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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.

The Machete, once planned to be a usable 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.

In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, there is a Gold Knife exclusive to the Arms Race gamemode. However, its attributes remain exactly the same and is only used to signify the user's match position. In addition, several updates introduced knife skins:

Like the Gold Knife, they have the same attributes as the basic knife.


Pistols (or handguns) 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 when compared to primary weapons, with low recoil and low magazine capacity (however, the Night Hawk .50c/Desert Eagle is considered to be one of the most powerful weapons in the game). Players will run at default speed using any pistol, CS:GO excluded. Most of the handguns have comparably fast reload times.

  • 228 Compact (P228) - (replaced with the P250 in Global Offensive)
  • Desert Eagle (Night Hawk .50c)
  • Dual Berettas (.40 Dual Elites) - Terrorist exclusive (available to both teams in CS:GO)
  • Five-SeveN (ES Five-seven) - Counter-Terrorist exclusive
  • Glock-18 (9x19mm Sidearm) - Terrorist default pistol (Terrorist exclusive in Global Offensive)
  • K&M .45 Tactical (USP) - Counter-Terrorist default pistol (replaced with the P2000 in Global Offensive)

CS:GO Exclusive PistolsEdit

  • CZ75-Auto - A new automatic pistol
  • P250 (replaces the P228 from previous games)
  • P2000 - Counter-Terrorist default (replaces the USP from previous games)
  • Tec-9 - Terrorist exclusive
  • USP-S - Counter-Terrorist exclusive (CS:GO iteration of the USP featured in previous 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 prior to CS:GO: 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, but excell at close-quarters combat and can deal extreme damage up close. In CS:GO, the Leone 12 Gauge Super was replaced by the Nova, and 2 other shotguns were introduced. Most shotguns cannot fire underwater.

CS:GO Exclusive ShotgunsEdit

  • MAG-7 - Counter-Terrorist exclusive
  • Nova (replaces the Leone 12 Gauge Super from previous games)
  • Sawed-Off - Terrorist exclusive

Submachine gunsEdit

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, better armour penetration, and better accuracy.

CS:GO Exclusive SMGsEdit

  • MP7 - (replaces the MP5 from previous games)
  • MP9 - Counter Terrorist exclusive (replaces the TMP from previous games)
  • PP-Bizon


Rifles are a type of primary weapon featured in the Counter-Strike series. Rifles are fairly expensive weapons with very high damage and recoil but have speed reduction (excluding the Schmidt Scout). Most rifles have unique firing modes and capabilities, specialized for different ranges. Rifles such as the Schmidt Scout and Magnum Sniper Rifle have scopes which facilitates long-distance combat. (Meanwhile, the FAMAS has a burst-fire option and the M4A1 has an attachable/detachable silencer.) These types of rifles are typically classified as "sniper rifles" while all others are simply known as "assault rifles".

Sniper RiflesEdit

There are two types of sniper rifles. They are bolt-action sniper rifles and semi-automatic rifles (sometimes called auto-snipers by fans). The Schmidt Scout, SSG 08, and the AWP are bolt-action rifles while the Krieg 550 Commando, SCAR-20, and the G3SG/1 are semi-automatic rifles.

Primarily, bolt-action sniper rifles usually are used for defensive purposes.

Assault riflesEdit

CS:GO Exclusive Assault RiflesEdit

  • Galil AR- Terrorist exclusive (replaces the IMI Galil from previous games)
  • M4A1-S - Counter-Terrorist exclusive (CS:GO iteration of the Maverick M4A1 Carbine)
  • M4A4 - Counter-Terrorist exclusive (replaces the M4A1 from previous games)
  • SG 553 - Terrorist exclusive (replaces the SG 552 from previous games)

Sniper riflesEdit

CS:GO Exclusive Sniper RiflesEdit

Machine gunsEdit

Machine guns are a type of primary weapon featured in the Counter-Strike series. Before Global Offensive, the M249 was the only machine gun in the multiplayer Counter-Strike games and was the most expensive weapon at $5750. The M249 is extremely heavy, although it has a fast firing rate and large magazine 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 M2 Browning is available during the same campaign.

Eventually, the introduction of the Negev in Global Offensive brought the total number of available machine guns to two. This machine gun is considerably more deadly, due to its larger magazine capacity and higher rate of fire than the M249, but is slightly more expensive and less accurate.

CS:GO Exclusive Machine GunsEdit


  • Sometimes in Counter-Strike and Condition Zero, there is a bug where the player can carry more than one secondary or primary weapon. (However, some maps can also grant players this ability). If this bug happened, the fast switch for that category will be disabled and require the player to select a weapon in that list, much like in Half-Life.
    • If this bug happened, the player cannot purchase ammo for the first weapon in that category; the player can only purchase the ammo for the second weapon that he can get in that category. The only way to get ammo for the first weapon is by picking up a weapon from either primary or secondary. (If you have two secondary weapons, you will have to pick up a primary and vice versa (provided that the killed player doesn't have a primary weapon).
  • In Deleted Scenes only, the player can carry more than one primary and secondary weapon. However, unlike in Half-Life, if the player already has that weapon and the player attempts to pick up the same weapon, it won't give the player ammo unless the first same weapon has ran out of ammo. In that case, it will give the player the same new weapon with a single magazine.
  • In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, it is possible to see the inactive weapons another player is equipped with on their models:
    • The player's main weapon is on the model's back.
      • Submachine guns are not placed on the model's back as a CT, instead, they are hung in front of the model's chest.
    • The player's knife is hung on the model's belt.
    • As a CT, the player's pistol is holstered in a pistol holster on the model's right leg. As a T, it is stuffed in the model's pants from behind.
  • Most of the firearms in Counter-Strike were renamed possibly due to legal/licensing issues (e.g. the Desert Eagle .50AE becoming the Nighthawk .50C). The case continues in Counter-Strike: Source.
    • In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, most names of the firearms are now accurate.
  • Regardless of the player's choice of left-handed or right-handed viewmodels, all players wield the weapons right-handed in third-person view.
  • In several beta maps such as Forest, Desert, etc, there are mounted machine guns available. Since the game is unbalanced when the person using the machine gun can easily guard the area, maps having them are removed.

Left-hand Weapon View ModelsEdit

Counter-Strike is one of the earliest and most infamous examples of having weapon view models that appears to be weapons intended for left-hand use when used in the right hand mode, despite having correct, right-handed world models. (A lesser known fact is that when the weapons are wielded in left hand mode, the weapon appears to be intended for right-hand use.)

In reality, most of the weapons featured in Counter-Strike do not have left-hand variants due to the majority of the users being right-handed. Even if they do exist, using a left-hand weapon with the right hand will cause many inconveniences, such as having the user being showered by the ejected cartridges due to the ejector port being on the left side.

The cause of this is most likely due to a strange preference that caused the creators to originally create left-handed view models instead of right-handed view models. The weapon models had always been modeled correctly for right-hand use, but left-handed view models were created before right-handed view models with these correct models. Due to the majority of the players being right-handed, players were confused by the left-handed view models. So the option of flipping the view model was added. In order to save time and resources, the right-handed view model is a mirror of the left-handed view model, thus causing the aforementioned problems.

The problem repeats in Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Counter-Strike: Source, and even in Left 4 Dead 2's International Weapons port of CS:S weapons. In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the problem is fixed - weapons are correctly shown either left or right handed mode.

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