Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, also known as H3VR, is a virtual-reality shooting gallery sandbox game with an emphasis on realistic weapon operation. Using the HTC Vive's motion controllers players can manipulate individual rounds in a magazine, pull the cocking lever, flip safeties, deploy a bipod, fold or collapse the stock, dry-fire, and even adjust the zeroing on sights and scopes. The axis of the motion controller even conforms to the angle of each individual weapon's grip.
Outside of custom models created for the game, a good portion of the game's weapon models come from either publicly available 3D assets sold on asset stores and direct donations from freelance weapon artists to the game's lead Anton Hand. With some detailed research, it is even possible to identify the exact creators of individual models, either by researching in the asset stores or artist portfolios. For instance, many of the early weapons have made-up markings, a feature of weapons from the "Ultimate FPS Weapons Pack" by weapon artist ChamferZone, and a series of Mauser C96 variants added later in the game are all from the "Mauser Pistol Pack" by Stefan Engdahl. More info on weapon assets and artists can be found in the discussion page.
Additional note: due to inherent difficulties with VR screenshots, most screenshots on this page are from devlog videos by game director Anton Hand.
The following weapons are seen in the video game Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades:
While not directly usable in-game, a Beretta 92FS (different from the M9A1 below) is seen on the item spawner's instruction panel as an example handgun, showing off some standard controls and functions.
The Beretta on the instruction panel.
Beretta 92FS (Grammaton Cleric pistol)
Replicas of the modified Grammaton Cleric pistol from the movie Equilibrium are available in-game, having been added through Update #37. The Grammaton Cleric comes in full-auto, and boasts the same interesting muzzle flash as the movie gun.
Screen-used rubber stunt gun. Note that this weapon lacks the selector switch of the detailed Hero gun.
While having fun in the gun-fu range, we get a good look at the Cleric model.
Of course, seeing as two is one and one is none, a second pistol must also be loaded.
With that sorted, it's time to unleash some completely emotionless fury on the walls of the room. Note the shape of the muzzle flashes.
Practicing some Gun Kata, in the "Cleric Battle" MEATS mode.
Beretta 950BS Jetfire
The Beretta 950 Jetfire is one of the available firearms in-game, having been added through the first Meatmas update. 2 versions are available - a standard blued model with black plastic grips, and a gold-plated model with mother-of-pearl grips.
Beretta 950BS (Post-1968) Jetfire - .25 ACP. This has the thumb safety that the pre-1968 models do not.
Behold, a downright diminutive Italian handgun. Well, it isn't called a "pocket pistol" for nothing...
Using an M1911A1
for comparison really gives one an idea of just how small the Jetfire actually is.
A nice touch, the barrel can be popped up for loading, just like on the real weapon.
A look down the barrel reveals that the weapon's bore is fully modeled, rather than being solid with a drawn-on hole at either end like in many games.
Loading a single .25 ACP round into the barrel...
...and a magazine with 8 more into the magazine well.
Of course, what is a tiny pocket pistol without a gold-plated version?
And what is a gold-plated pocket pistol without a matching golden magazine?
Seeing as manual chamber-loading is for peasants, the only proper high-class way to use the Jetfire is to chamber rounds by racking the slide.
Aiming the golden Jetfire, which isn't easy considering the size of the sights. The fact that you're probably looking down your nose at your target doesn't help either.
Firing a .25 round at the
paper target ahead.
The Beretta M9A1 is one of the available firearms in-game, and comes with a threaded barrel.
Sometimes you want to save your hearing, so use a suppressed M9A1.
Update #52 added a Beretta M9A3 to the game, complete with its own unique (yet interchangeable) 17-round magazines.
Beretta M9A3 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Loading the M9A3 with a 17-round magazine, complete with matching-colored baseplate...
...and racking the slide.
Admiring the Beretta's light-brown finish.
A look at the M9A3's iron sights; as with many of the game's pistols, these are of the 3-dot variety.
Beretta Px4 Storm
The Beretta Px4 Storm is one of the available firearms in-game. It was added in Update #20, and is correctly able to share magazines with the earlier M9A1, the concurrently-added Cx4, and the later-added Mx4.
Beretta Px4 Storm - 9x19mm Parabellum
A little time at the range, and some fresh rounds for the Px4.
What a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Pausing to admire the Px4, and to note its (exceedingly shiny) protruding threaded barrel.
Aiming the Px4, which is complicated somewhat by the controller's outline getting in the way.
Still, you can make do. However, if you're that particular about aiming...
...you can always just do this.
Bergmann-Bayard M1901 "Simplex"
The Wurstwurld update brought along a Bergmann Simplex pocket pistol, among many other things. Of note is that this is the first ever appearance of this weapon in a video game, and only the second documented appearance of it in any form of media, the first being in The Mystic Archives of Dantalian.
Bergmann-Bayard M1901 "Simplex" - 8x18mm Simplex
Admiring the Simplex in the heat of the desert sun.
Loading in a magazine, which contains 5 rounds of proprietary (and rather anemic) 8x18mm ammunition; this doesn't exactly add up to a whole lot of firepower.
Chambering the first of these 5 rounds with a quick tug of the bolt.
Aiming the pistol. Small gun, small sights.
Firing. In spite of the small cartridge, it's still perfectly capable of blowing a jug to pieces. An ejected casing can just barely be seen to the upper-right.
The Browning Hi-Power was the first weapon added in the 1st Meatmas update.
Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian manufacture) - 9x19mm
The player character loading some batteries into their new toy.
Examining the left side of the Hi-Power...
...and the right side. What a lovely gift.
Taking aim at a gumdrop...
...before remembering to chamber a round.
With that issue dealt with, it's time to make this winter wonderland a whole lot less peaceful.
The 12th and final alpha build of Update #52 added a Colt Defender, chambered in .45 ACP.
Inspecting the left side of the Defender. Note the lack of slide markings; the weapon artist's renders of the model
show it with a full set of Colt rollmarks, but these were removed for copyright reasons. However, the "Series 90" marking is still present in-game, as hard as it is to see here.
The right side; in the words of many an unfinished page, "Nice, but where's the trigger?
" The answer is that it's in the magwell; this bug was fixed in the following update.
Loading a 7-round magazine into the pistol.
Bringing the sights on target; as with several of the game's other M1911 variants, it has illuminated 3-dot sights.
Putting a round on the paper. Or rather, through the paper.
Dropping an empty magazine out of the Defender, while noticing another one on the table...
...which, of course, leaves only one thing to do.
The M1911A1 is one of the available firearms in-game. Also comes in gold and nickel-plated versions. A unique gold-plated version with unlimited ammunition, full-automatic fire capability, and a length of about 1 meter is available in the Meatmas level, which is fittingly referred to as the "Floppy McLongflopper". An artillery-sized M1911A1 was added in the Alpha 7 build of Update 52 (April Fools special), coming with its own bipod, a few normal-sized grips to manipulate the gun and pull the slide with, and uses ".45 ACP Oversize" rounds that are basically artillery rounds. An interesting note is that due to the size of the firing pin, it is possible to trigger it by firing at it with another gun.
Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
Preparing to shoot up some watermelons with an M1911A1.
Starting things off, as always, with a quick sound check.
The M1911A1's sights; a set of nice, clear, aftermarket 3-dot illuminated irons.
7 rounds later, the M1911A1 locks empty.
Rock Island Armory M1911A1 Pistol that was bright nickel
plated by the owner (with Pearl grips) - .45 ACP
Here's the nickel-plated version...
...and here's the golden one.
Lebman Machine Pistol
A fully-automatic variant of the M1911A1, based on the machine pistol conversions created by Hyman Lebman, is one of Update #52's additions.
The actual Hyman Lebman-converted M1911A1 machine pistol used by John Dillinger - .38 Super
The converted M1911A1, complete with compensator and Thompson
Loading in the weapon's unique magazine (which is interchangeable with other M1911 pistols and magazines).
Said magazine holds 18 rounds, and is essentially just several existing magazines welded together.
Pseudo-aiming the pistol, which is close enough to actually aiming it to show off the illuminated sights; these are a byproduct of the weapon being a modified version of the existing M1911A1 model, and aren't expected to stay.
Especially when one considers the sheer amount of recoil this weapon produces, which renders aiming a bit unnecessary anyways.
CZ 75 SP-01 SHADOW
The CZ 75 SP-01 SHADOW is one of the available firearms in-game, being one of the many weapons added through the 1st Meatmas update.
CZ 75 SP-01 SHADOW - 9x19mm
Loading a 17-round magazine into the CZ 75...
...before giving the viewers at home a good look at that model.
Racking the pistol's slide.
Aiming through the CZ's illuminated 3-dot sights.
Said sights make landing shots on target substantially easier, especially when compared to some of the game's older, smaller-sighted handguns.
Desert Eagle Mark VII
A Desert Eagle Mark VII, chambered in .44 Magnum is one of the available firearms in-game. It was added in Update #26, an update that (perhaps more significantly) also added the Meat Grinder gamemode.
On April Fools' Day of 2018, Update #52's 7th alpha build was released. Among other things, this included the "Degle.50", a cardboard Desert Eagle held together with duct tape. The weapon was meant as a joke response to a poorly-spelled Steam request for a replica of "he degle from blue estate", as MrBubbles169 put it. It fires the ".50 Imaginary" round, of which several types (with names just as eloquent as that of the pistol itself) are available. To top it off, all of the Degle's sound effects were created by game director Anton Hand - not mixed, mind you, but literally created - the sounds are all Anton saying various onomatopoeia associated with the weapon's functions.
IMI Desert Eagle Mark VII - .44 Magnum
Loading in an 8-round magazine.
Aiming (or at least attempting to)...
Wrists? Who needs wrists?
Practicing for an upcoming role as [INSERT GENERIC ACTION MOVIE PROTAGONIST HERE].
Engaging in some more generally unacceptable range behavior.
Ejecting a pair of empty magazines.
"Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.
"a wepon 2 sirpas metle geer
Loading a cardboard magazine into the cardboard pistol. These magazines hold 8 rounds; a real .50 Desert Eagle's magazine holds only seven, but then again, this isn't even supposed to be a "real" Desert Eagle in-game.
One of the more curious elements of the Degle is its fully functional safety, seen here in the "safe" position...
...and here in the "fire" position, with each manipulation of the switch producing an audibly bearded "tink".
Pulling back the slide; note that, interestingly, the Degle's black marker markings are written slightly differently on either side of the barrel, reflecting its small-hand-made nature.
Demonstrating a small child's understanding of the concept called "aiming"; the cardboard sights are actually more serviceable than one might think, not that this shot really shows that.
The Degle in full recoil; yes, it even ejects cardboard casings.
A list of the various types of .50 Imaginary rounds available, seen here in the ammo spawning panel. From top to bottom: "BOOOMY" (fragmenting explosive) rounds, "FLASHY" (tracer) rounds, the currently-selected "MEGA!!1!" rounds, "NERMAL" (normal) rounds, "POINTYOWW!" (armor-piercing) rounds, and "SOOPER SPESHUL" (high-velocity) rounds.
Taking a look at an empty magazine...
...the model of which changes to reflect when it's loaded, as seen here with a full load of "NERMAL" cardboard rounds.
The use of the game's optional bullet trails reveals that these have more or less the ballistics one would expect out of a piece of cardboard fired from another piece of cardboard. Nermal indeed.
On the other hand, the "SOOPER SPESHUL" rounds fly straight as an arrow. Also note the exaggerated cloud of smoke, yet another by-product of this being a child's interpretation of how a gun works.
The "BOOOMY" ammo, which produces a suitably impressive spray of red glowing shrapnel.
Taking a look at a magazine full of blue-tipped "MEGA!!1!" rounds through the locked-open slide's ejection port; the cardboard rounds are, in fact, color-coded. But u cant see wat da MEGA bullitz do, becuz its SOOOOOOOPER SEEKRIT!!1!1!!!1
So far the only known media appearance of this fairly rare French machine pistol, the UNION was a version of the Star Ruby capable of full-auto fire. It had a distinctive 35-round horseshoe magazine, which is replicated in-game.
French UNION with magazine and loading tool - .32 ACP
When you have a game with the word "Horseshoes" in the name, you need to have a gun involving horseshoes. It's just mandatory.
Loading in the magazine...
...which results in something exactly as ridiculous-looking as you'd expect.
Pulling back the UNION's slide.
Aiming; this is a rather pointless activity, considering both the weapon's lack of sights and its short effective range.
Unleashing a barrage of .32 ACP rounds.
35 of the aforementioned rounds later, the UNION locks open, showing off the fluting of the barrel, which is normally covered by the slide.
A closeup of the pistol, following a quick mag change. This shows off the labeled witness holes in the magazine (which actually allow for the viewing of cartridges in-game, and are placed every 5 rounds, starting at 15), as well as the markings, which read "PISTOLET AUTOMATIQUE FRANCAIS" on the first line, "FABRIQUE A STETIENNE-CAL 7.65" on the second, "UNION" both on the grip and to the right of the other slide markings (in quotation marks on the latter, oddly enough), and "TRADE MARK" surrounding a manufacturer's logo in the center of the grip panel. While not visible here, the front of the lower frame indicates that the serial number is 0424, and the magazine is marked "CHARGEUR "UNION" CAL.7/65 BTE
Just in case it wasn't ridiculous enough already, the unique magazine shape of the UNION allows for... this.
Update #53 added a series of 9x19mm Glock pistols, the first of which being the ubiquitous Glock 17 to H3VR, specifically a 4th-generation model. It comes in 2 flavors - vanilla, and "Custom", the latter having a flared magazine well, raised aftermarket iron sights, a slide-mounted red dot sight, and a modified slide resembling the ZEV Technologies Dragonfly, with diagonal slide serrations and milling cuts around the barrel. It also comes with a unique magazine, interchangeable with the other 9mm Glocks.
Glock 17 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Examining the Glock. The aggressive grip texturing, large magazine release, and straighter dustcover peg this as a Gen 4 model.
The other side. Were it not for the fact that it's a couple generations too modern, one could assume that the dust came from all that time in the desert
Loading in a has-absolutely-nothing-to-do-with-the-model-number 17-round magazine.
Taking a look through the Glock's factory-standard Patridge iron sights.
Sending a round downrange.
Taking advantage of the Glock's frame-mounted rail, and affixing a laser sight. But this isn't just any ordinary laser sight...
...it's a purple
Giving the bullseye a taste of some violet violence.
All alliterations aside, an arresting abstract abolishes an abandoned armory after an abrupt age amidst an advanced abbreviated arquebus.
Custom Glock 17 with ZEV Technologies Dragonfly slide, ZEV slim aluminum magwell, and other custom parts - 9x19mm Parabellum
"With these upgrades, you never stood a chance.
The other side of the pseudo-racegun G17.
Grabbing one of the special magazines, and...
Racking the heavily-milled slide.
Taking a look through the integrated red-dot sight, which co-witnesses with the aftermarket raised 3-dot sights.
Firing off a shot, after having the common sense to move the pistol a little further from the face.
Trying out a couple of laser sights...
The second (or third, if you count the custom G17) Glock variant added in Update #53 is a 2nd-generation Glock 18 machine pistol.
Glock 18 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Taking a look at the G18.
A closeup of the Glock, which gives a good look at the mysterious switch on the slide...
Taking a look through the irons; like the 17, these are factory Patridge sights.
Remembering the mysterious switch from earlier. Wonder what it does...
"Well, only one way to find out..."
Dropping out the emptied-in-under-a-second magazine.
Attaching a suppressor...
...loading in a 33-round magazine...
The third (or, again, fourth if the customized G17 is counted) and final Update #53 Glock is a 3rd-gen Glock 19 with an FDE frame and a extended threaded barrel. Before it was made a usable weapon, a compact-sized Glock akin to the 19 was made available to SWBs (Soldier Weinerbots) back in Update #46, although it may have been meant as a cartoonish-looking version of the Glock 22, which was already in the game at that point.
Glock 19 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Looking over the G19; the "19", "AUSTRIA", and "9x19" markings are present, but the manufacturer's trademark is conspicuously absent.
The other side of the Glock. Not much to say here. Well, not without starting a debate about Flat Dark Earth finishes, anyway.
Mashing a 33-round magazine into the pistol. The G19 has no magazine of its own; presumably, this is due to the fact that while the other 9x19mm Glocks' magazines can fit into the G19, the G19's 15-rounder can't fit into the larger models, and H3'
s code doesn't support that sort of one-way compatibility.
Putting the first of the 33 aforementioned cartridges into the chamber.
A look at the sights; unlike the G17
(but like the G22
), the G19 uses 3-dot irons.
Letting a 9x19mm round fly.
A Weinerbot ambles into an objective room...
...and is promptly greeted with an axe to the face. If you can really call the featureless front of a Weinerbot's head a "face".
The Glock 22 is one of the available handguns in-game, added in Update #5; a version converted to fire in full-auto was added in a later update.
Glock 22 (3rd Generation) - .40 S&W
A Glock 22 and a corresponding magazine on their respective pedestals at the start of the Gun-nasium, an timed obstacle course/shooting challenge that was used initially to test a new form of grab-based movement.
Loading in a 15-round magazine.
Racking the Glock's slide.
Shooting at a target; in the Gun-nasium, these take the form of mysterious blue cubes that levitate in place and shatter when shot.
Putting the Glock's illuminated 3-dot sights to good use, taking care of a row of the aforementioned Mysterious Blue Cubes.
Dropping an empty magazine, and watching it fall about 20 feet to the floor.
Now on stable ground, the player character loads an extended magazine into the full-auto-converted G22, which looks more or less completely identical to the standard version.
Shredding a target with a salvo of .40 S&W rounds.
A close-up of the slide, which shows off the rather... interestingly
Deciding that iron sights are for squares, our player character tacks on his hip front rail...
...before accidentally creating an abomination unto God and man.
The Intratec TEC-9 is one of the game's available firearms; it has a rather strange "tacticool" orange paintjob. Initially, 2 versions were available - a standard semi-auto variant, and a variant converted to full-auto; Update #53 changed the latter into a converted Interdynamic KG-9, leaving only the standard semi-auto version.
Intratec TEC-9 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Someone regrets lending his TEC-9 to those CS:GO
boys down the street.
Strange paintjobs notwithstanding, he loads in a magazine...
...and opens fire, spraying 9x19mm tracer rounds left, right, and center. This is the full-auto converted model, in case the continuous stream of spent casings didn't make that clear enough. This is somewhat odd, as most full-auto TEC-9s are the earlier open-bolt KG-9 model, but a full-auto conversion of a closed-bolt TEC-9 is far from impossible. Still, Update #53 swapped this out for the more common open-bolt variant.
Taking a look at the sights, back in a location that's at least in the general vicinity of "normal"...
...and firing a single shot out of the substantially less interesting semi-auto version.
IWI Uzi Pro
Update #53 added an IWI Uzi Pro Pistol. True to its real-life nature, it is treated in-game as a semi-auto-only closed-bolt pistol, rather than as a machine pistol, as one may assume at first glance.
IWI Uzi Pro Pistol - 9x19mm Parabellum
Examining the Uzi Pro, in all of its tacti-cool glory.
The other side, which shows off the side-mounted charging handle, a distinct departure from earlier Uzi
Loading in a magazine, in a rather dramatic fashion.
Pulling the charging handle. Y'know, it feels like something's missing...
...ah, yes, of course! What was missing was a red-dot sight, a railed vertical foregrip with a flashlight attached to the side, a stock from a PP-2000
, and an incredibly small suppressor! How could I have not seen it!
Aiming through the attached RDS...
...and being once again reminded that this weapon, despite appearances, can't fire in full-auto.
Update #50 added a Kimber Warrior, fitted with non-standard grip panels, raised red illuminated iron sights, and a permanently-attached red dot sight, known as the "M1911A1 Tactical". The sixth alpha build of Update #52 added a further customized model, with a slide with milling cuts, a different slide-mounted RDS, and bone grips, called the "M1911A1 Operator".
A nice, close look at the Kimber Warrior. Also seen here is the indoor range's target board; it leaves a black mark wherever a shot is placed on the corresponding target downrange, with the most recent hit being red.
A view through the Warrior's integrated RDS, which also shows off the co-witnessed illuminated sights. Meanwhile, RSOs around the world wince at the direction that the pistol is pointed.
The Warrior, locked open after a successful mag dump. The extended magazine seen here was added to the game with the weapon, holds 11 rounds, and can be freely interchanged with the standard 7-rounders.
Loading a new magazine into the Warrior.
Examining the left side of the "Operator"...
...and the right side. Due to a now-patched bug, the trigger is inside of the magazine well, similar to the Colt Defender
above. The slide markings denote the pistol (or at least the slide) as being made by the fictitious "SNOW TIGER FIREARMS INC".
Aiming the Operator. Like the earlier Tactical model, the Operator has an integrated red-dot sight, albeit a different, higher-profile model than the earlier pistol.
Firing a round. As with all the other M1911 variants, it's chambered in .45 ACP.
Replacing the now-empty magazine with a fresh one.
Finishing off the reload with a quick tug of the slide. Note that the slide is further back here than it was in the previous shot; H3
does, in fact, show that a weapon's bolt or slide can be pulled back past its lock point.
The Luger P08 is another handgun option in-game, added through Update #47.
Luger P08 - 9x19mm Parabellum
A pre-release render of the Luger, complete with magazine. This image was also used to tease several other weapons to come, including an MP40
, a Sturmgewehr 44
, and a Karabiner 98k
The P08 steps up to the plate, determined to make a better score on the target than the M1911A1.
Loading a magazine into the Luger; the windowed magazines do, in fact, show the rounds inside of them, both in amount and in type.
Chambering a fresh 9x19mm round. Another nice touch, the barrel and upper frame move slightly backwards as the toggle is pulled, correctly showing the weapon's short-recoil operation.
The icing on this subtle-detail cake, however, is the Luger's external extractor, which pops up when a round is present in the chamber.
Aiming; the sights are typical of pistols of the era- that is to say, small.
Unbothered by this, the invisible pair of hands holding the P08 open fire.
Luger LP08 "Artillery"
Update #52 added 3 Luger variants, the first of which being the LP08, also known as the "Artillery Luger".
Luger LP08 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Examining the LP08. The stock is interchangeable with the Carbine's; interestingly, these stocks were also made compatible with the game's other handguns, which led to some suitably silly-looking configurations.
Loading in a 32-round Trommelmagazin 08
, also known as the "Snail Drum".
Taking aim at the target...
Update #43 introduced the Mauser C96
to the game. The weapon holds 10 rounds of the 7.63x25mm Mauser cartridge (which, like some in the game, was added before there were any weapons that could use them), and can be reloaded round-by-round or with a 10-round stripper clip.
Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Nothing quite like sitting back, relaxing, and admiring a beautiful early selfloading handgun.
Taking a close look at the inside of the magazine...
...before loading it with a stripper clip. 10 rounds of 7.63x25mm Mauser, straight into the magazine.
Seeing a charging paper target, "Wurston Churchill" opens fire. Despite there being a cutout for a shoulder stock in the grip's backstrap, no such attachment was available in-game until the release of Update #52.
10 rounds later, he surveys the damage. Note the rear sight, adjustable for distances far in excess of the weapon's effective range.
Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer
In a similar vein to its 3 extra Luger variants, Update #52 brought along 3 variants of the Mauser C96, the first being a Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer machine pistol.
Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer - 7.63x25mm Mauser
The M712 has quite the imposing appearance. One might even call it a Big Mama
Loading a 40-round magazine into the Schnellfeuer.
Chambering the first of those 40 rounds with a swift tug of the bolt.
Letting all 40 rounds fly. Considering its sheer uncontrollability without a stock, there isn't really much point to aiming it.
Moses Brothers Self-Defense Engine Frontier Model B
Unlocked as a reward, the "Frontier Model B" is a precise replica of Captain Malcom's gun from Serenity and Firefly. While the original prop was actually a Taurus Model 85 in a multi-part casing meant to make it look like a semi-automatic, magazine-fed handgun, in-game it is just that- a magazine-fed, semi-automatic handgun that holds 6 rounds (plus one in the chamber) of the proprietary .36 Moses cartridge.
The prop of Mal's handgun, as seen in Firefly
Remington Rolling Block
The Remington Rolling Block pistol is one of the available firearms in-game, added through Update #32.
Remington Rolling Block Cavalry - .50
A pair of Rolling Block pistols on a table.
Taking a good look at the pistol.
The other side. The lighting at this angle gives a good view of the somewhat worn appearance, which is to be expected of a >150-year-old handgun.
Loading the Rolling Block is a rather involved process; it starts with cocking the hammer...
...loading in a (proprietary) .50 caliber black-powder cartridge...
...and finally closing the breech.
Aiming the Rolling Block...
...and firing it, producing an impressive cloud of smoke in the process. Such is expected of black-powder firearms.
Ejecting a spent case from the pistol.
Ruger Mk III
The Ruger Mk III is one of the available firearms in-game; it was added in Update #5, and was, until the release of Update #56, the only weapon in the game chambered in .22 Long Rifle.
Stainless Ruger Mk III w/ standard-weight barrel - .22 LR
Admiring the lovelily lithe little Ruger.
The target pistol's other side, with the change in lighting providing a good look at the well-polished finished.
...and pulling back the bolt to chamber a round.
Enjoying a bit of casual plinking. One spent casing has made it to the wall, and the other is not far behind.
Ejecting an empty magazine, and breathing that sweet, sweet smell of burnt gunpowder.
SIG-Sauer P250 Compact
The compact version of the SIG-Sauer P250 is one of the available firearms in-game. It has a two-tone finish, is chambered in .45 ACP, and was added in Update #5.
Early Model SIG-Sauer P250 Compact with two-tone finish - 9x19mm
Admiring the P250, amidst a selection of other handguns.
Loading in a standard 9-round magazine.
Chambering the first of the aforementioned 9 rounds.
Taking aim at a target...
Update #57 added one firearm, the Compact-eXploder machine pistol, made by Japanese science fiction mangaka Masamune Shirow's fictional arms company Seburo. In-game, the weapon is referred to as the "SCX" (i.e. Seburo Compact-eXploder), and fires the 4.6x30mm HK round (its caliber never being specified in the original source material).
Airsoft replica of the Seburo Compact-eXploder pistol seen in the manga Appleseed
. This is a conversion kit for the Maruzen PPK/S
airsoft gun made by Dai-Nihon Giken Poseidon.
Examining the SCX. A rather well-done model for a gun that doesn't actually exist.
The right side of the pistol, which looks more or less the same as the left.
Taking a look at one of the Seburo's distinctive curved magazines, which shows off the white-tipped (armor-piercing incendiary tracer) 4.6mm rounds within. These magazines hold 15 rounds, presumably due to them being single-stack.
Loading in the aforementioned magazine.
Lining up the Compact-eXploder's high-set sights...
...and sending out 15-round burst.
Thompson Center Arms Contender
The 12th alpha build of Update #52 added a Thompson Center Arms Contender pistol chambered in .45-70 Government, with a curious combination of a wooden forearm and a synthetic grip. Interestingly, it uses the same code-base as the earlier-added Orion Flare Gun, due to the near-identical manual of arms.
Thompson Center Arms Contender - .45-70 Government
When faced with the threat of a giant evil hotdog trying to monetize Christmas, always keep your handcannon handy.
Loading in a jacketed hollow-point .45-70 round. Several other types were added as well, including soft-points, wadcutters, and solid-brass Lehigh Defense Xtreme Penetrator rounds.
Aiming; the Contender in-game is meant to be used with optics, and as such doesn't actually have any iron sights.
This doesn't actually prevent you from hitting your target, however, as the headless fellow in the bottom-left of the shot can attest to.
The Tokarev TT-33 is one of the available firearms in-game.
Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
While doing some warehouse plinking, a reload reveals the weirdly chunky TT-33 grip.
The Volcanic Repeater is one of the firearms added in the Wurstworld update. It's based on an early Smith and Wesson produced Navy model, with iron frame over the later brass frame, and is chambered for .41 caliber "Rocket Ball" rounds, which are (correctly) rather anemic.
Volcanic Repeating Arms "Navy" Pistol - .41
While out in Wurstworld, you have to admire the detail in the Volcanic.
Opening the Volcanic's magazine tube. A notable error is that the follower tab (the small projection sticking off of the end of the tube) is always in the pushed-forward position, meaning that there is nothing actually pushing the rounds in the magazine towards the action.
Loading in some .41 caliber rounds...
...which, fortunately enough, do show up in the tube.
Chambering a round in the Volcanic.
Taking aim with the Volcanic's rather small sights.
Flip-cocking the Volcanic. This is one of two ways that the weapon can be used in-game; the other is holding it with two hands and working the action normally, which is much more practical, but much less cool-looking.
The Walther P38 was added in the 11th alpha of Update #52.
Walther P38 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Examining the P38. Note the Bakelite grips, which show this to be a wartime model.
Loading in a magazine. For some odd reason, the indicator holes in the magazine aren't actually holes, and as such don't show the magazine's contents.
Taking a look at the sights...
...before receiving a vision from 8 rounds in the future.
Along with the full-size variant, the short-barreled Walther P38K was added in Update #52's 11th alpha.
Walther P38K - 9x19mm Parabellum
The two P38s resting side-by-side on a table.
"Hey, where'd the rest of it go?"
Taking a close look at the P38K's muzzle, in a rather inadvisable fashion.
The Walther PPK was added to the game with the release of the 1st Meatmas update.
Walther PPK - 9x17mm Browning, AKA .380 ACP
While debuting a few new guns, you have to pause for one of the most famous pocket pistols.
Loading a magazine into the PPK. Unlike a certain someone's PPK
, this gun is chambered for 9x17mm, rather than 7.65x17mm, which gives it a 6-shot capacity.
Aiming the pistol. The sights are rather small, but that's the price you pay for having something concealable.
Firing a .380 round at the target.
Unfortunately, that grouping just won't cut it. You'll need to get a far better score on the test if you want to get your license to kill
Update #39 added the Chiappa Rhino to the game's arsenal; rather than simply choosing one version, H3 made the rather impressive choice of adding all of them - the 20DS, the 40DS, the 50DS, and the 60DS.
Chiappa Rhino 60DS - .357 Magnum
Chiappa Rhino 50DS - .357 Magnum
Chiappa Rhino 40DS - .357 Magnum
Chiappa Rhino 20DS - .357 Magnum
...and the ever-adorable Baby Rhino.
One big, happy Rhino family. Cue the impossible-to-get-out-of-your-head intro theme!
Right, enough hoping for more good family-based sitcoms. Back to work.
Loading the 60DS with a speedloader; this 6-shot .357 speedloader was added along with the Rhino, since the Rhino was the first 6-shot .357 added to H3
Cocking the Rhino's "hammer"...
...which immediately falls back forward, because it's not actually a hammer. This is one of the Rhino's unique features; instead of an external hammer, it has a shrouded hammer with an external cocking lever, which is always down (regardless of the hammer's position), unless it's actively being pulled back.
Attempting to scare a target into submission with a well-executed Harries technique (which actually works in-game; 2-handed handgun stabilization can be performed with certain objects in the off-hand, including flashlights).
With this inevitably failing, seeing as paper targets are only scared of the FBI technique, other methods become necessary.
Papa Rhino spills his spent casings all over himself, while a laugh track plays in the background
NO. Just accept it, man. We're never going to have another That 70's Show
. Just move on.
Colt Single Action Army
Update #42 made the Colt SAA available for use in-game, specifically the 5.5" barreled model; this was the first single-action revolver added to H3. Of note is that the weapon will fire if it is dropped on the hammer, provided that the hammer is uncocked and resting on a loaded chamber. This interesting, realistic touch is a trait shared by the other single-action revolvers added to the game later, including the Reichsrevolver M1879 and the Nagant M1895.
The SAA was actually present in the game long before Update #42, albeit not in physical form; the "Amendment 35" poster in the indoor shooting range features 2.
Colt Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model- .45 Long Colt
Pressing the appropriate touchpad key readies the weapon for loading and unloading, half-cocking the hammer and opening the loading gate.
Loading the revolver. As expected, the weapon holds more than enough rounds to kill anything that moves- which is to say, 6.
Pointing the SAA at a target.
Fanning the SAA's hammer. A fast, enjoyable way to fire, if not a terribly accurate one.
The Amendment 35 poster, as it appears in the indoor range, revolver-wielding eagle and all.
A clearer image of the poster, taken from the official RUST LTD website.
LAPD 2019 Blaster
Update #43 introduced the LAPD 2019 Blaster from Blade Runner, referring to it as the "LAPD 2019 Special" (another one of its common names). It is perhaps one of the most intricate depictions of the weapon in any piece of media (and most certainly the most complex weapon in the game):
The weapon, at its core, is a 5-shot, swing-out cylinder DAO revolver, chambered for the proprietary (and fictional) 10mm DSM (Discarding Sabot Magnetic) cartridge. This cartridge has a variety of available ammo types, including:
- "Slugger" rounds (the weapon's default ammunition type; a hard-hitting, high-impact round),
- Fragmentation rounds (yes, the weapon can fire grenades),
- "Swarm" rounds (multi-projectile, shotgun-like rounds),
- Tracer rounds
- "Turbo Penetrator" rounds (a high-velocity armor-piercing round that doesn't impart much energy, but can penetrate a variety of targets),
- and highly sensitive, surface-adhering, low-velocity, motion-sensitive proximity mine rounds (while the sensitivity is nice for dealing with enemies, it also means that they can be detonated by other things, including miscellaneous nearby moving objects, other proximity mines as they fly through the air, and even simply being fired in the charged mode, meaning that their sensitivity can be either a benefit or a hazard).
Furthermore, the hollow underneath the weapon's barrel is storage for the weapon's batteries (which bring the profile fully into line with the original prop, complete with LEDs that change color as the battery loses charge) used in the railgun-assisted mode, which dramatically increases muzzle velocity, at the cost of creating massive amounts of heat (as one would expect from a railgun).
To help slow the weapon's overheating, heat sinks (called "thermal clips" in-game) are placed into what was the Steyr Mannlicher Model SL's chamber on the original prop (the bolt handle is turned to expose the heat sink, and pulled back to eject it if necessary); these have to be replaced regularly to prevent the weapon from overheating critically. As the weapon overheats, its barrel will begin to put off steam, then glow progressively brighter and brighter, while the accuracy and battery efficiency suffer; eventually, if the weapon reaches its highest heat level, its barrel will be permanently damaged, causing a significant drop in accuracy even after the weapon cools down.
The original prop from Blade Runner
This weapon can either be viewed as the result of countless years of scientific research and development, or as the result of firearm kitbashing, but either way, it's undeniably beautiful.
The revolver's cylinder, open and ready for loading. Note the red dot on the ground; this is from the weapon's integrated laser sight (the small rod just to the left of the cylinder, with a red end), which is active whenever the weapon is held.
The various ammo types available for the weapon. From top to bottom: Swarm-Shot, Slugger, Fragmentation, Prox-Mine, Tracer, and Turbo-Penetrator. Decisions, decisions...
Loading the weapon up with some "Slugger" rounds.
Firing the weapon. The fact that this is a faithful recreation of the original movie prop means that it doesn't have any iron sights, though the integrated laser makes that a bit of a moot point.
As impressive as the weapon is, one can't help but feel like something's missing...
A closeup of the battery. The color of the LEDs changes as their power is drained; they start out green, changing to yellow, orange, and eventually red when empty. The markings read "L.A.P.D. MODEL 2019 A.N.2. 10MM DSM".
Firing a charged shot from the LAPD produces some impressive particle effects. The back of the laser sight doubles as a capacitor charge indicator; when the weapon is set to auto-charge, there is a short, but noticeable, delay between shots, wherein power is drained from the battery and transferred to the capacitor.
Opening up what was once a chamber reveals the downside of this increased power is an increase in excess heat, which is stored in these heat sinks. The markings here read "MADE IN CALIFORNIA" and "10816", the latter presumably being a serial number.
Failure to replace the heat sinks frequently enough results in... this.
If this problem is ignored even further, it only gets worse; the particles close to the weapon are actually pieces of the inside of the barrel, the ejection of which has a rather predictable effect on the weapon's accuracy.
Firing a proximity mine round, whilst simultaneously ignoring just about every rule of every shooting range ever. The mine is the red hexagonal object, currently flying through the air. How an object that size can fit into a 10mm barrel is anybody's guess.
The blast of the aforementioned mine, which was detonated by throwing a spare round at it.
The Nagant M1985 was added through Update #47. It holds 7 rounds of 7.62x38mmR Nagant ammunition, of which only it uses. Notably, it is treated as single-action only, the reasons for this being twofold: the weapon was built to use the same code set as the Colt SAA and Reichsrevolver M1879, and the Nagant has a notoriously heavy trigger pull in double-action due to its unique gas-seal mechanism; while it wasn't the original intended purpose, this also allows the weapon to be effectively suppressed, a capability that is emulated in-game. This single-action behavior could also be indicative of the so-called "Private's Model" variant of the Nagant, which was in fact SAO.
Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38mmR Nagant
Loading in a round. The round isn't a spent casing; the brass case of the 7.62x38mm cartridge extends beyond the bullet, in order to make the gas-seal system work.
The Nagant's sights. A bit cramped, but workable.
Interestingly, the Nagant's hammer can be fanned in-game; this is likely the first piece of media wherein such a thing is done with a Nagant.
A closeup of the Nagant's cylinder, which shows an interesting detail: when the hammer is cocked...
...the cylinder actually moves forward, creating a gas-tight seal between the chamber and the barrel.
The Nagant's unique gas seal system also allows for... this.
Added through the long-awaited Update #45, the Reichsrevolver M1879 is available for use in-game, and is (understandably) the only weapon in-game to use the 10.6x25mmR cartridge.
Reichsrevolver M1879 - 10.6x25mmR German Ordnance
Smith & Wesson Model 10
A 5"-barreled Smith & Wesson Model 10 is one of the available firearms in-game, added in the Wurstworld update.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver - .38 Special
When presented with such a myriad of wheelgun options as that in Wurstworld, always opt for the gun that cost the most to order from Montgomery Ward.
Taking a look at the revolver's load- 6 rounds of .38 Special, ready for firing.
Aiming the revolver at a metal jug.
6 rounds later, it's time to use this new-fangled "ejector" technology to remove the spent cases.
Giving the now-empty revolver a spin.
Smith & Wesson Model 29
The Smith & Wesson Model 29 is one of the available firearms in-game, having been added in the very first update to the game after its release.
Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver with 8 3/8" barrel - .44 Magnum
One of the perks of being in the middle of absolutely nowhere (A.K.A. Arizona) is that nobody can hear your groan-inducing Dirty Harry
A closeup of the M29, which shows off something rather interesting:
As the controller's trigger is pulled, the revolver's trigger, hammer, and cylinder all visibly move.
Alternatively, the weapon can simply be cocked manually.
Opening the M29's cylinder...
...loading in some loose .44 Magnum rounds...
...and closing the revolver with a wince-inducing flick of the wrist. While this isn't the only way to close a revolver in H3
, it's unfortunately one of the more common ones.
With that lesson in revolvery aside, the M29 is pointed at a dueling tree...
...and fired, scoring a direct hit. Such a feat would be far more impressive were the target further than 2 meters from the "Firin' Line" (yes, that's actually how it's written in-game).
Giving the revolver a twirl, full of unjustified pride.
Bringing in a full speedloader, while now residing in a place that isn't completely isolated from the rest of humanity.
While speedloaders tend to be a bit finicky, they can be managed rather easily with some practice.
Ejecting the spent casings from the revolver's cylinder, after making the indoor range's paper target feel 6 rounds of Magnum Force
. (C'mon. Did you seriously think that I wasn't going to make at least one
pun in this entire section?)
On a sidenote, the icon for the "Lightning Reflexes" category in M.E.A.T.S. features the M29 as well.
Smith & Wesson Model 327
The Smith & Wesson Model 327 is one of the available firearms in-game.
Smith & Wesson Model 327 Performance Center M&P R8 - .357 Magnum
While using his 327 to make the bells ring instead of jingle, the character finds out the in-game version is an interesting leftie version.
Smith & Wesson Model 629 Stealth Hunter/686P Hybrid
One of the weapons added in the first Meatmas update was a strange hybrid of Smith & Wesson revolvers, with the overall appearance of a Model 629 Stealth Hunter, but the .357 Magnum chambering and 7-shot cylinder of a Model 686P.
Smith & Wesson Model 629 Stealth Hunter - .44 Magnum
Smith & Wesson Model 686P w/3" barrel - .357 Magnum
Holding the revolver at the right angle gives a good idea of just how shiny it is.
Opening the revolver's cylinder, which shows off the 7-shot cylinder.
This, of course, necessitates a proprietary 7-round speedloader.
Sometimes, this happens. Due to the way in which speedloaders are handled in H3
, with each visual round being an actual, physical, independent round, sometimes there can be one or two "odd men out".
Fortunately, there is an alternate hand pose for the revolvers, which makes this easier. It also makes loading them easier for lefties.
Snapping the cylinder back into place with a rather ill-advised flick of the wrist. Note that the revolver has not spontaneously grown an underbarrel laser; that's just an empty M1911A1
sitting on the table.
Taking aim with the... "Model 686P Stealth Hunter"? That seems like the best name. Alright, taking aim with the Model 686P Stealth Hunter.
That shot plus 6 later, and the now-empty revolver is given a twirl.
As if this entire ordeal wasn't strange enough already, here we see a strange aspect of the ejection process. The casings appear to have either clipped back through the revolver after being ejected, or to have been spawned outside of the cylinder to begin with.
There, that's more like it.
Webley Mk. VI
The Webley Mk VI has been added with the release of Update #47. It is chambered for the ".454 Webley" round, which is presumably a mis-writing of .455 Webley. Notably, it is also the first top-break revolver in the game.
Webley Mk. VI - .455 Webley
The Webley in-game. While its attachment point is still present, the lanyard loop on the base of the grip seems to have been removed.
The Webley broken open for loading. Due to its re-use of some existing swing-out revolver code, the extractor sadly doesn't pop up when the revolver is opened, at least for now.
Loading the Mk. VI. These are tracer rounds, hence the red tips.
Firing the Webley, heedless of the fact that this indoor range is a no-smoking zone.
Fortunately, despite the lack of a moving extractor, breaking the revolver open still produces a satisfying shower of spent casings.
The AEK-919K “Kashtan” is one of the available firearms in-game; it was added in the 1st Meatmas update, during the third week.
AEK-919K “Kashtan” - 9x18mm Makarov
A good look at the AEK-919K, fairly detailed for a rare submachine gun.
...before looking at the AEK's other side.
Extending the stock. Yes, that is as far as it goes.
Pulling the charging handle.
...and spitting out a burst of 9x18mm Makarov rounds.
Beretta Model 38A
Update #52's eleventh alpha build brought along a Beretta Model 38A submachine gun.
Beretta Model 38A - 9x19mm Parabellum
Inspecting the left side of the Model 38A...
...and the right side. Note the dual triggers; on the real weapon, these control the firing mode (i.e. pulling one results in semi-auto, and pulling the other results in full-auto), but this isn't currently simulated in-game, the reason being that VR controllers don't have dual triggers.
Loading in a 30-round magazine; 10- and 20-round varieties are also available.
Pulling back the charging handle, which opens up a small window through which the table can be seen.
"Huh, guess I'd better turn off the safety..."
"Oops." Note: This is a pre-release bug; in the released version of the alpha build, this doesn't happen. So no, you can't set your safety to "look, I just broke the safety"
Taking aim at a target...
...and showing it what happens when you don't pay the pizzo
. Or what happens when you're part of the Ethiopian military. Depends on which sort of 1930s Italian we're dealing with here.
Beretta Mx4 Storm
The fully-automatic variant of the earlier-added Cx4, the Beretta Mx4 Storm, is to be added via Update #52.
Beretta Mx4 Storm - 9x19mm Parabellum
The Mx4 Storm, looking as sleek and futuristic as ever.
Pulling the charging handle. While the Mx4 does have a bolt release in-game, you can't exactly take full advantage of it when the bolt is already in battery.
Firing the Mx4, while being so close to yet so far from actually aiming it.
Added in the 11th alpha build of Update #52, the Błyskawica, a Polish submachine gun manufactured clandestinely under German occupation, is usable in H3.
Błyskawica - 9x19mm Parabellum
Taking a good, close look at the Błyskawica.
...pulling back the charging handle...
...and then pausing to get a better view of the submachine gun whose story is as ordinary as its name is pronounceable. Then, back to business as usual.
Brügger & Thomet MP9
The Brügger & Thomet MP9 with folding stock but fixed suppressor was added as a Christmas update. Update #46 added a version without the fixed suppressor.
Brügger & Thomet MP9 with stock extended - 9x19mm
Santa brought me the gift I wanted!
A Cobray M11/9 was added through Update #50.
SWD/Cobray M11/9 - 9x19mm
A Cobray M11/9 sitting in a weapon case, along with a suppressor and some magazines.
Attaching a suppressor to the Cobray.
Loading in a drum magazine.
Firing the Cobray. This isn't really the sort of weapon that one aims all that much.
FN P90 TR
The FN P90 TR is one of the available firearms in-game.
A P90, complete with an Elcan SpecterDR scope (referred to in-game as the "GhostDR", for copyright reasons), browses the menu.
Loading a magazine into the P90. This rather tricky process was made easier following Update #48.
Demonstrating the interesting downward-ejection system of the P90, something some games seem to be unaware of.
The Gepard PDW is one of the available submachine guns in-game, having been added in the first Meatmas update. This is also the only known appearance of this rare Russian prototype PDW in any media.
Gepard PDW with stock extended and suppressor - 9x18mm Makarov
Taking a look at the Gepard's left side...
...and the right. A pretty good-looking model for a gun this rare.
Loading in a 40-round magazine; 20-rounders are also available.
Pulling the charging handle.
Attaching the Gepard's unique suppressor.
Looking through the sights; as with the rest of the Gepard, these are rather AKS-74U
-like, due to the former being based on the latter.
Sending some rounds downrange.
...and spraying rounds willy-nilly around the room.
Heckler & Koch MP5A2
A Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with a Surefire forend is one of the available firearms in-game. It was added to the game with Update #7. Update #24 made some changes, including the addition of a top rail, and the ability to adjust the sights and turn on the flashlight.
Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with Surefire 628 dedicated forend weaponlight and Navy trigger group - 9x19mm Parabellum
Loading in a 30-round magazine.
Pulling the charging handle back...
This, of course, being a setup for the glorious HK Slap.
Flicking the selector to full-auto. No, sadly, you can't do this with psychic powers.
Taking aim, using the widest (and shortest-ranged) of the MP5's 3 rear sight positions...
...and hosing down the bullseye target with a burst 9x19mm rounds.
The MP5's post-Update #24 form, complete with top rail.
The other 2 rear sight options, for those wondering, are small and far-out...
...and smaller and further out.
And on the twenty-fourth update, Anton said: "Let there be light."
Heckler & Koch MP5KA4
The Heckler & Koch MP5KA4 is one of the available firearms in-game; it was added in Update #20.
Heckler & Koch MP5KA4 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Examining the left side of the MP5KA4...
...and the right. Of note is that this appears to be the same model that would later be used in Virtual Warfighter
A closeup of the MP5K, showing off its rail mount. In a nice touch of realism, the KA4 has a 4-position selector over the MP5A2
Loading in a 15-round magazine. The MP5A2's 30-rounders can also be used in the MP5K, and vice versa.
Pulling back the cocking handle.
...and firing. Between this and the kung-fu he knows, the invisible-handed protagonist is a dangerous man. Lobby guards beware.
Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDW
Between the release of Update #9 (when it was added) and Update #20 (when it was removed), the game's MP5K was actually a stockless MP5K-PDW, as identified by the distinctive muzzle device. It was replaced by the MP5KA4 due to inaccuracies in the model, many of which were magazine-related.
Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDW - 9x19mm Parabellum
The pre-patch MP5K-PDW, in all of its not-so-glorious glory.
Loading in a 30-round magazine.
Chambering one of the 30 aforementioned rounds.
Flipping the selector lever to full-auto. When we said there "magazine-related" issues, this is what we meant.
Taking some potshots at the paper bullseye.
Heckler & Koch MP7A1
The Heckler & Koch MP7A1 is one of the numerous weapons added in the first Meatmas update.
Heckler & Koch MP7A1 with Zeiss Z-Point red dot sight and 40-round magazine - 4.6x30mm
While browsing the arsenal, always start off small.
Affixing an Aimpoint sight to the MP7A1's upper rail, while noticing a bit of temporal distortion.
Loading a 40-round magazine into the MP7A1.
A closeup of the already-loaded magazine, which shows off the bottlenecked shape of the 4.6x30mm rounds. Note the black tips, which indicate that these are of the armor-piercing variety.
...and remembering to chamber a round. When? Never. Because it already happened. And it never will. Got it? No? Good.
Heckler & Koch UMP45
The Heckler & Koch UMP45 is one of the available firearms in-game; it was added in Update #7, along with the MP5A2. Prior to the release of Update #52, it was permanently fitted with a vertical foregrip.
Heckler & Koch UMP45 - .45 ACP
Some people would say that firing 2 submachine guns at once is a bad idea. We call those people weak.
Flipping the fun switch to rock 'n roll, on the basis that semi-auto is for squares.
Unloading the UMP at a target. One-handed, no less.
Replacing the old magazine with a new one.
Inspecting the other side of the submachine gun, which shows that the bolt is locked open.
Addressing this issue by pulling the charging handle. Note the bolt release button; this is another means by which a locked-back bolt can be released, and it even correctly pops up when the bolt is locked back, as seen here.
Ventilating the target again, this time while actually aiming.
Folding the UMP's stock, just for the fun of it.
IMI Micro Uzi
Update #54 added an IMI Micro Uzi to H3's collection; the weapon was, however, present in-game long before then, being featured on the icon for the "Spray & Pray" category in the MEATS (Modular Environment Adaptive Target Simulation) game mode.
IMI Micro Uzi with bent trigger guard - 9x19mm Parabellum
The "Spray & Pray" category's icon. Oddly, despite having as subtle a detail as appropriate compensator cuts in the muzzle, the weapon lacks a charging handle.
Unfolding the Micro Uzi's stock...
...before taking a moment to appreciate its newfound physicality.
Loading a magazine into the Micro Uzi.
Pulling back the charging handle.
Taking a close look at the receiver, which shows off the markings.
It also shows off the weapon's seemingly somewhat poor condition, considering the denting present in the weapon's metal components.
And, of course, it shows off the fire selector.
Taking a look through the Micro Uzi's rather simple aperture sights. Aiming such a small, short-stocked weapon so steadily and close-up was made far easier with the addition of the optional Virtual Stock system, added in the same update as the Micro Uzi itself.
This, coupled with Update #52's rebuild of recoil systems with relation to shouldering weapons makes compact submachine guns such as this one far more usable for roles other than point-blank one-handed spray-and-pray.
And yet, the irresistible urge remains.
The full-size variant of the Uzi was added to H3 in the tenth alpha of Update #52, as an optional weapon for SWBs.
IMI Uzi - 9x19mm Parabellum
A full-auto converted Interdynamic KG-9 is one of the available firearms in-game; it features the same strange strange paintjob as the TEC-9. It is referred to as a modified version of the latter; it initially was, until Update #53 converted it from closed-bolt to open-bolt, effectively turning it into an earlier open-bolt KG-9.
Interdynamic KG-9 - 9x19mm
The second variant of the Luger coming to the game in Update #52 is a downright bizarre modification of the P08, which has a considerable amount of AKM parts attached to it, including a stock, a handguard (with a Soviet-type dovetail rail on the side), a set of sights, and a barrel and gas tube, the latter of which actually contains the weapon's barrel; a hole has been placed in the front sight tower for this to fire through. As if that weren't ridiculous enough, it is also fully-automatic, which, due to the Luger's toggle-locked action, leads to a downright absurd rate of fire.
However, perhaps the strangest thing about this weapon is that it actually exists. Made by German custom gun shop Waffen Werle, it is exactly what was described - an automatic Luger modded out with AKM parts.
Custom automatic Luger with AKM parts by Waffen Werle - 9x19mm Parabellum
The Kedr PP-91 is one of the available firearms in-game. It was added in Update #19; Update #24 gave it some changes, including a 2-setting rear sight and a side-mounted Picatinny rail.
Kedr PP-91 - 9x18mm Makarov
While going through the new lineup, always be sure to have a look at the machine pistols on offer.
Also be sure to unfold their stocks.
And, of course to take some time to admire them.
Don't forget to switch them from "Safe"...
...to "something in Cyrillic that probably means semi-auto"...
...to "something else in Cyrillic that probably means full-auto".
Aiming; this would be far more conducive to actually hitting something were the post visible through the rear sight actually the front sight post, and not the front sight's left protective ear.
Not that that ever stopped anyone from trying.
Taking a look at Update #24's, well, updates...
...these being an optional aperture setting for the rear sight...
...and a somewhat oddly-placed rail. While it might not seem terribly useful, it makes a great spot for lights and lasers, and the game's canted rail adapters be used to turn it into a top rail for optics.
Update #52 is scheduled to include the M1928 Thompson submachine gun, complete with optional 50- or 100-round drum magazines.
M1928 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
Locking back the bolt. H3
correctly shows that this is necessary in order to insert a drum magazine.
Loading in a 50-round drum.
"It's simple math, buddy. Twice the bullets, half the wiseguys. 's all there is to it."
Added through Update #50, the classic M1A1 Thompson is usable.
A Thompson in a weapon case, along with a magazine.
A good look at the weapon's model. The separate safety and fire selector are correctly simulated in-game; they are currently set to safe, as is the case when a weapon is first spawned. Also note the receiver's markings; the first line reads "THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN", the second "CALIBER .45 M1A1", and the third "NO. 287404".
Locking back the M1A1's bolt.
Attempting to line up the sights. "Attempting" being the key word here; the M1A1's heavy vertical recoil can make keeping it on target extremely challenging.
Removing an empty magazine, after a considerable amount of snowflake shooting. While it's not very visible here, the rounds do, in fact, visibly disappear from the indicator holes in the sides. Also note the floor being visible through the magazine well. This is not, as one may initially suspect, a missing texture; rather, it is actually a view through the ejection port.
Upon flipping the weapon over, one discovers that the aforementioned view through the ejection port is made possible by the Thompson's bolt hold-open; unlike many open-bolt firearms, if a Thompson is dry-fired with a magazine inserted (i.e. when the trigger is held after firing the last shot in full-auto), the bolt will not go forwards.
And, of course, what better way to celebrate the presence of bolt hold-open devices than to fire randomly at absolutely everything.
M3 "Grease Gun"
Along with the Thompson, Update #50 added the M3 "Grease Gun" to H3.
M3 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
The M3 Grease Gun, attempting to blend in with the foam lining of its weapon case.
Loading a magazine into the M3.
Popping open the dustcover.
Operating the M3's unusual cocking lever; the later M3A1 would replace this with a hole in the bolt for the user to stick their finger into.
"Greasing" the snowy landscape.
Aiming through the M3's sights. The relatively clear sight picture, coupled with the low rate of fire, make this weapon rather easy to keep on target.
Update #51 added a variant with the OSS-type integral suppressor; while this isn't necessarily impossible, suppressors were more common on the later M3A1 variant. This choice was likely made to reuse most of the existing M3 model. The update also made the previously permanently-collapsed stock extendable.
M3A1 "Grease Gun" with integral suppressor - .45 ACP
Loading a magazine into the suppressed M3. The cloth wrapping that is normally present on the suppressor is absent from the in-game model.
Cocking the M3, showing that this isn't an M3A1 like the reference image above.
Opening fire on the bullseye.
The MAC-11 is one of the available firearms in-game, having been added to the game in its infancy- all the way back in Update #4. Following Update #46, SWBs can now make use of these.
RPB Industries M11A1 - .380 ACP
Having felt that his life was missing a bit of bees, our nameless, handless, faceless, intangible, and generally nonexistent protagonist decides to remedy this problem, with the aid of 32 .380 ACP rounds.
Admiring the now-loaded bee machine.
Pulling back the charging handle...
...before looking at the other side. This shows off the weapon's open-bolt nature; the MAC-11 was the first open bolt weapon in H3
, and the only one until the addition of the Sten
a whopping 45 updates later.
Upon attempting to fire the MAC-11, our favorite literally nobody finds it distinctly lacking in apodiean output; a close look at the left side reveals the culprit: the ever-nefarious safety lever. This view also shows off the markings on the side; in addition to the "SAFE" and "FIRE" markings at the front, and the largely correct logo at the rear, the markings under the ejection port are legible, and read "INGEM M11. CAL 9MM AUTO" on the first line, "MILITARY ARMAMENT CORP" on the second, and "POWDER SPRINGS GA, USA" on the third.
Having remedied the above issue, our protagonist finally gets the satisfying sound that he oh-so desired.
One empty magazine (and one ventilated target) later, our hero belatedly realizes that this would've made actually firing the MAC-11 considerably easier.
A hapless MAC-wielding Weinerbot ambles into an objective in Take & Hold mode, clearly unaware of what awaits.
Another bot prepares to meet an equally unfortunate end. Between the way the bot is looking, the MAC's de-cocked bolt, and the fact that the submachine gun doesn't even have a trigger, there really wasn't any question as to how this was going to end.
Added through Update #50, the MP40 is available for use in H3VR.
The MP40, sitting pretty in a weapon case.
Loading a fresh magazine into the MP40.
Locking the bolt into the safety notch.
Aiming the MP40 at a crystal snowflake.
Making this idyllic scene a whole lot less so, with the aid of 32 rounds of 9x19mm.
The second of Update #52's 3 C96 variants is a derivative of the above Schnellfeuer, and a rather curious one at that: a Brazilian PASAM submachine gun, modified with a top rail and a Vz. 61 Skorpion-esque top-folding stock.
The model itself is a publicly-available 3D asset by weapon artist Stefan Engdahl, going by the name "Mauser Assault Carbine" and sold on CG Trader alongside all the other C96 variants seen in-game as the "Mauser Pistol Pack." It is a strange hybrid which appears to be based on a photograph of a converted airsoft gun, with a standard C96 pistol grip like a Mod 1 PASAM but the barrel shroud attached to the top of the magazine housing rather than all along it, with a vaguely Thompson-like foregrip which is not really like either PASAM variant, and the folding wire stock which no variant had (the 2nd variant of the PASAM only had a fixed wire stock). On ArtStation, Engdahl acknowledged that it's a modification of his Mauser M712 model he made for fun.
PASAM Mod 1 - 7x63x25mm Mauser
With that sorted, it's time to load in a magazine...
The PP-19 Bizon is one of the available firearms in-game.
PP-19 Bizon-1 - 9x18mm Makarov
Always have to take a close look at your Russian submachine guns to look for any communism that might get stuck in there.
The PP-2000 is one of the many firearms added in the 1st Meatmas update.
PP-2000 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Examining the left side of the PP-2000...
Loading in a 44-round magazine. Sadly, this can't be used as a stock, seeing as the PP-2000 in-game already has one.
Pulling back the rather G36
-esque folding charging handle.
Dropping an empty magazine out of the PP-2000. But wait, what's that?
Why, it's a suppressor! One specifically meant for this weapon, in fact! And of course, that leaves only one thing to do...
...fire the weapon again, but this time at a neck-craningly impossible cinematic angle!
The iconic PPSh-41 submachine gun was added through Update #50, and is capable of using either 35-round box magazines or 71-round drums.
PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The PPSh in a weapon case, along with both of its optional magazines. The 35-round box magazine isn't unusually short; it's just clipping through the front of the case, due to a physics engine bug.
Loading a box magazine into the PPSh. Note the fire selector, currently set to semi-auto.
Aiming at a snowflake. The fine front sight is nice for aiming, but can be hard to make out on some backgrounds.
Loading in a 71-round drum.
Firing a definitely-necessary-and-not-in-any-way-excessive amount of rounds at a snowflake.
A fictional version of the PPSh, also added through Update #50, this weapon is seemingly intended as a modernized variant of the original 1941 design (which, if the name is anything to go by, was designed in 2014). The model is done by Pavel Kutejnikov.
The "PPSh-14" in its weapon case.
Loading in a drum magazine. The drums that this variant comes with are slightly smaller than the standard ones, and slightly different in appearance.
A good side-on look at the PPSh-14. The odd pseudo-pistol-grip stock is rather reminiscent of some Archangel stocks.
Firing the PPSh, now fitted with an Aimpoint-esque tube reflex sight.
Firing the PPSh again, this time aiming through the aforementioned sight. The previous shot was actually also taken while aiming; it does not appear so due to the fact that recordings and screenshots of Vive gameplay can only be of one eye's view- in this case, the left eye's view is shown.
shot, on the other hand, is most definitely of unaimed fire.
"QC9 PDW" (Custom 9mm AR-15)
Added through Update #46, the "QC9 PDW" is an AR-15-patterned submachine gun chambered in 9x19mm. It appears to consist of a QC10 Colt-magazine-compatible 9mm lower, a VLTOR upper, and a Magpul MOE stock and pistol grip, among other things. In-game, it can take 3 types of magazines- a 32-round Colt-pattern stick magazine, a 32-round "waffle"-pattern polymer stick magazine, or an X-Products X-15 50-round drum magazine.
Custom AR-15 SMG with Quarter Circle 10 lower receiver and VLTOR MUR upper receiver - 9x19mm. Image placed here for reference of QC10 lower receiver and VLTOR upper receiver.
Extending the QC9's stock. Until the release of a later update, this was largely for aesthetic purposes, seeing as the stock didn't serve any real function.
A selection of magazines- the Colt-pattern metal magazine, the "waffle" polymer magazine, and the X-15 drum magazine.
Charging the QC9, loaded with a 32-round Colt-pattern magazine.
Firing the QC9, fitted with a red-dot sight; the weapon lacks any sort of sights by default.
Loading in an X-Products drum magazine.
Firing the QC9, now fitted with the aforementioned drum magazine, along with a SilencerCo suppressor. Note that the ejected case has an unstruck primer.
Sa. Vz. 61 Skorpion
The Sa. Vz. 61 Skorpion is available in H3, having been added with the M.E.A.T.S. gamemode in Update #37. The one in-game has a bit of an identity crisis; it's visually a Vz. 61, complete with curved magazines, but it's referred to as a Vz. 64, and is accordingly chambered in .380 ACP.
Sa. Vz. 61 Skorpion - .32 ACP
Having grown somewhat bored of overly flashy modified Berettas
, our action hero decides to switch over to 1960's-vintage machine pistols.
Of course, being that two is one and one is none, another Skorpion is loaded up...
Sten Mk. II
Update #49 added the Sten Mk II submachine gun, which marks the first time since the introduction of the MAC-11 that an open-bolt weapon was added to H3VR. Notably, the weapon's secondary grip zone (where the user's non-firing hand goes) is around the barrel shroud, meaning that, assuming it is held and fired with both hands, it is held correctly, rather than being incorrectly held by the magazine like so many games show. There is also another variation, the so-called "Mk. 9 Chopshop" variant, with a shortened barrel and a cut-down stock.
The answer to the age-old question of "How little gun can you have while still having a gun?"
Drawing back the Sten's bolt. This isn't where it rests when cocked; this is just as far back as it can be pulled.
Loading in a 32-round magazine. The update also added 16-round options.
A closeup of the ejection port, showing the magazine lined up and ready to feed cartridges.
Locking the bolt into the safety notch. This is really the only safety mechanism that the Sten has; all it does is stop the bolt from moving forwards.
Aiming through the Sten's simple aperture/post sights...
...before saying "to hell with it" and unloading full-auto from the hip.
is the least amount of gun one can have while still technically having a gun.
After shrugging and deciding that a bare minimum amount of gun is at least better than no gun at all, the invisible point-holder loads in a magazine. Note the white tips of the rounds; these show that they are armor-piercing incendiary(!) rounds.
Firing the truncated Sten one-handed at some bots. With the stock being all but entirely removed, it's now anybody's guess as to the correct way to fire it. Then again, that statement makes the rather bold assumption that anything "correct" can be done with a sawn-off Sten.
Correct or not, the "Mk. 9 Chopshop" Sten is at least handy for closer-than-preferable encounters.
Sten Mk. V
Along with the Mk. II, Update #49 added the Sten Mk V, a later, more refined version of the Sten.
It may be more expensive than the earlier version, but at least now it's clear how it's supposed to be held.
A closeup of the muzzle, showing the wooden vertical foregrip and the Lee-Enfield
-type front sight.
A look at the other side reveals the first of 32 9x19mm rounds ready to be fired.
Sten Mk. VI(S)
The integrally suppressed variant of the Mk. V, the Sten Mk VI(S), is available as well.
A weapon for the strong, silent type. Or for SOE operatives.
Firing the Mk. VI(S). Note the somewhat worrying lack of a front sight.
The final SMG added to the game by Update #50 is the Steyr MP34.
Loading a magazine into the MP34.
Taking in the beauty of an inter-war submachine gun.
Pointing the MP34 at a target. This endeavor would prove fruitless, seeing as the weapon isn't cocked.
Remedying the aforementioned issue.
Firing the MP34 properly...
The TDI Vector is one of the firearms added in Update #37. 2 variants of the weapon were initially available in-game: a standard one, and one fitted with the barrel shroud and extended barrel of the CRB civilian carbine variant, though still possessing the trigger and 120-degree safety of a Gen I version; Update #52 made an attachable suppressor out of the extended barrel's shroud, before Update #53 turned it into a shrouded barrel extension, and removed the now-redundant long-barreled Vector. Both are fitted with a factory AR-15 stock adaptor, attached to which is an aftermarket stock; they were also initially fitted with non-removable vertical foregrips, until Update #52 made foregrips into attachments, and removed them from any weapons that initially had them.
Gen II KRISS USA Vector CRB Enhanced - .45 ACP
TDI / KRISS USA Vector with stock removed - .45 ACP. Image provided to show the separate safety switch and selector of a military model; compare with the images above and below.
After buying his CRB, our resident mall ninja gets the feeling that he's missing something...
"What could it be, what could it be..."
"Oh, right. That's... kinda important."
Of note is the Vector's safety/fire selector setup:
The rear lever, manipulated with the firing hand, toggles between safe and whatever firemode is currently selected: here, semi-auto...
...here, 2-round burst...
Satisfied with his choice, the mall ninja loads in a "25+" magazine (which holds 25 rounds in-game, the lower end of the possible capacity range for these magazines).
He then pulls the Vector's distinctive folding charging handle...
...and spits fire into the darkness, the spent casings shimmering a dark, glossy black in the sparse lighting of the room, while the editor begins to realize that they're slowly becoming a drama novelist.
The normal, unshrouded version of the Vector, in a far less noir-inspiring setting.
Benelli M4 Super 90
The Benelli M4 Super 90 is one of the available firearms in-game.
Benelli M4 Super 90 with 7-shot tube - 12 gauge
Hick-not45 tops off his Super 90 while on a woods walk.
The Beretta DT11 is one of the 4 shotguns added in Update #15. Following Update #46, 2 new variants were added - one with a shortened barrel, and one with a shortened barrel and cut-down stock.
It was at this moment that he realized that an indoor range is not a good place to bring a trap shooting shotgun.
Deciding to just roll with it, he opens up the DT11...
...and further failing to understand its intended purpose.
Having given his DT11 two shells full of buckshot, he then closes it up.
Aiming; this being a competition skeet gun, it has nothing but a front bead sight.
Firing off a shot; the red lines in the air are the game's optional bullet trails.
He then admires his DT11, whilst trying to ignore the ricochet that has seemingly lodged itself in his leg.
Dropping the spent shells out of the DT11.
A table full of (almost) all of Update #46's shortened weapon variants.
Finding the full-length version too long and awkward for indoor use, he tries out a shorter version. Note that, despite the barrels being ostensibly sawn down, they still have choke tubes installed.
Loading the shortened DT11 up with some shells.
Sawing off a beautiful shotgun like this should be a crime. And it is. No, seriously.
Fortunately, since nobody knows who "He" is, He can't get arrested by the BATFS (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Sausages).
The Browning Auto-5 is scheduled for inclusion in Update #52.
Browning Auto-5 - 12 gauge
The left side of the Auto-5, which shows off the engravings...
...and the right side, which shows off the working bits.
Locking the bolt to the rear.
Chamberloading the Auto-5.
Loading the other 4 shells into the magazine tube.
Aiming the shotgun, showing off its simple bead sight.
Blasting the paper target with a 12 gauge shell.
Heckler & Koch FABARM Martial Pro Forces
The H&K FABARM Martial Pro Forces is one of the available firearms in-game. It was the game's first pump-action shotgun, and is tied with the Benelli M4 Super 90 for the game's first 12-gauge shotgun, both having been added in Update #6.
Fabarm Martial Pro Forces 14" - 12 gauge
Feeling a need to prove itself, the FABARM shoves itself center-stage.
Loading the first shell into the chamber...
...and the other 5 into the magazine tube.
Aiming the shotgun, not that it's particularly necessary at this distance.
Blasting the target with a full load of buckshot.
Working the shotgun's action, and ejecting a spent shell.
A closeup of the receiver, which shows off the markings.
It also provides a good view of the old shell being extracted from the chamber...
...and the new one being chambered. Note the green color of the shell; the current build of H3
doesn't contain any green shells, but these screenshots predate the addition of multiple types of shotgun ammunition in Update #15.
The Franchi SPAS-12 is one of the available firearms in-game, added in Update #24. 2 variants are available - a standard model with a folding stock, and a stockless model with a rail system and spare shell holder. Highly unusually for a video game, the SPAS-12's dual-mode semi-auto/pump-action functionality is depicted in H3, even more unusually with its intended purpose being exploitable (i.e. switching between semi-auto for high-pressure shells and pump-action for low-pressure ones). Unfortunately, however, the switching is performed by a simple touchpad button press on the forward hand's controller, with the pump not ever visibly moving to reflect the change in mode (always being shown in the correct position for pump-action fire, and never moving forward to switch to semi-auto); furthermore, the weapon's loading procedure is simplified, with the real weapon's requirement to hold down the bolt release in order to load shells into the magazine tube being omitted in-game.
Franchi SPAS-12 with stock folded and butt-hook removed - 12 gauge
Nope, not under there either.
She sure is good at hiding. Well, such is to be expected. After all, Sarah is quite a clever girl.
Franchi SPAS-12 with stock removed – 12 gauge
The tactical version, with all the latest modern, advanced features. Stock and second barrel
Loading in some shells, the loading gate being unusually cooperative considering the non-depressed bolt release.
Racking the charging handle, and sending a shell into the chamber.
Putting some extra shells into the side-mounted shell holder. Just in case.
Taking a look through the SPAS's distinctive ghost-ring sights...
...and blasting the target with buckshot.
Loading another shell, straight into the chamber...
...and then ejecting it, manually this time. Not shown: the shell actually being fired.
You might ask why someone would shove a magnifier on a shotgun. The answer? Because we can. And because we can, we have to.
The "KWG1" is one of the available firearms in-game, added through Update #15. It is a fictional magazine-fed full-auto shotgun, rather reminiscent of the "Bolter" weapons from the Warhammer 40K universe. It is based on an image of what seems to be some sort of stage or cosplay prop, which was then adapted into a 3D model by artist Pavel Kutejnikov.
The prop that the "KWG1" was based upon, which seems to have an MP5
S-E-F trigger pack. Also note the shells in the magazine; the length of the brass, the plastic-like gloss across them, and the manner in which they are stacked (parallel to each other, which wouldn't be possible with actual shotgun shells due to their rims) all point towards this being a prop, rather than an actual live-firing shotgun.
After several hours of cutting, welding, and riveting, the work finally bears fruit.
Loading some "SWAG-12" high-explosive shells (an obvious play on the real-world FRAG-12 explosive shells) into one of the KWG1's distinctive windowed magazines. Said magazines seem to be suffering from a critical lack of springs.
Several shells later, it's time to load in the magazine...
...and purge the realm of heretics in the name of the Emperor.
After a change of place, and a change of time, the KWG1's well-worn finish shines in the light of the (earlier version of the) item spawner.
Loading in another magazine, this time filled with a suitably patriotic handload: "Freedomfetti" shells.
These do exactly what you'd expect. While it's sadly not something that can be expressed through the medium of an image, firing one of these shells produces a sound like that of a paper party horn.
Back in the indoor range, our discount Space Marine prepares to screw a suppressor onto his KWG1, which demonstrates one of H3'
s interesting gameplay-oriented features:
Universal suppressor compatibility. A suppressor can shrink or expand to fit any weapon, from the diminutive Beretta Jetfire
to the colossal Barrett M107A1
The Mossberg 590A1 is one of the four shotguns added in Update #15, and the second pump-action shotgun added to H3 on the whole.
Mossberg 590 with ghost ring sights, bayonet lug, and Speedfeed stock - 12 gauge
The 590A1 attempts to back away from the horror that is the KWG1; being an inanimate object, this proves somewhat futile.
Examining the right side of the still-shaken shotgun...
...and the left side, which shows off the rather straightforward receiver markings.
...chamberloading a "SWAG-12" HE shell...
...and firing, with suitably explosive results.
Ejecting the spent-but-apparently-not-actually-fired shell.
On a sidenote, the 590A1 in-game is modeled with a Speedfeed stock.
Said stock is actually fully-functional; here, the wielder has decided to drop in a flechette shell.
What's that old saying? "If you love something, let it go"?
MPS AA-12 CQB
Update #55 added the much-demanded MPS AA-12 shotgun, specifically the short-barreled "CQB" model.
"Ladies and gentlemen, the moment you have all been waiting for..."
Loading in a magazine at an angle that, if nothing else, can at least be excused by temporary blindness.
Taking aim; the sights aren't terribly precise, but then again, it is
a fully-automatic shotgun. "Precise" isn't a word that would be used to describe it.
Blasting a target with 8 shells' worth of buckshot.
Of course, if 8 shells isn't enough...
...then 20 shells should be.
The MTs255 revolving shotgun was added to the game in the first Meatmas update. 2 variants are available - a standard full-length version, and a version with a sawn-off barrel and stock.
Admiring the MTs255 in the indoor range.
...and loading in some shells.
Shutting the shotgun with a rather ill-advised flick of the wrist. Or rather, a flick of both wrists, considering the weapon's 2-handed nature.
Taking aim at a target through the MTs's rather simple notch-and-post sights.
Ejecting a set of spent shells from the shotgun. And with that, we say goodbye to MTs255 Senior...
...and hello to his lovely son MTs255 Junior.
Loading the cut-down shotgun with an interesting assortment of shells: from top to bottom, there's a buckshot shell, a Dragon's Breath shell, a "Triple Hit" shell, a slug shell, and a "SWAG-12" fragmenting shell.
Making the same mistake as with the full-length MTs, and snapping the cylinder back into place.
Firing; this is the result of the Dragon's Breath shell, which is rather underwhelming in broad daylight.
Remington 870 Field Gun
The Meatmas Update of 2016 added a Remington 870 Field Gun with a cut-down barrel. Update #46 added two additional variants, one with a sawn-off stock and one with a full-length barrel; it also made the latter one of the available weapons for SWBs.
Remington 870 Field Gun with shortened barrel - 12 gauge
Examining the truncated 870.
While not the sawn-off Remington of legend
, it is still fairly cool.
Especially considering the presence of a stock.
Loading the 870; it can hold 4 shells in the tube, plus one in the chamber.
Aiming; this being a sawn-off shotgun, there aren't any sights to render this activity worthwhile.
Blasting the target to smithereens. Well, not really, but it's more fun to think so.
Reloading the now-empty shotgun, straight through the ejection port this time.
Sawn-off Remington 870 - 12 gauge
"Yup, that's me. You're probably wondering how I wound up in this situation."
Taking a look at the even shorter Remington...
Remington 870 Field Gun (full-length) - 12 gauge
...and the l o n g b o i .
Remington 870 TAC-14 DM
The later detachable-magazine variant of the Remington 870, the 870 DM, was added in Update #52. It is in the "TAC-14" configuration, a variant with a 14" barrel and a Shockwave Industries Raptor grip, which is meant to make it evade NFA regulations regarding short-barreled shotguns by way of legally not being classified as anything other than a "firearm". The one in-game is also presumably either modified or broken, seeing as it is capable of slam-fire, unlike a normal 870.
Remington 870 TAC-14 DM - 12 gauge
The new kid on the block.
A closer look at the 870, giving a good look at the magazine well that takes the place of a normal 870's loading port.
The other side, which gives a view of the bolt and ejection port.
Loading a magazine into the 870 DM.
Taking advantage of the 870's seemingly broken trigger group, and letting loose with a barrage of 12 gauge shells.
Remington Model 1882
Update #52 added a Remington Model 1882 double-barreled shotgun.
Remington Model 1889 - 12 gauge. Similar to the Model 1882.
Modern indoor range, meet classic rabbit-ear shotgun.
Taking a look at the stock, which has a brass badge attached to the side.
Cocking the left hammer. The right was soon to follow.
Aiming the 1882. There's nothing but a simple bead sight available for this purpose.
2 shots later, and it's time to eject some shells.
A Saiga 12 with a side-folding stock is one of the available firearms in-game, added through Update #40. It can use either factory 5-round magazines, aftermarket 12-round box magazines, or aftermarket 20-round drums.
A beautiful piece of Russian engineering.
The other side. Note that the safety is on; this is standard for weapons in H3
when they are first spawned.
Loading in a 5-round magazine.
Loading in a 12-round magazine...
...before performing a rather strange tactical reload.
Of course, if 12 rounds isn't enough for you...
Preparing to affix a somewhat undersized SilencerCo Osprey suppressor.
A suppressor which, of course, re-scales itself to match the Saiga's barrel, as seen in this demonstration of a complete and utter failure to understand the concept of a "target".
Sawn-off Double Barreled Shotgun
There are 4 main varieties of Sawed-off Double Barrel Shotgun in-game. The first (and also one of the first weapons added to the game, back when the game was just Anton Hand's experiment grounds and not even named H3VR yet) was the so-called "Cartoon 8 Gauge", which sounds downright painful, the second is a more reasonable 12-gauge version (seen below), and the 3rd is the same as the second, except sawn down to Killing Them Softly-level absurdity (albeit unlike that movie's shotgun, this one also has the grip sawn down even further than the standard version), which, predictably, makes the spread somewhere between hilarious and pitiful. The fourth, added with Update #52, is an 1864 Wells Fargo stagecoach shotgun with external hammers and shell loops on the forend.
Wurstworld's Weinerbots also make use of sawn-off shotguns, alongside their generic revolvers and lever-action rifles.
Remington Spartan Sawed Off shotgun - 12 gauge
While shooting at the range, the urge to rant to "primitive screw heads
" is differed by the lack of other range patrons.
Aiming the shotgun, using its complete lack of sights...
...before bringing the paper range target to its inevitable Doom
Two shots fired, 2 shells ejected.
A close look at the ultra-short version's muzzle.
Loading in some #4 Buckshot shells...
...which are precisely flush with the ends of the barrels.
The spread pattern of the shotgun. The radius of its spread is approximately half of the user's distance from the target.
Seeing as the shells are perfectly flush with the muzzle when unfired, when they're fired, the opened-up crimps of the shells actually extend past the barrels.
Ejecting the fired shells from one of the shotguns.
Cartoon 8 Gauge
The "Cartoon 8 Gauge", in all of its glory.
Loading some utterly massive shells into the weapon's breech...
...before annihilating everything in front of the weapon, along with the user's wrist.
Given the amount of smoke this weapon produces, it wouldn't be a stretch to say its shells are loaded with black powder, rather than smokeless. This could also go some way to explaining how the weapon stays in the user's hand upon firing.
Removing the spent shells from the shotgun, vowing never to do that again.
1864 Wells Fargo
Sawn-off Rossi Overland SBS Shotgun - 12 gauge. Similar to the weapon in-game.
Loading some shells into the loops on the forend. Just in case.
Loading in a pair of shells.
A close-up of the 1864's trigger group, showing off some of the wear and scratching. As to be expected for a firearm of this vintage.
Cocking the left hammer...
...before blowing away the
charging bandit, vowing to defend this
stagecoach to the very last.
Having dealt with the would-be stagecoach robber, the guard ejects the spent shells from his shotgun.
Serbu Super Shorty
A Remington 870-based Serbu Super Shorty is one of the weapons added in the first Meatmas update. 2 variants are available: a normal, clean version, and a "tacticool" version, complete with a door-breaching muzzle brake, a rail mount, and a set of spare shell holders that hold more shells than the gun itself does.
Serbu Super Shorty (Remington 870-based) - 12 gauge
A pair of Super Shorties lying on a table.
Taking a look at the clean, normal version...
...and the tacticool version.
Deciding that, since this version has a higher number written on the side, it obviously must be better, our handless friend loads in some shells. And by "some", we mean 2.
Plus an extra one, provided that there's one in the chamber.
Placing some shells in the shell holders. What's that old expression again? "A ten-gallon hat on a one-quart head"?
...and working the action...
...before remembering to actually make use of the top-mounted rail.
Celebrating this new development in actually-having-a-chance-of-hitting-your-target technology by loading a shell directly into the chamber.
After a long day of shooting, our friend decides to set the shotguns down, and go home to massage his aching nonexistent wrists.
Winchester Model 1887
The Model 1887 was added to H3 with the Wurstworld update, and comes in both full length and sawn-off forms. And yes, it can be spin-cocked a la Terminator 2. (In fact, one of Wurstworld's rewards is a T2-themed sawn-off 1887, complete with a darker finish, extended lever loop, and cut-back trigger guard.)
Winchester 1887 shotgun - 12 gauge
Taking in the beauty of the Winchester M1887, whilst trying to ignore the work-in-progress nature of the surrounding environment.
A close look at the Winchester. Note the interesting addition of a grasping groove in the forearm, rather like some bolt-action rifles (such as the Mark 1 version of the M1903 Springfield
Opening the 1887's action...
...which gives a good look at the weapon's breech and magazine tube.
Loading in a handful of "Triple Hit" shells; these contain 3 miniature slugs, stacked end-to-end. The Winchester in-game correctly holds 5 rounds in the tube and a sixth in the chamber.
Taking aim at a decanter...
...and firing. Note the impressive ricochets; the slugs in the "Triple Hit" shells are apparently coded as being made of tempered steel, which makes them extremely prone to bouncing off of hard objects.
A close-up of the 1887 cycling. The weapon actually correctly shows spent shells being pulled from the chamber before being ejected, and fresh ones being pushed in; the latter is taking place here.
Sawn-off Winchester Model 1887 (Norinco Replica) - 12 gauge
The shortened variant. Note that, curiously, this variant lacks the grasping groove of the standard version.
...before blowing it to pieces. Once again, the ricochet-prone nature of the "Triple Hit" shells makes itself apparent.
Flip-cocking the 1887. This can be done either forwards or backwards, completely regardless of the standard, non-extended lever loop that would be liable to break the user's fingers were they to attempt to do such a thing. But this is a game with "Hot Dog" in the name, so we'll let it slide.
Another angle, showing a new shell being chambered.
Winchester Model 1897
Update #52 is slated to include the Winchester Model 1897, in its famous military "Trench Gun" configuration. It is correctly capable of slam-fire, and holds an appropriate 5 rounds in the tube plus one in the chamber.
Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun" - 12 gauge
Taking in the beauty of a century-old shotgun.
The other side, showing off the ejection port.
As above, but with the action open. Note the bolt protruding from the rear of the receiver, and the shell lifter coming out of the bottom; both of these are correct for the weapon.
Loading a 12 gauge buckshot round into the 1897's chamber...
...before putting another 5 in the tube magazine.
Practicing some trench-sweeping, and firing all 6 shots without letting go of the trigger.
An AK-101 was added in the 2016 Meatmas update. Update #40 replaced the model, and made its side-mounted dovetail rail functional, allowing for the use of Soviet-type optics (or Western ones, if an adaptor is installed).
"If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off.
Giving the asynchronous audience at various homes a nice look at the AK-101.
Of course, when showcasing an AK, always make sure the other side of the rifle actually exists. Same goes for buying one. Damned scammers...
Loading in a 30-round magazine full of
Racking the charging handle.
Looking through the 101's irons...
...and letting some rounds fly.
Out with the old, and in with the new.
As mentioned, the newer 101's dovetail rail allows for the mounting of various Combloc optics, such as this PK-01VS red-dot sight.
Said sight has an interesting blue-tinted lens. Also note the newer model's somewhat clearer-looking iron sights.
If you're in the mood for something with a bit more magnification, the iconic PSO-1 4x scope is always a good choice.
Looking through the scope reveals that H3VR
is one of a select few games that understands what a PSO-1 reticle actually looks like.
It also shows something about the PSO-1 that even fewer pieces of media depict:
The small switch on the side.
Of course, the switch isn't just there for show; it's used to turn on (or off) the PSO-1's integrated reticle illumination light, as seen in this appalling display of poor range etiquette.
An AKM is one of the available firearms in-game. As of the 10th alpha of Update #52, SWBs can use these as well.
Taking a good look at the AKM's wood furniture, ignoring the piddly results on the target.
A shot from the "How the Gronch Monetized Meatmas" trailer for Update #49, featuring the titular misspelled villain "holding" an AKM, whilst telling players how to spend hours upon hours grinding to obtain loot-crates and in-game currencies in order to access EAPA (Earliest Access Pride & Accomplishment) boxes.
The AKS-74U is one of the available firearms in-game, having been added in Update #18. Update #55 added a "Tactical" version with various aftermarket accessories.
AKS-74U (also referred to as the "AKSU" or 'Krinkov') - 5.45x39mm
Taking a look at a fresh, new AKS-74U, hot off the presses.
The other side, which shows that, as is standard for guns in H3
, the selector starts out set to "safe".
Taking a look at a magazine, which shows that the rounds have some rather... interesting
Loading in the magazine, unconcerned with the headspacing issues that such deformed ammunition can bring with it.
Pulling back the charging handle (after disengaging the safety, of course).
Taking aim at the target...
...and firing. A spent case can just be seen coming out of the ejection port.
Folding the stock, after deciding that the AKS-74U in its prior state was too stable, too controllable, and all-around too useful.
The "Tactical" model, in all of its polymer-festooned glory.
Loading in an interestingly marbled polymer magazine.
Pulling back the aftermarket rounded charging handle.
...and slinging some lead.
Colt Model 607
The final weapon made available to the SWBs in Update #46 was most likely intended as a cartoonish M16A1, with the resultant weapon resembling a Colt Model 607.
M16A1 with 20-round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Colt Model 607 with 20-round magazine - 5.56x45mm
The FAMAS F1 was the first weapon in the "Bullpup Trifecta" that was added in the first Meatmas update, alongside the L85A2 and the AUG A3.
Loading a magazine into the FAMAS. Fortunately, H3
understands that the F1 uses its own proprietary magazines, as opposed to the many games that simply shove a STANAG into the magazine well and hope for the best.
Pulling back the charging handle.
Admiring the FAMAS, whilst trying to resist the urge to make a "rich and FAMAS" joke (knowing full well that that's not how it's pronounced).
The FAMAS's fire selector is of note: the switch in the trigger guard toggles between safe...
...and a mode that can be either full-auto or 3-round burst...
...depending on the position of this switch on the stock. Initially, this switch couldn't be used, with the 3rd selector position being exclusively set to burst; a later patch changed this.
Popping open the FAMAS's integral bipod.
A FAMAS mounted on a somewhat inconveniently low table.
The F1's irons, which have 3 settings: "Aim Large, Miss Large"...
..."Aim Small, Miss Small"...
...and "Aim Medium, Miss Medium".
The post-Update #52 version of the FAMAS, which has a pair of rail segments - one on the bottom of the handguard, and one on top of the carrying handle.
Heckler & Koch G36
The Heckler & Koch G36 is one of the available firearms in-game. It, along with its shorter sibling, were added in Update #23.
Heckler & Koch G36 with ZF 3x4° dual optical sight - 5.56x45mm
Always have to enjoy a well-modeled full size G36.
Loading in a 100-round dual drum magazine.
Pulling back the G36's charging handle. Note the bipod; H3
correctly depicts the G36 with a functional integrated bipod, which, when combined with the ability to use 100-round magazines, makes for a handy light support weapon.
Looking through the top red-dot portion of the ZF 3x4° dual-mode optic, another rarity in video games.
The bottom portion of the ZF optic, which consists of a 3x magnified scope.
Choosing the former of the two options, and opening fire with the G36. When it's deployed on its bipod, the G36 is precise enough that one can quite literally sign their initials on the indoor range's target in full-auto, if they so desire.
Heckler & Koch G36C
The Heckler & Koch G36C is one of the available firearms in-game; like the full-length variant, it was added in Update #23.
Heckler & Koch G36C - 5.56x45mm
Taking a look at the G36C.
Loading in a standard 30-round magazine; these are normally translucent in reality, but they're opaque black in-game.
Pulling the charging handle. As with the standard G36 above, the end of the charging handle correctly folds out to whichever side it's grabbed from, though it isn't very visible here due to the angle at which the rifle is held.
Checking some range results, now-readied G36C in tow.
Aiming through the (rather wide) sights.
Sending a burst of 5.56mm rounds flying at the target.
The IMBEL IA2 5.56mm CQC is one of the available firearms in-game; it was added in the 1st Meatmas Update.
IMBEL IA2 5.56mm CQC w/ bayonet - 5.56x45mm
Loading a 30-round STANAG magazine into the IA2.
Sometimes, one must observe their Brazilian rifles due to their overall rarity in media.
The IMBEL's other side, which shows off the brass deflector.
Rare-rifle-observation finished, the IA2's charging handle is pulled.
Aiming through the larger of the rifle's 2 rear aperture sight options...
Firing the IA2, although perspective would have you believe that the rear sight has spontaneously spat out a spent casing.
Folding the stock, just for the fun of it.
The FN SCAR-L is one of the available firearms in-game. It, along with its heavier-caliber sibling, were added in Update #32.
Third Generation FN SCAR-L - 5.56x45mm NATO
Admiring the SCAR-L. Curiously, the upper and lower receivers are in slightly different colors.
Extending the SCAR's collapsible stock. Of note is that this, like many stock-related functions in H3
, served no practical purpose until much later on, when the recoil system was modified to accommodate them.
Loading a 30-round STANAG magazine into the rifle.
Chambering a 5.56mm round.
Looking through the first of the SCAR's 2 optional rear sight apertures...
...and the second, smaller one.
If neither are particularly to your liking, you can always fold them down and attach a sight, such as this Aimpoint red-dot. Note the label on the scope; for copyright reasons, "Aimpoint" has been changed to "Gamepoint".
Flipping the rifle's selector from safe to semi-auto. Note the receiver's markings; in contrast with the sight's obfuscated manufacturer's markings, the rifle itself has near-proper "FN HERSTAL BELGIUM" trademarks, save for the odd rewriting of "HERSTAL" as "HöRSTAL". The markings below that read "MK 16 MOD 0", "Cal 5.56x45 MM", and a serial number of "H3VR2317", an obvious reference to the game itself.
Aiming through the red-dot sight...
30 rounds later, and it's time to retire the old magazine. Along with the sight, apparently.
Of course, if you're a true tactical operator, then it's not really an issue.
The L85A2 is the 2nd part of the first Meatmas update's "Bullpup Trifecta", alongside the FAMAS F1 and AUG A3. Initially, there were 2 variants available - one with iron sights, and one with a SUSAT scope - but Update #52 removed the latter version, replacing it with an attachable version of the SUSAT.
A nice shot of an iron-sighted L85A2.
Loading in a 30-round STANAG magazine.
Pulling the charging handle, while earning a disapproving glare from the ghost of an English military trainer that watches us all from the heavens; the UK military's official recommended method is to pull the charging handle with the left hand, so as to be able to see the ejection port without removing the rifle from the user's shoulder.
Manipulating the L85A2's interesting (if not terribly ergonomic) set of controls; to set the weapon to full-auto...
...one must first disengage the crossbolt safety located above the trigger...
...then reach back and flip the stock-mounted selector switch. While this could initially be used like any other selector in-game, it was later updated to reflect the 2-part nature of the fire controls.
Taking a look at the L85's irons...
L85A2 with SUSAT scope - 5.56x45mm NATO
...not that anyone actually uses them, anyways.
A broader look at the scoped L85, which gives a clearer view of the excised front iron sight. While this would be an inaccuracy for many weapons, on the L85A2, it's just standard practice (as the reference image displays).
The SUSAT's distinctive single-post reticle.
The M16A1 is one of the available firearms in-game, having been added through the first Meatmas update. Update #51 brought along 2 unique scopes for the weapon: a 6-24x variable-magnification scope, and a fixed-magnification 3x20 scope.
M16A1 with 20-round magazine - 5.56x45mm
While he isn't a GI in 'Nam, our invisible range buddy ponders why 2+2 is on his mind.
The right side of the rifle, which shows off the serrations on the bolt; these are meant to interface with the forward assist (the button behind the bolt), so that it can be forced into battery, should you find your rifle in a (little hometown) jam.
Loading in a 20-round magazine. While other 5.56mm STANAGs can be used in as well, they just aren't the same as the classic straight 20-rounder.
Pulling back the M16A1's charging handle.
Looking through the sights...
...and showing Paper Charlie up ahead that Private Invisible Hands was born to kill.
Attaching a 3x20 scope...
...which interfaces with a hole in the top of the carrying handle.
Aiming through the 3x20 scope. No, this scope isn't attached upside-down; that's what its reticle is supposed to look like, for whatever reason.
Finding this reticle easy to lose among the trees, Pvt. Hands decides to switch it out for a different optic.
Confident that the scope will stay in place, he decides to proceed.
He then adjusts the scope's magnification, while wondering where the small floating box is coming from. Probably the drugs.
Aiming with the 6-24x scope reveals a much clearer duplex crosshair reticle, perfect for fighting someone else's war.
Along with the M1 Carbine came its select-fire relative, the M2 Carbine. The M2, like the M1, has the late-war pattern of sights and a bayonet lug. It also has a metal heat shield; this was likely both due to the increased amount of heat that the M2 is likely to produce, and to make the M2 more visually distinctive. As with the M1, the M2 gained a variant with an M84 scope following Update #51; also like the M1, this variant was removed, and replaced with an attachable version of the M84 scope.
M2 Carbine (with sling and 30-round magazine) - .30 Carbine
M1 Carbine with heat shield - .30 Carbine. Image provided to show the metal heat shield used on the in-game M2.
The M2 Carbine, complete with 30-round magazine.
Taking a look at the M2's metal heat shield. Note also the bayonet lug and adjustable sights, confirming both this and the M1 (which also has these features) to be late-war models.
Letting the M2's charging handle drop into battery after pulling it back.
Manipulating the Carbine's safety. This control is the same on both the M1 and the M2.
This one, however, isn't. This is the fire selector of the M2 Carbine, currently pushed forward for rock n' roll.
Opening fire with the M2.
One quick mag change later, a quick tug of the charging handle to release the bolt is merited, seeing as it locks open when the weapon runs empty.
An M2 Carbine with an M84 scope attached. An unlikely combination, but not an impossible one by any means.
Looking through the M84 scope at a paper bullseye target.
The M4A1 is one of the available firearms in-game, and one of the first to be added. This model was a publicly-available asset made by weapon artist Nightfrontier, who had collaborated with game lead Anton Hand on disassembling it into the game's systems.
Due to game issues relating to the original weapon model, Update #48 revamped the weapon model, replacing it with a new one that lacks the previous model's folding foregrip, and has a railed handguard, a Crane stock, an extended charging handle tab, and an aftermarket folding BUIS. The update also included a "Left Hook" variant, which is completely mirrored, and meant for left-handed users. Update #49 added an additional shortened variant.
Colt M4A1 SOPMOD with M68 Aimpoint reflex optic, Knight's Armament RAS railed handguard and vertical forward grip - 5.56x45mm
While out on the range, it seems we're missing something important on this rifle...
A beautiful pair of fraternal twins.
Looking through the carbine's aftermarket rear sight; lining up iron sights of 2-handed weapons in this game is somewhat complicated by the fact that there is no physical rifle holding the player's hands together. Note the aftermarket extended charging handle tab.
Making sure that the other twin doesn't feel "left" out, a fresh magazine is loaded into it. This magazine, fitted with a Magpul handling loop, is another Update #48 addition.
Mk 18 Mod 1
The Mk 18 Mod 1 is one of the available firearms in-game.
Mk 18 Mod 1 with Crane stock, RIS foregrip, and folding sights - 5.56x45mm
A tactical operator observes his Mk. 18 before preparing for some high-intensity training. He's so tactical that sights aren't necessary.
SIG SG 550
Added in Update #53, the SIG SG 550 is one of H3's usable assault rifles, and is fitted with a quad-rail handguard and a permanently-attached folding bipod.
SIG SG 550 - 5.6x45mm NATO
Reaching over to fetch an SG 550...
...before taking a good look at it.
Loading in a 30-round magazine. These were added with the rifle, and are fully interchangeable with the 20-rounders from the earlier-added SIG SG 552
"Hey, wanna see a magic trick?"
Setting the telescoping-legged bipod down on a range booth table.
Aiming through an Aimpoint Micro T1 sight that found its way onto the rifle, along with a vertical foregrip and a few rail covers. Funny how that works, isn't it.
"Oh, so that's
why it wasn't working."
"So now it should fire, right?"
With all of that sorted, the SG 550 can finally do what it was brought here to.
Releasing the locked-back bolt of the 550, now somewhat-redundantly fitted with a set of Magpul's MBUS irons. "Somewhat" being the key word here; the in-game SG 550 has a front sight, but no rear sight to line it up with.
Firing some more shots, whilst looking through the now-attached M145 MGO (Machine Gun Optic)...
...and a few more through a conveniently-present set of canted backup iron sights.
SIG SG 552
The SIG SG 552 is one of the available firearms in-game, and was added in Update #39. Update #46 added a version with additional rails for mounting attachments.
Spotting an SG 552 on a table...
The SG's other side, which shows off the charging handle.
Loading in a 20-round magazine. With how quickly it fires, the SG 552 goes through these rather quickly.
Giving the charging handle a pull.
A closeup of the selector, which has options for safe...
Deciding upon the latter, Mr. Invisible takes aim at a target...
After realizing that the note from 8 screenshots ago is, in fact, true, Mr. Invisible performs an AK
-esque tactical reload. The specific technique seen here (hitting the magazine release with the new magazine facing sideways, and often going more up than forwards) is common practice in H3
, as it minimizes the risk of hitting one's controllers together.
Update #46's rail-equipped version of the SG 552, seen here in an updated version of a familiar setup
Steyr AUG A3
Rounding out the "Bullpup Trifecta" of the 1st Meatmas update is the Steyr AUG A3. Of note is that the weapon's 2-stage trigger is correctly simulated, something which is very rare in games.
Steyr AUG A3 with optics removed and 16-inch barrel - 5.56x45mm
A look at the left side of the AUG reveals a pretty well-done replica of the real steel. Or rather, real plastic, considering the nature of the majority of the AUG's body.
Loading in a fresh 30-round magazine, which is a solid brown color; the real weapon's magazines are normally translucent.
Pulling back the charging handle...
...and locking it into its notch. This functionality wasn't present on the AUG when it was first added, but it was made possible in Update #52.
Doing this allows for the rather odd use of an "HK Slap" on a weapon that isn't actually made by HK
"Aiming" the rifle, which immediately reveals a lack of any actual sights.
This, of course, doesn't stop anyone from dumping all the rounds out of the magazine anyway.
The famous StG 44 was added to the game in Update #48.
Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
Taking a good look at the Sturmgewehr's model. Like the rest of the weapons in H3
, it is of excellent quality.
The other side of the StG.
Lining up a fresh 30-round magazine of 7.92x33mm Kurz ammunition.
Pulling the Sturmgewehr's charging handle reveals that the dustcover actually pops up. If one so desires, they can manually push it back into place.
Switching off the safety. The fire selector is the button above it, currently pushed to the left for semi-auto. Also note the "MP44" marking above the charging handle slot; this was one of 4 different ways the weapon could've been marked, along with the prior "MP43" or "MP43/1", and the later "StG44" markings.
A prototype version of the M1928A1 Thompson submachine gun chambered in .30 Carbine was added to the game in the 11th alpha of Update #52. It was developed for the US Light Rifle Program (which would eventually result in the adoption of the M1 Carbine), but was near-immediately rejected for being too heavy (over 10 lbs (4.5 kg), compared to the stated maximum of 5 lbs (2.3 kg).
Experimental Thompson "Light Rifle" Carbine - .30 Carbine
Loading a magazine into the Thompson, at an angle that is unlikely to result in anything good.
What a beautiful reject. Well, one man's trash is another man's inordinately heavy treasure.
Pulling back the charging handle.
Flipping the safety to "FIRE"...
...and the selector to "FULL AUTO".
Firing the Thompson Carbine. With a high rate of fire and a 20-round magazine, it runs out of ammo pretty quickly.
Rifles, Carbines, & Battle Rifles
Bendix-Hyde 2nd Model Light Rifle
The second version of the Bendix-Hyde Light Rifle, a prototype entered into the US Light Rifle Program trials, was made available in Update #52's 11th alpha build.
Bendix-Hyde Light Rifle (2nd Model) - .30 Carbine
Jamming a magazine into the carbine...
...before taking a good look at its... interesting
The Hyde's other side, which shows off the charging handle. This was one of the many things changed from the first variant; that one had a non-reciprocating charging handle, which the testing board requested to be changed, citing a need to be able to manually force the bolt closed if necessary.
Speaking of the charging handle, it's high time for it to get pulled.
Turning off the safety, which is a piece inside of the trigger guard, rather reminiscent of the M1 Garand
(or, for that matter, the M1 Carbine
that defeated the Hyde in trials).
Looking through the Hyde's rear aperture sight...
Firing a shot, thankful that doing so doesn't cause it to transform into a Jekyll Carbine.
"Y'know, just because one of the complaints about the 2nd model was that it was less accurate than the first, does not
mean that it's okay to do that."
Beretta Cx4 Storm
The Beretta Cx4 Storm semi-auto carbine is available in-game, added in Update #20; it was, until the release of Update #52, permanently fitted with a foregrip. It is correctly capable of sharing magazines with the Px4 Storm added in the same update, as well as the M9A1 added earlier and the Mx4 Storm added later.
Beretta Cx4 Storm - 9x19mm Parabellum
A Cx4 Storm rests on a table. Not much else to say here.
Loading a magazine into the carbine.
His weapon loaded, Hick-not45 proceeds down range with his Cx4, determined to get a hit on the gong.
He then remembers to pull the charging handle.
Firing the Cx4; the bullet trails demonstrate one of H3'
s interesting mechanics: the ballistics system. The system assigns a material to every object in the game, and has rounds react accordingly; in this case, the FMJ 9x19mm rounds pierce through this wooden post, and are redirected this way and that in the process.
A close-up shot of the Cx4's foregrip; not only did Update #52 remove this, but it also removed the rail system it's attached to.
With that, Hick-not45 sets the carbine back on the table, and moves on.
The sights of the Cx4, in a far more demure setting.
Update #54 brought along the much-desired FN FAL battle rifle.
FN FAL "G Series" - 7.62x51mm NATO. Similar to the one in-game.
The right side of the Right Arm of the Free World...
Loading in a 30-round magazine, of the type more commonly associated with the FAL's support weapon variants, such as the FALO
. 10- and 20-round magazines are available as well.
Pulling the charging handle.
Flipping the selector off of "S"...
Peering through the FAL's distinctive aperture sights.
Remembering something about the FAL that many games tend to forget: the selector has a third position, "A".
"A" for "Awesome". Presumably.
The FN SCAR-H is one of the available firearms in-game, added with the release of Update #32. Update #39 gave the SCAR a rail extension that goes past the front sight.
Third Generation FN SCAR-H Long Barrel - 7.62x51mm NATO
Loading a magazine into the SCAR.
Pulling back the charging handle, and chambering a 7.62x51mm round.
Taking a look at the SCAR's model, which shows off its well-done details.
The SCAR-H is happy it is painted a nice, consistent black, as opposed to its mis-matched little brother.
Looking through the rifle's larger aperture sight. As with the SCAR-L
, there is a smaller, more precise sight available as well.
Letting 7.62mm round fly.
If 20 rounds isn't enough, an X-Products 50-round drum magazine is also available.
Furthering the SCAR's customization, with the aid of an Aimpoint red-dot sight and corresponding 3-power magnifier.
The above combination results in this sight picture.
The increased magnification is nice, but it does have the downside of exaggerating vertical recoil, something which the SCAR-H doesn't exactly have a shortage of.
The post-Update #39 version of the SCAR, complete with rail extension.
The 7.62x51mm variant of the Galil ARM, complete with functional bipod, was added in the first Meatmas update. Until Update #52 (more specifically, its 6th alpha build), the Galil was permanently fitted with a side-mounted bracket scope mount; this was replaced with a Soviet-style side dovetail mount in the update.
IMI Galil ARM - 7.62x51mm NATO
The Galil in its earlier, rail-afflicted state.
Reaching up near the forend...
...and unfolding the bipod.
Taking a look through the Galil's sights, after reminding it of the oh-so-easily-forgotten concept called "gravity".
Unfortunately, the rail mount takes the opportunity to ruin this.
YES! Perfect! Not a rail in sight!
Well, apart from that one.
Loading in 25-round magazine.
Racking the charging handle, in a manner that does not take any advantage of the newfound freedom of the handle's vertical extension.
Still, what better way to say "bing, bong, the rail mount's dead" than to fire irresponsibly and indiscriminately?
Heckler & Koch G3A3
Rounding out Update #54's selection of Cold War-era classics is the Heckler & Koch G3A3.
Heckler & Koch G3A3 - 7.62x51mm NATO
Loading the G3 with a 20-round magazine.
Admiring the beauty of this steel-and-plastic work of art.
Pulling back the charging handle...
...pushing it up into its locking recess...
...and giving it a hearty slap.
Aiming through the G3's sights.
Letting some 7.62x51mm rounds fly.
"It's nice and all, but I really wish that it had the classic diopter aperture sight."
Removing an empty magazine from the G3...
...before unsuccessfully attempting to create an R91
Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I
The Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I, the standard rifle of the British Army and the armies of the Commonwealth during the Second World War, was added to H3 in Update #52.
Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 British
A good closeup view of the No.4's action.
Loading the rifle with the first of two 5-round stripper clips.
Sending the bolt into battery, and a .303 round into the chamber.
Taking aim at the target. In the period between this shot and the previous one, the safety was turned off.
To maximize the weapon's rate of fire, one can use this... interesting
The last of the 3 Update #52 Luger variants is a rare full-stocked carbine.
Luger Model 1900 Carbine - 7.65x21mm Parabellum
Admiring the Luger Carbine. If it's good enough for Kaiser Wilhelm, it's probably good enough for you.
Loading in a full magazine of 9x19mm.
A quick check reveals that the stock is, in fact, detachable; this is one of many new mechanics and features coming in Update #52.
Taking aim with the carbine, sans stock.
Firing a round at the target.
"Well, that was a terrible idea."
After realizing the mistake of doing without, the carbine is fired properly - that is, with a stock attached.
The M14 Rifle is one of the firearms added to the game in the first Meatmas update. The release of Update #42 gave the weapon the ability to use 10-round stripper clips.
M14 rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
Admiring the rifle. There are many like it, but this one is... nobody's.
Pulling back the charging handle reveals the aforementioned rounds.
...before remembering one little detail:
With that, the business of using the gun - the one for killing, that is - can proceed as planned.
Locking back the bolt (ejecting a round in the process)...
...topping the M14 off with a stripper clip...
...and letting the bolt slam back into battery.
As a companion to the classic wood-stocked version, the M14 in DMR was included in the first Meatmas update. Unlike the earlier rifle, it cannot use stripper clips, as its scope mount blocks the action.
M14 Designated Marksman Rifle in McMillan M2A stock and with a Harris bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO
An M14 DMR lying on a table.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Loading in a Vietnam-style 40-round magazine; this is more or less just two 20-rounders welded together.
Pulling the charging handle, which gives an excellent view of the scope mount.
If you want an even better view, all you have to do is try to aim.
Knowing that the lack of usable sights removes any chance of hitting anything anyways, the Scopeless Sniper says "eh, screw it" and unloads his DMR in full-auto.
"Well, that's all she wrote."
Update #48 added the M1 Carbine. It is a late-war/post-war model (with a bayonet lug and adjustable aperture sights), and can accept either 15-round or 30-round magazines of .30 Carbine. Update #51 made a variant with a permanently-attached M84 scope available as well; Update #52 replaced this with an attachable version of the scope.
M1 Carbine (late-war/post-war) - .30 Carbine
"Wait, where does this thing go again?"
"Oh, okay. Yeah, that makes sense."
The Carbine's sights. They're a bit small, but quite usable.
Along with the Luger P08, the Nagant M1895, and the Webley Mk VI, the M1 Garand was added to the game with Update #47.
M1 Garand - .30-06 Springfield
An M1 Garand lying on a table, with an en-bloc clip next to it. The red beam coming from the controller is a grab-laser; the red color indicates that it is pointed at something that isn't grabbable, like, in this case, the table.
Admiring the left side of the Garand...
Pulling back the Garand's bolt, which is correctly depicted as rotating.
Locking open the M1's action. Initially, this required a manual action, similar to some of the game's other firearms with manual bolt hold-opens; this was later corrected to reflect how the M1 simply locks open on its magazine follower whenever it isn't loaded.
Loading an en-bloc clip into the M1. Due to engine limitations, the angle that the game allows for this action to be performed at is, shall we say, generous
Taking a look at the rifle's distinctive safety switch, located inside the trigger guard.
Turning the safety off, with a satisfying *click*
Aiming the M1; the aperture sights are simple, clean, and easy to read.
Letting some .30-06 rounds fly.
Of course, what is a Garand without the "PING
Update #51 brought along the M1D variant, fitted with an M84 scope. It was later removed in Update #52, with its replacement being an attachable version of the M84 scope for the M1.
M1D Garand - .30-06 Springfield. Note the M37 slotted flash hider; the one in-game has the earlier conical variant.
A side-on view of the M1D Garand. Note that the safety is currently on, as is standard for freshly-spawned weapons in H3
The opposite side of the M1D, which shows how the scope doesn't seem to be properly attached to the rifle's barrel.
Looking through the M84 scope, which has a rather distinctive one-and-a-half-line reticle.
The M1D's scope is mounted off to the left side of the rifle to allow for the loading and ejection of en-bloc clips; one of the side effects of this is the ability to use the rifle's iron sights, as shown here.
Leaning the rifle against a wall, which gives a good view of the distinctive early-pattern conical flash hider.
Update #52's 10th alpha build added a transitional-variant M1903 Springfield rifle to H3.
M1903 Springfield (pre-WWII transitional) - .30-06 Springfield
The eleventh alpha build of Update #52 included an M1941 Johnson rifle (not to be confused with the M1941 Johnson machine gun).
M1941 Johnson - .30-06 Springfield
The left side of the Johnson...
Loading the rifle with a 5-round stripper clip.
Pulling back the charging handle, and letting Betsy'
s bolt slide into battery.
Entirely failing to aim the Johnson. You're going to need to do better than that if you want to earn a Medal of Honor
Sure, there might be plenty of jokes to make about this, but we're not going to make any, because this is a family website.
The MAS-49/56 is one of the available firearms in-game, added in the first Meatmas update. Upon its addition, it was chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO (a non-factory chambering, but a common (if unethical) practice among many civilian owners); Update #42 changed this to the appropriate 7.5x54mm French, and gave it the ability to use 5-round stripper clips. Added with the rifle was an APX L806 3.85-power scope, unique to the MAS.
MAS-49/56 - 7.5x54mm French
A good look at the MAS-49/56.
The other side, which shows off the trigger group and interesting plastic-encased charging handle.
Loading in a magazine. The MAS-49/56 doesn't have a magazine release; the release button is located instead on the magazines themselves.
Racking the charging handle, and taking a good look at the rounds in the magazine.
Peering through the rear sight at the front one, as is tradition.
Reloading the rifle with a stripper clip.
Releasing the bolt, and getting back to business.
"I mean, the irons are okay
, but maybe I could try something different...?"
The L806's unique mount, which works based on a set of dovetail rails on the side of the receiver, similar to some Soviet scope mounts.
Also Soviet-esque is the reticle, which looks rather like that of a PU scope.
Mauser Karabiner 98 Kurz
Update #52 brought along a Karabiner 98k, furthering the game's collection of World War II-themed weaponry.
Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A clear look at (most of) the K98k. Note the earlier-pattern stock nosecap and cleaning rod, showing that this is an earlier-pattern rifle, and not the later "Kriegsmodell".
The other side of the rifle, with the bolt open.
Loading the rifle with a 5-round stripper clip.
Chambering a 7.92mm round.
...and remembering to turn off the safety. The color of the target is conspiring with the picture's resolution to make the front sight hood virtually invisible.
Ejecting a spent case. One down, 4 more to go.
Mauser M1917 Trench Carbine
The last of Update #52's C96 variants is a rare M1917 Trench Carbine, a variant developed (but not issued) during World War 1 for German sturmtruppen. The weapon in-game is incorrectly chambered in 7.63x25mm Mauser, rather than the correct 9x19mm Parabellum.
Mauser M1917 Trench Carbine - 9x19mm Parabellum
Examining the Trench Carbine. Note the distinctive slab-sided lower frame, and that the magazine well is thinned down to the point of being flush with the receiver, presumably so that the thinner 7.63mm magazines can fit in. Also note how much longer the in-game barrel is compared to the real weapon.
Loading in a 10-round magazine. Due to the incorrect chambering, these are interchangeable with the variants below, and come in 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40-round varieties.
Taking aim at a bullseye through the M1917's iron sights.
Firing a shot; as one would expect from a pistol-caliber carbine, this doesn't produce much recoil.
Mosin-Nagant M38 Carbine
First seen in the Alpha 1 build of Update #52, the Mosin-Nagant M38 Carbine is available for use in H3. Amusingly enough, it is found near the trashcans in the scenes available in the build, referencing one of the Mosin's unflattering nicknames, The Garbage Rod.
Mosin-Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mmR
Opening a loot crate in Take & Hold mode reveals a Mosin, and a 5-round stripper clip. With the exception of some bugged instances, weapons in Take & Hold generally spawn with some form of appropriate ammunition. Granted, "appropriate" ammunition does include things such as 5-round magazines for assault rifles, and shotguns with confetti-filled shells.
Opening the Mosin's action.
Loading the rifle up with 7.62x54mmR rounds, with the aid of the aforementioned stripper clip.
Chambering the first of the rifle's 5 rounds, and heading off to battle.
The threat to the motherland dealt with appropriately, our invisible Red Army soldier (or possibly /k/ommando) cycles his rifle, and ejects a spent casing.
Following the discovery that Weinerbots don't terribly like it when you try to take their points, our protagonist finds himself face-to-face with a bot that clearly doesn't understand the meaning of the phrase "personal space", and decides to teach him a copper-jacketed lesson.
Update #52's twelfth alpha brought along a sawn-off version of the Mosin, a configuration commonly referred to as an "Obrez" (Russian for "cut"). The entire stock is removed, and replaced with a homemade wooden pistol grip.
Mosin-Nagant M91/30 "Obrez" - 7.62x54mmR. Similar to the one in-game.
Well, it might be snowy, but at least it's not Stalingrad.
The absence of a stock shows off something interesting about the in-game Obrez:
The trigger group is fully-functional, and all its parts move when the trigger is pulled.
Opening up the truncated Mosin's action...
...loading in a 5-round stripper clip...
...and sending the 1st of those rounds into the chamber, which constitutes more or less the entire barrel at this point.
"Aiming"; of course, considering the fact that both the front and rear sights are mounted on the now-near-nonexistent barrel, this is more a formality than anything else.
Ejecting a spent casing from the Obrez.
...and a little bit of that...
When Lovecraft spoke of something so innately wrong that it could drive men to insanity just by looking at it, one has to wonder if this is what he was referring to.
Update #56, AKA the 2018 4th of July Update, included an 1886 Quackenbush "Bicycle Pump" single-shot .22 rifle. Along with the Ruger 10/22 below, the Quackenbush marked the first addition of a firearm chambered in .22 Long Rifle since the addition of the Ruger Mk III back in Update #5.
Quackenbush 1886 "Bicycle Pump" rifle - .22 LR
The Quackenbush. Yes, that's its real name.
Opening up the Quackenbush's side-pivoting breechblock.
Loading in a .22 Long Rifle round; the red tip pegs it as a tracer.
Flipping over the now-closed Quackenbush...
...and cocking the striker.
Lining up the simple notch-and-blade sights of the Quackenbush. That's just fun to say. Quackenbush, Quackenbush, Quackenbush...
Remington Model 8
Update #42 added a Remington Model 8 in .35 Remington, fitted with a rear tang-mounted peep sight. Notably, it is able to make use of stripper clips, which were added in this update. Update #46 added a short-barreled variant, which was then removed in Update #52 due to the inherent issues with cutting down the barrel of a long-recoil-operated rifle.
Remington Model 8 - .35 Remington
A good look at the Model 8's, er, model. Note the dust cover/safety, which is currently off.
Loading some .35 Remington rounds into the weapon's 5-round integral magazine.
A view through the sights of the Model 8. Nice, clean, and open.
Loading the weapon again, this time with a stripper clip.
The cut-down variant of the Model 8.
Loading the shortened version of the rifle, with the aid of a stripper clip.
Remington Model 81 Special Police
The eleventh alpha build of Update #52 added a Remington Model 81 Special Police, an updated version of the earlier Model 8 capable of using detachable magazines. As with the in-game Model 8, the Model 81 is chambered in .35 Remington in-game.
Remington Model 81 Special Police - .35 Remington
Loading a 15-round magazine into the Model 81.
Flicking off the safety...
...before pulling back the charging handle, and sending a .35 Remington round into the chamber.
Examining the rifle; its semi-pistol-grip stock distinguishes it from an earlier Model 8 fitted with a Peace Officer's Equipment detachable magazine conversion kit.
Taking aim; the Model 81 uses a rear tangent sight mounted on the barrel shroud, as opposed to the tang-mounted aperture sight of the in-game Model 8.
Interestingly, the fact that the Model 81 has a detachable magazine doesn't stop it from using the same 5-round stripper clips as its predecessor.
Update #56 (released July 4, 2018) added a synthetic-stocked Ruger 10/22. Along with the aforementioned Quackenbush, the 10/22 was the first .22 Long Rifle-chambered firearm in H3 since Update #5's Ruger Mk III.
Examining the 10/22. The brightly-polished finish provides an interesting contrast with the matte black polymer stock.
The rifle's other side. Note the line on the forestock; this denotes the rifle as a takedown (i.e. capable of being split in half for easy transport) model.
Loading in a 10-round rotary magazine.
Pulling back the charging handle.
Plinking the target with a few .22 rounds.
"Sure, 10-rounders are fun and all, but I could really go for something with just a little more...
Perforating the target with the aid of 25 .22 tracers.
A .308 Winchester-chambered Sako 85 is one of the available firearms in-game. Rounding out the update's collection of shortened firearms, Update #46 brought us an Obrez-esque sawn-off Sako.
SAKO 85 Hunter - long Mauser Action - Short action (308), Medium action (30-06), Long action (300,338 win mag/375 H&H Mag)
Having successfully hit the gong, Hick-not45 prepares his Sako so he can hit that red plate over there.
The SKS is one of the available firearms in-game (added through Update #18), and is fitted with a Tapco stock and converted to use 20-round detachable magazines. With the release of Update #42, it was granted the ability to use 10-round stripper clips. Update #54 added a classic, non-Bubba'd variant of the rifle, much to the relief of milsurp purists everywhere.
SKS with aftermarket Tapco Intrafuse Stock System furniture - 7.62x39mm
Examining the SKS. The bayonet was sacrificed to the benign Tapco gods in the sky; may they spare our milsurps the same fate.
A more clear look at the rifle, which shows that it, unlike the reference image, has a solid polymer stock. Said stock is a different color than the rest of the rifle. The Tapco gods work in mysterious ways.
A closeup of one of the rifle's detachable 20-round magazines.
Loading in the aforementioned magazine.
Chambering a 7.62x39mm round.
Making an effort to line up the sights...
...and letting a round fly.
Rather amusingly, ejected casings from the SKS go straight up, and fall straight back down, often directly onto the rifle itself, as seen here.
Doing something with the rifle it was actually intended to do, and reloading with a 10-round stripper clip.
At long last, a classic, vanilla SKS for all of us to enjoy.
Some might say that vanilla is bland, but at least it tastes better than plastic.
Locking open the rifle's bolt...
...pushing 10 rounds out of a stripper clip...
...and letting the bolt slam into battery.
Taking a few potshots at the target.
Update #48 added an SVT-40 to the game, complete with an optional PU scope.
The SVT-40, lying empty on a table.
Lining up the SVT's somewhat small iron sights.
Interestingly, the SVT can also use stripper clips.
Attaching a PU scope to the SVT-40. Please pay no mind to the fact that it was already attached in one of the earlier screenshots.
Looking through the PU scope, which has a relatively simple reticle. The thick, bold lines are nice for acquisition, but can be a bit obtrusive.
Winchester Model 1873
The Wurstworld update brought along a Winchester Model 1873 lever-action rifle, chambered in .45 Long Colt (a caliber not initially offered in the 1873, though it is available in modern reproductions; this does make some sense when one takes into account what Wurstworld actually is). 2 variants were initially available (a "Trapper" carbine and a longer short rifle); a "Mare's Leg" sawn-off variant was added later. All of the rifle's variants have buckhorn sights and octagonal barrels.
Winchester Model 1873 "Trapper" Carbine (Uberti reproduction) - .44-40 Winchester
The two Winchesters, lying on a table.
Loading in some rounds. Visible here is the game's round-palming mechanic; one can pick up multiple of the same type of round in one hand, which creates this orderly, self-advancing stack of cartridges.
Chambering the first round in the 1873, upside-down.
Taking aim at a clay pot, which gives a view of the rifle's buckhorn sights.
Shattering a decanter. Note the red streak to the right of the destroyed hooch-holder; this is a tracer round flying through the air. Tracer rounds are available for nearly all calibers in H3
Working the rifle's action, ejecting a spent case and moving on to continue the glassacre.
Winchester Model 1873 Short Rifle - .44-40 Winchester
Examining the longer version of the rifle...
Screen-used Winchester Model 1873 "Mare's Leg" with octagonal barrel, extended lever loop, and case-hardened receiver, used in the movie Wild Wild West
...and the shorter one, in a different place and a different time.
Winchester Model 1894
The 2018 4th of July Update (Update #56) added the quintessentially American Winchester Model 1894. It has a 10-round capacity, and is chambered in .44 Magnum (one of the numerous cartridges that the 1894 has been offered in).
Winchester Model 1894 - .44 Magnum
Admiring the Winchester's receiver. A thing of true beauty, that's for sure.
A look at the rifle's other side, which also shows off more of the stock and barrel.
Loading in some .44 Magnum rounds.
Chambering one of the aforementioned rounds. Note the pivoting baseplate of the receiver; this feature distinguishes the 1894 from the earlier Model 1892
, which was more or less externally identical, but used shorter, smaller rounds; the pivoting baseplate was John Browning's solution to the issue of getting enough action travel distance to chamber and eject longer, larger rounds while maintaining the same receiver dimensions as the 1892.
...and firing a shot, which somehow generates enough force to cause the user's controller outlines to spontaneously appear.
Deciding to just roll with it, USER_k0wboi ejects a spent case, and readies another round.
Winchester Model 70
A pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 is planned to be added in Update #52.
Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 w/scope - .30-06 Springfield
Taking a look at the left side of the Model 70...
Loading in some rounds. The red tips on the rounds indicate that they are tracers.
Aiming the M70, after turning off the safety.
Cycling the rifle's action, and ejecting a spent case.
Loading the rifle again, this time with a stripper clip.
The Barrett M107A1 is one of the available firearms in-game.
Barrett M107A1 with 29" barrel - .50 BMG
While a famous man
told us what Barretts can do, nobody said what would happen if you were inside
Kimber Model 8400 Advanced Tactical SRC
The Kimber Model 8400 is one of the rifles added in the 2016 Meatmas Update. In keeping with Update #46's theme of shortened variants of existing guns, the Kimber received a rather strange short-barreled variant in this update.
Kimber Model 8400 Advanced Tactical SRC - .308 Winchester
While out on a walk in the woods, the Candy Hunter stops to admire his rifle.
The other side, which shows off the distinctively-shaped bolt handle.
Sighting up his quarry, the Hunter belatedly realizes that he's forgotten something.
Not that he's going to let that stop him.
He then cycles his rifle, and goes along his merry way.
Taking out another oblivious gumdrop, execution-style.
Well, this is certainly an... interesting
Deciding that the rifle just isn't short enough, someone who actually understands that gumdrops aren't huntable game folds the stock.
Working the action right-handed...
Update #52's 10th alpha gave SWBs the ability to use Steyr Scout rifles, which deal substantial amounts of damage and have a long effective range, but fire very slowly, and don't hold many rounds.
Steyr Scout - 7.62x51mm NATO
A bot with a rather comically proportioned Scout wanders into a Hold Point, and begins to wonder if this is really the best weapon for close-quarters combat against a lunatic with a sawn-off Sten
and a SPAS-12
loaded with high-explosive shells.
The SVD Dragunov is one of the available firearms in-game.
SVD Dragunov sniper rifle - 7.62x54mmR
Having dealt the enemy of the revolution a 7.62mm lesson, the Red Sniper looks for more targets in need of "re-education".
Update #50 brought along a Bren gun, more specifically the Mk2 variant. Due to the fact that bipods were being updated and tuned at the time of Update #50's release, the variant added instead was one with a shortened barrel and no bipod or carrying handle, with the standard variant added later, in the eleventh alpha of Update #52.
The curtailed Bren, in all of its glory.
Loading in a fresh magazine full of .303 rounds.
Pulling back the Bren's charging handle.
A look through the Bren's iron sights. Note the lack of an adjustment drum on the side of the receiver, showing this to be a Mk2 variant.
Firing the Bren, showing off its downward ejection system.
The 2018 4th of July Update (more formally known as Update #56) added a modified Browning M2HB, known as the "M2 Tombstone". It has a shortened barrel, and is fitted with a pair of top-mounted grips and a bracket for fitting an belt box; the latter serves as its namesake, with the weapon feeding from the 200-round tombstone-shaped ammo cans more normally associated with M2s in AA mounts. The icing on this incredibly absurd cake is the American flag paintjob on the receiver, for that extra patriotic flavor.
The modified M2 sits on a table, in eager anticipation of what's to come.
Admiring the (old) glory of the Tombstone.
The other side, which shows off the bracket used to seat belt boxes.
Popping open the feed tray cover...
...and getting ready to make some music.
Included in the 11th alpha build of Update #52, the Degtyaryov DP-28 comes in both full-length and shortened variants, as with the earlier WW2-era LMGs.
Degtyaryov DP-28 - 7.62x54mmR
A DP-28 on the item spawner's output table.
Unfolding the Degtyaryov's bipod.
Setting the weapon down on a table.
Loading in one of the weapon's distinctive 47-round pan magazines, which earned it its famous nickname: the "Dinner Plate 28".
Pulling back the charging handle, in a rather awkward underhanded manner (though this isn't visible here due to the player's persistent Invisible Hand Syndrome).
...and obliterating the target with a protracted burst of 7.62x54mmR.
"You see Ivan, when use Degtyaryov from standing position, the enemy will be of surrender, for fear of your strength."
FN M249-E2 SAW
Update #52 brought along the game's first two belt-fed weapons, the first being the FN M249 SAW, specifically the E2 variant.
FN M249-E2 SAW - 5.56x45mm NATO
At long last, they're finally here. Praise be to our lord and savior Anton; his ways are mysterious, and his gifts many.
Admiring the much-awaited M249.
Attaching a 200-round belt box.
Popping open the feed tray cover. Upon the update's release, there was a rather amusing bug wherein optics placed on the cover's top rail wouldn't move with it, leaving them floating in mid-air above the bolt; this has since been fixed..
Pulling the belt out of the box...
...before pausing for a closer look. This reveals that the belt contains one tracer for every 4 normal FMJ rounds, a common setup among belt-fed machine guns, as it makes it far easier to tell where the gun is firing. This is also pretty much the furthest the belt can be pulled out of the box (and you can't do it unless you attach the box to the gun first), presumably to not drive the CPU mad from trying to calculate the physics on a long, loose belt of ammo.
Inspection break over, the loading process is resumed, with the belt being placed into the feed tray.
The feed tray cover is then closed...
...and the weapon's rather arduous reloading procedure is concluded with a pull of the charging handle.
Celebrating the conclusion of this process with a burst of 5.56mm rounds.
Belatedly realizing that he forgot his hearing protection, our now rather shaken-up protagonist affixes a SilencerCo Osprey suppressor onto the M249.
Laying down some suppressed suppressive fire.
Yet another one of the weapon's many impressive details; when it is inverted, the belt visibly sags due to gravity. Or rather, it's supposed to look like it's due to gravity; this is actually coded based on the orientation of the weapon itself, because having it rely solely on physics would have disastrous effects on the user's CPU.
After an innumerable amount of rounds, the M249's belt begins to visibly dwindle.
It is at this point that the belt box can simply be removed.
Furthermore, if the feed tray is opened, then the belt can be removed separately, which causes it to compress itself into the small, convenient ball of ammunition seen here, which can be placed into the gun and causing it to transform into a belt again. This idiosyncrasy is once again because of CPU limitations (notice how the belt is never let loose at any point in the simulation), and these mechanics are used on all belt-feds with exposed belts in this game.
Fortunately for him, this proves to be far more useful in-game than in reality; the M249's STANAG well is notoriously unreliable, and attempts to use it frequently result in jamming.
He then discovers that the bipod seems to be slightly
...before shrugging and just deciding to roll with it. Note: this was a pre-release bug, and was fixed by the time that Update #52 was released.
An 1800s-era Gatling Gun was added to the Wurstworld scene in Update #43, though there were indications of its not-present presence when the mode was first released. Update #56 (the 2018 4th of July Update) added a handheld version (chambered in .45-70), rather affectionately nicknamed "Hand Crank Frank".
Colt Gatling Gun - .45-70 Government. Similar to the one in-game.
Approaching the Gatling, using period-accurate handheld teleportation technology.
Grabbing a hold of the crank handle...
...and laying waste to the dastardly bandits terrorizing the town, along with the town itself. This in spite of the lack of any visible source of ammunition being associated with the weapon.
It isn't clear who actually thought this was a good idea.
A closeup of "Frank"'s receiver, showing how the rear grip is simply bolted on.
Loading in a 60-round magazine...
...before looking at another. Unlike many of the game's other machine guns, these are loaded with nothing but tracers by default, presumably due to the literal impossibility of aiming otherwise.
Cranking out some destruction.
General Dynamics GAU-17/A
A T2-style handheld General Dynamics GAU-17/A is one of the firearms added in the 2016 Meatmas update, arguably the most fun, and indisputably the most absurd. While logically implausible, it does have one curious "realistic" touch - attempting to fire the weapon one-handed will cause it to spontaneously eject itself from the user's hand and go flying backwards under recoil; this has less to do with realism and more to do with the fact that protracted one-handed fire of a minigun would wreak havoc on the physics engine - not to mention the performance implications of firing two miniguns at once.
General Dynamics GAU-17/A, US Air Force version of the M134 Minigun - 7.62x51mm NATO
handheld M134 minigun - (fake) 7.62x51mm NATO
A quick trip to the Sampler Platter intro scene's Dessert Table reveals some very tasty offerings indeed.
Ammunition comes in the form of these belt boxes. These are good for a few seconds of continuous fire; unlike many fictional miniguns, which have drastically lowered fire rates, H3'
s GAU-17 chews through ammo at a rate of 2,700 RPM (1 round every frame, at a standardized framerate of 90 FPS), which is well within the GAU's ROF range of 2-6,000 RPM.
For convenience's sake, the tracer-filled belt saves the user the trouble of pushing through the flexible feed chute and just feeds itself through automatically.
Spinning up the minigun. In retrospect, this might not have been the most purposeful thing to screenshot.
Descending, unrelenting, beauty of annihilation...
A decent few seconds of sustained fire will leave the GAU-17's barrels looking like this. This is rather strange, considering how one of the main advantages of a rotary barrel system is that it's far more resistant to overheating; if a gun's barrel looks like this, then the user should be seriously worried. In-game, however, it has no effect on the gun's performance, and is purely for the sake of making the weapon more satisfying to use.
Update #50 added an M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle to H3. For the same reasons as the Bren gun's changes, the BAR included with the update also has a shortened barrel without a carrying handle or bipod. Update #52's 11th alpha build added the full-length version.
Interestingly, the shortened variant is rather reminiscent of Clyde Barrow's cut-down BAR, though that weapon was actually an original M1918, rather than an A2, and had a shortened stock as well as a truncated barrel. The version in H3 is also clearly meant to be an A2, considering the safe-slow-fast selector.
M1918A2 BAR - .30-06 Springfield
An M1918A2 BAR, fresh out of the item spawner.
Inserting a magazine. While it's not visible here, this magazine is full of red-tipped tracer rounds. What is visible here is the fact that the magazine has fingerprints on it; this is rather odd, considering the complete absence of hands in this game.
...and setting it down on a table.
Pulling back the charging handle.
The BAR's iron sights, which are conspicuously target-colored.
Firing a burst of .30-06.
Clyde Barrow's cut-down M1918 BAR, for comparison - .30-06 Springfield
Loading a magazine into the cut-down BAR.
Pulling back the charging handle.
A good look at the right side of the BAR.
Pointing the BAR at a distant target...
Aiming the BAR, a rather futile exercise considering the lack of a front sight.
The second belt-fed weapon added to H3 in Update #52 is the famous (or infamous, depending on which end of it you're on) MG42.
Examining the left side of the MG42...
Affixing a 50-round "assault drum"; as the colloquial name implies, these were meant to be used with the weapon in an offensive role, with emplaced defensive guns instead using 250-round loose belts.
Opening up the feed tray cover.
Tugging the belt into position.
Shutting the feed tray cover.
And, finally, pulling back the MG42's charging handle.
...before very quickly realizing why the MG42 is so often referred to as "Hitler's Buzzsaw".
Firing the weapon again, this time at a different angle, which shows off the veritable river of spent brass and links that freely pours from the weapon while firing.
"Then he got an idea. An awful idea. The Grinch got a wonderful, awful
The RPK is one of the numerous firearms added in the first Meatmas update. At the time, it was actually referred to as a Vepr-3V, the civilian semi-auto version of the RPK, but Update #32 changed it into a military full-auto model. It was then removed in Update #52 for rebuilding, and hasn't been heard from since.
RPK Light Machine Gun with 40 round magazine - 7.62x39mm
An RPK and an AK-101
leaning against a wall. What's that old saying? "Birds of a feather flock together?"
Examining the right side of the uncertain RPK...
...and the left, which shows off the permanently-affixed rail adaptor.
Loading a 10-round magazine into the maybe-a-Vepr.
Setting down the rifle/machine gun for a bit.
Pulling the charging handle.
...and firing a single round. Something about this just doesn't feel right.
Knocking out one 10-round magazine with another, and...
"No. That's not who I am. I refuse to let anybody tell me what I can or can't be. I am an RPK, and I am proud!"
Old LMGs, drum magazines, and modern rails mix rather well, don't you think?
Especially when those rails are put to good use, such as for the mounting of this PK-23 red dot sight.
Looking through the PK-23.
Feeling free, liberated, and sure of itself, the RPK happily blazes away in full-auto.
Heckler & Koch M320
Update #52's tenth alpha added a Heckler & Koch M320 to the arsenal, in keeping with that alpha's generally explosive-centric nature.
Heckler & Koch M320 - 40x46mm
Popping open the launcher's side-tilting barrel...
...and loading in a high-explosive round.
Folding down the leaf sight, to help with... something.
After all, what better way to take advantage of a game that allows for proper use of a leaf sight than to ignore it completely and act like the weapon has a normal set of sights attached to its barrel?
Confident in the sound logic of his decisions, the invisible man drops a spent casing out of his M320.
Update #50 added the M1A1 Bazooka to H3's collection of explosive toys. Unfortunately, the reloading procedure is incorrectly simplified, with the rocket simply being shoved into the rear of the tube, without bothering to attach the wire to the electrical contacts at the rear of the launcher (which served to transfer electricity to, and ignite, the rocket's booster charge and motor).
M1A1 Rocket Launcher "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch rocket
The M1A1 in first person. A rather difficult weapon to grab a good screenshot of, considering its sheer size.
Loading a M6A1 rocket into the rear of the weapon. As mentioned, this is the only thing required for reloading, with no simulation of the attachment of the contact wire.
Aiming the M1A1. Unlike many games, the weapon's multiple front sight posts are useful here, as the projectile does drop over distance, and the weapon can be manipulated freely, rather than having a single fixed aim-down-sights position.
Firing the Bazooka produces a suitably impressive cloud of smoke.
The M79 grenade launcher was one of the first weapons added to H3, predating even the name; it, along with a few other weapons, was added to the early prototype stages of the game before it even received a proper name. In the 9th alpha of Update #52, the weapon got a new model and texture set, along with several new ammo types. These include 5 more-or-less normal rounds - an M381 high-explosive round, an M397 airburst round (which bounces off of whatever surface it hits and explodes in mid-air), an M576 buckshot round, an M781 inert practice round, and a CS gas grenade (which was added later, in the same update's 10th alpha) - and 4 more outlandish rounds (all of which have colorschemes and labels more reminiscent of novelty fireworks than of actual military ordnance). These are:
- The "X214 Steelbreaker", a high-velocity armor-piercing saboted round,
- The "X477 Cornerfrag", a low-yield fragmentation grenade that airbursts 4 meters from the launcher's muzzle, intended for blindfiring around corners in close quarters (hence the name),
- The "X666 Baphomet", essentially a 40mm version of the Dragon's Breath round,
- and the later-released "X1776 Freedom Party", a 40mm flashbang that releases red, white, and blue confetti upon detonation.
M79 grenade launcher - 40x46mm
Admiring the M79 under the light of the warehouse's roof windows. Note the trigger guard; for whatever reason, this version of the launcher had a trigger guard that flopped around freely.
Popping open the launcher. At full size, it can be seen that the for-some-reason-red rounds on the table have holes in the end of them; this shows that they're modeled after Airsoft 40mm rounds, which use these holes to send forth a shower of plastic BBs on impact.
"I've got an idea. Instead of just throwing
grenades at them, how about we send them grenades in another manner?"
...and blasting away the nefarious Wall-1000
The work done, it's time to remove the spent casing, and take a much-needed vacation.
The brand-new M79, along with its new ammunition. From left to right: the M781 trainer, the M576 buckshot, the M397 airburst, the M381 HE, the X214 Steelbreaker, the X477 Cornerfrag, and the X666 Baphomet.
A closer look at the shiny new M79, complete with its gorgeous new properly-secured trigger guard.
Showing off a feature of the M79 that is all but entirely unique to H3
: not only does its sight leaf fold up...
...but its rear sight notch is actually adjustable for distance. This runs contrary to the model seen in most video games, where the protagonist generally just picks a random distance and goes with it. This feature was present on the older version of H3'
s M79 as well.
"Pardon me, sir, but this is an indoor range, so I would really
recommend against that."
"Sir, what are you doing-"
One RSO heart attack later, a spent casing pops itself out of the M79.
Along with the M320, Update #52's 10th alpha brought along a Milkor MGL; specifically, an MGL-140.
Taking a look at the MGL's left side...
Opening up the launcher, showing six chambers' worth of potential. So, so much potential.
Loading up the MGL with some "X666 Baphomet" rounds. Although, given the color scheme, one wonders if perhaps a better name would've been the "Flavortown" round.
Closing the MGL with a flick of the wrist, in spite of all sound logic. This is possible because the MGL is actually built off of the same code as the game's revolvers; a more curious side effect of this is the ability to spin the weapon around like a drunk, Scottish ocelot
Closing the launcher again, this time with a much more advisable push.
Celebrating this advancement in weapon knowledge by filling the air with burning magnesium.
Orion Flare Gun
The Orion Flare Gun is available in-game, having been added in Update #15. While it is capable of firing 12 gauge shells in-game, doing so with any sort of high-pressure shell (i.e. anything other than flares, "Cannonball" rounds, Dragon's Breath shells, or "Freedomfetti" shells) will destroy the flare gun, rendering it useless. However, Update #17 added a fictional steel-framed version capable of handling high-pressure loads.
Orion Flare Gun - 12 gauge
Behold, the Orion, in something not even remotely resembling its natural habitat.
A closer view, which shows that the frame is marked "Saiph"; this is a joke, as Saiph is one of the stars that makes up the Orion constellation.
Unsurprisingly, a plastic flare gun doesn't hold up well when subjected to over 10,000 PSI (over 68,000 kPa) of internal pressure. Also note the red streaks in the air; these are bullet trails, which can be toggled on and off at will through the options panel. Unusually, the options panel in H3
is actually a physical object
The fictitious "HP" (high-pressure) version of the Orion...
...which fares considerably better when firing high-pressure shells.
RPzB 43/54 "Panzerschreck"
Rounding out Update #50's collection of largely-WWII-centric weaponry is the Panzerschreck. Much like the M1A1 Bazooka, reloading the weapon is a simpler process in-game than it is in reality; whereas in-game the rocket is simply stuffed into the tube and fired, in reality the rocket had to be properly lined up in the tube, and the user had to press down the pin on top of the contact box to allow electricity to be transferred to the rocket, thus allowing its ignition.
RPzB 43/54 "Panzerschreck" - 88mm rocket
The perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Assuming that that "special someone" is trying to stop the invasion of Berlin.
Loading in an 88mm rocket. The object to the top-left of the screen is another rocket, sitting in a quickbelt slot on the player's shoulder.
Aiming the Panzerschreck; once again, the issues with having software only capture one eye's view come to light.
Firing the Panzerschreck at a distant foe, creating a large plume of smoke in the process.
The RPG-7 is one of the available firearms in-game.
With this latest find, we have to wonder if Santa is running some illegal present dealings alongside his cheerful toy-giving.
The final grenade launcher added in the 10th alpha of Update #52 is the Sturmpistole, a WW2-era German experiment in converting the Leuchtpistole flare gun into a grenade launcher.
Sturmpistole - 26.65mm / 23mm
The Sturmpistole in all of its confounding glory.
A closeup of the muzzle, which shows off the rifled bore insert.
Loading a grenade round into the aforementioned muzzle.
Cocking back the hammer, while trying as hard as possible to ignore how utterly ridiculous this device looks.
Leveling the Sturmpistole at the indoor range's back wall...
...and sending the grenade on its (rather leisurely) way.
M18 Smoke Grenade
Update #52's 10th alpha added the M18 smoke grenade to the game. There are two types available - a normal red one, and a (sadly) fictitious red, white, and blue one.
Inspecting an M18, whilst wondering whether or not the indoor range has smoke alarms.
"Well, only one way to find out..."
Pitching the M18 downrange.
Thanking the Broken God that no alarms went off, the invisible cultist takes a closer look at the developing smoke cloud. Note that the cloud is just a bunch of opaque red spheres; the reasoning behind this stylistic approach is twofold: it helps ease the impact that these grenades have on a user's computer (especially when one considers that these grenades can be spawnlocked and thrown in limitless quantities hither, mither, and yonder), and it allows for more dynamic effects - the smoke in this game responds to the presence of objects and level geometry, expands and moves with respect to other smoke-spheres, and can be pushed around by explosions; they also release smoke gradually, rather than all at once as in most games, which allows the player to run around with a lit smoke grenade in each hand, leaving a trail of smoke behind them.
The patriotic smoke grenade's 3-color cloud.
M67 Hand Grenade
The M67 hand grenade is available in-game. In-game, it is referred to as the "M219 Greaseweasel Fragmentation Grenade". The Meatmas update added a special "Jingler" variant.
M67 fragmentation grenade
And no, we weren't lying about the name.
M84 Stun Grenade
The final item added to the game in the 10th alpha of Update #52 is the M84 stun grenade. Of note is that H3 correctly shows the M84's dual pins, something which very few pieces of media demonstrate.
Pulling out the first pin...
Tossing the M84 through a doorway that looks conspicuously like a range booth.
The M84 detonating. H3
is noteworthy in that its flashbangs don't use the standard video game system for flashbangs wherein the explosion whites out the player's screen and fills their speakers with a tinnitus-like ringing; this is because, when using a VR headset, the M84's effects are significant enough to cause such an effect on players anyway. But of course, don't just take it from me...
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Mk. 2 Hand Grenade
The first of three WW2-era grenades added in the 11th alpha build of Update #52 is the Mk 2 hand grenade.
While reaching for his grenade, our GI friend notices something... off
about the pin.
Fortunately, as he discovers, the laws of physics are still enforced outside of quick-belt slots.
...releasing the spoon...
Model 24 Stielhandgranate
The second of these WWII-centric grenades is the Model 24 Stielhandgranate.
Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Having immediately taken up the stranger on his offer of $50 for "some old pepper shaker I found in my grandpa's closet", the collector holds his prize.
A closeup of the grenade's head, which shows off the markings.
While it can be used as a melee weapon in-game, our collector is fortunately far too sober and depth-perceiving and not nearly Scottish enough for it to do that
Removing the safety cap...
...before somewhat overzealously yanking the entire string out of the grenade.
Tomahawking the grenade across the room.
The M24's blast. Spicy pepper indeed.
No. 69 High-Explosive Grenade
The third and final of these grenades is the No. 69 High-Explosive Grenade, a British WW2-era "offensive"-type hand grenade with an impact-based fuze.
No. 69 High-Explosive Grenade
Inspecting a fresh plastic grenade. Note the line of red "X" marks; this doesn't indicate that it's filled with high-proof moonshine, but rather that it's filled with Amatol. While we can't recommend that you consume either, if you have to pick one, go with the Amatol. It tastes better.
Removing the cap, which serves as the No. 69's safety system.
Tossing the grenade down-range...
...and ending this page properly - that is, with a bang.