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The Top Ten Most Popular Guns In Video Games

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The Top Ten Most Popular Guns In Video Games

Ever since Wolfenstein 3D released in 1992, guns In video games have earned a whole new level of honor in entertainment. I mean, sure, there were “guns” in games like Contra or Elevator Action, but this was the first time gamers could use a realistic facsimile of a gun.

And things have only gotten better, in the years since. I mean who doesn’t love some good shootout gameplay? Since the beginning of the “guns-in-games” era. First-person shooter (FPS) games exploded in the sales charts, selling billions of copies in next-to-no time at all.

Today, it actually goes without saying that first-person shooters are the favorite popular video game genres out there. And there’s good reason for that, too. There is nothing more satisfying than taking out your virtual enemies who want to kill innocent civilians or, even worse, your teammates. Basically, saving the day by using your most lethal skills to mop up the bad guys is a fantasy many of us absolutely love

So, we get on our console or PC and start-up that new, super realistic shooter, and we get to play with these accurate weapons used by real military forces around the world. Which is cool, no doubt. That exhilarating war experience, all rendered in stunning detail in the digital world. And, of course, it’s great training in case you ever need to go to actual war.

Just kidding. We’re just here to celebrate gunner gaming, awesome gun models where you can, like, see the actual lower receiver or whatever and, as an old-school gamer probably born before your mom ever pushed you out her controller port. I’ve been there from the shitty graphics that would have given any modern-day kid a seizure to today’s holy shit the graphics are so good, I can’t tell if I’m playing a video game or if I fell into a different dimension. 

After all, with three decades of gaming experience up my sleeve, I’ve seen my share of digital pistols, shotguns, assault rifles, snipers, and weird guns that kill dinosaurs. So let’s cut the rope and jump right into exploring the top 10 most popular video guns based on real weapons.

Modern Warfare’s M4A1 Assault Rifle

The famous M4A1 carbine is as awesome in person as it is on the levels of the Call of Duty Modern Warfare reboot. A fully automatic variant of the M4 carbine, this is a favorite for use in special operations.

And it’s a banger within the game, as well. As the third assault rifle unlocked Modern Warfare’s multiplayer mode, this is a favored weapon among players, so realistic you can feel the bolt carrier group sliding back with each shot, and versatile across a range of situations.

Just as cool, in-game, as it is in real life? Yeah, this ticks that box.

Fortnite’s SCAR

The Fabrique National Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (or FN SCAR, for those of you trying to save time) was created as part of a US Special Operations Command competition in 2004. It’s a testament to its efficacy that it’s featured both in the actual American Rangers, other teams, and dozens of video games in the time, since.

Known, in-game, simply as the assault rifle, the SCAR is considered by many to be the best weapon anywhere in the game. It’s a great all-rounder, whether in Epic or Legendary form. And, with its awesome real-life track record, it’s safe to say the IRL version is just as impressive.

Black Ops’ AK47

Call of Duty’s original Black Ops outing featured many memorable weapons, but one of the best was the AK47. Which makes sense, given its popularity in real-life battle zones over the course of its eventful lifespan. But let’s take a closer look.

A high-powered rifle, both the real and video game versions of the AK, one of the first downsides to this weapon is its extreme, erratic recoil. With massive penetration, this is a blunt weapon used for maximum damage and crowd control. Both in real life and in the world of Black Ops, the AK47 is a force to be reckoned with, making it one of the best guns Black Ops could have chosen.

Far Cry 5’s SBS Shotgun

Far Cry’s side-by-side double-barrel shotgun clears a room quicker than a post-Thanksgiving Day fart, and it’s based on a class of shotgun with a similar real-life effect. The 12-Gauge weapon featured in Far Cry 5 and New Dawn features that cinematic break-action mechanism and fires one-of-two shells with each pull of the trigger.

Look for similar results from a Remington 870 SBS and get ready for the full Far Cry 5 experience.

Battlefield 5’s M1 Garand

In 1963, the US Army introduced the M1 Garand semi-automatic battle rifle as their official service rifle of choice. It’s won the hearts of gun lovers since, with .30-06 Springfield rounds adding power comparable to several other major bolt-action rifles.

Given to the USMC Engineer, within the game, this rifle offers a superior fire rate, perfect for close combat maneuvering. With a one-second lead in reload times and larger ammo pools, this is a solid option in a firefight.


No list of video game weapons would be complete without a few good snipers, and Player Unknown Battlegrounds’ AWM is easily among the best. The Arctic Warfare Magnum is a beast of a sniper, based on a real life long barrel rifle that fires .300 Magnum rounds.

Only obtainable through a rare drop, this gun is extremely powerful, decimating targets with ease. The weapon it’s based on features similar recoil but, with stopping power like this, you”ll have most situations completely required, game or not.

Hitman Absolution’s AMT 1911 ‘Hardballer’

The “Hardballer” holds a special place in history as the first entirely stainless steel 191 patterned pistol. It’s also, hands down, one of the coolest weapons in 2012’s Hitman: Absolution, featuring a seven-round magazine of .45ACP rounds. And that’s before you even consider the fact that you can dual wield these damn things.

Suppressed, by default, for maximum assassination coolness, this gun is equal parts sexy and lethal. Think of it as the mid-’90s Catherine Zeta Jones of firearms.

GTA Online’s Carbine Mark II

Based on the Carbine Variant of the SIG MPX-C, GTA Online’s Carbine Rifle Mark II is a badass weapon with increased firepower and improved accuracy. This is a phenomenal weapon for long-range firing, as it is extremely accurate in addition to its stopping power.

Counterstrike’s Desert Eagle

The last pistol on our list is also such a classic it could never not feature on any list of video game weapons. Or real-life weapons. Basically, this is one of the most important firearms in the history of war. And it also features on one of the longest-running shooters on the video game market. We’re talking, of course, about Counterstrike’s absolutely abominable Desert Eagle.

The only in-game pistol capable of killing an opponent with a single headshot. The only one to feature high penetration. And, hands down, the single coolest looking pistol by a considerable margin (especially in gold). These and so many more accolades belong to this pistol. And the great part is it’s every bit as cool in real life. There isn’t a better choice out there for a video game sidearm. Period.

Borderlands Running Gun(s)

This entry is kind of a cheat. Not because it’s a fake gun from a space game. Not because it’s unfair to expect guns that can’t yell hilarious insults to be as cool as regular guns. But because this is actually a series of different guns.

Borderlands 3’s gun with legs comes from the Tediore manufacturer perk earned within the game. Players throw their empty guns and the weapon will run along shouting insults and shooting everyone in its path. And, because of that, it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t exist. Because, from its futuristic upper receiver to the awful things it screams out as it runs, it is awesome.

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