This article is a list of weapons that appear in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. There are a total of 70 weapons in the game, many of which have custom parts that can be purchased from Drebin 893 or found in certain levels. This was, until the release of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, the widest assortment of weapons usable in any of the Metal Gear games. Not all 70 were available in Metal Gear Online.
See Makarov PMM
A modernized version of the Makarov PM, the official sidearm of the Soviet army. The frame and magazine have been newly designed, and the magazine size has been expanded from 8 to 12 rounds. Additionally, the 9mm x 18 ammunition has been replaced by improved 9mm x 18 PMM rounds for higher muzzle velocity. An easy to handle gun with relatively low recoil. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can be purchased from Drebin for 3,500 DP or dropped from the resistance fighter in Eastern Europe (He only takes it out if he sees Snake and tries to shoot Snake with it).
See Glock 18
The compensated version of the Glock 18 select-fire pistol. Originally designed for Austrian Counter Terror United EKOCobra, the G18C is available exclusively to military agencies. Its automatic rate of fire and small size make it inaccurate at a distance (although switching to semi automatic increases accuracy somewhat), but its sheer firepower is excellent in close quarters. Can be purchased from Drebin for 8,000 DP or dropped from certain rebels in Act 2 before the armored dozer breaks into the mansion grounds. It is also carried by certain dwarf gekko.
See Five-seveNA semi-automatic pistol that uses 5.7 x 28 developed for the P90, a cartridge closer to a rifle than a handgun, but possessing less than two-thirds the recoil of a common 9mm Parabellum round. The Five-seveN boasts high penetration, due to the armor-piercing ammunition. The bullets tend to maintain a high velocity, providing relatively high stopping power against distant enemies. Carries a large 20 round magazine and has low recoil, making it easy to use. Also used by Snake when he infiltrated Galuade. Its excellent penetrative power makes it a useful weapon against enemies with heavy armor. Can be purchased from Drebin for 6,000 DP or dropped by FROGS. Good for penetrating helmets on higher difficulties due to its B-rank penetration parameter.
MK. 2 Pistol
Chambered in .22 Long Rifle, the Ruger Standard and its derivatives have been in production since 1949. The MK. 2 version was first manufactured in 1982. The series became notorious as assassination weapons because of their use by Mossad agents and the controversial book Hitman.
Snake's Ruger is equipped with a built-in suppressor, and the bolt is locked in place while firing, making it almost completely silent. However, as a single shot weapon, it is unsuitable for rapid fire. Uses tranquilizer and emotion rounds. Because it is non-lethal, it is a valuable tool for covert infiltration and no-kill completions. Also includes a built-in laser sight for more accurate aiming without needing to use the iron sights. Obtained from the Metal Gear Mk. II. There are no modifications available for this weapon, but there is a wide variety of ammunition. Reloading while there is still a bullet in the chamber will cut down on reload time.
- Tranquilizer- causes people to fall asleep for a while. Headshots induce instant sleep, while shooting the torso or the limbs will cause a delayed reaction. Shooting the buttocks or pelvis also results in instant sleep.
- Laughter- causes people to laugh hysterically, and will cause create temporary insanity, causing them to shoot at friend and foe alike simply for their amusement. Eventually, affected persons will fall unconscious.
- Rage- stimulates anger, causing affected persons to roar in anger constantly. As a result, they will try to exit cover and charge at the enemy during combat. Eventually, affected persons will fall unconscious.
- Crying- stimulates sadness, causing people to slump over and cry. Affected persons will ignore Snake's presence. Eventually, affected persons will fall unconscious.
- Screaming- stimulates fear, resulting in constant screaming. Affected persons will constantly run from place to place in fear. Affected persons will ignore Snake's presence. Eventually, affected persons will fall unconscious.
SA 1911 Operator
Springfield Armory's "Operator" version of the 1911 chambered in .45ACP. It is a finely-made example of an already excellent design, and was originally spec'ed with input from the FBI Hostage Rescue Team and other special law enforcement units. It has a laser sight integrated into the full-length guide rod, activated by a switch on the slide release. A flashlight can be attached to the rail system on the frame, and the muzzle can be fitted with a custom suppressor. Although somewhat difficult to fire in rapid succession, it possesses excellent close-range stopping power and impact force. Obtained from the Metal Gear Mk II.
A 45-caliber combat pistol built by SIG Sauer. Among the many 1911 clones, this one is distinguished by its unique appearance (the slide contours having been shaped to make the gun appear more "SIG-like"). The slide and frame are CNC machined and the parts come from a variety of high-end manufacturers, which improves the gun's overall performance and makes it highly durable. A rail is integral to the frame, allowing the user to attach a tactical flashlight. Holds 8 rounds. While somewhat lacking in its rapid fire capability, its powerful rounds make up for this shortcoming. Used as a sidearm by most PMC soldiers, although the South American rebel soldiers in Act 2 are also known to use them. Can be purchased from Drebin for 3,000 DP or dropped by PMCs.
A large caliber combat pistol developed by Heckler & Koch at the behest of U.S. Special Operations Command for issue to Navy SEALs. The "Mk" designation indicates that the development was a Navy initiative. It has the .45 caliber size and 'cock and lock' design favored by U.S. soldiers, and comes with a high performance laser aiming module and specially developed suppressor. Holds 12 rounds. Highly effective and reliable, but large and heavy for a sidearm, causing US troops to nickname it "The World's Only Crew-Served Pistol". H&K later streamlined the Mk 23 into the smaller, lighter, more popular (and still available in .45ACP) USP. Nevertheless proved indispensable to Snake during his infiltration of Shadow Moses in 2005. Maintains its high stopping power from medium range and has a slightly larger magazine capacity than other weapons of the same caliber. It can be found underneath the truck, north of the helipad, or by the use of the password mekakorkkk.
See Type 17 Mauser
An automatic pistol manufactured by a militia based in Shanxi Province, China. A copy of the C96 pistol, which was imported in large numbers into China in the early 20th century during a war against Japan. Capable of full-auto fire, but the recoil generated by its .45 caliber ammo, lack of tactical reload function (magazine must be empty), and small 10 round magazine mean that only experienced soldiers can make effective use of this capability. Its high impact rounds and rapid fire are enough to drop an enemy almost instantly. Was used by EVA during Operation Snake Eater in 1964. There are no modifications available for this weapon.
To obtain the Type 17, complete the game achieve hound emblem or higher or alternately select "Extras" from the Start menu, then enter the password jmsotsynrn.
"The legendary custom handgun used by Naked Snake during Operation Snake Eater in 1964. Even after 50 years, this gun is still in prime condition. Its parts work together with watch-like precision, resulting in both unparalleled performance and remarkably easy handling. Uses 45 caliber ammo. Holds 7 rounds. Has an extremely high firing rate and high stopping power."
In essence, the M1911 Custom is a superior version of Snake's Operator. It can only be acquired with the password 1aytmmymhk.
Note: This weapon is not required for the Little Gray emblem but after getting this weapon and all others the weapon count will be 70 instead of 69 (which is the amount of all other weapons excluding this password exclusive weapon).
High caliber handguns
See Desert Eagle
One of the world's most powerful handguns, firing .50 caliber rounds. Bullets have 3 times the initial energy of .45 ACP rounds, and the gun's 26 cm length and 2 kg weight put it in a class of its own. Its gas pressure operating mechanism causes it to behave more like a rifle than a pistol. The standard barrel is 6 inches, but a 10 inch long barreled variation also exists. Holds 7 rounds. Has extremely strong recoil, but its sheer power makes up for that. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can be purchased from Drebin for 20,000 DP or dropped from certain Dwarf Gekko. It can be used to knock back the FROGS without killing them as long as they are not hit in the head. This can be useful in Advent Palace to stun and then tranq them, to making getting the FROG doll easier.
- "A variation on the Desert Eagle with an extended 10 inch barrel length.
The longer barrel slightly increases muzzle velocity"
- ―D.E. (L.B.) description from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
A variation on the Desert Eagle with an extended 10 inch (254mm) barrel length. The longer barrel slightly increases muzzle velocity. It is also equipped with a scope enabling the gun to be used longer ranges. All other specs are identical to the 6 inch(152.4mm) model. The 10 inch(254mm) variation also carries over the strong recoil of its smaller brother, but maintains its power at longer ranges. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can be obtained with a password deskyhstyl, or by obtaining the FOX emblem.
Both Desert Eagles are the preferred choice of weapons of Meryl Silverburgh as seen during the Shadow Moses Incident and Liquid Ocelot's Insurrection.
See THOR .45-70
- "A single-shot hand rifle made using 1911 series parts and adapted for use in competitive shooting and hunting.
Heavy 500-grain 45-70 rounds"
- ―Thor .45-70 description from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
To obtain the Thor .45-70, select "Extras" from the Start menu, then enter the password tshsniammr.
A race gun is a customized pistol geared towards competition, frequently used in International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) competitions. This one has been heavily modified for use in combat conditions for need of speed and accuracy. In order to maximize rapid fire performance, uses reduced charge ammo that provides just barely enough pressure to fire. Naturally, this also results in relatively low stopping power. Uses 9x23 (.38 Super) Winchester ammo. Holds 19 rounds. The Race Gun is based on a Strayer-Voigt Infinity 1911, a 1911 built for competition use. Easy to fire in rapid succession and deliver shots in a tight spread. Its bullets can ricochet off surfaces in a similar way to the Single Action Army. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can be obtained by completing the game once on any difficulty.
A silenced pistol that uses a special type of soundless ammo. The piston is located within the cartridge, trapping the firing gas inside. This makes the ammo virtually silent and eliminates the need for a suppressor. Although the PSS is amazingly quiet and easily concealed, it achieves its silence at the expense of performance, and the magazine size is a paltry 6 rounds, but this does not wear down its effectiveness at stealth missions. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can be purchased from Drebin for 5,000 DP or dropped from some PMC and Dwarf Gekkos. Has moderate stopping power, but low recoil and excellent penetration counters that.
The PSS can be found in a number of locations. One can also be found in a ventilation shaft in the advent palace, just before you meet up with Rat Patrol 01. The player can see a crawl space on their right. It is fairly big and several items are in there including the PSS. It is also located in a fireplace inside the mansion during Act 2. The fireplace is located in the back room, first floor. The room has a long table in the middle. At the end of Act 2, another PSS can be found in the marketplace near a stall.
The Solar Gun can be used for rapid fire shots with low potency. Charging the gun up to the point where it beeps and light stops collecting on the barrel you can fire it at the enemy making them fly a good 10 meters dropping all their ammo, weapons and any other things they may be holding, this does not kill the enemy nor does it make the enemy fall asleep, it merely knocks out the enemy. There are no modifications available for this weapon. It can be obtained by obtaining the Boss Dolls after defeating the FROGS and BB Beast forms without using lethal weapons.
Despite the fact that it can potentially be the most powerful non-lethal weapon in Snake's arsenal, it is limited by its unique ammunition: sunlight. The Solar Gun runs on a battery that can only be recharged with direct sunlight. While in the first two acts sunlight is plentiful, the next three acts take place in environments where there is little to no sun, limiting the number of times he can use the gun. Fortunately, a full energy meter is provided every act, so with careful management, the Solar Gun can be used effectively. However, there is a bug in the game that allows you to recharge anywhere there is a wall. To execute this trick, any handgun (the game gives you an Operator and Mk. 2.), the Solar Gun, and a wall are required. First, fire a round out of the handgun. Press up against a wall and reload the handgun. Before the animation completes, switch to the solar gun. The solar gun will instantly be recharged, even in the absence of sunlight. This trick can also be used to quickly reload the musket, or any other firearm with notably long reload time, like the MGL. Unfortunately, this doesn't work on the motorcycle section for obvious reasons, and ammunition still needs to be acquired for guns that require them (the Musket, MGL, etc.).
The weapon itself is based on Aaron's Solar Gun model Knight from Lunar Knights, a spinoff follow up to Kojima's Boktai series, and a continuation of the series' Gun Del Sol Easter eggs in Metal Gear. Following its source material, recharging will have Snake perform Django's recharge pose, and it is highly effective on Vamp, being able to take him out in a single shot. It is also effective in Act 3 in the motorcycle ride portion, where all enemy soldiers, similar to the motorcycle ride portion in MGS3, are all at minimal endurance levels of health and psych, and can be taken down in one hit each, granted the ammo for this weapon is limited and not rechargeable for this. This is especially useful for people playing THE BOSS EXTREME difficulty.
After obtaining the Solar Gun, the player unlocks the trophy "SUN LIGHT!", another reference to the Boktai series.
- "''I had the strangest dream...
The world was enveloped in darkness. I looked all about me, but there was no light... // I was floating through the sky. Dark clouds stretched out below me, and I could see no trace of land... // But I heard voices. // Voices wailing about in despair, screaming in fear. // The cruel laughter of some unseen villain. // And... // A voice... calling my name!
I covered my ears. // All I could do was drift through the skies. // What power did a tiny, insignificant creature like me have? // But no matter how I tried, I could not shut the voice out. // Who was it? // Why was he calling me? // I'm just Sunny... // Tiny, insignificant Sunny...
Then, suddenly, I felt the light... // A faint flicker emanating from my body. // and the words came to me... // I don't remember where I heard them -- or when -- // but they were warm, and strong: // "May the sun shine forever in our hearts!”
And then it hit me.
In this world, I was the sun! // Upon realizing this, my body began to overflow with light. // It was so bright that I closed my eyes... // ...And then, I was back in my bed.
But I saw him. I know it. // The moment I shielded my eyes against the light, I saw him -- // the boy who was calling my name, standing on the earth. // I saw his face, beaming brightly. // And I saw the weapon he held up high -- the Solar Gun!''"
- ―Weapon description in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
A small self-defense firearm developed by FN Herstal to provide an improvement in firepower and range over standard handguns to vehicle crews, rear support units and others whose primary missions do not involve carrying service rifles. Currently employed as a close range offensive weapon by many police and army special forces units, it uses newly developed 5.7mm x 28 ammo with high penetrating power. The plastic magazine holds a hefty 50 rounds. It is an easy to handle weapon with excellent penetrative power and low recoil, and it can be purchased from Drebin for 5,000 DP or dropped by FROGS. It can also be procured in the Garage area of Advent Palace in Act 1 after Rat Patrol 01 takes out three of the five FROGS in the area.
- Laser sight
A submachine gun model developed in the 1960s for use in covert operations. Its powerful .45 caliber ammo, open bolt firing, and firing rate of 1000+ rounds per minute combine to make it quite difficult to control in full auto mode, but also a potent ally in close range combat. Holds 30 rounds. Its true value can be found in point blank shooting. It can be purchased from Drebin for 3,000 DP or dropped from certain rebels in Act 2.
A submachine gun developed by Heckler & Koch along the same concept as the P90. Uses newly developed 4.6mm x 30 ammo, similar to the P90s 5.7x28mm. The frame is extremely compact, but features a gas pressure short stroke piston firing mechanism, much like an assault rifle. Low recoil enhances control in full auto mode, but stopping power is also rather low. Its magazine holds 20 rounds, but it has good penetration, with low recoil helping accuracy. It can be purchased from Drebin for 3,000 DP or dropped from certain PMC soldiers.
- Dot sight
A small submachine gun developed as a self-defense weapon in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War. A rate reducer is installed inside the frame, keeping the firing rate down despite the light bolt weight allowing for greater control in full-auto mode. There are a number of ammo variations in Vz. series: this version uses 9mm Makarov rounds (9x18mm). Holds 20 rounds. Its standard laser sight enables easy on the fly aiming. There are no modifications available for this weapon. It can be obtained from Big Mama during Act 3. Also known as the "Skorpion."
See PP-19 Bizon
A new Russian made submachine gun distinguished by its high capacity helical magazine. Developed according to specifications provided by the Interior Ministry (MVD), its design is based on the AK-74, and two thirds of its parts remain interchangeable with the AK-74. It operates exactly like the AK—anyone used to handling that popular weapon will find this gun extremely easy to wield. Its magazine holds sixty-four 9mm x 18 rounds in an unusual helical configuration. Has only moderate stopping power, but its large magazine capacity cuts down on reloads. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can be purchased from Drebin for 7,000 DP.
One of the world's finest sub machine guns; employed by military and police forces across the globe, it has been proven critical to the success of countless special operations. This variant features an integrated suppressor and boasts both quiet fire and low recoil. As it fires from a closed bolt, the controllability is also superb. It uses medium powered 9x19mm ammo, and holds 30 rounds. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can be purchased from Drebin for 15,000 DP.
See The Patriot
A light carbine, and the primary weapon The Boss used against Naked Snake when he was dispatched to assassinate her after her defection to the Soviet Union. Few besides the "Mother of Special Forces" herself could even hope to wield it effectively. Basically, the Patriot is a modified M231 Firing Port Weapon with a shortened barrel and 100-round Beta C-Mag. Seen from the front, the magazine forms the shape of an infinity symbol, and as such, it requires no reloading during combat whatsoever. There are no modifications available for this weapon. It can be obtained with the password pkhhnwhsjt, or by achieving the Big Boss emblem. Because of its small size and infinite ammunition it is ideal for use during the Motorcycle chase scene in Act 3 of MGS4.
An improved, modernized model of the AK-74 firing the NATO-standard 5.56x45mm round. The basic design of the original has been tweaked with new materials, a folding stock, and a modified barrel length. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, AK-series weapons of all calibers were produced for export to the West. The AK-102 is the short-barrel version of the 5.56x45mm model, the AK-101. Its plastic magazine holds 30 rounds. The most basic of weapons with ample stopping and penetrative power. It is obtained during, or after Act 1 Opening. The AK-102 can also be obtained from fallen Middle Eastern militiamen.
See M4 Custom
A shortened carbine model of the M16. It is the mainstay of U.S. Special Forces, but its high performance has led to its adoption by elite units in numerous other countries as well. Uses 5.56mm ammo and carries a 30 round magazine. Its rail system makes it highly expandable with a variety of sights, grenade launchers, and other items. With a multitude of parts, this assault rifle can be used in virtually any situation. Drebin gives you the gun the first time you meet him.
Note: It is the only gun that can use the "Masterkey" shotgun attachment.
- Dot sight
- XM320 - alt fire grenade launcher
- Masterkey - alt fire shotgun
- Foregrip A
- Foregrip B
- Laser sight
A powerful, lightweight weapon developed for US Special Operations Command. The FN USA Mk. 17 SCAR is used by PMCs across the world. This highly versatile rifle holds 20 rounds in a magazine and boasts high stopping power. It can be found early on Praying Mantis PMCs in Act 1. It can also be found on the PMC Raven Sword enemies in Act 3. Snake can purchase this weapon from Drebin for 3,500 DP.
- Laser Sight
- Dot Sight
- Foregrip A
- Foregrip B
The G3A3 is a selective fire, 7.62x51mm NATO battle rifle made by originally by Heckler & Koch, but has been licensed to various other manufacturers throughout the world. It is ubiquitous as the AK-47 on the modern battlefield. Its action is the basis of several weapons, including the HK21E, MP5, as well as the PSG-1 sniper rifle. It is very accurate in semi-automatic fire, but this diminishes when fired fully automatic. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can be acquired from fallen Act 2 Resistance. Can also be bought from Drebin for 4,000 DP.
The FN FAL is a Belgian automatic rifle put into production in 1953 and is used by many NATO countries except the US. This rifle is used by Big Mama's troops in the European levels, but it is not available for purchase until the level afterward. It fires the 7.62x51mm round and has a 20 round magazine. This gun is slightly better that the G3A3 with a slightly faster reload and better stability. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can only be acquired by purchasing from Drebin for 4,500 DP.
The Nikonov AN94 Abakan was designed as a replacement for the AK-74M, but due to its cost and complexity, has only been issued to special forces units. It fires the 5.45x39mm round. This rifle is unique in the world of assault rifles due to its unconventional operation; in addition to semi-automatic and fully-automatic firing, its burst-fire setting fires two rounds in rapid succession, instead of a three-round burst. The two-round burst achieves an amazingly high rate of fire, at nearly 1800 rounds per minute, or nearly 30 rounds per second. This basically means that when the first bullet has left the muzzle, the second is close behind, and the pair will impact near exactly the same place on the target, which is very useful in defeating body armor. The rifle can also fit the GP30 grenade launcher, further increasing its combat effectiveness. Can be purchased from Drebin for 5,000 DP, or can be procured from a south-east shack in Act 2's Cove Valley Village. Unfortunately, the weapon's iron sights and lack of any optical attachments limit its effectiveness at range, even with the two-round burst. The AK-102 would be a better weapon to choose than the AN-94 (unless if you are trying to collect all the in-game weapons).
A rifle that was originally designed to replace the M4/M4A1 carbines and M16 service rifles. It was intended to be the US Army's standard issue firearm. However, the project was abandoned. In Metal Gear Solid 4, the soldiers that attack Liquid's boat on the Volta river are carrying XM8s. Meryl's team, Rat Patrol 01 also uses these rifles. The XM8 has an integrated dot sight. It can be picked up right after you meet Drebin for the second time. Head for the left path instead of the right one and find it underneath a collapsed mine shaft entrance. Enemies that carry an XM8 will be a Baseline Carbine version of it, while Rat Patrol Team 01 wield different versions of the weapon system, including the Sharpshooter and sub-compact variants. Johnny is frequently seen carrying the XM8, though he never fires it, Exept in one cutscene. Found underneath a shelter in South America near the power plant. It has an integrated wide-radius red-dot sight by default, but has exactly the same stats as the M4 Custom and only one underbarrel attachment point for an XM320 launcher, which puts it at a disadvantage against the M4 Custom in terms of flexibility and versatility.
- XM320 Launcher
Tanegashima is an old colloquial term for any number of smooth-bore, matchlock muzzle -loading firearms introduced to Japan in the 1500s. This weapon is based heavily on an old arquebus. It is a very cumbersome weapon to use, as it is a single-shot muzzle-loader, which requires Snake to stand in place while he reloads. Uses lead balls as ammo (rarely given as gifts by rebels in Act 2, this ammo cannot be found anywhere else in the game other than buying from Drebin). It is dreadfully inaccurate due to the lack of rifling (strangely, this weapon is classified as a rifle in MGS4 despite being a smooth-bore weapon). Tanegashima is utterly useless in most contexts of MGS4, however it has one special property. It has a 1 in 3 chance that it will generate a whirlwind, killing every enemy in its path, as well as spilling hundreds of items across the battlefield (it has to hit a soldier for this to happen as items in the soldier's inventory are cloned many times for this to happen). Unfortunately, the whirlwind effect can only happen outside and only in the first two three (will not happen in Act 4 even though it's very windy outside). There are no modifications available for this weapon. It can be obtained from Drebin for 1,000,000 DPs. An easier way is to buy it on a Wednesday or Sunday according to the PS3's system clock (the player can also change their PS3's date so they don't have to wait until it's actually Wednesday or Sunday) to get 20% off. The best way, however, is to purchase it in Act 5 for only half the price (the Sunday/Wednesday 20% discount does not apply during Act 5). With this weapon and the bandana it is possible to easily farm Drebin points, ammo and items thus giving you nearly infinite Drebin points.
See M14 EBR
The M14 EBR (Enhanced Battle Rifle) is a selective fire sniper rifle developed from the M14 battle rifle. Chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO, it is used as a designated marksman rifle, and feature numerous modifications, including the removal of the wooden furniture in favor of an aluminum body, pistol grip, and a telescoping stock. Other modifications include numerous picatinny rails for mounting accessories, as well as a muzzle brake, which can fit a suppressor. A scope with 3X and 10X zoom is a standard feature in MGS4. The accessory list in MGS4 includes a laser sight, flashlight, and suppressor. The latter feature allows Snake to remain hidden while sniping, while the laser sight makes it a very effective over-the-shoulder weapon. The suppression of the muzzle report, selective fire, effective optical and laser sights, and the very powerful and plentiful 7.62x51mm NATO round combine to make this one of the most lethal weapons in MGS4. It can be found early in Act 1 after taking out a PMC sniper. Also can be bought from Drebin for 9,000 DP.
- Laser Sight
The DSR-1 is a bolt-action, bullpup sniper rifle. It features a free floating barrel, integrated bipod, and 5-round box magazine. It is chambered in a variety of calibers, including 7.62x51mm NATO, .300 Winchester Magnum (7.62x67mm), and .338 Lapua Magnum. The rifle in MGS4 is chambered in 7.62X67mm. It is extremely accurate and powerful, but it is a very loud weapon. The DSR-1 can be used with a detachable suppressor, however there is no suppressor available for it in MGS4. This is the sniper rifle used exclusively by the FROGS. There are no modifications available for this weapon, and it can be bought off Drebin for 20,000 DP. Snake also obtains one automatically at the end of Act 2 and it will be unlocked for free (however acquiring it before the end of act 2 will result in the weapon having to be unlocked by Drebin).
The SVD is a purpose-built sniper rifle originally designed in the former Soviet Union. It fires the 7.62x54mmR round (more specifically, the steel-jacketed 7N1 round designed for sniping). It features a 10-round box magazine and the PSO-1 optical sight purportedly accurate to 1300m, which features a range finder based on the arbitrary average height of a human (1.7m, according to its designers), and attaches to the rifle by means of a quick-release. The SVD is unique amongst dedicated sniper rifles in that it has iron sights in addition to the PSO-1 scope; sniper rifles are typically only equipped with telescopic sights. The SVD featured in MGS3 and MGS4 are equipped with scopes that have the standard 3X and 10X zoom, whereas the real-world PSO-1 sight is set at 4X magnification. There are no modifications available for the SVD. Can be bought for 18,000 DP from Drebin, and is also procured at Cove Valley Village in Act 2.
The VSS Vintorez is a specialized, sound-suppressed sniping weapon created in the late 1980s. It uses the 9X39mm round from the Soviet AS assault rifle, which the VSS itself is based on. The VSS is a selective fire weapon, although it is typically fired in semi-automatic mode when using the 10-round box magazine. It features an integral suppressor, which like the MP5SD2, does not need replacing, and operates on a similar principle as well. Once again, the weapon features the 3X and 10X zoom found on all MGS4 sniper rifles. Its high penetrating power, combined with the integrated suppressor make it an effective weapon in MGS4, in addition it can take out a Gekko in less than 5 hits if aimed for the head in the right spot thus making it better than the M14. Adding in the fact that this weapon is completely silent makes this the best weapon for killing nearby Gekko without being spotted; the M82 and Railgun are not good options as both of those weapons make a lot of noise. There are no modifications available for the VSS. Can only be procured in Act 2 in the left side of the Confinement Facility (Where there is no war).
- In MGO, given enough DP, the player could use tranquilizer ammunition instead of bullets.
The Mosin-Nagant is a highly specialized sniper rifle. However, this particular edition of the Mosin-Nagant fires non-lethal tranquilizer or emotion ammunition. The round is a modified 7.62X54mmR, and is fed from an integrated 5-round magazine. The rifle is bolt action and makes a large noise when fired, which makes the Mk.22 a better choice for taking down close targets. However, the gun seems to not attract attention when fired at a distance. The scope features a three-point reticule, and has 3X and 10X zoom. This is in fact the same rifle used by The End in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and has been modified with a pistol grip and folding stock in place of the standard furniture. This weapon is extremely useful in "no-kill" playthroughs. There are no modifications available for this weapon, but there is a wide variety of ammunition.
You can get it with the password after you beat the game. Enter mnsoymsyhn as a password to get it for free. Can also be purchased from Drebin for 60,000 DP.
- Tranquilizer - Victims will fall asleep when hit with a tranquilizer round. Headshots and hitting the place-that-shall-not-be-named will cause instant sleep.
- Laughter- Stimulates humor. When shot, the target will howl with laughter and shoot at his friends and foes. After a while, the affected person will collapse, unconscious.
- Rage - Stimulates intense anger. A soldier hit with a Rage dart will roar in anger and will make reckless attempts to kill his foes. When a certain period of time has elapsed, the victim will fall unconscious.
- Crying - Stimulates sadness, causing people to kneel down and weep. Affected persons will ignore Snake's presence. Eventually, the Crying round will force its target into unconsciousness.
- Screaming - Stimulates fear. A person hit with a Screaming round will run aimlessly while shrieking. Affected persons will ignore Snake's presence. Eventually, affected persons will fall unconscious.
A large anti-material rifle. Fires large-caliber .50 BMG (Browning Machine Gun), giving it the greatest power and range of any sniper rifle. Equipped with a high efficiency muzzle brake, which reduces recoil enough for fairly simple control and relatively easy repeat fire. Its oversize box magazine holds 10 rounds. There are no modifications available for this weapon. It can instantly destroy a Gekko with ONE well-aimed shot to the head and is capable of killing average PMC's in one shot, regardless of where on the body the shot hits, making this the best ranged weapon. This rifle can also destroy helicopters and Humvees, and is capable of destroying Strykers in about 7-8 shots. Recommended by Hideo Kojima. Akiba is seen with this rifle in Act 5, one of the only times he is not using an XM8. He had gotten it from Drebin. Can be purchased from Drebin for about 200,000 DP.
A belt-fed general purpose machine gun. The basis of its operation is a roller locking mechanism; however, unlike most machine guns, it fires from a closed bolt. Comes equipped with a trigger group capable of semi-auto or 3-shot burst fire, and boasts a firing rate of 800 rounds per minute. The ammo box holds a 100-round 7.62mm x 51 rounds. A combat rifle with a large magazine and great stopping power. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can be obtained by knocking out or putting to sleep one of the last guards in the militia's safe house at the beginning of Act 1, (the ones that are talking about obtaining a new weapon that they can fire) or can be purchased from Drebin for 6,000 DP.
Since its introduction in the Vietnam War, the M60 has maintained its position as the primary general purpose machine gun of the U.S. Army. Having undergone numerous revisions over the years, this version is one of latest variations, primarily used by the Navy and Marines. With a variety of attachable accessories, including a dot sight and flashlight, the M60E4 has proved highly versatile in combat. Uses 7.62mm x 51 ammo. Holds 200 rounds per mag, the second highest under the Patriot. A machine gun that can be used for eliminating a close-knit group of enemies or precision shots against single targets. Can be bought from Drebin for about 10,000 DP, or procuring it from several Pieuvre Armement soldiers near the Holding Cell.
- Dot sight
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- Foregrip B
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An improved model of the PK general purpose machine gun adopted by the Soviet Army in 1961. Modifications include a simplified production process, lighter weight, and a collapsible shoulder rest for greater firing stability. Like the AK, it combines a rugged design with more than adequate performance. Exported in large quantities and licensed for production abroad, the PK can now be found in conflict zones all around the world. Uses 7.62mm x 54R rounds in a 100-round belt feed. Its good long-range penetrative power makes it useful for taking on groups of enemies in defensive situations. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can be bought from Drebin for 9,000 DP or procured from the South American rebel soldiers.
See Mk.46 MOD1
Created in response to the needs of special operations by modifying the M249 squad automatic weapon. Lighter than the original M249 and features a rail system that enables it to be outfitted with a variety of accessories, including a flashlight, and a dot sight (on the hand guard or the top of the receiver). Its belt fed 100-round 5.56mm allow for continuous suppressing fire. Its high magazine capacity plus light weight for a machine gun make it useful for taking on multiple enemies while on the move. Can be purchased from Drebin for about 9,000 DP.
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See Twin Barrel
A double-barreled shotgun with both barrels sawed off. This custom model has been modified, making it much easier to carry. Combines the weight of a handgun with the power of a shotgun. There are no modifications available for this weapon.
Note: This is the only shotgun that can be used during the motorcycle sequence in Act 3. However, given its low ammo capacity and lack of range, the Twin Barrel's effectiveness during the motorcycle chase is questionable at best, although combining Auto-Aim and the fact it can fire non-lethal rounds can make it useful in completing no-kill playthroughs and in achieving the Big Boss Emblem. Can be procured from the South American rebel soldiers after helping them out or by purchasing it from Drebin for 25,000 DP.
See M870The Remington 870 Modular Combat Shotgun is a pump-action shotgun extremely popular with governments, soldiers, and civilians alike, customized for close-range combat. Comes equipped with a tactical light on the forearm; also has a rail on the top of the receiver for attaching a scope. Its tube magazine holds 4 12-gauge shotgun shells. The most balanced shotgun in terms of weight, performance, and stability. Can be bought from Drebin for 30,000 DP or by procuring it from the Pieuvre Armement base in the Confinement Facility of South America.
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See Saiga-12 A newly developed automatic shotgun from General Mikhail Kalashnikov's IZHMASH factory based on the AK series design, fully proofed as a military-grade firearm. Detachable magazine-fed, gas-operated semiautomatic. The lightweight plastic box magazine holds 8 12-gauge shotshells. Boasts the largest magazine capacity and quickest fire rate of any shotgun. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can be bought from Drebin for 40,000 DP.
See XM25 CDTE
The XM25 Punisher is a newly-developed man portable grenade launcher that fires 25mm air burst grenades. The flight distance between launch and detonation can be set to the user's preference. The grenades can provide an effective means of attacking targets hidden behind obstacles if set to detonate just as they reach the other side of the obstruction, making the XM25 ideally suited against enemies who use obstacles and the terrain to hide. Note: The XM25 is the only heavy weapon in the game that can be used during the motorcycle chase sequence.
The XM25 was developed from the US Army's cancelled OICW program, having originally been designed as the M29 5.56mm rifle/40mm grenade launcher hybrid. The new simplified design fires a new lighter, more effective 25mm programmable airburst grenade. The XM25's nickname, "the Punisher", was bestowed by US soldiers who fielded the first 5 test units in Afghanistan in 2010.
The XM25 can be found in Act 1: Advent Palace. Some of the FROGS on the roof may have one on higher difficulties (2 on Extreme in the first roof section, 2 more in the kitchen section), and on Shadow Moses at the top of one of the two comms towers. Can also be purchased from Drebin for 80,000 DP. Explosion distance is adjusted with the D-pad in first person view.
A man portable grenade launcher capable of repeat fire. Holds six 40mm grenades in a revolver style cylinder, providing a significant boost to the average infantryman's firepower. A rail system enables it to be fitted with accessories such as a flashlight or foregrip. The best weapon for eliminating multiple enemies simultaneously. Can be obtained after defeating Raging Raven. It shares ammo with the XM320 launcher, and they both can use the same grenade types. (WP, Smoke, etc.)
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A man-portable, anti-tank weapon. First officially adopted by the Soviet Army in 1961, it can now be found in almost every combat zone worldwide. With a diameter of over 80 millimeters, its shaped explosive warheads are supremely effective, not only against armored targets, but personnel, as well. It is lightweight, simple in design, powerful, inexpensive, and easy to use, making it favored by an array of groups ranging from state armies to terrorists and insurgent groups. A good all round weapon for a variety of situations at mid to long range, with the exception of Anti-Air combat. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can be bought from Drebin for 60,000 DP, or procured in Liquid Sun in various areas of the Middle East.
See M72A3, AKA: the LAW (Light Anti-Tank Weapon)
A disposable anti-tank rocket launcher developed to give infantry a light, easy to use weapon to engage against Tanks and other armored vehicles. The small diameter of its 82mm rockets makes it too weak to stand up to today's MBTs, but it has sufficient firepower to deal with light armored vehicles and soft skinned targets. It is often used in Anti-Personnel combat as a high powered grenade launcher. Even 50 years after its debut, the U.S. military continues to use the M72A3 to great effect in urban combat in the Iraq war. Its quick reload time makes it suitable for consecutive attacks. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can be bought by Drebin for 40,000 DP, or procured during the South American mission in Solid Sun within the marketplace.
See FGM-148 Javelin
A state of the art U.S. made radio-guided capability and anti-tank missile. After only a dozen or so years in deployment, the Javelin has already seen plenty of action in combat. Light and small enough to be man-portable, it is still capable of destroying most third-generation MBTs. Its flight course can be controlled by the user via a remote control or lock-on. Its massive destructive power is sufficient to bring down almost any enemy MBT and APC. Can be found in chapter 1 on top of a building behind the first tank buster. It can also be found next to the XM8 in Act 2. Or In Act 4 after the Mk3 Gekko chase scene in the back of the truck. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Can also be purchased from Drebin for 150,000 DP.
A man-portable surface-to-air missile with fire and forget capabilities. Equipped with dual IR and UV seekers. Originally developed for the U.S. Army, its use has spread to numerous countries and armies outside the U.S. Also known as The Stinger, it has proved its worth on numerous occasions in combat environments all across the world. A useful weapon for both anti-air and anti-ground attacks. There are no modifications available for this weapon. Note: The key difference between the Stinger and the Javelin is the missile's flight can be controlled by the player, whereas the Stinger uses a lock-on system to defeat enemies. This makes the Stinger a superior weapon when fighting air-based enemies. It can be found in Act 2, the power station, on one of the power structures outside or purchased from Drebin for about 100,000 DP.
A standard fragmentation grenade. Pull the pin and throw, and the grenade detonates after 2 seconds, killing or maiming enemies in a 3-meter radius. The steel casing contains 200 grams of Composition B as its charge. The best grenade for eliminating a group of enemies at once. Used by various PMCs and costs 120 DP if bought from Drebin
See Petrol bomb
A simple incendiary device put together from everyday objects. Long favored by resistance and guerrilla groups lacking proper equipment as well as traditional militaries when supplies run low. Although rudimentary in nature, its destructive power can rival that of conventional weaponry. Commonly known as Molotov cocktail. While its explosion will not knock an enemy off their feet, it does have a wider incendiary range than a normal grenade.
Purchase it from Drebin for 100 DP, and sometimes used by the Middle Eastern militia soldiers.
M34 White Phosphorus Grenade
An incendiary grenade. It's filled with white phosphorus, a substance that burns naturally on contact with air and reaches a temperature of 2700 degrees Celsius. Will not only knock an enemy off their feet upon exploding, but will continue to burn for a period of time afterward, inflicting damage on anyone nearby.
It can be purchased from Drebin for 110 DP.Dwarf Gekkos, allowing Snake to slip past by them.
By MGS4, chaff grenades have become extremely rare and very few can be found. They cannot be bought from Drebin's Shop, and only eight can be found per run-through. Two of them are in each package. One package can be found in the Containment Facility in South America, the next can be found in the Marketplace, the third set in Eastern Europe's sewer area, and the last one can be found on the helipad of Shadow Moses Island. However, after one run-through, they can be obtained from Akiba at the Advent Palace.
A non-lethal, combat support smoke grenade used to throw up a smoke screen, send signals to friendly forces, and mark targets for attack. The smoke produced can be used to delay enemy operations by causing them to cough and temporarily block their sight.
The Praying Mantis PMC utilizes this during its missions if attempting to call a retreat from an enemy that they don't have the immediate firepower to take down. Can also be purchased from Drebin for 100 DP.
Smoke Grenade (Yellow)
A combat support smoke grenade. Releases yellow smoke that induces the urge to laugh in any individual who inhales it, and will cause them to develop a sadistic sense of humor, making them willing to shoot at friend and foe alike to get a laugh out of it. Eventually, affected persons will fall unconscious.
Although this weapon can cause enemies to turn against their comrades and kill them, this will not count towards Snake's own number of kills.
The player unlocks this by completing the game at any difficulty, and costs 100 DP to purchase.
Smoke Grenade (Red)
A combat support smoke grenade. Releases a red smoke that induces a feeling of rage in any individual who inhales it, causing affected persons to yell in anger constantly, and will try to exit cover and charge at the enemy during combat. Eventually, affected persons will fall unconscious.
This weapon will either cause affected individuals to more easily kill their foes, or it may cause greater exposure to enemy fire. Either way, it will not count towards Snake's own number of kills (unless he intervenes by using a different, lethal weapon).
The player unlocks this by completing the game at any difficulty, and costs 100 DP to purchase.
Smoke Grenade (Blue)
A non-lethal, combat support smoke grenade. Releases a blue smoke that induces the urge to cry in any individual who inhales it. Affected persons will ignore Snake. After a while, they will fall into unconsciousness.
The player unlocks this by completing the game at any difficulty, and costs 100 DP to purchase.
Smoke Grenade (Green)
A non-lethal, combat support smoke grenade. Releases a green smoke that, when inhaled, induces the urge to scream and run from place to place. Affected persons will ignore Snake, but will fall unconscious after a while.
The player unlocks this by completing the game at any difficulty, and costs 100 DP to purchase.
See Claymore mineA directional anti-personnel mine used mainly in defensive combat and ambushes. Its slightly curved plastic casing contains 700 steel bearings and about 680 grams of C4 explosive. Upon detonation, it forms a fan shaped kill zone in a forward-facing 60-degree arc. Place in an area the enemy seems likely to cross to inflict a mean surprise and heavy damage. Costs 300 DP if purchased from Drebin, or can be obtained in Act 1 in the hotel looking building by crawling on top of the Claymores.
Sleep Gas mineA non-lethal mine that releases sleep gas. Operates using the same jumping mechanism as the "Bouncing Betty" mine in order to efficiently disperse sleep gas over a wide area. Its automatic detonation and instant knock-out effect makes it useful against enemies in pursuit. Costs 300 DP if purchased from Drebin, and can also be found in a few locations.
A sleep gas dispersal device fitted with a remote detonator, and is a non-lethal alternative to C4. Lacking the jumping mechanism of the sleep gas mine, it instead possesses a suction device that enables it to be affixed to walls as well as the ground. It can also be placed onto enemy soldiers. Can be purchased by Drebin for 400 DP as well as near the power station in South America, as well as at the beginning of the first act, after meeting with Drebin (in explosive barrel, at the end of the alley, next to a ruined building Snake needs to enter in order to progress further).
Also see Blade Weapons.
A combat knife with built in stun capabilities. Developed by the CIA for use in special operations. The ultimate hand to hand combat weapon, combining the lethality of a knife with the knock out power of a stun gun. It's already on Snake at the beginning of the game.
While holding L1 to ready the blade, the player can tap R1 to deliver quick strokes, or hold R1 to stab. The latter is an instant kill on an enemy guard. Also, press R2 while the blade is ready to stab using the shocking side of the blade, which results in a non-lethal attack that can instantly stun guards.
Usage tip: after stabbing/shocking, immediately tap R2 to switch weapons. This will cancel the animation, allowing Snake to move on more quickly.
Can be thrown to distract and divert enemy troops. Obtained by firing a magazine-loaded weapon until it is empty.
An adult magazine. Provides stress relief for men on the battlefield. Useful for distracting enemies and slipping away while they are occupied. Looking at one in first person view curiously raises Snake's psyche... Also, they are particularly useful for curing nausea. Bought from Drebin for 200 DP.
A photographic magazine filled with pictures of the B&B Corps' members. Soldiers who look at them are said to break down and lose control of their emotions. Can be used to confuse enemies then ambush them or avoid them altogether. Though FROGS will not suffer emotional breakdown when they see the magazine, they will stand at attention and salute, giving Snake time to slip past. After finishing the game the pictures in it will change from just the B&B Corps's beast forms to their Beauty and Beast forms. Bought from Drebin for 2,000 DP.
A marionette fashioned after FOXHOUND unit member Psycho Mantis. Creator and age unknown. Has the ability to release ghosts. If a ghost hits a person with active nanomachines, it will allow you to manipulate their body and cause items to fall from their body, violently shaking them until they get killed. The main reason why Snake seems to utilize it in this manner is because he isn't a skilled Psychokinesist. When activated, it will say "Blackout!" in a high-pitched voice, a reference to Psycho Mantis' line from Metal Gear Solid.
Snake obtains this weapon by stealing it from Screaming Mantis. Snake uses it against her, causing her to be shaken up until her suit is broken into pieces (though it won't kill her for some reason). Snake will then have to fight Screaming Mantis' other form, Screaming Beauty, who will no longer be affected by the Mantis Doll at all (though she can be killed/stunned/tranquilized by other means).
According to an Integral Podcast, the Mantis Doll was based on a type of puppet the development staff found during their tour of Prague, Czech Republic at a puppet shop.
A marionette fashioned after Cobra Unit member The Sorrow. Creator and age unknown. Has the ability to release ghosts. If a ghost hits a dead person, it will allow you to manipulate their body, and shake out items from them. When activated, the doll will say, "Sad...so sad," in a high-pitched voice, referencing the line spoken by the Sorrow in Metal Gear Solid 3.
Snake obtains this weapon by stealing it from Screaming Mantis in a similar manner to the Mantis Doll.
Assuming that the play on another run-through, the Sorrow Doll can also be used in conjunction with the Camera in order for Snake to see various ghosts when he returns to Shadow Moses Island.
These are not procurable by any means, although they can sometimes be used
The Browning M2HB is a high power machine turret. It is frequently used by the PMCs' Gekkos and Strykers, although fixed placements of the M2HB can also be found and used by Solid Snake.
The M224 60mm lightweight Mortar is a smoothbore, muzzle-loading, high-angle-of-fire weapon used for close-in support of ground troops. Snake can utilize this sometimes in his missions, although it will misfire if Snake attempts to sleep on it.
Luger P08 "Artillery Model"
The Luger P08 "Artillery Model" is a toggle-locked recoil-operated semi-automatic pistol. It originated in Germany during the early 20th Century, and was used by Germany as its standard handgun during World War I, the interwar period, and World War II.
The player cannot actually procure the gun or even use it. However, it was utilized by two women in the Otselotovaya Khvatka PMC commercial.
Mk 2 grenade
Mk 2 grenades are hand grenades used during World War II by the allied forced as well as later conflicts such as the Vietnam War.
The player cannot actually procure or use this grenade. It was utilized, however, by two women in the Otselotovaya Khvatka PMC commercial.
Also known as the trumpet, it is the official assault rifle of the French forces.
The player cannot actually procure or use the weapon. It is only seen in flashbacks to Metal Gear Solid as well as the minigame Shadow Moses dream.
The AKS-74u is an assault rifle used by various Russian forces.
The player cannot actually procure or use the weapon. It was utilized, however, by two women in the Otselotovaya Khvatka PMC commercial.
The PSG-1 is a highly acclaimed semi-automatic sniper rifle developed in West Germany during the Cold War.
The player cannot actually procure or use the weapon. It is only seen in a flashback to Metal Gear Solid regarding Sniper Wolf's death.
Notes and references
Metal Gear — Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake