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Weapon - Handguns

posted Mar 2, 2012, 10:14 PM by Leo - www.superarts.org -   [ updated Mar 2, 2012, 10:19 PM ]
Other than the knife and Leon's foot, handguns are the most basic weapons of 
the game. Aside from enemy encounters, handguns are great for shooting 
stationary targets such as birds and treasure. Since handgun ammo is not as 
rare as other types of ammo, you might want to use your handgun whenever 
possible. If you'd rather use the bigger and better weapons most of the time, 
it is still a good idea to keep a decent handgun ready. Sometimes you'll run 
out of shotgun ammo. Sometimes you'll need to reload a bigger gun, but you just 
won't have time. That's when you'll need to switch to your handgun.


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- 1 - Handgun -
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Description:			"A standard 9mm handgun."
Base Cost:			Free upon starting the game (or 8,000 ptas)
Inventory Space:		3 x 2 (6 spaces)
Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	198,000 ptas
Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	103,750 ptas

   GC/PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
   | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
   |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
   |  1  | 1.0             | 0.47          | 1.73          | 10            |
   |  2  | 1.2 (7,000)     | 0.40 (5,000)  | 1.47 (4,000)  | 13 (4,000)    |
   |  3  | 1.4 (10,000)    | 0.33 (12,000) | 0.87 (10,000) | 16 (6,000)    |
   |  4  | 1.6 (15,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 19 (8,000)    |
   |  5  | 1.8 (18,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 22 (10,000)   |
   |  6  | 2.0 (20,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 25 (12,000)   |
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o

Exclusive:	Increases chance of critical headshot by five times (57,000)

Info:		The only interesting thing about this gun is the fact that Leon
		starts the game with it, so it is free. To me, the critical 
		headshot exclusive isn't worth the overall lack of firepower
		that this gun offers.


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- 2 - Red9 -
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Description:			"A powerful 9mm handgun."
Base Cost:			14,000 ptas
Stock Cost:			4,000 ptas
Inventory Space:		4 x 2 (8 spaces)
Stock's Inventory Space:	3 x 1 (3 spaces)
Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	335,000 ptas*
Fully-upgraded Resale Value:  	168,200 ptas*

   PS2/Wii Stats:
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
   | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
   |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
   |  1  | 1.6             | 0.53          | 2.73          | 8             |
   |  2  | 1.8 (15,000)    | 0.47 (10,000) | 2.20 (6,000)  | 10 (6,000)    |
   |  3  | 2.1 (20,000)    | 0.40 (15,000) | 1.67 (10,000) | 12 (8,000)    |
   |  4  | 2.5 (24,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 15 (12,000)   |
   |  5  | 3.0 (28,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 18 (16,000)   |
   |  6  | 3.7 (45,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 22 (22,000)   |
   | Exc | 6.5 (80,000)    |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o

   GC Stats:
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
   | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
   |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
   |  1  | 1.4             | 0.53          | 2.73          | 8             |
   |  2  | 1.7 (15,000)    | 0.47 (10,000) | 2.20 (6,000)  | 10 (6,000)    |
   |  3  | 2.0 (20,000)    | 0.40 (15,000) | 1.67 (10,000) | 12 (8,000)    |
   |  4  | 2.4 (24,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 15 (12,000)   |
   |  5  | 2.8 (28,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 18 (16,000)   |
   |  6  | 3.5 (45,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 22 (22,000)   |
   | Exc | 5.0 (80,000)    |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o

Exclusive:	Increases the Firepower to 6.5 (5.0 in the GC version) (80,000)

Info:		When completely upgraded, this gun's firepower is the highest 
		out of all of the handguns. Unfortunately, with its stock, this
		gun takes up the most inventory space (11 spaces) out of all of
		the handguns.

*Note:		These costs include the cost of the stock. Before the Wii
		version came out, there was no way I'd use a Red9 without it. 
		However, aiming is a lot easier on the Wii, so you may not need
		the stock. The difference in the total cost doesn't really
		impact the conclusion of the Handgun statistical comparison.


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- 3 - Punisher -
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Description:			"This 9mm handgun will blast a hole through two 
				enemies!"
Base Cost:			Free from the Merchant after shooting ten 
				medallions (or 20,000 ptas)
Inventory Space:		3 x 2 (6 spaces)
Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	266,000 ptas
Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	148,900 ptas

   GC/PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
   | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
   |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
   |  1  | 0.9             | 0.47          | 1.70          | 10            |
   |  2  | 1.1 (10,000*)   | 0.40 (10,000) | 1.47 (8,000)  | 13 (8,000)    |
   |  3  | 1.3 (15,000)    | 0.33 (20,000) | 0.83 (18,000) | 16 (10,000)   |
   |  4  | 1.5 (20,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 20 (15,000)   |
   |  5  | 1.7 (25,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 24 (18,000)   |
   |  6  | 1.9 (35,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 28 (24,000)   |
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o

Exclusive:	Bullets penetrate up to five bodies at one time (40,000)

Info:		Before purchasing the exclusive upgrade of this weapon, it 
		normally penetrates two enemies at once. This is about enough
		since you'll rarely be able to line up five enemies. Also,
		almost any other gun is much better than a handgun for dealing 
		with large groups.

*Note:		The 1.1 firepower upgrade is free if you shoot all fifteen 
		medallions instead of only ten. If you only shoot ten, then 
		you'll have to cough up an extra 10,000 pesetas.


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- 4 - Blacktail -
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Description:			"A 9mm handgun with superior handling."
Base Cost:			24,000 ptas
Inventory Space:		3 x 2 (6 spaces)
Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	362,000 ptas
Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	182,000 ptas

   PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
   | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
   |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
   |  1  | 1.6             | 0.47          | 1.70          | 15            |
   |  2  | 1.8 (10,000)    | 0.40 (10,000) | 1.47 (8,000)  | 18 (8,000)    |
   |  3  | 2.0 (15,000)    | 0.27 (20,000) | 0.83 (15,000) | 21 (10,000)   |
   |  4  | 2.3 (20,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 25 (15,000)   |
   |  5  | 2.7 (25,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 30 (20,000)   |
   |  6  | 3.2 (35,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 35 (25,000)   |
   | Exc | 4.5 (80,000)    |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o

   GC Stats:
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
   | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
   |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
   |  1  | 1.6             | 0.47          | 1.70          | 15            |
   |  2  | 1.8 (10,000)    | 0.40 (10,000) | 1.47 (8,000)  | 18 (8,000)    |
   |  3  | 2.0 (15,000)    | 0.27 (20,000) | 0.83 (15,000) | 21 (10,000)   |
   |  4  | 2.3 (20,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 25 (15,000)   |
   |  5  | 2.7 (25,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 30 (20,000)   |
   |  6  | 3.0 (35,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 35 (25,000)   |
   | Exc | 3.4 (80,000)    |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o

Exclusive:	Increases the Firepower to 4.5 (3.4 in the GC version) (80,000)

Info:		The Blacktail is a fairly quick gun with a good aim and a 
		decent firepower. It is the last handgun to become available to 
		those who are playing their first time through.


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- 5 - Matilda -
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Description:			"A 9mm handgun with Burst-Fire capability."
Base Cost:			70,000 ptas (available after beating the game)
Inventory Space:		5 x 2 (10 spaces)
Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	303,000 ptas
Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	155,750 ptas

   GC/PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
   | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
   |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
   |  1  | 1.5             | 0.47          | 1.73          | 15            |
   |  2  | 1.7 (15,000)    |      ---      | 1.47 (6,000)  | 18 (7,000)    |
   |  3  | 1.9 (17,000)    |      ---      | 0.87 (15,000) | 21 (10,000)   |
   |  4  | 2.1 (20,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 24 (12,000)   |
   |  5  | 2.3 (25,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 27 (16,000)   |
   |  6  | 2.5 (35,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 30 (20,000)   |
   | Exc |       ---       |      ---      |      ---      | 100 (35,000)  |
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o

Exclusive:	Increases the Capacity to 100 (35,000)

Info:		The Matilda (named after a Roald Dahl book*) only becomes 
		available after beating the game once. Therefore, buying this 
		gun may not be as rewarding as perhaps saving up for the 
		Chicago Typewriter and buying that (beat Assignment Ada first). 
		However, if money is not an issue, and you're bored, this is an 
		excellent handgun to get because it can fire three bullets in a 
		very rapid succession. But then again, there's the Chicago 
		Typewriter for that kind of stuff.

*Note:		Actually, the Matilda is probably named after Natalie Portman's 
		character in Luc Besson's film "Leon: The Professional." 
		Iceman39 pointed this observation out in an e-mail he sent me. 
		He wrote "This is just a guess but I would say it was named 
		after Natalie Portman's character in Luc Besson's Leon. In one 
		scene in the film Leon gives Matilda a pistol, much like the 
		Matilda in RE4. Plus the fact that the film's title and main 
		character's name are identical to our protagonist's in RE4 
		doesn't hurt my hypothesis either." Thanks again Iceman39!


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- 6 - Statistical Comparison -
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PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
|--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
| Handgun            |  2.0   | [198,000]  |  99,000   |  5.482    |  36,115  |
| Red9               | [6.5]  |  335,000   | [51,539]  |  13.658   |  24,528  |
| Punisher*          |  1.9   |  266,000   |  140,000  |  5.283    |  50,350  |
| Blacktail          |  4.5   |  362,000   |  80,444   | [15.321]  | [23,628] |
| Matilda**          |  2.5   |  303,000   |  121,200  |  15.118   | [20,042] |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

GC Stats:
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
|--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
| Handgun            |  2.0   | [198,000]  |  99,000   |  5.482    |  36,115  |
| Red9               | [5.0]  |  335,000   | [67,000]  |  10.506   |  31,886  |
| Punisher*          |  1.9   |  266,000   |  140,000  |  5.283    |  50,350  |
| Blacktail          |  3.4   |  362,000   |  106,471  | [11.576]  | [31,272] |
| Matilda**          |  2.0   |  303,000   |  151,500  | [12.094]  | [25,053] |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

Brackets indicate a weapon's statistical superiority in its own class. 

*Note:		Unlike other handguns, the Punisher is capable of shooting 
		through multiple targets. This means that potentially more 
		damage could be dealt than other guns of a greater firepower. 
		However, you will not always be able to shoot multiple targets 
		at once, so the Punisher's special ability has been ignored in 
		the above analysis.

**Note:		The Matilda's rapid-fire capability has been taken into 
		consideration for the FP/Sec and TC/FPr stats.


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- 7 - Conclusion (The Best Handgun) -
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So, what's the best handgun to use in the game? I'd say the Red9 mainly because 
it has the most firepower out of all of the handguns, making it the most 
efficient. Also, the Red9 is the most economically sound for the amount of 
damage it does. Its total cost per firepower (TC/FP) is the least out of all of 
the handguns. The Red9 does have two downsides though: it takes up a lot of 
inventory space (11 spaces total with the stock), and it is German. Its 
consumption of space never affects my game though, mainly because I don't buy 
weapons like the TMP or the Mine Thrower.

The second best gun would be the Blacktail. Overall, it isn't that much more 
expensive than the Red9, and it does pack a decent amount of firepower when 
fully upgraded. It also consumes less inventory space. If you plan on buying 
many items or weapons, then this would be a great gun to have in Leon's case. 
Also, you'll notice that the firepower rate (FP/Sec) of the Blacktail is the 
highest out of all of the handguns available. The total cost per firepower rate 
(TC/FPr) is also the lowest for the Blacktail. Unfortunately, neither of these 
two stats really matter to me for handguns. Unless I'm just showing off, I 
rarely take on a large group of enemies with a handgun. Another downside is 
that you'll have to wait until Chapter 3 to acquire the Blacktail.

The Punisher is not a good handgun choice because it's exclusive is not really 
that useful. If you keep that gun, the only one you're punishing is yourself. 
Remember, attacking multiple targets is best suited for shotguns, rifles, and 
grenades. The Matilda, although a great gun (and a great children's book), 
isn't really needed once it becomes available. If you want a gun with rapid 
fire, you'd be better of beating Assignment Ada and saving up for the Chicago 
Typewriter.

The standard Handgun does give you a lot better chance of blowing off the heads 
of enemies, but that doesn't outweigh the Red9's firepower. In fact, just to 
make sure, I did a test. I played through a portion of Chapter 2-2 three times. 
I used a fully-upgraded Handgun the first time, a fully-upgraded Red9 the 
second time, and a fully-upgraded Blacktail the third time. With the Handgun, I 
killed 16 villagers with 44 bullets total. With the Red9, I killed them with 32 
bullets, and with the Blacktail, I killed them with 37 bullets. So, with the 
Handgun, it took me 2.75 bullets to kill each villager, but with the Red9, it 
only took me 2.00 bullets to kill each villager. The Blacktail had similar 
results (2.31 bullets per villager). This test directly shows the correlation 
between firepower and bullet conservation, and it shows why the Red9 is the 
best handgun choice.

For those of you playing through the game for your first time, you should use 
my personal strategy for acquiring handguns. First, you'll want to avoid 
upgrading your basic Handgun. Once you shoot all fifteen blue medallions, 
you'll get the Punisher. You can either sell it or sell the Handgun. I'll leave 
that to you, but do sell one of them. Once the Red9 becomes available, sell 
whatever handgun you have, and buy the Red9 (preferably with the stock), and 
never look back. Focus on upgrading the Red9's firepower as often as possible, 
and upgrade the capacity whenever you need bullets or have pesetas to spare. If 
you're doing well enough in the game, you might find that you don't even have 
to upgrade the Red9 all the way.
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