The weapons in the Counter-Strike series form the basic framework for gameplay. Each weapon is split up into different categories based on their individual attributes.
The only melee weapon featured in the Counter-Strike games is the basic knife. In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, this knife is reskinned for Arsenal and known as the Gold Knife. However, its attributes remain exactly the same.
- The Machete, once planned to be a player-wieldable weapon, is seen by A.I Terrorists throughout the campaign of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Deleted Scenes. This usable version was also cut from the original Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Condition Zero.
Pistols are the secondary weapons in the Counter Strike series, as well as the first weapons that can be used at the beginning of a match or upon respawning after death. Generally, pistols are weak with low recoil and low magazine capacity, but the Night Hawk .50c is one of the most powerful weapons in the game. Players will run at default speed using any pistol. Most of the handguns have extremely fast reload times.
- P250 (intended to replace P228 from previous Counter Strike games)
- P2000 (intented to replace USP from previous Counter Strike games)
Shotguns are a type of primary weapon featured in the Counter-Strike series. Shotguns are fairly cheap, costing less than most rifles and the M249. There are only two shotguns in Counter-Strike: the Leone 12 Gauge Super, utilizing a pump action firing mode, and the Leone YG1265 Auto Shotgun, utilizing a semi-automatic firing mode. Both shotguns are exposed to heavy speed and range reduction. Although, both of them are excelled at close quarters combat and can deal fatal damage to nearly every area of the body.
Submachine guns are a type of primary weapon featured in the Counter-Strike series. Submachine guns are extremely cheap, costing below $2500. Most submachine guns have a fast rate of fire, slight speed reduction, and low-moderate recoil. Unfortunately, submachine guns are outclassed by rifles at long and close ranges as rifles can inflict more damage and have better accuracy.
New Submachine gunsEdit
- MP9 (intended to replace the Schmidt Machine Pistol from previous Counter-Strike Games)
- MP7 (intended to replace the MP5 from previous Counter-Strike Games)
Rifles are a type of primary weapon featured in the Counter-Strike series. Rifles are fairly expensive weapons with very high damage and recoil and speed reduction (excluding the Schmidt Scout). Several rifles have unique firing modes, specialized for different ranges. Rifles such as the Schmidt Scout and Magnum Sniper Rifle have scopes which allows for shooting over long distances. These types of rifles are typically classified as "sniper rifles" while all others are simply "assault rifles".
New Assault riflesEdit
- Indumil Galil AR (intended to replace the IMI Galil from previous Counter Strike games)
- M4A4 (intended to replace the M4A1 from previous Counter-Strike games)
- Steyr AUG A3(intended to replace the Steyr AUG A1 from previous Counter Strike games)
- Sig Sauer SG 553 (intended to replace the Sig Sauer SG-552 from previous Counter Strike games)
New Sniper RiflesEdit
- SSG 08 (intended to replace the Schmidt Scout from previous Counter Strike games)
- SCAR-20 (intended to replace the Krieg 550 Commando from previous Counter Strike games)
Machine guns are a type of primary weapon featured in the Counter-Strike series. Before Global Offensive, the M249 is the only machine gun in the multiplayer Counter-Strike games and was the most expensive weapon at $5570. The M249 is extremely heavy, although, it has a fast firing rate and large clip size. The M60 was expected to appear in the original Counter-Strike but was cut for unknown reasons. It later reappeared in the single-player campaign of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Deleted Scenes. Furthermore, a mounted machine gun is available during the same campaign.
Eventually, the introduction of the Negev in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive brought the total number of avaliable machine guns to two. This machine gun is considerbly more deadly, due to its larger clip capacity and higher rate of fire than the M249, but is slightly more expensive and is less accurate.