Personal Defense Weapons, or PDWs for short, are compact, light, magazine-fed weapons. PDWs are exclusively available to the Scout Class.

  • The MP5K gun model in-game.
  • The UMP45 gun model in-game.
  • The G36C gun model in-game.
  • The MP7 gun model in-game.
  • The MAC10 gun model in-game.
  • The P90 gun model in-game.
  • The MP5 gun model in-game.
  • The Colt SMG 635 gun model in-game.
  • The L2A3 gun model in-game.
  • The MP5SD gun model in-game.
  • The MP10 gun model in-game.
  • The M3A1 gun model in-game.
  • The MP5/10 gun model in-game.
  • The AUG A3 Para gun model in-game.
  • The PPSh-41 gun model in-game.
  • The FAL Para Shorty gun mode in-game.
  • The Kriss Vector gun mode in-game.
  • The MP40 gun model in-game.
  • The X95 SMG gun model in-game.
  • The Tommy Gun gun model in-game.


During World War II, a request was issued to the U.S. Army Ordnance Department received for a light rifle to be issued to certain soldiers that found the typical M1 Garand rifle too cumbersome for their general positions. Although at first rejected, the request was reconsidered and admitted after German attacks using gliders and paratroopers were successful. The M1 Carbine was deployed in the U.S. Army and is often considered as a forerunner to modern personal defense weapons.[1]

Later on, in the 1980's, a request for the concept of a personal defense weapon was introduced to serve as a replacement for submachine guns, most notably the 9x19mm Parabellum. The personal defense weapon was designed to penetrate body armor and perform well in close-quarters-combat (CQC). The FN P90 was the answer to the request. The P90 featured a unique design, placing the 50-round magazine horizontally above the weapon. The weapon was extremely compact, no longer than a man's shoulder width, allowing it to be held with ease. In 2001, Heckler & Koch created the MP7 a direct rival to the P90. It featured a more standard design, taking the appearance of a smaller assault rifle. Heckler & Koch would go on to create many more Personal Defense Weapons as time progressed.


General Information

Personal defense weapons are CQC oriented weapons, possessing the necessary traits that allow them to perform exceptionally well in close range. These traits, however, hinder PDWs at longer ranges, and they perform weaker at said ranges than other weapons. Therefore, PDWs are best used where CQC is common, such as at Hills or common passages.

Generally, personal defense weapons possess a very high rate of fire (RoF) and a good maximum damage, allowing these weapons to perform exceptionally well in close range. PDWs, compared to other weapons, typically sport good hipfire statistics as well, so PDWs will be better suited in hipfiring than other weapons such as assault rifles. If one wishes to concentrate on utilizing the hipfire capabilities of a PDW, using attachments such as a Vertical Grip or Laser will help increase the effectiveness of hipfiring. Still, PDWs sport a very low accuracy at longer ranges, either aiming or hipfiring. To top it off, the minimum damage of a PDW drops off at very fast rate, and the damage is very low, making it very ineffective to fire past medium range.

Usage & Tactics

When using a PDW, the recommended strategy is to participate in CQC, although most PDWs are viable for mid-range combat. Due to the good hipfire accuracy, PDWs are very effective in dealing with enemies in a short amount of time, increasing their effectiveness in CQC. If a PDW user finds themselves out in an open area, it is best if that user tries to find cover, as a PDW will not hold well if used in long range engagements. Instead, one should try to take participation in one-on-one fights in a close area.

PDWs, as a side note, are usually very light, and traversing areas with a PDW is a very easy task. This ability to move around the map at quick speeds in an agile manner allows the PDW user to better prepare him or herself for participating in areas where the PDW shines, such as aforementioned closed in areas. However, if the PDW user finds him or herself in an extremely dangerous position and needs to retreat or evacuate to a safer area, the PDW's lightness will not be a hindrance to any quick escape.


The PDW, all in all, is the ideal CQC weapon, possessing a high RoF and a light figure, making the weapon ideal for engaging with foes one-on-one. Other quirks, such as the average PDW possessing a relatively stable hipfire accuracy, a good maximum damage also help PDWs excel in close engagements. Even though PDWs may possess a low accuracy and long reload, which hinder their performance against long-range threats, they still perform much more decently at longer ranges than other CQC-orientated weapons, such as shotguns.


  • ​​​​​ Out of all the weapons in the PDW category, only two are actually classified as PDWs in real life, the P90 and MP7.
    • The rest are sub-machine guns. 
  • Some weapons in-game are PDWs in real life but not classified as one in-game, such as the Honey Badger, which was first classified as a Carbine, then as an Assault Rifle, and is now classified as a Carbine again.
  • There are no set specifications on the calibre used in a PDW.
    • Some like the MP7 and P90, fire a small-caliber, high-velocity bottleneck cartridge (4.6x30mm and 5.7x28mm respectively), designed to pierce modern kevlar body armor. These cartridges are visually similar to rifle rounds, but are much smaller in scale.
    • Some like the PP-2000, fire a regular pistol-caliber, but variants designed for better armor-penetration abilitiles and higher muzzle velocity.
      • In the PP-2000's case, it usually uses Russian 7N21 and 7N31 variants of the 9x19mm Parabellum round.
    • Some fire regular intermediate rifle cartridges, like the Magpul PDR, which uses the 5.56x45mm NATO round.


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Primary Weapons

Assault Rifles

AK12 - AN-94 - AS VAL - SCAR-L - AUG A1 - M16A4 - G36
M16A3 - AUG A2 - FAMAS G2 - AK47 - AUG A3 - L85A2
HK416 - AK74 - AKM - AK103 - TAR-21 - M231 - G11K2

Personal Defense Weapons

MP5K - UMP45 - G36C - MP7 - MAC10 - P90 - MP5
Colt SMG 635 - L2A3 - MP5SD - MP10 - MP5/10 - Uzi - M3A1
AUG A3 Para - PPSh-41 - FAL Para Shorty - Kriss Vector
MP40 - X95 SMG - Tommy Gun

Light Machine Guns

Colt LMG - M60 - AUG HBAR - MG36 - RPK12 - L86 LSW - RPK

Sniper Rifles

Intervention - Remington 700 - Dragunov SVU - AWS - BFG 50
AWM - TRG-42 - Mosin Nagant - Dragunov SVDS - Hecate II
M107 - Steyr Scout - WA2000


M4A1 - G36K - M4 - L22 - SCAR PDW - AKU12 - Groza-1
AK12C - Honey Badger - SR-3M - Groza-4 - MC51SD
FAL 50.63 Para - 1858 Carbine - AK105 - Jury - KAC SRR
X95R - HK51B

Designated Marksman Rifles

MK11 - SKS - SL-8 - VSS Vintorez - MSG90 - Beowulf TCR

Battle Rifles

Beowulf ECR - SCAR-H - AK12BR - G3 - AG-3 - Henry 45-70
FAL 50.00


KSG-12 - Remington 870 - DBV12 - KS-23M - Saiga-12
Stevens DB - AA-12 - SPAS-12

Secondary Weapons Pistols

M9 - G17 - M1911 - Desert Eagle L5 - M45A1 - Five Seven
ZIP 22 - Desert Eagle XIX

Machine Pistols

G18 - M93R - TEC-9 - Micro Uzi - MP1911


MP412 REX - Mateba 6 - 1858 New Army - Redhawk 44
Judge - Executioner


Serbu Shotgun - SFG 50 - Sawed Off - Saiga-12U - Obrez

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