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Call of Duty 4: Handgun Weapons Guide

by: Finn Orfano ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/2/2012 • Leave a comment

This is a guide to the five different handguns available in Call of Duty 4, and it covers their strengths and weaknesses.

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    CoD4 Handguns and Pistols

    This is a guide to the five handguns that are available to you in the Windows PC game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The purpose of this guide is to inform you about the strengths and weaknesses of each weapon, so that you can find the best fit for your style of gameplay. Each gun in this game is based on real weapons used by militaries all over the world.

    With the variety of machine guns and other more powerful weapons available to you in Call of Duty 4, you may wonder why the developer even bothered to include handguns or pistols. The answer is that they serve as backup weapons. For example, a sniper rifle is great at long range, but not so much in close quarters. Since you never know what might be around a corner, it is good form for a sniper to have their pistol drawn when moving about. Some of these guns also have optional silencer attachments that can be very helpful when sneaking around behind enemy lines.

    M9 – This is the standard issue pistol you get when starting out the game. It is pretty weak, but still puts down an enemy with a headshot or a few rounds. This gun uses the same ammo as the MP5 machine gun, so using them together will actually give you more ammo for the MP5, which can help out a lot.

    • Damage: Low
    • Clip Size: 15
    • Recoil: Very Low

    USP .45 – This is a great handgun to use until you unlock the M1911. It has an average clip size, plus a pretty decent amount of power and low recoil to make aiming a lot easier. This gun is popular with snipers because you can add a silencer attachment to it, thus making you undetectable on radar whenever you fire.

    • Damage: Medium
    • Clip Size: 10
    • Recoil: Low

    M1911 .45 – This gun is modeled after the classic Colt design, and offers about the same amount of power as the USP .45. The primary difference is that this handgun has the lowest recoil out of them all, so it is very easy to aim. If you have the Last Stand perk, you can unload this one into enemy soldiers at a very fast and accurate pace.

    • Damage: Medium
    • Clip Size: 8
    • Recoil: Very Low

    Desert Eagle – This is the most powerful handgun in Call of Duty 4, and is unlocked upon reaching level 43. It does the most damage and has the best range, but the trade-off is that you can’t silence it and the clip size is smaller than the other pistols. In other words, it does more damage, but you need to be a better shot before you unload a clip on somebody. Combine this gun with the Last Stand perk and you can rack up all kinds of last-minute kills.

    • Damage: High
    • Clip Size: 7
    • Recoil: Mid/High

    Gold Desert Eagle – This pistol has all the same stats as the Desert Eagle, but comes in a nice gold color. It is only available when you reach the 55th level, which is currently the highest in the game. In a way, pulling out this golden pistol is like displaying a status symbol to other players in the game.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Weapon Guides

Check out this article series for all the modern warfare info you need on everything from handguns to grenades.
  1. Call of Duty 4: Handgun Weapons Guide
  2. Call of Duty 4 - Guide to Submachine Guns
  3. Call of Duty 4 - A Guide to Grenades
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