M6G2 magnum

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This article is about M6G2 magnum introduced in Halo 3. For M6G variant introduced in Halo: Reach, see M6G magnum.
M6G2 magnum
Production overview


Misriah Armory

Model series:

M6 series


Magnum-caliber pistol


cR. 1615[1]



  • (o/a): 26.70 centimetres (10.51 in)[1][Note 1]
  • (barrel): 11.7 centimetres (4.6 in)[1]


  • (empty): 2.7 kilograms (6.0 lb)[1]
  • (loaded): 2.95 kilograms (6.5 lb)[1]

Ammunition type:

12.7×40mm M225 Semi-Armor-Piercing High-Explosive/.50 Magnum caliber rounds[1]

Feed system:

8 rounds magazine[1]


Short recoil principle

Muzzle velocity:

427 m/sec (1302.35 ft/sec)[1]

Effective range:

50 meters (160 ft)[1]

Service history

In service:

Human-Covenant War


"The M6 is either the world’s biggest pistol or the world’s smallest rifle—I’m not sure which."
— Anonymous E2-BAG/1/7 service member.[1]

The M6G2 Personal Defense Weapon System (PDWS), or "Magnum", is a variant in the M6 series of sidearms produced by Misriah Armory. It serves as a modification package of the UNSC Army's standard M6G magnum, intended for service within the UNSC Marine Corps.[2][3]


Design details[edit]

The M6G2 serves as a modification package for the original M6G pistol design[2] - though only primarily differs in the placement of its KFA-2 x2 scope, cosmetic finishes and weight.[3] It sports the same general design and proportions as the aforementioned version, despite a subtly longer barrel and lack of an underslung attachment. While its rate of fire is only around half that of its predecessor, its accuracy is superior.[1] The top attachment plate's mounting pins are closer to the muzzle. The slide has vertical serrations and a flat rear. The magazine release is set just in front of the safety switch and has a thin, rectangular lip akin to earlier M6 models. The striker is recessed into the slide as on a 21st-century Glock.

The M6G2 is a semi-automatic, recoil-operated, magazine-fed, large-caliber handgun. It has a polymer handle, along with a titanium alloy body and an electroless nickel-plate finish, though can be alternately issued in black polymer and hard chrome finishes instead. The sidearm fires the M225 SAP-HE (Semi-Armor Piercing, High Explosive) rounds from an 8-round magazine at a velocity of 427 m/sec (1302.35 ft/sec). In addition, the weapon can be issued with a KFA-2 x2 optical, smart-linked scope.[1][4] Although M225 SAPHE ammunition is standard issue for the M6 PDWS, there are more “exotic” ammunition types available to UNSC personnel only by Mission Conditional Requisition (MCR).[1]

Overall, the M6G2 was designed for ruggedness and reliability, leading some operators to believe that it suffers in its weight and low magazine capacity.[1]


The M6G2 is a later model of the M6 series sidearms that was distributed to officers and vehicle/weapon crews[1] - though is nonetheless considered an ideal sidearm for a wide variety of troops.[4] Unlike the UNSC Army's preference of the standard M6G sidearm, the M6G2 was primarily developed for use within the UNSC Marine Corps.[3]

Operational history[edit]

The M6G2 was widely used alongside its regular M6G cousin throughout the Human-Covenant War. It saw particular usage by Marine forces stationed on Earth during the Battle for Earth, and later among the forces of UNSC Forward Unto Dawn during the Battle of Installation 00.[5] One such weapon was dual-wielded alongside an M90A shotgun by Miranda Keyes in her attempt to save Avery Johnson from his capture by the Prophet of Truth.[6]

In the post-war era, M6G2s were used by UNSC forces stationed on Draetheus V during the Battle of Draetheus V in 2555,[7] with one later used by Bostwick to kill Maya Sankar.[8]

The M6G2 was one of many weapons featured in Dr. Robert McLees' report Machines, Materiel and Munitions from the Human-Covenant Conflict, 2525 - Present.[1]


  • In Halo 3, the stamping on the side of the M6G incorrectly labels it as a Model 6C.
    • The Bungie.Net article blurb however states that the M6G in Halo 3 used a "modification package" of a M6. This would allow the M6C branding to be present on the model.
    • Similarly, WETA Workshop's M6G prop features the same manufacturer's markings as the Halo 3 model, albeit stenciled instead of engraved. However, the year 2552 is misprinted as 5225.[9]
  • Like the M6D, the Halo 3 M6G has Asian writing stamped on the top of the barrel, but in this case, it is Korean Hangul, not Japanese Kanji. It is also featured on the bottom of the magazine. The word 일곱 (il-gohb) translates to the number seven. Interestingly, the writing is upside down. Looking at the pictures below, you can see that the "ㄹ" letter in "일" is above the "이" when it should be below.
  • In Halo 3, when a full magazine is emptied, the slide of the M6G does not lock back to wait for another fresh magazine to be inserted.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ The Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition) erroneously identifies the M6G2 as being 12.2 inches (31.1 cm) in length. Whether this is an intentional retcon of the original stat is unknown.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p, The M6G Pistol (Retrieved on Jan 24, 2021) [local archive] [external archive]
  2. ^ a b, The M6G Pistol: "The modification package to the latest revision of the M6 pistol series: The M6G PDWS." - Page embed link text (Retrieved on Jan 24, 2021) [archive]
  3. ^ a b c Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 165
  4. ^ a b, Halo 3 Service Record, Tools of Destruction: "A recoil-operated, semi-automatic handgun. Accurate and utilitarian in design, it is the ideal sidearm for a wide variety of troops." (Retrieved on Jan 19, 2021) [archive]
  5. ^ Halo 3, Magnum in-game weapon
  6. ^ Halo 3, campaign level The Covenant
  7. ^ Halo: Spartan Assault, campaign level Mission 21: Hunt for the Phantom
  8. ^ Hunt the Truth, This artwork
  9. ^ WETA Workshop's M6G replica