M6 series

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The M6H2 (left) and the M6D (right).

"The M6 is either the world’s biggest pistol or the world’s smallest rifle — I’m not sure which."
— Unknown UNSC serviceman[1]

The M6 Personal Defense Weapon System is a series of handgun produced by Misriah Armory.[2][3][4] Common slang terms for the M6 series handguns include go-mag, hand cannon, power drill, HE pistol, and heavy pistol.[5][6][3]


"The longevity of the M6 has always been more about pork barrels and Slipspace travel than reliability or the so-called brilliance of its design."
— Anonymous UNSC serviceman[1]

The M6 series have seen major widespread distribution through the United Nations Space Command armed forces as lighter firearms, although they are not always seen as primary weapons, because of their lighter penetrating power.

Design details[edit]

"It’s strange. Normally a big bore means access to a greater variety of exotic munitions, but we just don’t see that variety in the field."
— Unknown UNSC serviceman[1]

The M6 series weapons are recoil-operated and magazine-fed, and typically fire 12.7×40mm projectile ammunition, and despite the large caliber, oftentimes "exotic" ammunition is not utilized. They are also remarkably large and overpowered to an extent, appearing to be redolent of a cross between a pistol and a rifle in size. In addition to power, the M6 line of weaponry is designed to be exceedingly rugged and reliable, and the guns are able to remain operational after Slipspace transitions and high-g aerial maneuvers, as well as the rigors sustained during standard combat. However, the heavy weight limits its distribution amongst personnel, and the M6 weapons have a tendency to drop casings on the wielder's foot,[1] leading some UNSC personnel to favor the M7 SMG, which operates on a caseless system.

They have remained remarkably unchanged during their decades of service, although there are a large number of variants. The M6 series handguns are issued in three different finishes: hard chrome, black polymer, and electroless nickel.[1][4] Some variants of the M6 series have been 'up-sized' to approximately 117% their normal size to better facilitate use by Spartans.[3]

M6G handguns being produced by Misriah Armory on Mars.


"The M6 has been in service for about a hundred and forty years… it’s amazing to think how little it has changed in all that time."
— Anonymous UNSC serviceman[1]

M6 series handguns have seen usage in the UNSC since 2414.[7][1][2][4][7] The M6C was almost universally adopted during the Human-Covenant War,[8] though the M6G and M6G2 thrived during the war.[9]

In the year following the War, the M6H2 was dominant magnum in use with all branches[9] and in 2555 the M6H was designated the standard side arm of all UNSC branches.[4][9]


"The M6 has been around forever; the number of variants and configurations is dizzying... have you ever seen an M6J(C) — the Army’s carbine variant?"
— Unknown UNSC serviceman[1]

"The A's and B's are way more comfortable to shoot, but you don’t see many of them outside of civilian security forces anymore."
— Anonymous UNSC serviceman[1]


Main articles: Magnum, Halo: Combat Evolved Pistol

The Magnum has been featured as a usable weapon in almost every single Halo title.

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m, The M6G Pistol (Retrieved on Jan 24, 2021) [local archive] [external archive]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Halo Waypoint, Magnum (Retrieved on Sep 20, 2011) [archive]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o, Halo 3: ODST Project Page (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
  4. ^ a b c d Halo Waypoint, Magnum (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
  5. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition) - UNSC Weapons, page 307
  6. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2011 edition) - UNSC Weapons, page 321
  7. ^ a b Halo: Official Spartan Field Manual, page 186
  8. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 164
  9. ^ a b c d Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 165
  10. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 166
  11. ^, 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]
  12. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Locke & Load (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
  13. ^ Halo 5: Guardians: gameplay
  14. ^ Halo: Retribution, chapter 1
  15. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Food for Thought (Retrieved on Oct 7, 2022) [archive]