Grand Theft Auto V
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Grand Theft Auto V (also known as GTA 5 or GTA V) is the fifth installment of the Grand Theft Auto series being developed by Rockstar North, and published by Rockstar Games. The game was announced October 25, 2011 with its trailer debuting on November 2. The game was released for Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 17th, 2013. It was re-released in enhanced form for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 18th, 2014, with a Windows PC version released, after numerous delays, on April 18th 2015. An "expanded and enhanced" version for ninth generation consoles is slated for release in the latter half of 2021.
The game is set in an expanded version of GTA: San Andreas' starting city of Los Santos, a fictionalised version of Los Angeles, and the surrounding countryside. The plot follows a trio of characters, who the player can select between; an ambitious young gang member named Franklin who falls in with retired bankrobber Michael, who is part of a government witness protection program following his last big job. When Michael returns to a life of crime, it attracts the attention of one of his former associates, a lunatic meth dealer named Trevor, and the secrets of Michael's last job threaten to cost him everything he has.
The game is also packaged with an online multiplayer component labelled Grand Theft Auto Online, which is treated as a separate title by Rockstar but is in effect largely based on the main game and is not available for purchase separately. However, there are some differences between the two titles, and some weapons are available only in multiplayer, and vice versa.
The following weapons can be seen in the video game Grand Theft Auto V and are available in both 7th and 8th generation versions unless otherwise noted:
Grand Theft Auto V features a wheel-based inventory system where the player characters can carry every weapon in the game at the same time, with weapons subdivided into a series of slots: pistols, SMGs and machine guns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, melee weapons, shotguns, heavy weapons and throwing weapons. Each of the three playable characters in singleplayer has their own inventory.
Weapons can either be found in the game world, acquired during missions or purchased from the Ammu-Nation gun stores found throughout Los Santos. A purchased gun is unlocked permanently and in most cases can then be upgraded with custom parts which improve its handling or increase its capacity; suppressors can also be added to some weapons. Each weapon must have mods bought for it individually, they cannot be swapped between weapons.
In the original releases a series of DLC weapons were added in free updates following the game's release, eventually filling up an entire additional wall in Ammu-Nation. In the next-gen re-release and PC version, these weapons are instead staggered unlocks that are given out as the story progresses. DLC weapons tend to be ridiculous money sinks with incredibly expensive upgrades.
The next-gen re-release also adds the ability to switch to first-person mode for shooting, with new high-detail gun models and animations. In this mode, using the zoom function (R3 / press RS / mousewheel up) while aiming a weapon will use the weapon's iron sights, or the scope if a weapon has one. Sniper rifles, as usual for the series, always use their scope when aiming.
As a result of reusing models, every gun in the game except weapons that do not fire bullets and the sniper rifles eject .223 casings.
The "AP Pistol", though probably supposed to be some kind of TDI Kard knockoff, bears most resemblance to the Colt SCAMP, an obscure prototype burst-fire pistol, though it is depicted with a traditional pistol slide. It also has M1911-style grips and 3-hole trigger. It holds 18 rounds in its magazine (36 with the "Extended Clip" attachment). Assuming it is actually supposed to be a SCAMP, the weapon is normally incorrectly shown as fully automatic, but during the rappelling part in "Three's Company", it is for some reason shown in the correct 3-round burst mode. The lettering on the slide states it is chambered in 9x18mm.
What appears to be a combination of the Heckler & Koch P2000 and the Beretta Px4 Storm is available as the "Combat Pistol". It holds 12 rounds in its magazine (16 with the "Extended Clip" attachment). It is chambered in "9mm ACB". It is used by IAA spooks first seen in Michael's mission "Dead Man Walking", and can be purchased for other characters afterwards at Ammu-Nation.
A poorly-modeled Desert Eagle appears as the "Pistol .50". For the Xbox 360 and PS3 it is exclusive to players who bought the special edition, but the next-gen and PC versions have it available to all players. It holds 9 bullets in the magazine; this could make it a .357 Magnum (.50 AE Desert Eagles hold 7 rounds), but the next-gen model has a clear ".50CAL" marking on the barrel. It incorrectly has an optional extended magazine of 12 rounds and is double action only.
The weapon model is quite frankly, a mess; it lacks the long beavertail of an actual Desert Eagle and has a trigger guard that bears more resemblance to the PT92, has oversized cocking serrations and a much too curved top to the rear section of the slide, chunky rear sights with a tiny front sight pin, and incorrectly has an underbarrel accessory rail. It also has no scope rail mounts, no barrel lock, no magazine release, and lacks the Desert Eagle's safety switch; the developers appear to have confused the slide release for the safety, and so the pin for the slide release is attached to nothing and the projecting part has been turned into a sliding selector, the mechanics of which are best not considered.
Entreprise Arms Wide Body 1911
A 1911-type handgun styled after the Entreprise Arms Wide Body 1911 appears as the "Heavy Pistol". It was released for last-gen consoles with the "Business Update" DLC, while in the next-gen versions it is unlocked along with the "Combat Pistol" following the mission "Dead Man Walking". It has a miniature red dot sight modelled on the slide, which is purely cosmetic in the original third-person view, but is a fully functional sight in first-person mode in the next-gen versions. The weapon comes with an incorrect 18 round magazine and can be upgraded with a ridiculous 36 round extended magazine, as well as the usual pistol mods (suppressor and weapon light).
The "SNS Pistol" is available with the "Beach Bum Pack DLC" and seems to be a Heckler & Koch P7M10 with some design elements also similar to the Colt Junior. It holds 6 rounds in its magazine (12 with the "Extended Clip" attachment), but has no other accessories, rendering it rather a pointless weapon. The weapon's markings indicate that it is chambered in ".45 ACB". The name is a reference to the term "Saturday Night Special", a generic term for small, inexpensive pocket pistols; this is a bit ironic, since "inexpensive" is one thing that the P7 is most definitely not. The "Doomsday Heist" update added the ability to upgrade it to Mk.II status, which makes it resemble an AMT Backup.
The "Pistol" is a Taurus PT92AF. It is the first pistol available to the player, and Michael and Trevor both have one in their starting inventory. It holds 12 rounds in its magazine (16 with the "Extended Clip" attachment), while its real counterpart holds 10, 15 or 17 (though the 12-round magazine would be correct for the compact variant, the PT92C). The in-game description claims it is chambered for .45 caliber rounds, instead of the 9x19mm ones used by the real PT92AF. However, in the mission "Complications", Michael refers it to a 9mm, and the lettering on the slide reads "9mm". In Grand Theft Auto Online, players are automatically given one of these pistols at the start of every session.
Is also used by US Military, probably as the stand-in for the Beretta M9.
Thompson Center Arms Contender
The Thompson Center Arms Contender appears in the game as the "Marksman Pistol", added with the "Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2" update. It is a single shot pistol and has no other accessories. It deals the highest damage of any weapon, even exceeding the "Heavy Sniper Rifle".
The "Vintage Pistol" was added with the "I'm Not a Hipster" update. It based on the FN Model 1922 and FN Model 1903 pistols (the "9mm" in-game marking on the ejection port would match the latter); it also has a Mauser HSc-style trigger guard, and the back of the slide resembles that of a Glock pistol. It holds 7 rounds (or 14 with the "Extended Clip" attachment), and can be fitted with a suppressor.
The "Assault Shotgun" is largely based on the UTAS UTS-15 with the addition of a box magazine and some other modifications such as a longer stock and relocating the barrel to the position the magazine tubes normally occupy. The original UTS-15 has a manual pump-action; however the "Assault Shotgun" seems to think it is an AA-12 and is fully automatic, with 8 and 32-round capacities like the latter shotgun as well.
The Kel-Tec KSG, called the "Bullpup Shotgun", was a bonus weapon available in the Special Edition of the original release; it is included with every copy of the next-gen versions. It comes with a 14-shell capacity, and like all games that feature the KSG, its 2 magazine tubes are depicted, mechanically, as a single long tube. Like the other pump-action shotguns, it is reloaded with just one shell.
Custom Shortened Mossberg 500
The "Sawed-Off Shotgun" in the game is a truncated Mossberg 500 in Serbu Super Shorty style, albeit with a little longer magazine tube, and short forend instead of the Serbu vertical grip. It comes with an 8-shell capacity (while a shotgun this size would only be able to hold somewhere like 3+1), and like with the larger Mossberg the reloading animation shows only one shell being inserted. It is the only shotgun in the base game capable of being used for drive-by shooting on motorcycles and boats (and even buses, prior to a patch). In GTA Online, this weapon replaces the "Assault SMG" as the free weapon for Rockstar Social Club members, with the Assault SMG being a rank-based unlockable for all players.
The "Pump Shotgun" in the game resembles a slightly shortened Mossberg 590 (somewhere between standard and Cruiser length) with an oversized forend, a heat shield and a Magpul CTR stock; it comes with an 8-shell magazine capacity. The reloading animation depicts only one shell being inserted, regardless of the number of shells loaded gameplay-wise. It is the standard shotgun of the LSPD and the LS County Sheriff's Department.
The Saiga 12 appears with an ACE folding stock and a rail (which has some similarity with Chaos quad rails) as the "Heavy Shotgun", added with the "Last Team Standing" update. The weapon seems to resemble one of the American clones manufactured by Lone Star Arms. However, the receiver has been reused from the in-game Norinco Type 56-2 (with the same markings on the fire selector, but different markings elsewhere), as noted by the rivet pattern and the AK dimples above the magazine. As a result, the fire selector is set to full-auto (as if it were a full-auto converted Saiga 12), despite the in-game weapon firing in semi-automatic mode.
It holds 6 slug shells in its magazine (12 with the "Extended Clip" attachment) and can also be fitted with a flashlight, a suppressor and an angled Magpul AFG2 foregrip. The "Further Adventures in Finance and Felony" update added a drum magazine attachment to some weapons, including the Saiga 12, which gains a capacity of 30 shells with it.
The "Combat PDW" is an integrally suppressed submachine gun available with the "Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1" DLC update; it is a hybrid weapon featuring parts of the SIG-Sauer MPX-SD and the Heckler & Koch MP5, as well as a unique small retractable stock. The handguard is similar to that of the MPX-SD (although it is modeled as if it covers the entirety of the suppressor), the receiver cutout for the collapsible stock is identical to it, and the right-side ejection port and magazine release button are very similar to those of early MPX prototypes. The weapon also has a Heckler & Koch MP5 style trigger guard and a similarly shaped (but deeper) magwell, as well as a left-side charging handle with a lock open feature just like the MP5.
It holds 30 rounds by default (despite being clearly modeled with a 20-round magazine), expanding to a 60-round capacity held in a 30-round magazine. Following the GTA Online: Further Adventures in Finance and Felony update, it can be equipped with a 100-round drum magazine, even though the model resembles the Magpul D60 drum magazine (which, as the name suggests, holds 60 rounds) normally used on AR-15s.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
A Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with an odd angular receiver seemingly based on the Taurus MT-40 from Max Payne 3 (resulting in a deeper magwell) appears as the "SMG". It has a railed top and handguard, and a pistol grip similar to the one used on the Navy trigger pack. It holds 30 rounds in a 15-round magazine by default, and 60 in a 30-round mag when upgraded with the "Extended Clip" attachment. While it is probably supposed to use an HK slap-style reload, in the next-gen first-person view the player character is actually shown slamming the side of their fist against the charging handle, which would be unlikely to do much other than break the gun and hurt their fist as it slams against the handle.
The MP5 can be equipped with a 100-round drum magazine after the "Further Adventures in Finance and Felony" update. However, it has the appearance of a single drum; a dual drum Beta C-Mag would be more appropriate for the 100-round capacity.
IMI Mini Uzi
A Mini Uzi is available as the "Micro SMG", and is one of the non-pistol firearms that can be used while driving. It defaults to a 16 round magazine more normally used on the full-sized Uzi (the Mini Uzi usually being sold with a 12-rounder) and can be upgraded to use a 30-round 9mm magazine. The beta version had an incorrectly slanted magazine, but this was corrected for the final game. When the Scope attachment is added, the character unfolds the stock and properly shoulders the weapon, otherwise, the stock is folded and the weapon is fired from the hip. It is chambered in the oddly named ".45 ACB" (Uzis in .45 ACP exist but are uncommon compared to 9x19mm ones, and a .45 ACP magazine would hold fewer rounds than the game shows), and its charging handle is erroneously displayed as being reciprocating while the gun is fired. Is also incorrectly used by the US Army in the mission Military Hardware instead of a more correct Heckler & Koch MP7 variant.
The Intratec TEC-9 appears as the "Machine Pistol", added with the "Lowriders" update. It is a mini variant fitted with a slotted barrel extension and the rear sight resembles TEC-22. It holds 12 rounds in its magazine (20 with the "Extended Clip" attachment.)
Its model is actually an HD "reimagining" of the modified TEC-9 introduced in version 2.0 of GTA: Vice City (and later used in GTA: San Andreas), with similar differences from the real-world analogue in the form of a stylized "stepped" receiver.
It can be equipped with a drum magazine after the "Further Adventures in Finance and Felony" update. However, this one has a capacity of merely 30 rounds, which in reality could simply be achievable with a 32-round standard box magazine; real drum magazines for the TEC-9 have a capacity of 72 rounds.
This gun is available with the Valentine's Day Massacre Special DLC as the "Gusenberg Sweeper". It is modeled after a Thompson M1928A1, but with a smooth barrel and a drum magazine that incorrectly holds 30 rounds. The "Extended Clip" attachment ups the ammo count to the correct 50 rounds. It shares an ammo pool and aiming reticle with the belt-fed machine guns instead of the sub-machine guns.
The game incorrectly displays the gun's action as being closed-bolt instead of an open-bolt action.
Rifles & Carbines
A musket is added with the "Independence Day" DLC. This Musket is based on flintlock target rifles. Even though the "Independence Day" theme would imply that it is supposed to be some kind of an American Revolutionary War weapon, that appears to not be the case considering what actually it is based on.
The weapon seems to be based on the M107 in terms of gameplay mechanics; it is extremely accurate, hugely powerful, and can penetrate multiple enemies if they are lined up; none of these are traits traditionally associated with a smoothbore musket firing lead balls. As can be expected for a muzzle-loading weapon, it has a very low rate of fire, taking several seconds to prepare a new round for firing. The animation is actually unrealistically short, however, showing player characters simply adding powder and a ball without using a ramrod, which would not allow either to be properly seated at the breech of the weapon. They also do not refill the flash pan, meaning the weapon would not actually fire, and the serpentine resets itself immediately after falling. For reasons which are not entirely clear, it counts as a shotgun. Though many smoothbore muskets can and have historically loaded buckshot for certain applications, they are not generally classified as shotguns.
This fictional assault rifle (classified in-game as an SMG) described as firing the also fictional 6x30mm cartridge is a bonus unlock for players who join the Rockstar Social Club; it bears a resemblance to several real guns, particularly the Magpul PDR-C and FN P90 TR. It can be fitted with a 30 or 60 round magazine. In GTA Online, this weapon is a rank-based unlock for all players, with the Sawed-Off Shotgun replacing it as the free weapon for Social Club members.
The "Bullpup Rifle" is a fictional carbine consisting of the rear of a Norinco Type 86S, QBZ-95-1 midsection and lower handguard, Norinco QBZ-95 selector switch and LAPA FA03 for the front part and cooling vents. It is added with the "High Life Update" as a part of the GTA Online "Spring Update". In-game it is said to be a Chinese import. Its front sight is recycled from the GTA IV Carbine Rifle, and the weapon uses the same magazine models from the Type 56, as does the real world Type 86S.
The "Carbine Rifle" is a custom AR-15 carbine consisting of an ACE skeleton stock incorrectly portrayed as collapsible, Northtech Billet lower receiver with an ergonomic pistol grip, VLTOR upper receiver, a handguard resembling the Daniel Defense MFR 9.0, and a 10.5" barrel with an AAC Blackout flash hider. Its sights are a rear folding backup sight probably based on the MBUS and a Troy folding front battle sight. It can be fitted with an ELCAN SpecterDR scope, which is incorrectly depicted as a simple red dot sight, flashlight, 30 or 60 round magazine, a Magpul AFG2 foregrip, and a sound suppressor. Due to the silver color of the bolt carrier group and the very flat shape, it is probably modelled from an Airsoft gun rather than a real AR-15.
The extended magazine seems to be based on a 40 round one; it is only slightly longer than a 30-rounder, and is still a double-stack configuration. For a magazine of the length shown to hold sixty rounds, it would have to be a much thicker quad stack casket-type magazine.
The GTA Online: Further Adventures in Finance and Felony update gives it the ability to equip a box of 100 rounds, oddly having the appearance of an LMG-style belt box, whereas a 100-round Beta C-Mag would have been much more appropriate.
Heckler & Koch G36C
The Heckler & Koch G36C, called the "Special Carbine" in-game, is part of the Business Update DLC. It incorrectly has a 6 vent-holes on the short C handguard, and utilizes straight metal magazines similar to the Galil 7.62 ARM. It also has a custom charging handle that juts out on both sides of the weapon, rather than a flush charging handle. The next-gen version is also shown with ejection ports on both sides of the weapon. It can also upgraded to Mk.2 status, changing its handguard and stock. Also use STANAG magazine.
The G36C can be equipped with a 100-round Beta C-Mag after the GTA Online: Further Adventures in Finance and Felony update.
IMI Compact Tavor CTAR-21
The "Advanced Rifle" appears to be a IMI Compact Tavor CTAR-21 with a raised scope mount. It has an open pistol grip with a traditional trigger guard (similarly to the MTAR-21) instead of the real CTAR-21's closed handguard. A screenshot previously released by Game Informer showed a more correctly modeled CTAR-21 with a green finish. It can be fitted with a red dot sight based on an Aimpoint M2 with the M4S battery storage location, flashlight, suppressor, and a 30 or 60 round (based on a 40 round) magazine. In GTA: Online is incorrectly used by the US Army in the mission Superdollar Deal.
Norinco Type 56-2
The "Assault Rifle" is a Norinco Type 56-2, identifiable by the full ring front sight and the side folding stock. The weapon is fitted with an aftermarket LHV-47 handguard and ergonomic pistol grip, and can be customized with a red dot sight (which resembles an Aimpoint Micro T1), Magpul AFG2, flashlight, suppressor (based on the PBS-1 suppressor of the AKS-74U), and a 30 or 60 round magazine (the latter being modeled after a 40-round mag). After the GTA Online: Further Adventures in Finance and Felony update, it can be equipped with a 100-round drum magazine as well.
Despite the weapon being a Chinese Type 56, it is shown with "АВ-ОД" Cyrillic markings on the fire selector, and while the front sight is appropriately hooded, it is actually narrower like that of the AKM. Additionally, the rifle is modeled with an AK-74's 90 degree gas block, but with the bayonet lug shown at the rear (like a Type 56) rather than the front.
It is the standard low-rank assault rifle and is frequently seen in the hands of gang members in later missions; more oddly, it is also seen in the hands of Merriweather PMC operators and US Army and Marine Corps troops at Fort Zancudo, though in the latter case the gate guards at least use the fictional AR-15 carbine rifle. In GTA Online: Doomsday Heist it is also incorrectly used by a Russian Spetsnaz team, while Russian-made guns like the AK-103 should be more appropriate.
Ruger Mini Thirty
The Ruger Mini Thirty appears as the "Marksman Rifle", added to the sniper rifles class with the "Last Team Standing Update" DLC. It has an ACE Skeleton stock (incorrectly shown as collapsible, as on the Carbine Rifle), and feeds from curved box magazines similar to those used by various rifles chambered in Soviet 7.62x54mmR or 7.62x39mm. It comes equipped with a scope and 8-round mags (16 with the "Extended Clip" attachment) and can also be fitted with a flashlight, a suppressor, and an angled Magpul AFG2 foregrip. Oddly, it ejects larger cartridges than the .50 BMG Heavy Sniper, when it should eject a much smaller casing. A major advantage this rifle had over the other two sniper rifles in the last-gen versions was that the player character could move while aiming through the scope. This, however, came at a cost of a relatively low-power scope with fixed magnification. The next-gen versions default to allowing characters to move while aiming sniper rifles (this was made an option on the previous generation version), meaning the Mini Thirty's advantages are limited to higher capacity and rapid fire. The rifle also features the same gas system as an M14, giving it some resemblance to a rifle of the EBR family.
Accuracy International AW-F
An Accuracy International AW-F is the standard sniper rifle in the game, with a 10-round magazine, though the ingame magazine juts out further from the weapon, and should logically hold closer to 20 rounds due to its size. At the start of the mission "Nervous Ron", Trevor intimidates the clerk at his local AmmuNation into giving him this rifle as well as a high-powered scope and suppressor for free. Oddly, when doing missions for Cleetus the weapon is automatically reverted to the standard scope and paint scheme.
A Barrett M107 incorrectly shown with a raised full length scope rail like an M82A3 (but styled after the short raised rail of the A1) is available as the "Heavy Sniper". It incorrectly holds 6 rounds per magazine instead of 10, and the magazine itself is wrongly shown being inserted straight rather than rocked into the magazine well. When aiming down the scope, probably due to an oversight, the sound of a bolt operation can be heard after each shot, despite the weapon being semi-automatic; however, it isn't heard when firing without aiming. The M107 is also used on an electronic rig in the back of a van to shoot down Javier Madrazo's commercial jet in the mission Caida Libre.
GE M134 Minigun
A handheld GE M134 Minigun is available for the heavy weapon slot; the weapon is shown with no power supply or ammo feed, and loads every round the player has at once (a maximum capacity of 9999 rounds). The M134 is also seen in the non-playable FPS Righteous Slaughter 7.
Hybrid FN Minimi Derivative
The "Combat MG" featured in the game is a fictional hybrid of several FN Minimi variants, with the buttstock of an M60. The weapon is visually similar to the Mk 48 variant, but has the STANAG adaptor of a standard M249 SAW. The lower handguard is visually halfway between the M249 and M60, and the heat shield is low-profile with a sloped front like a Mk 46 Mod 1 but has a top rail like a Mod 0. To add to the confusion, the side of the weapon indicates "7.62 mm" which would only be correct for a Mk 48. It can accept all attachments except the flashlight and suppressor, and can be fitted with a 100 or 200 round belt. By default the weapon is fired from the hip, but when the Scope attachment is added the character will actually shoulder the weapon and fire it like an assault rifle. Michael is given one for free during the mission "Blitz Play" equipped with a scope and grip, and the weapon become available at Ammu-Nation afterwards. For some reason, the mission "Monkey Business" seems to steal Michael's Minimi, meaning he will have to purchase it again afterwards.
A PKM with synthetic furniture, a significantly shorter gas tube and an RIS handguard similar to that of the DSA RPD appears as the "MG". It has an RPD circular drum, which could not attach to the socket under the PKM, and with a strange capacity of 54 rounds by default, but the "Extended Clip" attachment gives it a standard PKM belt box with the correct capacity of 100 rounds. While the belt correctly feeds from right to left, the charging handle is incorrectly present on the left side of the weapon instead of the right. Oddly, the PKM is unlocked at Ammu-Nation after the "Combat MG", despite being an inferior weapon with fewer upgrade options, though it can be found hidden in the game world prior to this. A fully upgraded PKM is the standard armament of the "Dune FAV".
What appears to be a FIM-92 Stinger (though the launch tube seems to have a slimmer profile, closer to an SA-7 Grail) is added as the "Homing Launcher" with the "Festive Surprise" DLC. It is incorrectly shown as reloadable with a muzzle-loaded round, most likely so the reloading animation for the RPG-7 could be re-used for it. The actual "reloading" procedure for a Stinger would be to swap the gripstock to another missile tube and replace the BCU.
What appears to be a homemade Panzerschreck composed mostly of cardboard was added as the "Fireworks Launcher" with the "Independence Day" DLC released in July 2014. It is fitted with a muzzle-loaded firework rocket instead of the normal rear-loaded hollow charge, and is also painted with the American flag. It was a limited time only item in GTA Online and is also the only DLC weapon to be removed from GTA V's story mode; after it was removed it was no longer available in Ammu-Nation, though the Fireworks Launcher would remain in the inventory of any player character who still had ammunition for it in singleplayer. It has so far been available twice in the Xbox One and PS4 versions; it was available on December 25th 2014 and again on January 1st 2015. So far, there is no way to acquire it during gameplay in the PC version.
The Firework Launcher is essentially a toy rather than an effective weapon; even firing it at the player character's own feet will only cost about half their health, and rockets are more expensive than rounds for the RPG-7.
As a note of trivia, while the idea of a cardboard Panzerschreck is certainly absurd, it is not purely fictional; in fact, one of Germany's last-ditch weapon plans towards the end of World War 2 was a version of the Panzerschreck made from a wood pulp-based leather substitute called "Presstoff". Unlike the in-game weapon, however, this didn't just fire fireworks - it fired actual, full-power 88mm rockets. This project went nowhere, and only really existed in the first place because period fiberglass was too brittle to use in this application.
Milkor Mark 14 MGL
A Milkor Mark 14 MGL appears in the game with a Magpul CTR stock. It has an unrealistic capacity of 10 grenades instead of 6, and is reloaded by inserting just one round into the cylinder. Similarly to the HK69A1 from GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony, it fires unrealistic "smart" grenades which detonate on impact with humans, animals or vehicles, otherwise exploding on a timer. It is the first launcher to be unlocked, and is given to Trevor for free by his "cook", Chef, when the two have to defend Trevor's meth lab after he angers a local gang, although one can be found before this beneath the water in a half-submerged cave on the eastern shore of Blaine County.
The RPG-7 with PG-7V (ПГ-7В) and custom polygonal breech is the only rocket launcher available without DLC in the original release. The next-gen version oddly has the front sight of an M136 AT4, as well as a series of rather silly warnings on the launcher including "point toward enemy" and a painted reminder to not aim the RPG-7 at pets or feet.
Is also incorrectly used by US Army to take down trespassing aircraft instead of the more correct FIM-92 Stinger.
M112 C4 Demolition Pack
"Sticky bombs" made from a pair of mysteriously self-adhesive M112 C4 demolition packs rigged to a remote detonator are available as a thrown weapon, first available in Trevor's mission "Friends Reunited" when he is given twenty of them for free to blow up a trailer park used by The Lost MC biker gang. After this, all characters can buy them from Ammu-Nation. The charges are thrown like grenades and stick to surfaces, or can be placed if the player character is close to a wall. Every charge currently placed is detonated at the same time if they are set off using the detonate command, or they can be individually triggered with gunfire. The latter is unrealistic unless the gunfire somehow damages the detonator in a way that makes it operate, since C4 is an insensitive explosive.
M18 Smoke Grenade
The M18 smoke grenade appears as the "Tear Gas" grenade. The same model is also used for the BZ gas grenades used in the Smart approach to the jewelry store heist in singleplayer.
M61 Hand Grenade
The M61 hand grenade appears as the "Grenade".
The "Rhino", a fictional tank closely based on the German Leopard 2A4, mounts an unusable Browning M2 on the commander's hatch. The Heists Update for GTA Online later added a vehicle to multiplayer called the "Insurgent", the pickup variant of which features a usable roof-mounted M2HB. Later, the "Gunrunning" update added an "Anti-Aircraft Trailer" which got the aforementioned M2HBs in a M51 quad mount as one of the 3 possible weapons alternatives (the others being a SAM and Oerlikon 20mm Cannons) and a "Half-track" a vehicle inspired by the M3 Scout, which got the M51 mount as an upgrade, although the game refers to it as a "Quad 20mm cannons", but neither of these two is obtainable in singleplayer. The Tula, seen in the Smuggler's Run update, is armed with single and dual M2HBs. Also the TM-02 Khanjali, which is based on a Polish PL-01, is incorrectly using one instead of a UKM-2000C. The Arena War update, which included numerous post-apocalyptic themed vehicles based on Mad Max, Death Race, and more, includes M2HBs with cut-down barrels as mod options in various configurations. It's seen with the Kurtz 31 Patrol Boat, based on the PBR boat used in the Vietnam War and on an armed Nagasaki Dinghy at the Cayo Perico Heist update.
For no obvious reason, a Soviet T-34-85 can be found in a junkyard in Los Santos. Even more curiously, it retains its hull-mounted Degtyaryov DT machine gun; these are usually not shown even on tanks that are supposed to be real, since videogame tanks are often based on museum pieces with empty hull gun mounts.
The "P-996 Lazer" fighter jet, a cross between the F-35, F/A-18 and F-16, is equipped with a pair of M61 Vulcan cannons, with the one installation an F-16 should have mirrored on both sides of the fuselage.
The Heists Update also added a mission set on an aircraft carrier, equipped with M61 Vulcan cannons in Phalanx CIWS installations.
Mounted M134 Miniguns appear in wing mounts on the Buzzard and Annihilator helicopters. The "Savage" gunship added in multiplyer in the Heists Update, which is a Hind-D, should probably have a Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B gatling gun, but instead has a six-barrel rotary chin gun which appears to be a stretched-out M134. The "Gunrunning Update" adds new vehicles with the M134 as a selectable weapon for the "Dune FAV" and "Weaponized Tampa", with the Tampa getting a pair fitted to a CROWS style weapon system on the top of the car, and the FAV getting it as an option for use by the passenger.
A Taser-like device is available as the "Stun Gun", first unlocked by doing Trevor's "Border Patrol" missions. While it fires out wires to deliver a shock, it is functionally rather like the Stun Knife in Metal Gear Solid 4: it can fire a shot every 3 seconds, which is the time it takes for the power meter to be recharged from 0 to 100. The weapon's model most closely resembles the Stinger S-200 from the defunct Stinger Systems. The rear of the weapon however bears a striking resemblance to a Glock pistol.
It was added in GTA Online with "The Contracts" update.
Unlike real-life Taser-type weapons, the "Stun Gun" does not need to replace cartridges or wires, nor does it have limited battery power. It is also worth noting that the term "Stun Gun" normally refers to contact electroshock devices rather than ones that can engage a target at range. The proper term would be a Conducted Energy Weapon.
A rail gun appears in the high-def versions as a bonus for players who have already played the previous console version of GTA V: it is a rather odd "bonus", considering it still costs a quarter of a million dollars at Ammu-Nation (although a free one can be found in the wreckage of the crashed cargo plane in the Alamo Sea after completing the mission "Minor Turbulance"). It is in the heavy weapon slot, and despite having a detachable magazine it has only a single-shot capability, with a maximum ammunition limit of 20 rounds (including the one loaded). In GTA Online it is only available in some "Adversary" game modes and in a supply stealing mission. True to its nature, it hits targets almost instantly. The weapon is an obvious work of fantasy; as yet it is not possible to build a smallarm-scale magnetic accelerator which is capable of any level of power that would make it useful as a weapon. A larger version is mounted on the previously mentioned TM-02 Khanjali.
GTA Online Exclusive Weapons
The "Ceramic Pistol" is a compact pistol that was added in The Diamond Casino Heist update. The slide and the grips are based on the Heckler & Koch P7, while the trigger guard and thumb reliefs resemble those of a Glock. The gun is available for purchase at Ammu-Nation after completing the heist Diamond casino with "The Big Con" approach. The pistol doesn't respond to the metal detector in the casino. The magazine holds 12 rounds by default, and can be extended to 17. The pistol's name and ability to not show up on metal detectors might be a reference to Die Hard 2 and/or the myths surrounding the Glock pistols upon its invention.
The Colt 1851 Navy was added in The Diamond Casino Heist update under the name of "Navy Revolver", and is unlocked by completing the "Mystery Clues" miniquest. The revolver is covered in bloody inscriptions. The reload animation involves replacing the entire cylinder with a new one, a much more simpler approach of reloading a black powder, percussion cap revolver. However, the player character simply swaps the cylinders without detaching the barrel assembly, the latter being required in order to remove the old cylinder.
As with the Colt New Army & Navy, unlocking the 1851 Navy in GTA Online and earning 50 kills with it unlocks the 1851 in Red Dead Redemption Online along with offering cash rewards for both online modes.
A Colt New Army & Navy is the reward of a mystery sidequest available to all players in GTA Online. After acquiring, players can complete a challenge of getting 50 headshot kills with it to gain a $250,000 in-game reward as well as an exclusive variation of the Colt to use in Red Dead Redemption II. It appears under the same moniker of "Double-Action Revolver" as it did in Red Dead (it also has the same firing sound), and has a highly engraved, brass or golden finish.
Orion Flare Gun
The Orion Flare Gun was added in the "Heists" update, and is known simply as the "Flare Gun". Although it has the paint job of the 12 gauge variant, the weapon model matches more that of the 25mm version. It is remarkably useless in its intended role, providing little to no illumination and the flares do not hang in the air, falling back down almost immediately after launch. Instead, it is far more useful as a direct-fire weapon, being a short-range weapon capable of setting targets on fire. The "Smugglers' Run" update gave its flares the ability to attract lock-on missiles.
What appears to be a combination of the Golden Gun and the Luger P08 (in shape) is available as the "Perico Pistol". Markings in German on the barrel read "MIT OFFENEN ARMEN" (meaning "With Open Arms"), suggesting that either the gun is German or the engraving is to celebrate its owner's heritage. This is Juan "El Rubio" Strickler's personal single-shot pistol and was added in the "The Cayo Perico Heist" update. The pistol can be obtained during the heist by using the key from the box. It fires single shot only and it's reloaded similarly to the Thompson Center Arms Contender.
Taurus Raging Bull
The "Executives and other Criminals" update for GTA Online finally brings a revolver to the game's arsenal of sidearms. It appears to be another frankengun, based on the Taurus Raging Bull's barrel mated to the frame of an ASG Dan Wesson CO2 revolver as evident by the straighter grip which also lacks the distinctive red Raging Bull backstrap, and is referred to as the "Heavy Revolver". For whatever reason, the weapon is treated as single action and is always cocked after each shot, in an arduously slow process. Given its six shot capacity, it is likely chambered in .44 Magnum. Can be upgraded to Mk. II status.
Armsel Striker/Protecta Hybrid
A hybrid of the Armsel Striker and the Armsel Protecta appears as the "Sweeper Shotgun" (a reference to the Cobray Street Sweeper variant). It was added with the "Bikers" update; it has a 7" barrel, and can be used on bikes. It has a rear-mounted drum advance lever and a clockwork mechanism like the Striker, but combined with a large shell deflector and the lack of a winding key in front of the drum, like the Protecta. Additionally, the pistol grip is different, the vertical foregrip is replaced by a custom handguard, and in place of the winding key, there is a strange small lever that is attached to said handguard rather than the drum itself.
It has a 10-round capacity, in contrast to the real Striker/Protecta's 12-round cylinder. Some civilian variants in reality do have a capacity of 10 rounds as a result of two chambers being blocked, but they also have a minimum legal barrel length not abided by in-game; such a restriction without the other would be weird.
Interestingly, the HUD icon does show a Striker's winding key and proper pistol grip (the former giving it an overall appearance similar to a Penn Arms Striker-12), and lacks the aforementioned handguard.
A Franchi SPAS-12 was added as the "Combat Shotgun" in the "The Cayo Perico Heist" update, unlocked for purchase by finding it in the titular heist. Unlike previous shotguns, the correct number of shells are reloaded depending on how many have already been fired, and the charging handle is only pulled on empty reloads.
Sawed-Off Double Barreled Shotgun
A Sawed-Off Double Barreled Shotgun was added with the "Lowriders: Custom Classics" update. Rather than firing both barrels at once as is the norm for double-barrels in video games, the player character more sensibly (and less wrist-destroyingly) fires two shots in rapid succession when the fire button is pressed.
Sa vz. 82 Skorpion
The Sa vz. 82 Skorpion appears in the Bikers DLC as the "Mini SMG". It uses straight magazines, and the weapon's markings indicate that it is chambered in 9mm, both of which are characteristics of the vz. 82 model. However, the way the magazine is fitted diagonally is reminiscent of the vz. 61 variant. It reuses the TEC-DC9's reload animation; if the weapon is emptied and reloaded, the charging handle is not pulled to chamber a new round.
Rifles & Carbines
Custom Compact AK
A compact AK derivative appears in GTA Online as the "Compact Rifle" in the "Lowriders: Custom Classics" DLC. The main receiver is reused from the aforementioned Norinco Type 56-2, having the same rivet pattern, smooth dust cover, selector markings, and even serial number. The barrel and handguard are very shortened, with the length being between the Mini Draco and the Micro Draco Romanian AK Pistol. The weapon lacks a stock, and is fitted with a flash hider similar to that of the Bulgarian Arsenal AR-SF.
Initially, the only attachment available was a 60-round extended magazine (modeled after a 40-rounder), but the option to equip a 100-round drum magazine was later added in the GTA Online: Further Adventures in Finance and Felony update.
The FN SCAR-H is seen in the in-game trailer for fictitous movie The Simian, but with a different buttstock. It was originally going to be available for use as the "Heavy Rifle", but was cut from the final game possibly because it did not correctly fit into the characters' holding animation. It was finally made available in GTA Online with "The Contract" update.
The in-game SCAR has its gas tube flipped upside down.
A hybrid M16 was added in the "The Criminal Enterprises" update as the "Service Carbine". It has a partial fence lower and lacks a case deflector, like early M16 variants such as the XM16E1. However, it also has an M16A4's detachable carry handle, an A2/A4 forward assist and a shortened handguard inspired by those later variants. The barrel is also different and slightly shortened.
Steyr AUG A3
A visually modified Steyr AUG A3 was added as a "Military Rifle" in the "The Cayo Perico Heist" update. The AUG A3 can be equipped with a 45-round extended mag, Aimpoint sight, flashlight and suppressor. The rifle is also used by El Rubio's mercenaries around Cayo Perico.
Heckler & Koch GLM
The "Compact EMP Launcher" included in the GTA Online: The Contract update is based on the Heckler & Koch GLM.
M79 grenade launcher
A shortened version of the M79 grenade launcher with a pistol grip appears as the "Compact Grenade Launcher", added with the "Bikers" DLC. It shares ammo and fires the same kind of bouncy round as the Mark 14 MGL. When reloading, the spent casing isn't ejected; instead, it disappears before a new grenade is inserted.
Mk II Weapons
"Pistol Mk II"
The Taurus PT92AF is one of the guns that can be upgraded to Mk II status following the "Gunrunning" update, allowing it to access more ammunition types: FMJ, incendiary, hollow point, armor piercing and explosive rounds. The pistol's appearance is modified, with lightning cuts in the slide, and its triangular hammer, slide and rail resembling the CZ P-09. The extended magazine baseplate resembles a TTI Glock +4 aftermarket baseplate, while the finger grooves and grip shape resemble a Hogue Browning Hi-Power grip. The Mk II variant does more damage but retains the incorrect 12 round capacity, unless special ammunition is chosen, in which it holds an also incorrect 8 rounds, presumably for balance reasons. The Mk II pistol can be upgraded with a wide variety of accessories, including extended magazines, a compensator, and a handgun scope, as well as a large variety of colors, camouflage patterns and tints.
"Pump Shotgun Mk II"
When upgraded to the Mk II version, the basis of the Mossberg 590 shotgun changes to a Remington 870, but for some reason modeled with the right-side bolt handle of a semi-automatic shotgun. It features a different heat shield, a top rail, a Magpul MOE handguard, and a Magpul UBR stock.
"SMG Mk II"
The "Gunrunning" update allows the MP5A3 to be upgraded to the Mk II variant, transforming it into a Heckler & Koch MP5K, albeit without a foregrip. The front end and magazine resemble those of a SIG-Sauer MPX K. Due to its stockless nature, it can be fired on motorcycles and boats. The Mk II features a slightly higher damage output and rate of fire, and also possesses far more customization options like a C-More red-dot sight, tints, colors, camouflages, alongside various muzzle brakes and barrels.
"Bullpup Rifle Mk II"
Following the Doomsday Heist update, the "Bullpup Rifle" can be upgraded to Mk II status, which gives it a carrying handle similar to that of the HS Produkt VHS-D2 and more customization options.
"Carbine Rifle Mk II"
The Gunrunning update allows the AR-15 to be upgraded to Mk II status, which makes it look like a Salient Arms International Tier One AR-15 or a Taran Tactical Ultralight. Like other Mk II weapons, it is highly customization with many scope, camouflage/tint, and barrel options. Interestingly the extended magazine option actually displays a correct quad-stack magazine and has the correct capacity of 60 rounds. It can also be swapped to use different ammunition types, such as FMJ and Armor Piercing, with a lower capacity. The suppressor is no longer covered by the handguard and is mounted to the muzzle, similar to the in game CTAR-21.
"Assault Rifle Mk II"
The Norinco Type 56-2 can be upgraded to Mk II status after the Gunrunning update, which substitutes the folding stock with a sliding stock, and adds an AKM's non-hooded front sight and ribbed receiver cover. It also adds a handguard that is vaguely reminiscent of the one present on the 2016 model of the AK-12. The bayonet lug underneath the gas block is still the same though, and the gas tube still has vents, albeit positioned lower. Oddly, while the left side of the weapon retains the Type 56's rivet pattern, the right side gains an AKM's rivet pattern.
The damage is increased, and ammunition types can be swapped similarly to the Carbine Rifle Mk II. It is heavily customizable, possessing the same level of customization as the Carbine Rifle with muzzles, camouflages and tints.
"Marksman Rifle Mk II"
Upgrading the "Marksman Rifle" to Mk II status gives it a longer handguard and gas block, as well as a straighter magazine, making the rifle resemble a Mk 14 Mod 1 EBR. It also has a stock similar to the JAE-100 G3 stock.
"Heavy Sniper Mk II"
The Barrett can be upgraded to Mk II status in multiplayer in the "Gunrunning" update, which now takes design ques from the Serbu BFG-50A, including its stock, vented handguard, charging handle and muzzle brake. The Mk II Barrett not only increases the damage, but also allows the use of a suppressor, an (also incorrect) 8-round magazine, explosive rounds, alongside night vision and thermal optics.
"Combat MG Mk II"
After the Gunrunning update, the "Combat MG" can be upgraded to Mk II status in multiplayer, which gives it a shorter barrel and heat shield similar to the M60E4, as well as more customization options including ammunition types. Bizarrely, the stock appears to be from a G36.
Browning M2 Aicraft
The Browning M2 Aircraft is seen with the P-45 Nokota (based on the P-51 Mustang), the Mogul, and the Tula aircraft added in the Smuggler's Run update.
The Heists Update added the "Technical" vehicle to GTA Online, which is a Karin Rebel (Toyota Hilux parody) flatbed truck with a DShK heavy machine gun mounted on the back, equipped with an anti-aircraft sight.
General Dynamics GAU-17/A
The "Valkyrie" helicopter, added to GTA Online in the Heists Update, has two door-mounted GAU-17/A miniguns. The "Tula" plane, seen in the Smuggler's Run update, is armed with a single GAU-17/A, and the "Apocalypse Deathbike" from the Arena War update can somehow be upgraded to mount two shortened GAU-17s.
General Dynamics GAU-19/A
The "Thruster" jetpack, added to GTA Online in the Doomsday Heist update, can be upgraded to equip two short barreled GAU-19/A rotary guns. Full length GAU-19/As are available as upgraded turrets on some ground vehicles as well.
General Dynamics M197 Vulcan
The General Dynamics M197 Vulcan is seen with the Akula, an attack helicopter based on the RAH-66 Comanche, in the The Doomsday Heist update. Note that the real Comanche is fitted with the XM301, an upgraded version of the M197. The Weaponized Ignus, a supercar based largely on the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, also features a roof-mounted M197.
General Electric GAU-8/A
The "B-11 Strikeforce" of the "After Hours" update is based on the A-10 Thunderbolt II with the tail design of the YA-9, its rival from the Attack Experimental program, and features the same iconic General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger rotary cannon.
M230 Chain Gun
Hunter attack helicopters (based on the AH-64 Apache) equipped with the M230 Chain Gun can be seen in the trailer for the in-game movie The Simian, which can be seen when going to a movie theater while hanging out with a friend. The Hunter was finally added to the game with the Smuggler's Run update.
Mark 19 Grenade Launcher
The Barrage off-road truck can be upgraded to have a Mk 19 Grenade Launcher in its rear turret pintle. It fires low velocity rounds similar to the handheld 40mm launchers.
The Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23 is seen with the V-65 Molotok, which is based on the MiG-15/17 in the Smuggler's Run update.
The Nudelman N-37 is seen with the V-65 Molotok, which is based on the MiG-15/17 in the Smuggler's Run update.
Oerlikon 20mm Cannon
The Half-Track added in the "Gunrunning" update comes stock with a pair of Oerlikon 20mm Cannons, which are oddly referred to as .50 caliber by the promotional material and in-game.
Conversely, the aptly named "Valkyrie" (UH-1Y Venom with the tail similar to that of a Eurocopter Dauphin) gunship sports the Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B 12.7mm Gatling gun in a nose turret. It is remotely controlled by players sitting in the copilot's seat, and is treated more like a slow firing autocannon with high-explosive rounds.
These are weapons that are featured or otherwise displayed in the game, but not normally available for the player to acquire nor use during gameplay.
A Glock 38 compact pistol is seen in the holsters of armored truck guards, motorcycle cops, LSPD Officers, IAA Agents, FIB Agents and Merryweather PMC contractors, however they cannot be used and the guards will still attack the player using a Taurus PT92AF if they draw a pistol. The markings on the slide's texture confirm it to be a Glock 38 in .45 GAP, a niche proprietary cartridge designed by Glock that was not successful. This model is the same used in a scene of the in-game TV show Underbelly of Paradise.
Trevor Phillips is seen holding an M1911A1 in a piece of concept art that appears in the game as a loading screen.
A SIG-Sauer P226 is shown in the in-game TV show Underbelly of Paradise as a weapon seized from smugglers. It can be identified as such by the double stack bulge on the frame. It also appears to have been rendered without a hammer.
The "Way of the Gun" tattoo option for Michael consists of two crossed Volcanic Repeaters.
While playing Righteous Slaughter 7, an in-game FPS video game, in his bedroom, Jimmy's game character can be seen using a stainless steel Walther PPK in tandem with a syringe similar to the USP45/tactical knife combo in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
The Patriot Beer logo, found on various boxes and bottles throughout the city, features a pair of old percussion LeMat 1861 revolvers.
In the in-game cartoon Gordon Moorehead Rides Again, the titular detective encounters an inexplicable Nazi security guard outside Vinewood Studios, brandishing an MP40.
An M4A1 is seen on a sticker on a locker inside the Vanilla Unicorn's dressing room.
Mk 18 Mod 0
Several promotional images, some of which are used as loading screens in the final game, imply the fictional custom AR-15 was originally going to be a Mk 18 Mod 0 (though they might just be merely illustrative).
Norinco Type 56
Boxes of 7.62mm ammunition inside Ammu-Nation stores show an import Norinco Type 56 with a fixed stock.
Robinson Armament XCR
When playing Righteous Slaughter 7 in his bedroom, Jimmy's game character can be seen using a Robinson Armament XCR in the CQB configuration. This weapon is not available in the game for player use.
Knight's Armament Company M110 SASS
A sniper rifle reminiscent of the M110 SASS is seen in a promotional image, and was going to be available as the "Assault Sniper", but was cut from the game.
The Remington 700 can be found on signs inside Ammu-Nation.
The M9 Bazooka is wielded by Jack Howitzer on the covers of his movies and in a tattoo available in GTA Online. It is identifiable by its distinctive trigger guard, however, the tube itself is shaped like the earlier bazookas. In an apparent allusion, he holds it in a similar manner to the way Rambo holds an RPG-7 on the cover of Rambo: First Blood Part II.
Mk 2 Hand Grenade
The "GTA Online Lowriders" update includes allows certain cars to have custom gear shift levers, one of which resembles the Mk 2 hand grenade.
These weapons are generally images which can be found in the game files; no associated models appear to exist for them. See the discussion page for miscellaneous weapon information.