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|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," will be released on Xbox on April 16th 2013, with no release date currently announced for other formats.
The 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.
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, but most of the weapon's actual design cues come from custom M1911 pistols, such as the Strayer Voigt Infinity. Strangely, though it has a modelled folding front grip, it cannot use a grip accessory and is never shown with the grip unfolded.
Strayer Voigt Infinity 1911 - .45 ACP
Section reloads his "B23R" as he commences his assault on a disused set from Crysis
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.
Beretta Model 92SB - 9x19mm
Throughout the campaign, Salazar has two Berettas, one in his chest rig and another in his hip holster.
Section takes a closer look at Salazar's chest rig aboard the USS Barack Obama
as he provides the understatement of the century.
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.
Classic Browning Hi-Power (Belgian Manufacture)- 9x19mm
Towards the end of "Pyrrhic Victory," Mason, his radio-using plan having gone awry, takes a young Raul Menendez hostage with his Browning Hi-Power.
At the end of the same mission, a worse-for-wear Woods takes out a soldier with his own Hi-Power.
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.
Bruni Olympic 6 with wooden grips - .22 blanks
Young Menendez reaches for his Bruni Olympic 6...
...and shoots the man responsible for smuggling cable spools and shipping containers into every FPS ever.
Nickel plated M1911A1 pistols are one of the common low-detail "holstered" pistols seen on NPC character models. A pistol with the standard finish is available from the start of the game for campaign missions and is once more the starting weapon for Zombies.
Nickel plated M1911A1 pistol with brown grips - .45 ACP, as seen in singleplayer.
Standard Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP, as seen in zombies mode.
At the end of "Old Wounds," THE NUMBERS return to haunt Mason as he fights his urge to execute the captive Kravchenko with his M1911A1 during an interrogation.
In Zombies' Tranzit mode, player character Russman holds an M1911 as he looks over the bus which will be conveying him from one place full of zombies to another, pondering precisely how this activity improves his current situation.
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.
Colt Python - .357 Magnum
A Colt Python is visible in Jonas Savimbi's holster as he commands his UNITA troops forward.
Russman holds a Colt Python in Zombies mode as the survivors turn the power back on.
The FN Five-seveN is a returning weapon from Modern Warfare 3. While it is still held with one hand, it now has its correct 20-round capacity. It comes standard with bright tritium three-dot sights. In multiplayer it is able to kill an enemy with two hits, but only at point-blank to very close range.
FN Five-seveN USG (US Government) model - 5.7x28mm
In Zombies mode, Misty uses a pair of Five-seveNs to see off the marauding undead.
Section reloads his Five-seveN. While the modelled rounds in the magazine are a plus, the topmost one seems held in place more by faith than any aspect of the magazine's design.
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 can be selected as a sidearm. It has a 10-round capacity by default, which becomes 13 rounds when "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.
FNP-45 Tactical with Trijicon RMR red dot sight - .45 ACP
Aided and abetted by his robotic pygmy elephant, Section advances down a flooded street in Pakistan, armed with an FNP-45 Tactical.
Much wading later he finds himself near the end of his journey, and celebrates by reloading. This FNP-45 Tactical has a laser pointer, reflex sight and a "long barrel," which uses futuristic technology to be completely invisible. ".45 AUTO" and "FNP-45 Tactical" can be made out on the slide.
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.
Following Woods and Mason completely failing at anything resembling stealth, the PDF soldier raises his flaregun. At full size, the distinctive twin hooked projections of the M8, the mount latch and breech lock, are clearly visible.
The Makarov PM returns from Black Ops and is available starting with the mission "Old Wounds."
Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Mason holds a suppressed Makarov PM in "Pyrrhic Victory" as he admires one of Savimbi's Eland armoured cars.
Empty-reloading his Makarov, he discovers that wartime shortages have forced the use of low-resolution ammunition.
Taurus Raging Judge
A Taurus Raging Judge is Menendez's signature weapon during the game's campaign, and is called the "Executioner." 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." 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.
The Raging Judge is the only weapon to change visually when the "long barrel" attachment is used, and the only revolver in any Call of Duty game able to accept a suppressor. The latter would be pointless in practice, since the Judge, like most revolvers, does not have a gas-tight seal between the chamber and the barrel.
Taurus Raging Judge XXVIII - 28 gauge. This was a prototype for the Raging Judge chambered in 28 gauge shotshells unveiled in 2011. It never entered production due to legal issues with it being both a smoothbore pistol and having a caliber greater than a half inch, both of which are prohibited under the US National Firearms Act.
During a brief sequence from Menendez's perspective, the villain holds his Raging Judge on a hostage.
After the campaign has been completed once, the loadout screen unlocks completely, allowing future weapons to be used in the past. Here Mason holds a Taurus Judge equipped with a reflex optic and laser sight as the Soviet army decides there are not enough explosions in his immediate vicinity.
Reloading the Judge shows the words "ANGER MANAGEMENT" printed backwards on the 28-gauge shotshells. Note also the "long barrel" attachment, with three vents in the rib...
...as opposed to the standard barrel, which only has two. Here Mason has decided to fit his Raging Judge with a suppressor to make it even more improbable.
The chambers remain visibly empty as Mason reloads...
...until it is time to swing the cylinder back into position, and all the shells appear from the ether.
A fully automatic handgun based on the TDI Kard called the KAP-40 is available in the future levels. 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.
Section reloads a suppressed TDI Kard with a laser pointer and reflex sight. Note that a fire selector and, bizarrely, a bolt release from a TDI Vector have been added.
CZ SCORPION EVO 3
The CZ SCORPION EVO 3 is available in the 2025 missions. It has the highest rate of fire of any submachine gun in the game.
CZ SCORPION EVO 3 - 9x19mm
SCORPION EVO 3 on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Section holds a SCORPION he rescued from a horrifying attempt at applying camouflage.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
The Heckler & Koch MP5A3 is available in the single-player campaign and in Zombies mode, and is used by PDF troops during "Time and Fate."
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with "tropical" (wide) forearm and stock extended - 9x19mm
MP5A3 on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Holding a hideous gold-plated abomination of an MP5, Mason is thankful that his allies have more taste than he has.
The draw animation shows the stock being extended; unlike the other SMGs, this seems to happen regardless of whether or not it has a foregrip attachment.
Having been justly beaten for his crimes, he holds a normal one during "Time and Fate." Note the fire selector is of the wrong type for an SEF trigger group and is pointed in completely the wrong direction; this appears to be a remodelled version of the Call of Duty 4
Reloading the MP5 shows the top of the magazine to be completely solid.
Heckler & Koch MP5SD3
If fitted with a suppressor, the MP5A3, rather than mounting a standard MP5 suppressor, actually becomes an MP5SD3.
Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 with S-E-F trigger group and stock extended - 9x19mm
Woods guns down a PDF soldier with his MP5SD3 during the US invasion of Panama in "Suffer With Me."
Reloading the MP5SD3 shows it is basically the same model as the MP5A3, including having the fire selector pointed to "this model originally had a Navy trigger group." Note also it has only "safe" and "fire" positions, implying it was based on a semi-auto variant.
Heckler & Koch MP7A1
The Heckler & Koch MP7A1 returns from Modern Warfare 3, and is used by soldiers in "Achilles' Veil." Unlike its last appearance, its foregrip is folded by default; the Foregrip attachment unfolds it.
Heckler & Koch MP7A1 with factory magazine and iron sights - 4.6x30mm
MP7A1 on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
A rare sight of Section in third person partway through "Achilles' Veil" from Farid's perspective. Though he is armed with an MP7 here, when control passes to him he will end up with whatever Farid was carrying.
The player character in multiplayer holds an MP7 as he examines a 12-tube ASW rocket launcher on a Chinese carrier, setting for the imaginatively-named map "Carrier."
Farid reloads his own MP7; note that unlike Modern Warfare 3
where the top of the magazine was completely solid, a bullet is visible and the magazine has actual feed lips. However, the base of the grip still has the stop tab and base of a 20-round magazine modelled as part of it.
The Uzi is used by cartel and PDF troops in Nicaragua in "Time and Fate." As with most of the SMGs, for some reason if this weapon is fitted with a grip attachment the visible result will be that the stock will be unfolded on the player model. On the Uzi, the stock is unfolded during the weapon's draw animation.
IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed - 9x19mm
Uzi on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Mason uses THE NUMBERS to determine that the "grip" accessory on this Uzi is a rare shoulder-grip and unfolds it as he draws it. Note this is apparently an "IZI" SMG, and quite clearly based on a civilian non-NFA weapon since it has the words "semi auto" printed on the receiver.
Jian She Type-05
The Jian She Type-05 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 is the only submachine gun capable of firing in three-round burst mode, which it does with a very high rate of fire (1080 RPM in burst mode, second only to the SCORPION's 1200 RPM). It defaults to automatic fire in singleplayer, but is burst-fire by default in multiplayer, including Zombies mode.
Jian She Type-05 - 9x19mm
Magpul FMG-9 in open form - 9x19mm. Note carry handle with tactical light.
Type-05 on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Infiltrating a high-tech secret facility, Section pauses to fire his Type 05 at a particularly vicious looking desk.
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.
Modern Sub Machine Carbine - 5.56×30mm MINSAS
MSMC on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Mason fires an MSMC with tigerstripe camo at the start of "Old Wounds."
In a more appropriate time period, Section reloads his own MSMC, fitted with a fictional "Millimetre Scanner" and front grip.
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.
P90 magazine, showing the spiral feed ramp.
"PDW-57" on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Section reloads his PDW-57. Note the bases of rounds in the polycarbonate magazine are shown on both sides, indicating some magical double-sided multi-round feed ramp is in use.
Exclusive to 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 an SMG patterned after a carbine rifle or is the SMG variant of an assault rifle like the Colt 9mm SMG.
AAC Honey Badger with magazine removed - 7.62x35mm
"Peacekeeper" compact carbine pre-release image. Note that bad old habits have apparently returned and the safety is on.
The player character in multiplayer looks out over the dam in the Revolution
DLC map Hydro, holding his "Peacekeeper" SMG. Note the "Sea Air Land" on the receiver; seemingly this weapon is supposed to have been adopted by the US Navy SEALs.
Reloading an EoTech-equipped Peacekeeper; note that a round is visible in the top of the new magazine and the iron sights are folded down. Since the early image shown above, some improvements have been made; the markings on the fire selector now show the selector position is not "safe," and the previously flimsy-looking angled foregrip is now attached to the handguard properly rather than only at the front.
A foregrip attachment changes the default angled foregrip to a vertical version, showing the weapon has an underbarrel rail. Even throwing money at the player character does not stop him noticing that the "fast mag" dual magazine model is empty, however.
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.
KRISS K10 - .45 ACP / 9x19mm Para / .40 S&W. Note differences in the magazine well, flat-sided upper and lack of pins.
TDI Vector on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Section holds a TDI Vector equipped with a reflex sight as he makes his way through the important Wooden Crate Storage Area of the USS Obama
Reloading the Vector; ".45 ACP" can be seen just under the ammo counter, while at the muzzle is the trademark of totally-not-made-up gun company "Buster Arms."
A Thompson M1928 can be seen in the trailer for the "Uprising" DLC pack; it is seen in the section for the Mafia-themed "Mob of the Dead" Zombies map set on Alcatraz, fitted with a 50-round drum magazine.
M1928 "Tommy Gun" or "Chicago typewriter" with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
One of the mobsters in "Mob of the Dead" reloads his Thompson M1928 as the other brandishes his own.
With the magazine in place, he's soon ready to ice some zombie goons.
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.
Beretta Model 682 Gold E - 12 gauge
Beretta Model 682 on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
In Zombies mode, Russman holds a Beretta Model 682 as he fends of the aforementioned undead.
Quickly discovering two rounds is never
enough, he breaks his shotgun open to reload, ejecting the spent shells. Note the text on the shell indicates it is using 3-inch shotshells.
Aiming down the sights proves a fairly futile activity since the 682 does not actually have
a rear sight.
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. It is semi-auto only and the player model has no stock, while the world model has a folded stock. The version used by Menendez at the very end of the Cold War mission arc has a full, unfolded stock; he uses it in pump-action mode.
Of note is that during the brief section of "Time and Fate" where Menendez is the playable character, if he is close to death he will reload the SPAS by flipping it off-screen and back on, the entire process taking roughly two seconds no matter how many rounds had to be loaded. This only works with the SPAS he takes from Noriega; if the player discards this and picks up another SPAS, it will reload normally.
Franchi SPAS-12 combat shotgun with stock removed – 12 gauge
At the end of the past mission arc, Menendez is seen with a SPAS-12 with a full, unfolded stock; this model is from Modern Warfare 2
Earlier during the first part of "Time and Fate" when Menendez is the player character, the starting weapon is a SPAS-12. Menendez largely alternates between this and hitting people with a machete while shouting "arrrrgh!" and if severely damaged can reload the SPAS almost instantaneously, apparently just by being really angry at it.
Woods holds a SPAS-12 with tigerstrip camo during "Suffer With Me" as an MH-6 "Little Bird" lends him a helping hand.
Having carelessly dropped his SPAS on the ground, Woods looks down at it and wonders why he can't see the stock when he is holding it.
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. Unlike in Modern Warfare 3, shells are inserted into both magazine tubes during the reload if the "Fast Mag" attachment is chosen, but 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-12 fires buckshot in the campaign, and slugs in multiplayer.
Kel-Tec KSG with Magpul RVG foregrip - 12 gauge
Section holds a KSG equipped with a suppressor (!) as he makes his way aboard a massive floating city called Colossus.
Reloading the KSG; now done two at a time, so only half of the weapon's operation is impossible!
Remington 870 MCS
The Remington 870 MCS is referred to as the "R870 MCS" in singleplayer and "Remington 870 MCS" in multi, and is shown with a RIS mount which includes a spare shell holder on the left and a two-round one on the right. Along with this it has an aftermarket rear sight.
Remington 870 MCS - 12 gauge
Section holds a custom Remington 870 MCS as he gets ready to repel a PMC attack on the USS Barack Obama
. Note that the two green shells are labelled as door-breaching rounds and are upside-down; this is sometimes done by real-life tactical shotgun users to identify special rounds.
The Saiga 12K is available from the beginning for 2025 missions. It is modelled with a left-handed ejection port and charging handle, and for some reason mounts HK-style iron sights.
Section makes his way into the secret facility in "Celerium," armed with a Saiga 12K. Note the left-handed ejection port with extended charging handle and HK-style iron sights.
Mason once again uses the magic of New Game Plus to have a Saiga-12 in "Time and Fate," and celebrates by reloading it. Note the enormous standoff door-breaching muzzle brake.
SRM Arms M1216
The SRM Arms Model 1216 is available in the future levels; 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. 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.
SRM Arms Model 1216 - 12 gauge
Section holds an M1216 as he looks over at one of the USS Barack Obama's
RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile launchers.
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.
AKS-74U on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Mason holds an AKS-74U with a reflex sight as he makes his way through Menendez's villa complex. Note this is the same reflex sight model used by the AKS-74U in the original Black Ops
; being a Black Ops
weapon the front sight must be sacrificed to the gods of optics.
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 used in Black Ops. Soviet troops in Afghanistan use the AK 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.
Hybrid AK on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Mason holds a gold-plated hybrid AK as Jonas Savimbi and his men attempt to get as far away from him as possible.
In "Suffer With Me," Woods show less of a taste for the extravagant as he reloads his own AK, trying to figure out if it was camouflaged or just dumped in a swamp. Note that as in Black Ops
there are no vent holes in the handguard and it has no flash hider.
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. The weapon features a correct recoiling barrel and a 2-round burst mode, even firing the first two rounds faster in fullauto mode. The model has a rail-top receiver with a raised rear sight and a taller front sight to match, though it still retains the original, now-useless rear sight.
AN-94 on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
At the start of "Achilles' Veil," what appears to be a spawning bug causes many of Menendez's men to have AN-94s without magazines. While this in itself might indicate they are ceremonial, the AN-94 is not noted for being able to fire without a magazine inserted as one man in the background is currently doing. The militiaman with the missile launcher seemingly believes he is holding an RPG-7, given his hand positions.
Section holds a camouflaged AN-94 as he makes his way towards the enemy base in the jungle, grumbling about the weather. Due to the weapon's unique layout, the canted magazine cannot be seen in first person unless the weapon is being reloaded.
Reloading the AN-94 shows that effort has been made to model three-dimensional bullets in the magazine, though they appear to be 5.56x45 NATO rounds rather than 5.45x39 WP that the AN-94 actually uses.
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 M16A4 - 5.56x45mm NATO
Woods prepares to ambush one of his jailers; note the square profile of the Call of Duty 4
in-world M16A4's flash hider.
As Woods uses the advanced tactic of shouting in his opponent's ear, the taped magazine and extremely angular handguard are visible.
Colt USAF M16 (Colt Model 604)
The USAF M16 returns from Black Ops; though it is called the "Colt M16A1" it lacks 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.
Colt Model 604 (USAF M16) - 5.56x45mm
USAF M16 on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Mason holds his M16 on Manuel Noriega, whose face has once again evaded oxycution. Note the straight 20-round magazine and lack of a foward assist.
Woods holds an M16 equipped with an M203 grenade launcher as he is buzzed by a pair of F4 Phantoms which have forgotten to turn their engines on. As ever, the M16's iron sights have abandoned it due to mounting an optic.
Woods reloads his M16; note both the taped magazines are empty. This weapon, the recommended one for this mission, is fitted with a 1975-vintage Aimpoint Mark II (aka Aimpoint Electronic), the world's first smallarm reflex sight, though the text on the optic actually says it is an "Armpoint" sight.
Woods draws his M16 at the start of the mission; note the lack of a forward assist, showing this is not an M16A1, and that even the flip-up sight for the M203 has abandoned him.
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.
DSA SA58 Para Elite Compact with magazine removed - .308 Winchester / 7.62x51mm NATO
SA58 Para Elite Compact on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Section holds an SA58 Para Elite Compact equipped with a Leupold HAMR scope and a suppressor as he looks over an X95 Flattop.
Reloading uses the same speed reload technique as in Modern Warfare 2
, and as in that game the old magazine will always have visible rounds in the top even if it was empty.
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.
Section and Salazar discuss Menendez's bizarre decision to smuggle the British Army's rifles to Heckler & Koch.
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.
FN FAL "G Series" - 7.62x51mm NATO
FN FAL on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Jonas Savimbi, having discarded his Hawk MM1 due to it being insufficiently awesome, brandishes an FN FAL. Note the curious dark line on the handguard, and that the underside of the handguard is flat black as if it is always in shadow.
Assisting Savimbi's UNITA forces, Mason holds a camouflaged FAL.
Finding the camouflage less than useful, he soon ditches his old FAL for one with an M203, reloading as he attacks an enemy barge.
The SCAR-L with drum magazine is one of the game's 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.
Third Generation FN SCAR-L - 5.56x45mm NATO
FN HAMR IAR - 5.56x45mm NATO
Fighting his way to Menendez in "Achilles' Veil," Section holds a SCAR-L with a "target finder" scope fitted.
Reloading, the player character presses the magazine release and shakes the weapon downwards; the old drum apparently doesn't quite get the idea of this, and the new drum is used to knock it out of the magwell. Note that it only has "safe" and "fire" positions on the fire selector, indicating it was based on a semi-automatic civilian SCAR variant.
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.
Third Generation FN SCAR-H CQC - 7.62x51mm NATO
SCAR-H on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Section makes his way through a CLAW manufacturing plant in "Judgment Day," armed with a SCAR-H. As with most of the non-recycled weapons, the SCAR's iron sights are folded down when it mounts optics.
Section reloads his SCAR; note the clear marking on the receiver stating it is a "SCAR 17S," the civilian semi-automatic version of the SCAR-H. As with the SCAR-L, this results in it having a two-setting Safe / Fire selector.
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.
G&G GR4 G26 - (fake) 5.56x45mm
A soldier holds the GR4 G26 in a piece of promotional artwork. Note the bulged top of the stock and shape of the magazine.
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 if the Foregrip attachment is used will have a SureFire M900A vertical foregrip with an unusable weaponlight.
Heckler & Koch HK416 with 14.5 inch barrel - 5.56x45mm
Heckler & Koch M27 IAR - 5.56x45mm NATO
HK416 on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Section holds his HK416 as his pet robot deals with some strange men rappelling into an underground complex in a manner best not thought about, glad they will not be able to make horrible puns about his BAD Lever.
Reloading the HK416 shows the fire selector pointed to...Auto? What sorcery is this?
During the draw animation the player character quickly racks the custom charging handle twice, apparently checking to make sure the weapon is both chambered and cycling correctly; this ejects a pair of casings, but does not actually subtract any rounds from the magazine.
Heckler & Koch XM8
The "M8A1" appears to be a 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 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 modes, it fires 4-round bursts unless the select-fire "attachment" is equipped.
Older version of Heckler & Koch XM8 - 5.56x45mm
XM8 on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Harper holds his XM8 at the start of "Cordis Die" as Section lies in a heap in a crashed Cougar MRAP.
Section holds an XM8 with Leupold HAMR optic as he encounters a truly surreal scene. Note that this weapon was apparently made by "KHK Germany."
Out on the deck and trying to forget the horrors he has just witnessed, Section reloads his XM8. Note the XM8 model in game uses the older "duckbill" open-front flash hider rather than the "birdcage" used by later XM8 prototypes.
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.
IMI Galil ARM - 5.56x45mm
Galil ARM on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Out and about in Afghanistan, Alex Mason holds a Galil as he examines a colt.
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.
IWI X95 Flattop with various accessories - 5.56x45mm
IWI X95 Flattop on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Making his way through a flooded slum in Pakistan, Section reloads his X95 Flattop, equipped with a foregrip, Leupold HAMR dual optic and laser pointer.
The M14 Rifle is set to reappear from Black Ops in zombies mode, but this time with a black finish instead of wooden furniture. Once again, the in-game model has a pistol grip like the M14E2 Light Machine Gun.
M14 rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
M14E2 Light Machine Gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
The player character in Zombies mode picks up an M14, filling in its outline on the wall. Note that as in Black Ops
it has a pistol grip, though it no longer has a bipod.
Reloading the M14; as in Black Ops
, the pistol grip appears to have been added so that the reloading animation from Modern Warfare 2's
Mk 14 Mod 1 EBR could be recycled for this weapon.
A SIG SG 556 is available late in the singleplayer campaign. While early footage showed it called "SIG556," in the final game it is instead called the "SWAT556." It can fire in three-round bursts or fullauto mode if the Select Fire "attachment" is equipped; neither is a normal feature of the real weapon, which is semi-auto only.
SIG SG 556 with green furniture - 5.56x45mm
SIG SG556 on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Section holds a SIG SG 556 with ACOG optic at the start of "Fallen Angel;" note that like the SCARs it only has "Safe" and "Fire" settings on its fire selector.
Reloading shows off the M320 grenade launcher mounted under the handguard, but also the rather worrying fact that the player model does not actually have a rear grip.
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, while in multiplayer it is semi-automatic unless the select-fire "attachment" is added.
Saritch 308 - 7.62x51mm NATO
"SMR" on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Section reloads an SMR equipped with a reflex optic. Note the small EOTech logo on the side of the sight; this optic is now actually called "EOTech sight" by the game rather than using the generic "holo sight" label.
The "Type 25" is a fictional Chinese rifle based on the QBZ-95, presumably supposed to represent a future iteration of the QBZ series.
Norinco QBZ-95 - 5.8x42mm
"Type 25" on the singleplayer weapon select menu.
Section holds a "Type 25" as he rescues a man who is apparently not important enough for his name to merit a capital letter.
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 slightly altered from MW3 with no lens covers and a raised carrying handle, while the one in "Suffer With Me" is identical. 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.
Barrett M107 long range sniper rifle - .50 BMG
Original Barrett M82A1 - .50 BMG. Note fixed scope mount and lack of rails.
Mason holds his M107 at the start of "Time and Fate;" note the rail extends right back to the rear sight and there is no raised scope mount, meaning this cannot be an M82A1 as the game claims or an M82A1M.
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.
Section holds a DSR-50 during the final level as he celebrates someone having the catastrophically bad idea of handing an orbital weapon to the first guy who picks up the controls.
Later, finding he can't use his satellite indoors, he reloads his DSR-50. This one is fitted with a "dual band" sight fitted to the standard scope, a ballistic computer and variable zoom (the oversized elevation turret with a large "V" on it represents this). Note the "DSR Precision" marking on the side of the weapon.
The FNH 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.
FN Ballista - .338 Lapua Magnum
Section holds an FNH Ballista as he admires the implausibly small mounting of a drone helicopter's cannon, supposedly 40mm. Visible on the weapon's default scope are a throw lever and cant indicator.
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.
Section holds a "Storm PSR" during the attack on downtown Los Angeles. Note the text on the receiver is "Metalstorm Multishot Rifle," meaning the "P" in "PSR" is apparently short for "M."
Scope of the Storm PSR; the bar to the right is the charge indicator, and the indicator immediately to the left shows the number of queued rounds and the penetration distance, up to eight metres. The red grid indicates the current target cannot be hit at the current charge level; this will be green if it can. Note that the area outside the scope is magnified just as much as the area inside.
Mason reloads the Storm PSR which he presumably got from the same place he got a WA2000 in the previous game. Note the three sets of ten stacked rounds in the en-bloc clip.
The SVD-M 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.
Commercial "Tiger Carbine" (aka "Dragunov Tiger") version sold in the US, with synthetic furnishings used on domestic SVD-M modernized variant - 7.62x54mm R
Mason holds his SVD-M as he takes a relaxing stroll through the jungle.
Mason reloads his SVD-M; note that the fire selector is in the "safe" position, and also appears to be from an AK rather than the correct one for an SVD.
The SVU-AS Dragunov can be used in the 2025 missions, and is effectively a high-tech counterpart to the SVD. It features a dark red, carbon fibre-effect front grip.
SVU-AS Dragunov sniper rifle with bipod - 7.62x54mm R
Farid holds an SVU-AS in "Achilles' Veil," equipped with a laser pointer, ballistic computer and vile camouflage.
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.
Barrett M98B with Harris bipod and Scope - .338 Lapua Magnum
Section holds an XPR-50 as he admires one of the USS Barack Obama's
complement of fictional F/A-38 fighters. Note the strange, tiny circular intakes; these apparently contain a pair of cannons.
Looking out at the Obama's
battlegroup using the scope of his XPR-50, Section discovers a couple of rather unusual additions; these two ships are a Slava
-class cruiser and a Nanuchka
-class corvette, both models from Modern Warfare 3
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 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
Mason holds the old "Death Machine" M134 minigun, wondering how he can possibly combine this activity with riding a horse.
The answer, of course, being to fire it one-handed. Note that the lower part of the grip, which would normally be hidden by his hand, does not actually exist.
A certain decision in "Achilles' Veil" will result in a brief sequence controlling Section as he mans a VTOL's door gun. This is the "Chopper Gunner" model from Black Ops
with the belt box removed, but is clearly a variant of the handheld model.
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. A slightly altered version of this model is also found mounted on drone gun rigs, mostly used by Menendez's PMC troops.
General Dynamics GAU-19/A - .50 BMG
Section spins up the barrels of his futurised GAU-19/A as he vows to infiltrate the jungle base in the loudest manner he possibly can.
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.
AAI Corporation LSAT Light Machine Gun with bipod and front and rear sights removed - 5.56x45mm Caseless
During a Strike Force mission, the target "high value individual" reloads her LSAT light machine gun. Note that this gun was apparently made by "Hobotronics Inc."
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.
M60E3 machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
Mason holds an M60 as he watches one of his allies attempting to threaten a large rock. This went about as well as one would expect it to.
Mk 48 Mod 1
The Mk 48 Mod 1 is available in the 2025 levels as a light machine gun.
FN Mk 48 Mod 1 - 7.62x51mm NATO
Section holds a Mk 48 Mod 1 as he looks over the results of sabotaging his CLAW's Geneva Convention Module.
A Norinco QBB-95 is available as the "QBB LSW". It has been modified with bulkier furniture, and 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.
Section holds a QBB-95 with a laser pointer in "Celerium" as he makes his way through a high-tech factory hidden in the jungle.
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 RPK-74, and is also seen during the US invasion of Panama in "Suffer With Me."
RPD Light Machine Gun - 7.62x39mm
Mason holds a camouflaged RPD as Savimbi's troops storm to victory during the first section of "Pyrrhic Victory." The RPD model is lifted from Modern Warfare 2
, hence the presence of an accessory rail in a level set in the 1980s; Mil-STD-1913, the standard for Picatinny rails, did not exist until 1995.
Taking a look at a weapon crate, he finds an unpleasantly camouflaged RPD with a foregrip; strangely, using this attachment switches the handguard on the model to one that appears to be based on that of the Romanian AIM
The FIM-92A 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."
Alex Mason holds his mutant Stinger as he ponders why anyone would do such a cruel and silly thing to an innocent missile launcher.
With the real sight folded down, this RPG-7 sight is used instead, allowing the missile to be fired directly.
Seemingly nobody has told the Stinger it is supposed to be a flimsy metal tube, since it is quite capable of destroying Soviet tanks with a single shot.
Common sense finally prevails as Mason folds the real sight up; this switches the weapon to lock-on mode.
This uses the same reticle as in previous games; unlike Modern Warfare 3
there is no green target box, and Black Ops II's
more dramatic score frequently drowns out the launcher's lock-on tone.
The launcher proves as effective as it is in any Call of Duty
A fictional anti-air launcher, appearing to be a "futurised" FIM-92A 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."
Menendez holds a spent "FHJ-18 AA" in "Achilles' Veil" after firing the weapon at an American VTOL.
Mason holds an "FHJ-18 AA" as he curses getting the future's least useful weapon in the magical time travel crate.
GP-30 Grenade Launcher
GP-30 grenade launchers are mounted on Russian weapons equipped with launchers in both the past and future levels. It no longer has a quadrant sight at all, but is the same model as used in previous games.
GP-30 grenade launcher mounted on an AK-74
- 40mm & 5.45x39mm
Section reloads the GP-30 mounted under his AN-94. While the grenade model is quite clearly still made
from a standard 40mm round, it at least attempts to approximate the shape of a caseless VOG round for this launcher. The reload animation still includes a flick of the launcher to eject a non-existent spent casing, however.
Hawk MM1 grenade launcher
The Hawk MM1 grenade launcher is never found during the campaign, but 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 doubled capacity of 24 rounds, has no iron sights with the screen simply zooming in when the aim button is pressed, and is reloaded entirely off-screen.
MM1 grenade launcher - 40mm
At the start of the first mission, "Pyrrhic Victory," a UNITA fighter hands Jonas Savimbi his Hawk MM1 grenade launcher.
Savimbi brandishes his Hawk MM1 dramatically as he rides into battle.
Amusingly, on trying to fire his MM1 for the first time, Savimbi finds it does not actually work and immediately discards it.
One-off player character Woods holds a Hawk MM1 at the start of "Suffer With Me."
His enemies soon discover he takes the level's name very literally.
Reloading the MM1: the player character snaps the launcher open, tips out the entire contents of the cylinder, then drops it below the bottom of the screen. There is no actual animation for inserting the new rounds, and it is bought back up closed and fully loaded.
Heckler & Koch M320
Most of the future assault rifles will mount Heckler & Koch M320 grenade launchers if a grenade launcher accessory is selected.
Heckler & Koch M320 with optional telescoping stock - 40x46mm
Section reloads his SG 556, showing off the M320 grenade launcher mounted under the barrel. Note that the white indicator on the fire selector is pointed in completely the wrong direction.
M203 Grenade Launcher
The M203 grenade launcher used in this game, unlike 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.
M203 grenade launcher - 40x46mm
Mason reloads an FN FAL equipped with an M203 grenade launcher.
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 "EX-31," 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.
Farid aims his "M360" grenade launcher. Note the red aiming line. The device appears to have a detachable magazine at its midpoint, though it is never reloaded in-game.
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.
Milkor MGL Mk 1L in desert tan finish fitted with Armson OEG reflex sight - 40x46mm
Fighting his way through the floating city "Colossus," Section holds an MGL Mk 1L as he admires the results of using it.
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 US soldier in Strike Force mode holds a SMAW as he prepares for the arrival of a CLAW, hoping that he can remember which one is which when the moment of truth comes.
The RPG-7 is seen in both the past and future levels, both times simply called the "RPG;" the past version is a standard launcher, while in the future it is a "futurised" version more closely resembling the Airtronic RPG-7 and fitted with a futuristic warhead. Both versions use the same pickup icon, which is a standard RPG-7.
Mason holds an RPG-7 as he ponders whether this is an appropriate weapon to threaten someone with at close range. Note that this is the Black Ops
RPG-7 model, and as in that game the rear sight is mounted backwards.
One-off character Farid holds the future version of the RPG-7. Note that like other rocket launchers it uses the crosshair from the original Call of Duty's
MG42, an art asset that was nine years old when the game came out.
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.
SA-14 Gremlin launcher and missile - 70mm
Mason holds the "Valkyrie" MCLOS SA-14 launcher, finding he suddenly has a lot less boat than he remembered.
Having discovered the culprit, the missile must be manually steered to hit the fast-moving Hind. The bar to the right is the missile's fuel gauge; an SA-14 should have a range of around 2.5 miles, but clearly nobody has told the Valkyrie that.
40lb Cratering Charge
A 40lb Cratering Demolition Charge is used by Mason to block a road leading to the Mujahideen camp during "Old Wounds."
40lb Cratering Demolition Charges.
Mason sets the Cratering Charge. Precisely where or why he was carrying it in the first place is not clear.
The future hand grenade is a cross between a M67 hand grenade and a Mk 2 hand grenade. Strangely, this is the model used for all grenade pickups, even those in the past levels.
Mk 2 "Pineapple" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
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.
M112 C4 demolition charge
The M18A1 Claymore used in the game is a "futurised" version, regardless of which era it is used in.
M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel mine
M26 hand grenade
M26 hand grenades can be seen on the chest rigs of various NPCs during the campaign.
M26 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
M34 White Phosphorous grenade
American NPCs in the past levels frequently have M34 White Phosphorous grenades on their chest rigs.
M34 White Phosphorous grenade
Hudson stops during a mandatory stealth section in "Pyrrhic Victory" as Mason carries an injured Woods, an M34 grenade clearly visible under Hudson's right arm.
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.
Mason's attempt to take a young Menendez hostage takes a turn for the worst as he flicks the pin from an M67 hand grenade Mason somehow did not notice him carrying.
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.
Mecar M72 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
MK3 offensive hand grenade
MK3 offensive hand grenades can be seen on the chest rigs of various NPCs during the campaign.
MK3A2 offensive hand grenade
A MK3 offensive hand grenade is clearly visible on Hudson's chest as he and Mason unwisely discuss their daring escape before actually finishing it.
RGD-5 hand grenade
RGD-5 hand grenades can be seen on the chest rigs of various NPCs during the campaign.
RGD-5 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
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.
Inert Products LLC replica
of a VIS-1.6 blast-resistant anti-tank mine
Mason finishes cutting the chains off the mine box. Note the box is labelled as containing American-made M1 mines.
He soon discovers this is rather wide of the mark, since the box contains VIS-1.6 mines.
Not one to look a gift mine in the mouth, Mason is soon merrily placing mines in the path of a careless BTR.
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.
Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
While on his way to Menendez's mansion, Mason deals with an enemy technical, and stops to admire his prize.
Using videogame logic, he correctly determines that if a weapon isn't loaded to begin with it can't run out of ammo, and is soon merrily blasting away using his invisible thumbs to operate the trigger.
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.
DShKM on tripod - 12.7x108mm
Mason mans a DshK as a series of Russian-made patrol boats attack his barge.
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 GAU-19/A - .50 BMG
The player character in multiplayer admires his sentry gun.
Section takes a much dimmer view of sentry guns, since they are usually trying to murder him.
Controlling a sentry in Strike Force mode gives this view, despite that the rig's camera is mounted below and to the right of the barrels...
..while controlling one in multiplayer gives this equally impossible view from halfway along the barrels.
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 Dynamics M197 Vulcan - 20mm
The "Stealth Chopper" aims its M197 Vulcan during a rare moment of not flying like a drunk in a hurricane.
In Theatre mode, a better look at the helicopter can be had.
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 GAU-8/A Avenger - 30x173mm
The player character in multiplayer admires the result of a good Scorestreak as his pet ground attack aircraft deals with the competition.
The futuristic A-10 makes another pass, firing its GAU-8/A.
The post-match Theatre mode allows a closer look at the "futurised" A-10 model, as well as leading to questions about just how many blast deflectors the carrier thinks it needs.
General Electric M134 Minigun
Non-handheld GE M134 Miniguns are seen mounted on CLAW vehicles and MH-6 "Little Bird" helicopters.
General Electric M134 - 7.62x51mm NATO
The player character in Strike Force mode, having failed to teach his CLAW the meaning of personal space, admires its M134 minigun. Note that it has no ammo source. The device on the CLAW's side is a flamethrower.
Throughout "Old Wounds," Soviet MiG-23 "Flogger" attack aircraft can be seen making bombing runs, armed with a Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 cannon.
Grayzev-Shipunov GSh-23 with ammo belt - 23mm
The Soviet Union immediately regretted establishing Amateur Pilot Day.
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 twin GSh-30-2 mounted on the fuselage and a chin mounted Yak-B gatling gun.
Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2 automatic cannon with unfired rounds - 30x165mm
As the Soviet army pushes towards the Mujahideen base in "Old Wounds," Mason orders "one last display of courage," leading to a charge as Soviet aircraft fly overhead. This includes Hinds, which as in MW3
are the version of the Hind only known to young modelmakers who decide to put all the guns on.
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."
PKT machine gun with 250-round ammo drum - 7.62x54mm R
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.
KPV heavy machine guns in ZPU-4 quad anti-aircraft mount - 14.5x114mm
Woods sights up the gunner of the ZPU, who, in addition to his AA gun, is apparently in possession of the dreaded levitating FAL.
KPVT heavy machine gun
Soviet BTR-60 APCs seen in "Old Wounds" mount KPVT heavy machine guns in their turrets.
KPVT heavy machine gun - 14.5x114mm
Mason sights up a BTR-60 in "Old Wounds" with his futuristic SAM, the BTR looking distinctly unimpressed as Mason belatedly realises that he can't fool this SAM into blowing up tanks.
At the end of the mission the Soviet army commences one final push, with Mason watching through binoculars as the last assault begins. Note the frontal hull of the BTR-60, distinguishing it from later versions.
Mason and the Mujahideen determine that charging tanks and aircraft with horses is in some way a good idea and ride for Kravchenko's giant silly land battleship, the BTR on the right firing its gun as the one on the left is destroyed by a stray bolt of logic.
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.
Kurzer 8 cm Granatwerfer 42 - 81.4mm
Mason, holding a heinously blinged-out MP5, examines an enemy Kz 8cm GrW 42 mortar after eliminating the crew. At the time of the game's release, this model was just over seven years old.
M61 Vulcan cannons in Block 1B Phalanx installations can be seen mounted on the USS Barack Obama during the mission "Odysseus."
Phalanx Block 1B with improved barrels and FLIR - 20x102mm
Section looks up at two of the USS Barack Obama's
Block 1B Phalanx guns firing on attacking PMC forces during the mission "Odysseus;" note the FLIR pod on the side of the radome.
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.
MAS AA-52 GPMG - 7.5x54mm French. The vehicles in the game use the 7.62x51mm NF-1 variant.
Mason takes a little time out from the hectic battle to admire one of Jonas Savimbi's Eland armoured cars, armed with a 90mm GIAT F1 cannon. The muzzle of the MAS AA-52 NF-1 coaxial machine gun is visible to the right of the main gun.
Metal Storm Redback RWS
The fictional "Assault Sentry Drone" tracked UCVs mount a Metal Storm Redback RWS four-barrel repeating grenade launcher in a module on their left-hand side. This is incorrectly depicted as an ordinary machine gun.
Metal Storm Redback RWS - 40mm
Section looks over an Assault Sentry Drone (ASD) with a Redback RWS during the mission "Karma;" these white-painted ASDs are part of the security force of "Colossus," a floating city in the Cayman Islands.
During the Strike Force missions it is possible to control an ASD directly, which provides a good view of the little robot's armament.
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."
NSV-T heavy machine gun mounted on a Ukranian T-84 - 12.7x107mm
The player character in multiplayer looks over the ridiculously misproportioned NSV-T of a parked T-72.
RPD Light Machine Gun (mounted)
Mounted RPDs are a frequent sight in the 1980s levels.
RPD Light Machine Gun - 7.62x39mm
Woods locates a mounted RPD in "Suffer With Me," wondering what manner of incredible glue technology has been used to achieve this.
Per FPS rules, mounting an RPD somehow removes its need for either reloading or ammunition.
Type 1130 CIWS
The multiplayer map "Carrier" is set on the deck of Chinese supercarrier, which appears to be based on the Liaoning, formerly the Admiral Kuznetsov-class carrier Varyag. Multiple Type 1130 30mm 11-barrel CIWS installations can be seen on the deck; 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.
Type 1130 11-barrel CIWS installation on Chinese carrier Liaoning
The player character in multiplayer looks over one of the Chinese carrier's Type 1130 CIWS installations as he wonders how the carrier deck came to be colonised by a group of small, completely useless huts.
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.
Savimbi, clearly not able to contain all his awesomeness in the first part of "Pyrrhic Victory," rides to the rescue at the end of the second in a hybrid Hind.
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.
Raytheon Silent Guardian Active Denial System
The player character in multiplayer looks over his Silent Guardian, glad technology has progressed to the point he does not have to haul a 10,000 pound transmitter and generator assembly around with it.
A fictional weapon which resists conventional classification, the Titus-6 is a combination weapon combining a three-round burst explosive flechette launcher and a fully automatic 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.
Steyr AUG A3 18-inch barrel with Leupold CQ/T scope and Surefire M900 weaponlight foregrip - 5.56x45mm
Section holds a "Titus-6" as he looks over a grounded drone helicopter. The scope is unfolded, indicating the weapon is in flechette mode.
Reloading the Titus-6's flechette barrel. The tiny drum holds just three rounds and the weapon fires a three-round burst, meaning it must be reloaded every time it is fired. This is a slight clue that this is not a practical weapon system.
Switching to the shotgun barrel changes the weapon's displayed name to "Titus-6 Buckshot," folds down the reflex optic for no apparent reason, and prevents the use of the aim button.
Reoading the Titus' lower barrel.
Section looks at a Titus-6 on the ground; note the AUG-like upper body and stock.