Action films are cool, but where would the action be without some sort of weapon. Often times, the guns, knives, and tools of destruction have just as much personality as the hero or villain wielding them. Below is a list of weapons used commonly in the world of Polecat; some weapons not listed may be used later, but for now these are the most common. This list will be broken into two posts, due to it's extensiveness. Hero and Villain. First is the list of weapons employed by the good guys.
Colt King Cobra
Type: Double Action Revolver Pistol
Caliber: .357 Magnum
As a policeman, Ian was trained that teamwork is the best weapon, however guns come in close second; and what better gun, than the Colt King Cobra. The King Cobra was a combat revolver introduced by Colt in 1986 as an update to the Colt Trooper that had been popular among gun enthusiasts since it's introduction in 1953. Being built on Colt's V-Frame and made out of hi-carbon steel, the King Cobra is built to keep working, long after taking loads of abuse, similar to Ian himself. Another reason Ian prefers his revolver over other weapons, is consistency. He always knows exactly how many rounds are in his weapon, and can plan fight moves and take downs accordingly. And lastly, the .357 Magnum cartridge kicks like a mule, especially when it dumps all 710ft/lbs of energy into the point of impact.
PR-24 T-Handle Baton
Type: Blunt Force Weapon
Police work is dirty work, and often times leaves you much closer to the suspect than a gun will allow. The easy answer: a stick. The better answer: a poly carbonate stick with a hollow lead core. The Monadnock PR-24 nightstick allows for bone crushing close quarters combat, less-than-lethal defense, and an endless number of positions and techniques that can be easily combined with martial arts, creating a truly devastating and versatile weapon. The PR-24 serves as Ian's secondary weapon.
Type: Assault Rifle
Caliber: .223 Remington
Capacity: 30 Rounds
Success is often mimicked, and in the case of the Colt M4, there are countless variants by different companies all over the globe. The American based firearms company Ruger is no exception, with the SR-556. With two versions, one chambered in 5.56mm Nato and the other chambered in the slightly more devastating .223 Remington, the latter serves as a tertiary weapon for Ian, when a full tactical assault is unavoidable. Normally residing in the trunk of Ian's 1965 Pontiac GTO, when this weapon is pulled out, nothing is held back. With a self cleaning piston, hammer forged barrel, and chrome plated bolt, the Ruger SR-556 is designed to take the abuse of some of the harshest climates and still function without fail.
Double Barrel Shotgun
Type: Break Action Shotgun
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Sometimes a weapon is so recognizable and so distinguished that it needs no name to describe it. One such gun is the Double Barrel Shotgun. Even while there are countless companies that manufacture this gun, there are always two main formats followed, Side by Side (SxS) with the barrels sitting next to each other, or Over Under (O/U) in which the barrels are stacked vertically on top of one another. In either case the double barrel shotgun is an echo from an earlier era where even one more shot was all the advantage you needed to tame the Western Frontier. Other designs featuring triple or quad barrels have been produced in small numbers over the years, but the tried and true double barrel always comes back around, because it's light enough to carry but still kicks like a mule. And the warrior we've chosen to wield such an awesome weapon, is our very own Amos Moses. Born in a backwater town of Louisiana, he was raised partially by his mother, and his human next door neighbor who was a Vietnam veteran, Amos grew up to be strong, but simple and demands a weapon to match, because even in a world where hi-tech energy weapons exist, the rugged still seem to come out on top.
Type: Machine Pistol
A semi-automatic pistol is a good compliment to a gun that only holds two rounds, but a fully automatic pistol would be better. The Beretta 93R fills this gap by being not only Amos' modern compliment to a historic centerpiece, but could easily serve as a primary weapon in it's own right. Designed in the early 1970's as a fully automatic variant of the Beretta 92, the 93R boasts an 1,100 round per minute firing rate and an effective range of 50 meters. Due to the Gun Control Act of 1968, the 93R is a rarity in the United States, but some still exist within our borders, and one such sits on the hip of Amos Moses.
StingTech Corp. RobArm Mk II
Type: Robot Arm
Capacity: N/A (5 gallons w/flamethrower)
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In congruence with the Jerry Reed song, Amos Moses is missing his left arm from the elbow down, but thanks to some stolen Cyberian technology, seems no worse for where. The RobArm Mk II is a prosthetic robot arm developed by the Cyberian research and development company, StingTech. Marketed as an upgrade, Cyberian citizens will often volunteer to have their organic limbs and body parts removed and replaced by more high tech counterparts. Although, Amos didn't lose his arm by choice, he's still appreciative of his new limb, which when combined with his already immense strength, allows him to dead lift close to 1,000 lbs. This makes coming with in punching distance of Amos a deadly affair in combat. However, he doesn't necessarily have to punch, because the hand part of the arm is removable and can be swapped out for other attachments, including a circular saw, egg beater, vacuum cleaner, power drill, and even a flamethrower.
Winchester Model 1887
Type: Lever action shotgun
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Shotguns are always cool. Many are quite notable, but few are revolutionary. The Winchester 1887 undeniably the latter. Before the Model 1887, all shotguns were break action with only one or two shots, or muzzle loaded, if you count the blunderbuss. Winchester Arms realized the need for a higher capacity scatter gun and commissioned none other than the legendary firearms engineer John Browning to design it. The Model 1887 was leaps and bounds ahead of any weapon produced at the time, with the ability to hold shotgun 5 rounds in the magazine, one on the action, and one plugged directly into the chamber, the weapon had 7 powerful 12 Gauge rounds ready as quickly as you could work the lever. Lever action rifles had been around for sometime, but until this point, no one had even dreamed of using one to put buckshot or slugs downrange; and although the gun's reign at the top only lasted a decade until it was replaced by the Winchester M1897 (the world's first practical pump shotgun), also designed by Browning, like the cowboys who wielded it, it would never be truly forgotten as nearly 100 years later, the Model 1887 would dominate the silver screen as the hero gun of Terminator 2. It's rustic, wild west charm perfectly complimented the most advanced killing machine ever built. In the world of Polecat, this iconic weapon is called to service yet again as the bartender Thorny's, primary weapon as he aids Ian in his own conquest against the machines.
Type: Semi Automatic pistol
Caliber: .45 ACP
It's as American as apple pie, and as the most produced pistol in the world, it's no surprise that this gun crops up in this story, but with over a century to prove itself, it's damn well earned it. Designed in 1911 by, once again, John Browning, the 1911 has literally been to hell and back... and changed the world along the way. It's success is largely due to it's simplicity, having a surprisingly small number of parts has kept production costs reasonable, with the thin profile making it easy to hold. Having served valiantly in dozens of conflicts, including both World Wars, and continued use by today's USMC, gives it a reputation as a time tested war hero. Chambered in .45 ACP packs a good punch of it's own, while being a small enough round to carry in abundance and for low cost. This gun, though abundant in Polecat as in real life, also finds itself serving as a backup weapon to Thorny.
Type: Extra Large Knife
Every bartender needs a good knife, but every warrior needs a big knife. The machete satisfies both of those requirements. Too big really even be called a knife, and too small to be a sword, this weapon finds itself comfortable on every continent, in any environment imaginable, doing a wide variety of tasks. Useful as tool to cut down brush or to prepare food, or as a device from our deepest nightmares, the machete is an immortal blade if there ever was one. Our friend Thorny makes good use of one. If he needs to cut a lime for margarita, or cut a foe in half when hand to hand combat is the only option, Thorny shows proficient skill with this timeless weapon.
Type: Bolt Action Rifle
Caliber: 7.92×57mm Mauser (aka 8mm Mauser)
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Guns and bullets have no personality... they are inanimate objects, and do no harm without an operator behind them. They can be just as much a villain as they can be a hero. However, if any bullet could be classified as evil, the most wicked round of all would be the 8mm Mauser. This round was developed in 1905 as a successor to the then aging Patrone 88 cartridge, and was adopted by the German Empire later that same year. 8mm Mauser remained the German standard for rifle caliber weapons until 1945, seeing actions in both World Wars, and though it was used also by the British in their Bersa machine gun, it is more infamous for it's role with the Germans. Some examples include the Karabiner 98k (the standard Weremacht infantry rifle), MG-42 (the gun that gave us the most hell on D-Day), and it's smaller cousin, the 7.92x33mm being used in the world's first assault rifle, the StG 44. While the primary gun of this article, the Karabiner 98k (Kar 98k) for short, has seen it's fair share of dubious use, from it's original role in WWII, to use by the Vietcong, and even seeing roles in modern wars, such as Iraq and the Syrian Civil War that is currently going on. Despite it's age, the rifle remains a solid choice, bringing a perfect balance between power and accuracy. In Polecat, however, the Kar 98k finds a more honest role as the primary weapon of Tanya Ivanovich, as she takes up the role of sniper giving Ian covert long range support, and with a bayonet on the end as well, she's just as deadly from across a farm field as she is in close quarters.
Type: Machine Pistol
Caliber: .45 ACP
The .45 caliber sub machine gun has been a staple in the American military, ever since the Thompson first came onto the scene in 1921. The Thompson set the standard by being accurate, well built, and low recoil, which forged it into an American classic. The MAC-10 is none of these things. A product of the space age, purely to invent a weapon as versatile as the Uzi, while using our cartridges and being made on our soil, the MAC-10 is not designed to be pretty. First built in 1970, it was designed to be more effective in the unpredictable and unforgiving environment that is the Vietnam jungle than it's aging, clunky predecessor, the M3 Grease Gun. The MAC-10 saves on space by wrapping the bolt and recoil spring tightly around the barrel. This results in a weapon that has a high rate of fire, and in experienced hands, is impossible to control. This, combined with it's low accuracy, makes for a weapon that's only effective in close to medium quarters combat. It's good for clearing a room, or getting a lot of bullets down range at once, but not much else. The only other plus side is it's durability, and low cost. Meaning you can produce a lot, and they will last a good long while. Now only used in very limited circumstances, the MAC-10 finds a new role in the world of Polecat, as Tanya's secondary weapon. It's easy to sneak up on a sniper, or get out of range by being too close. The Cold War era machine pistol allows her to cover her ass in situations where a sniper rifle is totally inappropriate.
Type: Pump Shotgun
Caliber: 12 Gauge
The Remington 870 is a must have in any American police arsenal. In production since 1951, the 870 is one of the most instantly recognizable weapons on the planet. While not primary by any means, Ian does own one, and it rides in the trunk of the GTO
Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol
The Hi-Power has a special place in history, not only as one of the first 9mm accepted into everyday use by American military and police forces, it's also the last design of firearm genius, John Browning. Designed shortly after the M1918 BAR, the gun borrows many features from his other brainchild, the Colt 1911, while still being different enough to avoid being a complete copy. The weapon has been massively successful since it's introduction in 1935, however, Browning himself wouldn't live to see it. The weapon, another in Ian's arsenal, is hardly ever used, except in flashbacks to his days with the NYPD, where he used it as is his primary weapon. He still owns the weapon, but it sits on a shelf in his home.
Type: Heavy Machine Gun
7.92×57mm MauserCapacity: 250
The MG42, or Machinengewher 42, as it is sometimes known, is considered one of the most devastating machine guns of all time. Used by German forces during WWII, this weapon received the nickname "Hitler's Buzzsaw" by Allied forces. The immense power of the 7.92 Mauser round, combined with the high rate of fire, all on a 250 round belt system, creates a gun that can rip any living creature to shreds in a matter of seconds. It's immense weight and high recoil, however, requires most users to mount it to something, rest it on a low wall, or lay down completely to use it. This is not the case, however, when this other Nazi-killing-machine-turned-hero, ends up in the hands of Amos Moses at one point in the story. His incredible strength allows him to carry the gun and fire it from the hip, making him virtually unstoppable so long as there's still ammo on the belt.
Type: Folding Machine Gun
Guns are cool as Hell, but the FMG-9 is one Hell of a gun. The FMG-9 is, in reality, only a prototype weapon designed out of Glock parts by Magpul in 2008; also in real life, has never seen major production. However, in the alternate reality that is Polecat, the FMG-9 makes a reoccurring appearance. Due to it's small size and low cost, many can be bought and stored at once, and there are several in the Zuckermann Creek Police Station's arsenal. Wielded by all four of our main heroes, when direct tactical intervention is a must, and the station's SWAT gear is all too necessary.
Type: Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher
Caliber: 66mm Rocket
How do you stop something that can't be killed with a gun? Bring a bigger gun, or in this case, a rocket. In 1963, with the threat of war in the jungle looming, it became apparent that our current rocket launcher, the Bazooka from WWII, was in desperate need of replacement. In the farm fields and city streets of Europe, the heavy, hulking Bazooka was a great introduction to the world of portable anti-tank weaponry, but in the tight dense jungle, something that size was going to be immensely impractical; so a new weapon was devised. Smaller, cheaper, and more accurate that it's 1940's predecessor, the LAW Rocket was a revolution in anti-tank technology; the only drawback being that each rocket tube can only be used once, then the whole weapon must be discarded and a new one picked up. However due to low cost compared to alternatives, this isn't much of an issue. The M72 packs quite a bit of punch too, firing a 66mm HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) rocket that has enough power to blast through 8 inches of solid steel plating, 2 feet of solid concrete, or 6 feet of dirt. In the world of Polecat, Ian and the gang don't initially have one, but they are confiscated later from the cannibal clan.