Black Ops 2 In-Depth: Overview of Pistols

Pistols may not seem like very powerful or useful weapons but that couldn’t be further from the truth. When you run out of ammo in your primary gun and need a weapon, it’s much faster to swap to a pistol than to any other or weapon (or to reload for that matter). Plus, it’s pretty satisfying taking out an enemy holding an assault rifle or SMG with nothing more than what feels like a pea-shooter. Black Ops 2 offers 5 awesome pistols for multiplayer matchmaking. Today’s In-Depth will cover each one.

Five Seven

Black Ops 2 Five Seven

The Five Seven is the first pistol you’ll have available and is, in our opinion, one of the most well-rounded handguns in the game. It deals pretty high damage at close range and also has a pretty big clip. This makes it pretty deadly in close quarters. It generally takes just 2 to 4 shots to kill an enemy at close to medium range. At long distance the damage falls greatly and the gun becomes very ineffective.

Damage – High to Low (high in close quarters combat, low at distances)

Range – Low (best used for in-your-face battles)

Mag Size – 20 (26 if using the Extended Clip attachment)

Recoil – Very Low

Tac-45

Black Ops 2 Tac-45

The next pistol you’ll unlock in multiplayer is the Tac-45. It deals roughly the same amount of damage as the 5/7 but has a much smaller clip size and also has a bit more recoil. In terms of range, recoil, and clip size, it is one of the worst handguns only being slightly better than the Executioner. Overall, we don’t recommend using this pistol. The default unlock (Five-Seven) is a much better weapon.

Damage – High to Low

Range – Low

Mag Size – 10 (13 when using the Extended Clip attachment)

Recoil – Medium

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B23R

Black Ops 2 B23R

The B23R is the pistol everyone loves to hate. It deals tons of damage thanks to a quick, 3 round burst. It also works well at range for players with a good eye and steady hand. A lot of people consider this handgun to be highly overpowered, though. It often takes just 1 to 3 shots to kill an opponent with it in close to medium range encounters. It fires fast and has just a little recoil making it a pretty accurate weapon. This is our personal favorite out of all the pistols.

Damage – Medium/High

Range – Medium

Mag Size – 15 (21 with the Extended Clip attachment)

Recoil – Low

Executioner

Black Ops 2 Executioner

The Executioner is one of the most interesting handguns featured in any CoD game. It has an odd name and it operates very differently from any other pistol. Instead of traditional bullets the Executioner fires .28 gauge shotgun shells. It deals a ton of damage but only at very close range. At a distance this handgun is next to useless. But a well-placed shot in the chest or above can result in a brutal, one-shot kill.

Damage – High

Range – Very Low

Mag Size – 5

Recoil – High

KAP-40

Black Ops 2 KAP-40

The KAP-40 is nothing to laugh at. It may not have a long range but it packs quite a punch and can take out enemies very quickly when used correctly. It’s fully automatic and fires 937 rounds per minute making it on par with some of the quickest shooting SMGs in BO2. It can also be dual-wielded. The only real drawbacks to this handgun is it’s range and how fast it goes through it’s magazine.

Damage – Medium

Range – Low/Medium

Mag Size – 15 (20 if using the Extended Clip attachment)

Recoil – Medium

Need to improve your aim? Or maybe you want to know what PRO players use for loadouts? Get the best tips and strategies for Black Ops 2 by checking out the inf0-packed Bo2 Guru Game Guide – the most detailed multiplayer guide available for the game!

Bradley has been gaming his entire life on both console and PC titles. He created the Gamocial Gaming Network back in 2010 and continues to be a regular contributor of news, tips, cheats, and guides for the most popular games.
  • GoldeneyeVeteran

    Got these on diamond. The executioner is the WORST GUN EVER but is fecking funny to use if you actually do well with it and hear the rage. Tac-45 silenced with fast mags is actually a good gun, surprised at the negative review. Overall though: COD needs innovation, it’s still a good game though I don’t get all the hate. I mean sure, the fact that they’re milking us dry sucks but the gunplay is the tightest in gaming. Multiplayer is about fun not competitiveness and COD delivers that in droves IF you approach it right.