The K&M .45 Tactical, more commonly known as the USP, is one of the pistols featured in Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike (Xbox), Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Counter-Strike: Source, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive . Before being replaced by the P2000 in Global Offensive, the USP was the default spawn pistol for the Counter-Terrorists in the series, but was reincarnated in the Arms Deal update for Global Offensive as the USP-S, taking up the same slot as its replacement.
The USP (Universale Selbstladepistole or "universal self-loading pistol") is a semi-automatic pistol developed in Germany by Heckler & Koch GmbH (H&K) of Oberndorf am Neckar as a replacement for the P7 series of handguns. In the Counter-Strike series, the USP pistol is the USP Tactical, a variant of the default USP, and it is capable in firing 9mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP rounds
In game, the USP is a powerful semi-automatic pistol available to both teams, although, it is the spawn pistol for the Counter-Terrorists. The USP is commonly described as superior to the Terrorist spawn pistol, the Glock, and nearly equal to the more expensive P228. For those reasons, the USP is popular due to being kept during the pistol round and sometimes many rounds afterward. It is also the only pistol that can be equipped with a suppressor for those who wish to achieve silent kills.
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The USP is a light weapon. While wielded, the player's movement speed is 250 units per second, meaning they suffer no speed reduction. The USP is one of the many weapons able to shoot underwater.
- Single headshot kills against opponents not wearing a helmet
- Attachable silencer
- Default pistol for Counter Terrorists
- Relatively cheap ($500)
- Relatively small magazine size compared to the Glock
- Higher recoil and spread with the silencer in older Counter-Strike only but in Source, it's still not very accurate when fired rapidly.
- Lower damage with the silencer
- Considerably long reload time.
- Quite high vertical recoil when shooting it as fast as possible
- When the user wielding this weapon with the Tactical shield, the user cannot attach the silencer
- The USP is a suitable pistol for close and medium ranges and its fair amount of damage per bullet makes the USP a good pistol for picking off enemies at the ranges. It is highly recommended to use when enemies are scattered and alone.
- If you are planning on using the USP's silencer, attach it at freeze time so you have it ready later.
- For close battle, fire continuously, target the head for the first two shots. Then move down to the stomach starting the third shot. Chances are your next shot will hit their head.
- If you meet more than 2 enemies at close, retreat at once and use your primary; if your primary is a sniper rifle or you have no primary weapon, try to engage one enemy at a time.
- If you cannot handle the high recoil of the Desert Eagle, this or the P228 could be a good sidearm of choice.
- The USP is has good accuracy, therefore, it can easily eliminate enemies without armor or/and helmets in pistol rounds.
- Unlike the Glock, the USP has higher vertical recoil. The player should pull down the crosshair when firing it as fast as possible.
- Try not approaching enemies using this weapon at close range, shots to the head can be fatal due to the USP's power.
- Use any fully-automatic weapon or long range weapon to outclass its users. More powerful pistols can also be valid.
- Keep strafing to avoid being killed by a headshot. The accuracy of an unsilenced USP can become unreliable after firing several rounds.
- Try to get a teammate to attack a USP user with you if you only have pistol. The small magazine size and the reload sequence will be a detriment to them due to the multiple enemies.
- Higher damage
- Higher accuracy
- Silencer can be attached
- Same movement speed (250 UPS)
- Smaller magazine size (12 rounds vs 20 rounds)
- Higher recoil
- Less amount ammo in reserve (100 rounds vs 120 rounds)
- Expensive ($500 vs $400)
- Sightly lower rate of fire
- Slower reload (2.7 seconds vs 2.0 seconds)
- More ammo cost ($25 vs $20)
- Lacks the three-round burst alternative fire
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Kill 200 enemy players with the KM Tactical .45.
- The file name for this weapon is usp.
- When taking the silencer off the USP, it is simply the sound of it being put reversed. The same applies for the M4A1.
- The silenced USP in Condition Zero: Deleted Scenes sounds different than in the other Counter-Strike games.
- The USP was originally planned to be colored black in Counter-Strike. However, the blue-purple color was used instead. Although, the worldmodel still retains its black finish and the USP in Condition Zero: Deleted Scenes used the same black finish as seen in the worldmodel, and the sliencer is quite different, its possible that this is the original model.
- The USP in Source version is smaller and features a different silencer.
- Before Counter-Strike: Source, the safety for the USP is observed to be on, which should make the pistol unable to have the ability to fire bullets.
- The USP has .40 S&W written on the side. However, in the Counter-Strike series, the USP uses .45 ACP rounds.
- Although in real-life, the USP-tactical can be equipped with .40 S&W rounds.
- A small hole appears in the cocking serrations on the slide of the USP during its reloading animation, which promptly vanishes when the reloading is done
- The damage of this weapon in Deleted Scenes is slightly lowered. However, headshots can sometimes score instant kills.
- If equipped at the same time with the Ingram Mac-10 or KM UMP-45, the USP will share an ammo pool of 100 rounds with them as they all share the same cartridge.
- The USP in Counter-Strike: Source is easier to use and is more effective than its older game counterparts, due to the recoil being significantly decreased and making rapid fire more accurate. If you wish to score headshots however, you have to aim a little higher or bullets will normally strike the chest, which cannot score an instant kill, due to the reduced vertical recoil in Source.
- No matter if you attached the silencer or not, it will be seen at third person view all the time in Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Condition Zero. In Counter-Strike: Source however, you can see the difference; this also applies to the M4A1.
- Some bots will automatically attach the silencer by themselves but some others will not use it or will remove the silencer.
- Before Counter-Strike: Source, the silencer attaching/detaching animation can be skipped by starting it and then quickswitching the USP to any other weapon. It makes the silencer much faster to attach or detach. The same glitch appears with the M4A1.
- In Deleted Scenes, if a Counter-Terrorist operative carries an HE grenade, they will also armed with a USP. The only differences is the CT with grenade will usually hide rather than attacking head on. This can be seen in Building Recon where one hacker carries an HE grenade.
- Main article: K&M .45 Tactical/Gallery
- Heckler & Koch USP at Wikipedia