Call of Duty: Black Ops II
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II (also known as CoD:Blops 2) is the ninth installment in the Call of Duty series, and the third main entry in the Black Ops sub-franchise (the first being World at War). The game has variously been developed by Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software, and was published by Activision in 2012 for the PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360. The first DLC pack, "Revolution," was released on January 29th 2013 for Xbox 360 and February 28th for other formats, and included new maps and the "Peacekeeper" exclusive weapon. A second DLC, "Uprising," was released on Xbox on April 16th 2013, with other formats following a month later. This release includes several new multiplayer maps and a new mobster-themed Zombies map "Mob of the Dead," with player characters voiced by Ray Liotta, Michael Madsen, Chazz Palminteri and Joe Pantoliano. The third DLC, "Vengeance," featured more multiplayer maps and an additional Zombies level, was released on XBox on July 2nd 2013, with other platform releases following on August 1st. The final DLC pack, "Apocalypse", was released on Xbox Live on August 27th, 2013, featured a final set of multiplayer maps and a Zombies map "Origins" that details the first ever zombie outbreak of 1918 Northern France.
A number of additional minor content packs have been released, consisting of new multiplayer weapon skins, reticle models and "Calling Card" icons.
The singleplayer story continues from Call of Duty: Black Ops and is set over two time periods, with previous protagonist Alex Mason continuing his top-secret work during the Cold War while his son David "Section" Mason deals with an emerging threat in 2025 from a powerful, ruthless terrorist leader named Menendez who has mysterious links to his father's work in the past.
For purposes of this article, Alex Mason is referred to as "Mason" and David Mason as "Section."
The following weapons are seen in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II:
Note: spoilers are present in some descriptions.
Black Ops II uses the standard system of granting the player two "slots" for weapons; in the campaign this can be any two weapons. Unlike previous games, the game's single-player mode begins each mission with a multiplayer-like loadout screen where the player can choose the two weapons they will be equipped with and customize them, with new weapons and accessories unlocking as the game progresses. Special weapon crates are placed through the maps which contain copies of their chosen weapons, to ensure they do not run out of ammunition using a weapon that would not normally spawn in that mission.
The game features an accessory system for customising weapons as before; in single-player, most weapons which allow accessories can have up to three. Weapons are divided into "past" weapons for the Cold War setting, and "future" weapons for the 2025 setting, each with their own accessories; on the first run through the game, the past weapons can be used in the future levels, but the future weapons cannot be used in the past. One possible "accessory" for a weapon is select-fire, allowing a weapon to toggle between automatic and either burst or semi-auto mode (but never both). Using the alternate fire mode generally changes the weapon's cyclic rate of fire.
Weapons can also be customised with camouflage patterns; as well as the usual selection of patterns, these include licensed digital camo patterns from groups such as Kryptek.
In Zombies mode, the player characters start with an M1911 as their only weapon, and can purchase additional weapons using points gained by defeating enemies and repairing barricades. Weapons are bought from chalk outlines on the walls, and ammo can be purchased from the same locations afterwards, or randomly acquired from a "max ammo" pickup dropped by enemies. In addition, a "Mystery Box" can be used to spawn a random weapon, including a selection of weapons not normally found in the levels. Weapons can only be upgraded using the elusive "Pack-A-Punch" machines, which generally re-skin or alter the weapon's model and grant it a new name and improved abilities.
A fictional three-round burst-firing handgun called the "B23R" is available in the future levels. It appears to be intended as a "futurised" version of the Beretta 93R seen in previous Call of Duty games (and is referred to as such in the game files), but most of the weapon's actual design cues come from an Airsoft custom M1911 pistol by WE Tech, called the "Hi-CAPA 5.1 Dragon A." Strangely, though it has a modelled folding front grip, it cannot use a grip accessory and is never shown with the grip unfolded. In the Strike Team IOS spin-off, it is revealed that the B stands for "Beretta", cementing its status as a successor to the 93R. A B23R with a tactical knife "attachment" (technically a misnomer, as the knife isn't actually attached to the pistol in any way) is the starting weapon in Gun Game.
Soldiers can sometimes be seen with holstered Beretta 92SB handguns in the future levels, particularly Salazar who has two. This is odd, since the weapon is not available in gameplay and nobody ever uses one; when Salazar draws his pistol, it is an FN Five-seveN. Most likely a placeholder that was never replaced, seeing as the Five-seveN and the "KAP-40" have replaced the M9 as the standard service pistol of the American military.
The Browning Hi-Power is first available in the first mission of the game, "Pyrrhic Victory", where it is used by the MPLA. Mason uses one in the same mission to threaten Menendez, and later Woods uses one to shoot a Cuban soldier who ambushes Mason and Hudson. It appears to have the same stats as the FNP-45, which includes an incorrect 10-round magazine that increases to the correct 13 with the "Extended Clip"; that or the developers meant it to be the .40 S&W variant, which is much rarer (and, befitting the sequel to Black Ops, anachronistic - .40 S&W was not available until 1990, and Hi-Powers chambered for it were first marketed in 1994).
Bruni Olympic 6
During the introduction to "Old Wounds" as Salazar is explaining Menendez's rise to power, a live-action sequence shows an actor playing a young Menendez drawing a Bruni Olympic 6 blank-fire revolver from his waistband and "shooting" a rival in both legs with it.
Colt M1911 Variant
Just like in the previous game, the M1911 has a WW2 A1 slide and trigger and Colt Series 80 frame and hammer. It is available from the start of the game for campaign missions and is once more the starting weapon for Zombies. Nickel plated pistols are one of the common low-detail "holstered" pistols seen on NPC character models.
The Colt Python returns from Black Ops in Zombies mode, and is seen in Jonas Savimbi's holster in "Pyrrhic Victory," though it is never available either in the singleplayer campaign or from the loadout screen. Like in the first Black Ops, when reloading, the player character holds it muzzle up and dumps rounds instead of using the ejector rod, and ejects the entire contents of the cylinder, but only inserts as many rounds (one-at-a-time) as would be needed to replace those actually fired. The snub-nose Python model from Black Ops is used in the introduction for the "Mob of the Dead" DLC Zombies map, but does not actually appear in the map itself.
The FN Five-seveN is available in the future levels. While it is still held with one hand as in Modern Warfare 3, it has its correct 20-round capacity for the most part. The model in game has green tritium-illuminated iron sights. In multiplayer it is able to kill an enemy with two hits, but only at point-blank to very close range. Oddly, though the Five-seveN has a capacity of 20 rounds in all modes, if dual Five-seveNs are picked up from the Mystery Box in Zombies mode they will have Modern Warfare 3's incorrect 15-round capacity.
FN FNP-45 Tactical
Called the "Tac-45," the FN FNP-45 Tactical has a black slide and flat dark earth frame when no camo is applied, and is available in the future levels and in multiplayer from the beginning. It has a 10-round capacity by default, which becomes 13 rounds when the incorrectly-named "Extended Clip" is chosen. In multiplayer it features a longer two-hit kill range than the Five-SeveN, but much faster damage falloff after that range. In the game files, it was called FNP-45.
Low-detail revolvers somewhat resembling the Smith & Wesson Model 10 are seen on character models for cartel thugs in "Time and Fate" and baseball bat wielding Dignity Battalion members in "Suffer With Me." The models appear to be taken from a much older game, and lack any real identifying features, or even triggers. Like almost all sidearms and grenades on character models, these enemies will never attempt to use their revolvers.
Heckler & Koch USP45
Similarly to the Beretta 92SB, the Heckler & Koch USP45 is not a usable weapon, only seen holstered on the character models of mercenary enemies in the future levels.
M8 Flare Pistol
A PDF soldier at the start of "Suffer With Me" fires an M8 flare pistol as Woods and Mason attempt to pass his checkpoint. The pistol is only seen at long range, as it vanishes when the soldier is killed.
The Makarov PM returns from Black Ops and is available starting with the mission "Old Wounds." The weapon has a new reload animation that vaguely resembles the ASP 9's old animation, which is a bit closer to the actual Makarov's reloading operation (but not by much). As it is the same model from Black Ops, it is still modeled with an incorrect adjustable rear sight which is only available on the civilian version.
Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer
The Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer with various retro-futuristic embellishments appears as the starting pistol in the Zombies map "Origins" from the "Apocalypse" DLC. It is incorrectly called "Mauser C96" in-game, which is the variant that uses stripper clips, unlike the M712, which uses box magazines. While it does not have a standard M712 fire selector, it does have a switch at the same location which presumably has the same function. Except it apparently doesn't, as the in-game weapon is semi-auto only. It has an incorrect magazine capacity of 8 rounds instead of 10 or 20 (the weapon model shows a 20-round magazine).
Its upgraded form is called the "Boomhilda" and sports a suppressor and scope and fires lasers, likely a reference to Han Solo's C96-based gun from Star Wars. A piece of official artwork suggests one of the in-game characters developed this variant of the Mauser and called it the "CXS."
Remington 1858 New Army
The Remington 1858 New Army appears in the Zombies map "Buried" from the "Vengeance" DLC. It incorrectly operates in double-action mode instead of single-action. It otherwise functions like the Colt Python from previous maps, but with the ability to reload all its rounds at once (by swapping out cylinders). It also appears in the intro video of "Origins", but is not in the map itself.
Taurus Raging Judge
A Taurus Raging Judge is Menendez's signature weapon during the game's campaign, and is called the "Executioner," though the game files use the weapon's real name. Judging by the cylinder it appears to be the cancelled 28-gauge version. It exclusively fires shotgun shells, and can be unlocked for the campaign by completing 5 challenges in "Celerium." Like the Python, the reload animation is extremely bizarre; the player character ejects the entire contents of the cylinder, but only inserts as many rounds as would be needed to replace those actually fired. The reloading animation is a loop showing the cartridges being placed into the same chamber of an empty cylinder, which magically becomes completely full when it is snapped closed, though this can only be seen by changing the FOV on PC. A Raging Judge with a laser pointer serves as the 3rd weapon tier in Gun Game.
The Raging Judge is one of only two weapons to change visually when the "long barrel" attachment is used (the other is the Beretta Model 682), and the first revolver in any Call of Duty game able to accept a suppressor (followed by the Raging Bull in Call of Duty: Ghosts, the "Hailstorm" in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and the Taurus Model 44 in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered). The suppressor would be pointless in practice, since the Judge, like most revolvers, does not have a gas-tight seal between the chamber and the barrel.
The TDI Kard is available as the "KAP-40" (a name presumably standing either for "Kriss Automatic Pistol" or "Kard Automatic Pistol"); it incorrectly fires fully-automatic, despite the real weapon being semi-automatic. It is very common and appears to be a standard handgun for the United States military in 2025, and is also used by LAPD officers; the latter only use it in semi-auto, and their reloading animation shows them pulling on a slide the weapon does not actually have. Despite the weapon's name implying it being chambered for .40 S&W, the weapon's markings display its chambering as .45 ACP. A pair of "KAP-40"s make up the second weapon tier in Gun Game. In game files, it was called the 'KARD'.
CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1
The CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 is available in the 2025 missions, and is used by PMC troops, primarily in the first 2025 level "Celerium." It has the highest rate of fire of any submachine gun in the game. A Scorpion Evo 3 A1 with an attached laser pointer is the 7th weapon tier in Gun Game.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
The Heckler & Koch MP5A3 is available in the single-player campaign and in Zombies mode. It is used by PDF troops during "Time and Fate", available in the player's loadout from the beginning and is the recommended primary weapon for "Suffer With Me".
Heckler & Koch MP5SD3
If fitted with a suppressor, the MP5A3, rather than mounting a standard MP5 suppressor, actually becomes an MP5SD3.
Heckler & Koch MP7A1
The Heckler & Koch MP7A1 is used by soldiers in "Achilles' Veil." Unlike in Modern Warfare 3, its foregrip is folded by default; the Foregrip attachment unfolds it.
The Uzi is used by cartel and PDF troops in Nicaragua in "Time and Fate". If fitted with a grip attachment, the weapon will visibly gain a stock, which is unfolded during the weapon's draw animation. Like in the first Black Ops, the Uzi incorrectly fires from a closed bolt instead of an open one.
Jianshe JS 9mm
A modified Jianshe JS 9mm is called the "Chicom CQB," and uses a carry handle sight with a built-in, unusable tactical light similar to the one on the Magpul FMG-9 in Modern Warfare 3. It erroneously fires from a closed bolt and in three-round bursts (at a very high fire rate of 1250 RPM, equal to that of the Skorpion Evo 3's full-auto rate), though the correct fully-automatic mode is used with the "Select Fire" attachment. It defaults to automatic fire in singleplayer, but is burst-fire by default in multiplayer and Zombies mode. A JS 9mm with a reflex sight is the eighth weapon tier in Gun Game.
The MP40 returns from the previous games, appearing in the Zombies map "Origins" from the "Apocalypse" DLC with slightly more ammo and rate of fire with an inflated price of 1300, though a special version with the "Adjustable Stock" can be found in the Mystery Box. The model appears to be re-used from Call of Duty 3 over the model seen in World at War and Black Ops I.
The Modern Sub Machine Carbine is used by Cordis Die mercenaries, and is particularly common in the mission "Fallen Angel." In multiplayer it does the most damage at close range of any weapon in its class; it and the PDW-57 are the only SMGs capable of a 3-hit kill at close range. This power comes at the cost of a low rate of fire and small magazine. An MSMC fitted with a foregrip is used as the sixth weapon tier in Gun Game.
This fictional submachine gun bears a strong resemblance to the FN P90 TR, and is probably intended to represent a "futurised" version of it. It uses a very similar polycarbonate box magazine, but rather than being inserted from the top of the weapon it pivots at the front and swings out the the left-hand side. Unlike the P90, the PDW-57 has a rather restrained rate of fire. Like the MSMC, in multiplayer it features high power offset by a low rate of fire.
Exclusive to multiplayer with the "Revolution" DLC is a new weapon in the SMG class called the "Peacekeeper." This weapon is fictional, though it appears to take some design cues from the AAC Honey Badger, and is equipped with a front grip based on the MagPul AFG and a tiny, rather useless-looking side-folding stock. The markings on the weapon state that it fires the FN Herstal 5.7x28mm round, meaning it is either an SMG patterned after a carbine rifle, or is the SMG variant of an assault rifle like the Colt 9mm SMG; in any case, it is presented as a submachine gun with accuracy and range closer to the larger assault rifles.
The "Vector K10" in the game is actually a standard TDI Vector; while the name implies it is a KRISS K10, it does not have the detachable magazine well or diagonal reversible charging handle of the K10 model, though it does have the correct extended barrel for that version.
A Thompson M1921AC is introduced in the "Mob of the Dead" Zombies map for the Uprising DLC, and can be found on the wall in the dock area of that map, later found in the Mystery Box in Origins. The game calls it the "M1927," clearly intending it to be an M1927 rebuilt with an M1921 full-auto trigger group, but since the in-game weapon's receiver markings identify it as a Colt-produced M1921 there is no visual reason to say it is not one. It also incorrectly depicted as a closed bolt weapon, and is cocked after an empty reload, which wouldn't be really necessary since real Thompson submachine guns have an automatic bolt hold-open. Being in a gangster-based level, it is unsurprisingly equipped with a 50-round drum magazine.
Beretta Model 682 Shotgun
The Beretta 682 returns from the first Black Ops in campaign and Zombies mode, once again named after the Rottweil Olympia Over / Under 72 shotgun. It is never found during the campaign, but can be selected from the loadout screen. It is the second weapon which changes visually when a "Long Barrel" Attachment is used; by default it has a shorter barrel than in Black Ops with only five vents in the barrel rib, while the Long Barrel has the same seven-vent rib as the Black Ops model. Strangely, all Beretta 682s in Zombies mode use the longer barrel, despite having the weapon's unmodified stats.
An extremely powerful and ridiculously baroque shotgun called the "Blundergat" is a secret weapon in the "Mob of the Dead" DLC, accessible from the Mystery Box or via a convoluted method involving a series of hidden triggers which make it appear on the Warden's desk. It appears to be based very loosely on the model for the Beretta 682, but features four barrels with double hammers on each side. It is still a break-open weapon, the normally offset barrels tilting into line and a four-round speedloader being used to reload all four barrels together. The gun can also be modified beyond the standard Pack-a-Punch by building a machine to transform it into the "Acid Gat". The Acid Gat has glowing green barrels that split near the end and fires a 3-round salvo of acidic capsules.
The SPAS-12 is used by the Panama Defense Force during the raid in "Time And Fate." Manuel Noriega and Raul Menendez both use it in the 1980s missions. The weapon's stock is unfolded in its menu image, absent in the viewmodel, and folded on the worldmodel. The weapon functions in semi-automatic mode with the forend in its proper forward position, but the player character will always incorrectly rack it at the end of a reload; this shouldn't be possible, because the forend is locked into this position when the weapon is set to semi-automatic. When used by Raul Menedez at the end of "Suffer With Me", the stock is unfolded and he uses it in pump-action with the forend in the rearward position.
Of note is that during the brief section of "Time and Fate" where Menendez is the playable character, his SPAS-12 has a double capacity of 16 shells instead of the usual 8. Furthermore, if he fires 4 or more shells, he will reload the SPAS by flipping it off-screen and back on, the entire process taking roughly one second.
The Kel-Tec KSG is seen in the hands of LAPD officers in "Cordis Die" and is found in the armoury of the USS Barack Obama. Like in Modern Warfare 3, the playable character loads all the shells into only one magazine tube; now however, if the "Fast Mag" attachment is chosen, shells are inserted into both magazine tubes. There is still no animation for switching the tube selector and so the weapon would only really be able to fire seven rounds from one tube. The KSG fires buckshot in the campaign, and slugs in multiplayer and Zombies. Weirdly enough, green shells are inserted during a reload, but the weapon ejects red ones when firing. A KSG with the "Quickdraw" attachment appears as the 4th tier weapon in Gun Game.
A custom tactical configuration of the Remington Model 870 is referred to as the "R870 MCS" in singleplayer and "Remington 870 MCS" in multiplayer, and is shown with a RIS mount on the receiver which includes aftermarket sights and a spare shell holder on the left and a two-round one on the right. it also sports a Surefire weaponlight forend, an M4-type stock with a Magpul-style pistol grip, and a stand-off muzzle device for breaching purposes. It is not actually an MCS model as it does not have any of features of the 870 MCS, mainly its distinctive forend.
The Saiga 12K is available from the beginning for 2025 missions. It is modelled with a left-handed ejection port and charging handle, a Magpul MOE stock, a large stand-off muzzle device, and for some reason mounts HK-style iron sights. When reloading from empty, the player character locks back the charging handle and releases it after changing the magazine; this can be done with some later-model Saigas, which feature manual bolt hold-open devices to ease reloading.
SRM Arms M1216
The SRM Arms Model 1216 is available in the future levels; it has apparently been adopted by the US military in Black Ops' universe, since sailors on the USS Barack Obama are seen using it to defend against the assault by Menendez's PMC troops. It is correctly shown as having a magazine with four 4-round tubes which must be manually rotated, but incorrectly fires each 4-round stack in full-auto mode. This is actually a feature of the SRM Arms MLE-12, prototypes of which were seen as early as 2012; it is not clear if the developers were aware of the MLE-12 or it is simply coincidence. In any case, the in-game model lacks the MLE-12's additional semi / auto selector switch on the side of the stock, rear of the pistol grip.
An interesting fact to note is that when the incorrectly named "Extended Clip" is used, the magazine size is increased from 16 to 20 rounds, but the player will actually be able to fire an additional 4-round stack, despite the weapon being fitted with only four tubes. It would have been more logical to add an extra shell to each of the four tubes (even though this goes beyond the real M1216's capacity). This isn't a problem for the "Mesmerizer" Pack-a-Punch variant in Zombies mode, that fires 6 shells from a single tube. An M1216 with the aforementioned "Extended Clip" attachment appears as the 5th weapon tier in Gun Game.
Assault Rifles & Battle Rifles
The AKS-74U can be found in the past levels and appears in zombies mode; it is still referred to as the "AK-74u" and incorrectly classified as a submachine gun, but as in Black Ops is not based on a JG Beta-F Airsoft gun. It is incorrectly shown used by frontline Soviet troops in "Old Wounds," whereas in reality it was only issued to tank crews, special forces, and support units.
Starting from the beginning of the game, an AK is available. The proportions of the AK's magazine, lack of vent holes in the handguard and lack of flash hider show that it is the same WASR-2 inspired conglomerate model with a dash of prototype AK-74 used in Black Ops. Soviet troops in Afghanistan use the "AK-47" in "Old Wounds," despite that the AK-47 was phased out of frontline service at the time and had been replaced by the AK-74.
The AN-94 assault rifle is used by PMC troops and Menendez's forces, Russia seemingly having decided to export the high-tech assault rifle by 2025: in reality, production of the AN-94 was discontinued in 2006, and it was never made available for export. The weapon features a correct recoiling barrel and a 2-round burst mode, even firing the first two rounds faster in fullauto mode. It has a rail-topped side-mount attached to it with a aftermarket AK-style rear sight mounted on it and a taller front sight to match, though it still retains the original, now-useless rear sight.
During the cutscene halfway through "Pyrrhic Victory" as Woods recalls his escape from the "Hanoi Hilton," the guard he ambushes is shown armed with the M16A4 model from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, decades before the weapon would actually have existed.
Colt USAF M16 (Colt Model 604)
The USAF M16 returns from Black Ops; though it is called the "Colt M16A1", it lacks a birdcage flash hider and a forward assist, the absence most clearly visible during the pick-up animation. It still uses 20-round straight magazines with 30 rounds in them, and incorrectly has a three-round burst mode if it has the select-fire accessory. It is first available in the final 1980s level, "Suffer With Me." The weapon is rather anachronistic since by the late 1980s the majority of the US military had switched to the M16A2 model and 30 round magazines.
An M4A1 was going to be in Black Ops II, presumably as a 2025 weapon, but it was cut in the final game. In the gamefiles it is referred to as 'M4'. It was replaced by the M27, which has the same range and rate of fire as the removed M4.
DSA SA58 Para Elite Compact
The DSA SA58 Para Elite Compact is available as the "FAL OSW" for the 2025 missions. In singleplayer it is fully automatic by default, whereas in multiplayer it defaults to semi-auto.
During the introduction to "Old Wounds," a series of stock footage screens show guns supposedly smuggled to Afghanistan by the Menendez cartel, most bizarrely two rows of L85A2 rifles with bayonets fitted.
FN FAL G Series
The FN FAL is the same G Series model from the original Black Ops. It is available from the first mission onwards. As with the DSA SA58, its multiplayer incarnation (used in Zombies mode) is semi-automatic by default, while the singleplayer version defaults to fully automatic.
A SCAR-L with a drum magazine is one of the weapons the game classifies as light machine guns. It is incorrectly listed as the "HAMR", which is a light machine gun version of the rifle entered for the USMC's IAR trials, but does not have the deeper handguard of that version of the rifle and is just a standard SCAR-L with a large 75-round drum magazine. Strangely, the weapon has a variable fire rate not unlike that of the AN-94; the first 7 shots in full-auto are fired at 937 RPM, and the rest are fired at 625 RPM (excluding singleplayer, where it fires at 937 RPM constantly). The "Extended Clip" (an incorrect name; it should be "Extended Magazine") attachment raises the capacity to 100 rounds in multiplayer and 101 in singleplayer, because that presumably makes sense to somebody.
An FN SCAR-H is available for the 2025 missions and appears to be one of the standard rifles on the United States military. It holds 30 rounds in its 20-round magazine, or 40 if the invisible and incorrectly named "Extended Clip" is chosen.
G&G GR4 G26 (Airsoft gun)
An M4A1-style G&G GR4 G26 Airsoft gun can be seen in promotional images, but no similar weapon appears in the game itself.
Heckler & Koch HK416
The HK416 is incorrectly listed as the "M27," which is the designation for the squad automatic weapon version used by the USMC. The in-game weapon has a standard 14.5-inch barrel rather than the 16.5-inch barrel used by the M27. The HK416 is always shown with a MagPul BAD Lever and a custom charging handle, and if the Foregrip attachment is used it will have a SureFire M900A vertical foregrip with an unusable weapon light. An HK416 with an "MMS" sight is the 9th weapon tier in Gun Game.
Heckler & Koch XM8
The "M8A1" appears to be a "futurised" Heckler & Koch XM8 with a short handguard and a thick carrying handle. It has a railed carrying handle and a railed handguard with rail covers, rather than the PCAP accessory system used by the US XM8. In real life this configuration is used on Malaysian XM8s, though given the series' common use of Airsoft weapons as references it is far more likely this was based on a rail-equipped Airsoft gun. It also has an incorrect G36-style magazine well. It has a 32 round capacity, incorrect for any currently produced XM8/G36 magazine. The "M8A1" designation suggests it has been adopted by the US military as a standard weapon, and is used by both American soldiers and PMC troops. In multiplayer and Zombies modes, it fires 4-round bursts by default, something not present on the real XM8. An "M8A1" with an EOtech sight is used as the tenth weapon tier in Gun Game.
IMI Galil ARM
A slightly modified version of the IMI Galil ARM model from the original Call of Duty: Black Ops is available in the past levels; it no longer has a carry handle, though it still has the attachment point for one. It now uses the same animations as the other AK-type rifles.
IWI X95 Flattop
The IWI X95 Flattop, an improved variant of the MTAR-21, appears in the game as the "MTAR." In Zombies mode Marlton identifies the weapon as an X95L variant, but the in-game model has a straight rail which is raised above the handguard, not a two-step rail like the L model.
The M14 Rifle from Black Ops reappears in Zombies mode, this time with a black finish instead of wooden furniture. Once again, the in-game model has a pistol grip and folding vertical grip like the M14E2 light machine gun. It is typically one of the first weapons available in a Zombies map, and is effective for a surprisingly long time due to its high accuracy and damage, despite only holding 8 rounds in its 20-round magazine.
The "Type 25" is a "futurised" QBZ-95-1 (evidenced by the fire selector above the pistol grip) with an original QBZ-95 style trigger guard. It is seen in the hands of Chinese troops at the end of "Fallen Angel" and during "Judgment Day".
A fictional bullpup battle rifle called the "SMR", resembling the Tula Saritch 308 and presumably supposed to represent a military version of it, is a common weapon among enemy soldiers in the future levels. In game files it is referred to as the "Saritch", further cementing the idea that it is supposed to be a military variant of the civilian rifle. In singleplayer it is a slow full-auto rifle by default (not possible on the real Saritch 308, which is semi-auto only), while in multiplayer it is semi-automatic unless the select-fire "attachment" is added. An SMR fitted with an ACOG sight is the 11th weapon tier in Gun Game.
SIG-Sauer SIG556 HOLO
A SIG-Sauer SIG556 HOLO is available late in the singleplayer campaign, and as a relatively early unlock in multiplayer. While early footage showed it called "SIG556" (which it is still referred to as in the game files), in the final game it is instead called the "SWAT-556"; however, the campaign version is still referred to as "SIG556" when using the higher zoom level of the Leupold HAMR optic. It can fire in three-round bursts, or full-auto mode if the Select Fire "attachment" is equipped (reversed in singleplayer); neither is a normal feature of the real weapon, which is semi-auto only. Other SIG SG 550 variants in reality have these fire modes, though.
The Sturmgewehr 44 returns from the previous games, but this time having an impressive fire rate of 750 RPM instead of 500-600 and a slightly increased price. It appears in the "Origins" Zombies map from the "Apocalypse" DLC. While the gun may seem anachronistic (seeing as the map takes place in 1918, while the gun was designed around 1944-45), it is explained in game that the "Mystery Box" has the power to grab weapons from multiple time periods, hence the box featuring an experimental light machine gun in a 1930's Alcatraz that's not even on the same plane of existence. It can be assumed that the StG 44 (and by extension, the MP40) also appeared via this handwave.
The Barrett M107 model used in Modern Warfare 3, incorrectly referred to as the "Barrett M82A1," is available in the past and future missions, starting with the level "Time and Fate;" a key part at the end of "Suffer With Me" also involves the use of the Barrett. The normal version is identical to the one from MW3, while the one with the "Variable Zoom" attachment is slightly altered with no lens covers and a raised carrying handle. As in MW3, the model has ejection ports on both sides of the receiver. It is highly anachronistic, since the M107 was not adopted until 2002. This mistake appears to have been made because Barrett have started to market the M107 under the "M82A1" name; an original M82A1 would not actually be particularly anachronistic since the A1 version was developed by 1986, though the first major order of rifles was not made until 1989.
The DSR-50 is used by enemies during the first future level, though it is not actually unlocked in the loadout menu until the last one. It is similar in power to the other heavy sniper rifles, but slower due to being bolt-action, and it has an incorrect magazine capacity of 5 rounds instead of 3. It is also available in Zombies mode, though like all sniper rifles in that mode it is mostly useless due to zombies not exactly being known for long-range combat. A DSR-50 with a variable zoom scope appears as the 15th weapon tier in Gun Game.
The FN Ballista is a bolt-action sniper rifle available in the future levels. Among its equip options, it can be fitted with illuminated iron sights instead of the default scope; it is the only sniper rifle with such an option outside of Zombies (as the DSR-50 has a similar attachment when Pack-a-Punched). A Ballista with the aforementioned iron sights appears as the 16th weapon tier in Gun Game.
The "Storm PSR" is a fictional three-barreled sniper rifle based on Metal Storm technology, with the ability to queue and fire multiple rounds at a time to penetrate surfaces. This is actually a suggested capability of the Metal Storm system since it is able to make multiple rounds hit the same point, but no weapon design like the PSR currently exists and the weapon is a work of fiction.
SVD / SVD-M Dragunov
The SVD Dragunov is first available halfway through the first mission. It is a modified version of the Black Ops SVD model, with a lower-profile front sight and green synthetic furnishings instead of wood; since it is a modified SVD model, it incorrectly has a synthetic SVD stock rather than the more skeletal -M stock. As before it uses an incorrect modern POSP scope reticle rather than a period PSO-1, and it also completely lacks a flash hider.
The SVU Dragunov can be used in the 2025 missions, referred to as the "SVU-AS", and is effectively a high-tech counterpart to the SVD. It features a dark red, carbon fibre-effect foregrip. In the create-a-class menu it is shown with the correct bipod for an SVU/SVU-AS (and a suppressor), but in the actual game it instead has a folded-forward Harris-style bipod; it also lacks select fire, being semi-auto only, making it an SVU. An SVU with a "Dual Band" scope appears as the 14th weapon tier in Gun Game.
A semi-automatic sniper rifle chambered in .50 BMG. It bears a resemblance to the Barrett Model 98 Bravo, though the latter is bolt-action rather than semi-automatic and is chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum. In the game files it is referred to as the AS50, which is particularly semi-auto and chambered in .50 BMG, even though it looks noticeably different from it.
Handheld GE M134 Minigun
The same handheld M134 Minigun model from Black Ops returns as an unlockable for the campaign, now simply called "minigun", as the "Death Machine" name has moved to the future version. It has a 999 round magazine with no reserve and no reloading animation, and has no iron sights; instead, the iron sight key pre-spins the weapon's barrels. The M134 is effective even against vehicles which are normally immune to gunfire. As before it has an oddly slanted overhead front grip; in "Old Wounds" while riding it can be seen that part of the grip which would normally be covered by the player character's hand is not present at all. In addition, on the PC with the FOV set to 80 the minigun model is slightly too small for the screen and blank space can frequently be seen at the bottom and right of the model as it moves. A slightly altered version of the handheld minigun model is used as a door mount on a gunship in "Achilles' Veil."
Handheld General Dynamics GAU-19/A
A man-portable futuristic gatling gun based on the General Dynamics GAU-19/A is the new "Death Machine" killstreak, and can be used in the campaign by completing challenges. Like the minigun, it has no iron sights with the aim button instead pre-spinning the barrels, a 999 round magazine with no reserve and no reloading animation. It appears to use the same sound effect normally used for the A-10's GAU-8 in the modern Call of Duty games. A slightly altered version of this model is also found mounted on drone gun rigs, mostly used by Menendez's PMC troops.
It is also present in the DLC "Mob of the Dead" Zombies map, where it has a 150 round magazine and a reload animation where it is simply lowered off the screen.
LSAT Light Machine Gun
The LSAT Light Machine Gun is occasionally seen in the hands of US soldiers, most commonly during the new "Strike Force" missions. It appears with a digital ammunition counter beside the belt opening of the drum magazine, which is of great use while playing Hardcore multiplayer matches where the HUD is removed. The markings on the weapon refer to it as "M250," presumably indicating it has been adopted as a replacement for the M249 SAW.
M60E3 Machine Gun
The Black Ops M60E3 model is re-used in the game; as before it is a powerful weapon, but has heavy recoil.
The Maxim MG08/15 appears in the Zombies map "Origins" from the "Apocalypse" DLC. It has an overwrought fire rate of 750 RPM compared to the real 450-500. Additionally, when reloading, the player character isn't seen pulling the belt into action, he simply replaces the belt drum and works the charging handle (a bit like the MG42 from Call of Duty: World at War). There is a lip depicted on the feed tray, but there's now way it could pull the belt on its own.
Mk 48 Mod 1
The Mk 48 Mod 1 is available in the 2025 levels as a light machine gun, despite technically being a medium machine gun, as it fires a full-sized rifle round rather than an intermediate one. A Mk. 48 with a Leupold HAMR optic appears as the 13th weapon tier in Gun Game.
A Norinco QBB-95 is available as the "QBB LSW". It has been "futurized" in the same manner as the QBZ-95-1 (i.e. bulkier furniture), and has the trigger guard of the QBZ-95. It also has a left-handed projection on its charging handle; the player character operates this by taking their hand off the grip. A QBB-95 with a fictional "Target Finder" sight appears as the 12th weapon tier in Gun Game.
RPD light machine gun
The RPD is available from the beginning of the game, and can be picked up from the Mystery Box in Zombies mode. In singleplayer it is used by Soviet troops in Afghanistan, at a time when it would have been replaced by the PKM and the RPK-74. It is also seen during the US invasion of Panama in "Suffer With Me."
The Airtronic RPG-7 appears in the future levels as the "futurised" version of the normal RPG-7 used in the past ones. It is simply called "RPG", and it is fitted with a futuristic warhead. An Airtronic RPG-7 appears as the 18th weapon tier in Gun Game.
The FIM-92 Stinger can be unlocked on the loadout screen and is available during the mission in Afghanistan. It is very inaccurately portrayed as a dual-mode anti-tank / anti-aircraft missile launcher, with an RPG-7 iron sight placed on the folding sight. In anti-tank mode the round can be manually detonated by pressing fire again, while in anti-air mode the weapon will not fire without a lock on. The maximum capacity is twenty launchers, and Stingers are meant to be used as a main weapon throughout "Old Wounds."
A fictional anti-air launcher, appearing to be a "futurised" FIM-92 Stinger, is available for the 2025 missions and in multiplayer. In multiplayer it can lock on to aircraft and vehicles, while in singleplayer it is only able to lock on to targets which are valid for the Stinger's anti-air mode. It is never found in the campaign, but can be unlocked; however, given its limited range of targets, it is never particularly useful. It is seen being used by Menendez's forces and Menendez himself during "Achilles' Veil." Interestingly enough, it is named similarly to the Chinese FHJ-84 double-barreled rocket launcher, despite functioning far differently from it.
GP-30 Grenade Launcher
GP-30 grenade launchers are mounted on Russian weapons equipped with launchers in both the past and future levels; the GP30 is also used by the Galil. The player model no longer has a quadrant sight at all, but is the same model as used in previous games. The in-world model, however, still has its right-mounted quadrant sight. Once again, the reload animation includes an incorrect flick of the launcher to eject a spent casing, despite the real GP grenades being caseless.
Hawk MM1 grenade launcher
The Hawk MM1 grenade launcher is held by Jonas Savimbi during the first mission as he rides on a Buffel armored truck, and can be unlocked on the loadout screen by completing challenges. It features a capacity of 24 grenades, double of the real 12, and has no iron sights; the screen simply zooms in when the aim button is pressed. Its grenades are also not affected by gravity, acting more like rockets. The contents of the cylinder are ejected on-screen, but afterwards the weapon is reloaded off-screen.
Heckler & Koch M320
Most of the future assault rifles will mount Heckler & Koch M320 grenade launchers if a grenade launcher accessory is selected.
M203 Grenade Launcher
The M203 grenade launcher used in this game, unlike most previous entries in the series, has neither a rail attachment point or a removed trigger guard, meaning it is not based on an Airsoft imitation. It is the same model from the first Black Ops.
This fictional wrist-mounted grenade launcher is available in all future levels, though it cannot be used in the past levels even when the game has been completed as grenades remain era-specific. The grenades themselves are referred to in menus as "XM31," but the launcher itself has "M360" printed on it, and also includes a line launcher. Holding the grenade button provides an aiming line; the grenades are typical videogame smart grenades, exploding on contact with enemies or on a timer otherwise.
MGL Mk 1L
The MGL Mk 1L is referred to as "War Machine." It is a killstreak reward in multiplayer; it is never found in the singleplayer campaign and can only be accessed via the loadout screen by completing challenges. It suffers from exactly the same reloading issues as the Taurus Raging Judge.
Mk 153 Mod 0 SMAW
The Mk 153 Mod 0 SMAW uses the same model as in Modern Warfare 3; as before there is no reloading animation, with the entire launcher simply disappearing off-screen, and the weapon can only use the default iron sights despite having a scope rail. The SMAW is only available in the future levels, and apparently has some fictional guided round which can lock on to vehicles and aircraft; cutscenes frequently show SMAW-equipped troops firing the weapons as if they are SAMs. A SMAW appears as the 17th weapon tier in Gun Game.
The RPG-7 is seen in the past levels.
The same fictional "Valkyrie" MCLOS (Manual Command Line Of Sight) SA-14 Gremlin seen in Black Ops turns up during the second half of "Pyrrhic Victory," and is used to shoot down an attacking Mi-24 Hind gunship. Furthermore, the HUD icon of the SA-14 is used for the campaign version of the "FHJ-18 AA" and the FIM-92A Stinger.
40lb Cratering Charge
A 40lb Cratering Demolition Charge is used by Mason to block a road leading to the Mujahideen camp during "Old Wounds."
M18 smoke grenade
M18 smoke grenades are often seen on NPCs in the past levels.
M112 C4 Demolition Charge
While the C4 charges which can be picked from the equip screen are fictional, the 40lb Cratering Charge used in "Old Wounds" is primed with four M112 demolition charges.
The M18A1 Claymore used in the game is a "futurised" version, regardless of which era it is used in.
M26 hand grenade
M26 hand grenades can be seen on the chest rigs of various NPCs during the campaign.
M34 White Phosphorous grenade
American NPCs in the past levels frequently have M34 White Phosphorous grenades on their chest rigs. As in Black Ops, they are incorrectly shown painted green, which was not done in real life before the adoption of NATO STANAG 2321 in 1987: period M34 grenades should be white.
M67 hand grenade
In cutscenes set in the past the most commonly used grenade is the M67 hand grenade; a young Menendez uses an M67 partway through "Pyrrhic Victory" and a decision by Woods to throw one during "Time and Fate" has major repercussions.
M83 smoke grenade
Soldiers in the future levels have M83 smoke grenades rather than the M18s seen in the past levels.
M84 stun grenade
The future "flashbang" is a dressed-up M84 stun grenade, which becomes a completely normal M84 body after detonating.
Mecar M72 hand grenade
Mecar M72 hand grenades can be seen on the chest rigs of various NPCs during the campaign.
MK3 offensive hand grenade
MK3 offensive hand grenades can be seen on the chest rigs of various NPCs during the campaign.
The "Nightingale" is a grenade only available in the singleplayer mission "Suffer With Me," and uses the same model as the Decoy Grenade from Black Ops. It appears to be an improvised device made using rifle bullets and some kind of clockwork striker array to set them off, making it bounce around and produce gunfire sounds.
RGD-5 hand grenade
RGD-5 hand grenades can be seen on the chest rigs of various NPCs during the campaign.
VIS-1.6 anti-tank mine
In "Old Wounds" the access kit perk allows recovery of a cache of VIS-1.6 anti-tank mines. These can be planted in the path of attacking Soviet tanks and APCs; Mason simply tosses them on the ground without burying them.
Browning M2HBs can be seen mounted on technicals at various points during the campaign; strangely, those seen in the past levels are the model from Modern Warfare 2 which has no belt or ammo box, and not the more detailed version seen in Modern Warfare 3. The M2s mounted on SOC-T buggies seen in "Fallen Angel" also lack any ammunition supply. However, the technicals seen in "Cordis Die" have a different M2 model with an ammo box.
DShK heavy machine guns can be seen mounted on vehicles during the past levels, including Savimbi's Buffel armoured trucks and a series of militia patrol boats.
General Dynamics GAU-19/A
A variant of the General Dynamics GAU-19/A used as "Death Machine" is also seen in sentry gun mountings, used by enemies in the singleplayer future levels and controllable by the player in some Strike Force missions. It is also available as a Scorestreak reward in multiplayer.
General Dynamics M197 Vulcan
The M197 Vulcan cannon can be seen on a drone in "Celerium" where it is stated to be 40mm despite clearly not being big enough. It is also the chin armament of the "Stealth Chopper" which can be called in by a Scorestreak in multiplayer, a fictional helicopter based on the RAH-66 Commanche.
General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger
The "Warthog" Scorestreak in multiplayer allows the player to call in a fictional futuristic version of the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft; like the real thing, this is armed with a General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger gatling gun.
General Electric M134 Minigun
Non-handheld GE M134 Miniguns are seen mounted on CLAW vehicles and MH-6 "Little Bird" helicopters.
Throughout "Old Wounds," Soviet MiG-23 "Flogger" attack aircraft can be seen making bombing runs, armed with a Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 cannon.
The same conglomerate of Mi-35M and Mi-24P seen in Modern Warfare 3 appears again, this time menacing Mason, Woods, and Hudson in Angola and the Mujahideen in Afghanistan. As before, all Hinds in Black Ops II are armed with both a GSh-30-2 twin gun mounted on the fuselage and a chin mounted Yak-B gatling gun.
Soviet T-55 and T-62 tanks seen during the campaign have coaxial openings for their PKT machine guns, as do T-72s found in the multiplayer map "Standoff."
KPV Heavy Machine Gun
Four KPV heavy machine guns in a ZPU-4 quad AA mounting can be seen on a roof in "Suffer With Me;" the five-man weapon is operated by a single gunner, who can be killed to complete one of the level's challenges.
KPVT heavy machine gun
Soviet BTR-60 APCs seen in "Old Wounds" mount KPVT heavy machine guns in their turrets.
Kurzer 8 cm Granatwerfer 42
The Kz 8cm GrW 42 mortar model, which dates way back to Call of Duty 2, returns once again, this time used by mortar crews in the first level of the campaign.
M61 Vulcan cannons in Block 1B Phalanx installations can be seen mounted on the USS Barack Obama during the mission "Odysseus."
MAS AA-52 NF-1
MAS AA-52 NF-1 machine guns are seen in coaxial mounts alongside the GIAT F1 90mm guns of Savimbi's Eland armoured cars in the first mission.
Metal Storm Redback RWS
The fictional "Assault Sentry Drone" ("Autonomous Ground Robot" in multiplayer) tracked UCVs mount a Metal Storm Redback RWS four-barrel repeating grenade launcher in a module on their right-hand side. This is incorrectly depicted as an ordinary machine gun.
NSV-T Heavy Machine Gun
Low-detail NSV-T heavy machine guns can be seen mounted on abandoned T-72 tanks in the multiplayer map "Standoff."
RPD Light Machine Gun (mounted)
Mounted RPDs are a frequent sight in the 1980s levels.
Type 1130 CIWS
The multiplayer map "Carrier" is set on the deck of Chinese supercarrier, which appears to be based on the Liaoning (CV-16 of the People's Liberation Army Navy (this is not a typo) Surface Force), formerly the Admiral Kuznetsov-class carrier Varyag. Multiple Type 1130 30mm 11-barrel CIWS installations can be seen on the deck as opposed to the three installations around the perimeter that the real ship has; these are equipped with their radar, but for some reason do not have the sensor pod which should be mounted on the right of the installation. Most likely it is because in all photographs of Liaoning available at the time, the pod was covered with a tarp, and the designers did not realise it was concealing part of the installation.
Soviet Hind helicopters are armed with a chin-mounted Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B four-barrel gatling. As in Modern Warfare 3, it is necessary to get very close to a Hind to see the four openings in the rectangular gun, but they are present.
Two crossbow weapons can be acquired in singleplayer by completing 5 challenges in the mission "Karma," one of them also appearing in multiplayer. Both fire explosive bolts: one is the manually loaded weapon from the first Black Ops, while the second is a reverse-draw crossbow which resembles a Barnett BC Raptor. The whole rear of the latter weapon is a reworked and retextured version of the Remington ACR player model from Modern Warfare 3 though the fire selector has been moved from the risky "double extra auto" setting to "safe." This version is somehow fed from a small magazine, which doubles as the handguard, and in multiplayer has the even more unfathomable ability to fire three bolts at once with the correct attachment. This crossbow (unmodified) is the 19th weapon tier in Gun Game.
The Black Ops crossbow is similarly a new front end on an existing weapon model: specifically, it is the extensively chopped-up rear receiver of the M60 machine gun in-world or create-a-class model from either Call of Duty 4 or Black Ops itself, with the stock mutated into a very basic rifle-style stock. This part of the weapon is only really visible on the menu.
A store display of paintball guns can be seen in the map "Rush" from the Vengeance DLC. The models shown are the Tippmann 98 Custom, the Tippmann X7 X36 and probably a variant of the Dye Matrix. The map also has multiple images of a figure with what appears to be a fictional paintball TAR-21.
Raytheon Silent Guardian ADS
A futuristic man-portable version of Raytheon's Silent Guardian Active Denial System, called the "Guardian ADS," can be chosen as a Scorestreak reward in multiplayer. It projects a microwave field which incapacitates and eventually kills any enemies who enter.
SDU-5/E Marker Distress Light
While not actually a weapon at all, this portable IR strobe is used as a grenade in "Suffer With Me," allowing fire to be called down from an orbiting AC-130 gunship. The version in the game is a retextured version of Black Ops' "Tactical Insertion" device, swapping the incorrect olive drab colour scheme (which was the colour of the SDU-5/E's FG1C flash guard case, not the device itself) for a still-incorrect black.
A fictional weapon which resists conventional classification, the Titus-6 is a combination weapon combining a three-round burst explosive flechette launcher and a two-round burst shotgun. Visually the upper barrel and stock appear to be loosely based on a Steyr AUG A3, with an underbarrel shotgun very slightly resembling an M26 MASS with the magazine slanted backwards.