Pistol (or Sidearm/Handgun) is a type of firearm that can be wielded by one hand.
Pistols are classified as secondary weapons in CrossFire. They usually use small to high caliber ammunition. Pistols are usually used when the primary weapon runs out of ammunition, have no time to reload, or engaging in a close combat situation (usually when they are using a Sniper Rifle).
In TDM, S&D and FFA mode, room host can also limit weapons usage to handguns only, so every player will have to stick with their handguns instead.
Pistols vary widely in damage: Small caliber pistols have low damage and high-caliber magnum pistols deal high damage. They also have less ammo than all the other guns throughout the game. Pistols are most effective in close and medium range combat, though the more powerful ones can easily kill at long range.
Pistols in general are very lightweight, reload fairly quickly, and are pretty accurate. There is a shotgun and a machine pistol that are categorized as secondary weapons (or pistols), but they have very low effective range and high spread than any other pistols.
- This list only counts stock pistols, re-skinned variants are included in their respective pages.
- CrossFire should actually use the term "handgun" rather than "pistol" to categorize sidearms featured in the game. Handguns are divided in two: Pistols which use magazines (Desert Eagle, Colt M1911, etc) and Revolvers which use cylinders (Colt Anaconda, Mateba, etc).
- Ingram MAC-10 is currently the only SMG which is classified as a Handgun by CrossFire, and the Dual Double Barrel is currently the only Shotgun that's classified as Handgun. Of these two, only the latter retains its class trait (Shotgun), as the MAC-10 is considered a Handgun and can be boosted with VVIP perks, whereas DDB is properly classified as Shotgun.
- Throwing Knives carried by The Fates, Switcher and Subject Alpha are also classified as a Handgun by CrossFire. They share the same slot with Handguns and act as the last Secondary Weapon if their handguns run out of ammo (and only if the players know how to throw them right on target properly).
- Very powerful handguns like the Raging Bull, BFR, and RSH-12 use cartridges that are strong enough to bring down animals like grizzly bears and elephants with one shot, which should mean a one-shot kill to any body part at any range in CrossFire. For in-game balance purposes, they can do a one-shot kill to the chest or head only.
- Almost all semi-automatic handguns in CrossFire do not eject casings while firing. This is CF's biggest gun related error.
- The hammers of most semi-automatic pistols in CF are always shown uncocked (like the Desert Eagle & Colt 1911). A lot of semi-auto handguns in real life need to have a cocked hammer in order to fire.
- The cylinders of revolvers do not rotate while firing, and the hammers do not move when pulling the trigger. This can be seen clearly in slow motion.
- When reloading double action revolvers in CF (like the Anaconda); the user simply swings open the cylinder, tilts the gun downward, the empty casings fall out, then six rounds that are somewhat glued together are inserted. This is inaccurate compared to real life:
- Each casing inside the cylinder expands when the gun fires it, and in most cases they do not fall off all at once when the cylinder is opened and tilted down. The user needs to push the revolver's ejector rod to push all these empty shells out at once.
- Speed loaders are devices that hold six rounds together and are used to reload a revolver quickly. These loaders are pressed against the empty cylinder, then twisted or pushed in order to insert the rounds inside. Crossfire does not show these loaders in revolver reload animations.
- Single Action revolvers with loading gates like Ruger Bisley do not need to eject empty casings inside the cylinder when reloading (instead these shells simply disappear for convenience). This is the only justified handgun error in CF, as having to eject each empty cartridge before loading a fresh one would take too much time in-game.
- Pistol at Wikipedia.