Counter-Strike (CS) is the original Counter-Terrorists vs Terrorists competitive multiplayer first-person shooter released in 1999. Originally developed as a mod for Half-Life, Counter-Strike was later released as a standalone title following Valve's acquisition of the CS IP. As a multiplayer-only game, Counter-Strike pits one team of Counter-Terrorists (CT) against another team of Terrorists (T). Teams compete against each other on maps to either eliminate the enemy team or achieve their objectives, which include planting a bomb as a T on bomb maps, defusing the bomb after it was planted as CTs, rescuing hostages as a CT on hostage maps, and running down the time and prevent the enemy from completing their objectives.
Counter-Strike spawned a series of games and several Free-To-Play spin-off titles. While graphics are updated and other content were introduced to the games, the core gameplay of the series has remained almost completely unchanged after more than 10 years.
The following weapons appear in the video game Counter-Strike:
Counter-Strike features a money and weapon store system; when the player first spawns in a round in a game, they receive their team's spawn pistol, a knife (that can never be dropped), and a small amount of money. Completing objectives and eliminating enemies will grant a player with more money. At the start of every round, players have some time to access a buy menu inside their spawn area to purchase new weapons with money. Ammo also needs to be purchased. Players can also drop their weapons and pick up other dropped weapons, and the loadout of surviving players in a round carry over into the next round. When dead players respawn at the start of a new round, they will only get their team's spawn pistol. Money management is thus crucial for long-term victory.
- Many of the weapons in Counter-Strike are flipped in right-handed first-person view, causing features like the ejection port, mag release, forward assist, and brass deflector to be placed on the wrong side of the receiver. This is because the weapon animator was left-handed, and initially animated the right-handed weapons with left-handed operation in first person view, which were later simply flipped for right handed players.
- Older mod versions of Counter-Strike lists the real names of all firearms in-game. However, the official retail version of the game features fictional weapon names such as "Night Hawk .50C" standing for Desert Eagle .50 AE. This page primarily covers the retail version of the game.
- Pistols and submachine guns of the same caliber will use the same spare ammunition pool in-game. An example is the Glock 17C and the H&K MP5, both chambered for 9x19mm Parabellum, and both top off at 120 spare rounds.
Called the "9x19mm Sidearm" in-game. 2nd Gen Glock 17C's are the starting weapon for the Terrorist faction. It has semi-automatic and (incorrect) 3-round burst firing modes, and an incorrect 20-round magazine capacity (in reality this would only be achievable with a 19-round magazine and an extra round in the chamber). Of note is that is has an extended barrel. Considered the weakest gun in the game.
Given the 3-round burst and 20 round magazine, the developers may have gotten it mixed up with a Beretta 93R, which actually has both of these traits.
The world model for the Glock 17C is actually of a Glock 18. Since older CS mods refer to the pistol as a Glock 18C, this implies that the gun was meant to be a Glock 18, but was accidentally modeled with a Glock 17C slide in first person view (and also has an incorrect 3-round burst mode instead of full-auto for balance purposes).
Heckler & Koch USP45 Tactical
Called the "KM .45 Tactical" in-game. The Heckler & Koch USP45 Tactical possesses a stainless steel slide and odd overall blue tint. It serves as the starting weapon of the Counter-Terrorists. It comes with a detachable .45 ACP Knight's Armament sound suppressor from the Heckler & Koch Mark 23.
Called the "228 Compact" in-game. It is a SIG-Sauer P228 incorrectly chambered in .357 SIG. The P228 was never designed to handle the hotter .357 SIG round do to its lighter weight cast slide that could only take the higher pressure rounds if an overly heavy spring were installed. The .357 SIG round was first introduced with the SIG-Sauer P229 which had a different heavier CNC machined steel slide that could take the high velocity return with a standard spring and not damage the pistol. It also holds 13 rounds as if it's still in the proper 9x19mm chambering even though it should hold 12 rounds if it was actually a P229 chambered in .357 SIG.
IMI Desert Eagle Mark XIX
Named the "Night Hawk .50C" in-game. It can be identified as the Mark XIX version of the Desert Eagle because of the weaver rail over the barrel and the taller cocking serrations on the slide. It correctly holds 7 rounds of .50 Action Express. Counter-Strike is the game that coined the ever popular nickname "Deagle" for the Desert Eagle (which is actually the weapon's name in the game files).
The Desert Eagle is the most powerful pistol in-game, with most players prefering it over other pistols due to its long range power and 1 tap headshot capability.
Named the "ES Five-Seven" in-game. The FN Five-seveN is exclusive to the Counter-Terrorists.
Beretta 92G Elite
The Beretta 92G Elite is the only dual-wielded weapon in the game. Called the ".40 Dual Elites", it is a Terrorist exclusive weapon(s). Although its name would imply it's a 96G Elite model chambered in .40 S&W, each pistol holds 15 rounds like the 92G Elite in 9x19mm for a total of 30 rounds, as where the .40 S&W model would hold 11 rounds in the standard magazines shown for a total of 22 rounds. Also, the shop menu describes it being chambered for 9mm, thus confirming it as a 92G Elite and not a 96G Elite. In the later games, it is replaced with Elite II model with correct two-tone finish or Inox M9A1s. It is the only handgun that cannot be used together with the Tactical Shield.
Benelli M3 Super 90
Dubbed the "Leone 12 Gauge Super", The Benelli M3 Super 90 in-game is fitted with a Surefire weaponlight fore-end and heat-shield. It holds 8 rounds, despite being modeled with the shorter 5-round tube magazine.
Benelli M1 Super 90
The world model of the M3 is actually of a Benelli M1 Super 90.
Benelli M4 Super 90
The Benelli M4 Super 90 appears as the "Leone YG1265 Auto Shotgun". It correctly holds 7 rounds. Older mods name it under its prototype name "XM1014", as the shotgun was still in the USMC testing phase when the game was developed in 1999.
Called the "Schmidt Machine Pistol". The Steyr TMP is exclusive to the Counter-Terrorists. It comes with a non-detachable suppressor.
The MAC-10 retains its name because the company holding the rights to the name went bankrupt. Exclusive to the Terrorist faction. The model is erroneously shown as a closed-bolt weapon. It is equipped with a front strap in first person though the third person model lacks it.
Heckler & Koch MP5A5
The Heckler & Koch MP5A5 appears as the "KM Sub-machine Gun" in-game. When reloading the MP5A5, the player character will incorrectly rack the charging handle back and forth after changing magazines, instead of the proper procedure of manually locking back the charging handle to its notch then slapping/tugging it down after a mag change.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
The world model for the MP5A5 is actually of a Heckler & Koch MP5A3.
Heckler & Koch UMP45
The Heckler & Koch UMP45 appears as the "KM UMP45" in the game. The charging handle incorrectly locks back on its own before reloading. It correctly holds 25 rounds. It has a Knight's Armament grip attached via an underbarrel mounted rail.
The FN P90 is called the "ES C90" in-game.
The FAMAS F1 is dubbed the "Clarion 5.56". An exclusive primary weapon for the Counter-Terrorists. Like the in-game Glock 17, it comes with a 3-round burst mode which can be toggled using the alternate fire key.
The weapon correctly holds 25 rounds in the proprietary F1 magazine.
IMI Galil ARM 7.62
The IMI Galil ARM appears as the "IDF Defender" in-game, and is only available to the Terrorists. It is modeled after the 7.62x51mm NATO version, but has the 35-round capacity of the 5.56x45mm variant and is stated in-game to be chambered after this latter caliber.
The Colt M4A1 is called the "Maverick M4A1 Carbine" (Colt being parodied as "Maverick") in-game and is only available to the Counter-Terrorists. It's fitted with a Knight's Armament railed handguard and uses the same .45 ACP Knight's Armament sound suppressor from the Heckler & Koch Mark 23 which is also utilized with the USP45 Tactical in game, with a slight difference that it is treated as a QD suppressor (instantly attached with one twist, rather than several ones). It also had an ACOG scope in the beta versions, but it was removed in the final game, though, the ACOG is present on the world model and the HUD icon. The player character will chamber it by incorrectly pulling the forward assist instead of the charging handle.
The M4A1's ejection port dust cover is incorrectly closed while the rifle is in use. Bizarrely, the dust cover will open and close while the gun is firing and ejecting casings, which of course is complete bonkers.
The Type III AK-47 is called the "CV-47" in-game and is only available to the Terrorists. Unique to it is that this is the only automatic rifle in the game that is fired from the hip from the third-person perspective, despite the first-person model has the operator firing it from the shoulder like all other primary guns, save for the M249.
The weapon, along with the M4A1, is one of the most popular primaries in the game for its ability to instantly kill an enemy with a single headshot, even with armor.
Steyr AUG A1
The Steyr AUG A1 is simply named the "Bullpup". It is fitted with a gray stock and like the USP45 Tactical, it has an odd blue tint. Only available to the Counter-Terrorists. The weapon has a unique x1.5 "zoom" function that lowers RoF, in exchange for being able to place precision shots easier. Zoom is in quotes because its not looking through the gun's magnified optic, and more of focusing on the fore-end of the weapon, like the operator brought the entire fore-end of the weapon to his face and is shooting from where the charging handle is.
SIG SG 552
The SIG SG 552 is named the "Krieg 552" in the game. Only available to the Terrorists. It is fitted with an ACOG scope that has the same x1.5 zoom function of the operator pressing his face against the fore-end of the gun to bring it on par with the CT's AUG A1. Compared to the AUG, it does more damage, at the cost of slightly less accuracy and larger recoil.
It incorrectly holds 30 rounds in a 20-round magazine.
The Steyr Scout is called the "Schmidt Scout" in-game. It has a Steyr made extended magwell module and correctly holds 10 rounds.
Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Magnum
The Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Magnum appears as the "Magnum Sniper Rifle". It holds 10 rounds but in reality the AWM only has a 5-round capacity. It is modeled with front sights from the G22. It is infamous for being able to one-shot kill full health enemies from the waist up.
Notably, some in-dev versions of the original mod incorrectly called the weapon the AWP, a 7.62x51mm NATO police variant of the Arctic Warfare. It seems that the developers intended to portray an AWP (since the AWP does have a 10-round magazine), but ended up modeling an AWM. The AWP name would prove to be the far more commonly used name however (likely because "Magnum Sniper Rifle" is a mouthful, and the popularity of CS as an eSport as well as mods that restore real weapon names leading to the widespread use of the name AWP), and became the official weapon name in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
SIG SG 550 Sniper
The SIG SG 550 Sniper is only available to the Counter-Terrorists and named the "Krieg 550 Commando". Like the SIG SG 552, it incorrectly holds 30 rounds in a 20-round magazine.
Heckler & Koch G3SG/1
The Heckler & Koch G3SG/1 is referred to as the "D3/AU-1" by the game and has an odd green tint. It can only be bought by the Terrorist faction.
FN M249 SAW Para
The FN M249 SAW Para retains its name as the "M249". It is the only available machine gun and among the most expensive weapons in the game. It lacks a stock, fires at an unrealistically slow rate of fire (600 RPM in comparison to 650-900 RPM in real life), and for some reason it uses a tiny feed cover that opens to the right.
M7A3 CS Gas Grenade
The HE, Flashbang, and Smoke grenades are all modeled after the M7A3 CS gas grenade, complete with an "M7A3 RIOT CS" markings on the grenade. The HE grenade is gray with two red stripes around the top and bottom shells, the Flashbang model is gray throughout, the Smoke grenade is gray with a green lever and a green stripe around the bottom shell. It is likely that their models originated from the cut "CS Grenade" (which had yellow stripes), their textures slightly modified and used as the models for the three grenades in-game.
Players can only carry a single grenade of each type, except the Flashbang which users can carry two.