Call of Duty: WWII
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Call of Duty: WWII is a first-person shooter developed by Sledgehammer Games for the PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Being the fourteenth main game in the series, it is also the first installment since Call of Duty: World at War to be set in World War II, and the fifth main WWII title in the series.
The following weapons were used in the videogame Call of Duty: WWII:
Many weapon variants in WWII multiplayer change the weapon into a completely different one. On this page, firearms identified only in weapon variants are placed as subsections of the original weapon's section. The M1941 Johnson rifle is one exception because the variant crosses over to another weapon category different from the base weapon. A few other cases of borderline weapon distinctions remain as subsections to make management easier.
Somewhat interestingly, the extended magazine attachment in WWII always changes the magazine model (in contrast to several CoD games). In many cases, the extended magazine is a fictional invention or some other gun's magazine stuffed into the gun. In nearly all cases (excluding some machine guns), the attachment applies a flat 50% increase to the magazine capacity, which often results in overlarge or understated capacities for real magazines.
Handguns, alongside the SMGs, are the only weapons in WWII that can use suppressors. In singleplayer, suppressed pistols are given at specific points in the campaign. In multiplayer, pistol suppressors were originally absent, but as of the April update following the overhaul of all divisions, all handguns (including the revolvers, implausibly enough) can be fitted with suppressors.
The M1911A1 returns as the main American sidearm. Interestingly, the "extended magazine" attachment gives the gun extremely long magazines, similar to that of the M1911A1 machine pistol pictured below, but only increases the capacity from 7 to 10 rounds. The markings on the slide indicate that the gun is manufactured by "Scapareli Industries".
When upgraded with the Pack-A-Punch machine in Zombies mode, the M1911A1 (in grand CoD tradition) becomes dual-wielded and fires grenades (with a lower-than-normal ammo reserve), this time around bearing the moniker "Bacon and Eggs".
Colt Model 1902
The "Juno" variant of the M1911A1 makes it resemble a Steyr M1912. It still uses the M1911A1's animations, meaning that it incorrectly uses detachable box magazines, rather than loading stripper clips or loose rounds through the ejection port. To further facilitate the reuse of the M1911A1's animations, a slide stop lever is added to the frame, and the lanyard loop is removed from the base of the grip.
The "Totalize" variant also has an M1912's slide, but uses a standard M1911A1 frame.
Enfield No. 2
An Enfield No. 2 can be seen in the holster of 1st Lieutenant Joseph Turner (Jeffrey Pierce) and SOE agent Vivian in the campaign, and is usable during a key scripted section of the story. It is incorrectly depicted with a swing-out cylinder rather than top-break, and for some reason only ejects 1 spent casing from the cylinder when reloaded. It strangely fires 7 rounds before needing to be reloaded, but after reloading, it has a correct 6-round capacity (it should also be noted that the first shot is fired in a QTE, and the player gets control of the weapon from the second shot onwards. Presumably, this QTE-shot didn't count, and the player is then handed a weapon with a six-round capacity).
Being a British sidearm, the No.2 wasn't really used by US forces during WWII; a more appropriate service revolver would be the Colt M1917. Even then, the SOE preferred more covert weapons such as the Welrod.
"Enfield No. 2"
A revolver named the "Enfield No. 2" was later added to multiplayer and Zombies in the second update for The Resistance event. This revolver, in its base form, while depicted with the correct top-break cylinder instead of the weird swing-out in singleplayer, most definitely isn't an Enfield No. 2. In its default base form, it has a Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action trigger guard, a rounded barrel, and only some parts of the frame resembling the Enfield No. 2. Considering the mix-and-match design philosophy Sledgehammer Games uses when designing weapon variants, it's likely that they used one of their mutant / hybrid Enfield No. 2 variant designs as the base weapon. Why is this necessary though is completely beyond IMFDB's ability to answer.
The "Rebuker" variant has a shortened barrel, while the "Obstructor" variant is just the default weapon with a finish.
When Pack-A-Punched in Zombies mode, the mutant Enfield becomes the "Bulldog" (actually a different British revolver altogether), with boosted damage and a higher ammo reserve that doesn't add up to a whole number of speedloaders (55 rounds).
Colt Single Action Army
As if the multiplayer variant wasn't strange enough already, the "Repeller" variant resembles a Colt Single Action Army with a nickel finish, engravings, and a 7.5" barrel. It still uses the Enfield's animations and behavior, which results in it being treated as a top-break revolver (with a hinge added to the front of the frame for this purpose; however, it lacks a release lever, so the player character just pushes down on nothing whatsoever to open the revolver); it also shares the Enfield's double-action behavior, something which the Single Action Army clearly shouldn't be capable of. Considering the SAA's single-action, gate-loaded nature, it would've made a bit more sense to have it as a variant of the Reichsrevolver M1879, rather than the Enfield.
LP-42 Flare Pistol
The Leuchtpistole 42 is a collectable memento during the seventh singleplayer mission "Death Factory".
The Luger is the main sidearm of the Germans. Equipping the gun with the "Extended Mag" attachment gives it a 32-round Trommelmagazin 08, although the weapon's capacity is only increased to 12 rounds.
Its Pack-A-Punched variant is known as the "GI's Souvenir" (a reference to the common practice among American GIs of taking captured Lugers home with them), with a 16-round magazine, a more-than-tripled ammo reserve, a damage boost, and a conversion to 4-round burst fire, with a suitably absurd cyclic fire rate.
Interestingly, the "Der Adler" and "Adlertag" variants of the Luger heavily resemble the Borchardt C-93, an earlier pistol whose toggle-lock operation inspired the Luger's design.
Nambu Type 14
The Nambu Type 14 is found as the "Abwehr" variant for the Luger P08. Parts from the Nambu can also be seen on other variants; the "Torch" variant has the barrel, slide and sights of the Nambu, and the "Der Adler" variant has the grip, magazine, trigger, trigger guard and magazine release of the Nambu.
The Mauser C96 is available in the game. During alpha stage, it was designated as "M712", which is incorrect since it lacks a fire selector. This means it committed the error of Black Ops II and Black Ops III in reverse; those games had an M712 Schnellfeuer incorrectly referred to as a C96, whereas this game has a C96 incorrectly referred to as an M712. In-game, it is referred to as the "Machine Pistol", and behaves like an M712, firing in full-auto mode and using detachable magazines.
Just to confuse matters further, when Pack-A-Punched in Zombies mode, it is referred to as the "Red 9", a variant of the semi-automatic C96 chambered in 9x19mm. This variant holds 20 rounds; this would be appropriate for the Extended Mag model (a 20-round magazine that only holds 15 rounds), but the weapon instead just holds 20 rounds in a standard 10-round magazine. Its damage and ammunition reserves are also increased.
The "Heimat" and "Metallisch" variants have a shorter barrel, with the Metallisch also having the safety control lever set differently, as well as a different pistol grip.
Mauser C96 Carbine
The "Holzpistole" and "Schlange" variants of the "Machine Pistol" have long barrels like the C96 Carbine variant, with the Holzpistole having a buttstock as well (albeit a standard holster-stock, rather than the carbine's fixed grip/stock).
The Reichsrevolver M1879 was added in the second update for The Resistance event. It fires in single-action mode, but with an extremely high firecap, and is reloaded round-by-round via a loading gate. Since the Reichsrevolver lacks any form of ejector rod, the player simply uses gravity to eject spent casings when reloading; this isn't possible, as spent casings expand in the chambers upon firing, which causes them to stick in place, necessitating the use of an ejector rod. The Reichsrevolver was actually meant to be used with a separate ejector rod, which wasn't physically attached to the revolver.
Interestingly, when compared to the Enfield No. 2 added in the same update, the Reichsrevolver has a higher fire rate, but does less damage; considering how the Enfield fires the weaker .38/200 cartridge, and is double-action, the reverse should logically be true.
The "Gilded Torment II" variant has a longer barrel, an extended hammer spur, taller sights, and a strange wooden forearm added to the front of the frame, rather like some early breech-loading pistols (e.g. the Remington Rolling Block). The "Oppressor" variant has a similar long barrel, forearm, and tall sights, albeit without the modified hammer, and with the shorter grip of the later M1883 Reichsrevolver.
The Reichsrevolver becomes the "Glücklicher Punk" ("Glücklicher" being German for "happier"); the ammo reserve is doubled, the damage is increased, and the capacity is raised to a more-than-slightly-implausible 16 (even if there is some sort of special re-fireable round technology at work, this would mean that some rounds are fired more than others, not to mention that, when reloading, the player character loads and then promptly ejects a full set of six fresh rounds twice over, then ejects another 4 unfired ones for good measure.
The Walther P38 returns from World at War as a new pistol in The Resistance event. Likely due to the continuing presence of the Walther trademark, the gun is no longer called the "Walther P38" like in the previous title; instead going by the rather generic moniker of "9mm SAP", which likely stands for "9mm semi-automatic pistol".
The "Immunity" and "Privilege" variants have wire-frame stocks; the latter also has an extended barrel and a rounded slide seemingly based on that of the SIG-Sauer P230; its model does however feature the proper slide stop lever and barrel retaining pin of the real P38, unlike the other variants.
It isn't clear why the P38 was chosen as a resistance-themed pistol, seeing as it was a standard sidearm of the Wehrmacht; a more appropriate choice for a resistance-themed pistol would be a Polish Vis wz. 35, which was produced in Poland under Nazi occupation, and snuck to underground resistance members in small amounts using an interesting system of duplicated serial numbers. Another possible choice would be a French Star Ruby or one of the two French M1935 Pistols, both of which were used by French resistance members.
When upgraded in Zombies mode, the P38 becomes the "Grey Ghost", with a 10-round magazine capacity, an increased reserve ammo count (168 over the standard 112; curiously, this means that the player character is carrying sixteen-and-four-fifths magazines), a boost to its damage, and a shotgun-style spread of projectiles.
The "Rebuff" variant of the P38 has a shortened barrel, making it resemble a Walther P38K.
Submachine Guns in WWII used to be the only weapons in multiplayer that can use suppressors (other suppressed weapons can be found in singleplayer). They were previously a Division Skill for the Airborne division, which gives Airborne players quick-detach suppressors for their SMGs that they can attach and detach at will. Quick-detach suppressors are mechanically impossible for the depicted guns and anachronistic.
The April 2018 update overhauled all Divisions and made suppressors available to pistols and as a selectable attachment for SMGs, usable by any division. The SMG suppressors still have the quick-detach property, while the pistol suppressors act like the fixed suppressors in previous games.
Modeled suppressors include the Maxim Silencer or the Parker-Maxim M1929. Realistically however, they wouldn't fit on some of the depicted weapons.
Beretta Model 38
The relatively rare original model of Beretta Model 38 (as identified by its barrel perforations) was added in The Resistance event; it is referred to as the "Orso" (Italian for "Bear") in-game because of the continuing presence of the Beretta trademark. The weapon is depicted with only one trigger. The "extended mag" attachment gives it a strangely curved magazine instead of a more appropriate 40-round straight stick magazine. It incorrectly fires at 810 RPM, rather than the actual weapon's fire rate of 600 RPM. Bizarrely, the weapon is cocked upon an empty reload, despite the bolt visibly staying open throughout the entire process.
Being an Italian-standard submachine gun (or rather, an early version thereof), it's not particularly apparent why it's featured as a resistance-themed SMG. Some more appropriate choices could include the later-added MAS-38, famously used in the assassination of Benito Mussolini by the Italian resistance, the Błyskawica, a submachine gun (rather impressively) manufactured and used by Polish underground resistance forces, or the United Defense M42, which was ordered by the OSS and distributed to various underground resistance forces in Europe. Even the earlier-added Sten itself is an appropriate choice, as countless guns were donated to resistance groups in all theatres of WWII.
The "Twisted II" variant has a long unfluted barrel, mildly resembling that of the later Beretta Model 38/44, but not exactly identical. This variant is also modeled with a larger, differently-shaped charging handle, and a more right-facing ejection port, but still visibly ejects to the left. The "Golden Goose" variant has a slightly shortened barrel.
When Pack-A-Punched in Zombies mode, the Model 38 becomes "The Boot" (presumably a reference to the boot-shaped peninsula of Italy), with increases to damage and reserve ammo alike.
The Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II appears in the game as the "Waffe 28" (literally "Weapon 28" in German). Despite having a low rate of fire at ~500 rounds/minute in real life, in-game the gun fires at at least twice that (1200 RPM during beta, 1000 RPM on release). Multiple commentators pointed out that its fire rate should've been the in-game PPSh's fire rate, and the in-game PPSh's fire rate should've been the MP28's.
When fitted with the "Extended Mag" attachment, it gains the same TM 08 snail drum used for the Luger (despite it not being compatible with this weapon in reality; however, the MP28's predecessor, the Bergmann MP18, accepted this magazine), though it somehow gives the MP28 48 rounds. The Lanchester's 50-round box magazine compatible with the MP28 could have been used instead.
The MP28's Pack-A-Punched variant (complete with more reserve ammo, increased damage, and a 50-round magazine capacity) is known as the "Flapjack"; this is likely in reference to the MP28's popular in-game nickname of "Waffle 28", which is borne in large part out of the mistaken belief that "Waffe" is pronounced "woff", instead of the correct "vahff-uh".
All the Epic variants of the MP28 feature parts of the Steyr MP34. The "Trigger Happy" and "Oil Can" variants have the MP34's iron sights, as well as custom flash hiders. As for the "Waffenschmiede" and "Soggy" variants, they only have its rear sight; the former also has a strange front section somewhat resembling that of a Karabiner 98k, while the latter has a cut-down barrel and stock, as well as the MP34's muzzle brake.
The M1A1 Thompson is available in the game, incorrectly referred to as the M1928 variant: while US soldiers did use the M1928A1 early in their involvement in WW2 since the M1 did not enter service until April 1942, the gun shown in the game has the triangular rear sight guard "ears" of an M1A1, a right-side charging handle and an unribbed barrel, and does not have a Cutts Compensator which military M1928A1s usually did. The extended magazine attachment gives it a 50-round drum magazine (with an underloaded 45-round capacity), which is incorrect: while an actual M1928 could accept a drum, the simplified M1 and M1A1 lacked this feature since the drum was deemed too heavy and unreliable for combat.
In multiplayer, the "Handler" variant gains a long ribbed barrel like that of the Auto Ordnance M1927 semi-automatic Thompson, as well as a vertical foregrip.
Its Pack-A-Punched variant is known as the "Chicago Typewriter", a name more commonly associated with the actual M1928 (generally in the context of 1920s gangsters); it has a higher ammo reserve, increased damage, and a 50-round capacity that would be appropriate for the drum, but not for the standard 30-round box magazine that the weapon is shown with.
In campaign, the Thompson used by Sgt. Pierson is actually an M1928A1, as evidenced by the charging handle being on the top of the receiver, as well as the weapon having a ribbed barrel (with a vertical foregrip), though it still has the rear sight of an M1A1.
In multiplayer, the "Wilco", "Buck Private" and "Wayfinder" variants of the Thompson are also modeled after M1928A1s. The "Wilco" has a long barrel like the Auto Ordnance M1927, while the "Buck Private" has the early 'simplified' rear sight, a shorter barrel, a horizontal handguard and no stock. The "Wayfinder" variant has almost the same attributes as the Buck Private, except that it lacks a handguard. It is worth noting that none of the Thompson submachine guns appearing in the game have a Cutts Compensator, possibly to accommodate for the quick-detach suppressors.
M3 "Grease Gun"
The M3 Grease Gun returns from Call of Duty 2, and is the first available submachine gun in multiplayer. The extended magazine is for some reason the same TM 08 snail drum magazine (inserted backwards) used by the Luger Artillery Model and MP28, which gives the Grease Gun 45 rounds.
The "Rosie" variant has no stock, an enlarged trigger guard, non-standard iron sights, a cut-down barrel, an odd rounded magazine well, and a modified receiver with a traditional bolt handle and a cutout in the left side, being generally made to look like a rivet gun; this, along with the "We Can Do It" marking on the weapon's left side, is meant as a reference to the WWII-era "Rosie the Riveter" propaganda poster, encouraging women to take industrial jobs to aid the war effort.
The "Roxy" variant has no stock, is engraved, has a sling strap wrapped around it, and has a conical flash hider attached, similar to those fitted to some M3s and M3A1s later on.
When upgraded via the Pack-A-Punch machine, the M3 becomes "The Greaser", with a boost to its damage, and both the capacity and reserve ammo count being doubled.
The "Candy" and "Brandi" variants of the M3 Grease Gun resemble Spitfire Carbines with heavily shortened barrels and non-standard charging handles on the right side of their receivers; the former lacks a stock, whereas the latter has one, along with what seems to be a small barrel shroud from a Sten Mk II.
The MAS-38 was added in the Operation: Shamrock & Awe event. It is referred to as "M-38". The "Homestead" variant adds a perforated barrel shroud that makes the gun resemble the police model of the post-war MAT-49/54.
When Pack-A-Punched, the MAS-38 becomes the "Casket King", a possible reference to the use of a MAS-38 in the assassination of Benito Mussolini (i.e. the weapon used to put the king into his casket). The "Casket King" has a 75-round magazine, a nearly-doubled reserve ammo count (775 rounds over the standard 400; in either case, oddly enough, this leaves the player character lugging around a one-third-loaded magazine for no readily apparent reason), and a buff to its damage.
The "Top O' The Mornin" Epic variant is a MAS-48 with a clover pattern finish over the grip, receiver, and stock (because Irishness is the theme of Operation Shamrock and Awe). The MAS-48 is a stamped steel predecessor to the MAT-49.
The iconic MP40 returns as the main German submachine gun; it is, however, anachronistically fitted with a post-war bakelite receiver, along with a loose sling strap that's never used for anything. It fires at an incorrect 689 RPM, as opposed to the real weapon's 500-550 RPM. When equipped with the "Extended Mag" attachment, the weapon gains what seems to be a quad-stack casket magazine, which somehow manages to avoid jamming constantly in spite of the fact that it only has one set of feed lips. The thing that this extended magazine is likely based on, the experimental MP 40/I, loads two separate magazines into a sliding assembly and requires manual magazine switching.
The "All-Out" variant has the stock folded (unlike the base weapon, which has it unfolded), while the "Son of Mars" variant has the barrel shroud of an MP28 and a different folding stock.
Its Pack-A-Punched variant is the "Hardly Werkeing" (a play on the movie Hardly Working and the German word "Werke", which means "factory" (e.g. Erma Werke, where the majority of MP40s were produced)), which boasts increased damage and 100% increase to both its reserve ammo count and its capacity.
The "Wunderwaffe" and "Do-Re-Mi" variants of the MP40 turn it into an MP41, but with a longer barrel.
Nambu Type II Model B
The super-rare Nambu Type II Model B was added in the Attack of the Undead event. It holds 30 rounds; with the Extended Mags modification, it gains a fictitious 45-round straight magazine, similar to the in-game Type 100.
When Pack-A-Punched, it becomes the "Tokyo Jam", with a doubled magazine capacity and reserve ammo count, and a boost to its damage.
The Patchett Mk.1, a prototype of the Sterling submachine gun that saw some testing near the end of World War 2 was added to multiplayer in the Blitzkrieg event as the Sterling. It is identifiable by its heat shield, which is flat at the muzzle and not flush with the rest of the receiver, unlike the production Sterlings. It has a canted cocking slot and a cocking handle from the L2A3, a tiny custom rear sight, and a slightly curved 30-round magazine that doesn't really resemble any Sterling magazine. The Extended Magazine is the same magazine elongated.
As with the Sten, it is erroneously held by the magazine in first-person. The trailer for the Blitzkrieg event has a doozy of a sequence where the camera repeatedly switches between first and third-person for a player character holding a Sterling, causing his hands to rapidly switch between holding by the magazine (in first person) and holding by the barrel (in third person), before ending on a third-person view with it held by the magazine (somehow).
When Pack-A-Punched, it becomes "The British 6" (a reference to the British foreign intelligence service MI6), with double the capacity, double the reserve ammo, and more-but-probably-not-double the damage.
The PPSh-41 returns from previous games, and starts with the stick magazine. The drum magazine is the 'extended mag' attachment, but it holds only 52 rounds instead of 71. It also seems to have the early version of the sights. One thing to note is that it uses a PPS-43 magwell, though the drum mag version uses the correct magwell. Its rate of fire is substantially lower in-game than in real life.
The "Thrive" and "The Snake" variants seem to have the front end from an SVT-40, and the former also has a collapsible stock (different from the PPS-43 mentioned below) and a pistol grip.
The PPSh becomes "Dedushka" (the Russian word for "grandfather") when upgraded with the Pack-A-Punch machine in Zombies mode; in addition to the bog-standard damage and reserve ammo increases, it gains a 71-round capacity that would be appropriate were it not for the fact that the weapon is still modeled with a 35-round box magazine, instead of the "Extended Mag" 71-round drum.
A special variant, permanently fitted with a drum magazine (which holds a just-shy-of-correct 70 rounds), is available exclusively on the Zombies map The Final Reich. When Pack-A-Punched, this becomes "Babushka" (Russian for "grandmother"), with more reserve ammo, higher damage, and a 115-round magazine capacity (in reference to Element 115, which bears a great deal of significance to the Zombies storyline).
The "Iron Curtain" variant of the PPSh-41 has a pistol grip and folding stock in lieu of the traditional wooden stock, increasing its resemblance to the PPS-43. Meanwhile, the "Duck Soup" variant is essentially a shortened PPS-43, or a Tikkakoski M/44 when the drum magazine attachment is chosen.
Sten Mk II
The Sten Mk II is one of the weapons added in the Winter Siege event. As with most Call of Duty titles, it is erroneously held by the magazine in first-person, although in this particular game it is surprising, considering the fact that the MP28 and the Type 100 are held correctly, and that the Sten itself was also held correctly in Sledgehammer Games' previous title Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
As with some weapons of the game, the extended mag is a 32-round TM 08 snail drum magazine, in this case inserted backwards and giving the weapon 48 rounds. The 50-round Lanchester Mk. I magazine could have been used instead, since it is compatible with the Sten in reality.
Despite its use by British commandos in the Project Nova flashback mission in the first Black Ops game, the Sten isn't really well-suited to the winter climate as the crude and temperamental nature of the gun renders it sensitive to the environment, resulting in issues like a frozen bolt or trigger. A more fitting choice of winter-themed submachine gun would be the Suomi KP/-31, a robust Finnish SMG that saw use during the Winter War and inspired the later designs for Soviet SMGs.
Its Pack-A-Punch variant is "La Resistance", with the 3 standard SMG upgrades - more reserve ammo, higher damage, and a higher capacity (48 rounds in this case, though the magazine model remains the same (as is standard for the Pack-A-Punched weapons); if it is fitted with the "Extended Mag" attachment, this rises to a whopping 72).
Sten Mk I
The "Rooted" variant of the Sten Mk II is modeled after the original Sten Mk I, but with a pistol grip and a fixed stock like the Mark V.
Sten Mk IVA
The "Royal Skull" variant of the Sten Mk II resembles the experimental Sten Mk IVA, though it retains the flash hider of the Mk II, and has the wooden handguard and folding forward grip of the aforementioned Mk I.
The Type 100 submachine gun returns from World at War as a base game multiplayer-only weapon. Unlike the Type 100 in World at War, the weapon is held by the handguard; it is also a different variant - the version in this game is the earlier Type 100/40, as noted by the adjustable rear sight, bayonet lug, and slower rate of fire. A fictional straight magazine is used for the Extended Mag attachment.
The Epic variants (excluding the "Empire") are modeled with the flash hider of the late Type 100/44, as well as a similarly simplified bayonet lug. In addition, the "Checked Out" and "Righteous" variants have longer barrels, the latter also having a fixed rear sight (but not the same as that of the Type 100/44). The "Empire" also has this fixed rear sight, as well as vertical foregrip similar to that of the Sten Mk V; the "Blue Sky" has the same foregrip. For some reason, all the Epic variants also have some sort of safety or external hammer on the rear.
Its Pack-A-Punched variant is known as the "Blood Type", and holds 60 rounds in the standard magazine (or 90 in the extended one), with the standard additions of increased reserve ammunition capacity and damage.
The police variant of the ZK-383 is a new submachine gun which can be unlocked by prestiging the Cavalry Division. Unique to its class, it features a selector that changes the rate of fire (replacing the "rapid fire" attachment); while the real gun could achieve this, it could only do so via the removal of a weight from the bolt, whereas the game depicts this function as though it were manipulated by a switch (changing the fire rate will have the player character's right thumb flick what seems to be the safety switch on the left side of the gun).
When Pack-A-Punched, it becomes the "One-Eyed Mace", with - you guessed it - higher damage, a greater ammunition reserve, and a higher magazine capacity (of 70 rounds in this case).
Anachronistic incendiary shells were originally an exclusive Division ability of the Expeditionary division, but became an available attachment for shotguns for all Divisions following the April 2018 update. Incendiary shells are not loaded by default, and must be loaded into the shotguns by pressing a key. These incendiary shells are suspiciously red (while most of the other normal shells in the game are period-correct brass shells), have different colored primers compared to the normal shells, and seem to have some white marking on them.
The Blunderbuss from Sledgehammer's previous game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, returns as an available shotgun in multiplayer in the Attack of the Undead event (albeit with a slightly different model).
The reload is largely correct; the player character half-cocks the hammer, pushes the frizzen forward, primes the pan, closes the frizzen, cocks the hammer, pours powder and buckshot down the muzzle, and packs it all in with the ramrod. However, it is performed at a comically feverish pace; its practical rate of fire is 12 shots per minute (or, with the reload-quickening Hustle perk, 17). While this makes it the slowest-firing weapon in the game, it still vastly outstrips any fire rate that a normal human being would ever be able to achieve. Furthermore, the player character forgoes any sort of measurement of powder and shot, instead simply throwing a dash of powder (far too little to actually propel its payload any particularly substantial distance) and a few (8, to be exact) small buckshot pellets down the muzzle, tapping it all down with a too-short and too-narrow ramrod.
Bizarrely, the weapon has incendiary shells of all things as an available attachment; switching to them involves somehow forcibly shoving the hammer forward and shaking the buckshot out of the muzzle (begging the question of what exactly was holding it in in the first place), only to repeat the reload again, complete with shoving what are very clearly buckshot pellets down the muzzle.
When upgraded in Zombies mode, the Blunderbuss becomes the "Funderbuss", with a boost to its damage; furthermore, in addition to buckshot, it fires out 3 strange, glowing orbs which function like time-fuzed grenades. These mysterious orbs are conspicuously nowhere to be seen during the reload animation.
M30 Luftwaffe Drilling
The rare M30 Luftwaffe Drilling, a combination shotgun / rifle only issued to Luftwaffe aircrews, is available. By default, only the shotgun barrels are used, but the "Rifle Bullet" attachment allows the third barrel to be used. The latter basically fires a powerful rifle round with a range and damage comparable to that of a sniper rifle. In real life, the Drilling was not designed to be used against personnel, instead being issued as a survival tool for hunting and defending against predatory animals: Germany retained their WW1-era stance that shotguns were unacceptable as a military weapon, and the rifle barrel was only supplied with soft-pointed bullets which under the rules of war could not legally be fired at an enemy soldier. The two barrels being choked for different types of shell (slugs on the left and birdshot on the right) are not simulated, and the damage of the weapon's shotgun barrels is in line with the other shotguns firing buckshot.
The "Einfall" and "Valkyrie" variants of the Drilling have the lower rifle barrel enlarged to the same size as the shotgun barrels, effectively turning the M30 into a triple-barreled shotgun, though this doesn't actually change the weapon's behavior, and the rifle bullet shown loaded is still the same rifle round. On the Valkyrie, the part enclosing the hammer also seems "fatter", like something on an old coach gun.
Its Pack-A-Punched incarnation is known as "Trips"; it does more damage, has more ammunition in reserve, and rather bafflingly gains the ability to hold 3 shells, despite the player character rather clearly loading in two (and there rather obviously being no place to put the third shell).
"The Triple", "Door Kicker" and "Altreich" variants of the M30 Luftwaffe Drilling turn it into a TP-82, a Soviet survival weapon for cosmonauts who might face wild animals after landing in Siberia; like the Drilling, it has two shotgun barrels and a rifle barrel. Its appearance is, of course, massively anachronistic, as it was made after 1986, after human space flight was achieved.
The barrels on the weapon are sized up to M30 calibers, the part of the barrel that breaks open is moved forward, and the mechanisms exposed during the reload are changed from the real one's complexities into a carbon copy of the M30's, increasing its resemblance to the M30 Drilling and allowing some animation reuse. The weapon's reload animation is changed to reflect the different position of the break-open lever. However, the fire mode switching animation with the Rifle Bullet attachment is just a tiny shake with a switch sound, in contrast to the default M30 Drilling's actual switching animation involving the selector (the TP-82's actual selector on the left side of the frame is never touched).
The rare Walther toggle-action shotgun is available, simply referred to as "Toggle Action". The weapon is fictionalized as feeding from a detachable box magazine (or drum when the extended mag attachment is equipped) inserted into a non-existent magazine well on the bottom of the receiver, rather than its internal tube magazine in its forearm, likely to fill the mandatory "Call of Duty Detachable Magazine Shotgun Quota". The box magazine bears some resemblance to the (also non-detachable) one on the Walther A115, an experimental semi-automatic rifle developed by Walther in the 1930s; it holds 6 rounds, which seems a bit optimistic for its size.
The reloading procedure has to be altered for this fictional magazine to "work". The interesting part is the empty reload animation, which involves turning the crank lever on the right side of the gun (it opens the action on the real gun, though the in-game bolt stays shut), replacing the magazine, then pressing a button near the trigger guard (to "close the action"). While the real gun's action is closed by pressing a button on the bottom of the receiver, this button is located at where the fictional magazine well is. The button near the trigger guard that the player character presses is the safety button instead, or where it would be since it isn't actually modeled on the in-game weapon.
The "Winter's Wild" and "Dynamo" variants have lever loops for some reason; they also have shorter barrels, and the Dynamo has a sawed-off stock as well. As for the "Enigma" and "Flag Top" variants, they have an elongated handguard (almost to the size of the barrel), and the Flag Top also has a raised buttstock.
Its Pack-A-Punched variant is known as "Lucky"; Lucky does more damage, carries more reserve ammunition, and holds an impressive 12 shells in its magazine,
Winchester Model 1897 Trench Gun
The Winchester Model 1897 is available with an incorrect tube capacity of 7 shells (10 with extended magazine, which gives it a slightly extended magazine tube) instead of 5. It was referred to as "Winchester 1897" and then "M97 Trench Gun" in earlier stages of the game, only to be renamed to simply "Combat Shotgun" in the final version, presumably because of the continuing Winchester trademark.
The "Barbarossa" and "Catchpole" variants have a cosmetic spare shell holder and a sawed-off stock; the former also has a longer barrel.
When upgraded via the Pack-A-Punch machine, the Winchester becomes the "Diplomatic Solution", with a boost to its damage, an increase in reserve ammunition, and a more-than-slightly-implausible 16-round magazine; to make reloading this a bit less tedious, the Diplomatic Solution reloads 2 shells at a time.
Winchester Model 1912 Trench Gun
The "Battleaxe" and "Trench Runner" variants of the Winchester Model 1897 turn it into a Winchester Model 1912, also in its military "Trench Gun" configuration. As with other variants of weapons, the difference is completely cosmetic, with no change to the weapon's functionality.
Winchester Model 21
The Winchester Model 21 double-barreled shotgun appears in the game, with the barrels sawed off. It was referred to as "Model 21" in early footage, but was later renamed to simply "Sawed-off Shotgun" in the final game, likely because of the continuing Winchester trademark. In multiplayer, the "Domino" variant gives the shotgun full-sized barrels, while the "Cruiser" has a vertical foregrip and further shortened barrels, and the "Crusader" has a sawed-off buttstock. As for the "Acrobat" variant, it gets a combination of the characteristics of the "Cruiser" and the "Crusader".
When Pack-A-Punched, it becomes the "Last Model"; its damage and reserve ammo count are both introduced; unlike the M30 Luftwaffe Drilling, it doesn't gain any impossible capacity bonuses.
Rifles & Carbines
Similarly to World at War, rifles are divided into two main groups: "Rifles", which primarily consist of semi-automatic and fully-automatic rifles (as well as a burst-firing rifle and a few light machine guns lumped in with the automatic rifles), and "Sniper Rifles", which primarily consist of bolt-action rifles (as well as a semi-automatic one and even an anti-tank rifle) fitted with telescopic sights for sniping. The "iron sights" attachment was made available for any rifle in the latter category following the Attack of the Undead event.
The "Rifles" category was originally associated with the Infantry division in multiplayer, grating them the use of the Bayonet. The April 2018 Divisions divisions rework made Bayonets an attachment instead.
"Sniper Rifles" were originally associated with the Mountain division in multiplayer, which allows their users to "Hold Breath", the same steadying mechanic with all sniper rifles in previous games. The Divisions rework made it universal to sniper rifles, regardless of the division used.
Arisaka Type 38
The Arisaka Type 38 was added to the "sniper rifles" category in the Blitzkrieg event. Unlike the other bolt-action sniper rifles in the game, the process of loading the rifle with stripper clips is appropriate thanks to its side-mounted scope. The "Extended Mag" attachment attempts to ruin this by giving the weapon a Lee-Enfield-type detachable magazine, which, of course, using a smaller cartridge than one that the magazine can hold ten of, holds 7 rounds.
Arisaka Type 44 Carbine
The epic "Black Hornet" variant turns the long Arisaka into an Arisaka Type 44 carbine with an unusable folded bayonet.
Arisaka Type 2
The "Ronin II" and "Hydra" variants are Arisaka Type 2 Paratrooper rifles.
Breda M1935 PG
The Breda M1935 PG is a new rifle added in the Blitzkrieg event; it is referred to as "ITRA Burst", and has a longer barrel and a straight magazine compared to the real PG's curved one. Like the real gun, it fires in four-round bursts (but at 952 RPM compared to the real PG's 600), and is functionally analogous to the M8 rifles featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops II and III, even having the same 32-round magazine capacity (as opposed to the real PG's 20 or 30). Similarly to the XM16E1 from Black Ops III, the weapon has a contradictory description that says "4-round burst semi-automatic rifle", which basically means it fires a four-round burst with every pull of the trigger.
The Chauchat-Ribeyrolles 1918 was added to the game in the Days of Summer event, placed in the SMG category. The default half-moon Chauchat magazine incorrectly holds 25 rounds (as opposed to the correct 20), while the "extended mag" attachment gives the weapon a fictional 37-round drum magazine. For some reason, it also has wire-frame anti-aircraft sights; the real model had no rear sights and only a small front sight.
De Lisle Carbine
The rare De Lisle Carbine was added to the "sniper rifles" category in the Liberty Strike event; to that end, it is (unlike the real weapon) fitted with a scope by default. Despite being chambered in .45 ACP, the carbine deals the same damage as the Lee-Enfield and Type 38 in-game, presumably for the usual "balance reasons"; this would also explain why, despite being the shortest, lightest, and handiest rifle in its class, it has poorer handling (i.e. aiming time, fire rate, etc.) than both of them.
The Fedorov Avtomat was added to the game in the Days of Summer event, in the rifles category as the "Automaton" (a corruption of the Russian term "avtomat"; automaton refers to a self-propelled machine and in this case it's a clever pun since the rifle, being one of the first ever automatic rifles, is self-loading). Anyway, it is fitted with the correct 25-round magazine by default, the "Extended Magazine" attachment is simply a longer version of this magazine that holds 37 rounds.
The Fallschirmjägergewehr 42 is a usable automatic rifle in-game. It is the late war/second model, unlike the versions seen in previous installments. The "Stinkeroo" and "Revised" variants have circular slotted barrel shrouds, giving them a resemblance to the MG30 machine gun. As for the "Kampfflugzeug" and "Stripe-Happy" variants, they have longer barrels and handguards, and different bayonet lugs. It is to note that all the Epic variants lack the muzzle brake of the base weapon.
The Gewehr 43 is one of the weapons added in the Winter Siege event. While it used to have a correct 10-round magazine, the capacity was increased to an incorrect 12-rounder at the end of February 2018.
The "Chiller" variant is winter-themed, and has a cloth wrapped around the barrel and handguard. The "Kapitan" variant is sawed off to pistol size but has a pistol grip and a folding stock, as well as different iron sights and a deeper magwell (which appears to be based on the fixed magazine of a Gewehr 1888).
The "Nobel II" variant of the Gewehr 43 turns it into a Gewehr 41, albeit retaining the detachable magazine, as expected. The model is also a hybrid: the front part of the rifle is modeled after that of the Mauser design, whereas the rest of the weapon matches the Walther version (including the lack of a bolt-action mechanism). Additionally, it has a cheek rest on the buttstock, as well as the same deeper magwell as the "Kapitan" variant.
The Karabiner 98k is available in the game. When the "Extended Mag" attachment is equipped, the weapon is fitted with the rare 20-rounder trench magazine from the earlier Gewehr 98 and Kar98 models, which is incorrectly shown as detachable, and only holds 7 rounds in-game.
Kbsp wz. 38M
The Kbsp wz. 38M (Karabin samopowtarzalny wzór 38M) appears in the game as a sniper rifle, simply referred to as the "Karabin". A surprising inclusion in-game, given that only around 150 of the rifles were ever built; ironically, it is the only weapon used by in-game Wehrmacht snipers (who would have more likely used scoped Karabiner 98k or Gewehr 43 rifles instead). It incorrectly features a detachable magazine like the Gewehr 43; the real-life rifle has a non-detachable magazine fed by Mauser stripper clips, which wouldn't be possible on the in-game sniper variant as the scope is in the way.
"The Patriot" variant has a shortened barrel and gas system, as well as a different receiver, trigger guard and front sight.
The "Midnight" variant of the Kbsp wz. 38M resembles the French MAS-44 (which actually uses detachable magazines in reality). The "Husky" variant also has a MAS-44's receiver, albeit with the same front sight, shortened barrel and gas system as "The Patriot". Ironically, both the "Midnight" and the "Husky" still retain the wz. 38M's rear sight in front of the scope, while also having their own rear sight behind it. Finally, the "Kutusov" variant has the front part of a MAS-44, but with the receiver and trigger guard of "The Patriot".
Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I(T)
The Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I(T) appears in the game. It was referred to as the "Commonwealth" in the beta, but this was later changed to "Lee Enfield". Like the Springfield, it is still loaded with stripper clips even though the scope is blocking the magazine; it also replenishes all 10 rounds with just one clip. This could be actually be done by swapping the detachable magazine but it was not standard procedure at that time.
The "Sweetie" variant is based on the Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I as it lacks the cheek rest on the buttstock, while the "Roundabout" and "The Royal" are sawed off to pistol size, though "The Royal" variant still has a No.4 Mk.I buttstock.
The M1 Carbine returns from World at War, still erroneously labeled as the "M1A1". Notably, it is able to equip a bayonet, yet it visibly lacks a bayonet lug. For some reason, it also has a hooded sight as well, which was never issued on any carbines.
When Pack-a-Punched in Zombies, it is renamed to "M2 Carbine" and correctly fires in full-auto, though it lacks that version's fire selector.
The "Lil' Biscuit" variant gains the proper M1 Carbine's front sight, a perforated metal heat shield, and a shorter barrel, while the "Body Snatcher" variant has an elongated barrel and handguard, and a modified version of the in-game front sight.
The "Bug Juice" and "Bite The Dust" variants of the M1 Carbine have the same visual attributes as the "Lil' Biscuit" and "Body Snatcher" respectively, except that they receive proper M1A1 folding stocks.
The iconic battle rifle of the American forces, the M1 Garand, makes a return in this game. Like in World at War, the weapon can be reloaded mid-clip, though it makes the ping sound and ejects the clip anyway. When fitted with the "Extended Mag" attachment, it gains a detachable magazine, similar to that of the experimental T20 select-fire variant. Can be seen on the hands of wounded soldiers in campaign but after their death it will change itself into a vanilla Garand.
The "Front Line" variant has the front sight of an M1 Carbine and a thumbhole stock, while the "Independent" variant has a different front sight, a shortened handguard and gas block, as well as the folding stock and pistol grip from a Beretta BM59 Truppe Alpine, which would be entirely anachronistic.
T26 Tanker Garand
The "Valor" variant of the M1 Garand turns it into a T26 Tanker Garand carbine, albeit with a different front sight. The "Rookie" variant also gets the same aspects, but with the same BM59 pistol grip as the "Independent" and no stock (in reality, the M1E5 short-barreled prototype had a folding stock and a pistol grip, but the latter differs from that of the "Rookie").
The actual M2 Carbine, accurately modeled with a fire selector (as opposed to the one in Zombies which is a rename with no remodeling) was added to multiplayer in the Blitzkrieg event. Such models started production in April 1945, when Germany was on the verge of defeat; the "M2" carbines in service at that time were converted M1s. The factory-produced M2s would see action in the last months of the Pacific conflict and throughout the Korean War.
In a reversal of its semi-automatic relative, being referred to as the folding-stocked M1A1 Carbine despite being a fixed-stocked M1, the in-game M2 has a folding stock. Its in-game rate of fire is substantially slower than its real-life counterpart; so slow, in fact, that the semi-automatic M1 Carbine can be fired faster with a quick trigger finger. Additionally, the M2 Carbine doesn't share its animations with the M1 Carbine, presumably to make the two feel more distinct.
The base weapon uses 15-round magazines, and the extended mag attachment brings the magazine capacity up to 22, the same not-quite-real extended magazine as the in-game M1.
M1941 Johnson rifle
The "Battle Watch" and "Savior" variants of the M1941 Johnson machine gun turn its visual appearance into that of the M1941 semi-automatic rifle, though it retains the full-auto fire, open-bolt operation and side-mounted detachable magazine of the M1941 machine gun.
Mosin Nagant M1891/M91/30 Sniper Rifle hybrid
The Mosin Nagant was added to the sniper rifles class in the Days of Summer event. It is referred to as the "3-Line Rifle" (the full designation was the "3-Line Rifle M1891"), and is essentially the Imperial Russian M1891 rifle with the PU scope and turned down bolt handle of the M91/30 Sniper Rifle. Reloads are much more accurate than most other sniper rifles in the game, primarily since the player character doesn't try to cram a stripper clip into the magazine with the scope in the way. On the base scoped version, the character loads three rounds at a time. When the "iron sights" attachment is equipped, he actually uses a stripper clip: the full 5-round clip is inserted when the weapon is empty, while during partial reloads the character pushes the clip down the chamber and removes it after only having loaded the number of rounds needed. When the "extended mag" (giving a 7-round capacity) is paired with the iron sights, the player character reloads an empty magazine by inserting a 5-round clip then manually loading additional rounds.
The PTRS-41 anti-tank rifle returns from World at War as an available sniper rifle in the Attack of the Undead event. Like in that game, it is a ridiculous choice for one considering the immense weight, caliber and recoil. Nevertheless, the in-game gun is quite nerfed in terms of those aspects; while it can kill in one shot from any distance, the high-caliber round doesn't blow limbs off or even penetrate cover. The recoil is also heavily toned down, perhaps even more so than in World at War. It feeds from a 5-round en-bloc clip, which rises to 7 with Extended Mags; curiously, this doesn't change the weapon's model in any way, unlike every other weapon in the game.
The AVS-36 was added to the "rifles" category in the Liberty Strike event. Its fire rate is significantly toned down from the real gun's 800 RPM; conversely, its magazine capacity is exaggerated to 24 rounds (36 with the "Extended Mag") instead of 15.
The Springfield M1903 returns from World at War as an available sniper rifle. The rifle can incorrectly be loaded with stripper clips, despite the fact that the scope is blocking the magazine; these stripper clips are also inserted regardless of the amount of ammunition needed, and they are inserted fully, clip and all. As with all of the bolt-action rifles, a full stripper clip is used to reload the weapon, regardless of how many rounds remain in the magazine, or how many rounds are available to use.
When Pack-a-Punched in Zombies it gains the name of "Massachusetts" a reference to the US state where the rifle was manufactured. It gains a 25-round magazine (which would actually be appropriate for its Extended Mag model, a 25-round Air Service magazine, incorrectly depicted as detachable), despite using the standard 5-round magazine.
The "Warbird", "Faithful" and "Gum Shoe" variants resemble a sporterized version of the Springfield; the third is missing a stock for no practical reason.
The "Ranger" variant resembles the M1903A4 variant, rather than the standard M1903A1 (albeit incorrectly fitted with the front iron sight of an A3 variant, in spite of the presence of a Model 330 Weaver scope, and the absence of a rear sight). Bizarrely, the stock appears to be 2-piece, with a large metal sideplate between the forend and the buttstock.
The Sturmgewehr 44 returns to the game as the only true assault rifle in game. It performs a similar reload to the AK-47 rifles seen in previous iterations as well as on the "MP44" in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The "Haywire" variant also has an MP40 type folding stock.
The "Serum" variant appears to be a fictitious shortened variant of the MKb 42(W), a Walther-made prototype that was rejected. The model's rather unique-looking trio of reinforcing ribs above the grip can be seen on the in-game weapon, confirming the source of the in-game model. It has a cut-down barrel and gas system, a compressed lower receiver (note the length between the trigger guard and the magazine well), and the same MP40-type folding stock as on the "Haywire". Its iron sights are mounted at the same positions as the Stg 44 instead of the real weapon's more forward position.
The "Red Baron" and "Shingles" epic variants of the Sturmgewehr 44 turn it into a Sturmgewehr 45(M), but with a longer barrel, as well as the rear sight being mounted at the same level as the magazine like the StG 44. They are statistically identical to the standard variant, apart from a 10% XP boost granted to the user.
Yet another weapon returning from previous games, the SVT-40 is usable. In the campaign, it is widely used by German soldiers, probably since the game lacked the much more appropriate Gewehr 43 prior to the Winter Siege event (incidentally, this has some historical significance, since Wehrmacht soldiers used captured SVTs in the early stages of the war, due to the lack of native semi-automatic rifles). In multiplayer, the SVT is unlocked automatically after prestiging the Infantry division.
Interestingly, the "Shack Man" variant of the gives it a receiver rather like that of an AG42B Ljungman rifle, as well as different iron sights and muzzle brake, and a shorter barrel. The "O.A.O" variant has these iron sights, muzzle brake and short barrel, but has a folding stock and a small pistol grip. The "S.O.L." lacks a heat shield but has a cloth wrapped around the handguard to compensate for this, as well as a longer barrel, different iron sights (the front one being similar to that of the two previously mentioned variants), a custom muzzle brake and a magazine pouch on the buttstock. As for the "Siberian" variant, the only visual difference that it has from the base SVT-40 (aside from the paint job) is the presence of a stock pouch.
Type 5 rifle
The Type 5 Rifle was added to the "rifles" category in the Blitzkrieg event. It is an extremely rare rifle in real life, with only 100 of around 250 completed before the end of the war, and none entered service. Essentially a Japanese copy of the M1 Garand, the Type 5 is erroneously loaded like its American counterpart with an 10-round en-bloc clip instead of two 5-round Arisaka stripper clips, which is the same error previously committed by DICE in Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Unlike these however (and unlike Call of Duty: WWII’s M1 Garand), the bolt automatically snaps forward after loading a clip instead of having to be manually pushed. The "Extended Mag" attachment replaces the en-bloc clip with a 15-round detachable magazine, seemingly taken from, of all things, a Lee-Enfield rifle, and requires the bolt handle to be manually released. To top it all off, a ping sound is ironically heard when the detachable extended magazine is emptied, yet this doesn't occur with the base en-bloc clip.
The "Clockwork" variant has the magazine cover of a Japanese-manufactured experimental copy of the Pedersen rifle.
The Volkssturmgewehr 1-5 was added in The Resistance event. It is depicted as fully-automatic, but while some experimental versions were selective fire in reality, they were not adopted or produced in quantities. When the "extended mag" attachment is equipped, the weapon gains a fictional 45-round drum magazine.
The "Goat II" variant significantly increases the length of the barrel, and has a differently shaped charging handle, which changes the empty reload animation so it is pulled instead of the upper assembly. The "Defiance" variant has a shortened barrel and a perforated heat shield; this shows that Sledgehammer apparently doesn't know how the Volksturmgewehr actually works, as the large shroud around the barrel is actually meant to contain propellant gases (to allow for the weapon's gas-delayed blowback mechanism to work), so punching a bunch of holes in it would just vent this gas out of the weapon, burning the user's hand and causing the bolt to immediately and violently fly backwards uninhibited, which would cause the ejected case to either rupture or get its head ripped off; either way, the weapon would then jam.
Winchester Model 1894
A Winchester Model 1894 is seen in the hands of a young Ronald "Red" Daniels in the intro cutscene of the campaign mission "Stronghold". The rifle was later added as an available sniper rifle in multiplayer following the Attack of the Undead event. Like the Browning BLR from Advanced Warfare, it is simply referred to as "Lever Action", presumably due to the continuing Winchester trademark. Unlike the other sniper rifles, the Winchester is reloaded with individual rounds, and the player character always cocks the weapon after reloading, even if the magazine wasn't empty (something that's been a bad tradition for round-by-round loading weapons in the Call of Duty series).
Some supply drop variants of the Winchester are heavily sawn-off, loosely resembling a Mare's Leg. It holds 6 rounds in its full-length tube magazine; with the Extended Mags attachment, it gains the box magazine of a Winchester Model 1895, which increases the capacity to 9 rounds, and changes neither the weapon's animations nor the model of the tube magazine that the player character actually loads, which raises some serious questions about how any of this is actually supposed to work.
As with multiple Call of Duty titles, the machine guns class in WWII is referred to as "light machine guns", even though it includes the MG15 and MG42 general-purpose machine guns, as well as the MG81 medium machine gun. An in-game text in the campaign also lists the Browning M1919A4 as an LMG, which is incorrect since it is a medium machine gun.
After the April 2018 update with the Divisions overhaul, the bipod attachment became a permanent affixture for all "light machine guns" equipped by any Division (they were originally exclusive to the Armored division). Gameplay-wise, for some reason it increases the rate of fire of the machine gun when mounted and feeds directly from the reserve ammo supply.
Breda Modello 30
The Breda Modello 30 is one of the weapons added in the Winter Siege community event, which is totally out of place since it chiefly saw service in the North African theatre, where it gained severe notoriety for its underwhelming reliability and performance. It is referred to as the "GPMG," short for General Purpose Machine Gun, seemingly deciding to reverse the usual direction in which machine guns are mis-classified by the series since it was actually a light machine gun (or a no-purpose machine gun if performance is taken into account).
Similarly to the bolt-action rifles (and much more egregiously), it is always reloaded with a full stripper clip, regardless of whether or not there's enough space in the magazine for it. Mid-magazine reloads also do not take account of the ridiculous construction of the magazine: since the feed lips are in the gun and the catch in the magazine for retaining cartridges when it is open is some distance inside, opening the magazine when it was not empty would result in up to four loose rounds left floating around between the magwell and the action. It holds an incorrect 30 rounds per magazine, rather than the correct 20, and fires at 722 RPM, compared to the real weapon's 500 RPM.
Bren Mk1 (M)
The Bren Gun returns from the early Call of Duty titles. It fires at a sluggish 300 RPM, around 200 RPM slower than its real-life variant, but compensates for it by having a two-shot kill at all ranges. Like the Lewis, the Bren is fitted with a fictional 100-round side-mounted magazine when "extended mag" attachment is equipped, instead of the more appropriate pan magazine used in the anti-aircraft role. Amusingly, the "King and Country" and "Combatant" variants are fitted with giant cooling jackets, despite the lower rate of fire and quick-change barrel on the real weapon.
Type 99 light machine gun
The Type 99 Light Machine Gun appears as the "Royalty" variant of the Bren. As a result, it shares the Bren's animations, including pulling the charging handle mounted on the right side rather than the left.
Stinger machine gun
Instead of adding the singleplayer M1919A4 to multiplayer, the Stinger machine gun was added to multiplayer in the Attack of the Undead event instead. The Stinger in reality is a Browning AN/M2 (an aircraft variant of the M1919A4) fitted with the stock of the M1 Carbine and bipod of the BAR; only 6 of these were ever made and they were used to deadly effect during the final months of the Pacific conflict. The in-game weapon is pretty clearly derived from the singleplayer M1919, recycling its animations, particularly the belt reload.
The in-game model has a strange non-standard slotted barrel shroud and uses a loose 80-round belt by default, but with the "Extended Mag" attachment it gains a 100-round belt box; rather than using the real weapon's 100-round belt box, the in-game Stinger uses a fictional belt box that would be far too small to hold 100 rounds (something which the modeler seems to have understood, considering the "60 ROUND MAG" stenciling on the top). Like the German machine guns, its fire rate is nowhere near its real rate (312 RPM compared to the real gun's 1,200 RPM).
The "American Muscle" and "The Basilisk" variants gain a pistol grip and a shoulder stock similar to that of the Browning M1919A6, but not identical to it. The "American Muscle" also has a noticeably shorter barrel (akin to that of the early M1919A2) and a different flash hider.
The Lewis Gun appears for the first time in a Call of Duty game. The version shown is a WW2 British modification of obsolete surplus WW1-era aircraft-mounted Lewis Guns for issue to the Home Guard, fitting them with stocks and bipods: this was when, much to the chagrin of WW1 veterans, it was discovered that the gun functioned just fine without its heavy forced-air cooling jacket.
The "Landship" variant retains its cooling jacket; it also lacks a rear sight for some reason. The "Boulevardier" and "English Oak" variants have weird chunky forearms around the gas system, and "English Oak" also has the spade grips of the Aircraft Lewis Gun.
Type 92 Machine Gun
The "Chatter Box" variant is a Japanese Type 92 machine gun, recognizable by its larger trigger guard and lack of a stock, though it still has a normal Lewis's forced-air cooling jacket instead of the Type 92's water jacket.
The "Landship" also has the Type 92's trigger guard.
M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle
The BAR returns from World at War, now classified as an automatic rifle, despite the M1918A2 meant to fulfill the light machine gun role. Unlike previous games, the charging handle doesn't reciprocate back when the weapon is fired. Interestingly, the weapon in cutscenes has a bipod attached to it, but it disappears during gameplay. Instead, in MP, it serves to mount a fictitious bayonet.
One thing to note is that the third-person model of the BAR has a hooded front sight, even though the first-person model doesn't, except for the "Old Captain" and "Dude Up" variants. The latter two also have an elongated handguard, with the "Dude Up" having a different raised buttstock as well. The "Fly Boy" variant also has this buttstock, and is fitted with a rear sight similar to that of the Colt R75 mentioned below. The base BAR and the "Fly Boy" are the only versions to be equipped with a carrying handle in-game.
The "Cool Hand" variant resembles the Colt R75 commercial BAR (as evidenced by the ribbed barrel, the deeper handguard and the pistol grip), but with a shortened barrel and a folding stock. The latter of these features is mechanically impossible; the BAR's stock contains its recoil spring, so removing it would render the open-bolt weapon entirely unable to fire.
M1941 Johnson machine gun
The M1941 Johnson machine gun appears as another new light machine gun in the game. It is incorrectly categorized as a rifle instead of an LMG.
M1944 Johnson machine gun
"The Cook" variant of the M1941 Johnson machine gun turns it into an M1944, albeit with a shorter barrel. The "Jawbreaker" variant also has the buttstock of an M1944.
The MG15 machine gun is yet another new machine gun in the game. Although the gun was originally designed as an aircraft-mounted machine gun, a few were fitted with bipods and used by infantry later during the war. Nevertheless, the MG34 would be a more suitable weapon. Oddly, the weapon's fire rate is at 722 RPM, far lower than its real world counterpart's 1,000 RPM; this is likely for the usual balance reasons (although one could argue that if the weapon were given the appropriate fire rate, then the sheer uncontrollability of its recoil could balance it instead).
The "Dive Bomb" and "Blade" variants have giant water cooling jackets and egg-shaped AA sights. The "Shorty" variants have no stock, a shortened barrel, the base weapon's front and rear sights switching their positions, and a super-short air-cooling barrel shroud resembling that from a Maxim LMG 08/15.
The iconic MG42, returns from World at War in both mounted and man-portable versions. Despite its fearsome real-life reputation, the weapon has an absurdly slower rate of fire in multiplayer like the MG15 for the sake of balance, although it fires at its proper rate in the campaign and zombie modes. The "Zipper" variant has a circular barrel shroud like the MG34.
In the campaign mission "S.O.E.", an MG42 mounted on a jeep is available for use, in which case it is incorrectly referred to as an MG34.
Rheinmetall MG 39 Rh
The "Devil's Piano" variant is based on the MG 39 Rh, a WW2-era German experimental GPMG meant to replace the MG34.
The MG81 was added to the light machine gun class in the Operation: Shamrock & Awe event. Like its predecessor the MG15, it is a German aircraft-mounted machine gun fitted with a bipod and stock for infantry use, but its sights are anti-aircraft sights (albeit only one for this one). It also has a heavily lowered fire rate, even more so than the other German machine guns (491 RPM in-game compared to 1500 RPM on the real gun). It is fed by a 60-round loose belt; the "Extended Mag" attachment bumps this up to 90, and adds what appears to be a cloth-bag brass catcher, which the devs seem to have confused for a belt bag. It also adds a strange curved metal object to the feed tray cover, the sole function of which seems to be to obscure the exposed portion of the belt between the bag and the feed opening from the player's view.
The "Big Irish" variant gives the weapon an odd, blocky feed tray cover, skeletonizes parts of the receiver, removes the stock, switches the simplistic wire sight out for a more complex one, changes the barrel shroud's design to one with round holes, and shortens the barrel to the point that the now rear-mounted bipod sticks out past it. The "Dark Lord" variant has the same feed tray cover, skeletonized receiver, missing stock, and complex AA sight, but also has a full-length barrel with a different, 2-part perforated shroud (the rear half having circular holes, and the front half having oblong ones like the rear of the standard version) and some sort of muzzle device. The "Untamed II" variant is much the same as the "Big Irish", but with a wire-frame AA sight different from both the standard version and the other variants.
The Vickers .50 machine gun is mounted on British Light Tank Mk VI.
The Gewehrgranatengerät Rifle Grenade Launcher was made available to the German "Rifles" in the April 2018 update, as the Axis cosmetic counterpart to the Allied M7 grenade launcher for the Rifle Grenade attachment. Like in World at War, the player simply fixes a grenade to the muzzle of the rifle without loading in any blank cartridges.
The Luftfaust (aka Fliegerfaust B), a 9-barrel German 20mm anti-aircraft rocket launcher that never got past the prototype phase, is available in Zombies mode. Its two in-game names are oddly backwards: it is called the "Fliegerfaust," changing to "Luftfaust-B" when it is Pack-A-Punched. While German records indicate only 80 of these launchers were issued for combat trials, all to a unit in Saarbrücken, there is a photograph of three discarded Luftfaust launchers lying in the rubble of the Hotel Adlon taken during the Siege of Berlin in 1945, suggesting this is one of the less far-fetched experimental weapons to show up in the series.
The weapon is shown as firing rockets individually or in an alternate "free-fire" fully automatic mode, which is incorrect: while there is some disagreement about what the Luftfaust actually did, all sources agree it was some kind of volley fire weapon, with one trigger pull either firing all of the tubes in sequence with a pre-set delay between them, or firing the central tube and every other one of the outer tubes first, then the remaining four 0.1 or 0.2 seconds later. The latter is more commonly reported, with the logic being it would produce a reasonably tight group of rockets while preventing the rockets from damaging or deflecting each other with their exhausts. It is also shown causing massive fiery explosions with each shot, while the real Luftfaust's projectiles were rather more anaemic high-explosive bullets from 20x138mm B cannon rounds fitted with rocket motors.
The M1 Bazooka appears as the main anti-tank weapon for the Allied forces. It is actually shown being reloaded correctly: while later Bazooka variants required wires to be connected to a contact clip at the rear of the launcher, on the M1 the contact was with a brass ring around the nose of the rocket. This method was made impossible when the M1A1 variant wrapped the rear section of the tube in wire to prevent it from bursting on hot days and eliminated the contact box on top of the tube as a point of structural weakness.
M7 grenade launcher
The M7 Rifle Grenade Launcher is found attached to the M1 Garand in certain places in the campaign. The Garand is incorrectly shown as being able to fire in semi-auto with the M7 attached to the muzzle, something that was only possible with the postwar M7A1-M7A3.
Following the April 2018 update, the Rifle Grenade attachment was added to multiplayer for the "rifles" category. Like in World at War, the player simply fixes a grenade to the muzzle of the rifle without loading in any blank cartridges; however unlike that game only the M7 launcher is incorrectly used for all Allied rifles (the M1 Carbine should use the M8, and the SVT-40 doesn't have one of its own but could try the Dyakonov). German rifles use the Gewehrgranatengerät instead.
Panzerfausts can be seen through the singleplayer campaign. They're unusable for the player.
The Panzerschreck appears as the main anti-tank weapon for the Axis forces.
Flamethrowers appear as a score streak in multiplayer.
The Flammenwerfer 35 appears as the main flamethrower for the Axis forces and is collectable memento during the third mission "Stronghold".
The M2 Flamethrower appears as the main flamethrower for the Allied forces.
Grenades & Explosives
F-1 hand grenade
A F-1 hand grenade is seen on a Russian Resistance uniform.
Model 39 Eihandgranate
A bundle of Model 39 Eihandgranate appears in the The War Machine DLC as a booby trap, exclusive to the War Mode map "Operation Husky".
In the Hürtgenwald campaign level, Daniels is instructed to set up a defensive perimeter with M1A1 Mines.
M18 Smoke Grenade
The M18 smoke grenade is an available grenade. Interestingly, playing as the Axis when using the grenade in multiplayer gives the player an M18 smoke grenade with German markings and a Balkenkreuz symbol; a more appropriate grenade would be a Nebelhandgranate 39.
Outside of the white smoke grenade, a green version can be found in singlplayer, given to the player for marking mortar strike positions when requesting for Mortar Support, which is the Squad Ability of Technician Fifth Grade Frank Aiello. A red smoke version can be found in the Battle of the Bulge singleplayer mission for marking air strike positions during a scripted section, and is called "M16 Air Mark Smoke Grenade" on the HUD. Both the green and the red smoke are appropriately marked with different textures, though all grenades lack the "M18" part of the markings (which was present during the build shown at E3, at least on the multiplayer red smoke used for the Care Packages seen below), and the red version has the text and stripe in yellow for some reason.
In multiplayer, when playing as the Allies, the red smoke is also used for used for calling in the Care Package scorestreak, while the green smoke is used for the Emergency Airdrop scorestreak, which drops three care packages. Playing as the Axis when using either scorestreak gives a "Germanized" colored M18 smoke similar to what is described above.
Australian uniforms are equipped with Mills Bombs.
Mk 2 hand grenade
The Mk 2 hand grenade is the standard frag grenade for the Allied side.
Mk.V CN Gas Grenade
The American Mk V can be equipped in the multiplayer.
Model 24 Stielhandgranate
The Model 24 Stielhandgranate appears in the game, modeled with the fragmentation sleeve of the Model 43 Stielhandgranate. It is the Frag Grenade for the Axis side. The correct model of the M24 is seen in ammunition boxes and on German uniforms.
Model 23 Haanbombe
The Danish M23 Haanbombe is seen on Danish Resistance uniforms.
No. 69 High-Explosive Grenade
The No. 69 High-Explosive Grenade appears in multiplayer as the "British No. 69." It is incorrectly shown as the equivalent of a flashbang grenade: the No. 69 was what the British termed an "offensive" lethal grenade designed to have a smaller radius of effect than a "defensive" fragmentation grenade like the Mills Bomb. The American Mk3 Offensive Blast Grenade, a concussion grenade, would probably be the closest period weapon in terms of function, though it too was designed to be lethal.
No. 74 ST grenade
The No 74 ST Grenade appears as a lethal grenade in multiplayer, an analogue to the Semtex sticky grenades in previous games.
The RGD-33 stick grenade can be seen on the Russian sailor uniform in multiplayer. It is not usable.
The S-Mine appears as the S-Mine 44. In-game, it takes the place of a soldier's grenades in multiplayer, and serves the same role as it did in World at War (and the same role as the M18A1 Claymore from the modern titles).
2cm FlaK 38
2cm FlaK 38 guns can be seen in various places in singleplayer, and usable in some scripted setpieces where the player engages enemy planes.
20mm Oerlikon Cannon
Oerlikon 20mm Cannons can be seen mounted on U.S. ships on D-Day and on the multiplayer map "USS Texas".
5cm Pak 38
Various 5 cm Pak 38 Anti Tank guns can be seen in the singleplayer campaign.
8-cm Granatwerfer 34
Granatwerfer 34 Mortars can be seen in the campaign.
8 cm kurzer Granatwerfer 42
Kurzer 8 cm Granatwerfer 42 mortars can also be seen in the singleplayer campaign.
8.8cm FlaK 18
88mm FlaKs, which appear to be the older model 18 with a one-piece barrel, can be seen throughout the singleplayer and multiplayer maps. In a feat surpassing the ridiculous depiction of the FlaK from the original Call of Duty, where it was shown being operated by a single person rather than the correct 8+ person crew, the ones in this game have an even more impressive crew of exactly zero people.
A few Flak-Zwillingskanonen can be seen on the "Flaktower" map that represents the Flaktowers of Berlin in 1945.
15 cm Nebelwerfer 41
Several Nebelwerfer 41s can be seen on the "Aachen" and "Carentan" map.
15cm sFH 18
Various schwere Feldhaubitzen 18 can be seen and destroyed by Daniels in the Hürtgenwald missions.
80-cm-Kanone (E) Schwerer Gustav
The Schwerer Gustav railway gun is in the middle of the "Gustav Cannon" map that stands for the outskirts of Sevastopol.
In the first mission singleplayer and the war mode multiplayer map "Operation Neptune", both depicting the Allied invasion of Normandy, the player needs to use Bangalores to blow up German barbed wire defenses.
The Besa machine gun is mounted on a British Light Tank Mk VI on the "Gibraltar".
Several Bofors 40mm AA-guns are seen on the map "Gibraltar".
Browning M2 Aircraft
During the campaign mission Battle of the Bulge the player briefly takes control of a P-47 Thunderbolt, part of a group that are for some reason flying an air-superiority mission defending a stream of B-17Gs while armed with bombs. Both the P-47s and the bombers are armed with the Browning M2 Aircraft. In reality the P-47 would not be able to make it this far into France escorting bombers from England without carrying external drop tanks (which the aircraft in the game do not), and at this point in the war the P-51D Mustang had taken over most bomber escort duties. While P-47s were present in the Battle of the Bulge, they were operating from airfields in the Low Countries (the modern Benelux region) and were specifically tasked with ground attack missions rather than bomber escort duty.
The Allies "fighter pilot" scorestreak in multiplayer uses the P-47 model, while the "ball turret gunner" uses the B-17G model, even when playing with Axis, which would only add a Balkenkreutz.
The MG34 is mounted on German tanks.
Canon de 155mm GPF
Daniels squad must destroy a Canon de 155 Grande Puissance Filloux (GPF) during the D-Day. 1st Lieutenant Turner calls it a "GPF" gun. In Call of Duty 2 Corporal Bill Taylor must destroy this cannon, too.
155mm Gun M1917 / M1918
An American M12 Gun Motor Carriage is seen on the map "Aachen". These were self-propelled guns in service from 1942-1945, based on the M3 Lee chassis and mounting vintage variants of the French GPF cannon from the First World War, either the M1917, M1917A1 or M1918. The M12 was later replaced with the M4 Sherman-derived 155mm Gun Motor Carriage M40 starting in 1945, mounting the 155mm Gun M2 "Long Tom," a major redesign of the GPF with only the barrel design common between the two.
This particular appearance may be a reference to the fifteenth mission of "Call of Duty: Finest Hour", "Surrender at Aachen", where a later M40 GMC is seen forcing the Germans to surrender.
Some Naval Cannons are seen on the map "Gibraltar".