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Rise of Nations

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Rise of Nations
Rise of Nations.jpg
Official Box Art
Release Date: 2003
Developer: Big Huge Games
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Platforms: Windows
Genre: Real-Time Strategy

Submachine Guns

Thompson Submachine Gun

The Thompson Submachine Gun is used by the Allied themed model (which is based on WWII period US infantry) of the Infantry unit. It also seen on the unit portrait, the Thompson also appears on the portrait of the Axis themed Infantry and Volksgrenadiers unit even though they actually use MP40s and STG44s respectively.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
Infantry with a Thompson.
Infantry units with wielding Thompsons.


The MP40 is used by the Axis themed model of the Infantry unit, however, likely due to recycling, their unit portrait shows them with the same Thompson from the Allied version's portrait. The Aztec Jaguar Infantry unique unit also wields the same weapon as the Axis infantry even though the portrait depicts them with M1 Garands. The Jaguar Infantry have unique animation showing them firing the weapon one-handed.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Axis Infantry with an MP40.
Axis Infantry and Jaguar Infantry, note the MP40s.


The PPSh-41 is used by the Russian Red Guards Infantry and Chinese Manchu Infantry unique units.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Red Guards Infantry and Manchu Infantry with PPSh-41s.

Ingram MAC-10

The MAC-10 with suppressor is used by the Aztec Jaguar Assault Infantry unit. Like the Jaguar Infantry, this unit also has the unique one-handed firing animation.

Curiously, the MAC-10 wielding Jaguar Assault Infantry are the strongest infantry unit in the game with 27 attack and 15 range while the M16A2 armed regular Assault Infantry and American Assault Marines have 25 attack and 14 range and the AKM using Shock Infantry have 26 attack and 14 range. As for how exactly a .45 cal submachine gun achieves more power and range than M16s and AKs remains a mystery.

MAC-10 submachine gun with Sionics Two-Stage Sound Suppressor - .45 ACP
Jaguar Assault Infantry render. Note the suppressed MAC-10.
Jaguar Assault Infantry firing their MAC-10s one handed. Apparently firing SMGs drive-by style makes you deadlier than M16s and AKs.

Generic Side-Mounted Magazine Submachine Gun

A generic submachine gun with side-mounted magazine and wooden body and stock in the style of the MP28 is used by the Asian, African, Indian and Native American infantry units.

Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
All the Infantry variants armed with the side-mounted magazine submachine gun.
Closeup of the weapon, note the wooden stock and receiver.

Rifles & Carbines


The AKM is used by the Russian Shock Infantry unit, it is clearly visible in promotional materials for the game. The Indian and African themed Assault Infantry units also wield the same weapon as the Shock Infantry.

AKM - 7.62x39mm

Flintlock Cavalry Carbine

A generic flintlock cavalry carbine is wielded by the Dragoon and Carabineer units.

M16A2 Rifle

The M16A2 rifle is used by the American themed model of the Assault Infantry unit. The American Assault Marines unique unit also wield it equipped with M203 grenade launchers.

Colt M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
M16A2 (5.56x45mm) with M203 40mm grenade launcher

Sturmgewehr 44

The Sturmgewehr 44 is used by the German Volksgrenadiers unique unit. The unit portrait incorrectly shows them with Thompsons due to reusing the Axis Infantry portrait.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
Volksgrenadiers renders, note Sturmgewehr 44

Generic Bolt-Action Rifle

Generic WW1 period bolt-action rifles are used by the Riflemen unit. Considering that the Riflemen models are based on WW1 era British, German and WW2 era Japanese infantry, the generic rifle shared by those units likely stands in for Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III, Mauser Gewehr 1898 and Arisaka.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III

The Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III is used by the British Black Watch unique unit. It can be identified by its distinctive thicker shape compared to the regular bolt-action rifle model used by the regular riflemen and the fact that the Black Watch is based on WW1 period Highlander units of the British army.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III - .303 British. Introduced in 1907, this was the official battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during the First World War.
Black Watch unit next to regular Infantry, note the thicker SMLE rifle.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

The Mauser Gewehr 1898 is seen in the intro movie being used by the Imperial German soldiers in the trenches of World War I. Presumably, it is also the rifle used by the German based riflemen model.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser

M1 Garand

The M1 Garand is seen in the portrait of the Aztec Jaguar Infantry unique unit, though the unit actually reuses the MP40 model from the Axis Infantry unit.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06

Brown Bess Flintlock Musket

The Brown Bess Flintlock Musket is seen in artwork depicting red coats. The Musketeers unit also uses flintlock muskets in game.

Modern reproduction "Long Land Pattern" Brown Bess Infantry musket made from 1722-1768 - .75 caliber.
Red Coat artwork with a Brown Bess flintlock musket.

Matchlock Musket

A generic Matchlock Musket is used by the Arquebusiers unit. The European variant likely wields European matchlocks while the Asian version, which is based on Japanese Ashigaru, is seen in artworks using Tanegashimas.

European Matchlock musket.
Fully stocked long barreled Tanegashima.

Winchester Model 1873

The Winchester Model 1873 is used by the Lakota Repeating Rifle Horse unique unit as evident by an artwork depicting the unit armed with an engraved M1873 rifle.

Deluxe Winchester Model 1873 with engraving



A Blunderbuss is used by the Fusiliers unit. Befittingly, it is depicted with short range and is characterized as kind of an anti-cavalry weapon. A blunderbuss with wide muzzle is also utilized by the Gun Mahout unique unit.

English Flintlock Blunderbuss

Machine Guns

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle

The M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle is used by the American Marine Infantry unique unit.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
Marine Infantry with a BAR.

Maxim MG08

The Maxim MG08 inappropriately mounted on an M3 tripod is used by the Machine Gun unit.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
All Machine Gun unit variations, note Maxim MG08.

Browning M2 Heavy Barrel

The Browning M2 Heavy Barrel mounted on an M3 tripod is used by the Allied themed Heavy Machine Gun unit.

Browning M2HB on M3 tripod - .50 BMG.
A Heavy Machine Gun teams in undeployed/deployed state. Note Browning M2 HB.


The MG42 with spade grips, likely due to reusing assets from the other machine guns, and inappropriately mounted on an M3 tripod is used by the German MG42 unique unit. The weapon also has a carry handle similar to the one of the Browning M2 HB. Both sides of the barrel shroud are shown with the large cutout which is present only on the right side of the real MG42. The same weapon model is also used by the Axis and Asian themed Heavy Machine Gun unit.

MG42 with bipod extended - 7.92mm Mauser
An MG42 unique unit and Axis and Asian Heavy Machine Gun units.

M134 Minigun

The M134 Minigun with spade grips and mounted on an M3 tripod is used by the Advanced Machine Gun unit.

M134 Minigun with a mounted stand.
All Advanced Machine Gun variations.


M1 Rocket Launcher "Bazooka"

The M1 Bazooka is used by the Bazooka unit.

M1 Rocker Launcher "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch


The RPG-7 is used by the African and Indian Anti-Tank Missile units. It appears to have a scope, most likely a PGO-7.

RPG-7 - 40mm
RPG-7V with PG-7VM rocket and PGO-7 scope - 40mm
African and Indian Anti-Tank Missile units, note RPG-7 with what appears to be a scope.

M20 Recoilless Rifle

The M20 Recoilless Rifle with what appears to be a scope similar to the M18 Recoilless Rifle is used by the Recoilless Gun unit.

M20 Recoilless Rifle - 75x408mm R
M18 recoilless rifle - 57mm
Recoilless Gun units, note the scope.

M47 Dragon

The M47 Dragon is used by the Dragon AT Missile unit.

M47 Dragon ATGM with SU-36/P daysight and front shock absorber detached- 140mm


Flammenwerfer 35

The Flammenwerfer 35 is used by the Flamethrower unit.

Flamethrower units with Flammenwerfer 35.

22.5 cm Minenwerfer M 15

The Austro-Hungarian 22.5 cm Minenwerfer M 15 appears in the game as the Inca Siege Mortar unique unit.

Siege Mortar units.

3-inch M1902 field gun

The US 3-inch M1902 field gun towed by a truck is featured as the Artillery unit.

All Artillery variations.

Coehorn Mortar

A Coehorn type mortar is used by the Inca Mortar unique unit.

Mortar units.

8.8cm FlaK 18

The German 8.8cm FlaK 18 cannon is featured as the Radar Air Defense building.

FlaK 18 antiaircraft gun on a FlaK 36 cruciform mount at the British Imperial War Museum - 88mm

General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger

The General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger is the gun armament of the Bantu Eagle Fighter unique unit which is based on the A-10 Thunderbolt II. However, the Eagle Fighter doesn't make use of the rotary cannon, instead it attacks only with its missiles.

General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger - 30x173mm

QF 13-pounder 6 cwt AA gun

The QF 13-pounder 6 cwt AA gun mounted on a Daimler Mk 3 lorry constitutes the Anti-Aircraft Gun unit.

Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2

The Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2 is part of the armament of the Mi-24 based model of the Attack Helicopter unit.

Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2 30mm automatic cannon with unfired rounds - 30x165mm

M230 Chain Gun

The M230 Chain Gun is part of the armament of the AH-64 based model of the Attack Helicopter unit.

Hughes/Alliant Techsystems M230 chain gun - 30x113mm B

8.8 cm SK C/35 naval gun

The 8.8 cm SK C/35 naval gun is mounted on the Submarine unit which is based on the German Type VII U-boat.

Naval Cannon

Various ship units are armed with naval cannons.

Naval Cannon

Naval Mortar

The Bomb Vessel and Bomb Ketch naval units are armed with mortars.

M110 Howitzer

The M110 Howitzer was featured in the early builds of the game as the Tank Destroyer unit. It was ultimately cut from the final game.


The Chinese Fire Lances unique unit is armed with fireworks.

M16/M17 Stielhandgranate

Either M16 or M17 Stielhandgranate is seen on artwork of World War I period German troops.

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