CoD4 Weapons: Pistols
In depth Call of Duty 4 Pistol stats. This section has been updated by Demon APX with his great Pistols guide. Thanks to Demon APX for the guide! Also thanks to Alex Young for his weapons guide and for letting us host it here. Individual pistol guides are in the works.
Call of Duty 4 doesn't give stats for pistols, so we had to guess based on in-game descriptions, experience, and our understanding of how the game tends to balance damage and clip size.
Pistols constitute your default secondary weapon if you aren't using Overkill; they have the advantage of giving you a quick draw, so you pull them out faster than with any other weapon. Snipers who forego Overkill in favor of UAV Jammer or some other Tier 2 Perk will rely on pistols to take out nearby enemies.
They're also what you'll be using when your Last Stand perk activates when you take fatal nonexplosive damage, so a certain element of conscious choice is necessary.
Of course, you can always drop the pistol in favor of a better weapon you found on the ground...
Weapon: Israel Military Industries Desert Eagle
Fire Rate: n/a
Mobility: 12 / 12
Clip Size/Reserve Ammo: 7/14
Recoil: moderate/high vertical
Reload Time: 1.96 Seconds / 2.1 Seconds Empty
Click here for Mimbles Desert Eagle guide
This .50 caliber hand cannon made for Magnum Research is used mainly for competition and sport. Because of its considerable recoil and small magazine, real-life militaries and law enforcement tend not to use it, despite what CounterStrike may lead you to believe.
Also, the .50 caliber Action Express pistol round, only slightly smaller than the average thumb, is overkill for a human target. Given that, every soldier in the CoD4 world must have bionic wrists to be able to fire the Deagle as quickly and accurately you can in multiplayer. Use this pistol if you like to go for pistol kills frequently instead of using the pistol as a second or last resort.
It's very loud and not silenceable, so don't use it if you favor stealth. To account for the recoil, aim at your target's middle or lower torso and fire as fast as you can; they should go down in short order. You'll get a separate golden Deagle when you hit rank 55; there's no performance difference between it and the normal gun.
Because this is a .50 caliber gun, it packs the biggest punch. It is a very strong pistol and has the best range, so consider this for your sniper class. However, it has huge recoil and the clip isn't as big as liked, so if the target is far away or in motion, take time with your shots. If they are close, aim around the torso if not a bit higher and spam shots. The recoil will make the bullets go higher than wanted, but if you are aiming at the middle of the body you should still hit them. It would be idiotic to use this as a stealth class however.
The muzzle flash is bright and the sound is loud, and this gun is not silenceable. If you like to use pistols a lot, this is a great choice due to its power. This is a 2 hit kill gun, unless you get a headshot, then it's 1 hit. Of course if they are using Juggernaut then no, but for everyone else yes. You might have seen this gun with a shiny golden finish.
This gun can be unlocked golden at level 55. Many people love it with a golden finish, so remember, if you prestiege you will lose it. Many people prestiege and then are unhappy with their decision simply because t hey have to work forever to get their golden Desert Eagle back.
- The regular Desert Eagle is unlocked at Rank 43 Brigadier General
- The Gold Desert Eagle (Shown in the picture below) is unlocked at Rank 55 Commander
Range: 350-1200 / No Silencer
Rate of Fire:1200 RPM single
Penetration: Small / Small Bullet
Location Damage Multiplier: Head (1.4) / Neck: (1.0) / Torso: (1.0) / Stomach: (1.0) / Limbs (1.0)
Hip Accuracy: Stand (2-4) / Crouch (1.5-3) / Prone (1-2)
Silencers - A note about the silencers. They can be put on all of the pistols except for the Desert Eagle. While they take off a bit of range, they can be very useful in certain situations. If this class is a sniper class, do not use the Desert Eagle; go with one of the others.
I personally like the USP .45 for stealth. Many like the M1911 pistol for stealth too, I personally think this works better for hardcore than regular battles though.
While silencers might not take off recoil, it sure does help the feel of the gun. In the users hands it feels much more controlled silenced, the sound and the overall way it functions seems to keep it more accurate, whether it is true or simply psychological I don't know.
However, if you know you are going to be doing long range shooting and don't care about your red dot on the radar, silencers are not recommended.
Sights - Now a word about the sights. The pistol doesn't really have them. It just makes the shots more accurate. I would recommend looking down the sights as much as you can, as it makes the pistol a ton more accurate.
The looking down the sights function isn't so much for your sake as it is with most primary weapons, but moreso for the game's sake. In other words it doesn't really help you as a person aim, but it makes the bullets more accurate. Sometimes it can be hard to fire like this, because if they are far away, the gun will cover them up, in this case it just takes practice.
You have to learn how to know when you're aiming too high or if the bullets will still hit them. Some find it easier just to fire off a single shot and see if the X comes up around their crosshair to know they made contact.
This being said, look down the sights as much as you can. Hip-firing with pistols can be hard to do, unless they are right in front of you.
Last Stand - Many barely ever use their pistols, they only put it to use for when they go into last stand. If the person if close, just spam. You don't have much time to turn around, but the moment you see you are in last stand, look up a little, as when you first hit the floor you're usually aiming towards their legs. When you see them unload your entire clip before they can realize you're in last stand.
Tactical shooting should only be used if your target shot you from far away, or sniped you but didn't realize you went into last stand. In this case, look around for your shooter, aim down the sights, and make youre shots count.
Desert Eagle is probably the best gun to use if you're only using it for last stand. You need to take down that enemy fast, so you'll need power. You can spam bullets all you want, but you only need two hits with the Desert Eagle, which is why I choose it over the pistols with the bigger clips, because if you miss with those pistols, it's all over.
Want to see these pistols a bit more in action, but don't really want to test them out for yourself?
Here is a very nice pistol montage on youtube. The first pistol used is the M9, the second is the USP,
the third is the M1911, and the fourth is the Desert Eagle. Enjoy.