Medal of Honor: Vanguard

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Medal of Honor: Vanguard
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Release Date: 26th of March, 2007
Developer: EA Los Angeles
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Series: Medal of Honor
Platforms: PlayStation 2
Nintendo Wii
Genre: First-Person Shooter

Medal of Honor: Vanguard is a first-person shooter set during World War II developed by EA Los Angeles and published by Electronic Arts, it is the tenth instalment of the Medal of Honor series of games. Medal of Honor: Vanguard was released on the 26th of March, 2007 in North America for the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii.

The following weapons appear in the game Medal of Honor: Vanguard:




The M1911A1 is only found in multiplayer and can be used by both Germans and Americans. While holding it, the gun appears black, but when looking at another person's gun, it appears to be nickel.

M1911A1 - .45 ACP

Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

The M1928A1 Thompson is used by the Allies and is the one of the starting weapons of the player in some missions. Called 'M1 Thompson' in the PlayStation 2 version of the game, although it is more accurately refered to as the 'M1928 Thompson' in the Nintendo Wii version. Has a 30 round magazine by default, but can be upgraded to use 50 round drum magazines.

M1928A1 Thompson with a 30 round magazine - .45 ACP
M1928A1 Thompson with a 50 round magazine - .45 ACP
The M1928A1 Thompson in game.
The M1928A1 Thompson's sight picture. Note, the missing rear sight.
Keegan reloads his M1928A1 Thompson.
Keegan fires the M1928A1 Thompson at a German soldier.
Keegan replaces the M1928A1 Thompson's 30 round magazine with a 50 round drum.
The M1928A1 Thompson with a 50 round magazine in game.
Sergeant Magnusson (right) and Private Slauson (left) wielding M1928A1 Thompsons.


The MP40 is used by German and Italian soldiers (although the Beretta Model 38 would be more appropriate for the latter). Has an abnormally fast rate of fire in game. Can be seen in the hands of Corporal Garrett and Private Slauson at the end of the game.

MP40 - 9x19mm Parabellum
The MP40 in game.
The MP40's sight picture. Note, the sights are not lined up properly.
Keegan reloading the MP40. Note, the empty magazine about to be inserted into the gun.
Garrett (right) and Slauson (left) weilding MP40s.

Assault Rifles

Sturmgewehr 44

The Sturmgewehr 44 appears as 'StG 44' in game, it is used by the Germans, more specifically, the Fallschirmjager. Has an abnormally high rate of fire in game compared to its real life counterpart. Can be found and picked up on the Operation Neptune levels and can be more commonly found on the Operation Varsity levels.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
The Sturmgewehr 44 in game.
The Sturmgewehr 44's sight picture. Note, the sights are not lined up properly.
Keegan reloads the Sturmgewehr 44.


M1 Garand

The M1 Garand is the main weapon used by American forces, it is also the starting weapon of the player in many levels, and the starting weapon for Americans in multiplayer. It cannot be reloaded without fully depleting the magazine. Can be upgraded with a scope, converting it to an M1D.

M1 Garand - .30-06
The M1 Garand in game.
The M1 Garand's sight picture.
Keegan reloads his M1 Garand.

Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is the main weapon used by German and Italian soldiers (though the Carcano Rifle would be a more logical choice for the Italians). It is also used by German snipers. Extremely powerful and accurate even without using the iron sights. Not available in multiplayer.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The Karabiner 98k in game.
The Karabiner 98k's sight picture.
Reloading the Karabiner 98k. Note, the charger clip seemingly being inserted into the magazine as if it is an en bloc clip.
A Fallschirmjager buttstroking with a Karabiner 98k.

Gewehr 43

The Gewehr 43 only appears in multiplayer, where it is the starting weapon for Germans.

Gewehr 43 - 7.92x57mm

Machine Guns

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle

The M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle appears as 'BAR' in game, it is used by American soldiers. The player starts off with this weapon on some levels.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06. Note, the version in game lacks the bipod.
The Browning Automatic Rifle in game.
The Browning Automatic Rifle's sight picture. Note, the missing rear sight.
Keegan reloads the Browning Automatic Rifle. Note, the muzzle flash from the M1928A1 Thompson.


The MG42 appears exclusively as an emplacement. The MG42 has a high rate of fire, damage, and recoil, but low accuracy. The MG42 also has infinite ammunition, and is the only weapon in the game capable of overheating.

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The MG42 in game.
Keegan manning the MG42.
Keegan fires the MG42 at some German soldiers.

Sniper Rifles

M1D Garand

The M1D Garand is the only sniper rifle in the game, it can only be obtained by picking up an upgrade for the M1 Garand. Not available in multiplayer.

M1D Garand with M84 scope - .30-06. Note, the version in-game lacks the flash hider and leather cheek rest.
Keegan attaches a scope to his M1 Garand.
The M1D Garand in game.
The M1D Garand's sight picture.
Keegan reloads his M1D Garand.

Rocket Launchers

M9A1 Bazooka

The M9A1 Bazooka is the only rocket launcher in the game, it is also the only weapon capable of damaging half-tracks and tanks. The Bazooka is extremely powerful, capable of killing entire squads of infantry in a single shot. Commonly found near enemy armor. Not available in multiplayer.

M9A1 "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch
The M9A1 Bazooka in game.
The M9A1 Bazooka's sight picture.
Reloading the M9A1 Bazooka. Note, the rocket is not wired to the Bazooka, as it would need to be in order to fire.
The Bazooka Operator wielding the M9A1 Bazooka.


Mk 2 hand grenade

The Mk 2 hand grenades are used by the Americans in both singleplayer and multiplayer. Strangely, they will explode even if the player throws them without pulling the pin.

Mk 2 hand grenade
The Mk 2 hand grenade in game.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

The Model 24 Stielhandgranate is used by German soldiers, although they are unusable in singleplayer they are usable in multiplayer if the player plays as a German. Strangely, they will explode if the player throws them without pulling the cord. Picking up Model 24 Stielhandgranates in single player will give the player additional Mk 2 hand grenades.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate


Walther P38

The Walther P38 appears, along with the M1 Carbine on the ammunition crate sign in multiplayer.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm Parabellum

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine appears, along with the Walther P38 on the ammunition crate sign in multiplayer.

M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine

See Also

Historical Era Medal of Honor (1999)  •  Underground  •  Frontline  •  Allied Assault  •  Rising Sun  •
Pacific Assault  •  Vanguard  •  Airborne  •  Heroes 2
Modern era Medal of Honor (2010)  •  Warfighter

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