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12.7×40mm M225 Semi-Armor-Piercing High-Explosive/.50 Magnum caliber rounds
8 rounds magazine
328-492 ft (100-150m) (Depending on user)
The M6G PDWS is a semi-automatic, recoil-operated, magazine-fed, large-caliber handgun. The weapon has a polymer handle, along with a titanium alloy body and an electroless nickel-plate finish. The sidearm fires the M225 SAP-HE (Semi-Armor Piercing, High Explosive) rounds from an 8 to 12-round magazine. In addition, the weapon can be issued with a KFA-2 x2 optical, smart-linked scope.
The M6G has a higher rate of fire than the M6G2 magnum modification package, though its accuracy suffers slightly as a result. The slide is tapered at the rear and sports forward-facing, diagonal serrations. The magazine release is set above and parallel to the lower lip of the trigger; the magazine's lip is shaped like an irregular trapezoid. The striker juts farther from the slide, reminiscent of a hammer. This model is equipped with an underslung flashlight attachment or laser module.
- Main article: M225 SAP-HE
The M6G uses 12.7×40mm M225 SAP-HE (Semi-Armor Piercing, High Explosive) .50 caliber ammunition loads. These rounds have a jacket of copper or cupro-nickel around the projectile while the projectile itself is hollow and filled with an explosive compound and a delayed-detonation impact fuse. When the round impacts a target, the jacket will initially help the projectile maintain its shape, allowing it to travel into the target before detonating almost immediately after impact, causing massive tissue damage and system shock. Probable reasons for using semi-armor piercing rounds instead of armor piercing projectiles are both to prevent over-penetration of hostiles and decreasing the risk of friendly fire during CQB and urban combat, and their devastating efficacy against soft targets. The explosive properties of the rounds render them decently effective against personal shielding systems and are also capable of damaging lightly-armored vehicles.
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Changes from Halo 3 to Halo: Reach
- Features a 2× zoom function.
- Has reticle bloom, like most weapons in Halo: Reach.
- Nearly doubled rate of fire (though its rate of fire is identical when firing only at minimum bloom).
- Different reloading and melee animations that are very similar to those of the M6D from Halo: Combat Evolved, wherein the SPARTAN flips the weapon in the air after striking.
Non-canon and dubious canon appearances
- Main article: Silver Timeline
- In Halo: Reach, Spartans wielding M6Gs use a nearly identical melee animation to the M6D pistol in Halo: Combat Evolved. Elites, however, use an animation similar to that used by both species in Halo 3.
- John-117 wields an M6G (Halo: Reach version) in the cover art of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary in lieu of the M6D, which is featured in the game. The cover art was designed while the Reach M6G model was being used as a placeholder for the M6D during the development of the game and was not changed when the pistol's in-game model was replaced (ironically, by Halo 3's M6G2 model).
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List of appearances
- Remember Reach
- Deliver Hope (First appearance)
- Halo: Reach
- Halo 4 (Forge Spawn Hologram only)
- Halo 2: Anniversary (Forge Spawn Hologram only)
- Halo: Fleet Battles
- Halo: The Fall of Reach - The Animated Series
- Halo 5: Guardians (Forge Spawn Hologram only)
- Halo: Ground Command
- Halo Mythos
- Halo: Retribution
- Halo: Collateral Damage
- Halo: Fireteam Raven
- Halo: Official Spartan Field Manual
- Halo: Lone Wolf
- Halo: Outpost Discovery
- Halo Infinite (Forge Spawn Hologram only)
- Halo: The Television Series
- Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 116
- Halo Encyclopedia (2011 edition), page 321
- Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 165
- Bungie.net, Halo: Reach ordnance - Magnum (Retrieved on Feb 7, 2021) [archive]
- Halo Waypoint, Magnum (Retrieved on Sep 20, 2011) [local archive] [external archive]
- YouTube - Paramount+, Halo The Series (2022) Official Trailer (Retrieved on Jan 30, 2022)