Duke Nukem 3D

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Duke Nukem 3D (1996)

The following weapons appear in the video game Duke Nukem 3D:


Glock 17

A Glock 17 pistol with an extended 'Buffer' and under-barrel laser sight appears in the game, simply called the "Pistol." Like a lot of 1990s FPS games it can be fired continuously like a fully-automatic weapon by holding down the controller's/keyboard's trigger button, albeit at a slow rate of fire.

It is the only weapon in the game that must reload magazines rather than drawing from a single ammunition pool, but instead of tracking remaining magazines, the game will instead make Duke reload whenever the ammunition count is a multiple of 12 (the weapon's magazine capacity). However, the gun's maximum ammunition count is 200, meaning Duke can carry 16 full magazines and a partially-loaded one with 8 rounds, and he will use up the latter first (unlike later FPS games which, after reloading a weapon using box magazines, will usually only load a partially-full one if it is the only one left).

Pistol ammunition can be found as loose magazines in the game's levels, and is often dropped by Assault Trooper enemies (the most common hostile NPC in the game), despite the fact that those NPCs don't actually use this weapon.

Glock 17 (2nd Generation) - 9x19mm
Given Duke Nukem's stature in official promotional artwork, the implied size and bulk of this gun sppears to be on the order of a Desert Eagle or larger.
The Glock 17 handgun used in the game.


A futurised M1911A1 with an under-barrel LEM replaces the Glock 17 in the N64 version.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
The 1911 in Duke Nukem 64

Winchester 1300 Defender

The shotgun is a black Winchester 1300 Defender with front and rear Tacstar pistol grips and a heat-shield; this differs from the version shown in previews, which was described by unimpressed videogame journalists as resembling a grey banana.

Winchester 1300 with extended tube and pistol grip - 12 gauge
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The actual Winchester 1300 Defender which was digitized for Duke Nukem 3D from George Broussard's Twitter.
These frames are photographs of the actual Winchester 1300 Defender which was digitized for Duke Nukem 3D.

Franchi SPAS-12

A SPAS-12 is used in the N64 version.

Franchi SPAS-12 with stock removed – 12 gauge
The SPAS-12 in Duke Nukem 64

"Ripper Chaingun"

The Ripper Chaingun is a three-barrel "salvo rifle" loosely based on the Russian Pribor-3B assault rifle. It is equipped with a side grip and some sort of unusable radar display.

Ripper Chaingun sprite
'Ripper Chaingun' as seen from the first person perspective.


Duel-wielded MP5Ks replace the Ripper Chaingun in the N64 version.

Heckler & Koch MP5K with SEF trigger pack - 9x19mm
Duel MP5Ks in Duke Nukem 64

Prosthetic Hand Held Minigun

A hand held minigun with 8 barrels are seen used by the Lizard Troopers.

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Hand Held Minigun With Grenade Launcher

Again, a hand held Minigun but a heavier variant with an under-barrel grenade launcher is seen used by the Battlelords.

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Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher

Belt-fed RPG launcher held like a Sten gun.

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The Devastator guns are fictional dual wielded, rapid-fire rocket launchers capable of firing incendiary rounds.

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Missile Launcher

This missile launcher replaces the RPG in the N64 version.

Missile Launcher in Duke Nukem 64


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Microwave Expander

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Plasma Cannon

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Pipe Bomb

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