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Alan Wake's American Nightmare

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Alan Wake's American Nightmare
Awan cover.jpg
Box Art
Release Date: February 22, 2012
Developer: Remedy Entertainment
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Platforms: PC
Xbox 360
Genre: Action-Adventure

Alan Wake's American Nightmare is a 2012 sequel/spinoff to Remedy Entertainment's Alan Wake. American Nightmare takes place in Night Springs, Arizona, a construct based on Alan's reinterpretation of a screenplay he wrote for the fictional television anthology series Night Springs, where Alan tries to write a way out of the Dark Place. Along the way, he is waylaid by Taken controlled by his evil doppelganger, Mr. Scratch.

As in Alan Wake, the title character can carry one one-handed weapon, one two-handed weapon, an Orion flare gun, and a supply of flares and flashbang grenades. Ammunition is abstracted into a generic pickup for each type of weapon.

The title was released as download-only for the Xbox 360 and PC in 2012. A sequel, Alan Wake 2, was released in 2023.

The following weapons appear in the video game Alan Wake's American Nightmare:

One-Handed Weapons

Beretta 92FS Inox

Alan's initial weapon, the "9mm Handgun", is a Beretta 92FS Inox. It holds an underloaded 10 rounds in its magazine and its user can carry 40 extra rounds.

Beretta 92FS Inox - 9x19mm
Collectibles screen info for the 92FS Inox.
Alan (Ilkka Villi) scans the darkness with his flashlight and Beretta 92FS Inox.

Colt Python

Returning from the original Alan Wake, the "Revolver" is a Colt Python with a four-inch barrel. It loads six rounds and can carry 44 extra.

Colt Python - .357 Magnum
Collectibles screen info for the Colt Python.
A Colt Python sits on an oil drum.


The first unlockable weapon is the "SMG," a MAC-10. Its high rate of fire chews through its 30-round magazine. Its crate is unlocked after collecting three manuscript pages. Alan Wake can carry 120 extra rounds.

Ingram MAC-10 - 9x19mm
Collectibles Screen info for the MAC-10.
A MAC-10 in its case.

Smith & Wesson Model 629 Stealth Hunter

The Smith & Wesson Model 629 Stealth Hunter, known simply as "Magnum" in the game, is a phenomenally powerful one-handed weapon, capable of destroying two Taken in a single shot. It holds 8 rounds, while the real Stealth Hunter has a 6-shot cylinder. Alan Wake can carry 22 extra rounds.

Smith & Wesson Model 629 Stealth Hunter - .44 Magnum‎
Collectibles screen info for the Magnum.
A Magnum in its case.


The first primary weapon the player is likely to find, the nailgun is fully-automatic and loads a 25 round strip, but its full-auto fire is slower than the handgun's rapid fire. Alan Wake can carry 75 extra rounds.

Collectibles Screen info for the Nailgun.
A nailgun on the shelf in the garage.

Sawed-Off Shotgun

Like most video game shotguns, the sawed-off shotgun is devastating at close range but inaccurate and weak at any other range. Its crate is unlocked after collecting 30 manuscript pages. Alan Wake can carry twenty-eight extra shells.

Photoshopped sawed-off Savage/Stevens 311A - 12 gauge
Collectibles screen info for the sawed-off shotgun.
A sawed-off shotgun in its case.

Two-Handed Weapons

All two-handed weapons except the assault rifle and crossbow have a maximum ammunition count of 30.

Remington Model 870

The "Pump-Action Shotgun" is a Remington Model 870 with black synthetic furniture. It is modelled with a 4-round magazine tube, but holds 8 rounds in-game.

Remington Model 870 Police Magnum with early style black synthetic riot foregrips and buttstock - 12 gauge
Collectibles screen info for the Remington 870. In the HUD icon and this screen, the 870 is shown with its forend pumped back.
A Remington 870 inside a gun cabinet.

Springfield Armory M1A

The "Carbine Rifle" (although the M1A is not a carbine) is a Springfield Armory M1A with a green synthetic stock. Its magazine holds a underloaded 8 rounds despite being modelled with a 20-round magazine.

Springfield Armory M1A - 7.62x51mm NATO
Collectibles screen info for the Springfield Armory M1A.
A Springfield Armory M1A leaning against the interior of a cube van.


The crossbow is the only weapon that can kill Taken without having to first burn away their darkness shield. Reserve ammo is capped at 25 bolts.

Collectibles Screen info for the crossbow.
A Crossbow on the tree near the Drive-In Theater.


The "Assault Rifle" is an M16A1 with A2 handguards. The weapon is modeled with a 30-round magazine (which Alan does not remove when reloading), but it only loads 25 rounds at a time, with 75 being the reserve maximum Alan can carry. The M16 can fire in semi-auto with a single tap of the fire button, or full-auto when held down. Its crate is unlocked after collecting twenty manuscript pages.

Colt M16A1 with A2 handguards - 5.56x45mm
Collectibles Screen info for the Assault Rifle. The poor contrast makes it difficult to see the weapon's identifying characteristics.
Assault Rifle in its case.
A better look at the Assault Rifle's receiver: forward assist, no brass deflector, full magazine fence, and either an A1 or A2 flash hider. Also note the mirrored front sight.

Remington Model 7 CDL

Returning from Alan Wake is the "Hunting Rifle," a Remington Model 7 CDL with a five-round internal magazine. Although it now has a scope, it is never used. Its low rate of fire and small magazine counter its high damage and ability to destroy two Taken with one shot. Its crate is unlocked after collecting 15 manuscript pages.

Remington Model 7 CDL - .243 Winchester
Collectibles Screen info for the Remington Model 7 CDL.


The final unlockable weapon is the "Combat Shotgun," an AA-12 with a 12-round drum magazine. Its crate is unlocked after collecting 40 manuscript pages.

MPS Auto Assault-12 - 12 gauge
Collectibles Screen info for the AA-12.
The AA-12 in its case.

Other Weapons

Orion Flare Gun

Returning from Alan Wake, the "Flare Gun" is drastically reduced in power. The new flare gun destroys normal Taken with a direct hit, only knocking down Taken and stripping away their shadow in the blast radius. Max reserve ammo is 10 shells.

Orion flare gun - 12 gauge
Collectibles screen info for the Orion flare gun.
The Orion flare gun on the ground.

Model 7290 Flashbang Grenade

The Model 7290 flashbang grenade in American Nightmare has a very dark blue or black body labelled "TACTICAL FLASHBANG" in white. They are drastically reduced in power from the original, similarly to the flare gun, and Alan can only carry five at a time.


Model 7290
Model 7290T
Collectibles Screen info for the Flashbang Grenade.
Two flashbang grenades along with two flares and a box of two-handed weapon ammo.

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