Game(s) Game icon 730
Price $500
Origin Sweden flag Sweden
Usa flag United States
Caliber 9mm caliber
Magazine capacity 18 / 90
Console: 32 / 120
Firing mode(s) Semi-automatic
Rate of fire 500 RPM
Weight (loaded) 1.2 kilograms
Muzzle velocity 1181 ft/s
Used by Terrorists
Reload time 2.5 seconds
Counterpart Five-SeveN
Movement speed
(units per second)
Kill Award $300 (Competitive)
$150 (Casual)
Damage 33
Recoil Control 17 / 26 (65%)
Accurate Range 13 m
Armor Penetration 90.15%
Penetration Power 100
Hotkey B-1-4 (Terrorist)
Entity weapon_tec9

An ideal pistol for the Terrorist on the move, the Tec-9 is lethal in close quarters and features a high magazine capacity.
―Official description

The Tec-9 is a semi-automatic pistol featured in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, exclusive to the Terrorists. The counterpart for the Counter-Terrorists is the Five-SeveN.


The Tec-9 is a Swedish-made semi-automatic pistol manufactured by Intratec. It gained notoriety in the 80's and 90's for being easy to modify and convert into full-auto due to its open-bolt system, leading these modified versions to be the main weapon used in shootings and crime. Therefore, it was listed as one of the weapons in the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban.

In-game, the weapon is semi-automatic, and is fed with 18 rounds of 9mm. The recoil is a bit wild when spraying bullets but usually accurate enough when burst firing (or tapping the primary attack key). It has excellent penetration power and damage, as well as a decent magazine capacity. The reload time is average, making it one of the most favorable pistols used during the pistol and eco rounds.


Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 130 118
Chest & Arm 33 29
Stomach 41 37
Leg 24 24
Red signifies a fatal hit.


  • Acceptable damage
  • Can kill a player even when wearing a helmet with one shot to the head
  • Cheap (PC:$500) (Console:$400)
  • Good rate of fire (In PC version) Same as Dual Berettas
  • Average reload time
  • High penetration
  • High reserve ammunition (90)
  • Very high running accuracy


  • High recoil
  • Wide spread upon continuous rapid fire
  • Low rate of fire (Console Version)
  • Extremely low accuracy when falling or jumping



  • It is recommended to shoot and run at the same time. In longer ranges, shoot it slower or switch to a suitable firearm like the AWP, and the closer you get to the enemy, the faster you should shoot.
  • Aiming at the head is normally the best strategy, unless there are too many opponents. If this happens, try to inflict as much damage as possible and retreat. Then, find another angle to strike back.
    • Alternatively, use a smoke grenade to make spraying bullets less risky. This is best performed in tight quarters.
  • It is rather best not to engage groups of enemies without a teammate providing cover fire as the Tec-9's poor accuracy won't do much to save the player.
  • Although the Tec-9 can unleash a high rate of fire, avoid spraying bullets for long periods of time. This will make the pistol very inaccurate and have high spread as a consequence.
  • The Tec-9 can be an acceptable sidearm for a player armed with a sniper rifle. It is effective if a sniper is caught in close quarters as the high magazine capacity and the good damage can deal with more than one opponent before reloading. In fact, it is more effective (and cheaper) than the Desert Eagle as the Tec-9 has a higher magazine size and better rate of fire. As such, the Tec-9 can be potentially more lethal than the Desert Eagle if a user excels at scoring headshots at a rapid pace.
  • Occasionally, professional teams will buy a Tec-9 for a player that also buys armor, specially for pistol or eco rounds.
  • Professional CS:GO teams such as Fnatic, TSM, Virtus.Pro, etc; will use a Tec-9/Kevlar+Helmet combo to quickly take over the site, especially when they are playing eco. Smokes are usually thrown to force the Counter Terrorists to engage at closer ranges, making the Tec-9 more potent.


  • Unless you're a highly skilled pistol user, avoid close-ranged combat with all users whenever possible.
  • Once a Tec-9 user sprays bullets and you are not in close range, the user is less likely to score a lethal headshot. This will also give you more time to eliminate an enemy wielder.
  • Use the Dual Berettas against the Tec-9. The Dual Berettas has six more bullets than the Tec-9 in magazine size, and while the player holding the Tec-9 is reloeading, you got a good six bullets in the Dual Berettas to kill the enemy.
  • The CZ75-Auto shoots faster than the Tec-9, and can kill the player holding the Tec-9 instantly.
  • More accurate and powerful weapons are recommended to engage users.
  • In pistol rounds, more accurate pistols will give you an edge at longer ranges. The Desert Eagle and the Five-SeveN are recommended. The CZ-75 is also reliable if you like to engage enemy wielders at close proximity.
  • Watch out for enemies who are wielding the Tec-9 if you have to reload. The Tec-9 has a large magazine and can be reloaded quickly, giving them an advantage if you are equipped with weapons that have a low rate of fire, small magazine capacity, and lengthy reload time.
  • Rushing at enemies armed with this weapon is ill-advised, unless they are not aware of you. If you rush and they notice you, they will most likely spray bullets with the Tec-9 due to its high magazine capacity and fairly good rate of fire.
  • Weapons with a high(er) rate of fire can counter Tec-9 users at close ranges.


Weapon Specialist
Tec-9 Expert csgo Tec-9 Expert
Kill 100 enemies with the Tec-9.


  • This is one of the two weapons that use 9mm Parabellum rounds and can kill fully armored players with a single headshot, the other one is the CZ-75 Auto.
  • When Operation Breakout was introduced, the Tec-9 was extremely accurate from long ranges but was later patched.
  • Despite being a Terrorist exclusive weapon, the Tec-9 Sandstorm is wielded by a Counter-Terrorist on the Operation Phoenix announcement and title images.
  • The HUD icon of the Tec-9 has a shorter magazine.
  • Before the March 31, 2015 update, the Tec-9 had a magazine size of 32 rounds, the largest of any sidearm, before being reduced to 24 to promote ammo conservation.
    • The Tec-9 magazine size is still 32 rounds on the Xbox 360 version of CSGO.
  • Prior to the August 14, 2015 update, the Tec-9 was only able to have a total of three stickers applied.
  • Prior to the July 1, 2014 update, the Tec-9 was wildly inaccurate and had extreme recoil, in addition to having a different firing animation. However, it only costs $400. In spite of this, it was a very uncommon purchase due to its relative ineffectiveness.

Behind the scenes

  • The Tec-9 was originally conceived as a Sub-Machinegun instead of a pistol in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Alpha.
    • Even though the Tec-9 appeared as a pistol in the beta, a model duplicate in the game files, w_smg_tec9.mdl still made an appearance.
  • The Tec-9 alpha model had a color closer to blue than the current grey/black.

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