M6G magnum

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


Misriah Armory

Model series:

M6 series


Magnum-caliber pistol



  • 23 centimeters (9 in) (Standard variant)[1][2]
  • 36 centimeters (14 in)[3] (Up-sized variant)[1][2]


  • 1.8 kilograms (4.0 lb) (Standard variant)[2]
  • 2.7 kilograms (6.0 lb) (Up-sized variant)[2]

Ammunition type:

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

Feed system:

8 rounds magazine


Short recoil principle

Effective range:

328-492 ft (100-150m) (Depending on user)[2]

Service history

In service:

Human-Covenant War


The M6G Personal Defense Weapon System (PDWS) is a handgun in Misriah Armory's M6 series.[3]


Design details[edit]

The M6G PDWS is a semi-automatic, recoil-operated, magazine-fed, large-caliber handgun.[4] The weapon has a polymer handle, along with a titanium alloy body and an electroless nickel-plate finish.[5] The sidearm fires the M225 SAP-HE (Semi-Armor Piercing, High Explosive) rounds from an 8 to 12-round magazine.[1] In addition, the weapon can be issued with a KFA-2 x2 optical, smart-linked scope.[4][1]

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.

In-game information[edit]

Changes from Halo 3 to Halo: Reach[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Silver Timeline[edit]

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This article contains information about the Silver Timeline, and is not a part of the established Halo canon.

M6G magnums are used by Silver Team and other UNSC personnel in battles against the Covenant.[6]


  • 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).


List of appearances[edit]