A description of the guns found in the rulebook and on this homepage.

Gun Description
Hand cannon.
150cm 10kg
A primitive short barrelled gun without lock, sights or true stock. Fired with a slowmatch or brand.
100cm 2.8kg
Earliest recognisible shoulder-arm, a light muzzle loader with matchlock or (rarely) wheellock.
Rifle arquebus
110cm 3kg
A surprisingly early innovation, the rifled weapon is more accurate but slow loading and very costly.
Early musket
190cm 7kg
Heavier arquebus fired from a rest. A response to the introduction of heavier field plate armour.
40cm 0.9kg
One handed horseman's sidearm, usually equipped with a (costly, fragile) wheellock mechanism.
Fowling piece
100cm 2.5kg
Very lightly made arquebus used to hunt birds and small game. Ancestor of modern shotguns.
Saker (wallgun)
240cm 12kg
Outrageously large musket of about 2cm bore. Fired from a pivot mount in fortress or warship.
Tower musket
160cm 6kg
Everyone's favorite flintlock muzzle loader. A long shoulder arm of around 15mm bore. Used 1650 to 1860.
100cm 3.7kg
A shorter, lighter musket for use by cavalry and dragoons. Fierce muzzle-blast and recoil.
Cavalry pistol
36cm 0.7kg
Heavy, simple flintlock handgun issued as a sidearm to cavalry troopers (and popular with highwaymen).
Dueling piece
30cm 0.6kg
Well balanced, accurate handgun used in formal duels and target shooting events well into the 1800s.
Dueling piece (rifled)
32cm 0.6kg
A cad's gambit to gain an accuracy advantage, some examples have a smooth muzzle section to hide rifling.
Pocket pistol
14cm 0.3kg
A traveller's personal defense weapon, small enough to carry in a coat pocket or purse.
2 barrel pistol
20cm 0.5kg
Development of the typical civillian sidearm to give a second shot.
Brunswick rifle
118cm 6kg
Early military rifle. Heavy, awkward and slow, but far more accurate than a musket. Issued to specialist troops.
Typ. blunderbus
55cm 2kg
A short, wide bore carbine firing a heavy load of shot at short range. Popular coachman or nightguard's gun.

Percussion cap versions of the previous flintlocks appeared before more modern cartridge breech loaders rendered muzzle loaders archaic. Ballistics remain unchanged, reliability improves.

Gun Description
Enfield .577
125cm 5.5kg
Percussion lock muzzle loading military rifle. Adopted by British Army in 1858, replacing earlier muskets.
Dreyse 1848
130cm 5kg
Breech loading needle-fire rifle adopted by Prussia in 1862. Paper cartridge fired from bolt action breech.
Martini Henry
120cm 5kg
Single shot breech loader (falling block mechanism) firing a 13mm metallic cartridge. British Army, 1871.
Lebel m1886
130cm 4.3kg
First modern small bore, bolt action magazine rifle in service. French, tube magazine, 8mm bore. In use to 1920
Sharps carbine
100cm 4kg
Breech loading carbine beloved of US buffalo hunters. (probable origin of the term 'sharp shooter').
90cm 3.8kg
American lever action repeating carbine introduced in early 1860s. Rim fire cartridge.
Colt .36 navy
30cm 0.9kg
Early (1850s) percussion revolver. Classic Colt design popular during Civil War.
S+W.44 Russian
32cm 1.2kg
Excellent example of the cartride revolver (Colt 1873 Army model similar). Modern weapons differ little.
30cm 1.5kg
Heavy four barrel breech loading pistol. Alternative to the less reliable revolver.
Target pistol
34cm 0.5kg
Long barrel, single shot breech loading pistol built for competition shooting.
Typ. Derringer
12cm 0.2kg
Tiny single shot concealable pistol firing a heavy round (typically 10mm). Two barrelled versions exist.
Hollands .600
140cm 6.5kg
Double barrelled, breech loaded elephant rifle. A huge large game rifle.
Lee Enfield mk3
113cm 4kg
Argueably the best bolt action repeating rifle ever made. British Army service 1900-1957 (several marks).
Mauser Gew 98
125cm 4.2kg
Other side of the argument. German army version of the famous Mauser action used by almost everyone on earth.
Mannlicher m91
92cm 3kg
Bolt action carbine, Italian service. A weapon similar to this (reputedly) used in the Kennedy assassination.
P13 rifle .276
118cm 3.9kg
Intended Lee Enfield replacement (1912). Theoretically a better rifle, but slow, unreliable and awkward in use.
Luger 9mm
22cm 0.8kg
Archetypal self loading pistol. Accurate, complex, prone to jamming, but so stylish.
Mauser C96
31cm 1.3kg
Heavy automatic pistol with detachable wood holster/ stock. Bulky but reliable, a few types full automatic.
Webley .455 m6
28cm 1.1kg
Classic British Army service revolver. Brutally simple but nearly indestructable.
Webley .38 m4
26cm 0.8kg
Post WW1 reduction in calibre to produce a smaller and more controllable sidearm.
Colt 1911A1
21cm 1.1kg
The excellent US army service automatic. Heavy .45 calibre round. Many still in use.
Thomson m1921
86cm 5kg
Early sub-machine gun. Inextricably associated with 1920s US crime. Bulky 50 round drum, easily recognised.
Bergmann MP18
80cm 4kg
German SMG used at close of WW1. (Adopted by the Royal Navy in 1940 as Lanchester mk1)
12bore shotgun
130cm 3kg
Double barrelled civillian smoothbore used for small game hunting.
Military shotgun
100cm 4kg
Pump or lever action repeating shotgun, shorter barrel than civil weapon. Used by US marines and police forces.
Sawnoff 12bore
40cm 2kg
Criminal modification of normal 12 bore, removing most of barrel and stock for a short range concealable gun.
.410 shotgun
90cm 2kg
Cheaper alternative to 12 bore for vermin control and very small game. A poacher's gun.
.22 rifle
110cm 2.4kg
Smallbore target or practice rifle sometimes used for rabbit hunting. Some types mimic military weapons.
.32 revolver
18cm 0.4kg
Very inexpensive small calibre civillian pistol, the 'suicide special' of pulp crime fiction.
.32 auto
16cm 0.6kg
Concealable civillian automatic intended for personal defense.
Signal pistol
35cm 1kg
A single shot flare-gun. Not designed as a weapon (but one late 1930s German design can throw a small grenade).
Mauser Tg m1918
170cm 18kg
Large 13mm high velocity bolt action rifle capable of penetrating the armour of early tanks.
110cm 15kg
Britsh development of the classic Maxim belt fed heavy machine gun. Most world armies used similar guns in WW1. Tripod weighs another 22kg.
Masden m1902
117cm 10kg
First example of the easily portable magazine fed LMG used by modern armies. Widely adopted.
Lewis gun
128cm 12kg
Drum fed, air cooled LMG used in WW1. Many used in aerial combat.
Browning .50 M2
165cm 38kg
Heavy machinegun with some anti tank potential. 20kg tripod. Became a useful light AA weapon.
18 pdr fieldgun
Typical mid 20th century field artillery piece, crewed by 4-6 men (British).
Mills bombFragmentation grenade (pineapple shaped cast iron body). Used in both world wars (British).
Stick grenade German issue blast grenade (the easily recognised 'potato masher').
AK 47 (USSR)
88cm 4.3kg
Extremely successful assault rifle design, used world wide. Short 7.62mm m43 cartridge.
113cm 4.3kg
British army version of FN FAL self loading rifle. Original FN design full automatic. 7.62x51mm NATO round.
Mauser SP66
130cm 6kg
Typical example of a modern bolt action sniping rifle. Normally equipped with telescopic sights.
HK Gewehr 3
102cm 4.4kg
West German issue automatic rifle firing the 7.62x51mm NATO round. Heavy barrel versions used in LMG role.
IMI Galil
98cm 4.3kg
Israeli service rifle. 5.56mm m193 round, action derived from Kalashnikov AK47. Integral bottle opener.
99cm 3kg
American issue assault rifle. First service design to use the small 5.56mm m193 round.
Carbine M1
90cm 2.5kg
WW2 US design. A light, popular weapon intended to arm non-combat troops (cooks, drivers, vehicle crews).
83cm 3.6kg
Very simple (but effective) SMG design. Widely used, copied by China as Type 50. alternative 35 rnd box.
Sterling SMG
86cm 3.6kg
Post WW2 British army weapon. Typical modern SMG, many other weapons fundamentally similar.
Uzi 9mm
65cm 3.7kg
Compact, Israeli designed SMG. Very effective, great commercial success.
Ingram 10
54cm 2.8kg
Concealable machine pistol popular with bodyguards and hitmen. Effective silencer available for this weapon.
VZ61 (Czech)
52cm 1.3kg
Small machine pistol designed for tank crews, firing the low powered .32 ACP round.
Walther PPK
15cm 0.6kg
Police issue 7.65mm concealable automatic pistol. The slightly larger PP is virtually identical.
FN GP35 9mm
20cm 1kg
Modern military issue automatic, used by many armies (Britain, Canada, Belgium, Holland). Large magazine.
.38 special
25cm 0.7kg
Uncomplicted revolver used by US police departments and many civilians.
.44 magnum
35cm 1.4kg
'The most powerful handgun in the world'. Heavy revolver firing an exceptionally powerful round.
Riot gun 37mm
74cm 3kg
Short barrelled smoothbore firing a plastic 'baton' round or a CS gas grenade (both allegedly non lethal).
110cm 11kg
US army belt fed LMG. Design based on the German MG42 and FG42 weapons.
Auto. 12 bore
90cm 5kg
Fully automatic shotgun. Massive short range effect. Weapons in this class quite uncommon.
Bren (L4A1)
115cm 10kg
NATO version of the British WW2 magazine fed LMG. A surprisingly accurate weapon.
104cm 7kg
Belt fed LMG variant of the AK47 mechanism. Being replaced by the magazine fed RPK.
Grenade L2A1 Typical modern fragmentation (or 'defensive') grenade. Some designs have removable fragmentation sleeve (Y2)
Grenade VK40 Sub miniature Dutch fragmentation grenade (little bigger than a golfball)
Grenade stun The NICO grenade used by anti-terrorist organisations. Lots of disorientating flash and noise.

A brief description of the classes of modern firearm:


A traditional military individual weapon. Uses a high velocity 7.5mm round with an effective range beyond 1000m, and the ability to penetrate most light personal armour.

Assault rifle.

A short, light automatic rifle firing a lower energy round effective to around 500m. Has supplanted both rifle and SMG roles in some modern armies.


A small, simple automatic weapon firing a low velocity pistol (type) round and varying in size between a small rifle and a large pistol. Rarely effective beyond 150m. Militarily obsolete, it is often used by police and security forces.


Single handed personal weapon firing a low velocity round accurate to about 25m. Great variations exist in size and power, with calibre between 6 and 14mm.


Large calibre (typ. 18mm) smooth bored weapon discharging a spread of small projectiles. Highly destructive at short ranges. A common civilian/hunting weapon with infrequent military usage. Few fully automatic shotguns have seen use.

Stats are given for weapons firing military or game shot (large lead balls or steel flechettes). Birdshot is less lethal but avoids wrecking small prey (one dice damage, penetration -20%).