Cam Jones (voiced by Greg Sims) with his HK94 during a bank robbery. He and the other members of the Tommy's team are dressed in this mission in costumes, that are clearly a reference to Friday the 13th.


Has a theme color of dark green. When fired, the pellets erroneously leave from the barrel to multiple directions.

Ithaca 37

Referred to as "Chrome Shotgun", the Ithaca 37 reliable shotgun with a fast rate of fire. It can be obtained by steeling a police cruiser (though if the player has a different shotgun in their inventory, they will just receive 5 extra shells for it). However, it is never used by an VCPD Officers. The redesign of the Ithaca 37 for the 2.0 version changed the barrel model for a shorter one (actually turning shotgun to sawed-off version).

Ithaca 37 Deer Slayer Police Special (note the rifle sights and riot-length barrel) - 12 gauge
The original in-game Ithaca 37 with a longer barrel.
Ithaca 37 "Stakeout", blued finish with wooden forearm - 20 gauge, for comparision.
The in-game redesigned 2.0 version of the Ithaca 37 with a shorter barrel.
Ithaca 37 HUD icon
Tommy armed with the Ithaca 37.
Tommy using the Ithaca 37 in a pre-relase screenshot.
Diaz with his Ithaca 37. Note: The model is the same from the original relase.

Ithaca 37 "Stakeout"

Called the 'Stubby Shotgun', an Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" is obtainable. Its strengths are countered by a very poor range, leaving it at a disadvantage in firefights at medium ranges. It also has a lengthy pump sequence compared to other shotguns. It is an homage to a customized Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" used by Philip Michael Thomas in Miami Vice.

Ithaca 37 Stakeout Custom - 12ga. This is the screen-used firearm carried by Philip Michael Thomas in the series Miami Vice. Thanks to James Georgopoulos.
The Stakeout In-game.
Stakeout HUD icon
Tommy armed with the Stakeout in a pre-relase screenshot.
Tommy using the Stakeout.

Franchi SPAS-12

Known as 'Spaz Shotgun' and then later named 'S.P.A.S. 12' in the 2.0 version, the SPAS-12 is the most effective shotgun in the game. It has a high rate of fire and is the only shotgun to have a magazine capacity, holding 7 rounds. Only one Ammu-Nation store sells the gun, in Downtown, at the extremely high price of $4000. It can also be found at Escobar International Airport behind the Vice Surf billboard across from the EIA Main Terminal Building, and Vercetti Estate for the final mission Keep Your Friends Close... The redesign of the SPAS-12 for the 2.0 version changed the model for a less accurate one.

Franchi SPAS-12 with stock folded - 12 Gauge
The original in-game 'SPAZ Shotgun'.
Tommy with the SPAS-12 in a pre-relase screenshot.
SPAS-12 HUD icon
The in-game redesigned 2.0 version of the 'S.P.A.S-12' with a less accurate model.

Assault Rifles / Carbines

Has a theme color of orange. Allows aiming option by clicking the secondary fire mode button.

Ruger Mini-14F

Originally called 'Ruger' in the original release and later strangely renamed 'Kruger' in the 2.0 version, the Ruger Mini-14F is the first assault rifle encountered in the game. It has a slow rate of fire, but is still implied to be fired in fully-automatic mode; the latter would be correct for the Ruger AC556, but not for the Mini-14, which is only semi-automatic in reality. Tommy and Lance use two of these weapons to cover Diaz during a drug deal gone wrong with the Cubans. It is also used during the mission All Hands on Deck when Colonel Cortez's (voiced by Robert Davi) sailor's wield these, and Tommy has one too. The weapon's original design featured a wooden finish and full length barrel. The redesign in the 2.0 version has a darker tone and a shortened barrel.

Stainless Steel Ruger Mini-14F - 5.56x45mm (.223 Remington)
The original in-game Ruger with wooden finish.
The redesigned 'Kruger' after the original release, here left by Cortez for Tommy in the mission "Guardian Angels".
Lance Vance with the redesigned Ruger.

Colt Model 733

Incorrectly named the 'M4', the Colt Model 733 appears as the game's second assault rifle. Although obviously a Colt 733, identifying the weapon as an M4 Carbine would be anachronistic as the game takes place in 1986 and the designation "M4" was not introduced until 1994. The Colt 733 is mainly seen in the hands of National Guardsmen at Fort Baxter. Tommy and Lance use Model 733's during their assault on Diaz's Mansion in Rub Out. The weapon has a high rate of fire average damage rate. Its magazine holds 30 rounds.

Colt Model 733 AKA the "M16A2 Commando" - 5.56x45mm NATO
The in-game Colt Model 733.
Tommy armed with the Colt 733 while wearing a familiar outfit.
Tommy beheads an enemy gang member with his Model 733 during a "Rampage".
National Guardsmen armed with Colt 733s.

Sniper Rifles

Has a theme color of pink. Allows telescopic sight view by clicking the secondary fire button.

Remington 700

Referred to as just 'Sniper Rifle', the Remington 700 is the second weapon to be recycled from Grand Theft Auto III. It shares all attributes to the Remington in GTA III, including having to aim the rifle in order to fire it.

Remington 700 - 7.62x51mm
The in-game Remington 700.
Tommy armed with the Remington 700.
Looking through the scope of the Remington 700.

Heckler & Koch SR9(T)

Originally named 'PSG1' and later changed to '.308 Sniper' in the 2.0 version, the Heckler & Koch SR9(T) appears as an advanced sniping weapon in the game. This configuration is an anachronism, as the SR9 series was not introduced until after the 1989 import ban. It uses a 7-round magazine and a laser magnifying scope (which is more accurate in the long run), and can destroy a car with a whole magazine. The redesign of the HK for the 2.0 version added a nonfunctional suppressor and longer magazine, although it retains the same ammo capacity.

Heckler & Koch HK91 made to look like an SR9(T) - 7.62x51mm
The original in-game 'PSG1'.
Tommy with the original HK SR9 in a pre-release screenshot.
The in-game redesigned 2.0 version of the '.308 Sniper', which has a suppressor and a longer magazine.
HK SR9 HUD icon
Tommy with the redesigned HK SR9.
Looking through the scope of the HK SR9.

Heavy Weapons

Has a theme color of purple. Carrying such a weapon will slow down your speed and prevent you from jumping and sprinting.

M60 machine gun

Possibly as an homage to John Rambo, the M60 machine gun is a rare heavy weapon to come across. It is first used in the mission Phnom Penh '86 where Tommy uses a helicopter mounted M60, which he later takes off the Heli for use in combat and keeps the weapon after the mission. It can be found in Little Haiti at Phil's place after completing Boomshine Saigon and also at Fort Baxter. The weapon holds 100 rounds, and can easily take down vehicles and can kill a person in one shot.

M60 machine gun - 7.62x51mm
The M60 in the game's opening cutscene. This is the original model (still used in the PS2 version), which is more correct than the redesign for the 2.0 version. For some reason, the weapon in this specific cutscene lacks the front sight.
Another view of the weapon in the same scene.
The redesigned M60. Note the different stock, the less accurately textured holes in the bipod, the bulkier handguard and feed tray cover, and the front sight being modeled backwards. The belt is also depicted as feeding from the right side instead of the left, though this was already the case in the original PS2 version.
Tommy armed with the M60.
Tommy helping Cortez fight off DGSE agents with his M60.

Hand Held GE M134

The Hand Held M134 Minigun can be bought off from Phil Cassidy after you complete Boomshine Saigon. It has an incredible rate of fire and can annihilate most vehicles in almost less than a second around a certain radius and will easily mow down anyone in sight. The weapon is an homage to iconic action films of the 1980's and early 90's which feature the hand held minigun, such as Predator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Airsoft handheld M134 Minigun with 'Chainsaw grip' to handle the recoil force. This variant was seen in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. This is an airsoft version which retains the half-circle attachment point for the M60 foregrip from Predator; the real T2 minigun did not have this - (fake) 7.62x51mm NATO
The Minigun at Phil Cassidy's place.
The dancing cop and soldier apparently have no problem with the presence of a masked psychopath running inside the Malibu Club with a massive Minigun in hands.
The following day, Tommy proceeds to punish the law enforcement system by mowing down its brightest members.


Simply known as 'Rocket Launcher', the RPG-7 is the most effective weapon against helicopters and vehicles. It will take anything out with one shot. It uses the same aiming system as the M72 LAW in Grand Theft Auto III. It can be purchased from Phil's Place in Little Haiti after completing Boomshine Saigon and can be found at the Hooker Inn in Viceport.

RPG-7 - 40mm
The RPG-7 in-game.
HUD icon
Aiming the RPG-7.


A hand held flamethrower appears in the game, and can set anything flammable on fire. Like the flamethrower in Grand Theft Auto III, it does not resemble any actual flamethrower and seems to be entirely fabricated for the game.

The Flamethrower in-game.
Flamethrower HUD icon
Tommy using the flamethrower.



Like Grand Theft Auto III, the hand grenade in the game is the M67 hand grenade but with a black skin. The M67 comes in two different versions: a regular version with a timed fuse, and a version that uses a detonator, called 'Remote Grenade'.

M67 fragmentation grenade
The M67 in-game.
The 'Remote Grenade'.
M67 HUD icon
Tommy using the M67.

M7 CS Gas Grenade

Known simply as 'Tear Gas', the M7 CS gas grenade appears as a slow and difficult weapon to use against enemies. Once thrown, it omits a big grey cloud which slowly kills anything around it. If Tommy enters the cloud, his health will quickly diminish. It can be found behind the Washington Beach Police Station. It only appears in the original PlayStation 2 version. It was removed from the 2.0 version likely because it is difficult to use, hardly is used, and cause the game to lag.

M7 CS gas grenade
The M7 CS In-game.
M7 CS HUD icon
Tommy uses the M7 CS.


Desert Eagle

The Desert Eagle was originally intended to be in the game, but was likely replaced with the Colt Python. However, it can still be seen in a few mission cutscenes such as being wielded by Ricardo Diaz to shoot his VCR in Supply & Demand, by Lance Vance in the ending cutscene ofRub Out, and in the opening cutscene for The Shootist being dual-wielded by Phil Cassidy at the shooting range. This weapon would later appear in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

IMI Desert Eagle Mark I - .357 Magnum
In-game model of the Desert Eagle.
Ricardo Diaz with his Desert Eagle in the opening cutscene to Supply & Demand.
Lance Vance armed with a Desert Eagle in the end cutscene of Rub Out.
Phil Cassidy using two Desert Eagles in the opening cutscene to The Shootist.

Flintlock Pistol

Two paintings, each showing a Flintlock Pistol, are seen at Ken Rosenberg's office.

Resin replica flintlock pistol
One of the paintings next to Rosenberg.

Heckler & Koch MP5K

Known as 'MP5K' and 'mp5short' in the game files, the Heckler & Koch MP5K was originally intended to be used in the game and even had its own HUD icon. The weapon was cut, but the model can be seen in the game's opening cutscene being used by one of the Thugs who ambushes Tommy. Interestingly the HUD icon dosen't feature a color background; in the final game, this is only the case the fists and the brass knuckles, meaning that the weapon was probably dropped early in development.

Heckler & Koch MP5K - 9x19mm
The game's MP5K model.
MP5K HUD icon.
A thug at the left armed with the MP5K.

Colt Carbine

The original PlayStation 2 version features the Colt Carbine as the model for the 'M4'. In the 2.0 version it can be seen in multiple cutscenes, only to be replaced by the Model 733 once game play starts. This model's front sight is modeled correctly, unlike the gameplay Model 733 that has the front sight mounted backwards. The Colt Carbine is first seen being used by one of the Thugs in the game's opening cutscene when Tommy gets ambushed. Tommy and Lance Vance are later seen arming themselves with the Colt Carbines in the opening cutscene of Rub Out, only to be replaced by the Model 733 once gameplay begins. It is finally seen in the games ending cutscene to Keep Your Friends Close... when Tommy reunites with Ken Rosenberg.

Colt Model 723 "M16A2 Carbine" - 5.56x45mm
The Colt Carbine in-game.
Three thugs sneak around in the game's opening, the one in the middle holding a Colt Carbine.
The thug with his carbine.
Tommy and Lance with the Colt Carbines that Lance has been "saving for a rainy day".
Tommy sights down the weapon.
Tommy holding his carbine.

Norinco Type 56

An artwork of Phil Cassidy shows him armed with a Norinco Type 56.

Norinco Type 56, milled receiver without the under-folding ("pig sticker") bayonet - 7.62x39mm
Game art of Phil Cassidy holding a Type 56. This art also is used as one of loadscreens in the PS2 version.

Hughes M230 Chain Gun and AGM-114 Hellfire ATGM (AH-64 Apache mounted)

The Hunter attack helicopter (based on the Hughes AH-64 Apache) is armed with an M230 Chain Gun in a chin mount, and wing mounts containing eight AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank guided missiles in two packs of four, as well as two non-functional Hydra 70mm rocket pods. The helicopter can be found within Fort Baxter and at the helipad in Ocean Beach when all storyline missions are completed and all hidden packages are collected. The helicopter can be used for vigilante missions, called Brown Thunder (a spoof on the film, Blue Thunder).

Hughes M230 Chain Gun - 30mm
Apache weapon wing - 4x AGM-114 Hellfire ATGM on the left, 19-cell Hydra 70mm FFAR pod on the right.
The Hunter attack helicopter armed with M230 Chain Gun and AGM-114 Hellfire ATGM.

Guns inside Ammu-Nation

Guns on the shelves/racks in Ammu-Nation stores are: Steyr AUG, Galil 7.62, Charter Arms AR-7 Explorer, Galil AR, Calico M950, MAC-10, Spectre M4, Mini Uzi, Heckler & Koch MP5K, Uzi, Calico M110, Intratec TEC-9, various revolvers, Norinco Type 56, FAMAS F1, Tommy Gun, and Heckler & Koch SR9(T).

A lot of guns on the shelves/racks. Also can been seen prominently on the wall are some of the weapons available for purchase by the player - Colt M1911A1, Uzi, Ithaca 37 "Stakeout", Remington 700, M67 grenades, as well as a body armor.
A closer look at the revolvers. A Colt Anaconda is present at the top right; this is an anachronism, since it was introduced in 1990.
The stamped receiver and the bayonet lug indicate that this is a Norinco Type 56 and not a regular AK-47.
Here we see a Steyr SSG 69, along with Ruger Mini-14 GB rifles without their magazines, a Mossberg 500 Bullpup, a Grendel SRT, the original (and more accurate) model of the SPAS-12, and Springfield Armory M1A rifles without magazines.
Here can be seen a Double Barreled Shotgun, Winchester Model 1200 with pistol grip, scoped M14 (or M21) with woodland camouflage (but without a magazine), Remington 700PSS, Remington 870 with folding stock and vertical foregrip, Ithaca 37 Riot version, and Winchester Model 70.

See Also

Grand Theft Auto Franchise
3D Universe Grand Theft Auto III (2001) • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005) • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006)
HD Universe Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) • Grand Theft Auto V (2013)

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