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Little Jacob selling guns to Niko

Weapons play a major role in Grand Theft Auto IV, with a total of 15 in the game. As with previous titles, they can be found in random locatons across Liberty City, and can also be purchased from underground gun shops, dropped by NPCs, and given to the player in missions.

Unlike previous titles, the weapons in GTA IV have two strength tiers instead of the usual three. Also there are no model names for weapons (For example, M4A1 is called Carbine Rifle). Also, weapons spawned in the map or dropped by an NPC will not float in the air, like in previous installments; they will instead lie on the ground and emit a slight orange glow, in order to be more noticeable to the player. Dropped guns act like any other interactable prop in the game; they can be moved if anything touches them (vehicle, NPCs, bullets, etc.)

Dealers

UndergroundGunShop-GTAIV-Broker

One of the city's underground gun stores.

Much like the real New York City, the civilian sale and ownership of firearms in Liberty City is illegal. Keeping in line with the political reality satirized by the game, the Ammu-Nation shops found in previous GTAs have been closed down due to the strict laws imposed by the mayor. Taking their place, however, are a number of shady, underground gun shops located in basements and alleys around the city. Niko is introduced to these shops by Dimitri Rascalov in the mission Do You Have Protection?

Additionally, if Niko has earned enough respect with Little Jacob through friend activities, the player has the option to call him to meet up nearby with a vehicle full of weapons at discounted prices. The same applies to Terry Thorpe in The Lost and Damned and Armando Torres in The Ballad of Gay Tony, however their services are available from the start.

Unlike prior games, the player does not need to purchase multiple instances of firearms to stock up on ammunition. Instead, the player buys one gun for a high price and pays a much smaller amount for each additional magazine or round. However, the player now has a limit on how much ammunition he can carry for each weapon. This limit is removed upon reaching 100% completion.

List of Weapons

  • Type - Weapon's type (also as the hot-key of PC version).
  • Cost - Prices of weapons and ammo for the gun stores and friend contacts.
  • Magazine - The number of rounds that can be fired before the need to reload.
  • Carrying capacity - The maximum number of ammo the player is able to carry.
  • Drive-by - Able to use in a vehicle.
  • Rate of Fire- The number of bullets this weapon can shot in one minute.
Type Cost Magazine
size
Carrying
capacity
Damage Range Reload
speed

(sec.)
Drive-by Rate of Fire
Weapon Magazine Per round Standard /drive-by/
falling/blind-firing)
Gun store Contact Gun store Contact Gun store Contact
Baseball Bat 2 $5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Y[3] --
Knife 2 -- $100 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Pistol 3 $600 $420 $35 $25 $2.00 $1.67 17 1,500 25 Y 180 /130/170/150-300
Combat Pistol 3 $1,500 -- $100 -- $11.11 -- 9 1,200 40 Y 180 /130/17/150-300
Pump Shotgun 4 $1,200 $840 $100 $70 $12.50 $8.75 8 80 20/pellet -- 50 /--/__/__
Combat Shotgun 4 $2,500 $1,500 $200 $100 $20.00 $10.00 10 80 10/pellet -- 140 /--/130/50
Micro-SMG 5 $1,200 $840 $100 $20 $2.00 $0.40 50 1,200 30 Y 650 /450/800/__
SMG 5 $2,500 $1,750 $150 $20 $5.00 $0.67 30 1,200 30 Y 650 /480/800/550
Assault Rifle 6 $3,500 $2,450 $80 $55 $2.67 $1.83 30 600 40 -- 450 /--/400/__
Carbine Rifle 6 $5,000 $3,500 $100 $70 $3.33 $2.33 30 600 30 sp.[1] 450 /300/400/__
Sniper Rifle 7 $6,000 -- $800 -- $160.00 -- 5 50 75 -- 48 /--/170/__
Combat Sniper 7 $8,500 $5,000 $500 $500 $50.00 $50.00 10 50 75 -- 150 /--/140/__
Rocket Launcher 8 $15,000 -- $5,000 -- $5,000 -- 1 8 sp. -- 20 /--/30/__
Molotov Cocktail 9 $500 $350 $500 $350 $500 $350 1 25 Y 30 /40-50/__/__
Grenades 9 $1,000 $700 $1,000 $700 $1,000 $700 1 25 sp. Y 30 /50/__/__
Weapons in The Lost and Damned
Type Cost Magazine
size

(rounds)
Carrying
capacity

(rounds)
Damage Range Reload
speed

(sec.)
Drive-by Rate of Fire (RPM)
(standard /drive-by/
falling/blind-firing)
Weapon Magazine Per round
Gun store Contact Gun store Contact Gun store Contact
Pool Cue 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Automatic 9mm 3 -- $500 -- $15 -- $0.88 17 1,200 20 65 2 Y 600 /450/170/__
Sawn-off Shotgun 4 -- $600 -- $5 -- $2.50 2 160 35 30 1 Y 75 /140/50/50
Assault Shotgun 4 -- $3,500 -- $25 -- $3.13 8 250 25 35 2.9 -- 500 /300/50/60
Grenade Launcher 8 -- $7,000 -- $700 -- $700 1 20 sp. sp. 2.1 -- 16 /--/30/20
Pipe Bomb 9 -- $700 -- $700 -- $700 1 25 Y 30 /50/__/__
Weapons in The Ballad of Gay Tony
Type Cost Magazine
size

(rounds)
Carrying
capacity

(rounds)
Damage Range Reload
speed

(sec.)
Drive-by Rate of Fire (RPM)
(standard /drive-by/
falling/blind-firing)
Weapon Magazine Per round
Gun store Contact Gun store Contact Gun store Contact
Pistol .44 3 -- $640 -- $50 -- $6.25 8 1,500 Y 130 /180/170/150-300
Automatic Shotgun 4 -- $1,250 -- $80 -- $4.00 20 250 -- 120 /--/40/50
Explosive Shotgun 4 -- $1,250 -- $160 -- $8.00 20 600 -- 120 /--/400/50
Assault SMG 5 -- $6,725 -- $150 -- $3.00 50 1,200 Y 650 /300/800/550
Gold SMG 5 -- $5,000 -- $60 -- $2.00 30 1,200 Y 1,000 /450/800/650
Advanced MG 6 -- $7,550 -- $400 -- $2.00 200 600 -- 800 /--/400/__
Advanced Sniper 7 -- $4,750 -- $200 -- $20.00 10 50 -- 60 /--/170/__
Sticky Bombs 9 -- $800 -- $800 -- $800 1 25 Y 30 /75<sup[2]</sup>/__/__

[1] When drive-by shooting from a boat (by Derrick McReary in the mission Babysitting only)
[2] 50 RPM during the chase in the mission Frosting on the Cake.
[3] Can be used in bike racing in The Lost and Damned.

Melee

Fist

Fistfight

Fists

Unarmed, the player is able to dodge attacks, disarm opponents, perform ground punches and kicks, left and right hooks, and uppercuts and jabs. Moves can be strung together to create a combo. On some occasions, the player can perform "stun" hits that render the opponent unable to block momentarily and makes them more vulnerable to strikes. Fighting unarmed is the best way to fight someone without killing them.

With the fist selected as the current weapon, the player can pick up random objects off the streets such as a bricks and bottles. However, the player cannot switch weapons while an item is picked up. All items on the street that the player picks up do the same damage when thrown at someone. Objects which can be picked up and thrown will not disappear no matter how far away it is from the player. Using an example, if the player picks up an object from a rooftop and throws it down the from the balcony, the player will still find the object which he/she threw earlier on in its original condition on the ground when the player reaches street level.

Baseball Bat

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Baseball Bat

The bat can be swung left or right. The player can also block attacks with it. The bat can be useful when the player doesn't want to draw attention to themselves, since it is considered a "silent" weapon, though less so than the Knife. The bat is a superior weapon against an unprotected opponent to the Knife, as it will often knock them down in one or two blows and they cannot block them. It can also knock weapons out of opponent's hands when they are aiming in the direction of the player. In The Lost and the Damned, the Baseball Bat can be used to attack enemies during a motorcycle race.


Knife

Knife - GTAIV

Knives are very efficient alternatives to firearms. Jabs can be delivered quickly (quicker than using fist attacks) and even a well-armored adversary can be taken down with 3 to 6 slashes. They are very effective at taking someone down without getting police attention. This is helpful on the street and in missions when attracting police attention isn't the best idea. Unlike San Andreas however, the player cannot execute stealth kills with the knife.

Firearms

Handguns

Handguns are the most widespread firearms in the game. While not particularly powerful, they can be very effective when used properly, especially when the player aims for the head of a target. Handguns are best suited for close to medium ranges and can be used from a vehicle. They are the only weapons which can be used for a cinematic execution.

Carrying capacity for handgun ammunition is 1,500 rounds.

Pistol (Glock 22 Gen 1)

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Glock 22 Gen 1 Pistol

  • Cost (Gun Shop): $600 + $35 for each additional magazine
  • Cost (Contact): $420 + $25 for each additional magazine
  • Magazine size: 17 rounds
  • Damage: 25
  • Rate of fire:
    • Standard: 180 RPM
    • When Drive-By shooting from a motorcycle: 130 RPM
    • When falling or being burned: 170 RPM
    • When blind firing from cover: Varies between 150-300 RPM, depending on the player's stance
  • Locations

It is the standard pistol, eponymous with the Police and much of the game's opponents early in the story. It has a decent range when shooting, and takes about 4 to 6 body shots to kill or mortally wound an unarmored opponent. Even though its 17-round magazine capacity is consistent with the 9x19mm Glock 17, a close look at the gun reveals that "22" is written on the slide, confirming that it is a .40 S&W Glock 22, which has a 15-round magazine.


Combat Pistol (Desert Eagle Mark XIX)

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Desert Eagle

  • Cost (Gun Shop): $1,500 + $100 for each additional magazine
  • Magazine size: 9 rounds
  • Damage: 40
  • Rate of fire:
    • Standard: 180 RPM
    • When Drive-By shooting from a motorcycle: 130 RPM
    • When falling or being burned: 170 RPM
    • When blind firing from cover: Varies between 150-300 RPM, depending on the player's stance
  • Locations

The Combat Pistol is much more powerful than the standard pistol, with a higher range, accuracy and damage overall. Its 9-round capacity suggests it is based on the .357 Magnum variant of the Desert Eagle.

Shotguns

Shotguns are somewhere between Pistols and SMGs. They are extremely powerful at close range and are often one-to-two hit kills. They deal far more damage per shot than pistols and SMGs, but fire more slowly to compensate, so they aren't ideal when fighting a large group of enemies while running-and-gunning out in the open. They are best used while using cover for laying down a small number of enemies during close combat and in surprise attacks.

Carrying capacity for shotgun ammunition is 80 shells.

Pump Shotgun (Auto Hardball Model 870 Airsoft)

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Pump Shotgun (Auto Hardball Model 870 Airsoft)

  • Cost (Gun Shop): $1,200 + $100 for 8 shells
  • Cost (Contact): $840 + $70 for 8 shells
  • Magazine Size: 8 shells
  • Damage: 20 per pellet
  • Rate Of Fire: 50 RPM
  • Locations

The pump shotgun appears as a Remington Model 870 though it gets its design of the "Auto Hardball Model 870 Airsoft" version. It used by some police officers and NOOSE units, the Pump Shotgun is a deadly force in both the player's hands and in the hands of opponents. In close quarter engagements, it is capable of killing or depleting armor in one shot, but suffers at medium-to-long range to due the high pellet spread.

Combat Shotgun (Remington 1100 Tac 4)

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Combat Shotgun (Remington 1100 Tac 4)

  • Cost (Gun Shop): $2,500 + $200 for 10 shells
  • Cost (Contact): $1,500 + $100 for 10 shells
  • Magazine Size: 10 shells
  • Damage: 10 per pellet
  • Rate Of Fire:
    • Standard: 140 RPM
    • When falling or being burned: 130 RPM
    • When blind firing from cover: 50 RPM
  • Locations

This semi-automatic shotgun is a powerful tool for disposing of enemies quickly and efficiently. It should be taken into account that it burns through ammo quickly and is overall not as powerful as the Pump Shotgun, but has a far greater range. It can be obtained when the player enters a Police Cruiser, however law enforcement are never seen using this weapon, opting to use the Pump Shotgun instead.

In The Lost and Damned, the Combat Shotgun is supplanted with a carbine model, which bares a pistol grip and a retractable stock very similar to that of the Carbine Rifle; it also has an RIS on top of the receiver. All of its statistical attributes remain the same however.

Due to its presence in previous games and its appearance in a piece of GTA IV concept art, it was widely thought before the game's release that the Franchi SPAS-12 was to be in the game, but the developers evidently opted for the Remington 1100 Tac 4 instead.

SMGs

Sub-machine guns are the next step up from shotguns and pistols. They're most effective at close-to-medium range while running and gunning at targets to quickly cycle through them, but are ineffective at long distances unless carefully aimed. The player should fire in bursts when engaging mid-range targets and only fire in full auto when confronted up-close. These are preferred over pistols when doing drive-bys or chasing down an escaping car and are the strongest weapons that can be used while doing so, unless the situation allows Hand Grenades to be employed.

Carrying capacity for sub-machine gun ammunition is 1,200 rounds.

Micro-SMG (Micro-UZI)

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Micro-SMG (Micro-Uzi)

  • Cost (Gun Shop): $1,200 + $100 for each additional magazine
  • Cost (Contact): $840 + $20 for each additional magazine
  • Magazine Size: 50 rounds
  • Damage: 30
  • Rate Of Fire:
    • Standard: 650 RPM
    • When Drive-By shooting: 450 RPM
    • When falling or being burned: 800 RPM
  • Locations

The Micro-SMG has a high magazine capacity and rate of fire, making it ideal for close quarter engagements, spraying and praying, and drive-bys. By aiming at certain body parts, the Mirco-SMG's spray can be focused to raise its effectiveness.

SMG (SW MP-10)

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SMG (SW MP-10)

  • Cost (Gun Shop): $2,500 + $150 for each additional magazine
  • Cost (Contact): $1,750 + $20 for each additional magazine
  • Magazine Size: 30 rounds
  • Damage: 30
  • Rate Of Fire:
    • Standard: 650 RPM
    • When Drive-By shooting: 450 RPM
    • When falling or being burned: 800 RPM
    • When blind firing from cover: 550 RPM
  • Locations

NOOSE units and FIB agents use the SMG from their vehicles at 5 and 6 Wanted Stars when they attempt to stop the player. It has a lower magazine capacity and rate of fire than the Micro-SMG, but is more powerful and accurate with a higher range. Head and body shots are particularly effective.

The MP5NA3 was originally featured as seen in an early BETA screenshot, but for some reason it was replaced with the MP-10. It was likely because realistically the MP5 would be too big to be operable as a drive-by weapon, a key feature of SMGs in the series.

Assault Rifles

The iconic assault rifles fill the niche between sniper rifles and SMGs. While they are more powerful and accurate than SMGs, assault rifles are also more expensive and cannot be fired while operating a vehicle. They can however be fired from any of the three passenger seats of a helicopter or boat. Assault rifles are most effective when fired in bursts at medium to long ranges.

Carrying capacity for assault rifle ammunition is 600 rounds.

Assault Rifle (AK-47)

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Assault Rifle (AK-47)

  • Cost (Gun Shop): $3,500 + $80 for each additional magazine
  • Cost (Contact): $2,450 + $55 for each additional magazine
  • Magazine Size: 30 rounds
  • Damage: 40
  • Rate Of Fire:
    • Standard: 450 RPM
    • When falling or being burned: 400 RPM
  • Locations

The Assault Rifle has high power, accuracy and range, making it ideal for use in many missions and situations. When the Carbine Rifle is unlocked however, it is overshadowed.

Carbine Rifle (M4A1)

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Carbine Rifle (M4A1)

  • Cost (Gun Shop): $5,000 + $100 for each additional magazine
  • Cost (Contact): $3,500 + $70 for each additional magazine
  • Magazine Size: 30 rounds
  • Damage: 30
  • Rate Of Fire:
    • Standard: 450 RPM
    • When drive-by shooting from a boat (by Derrick McReary in Babysitting only): 300 RPM
    • When falling or being burned : 400 RPM
  • Locations

Early in the game before it is unlocked, the Carbine Rifle can be acquired from NOOSE units as well as certain LCPD Officers, specifically those who guard places of high security level like subway stations and landmark areas. FIB agents will also use it against the player. It is much more powerful and accurate than the Assault Rifle, but less common. On the bottom of the magazine there's a joke that says "STOP CHILLIN START KILLIN".

Sniper Rifles

Sniper Rifles are unmatched in precision long range shooting, far more accurate and powerful than Assault Rifles. They do however have low fire rates and small magazine capacities, and therefore should be quickly switched out for a more suitable weapon when confronted up close. Sniper Rifles are good getting the jump on enemies by picking them off from a safe distance, and for providing far-away sniper support for friends in a heated gun battle.

Carrying capacity for Sniper Rifle ammunition is 50 rounds.

Sniper Rifle (Remington 700)

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Sniper Rifle (Remington 700)

  • Cost (Gun Shop): $6,000 + $800 for each additional magazine
  • Magazine Size: 5 rounds
  • Damage: 75
  • Rate Of Fire:
    • Standard: 48 RPM
    • When falling or being burned: 170 RPM
  • Locations

This rifle uses a bolt-action mechanism, making it relatively slow-firing, but also extremely accurate and powerful, killing most armored enemies with one shot to the torso or groin. Based on the Remington 700, it oddly has an external box magazine not seen on the real weapon, likely an aftermarket modification.

Combat Sniper (H&K PSG1-A1)

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Combat Sniper (H&K PSG1-A1)

  • Cost (Gun Shop) : $8,500 + $500 for each additional magazine
  • Cost (Contact) : $5,000 + $500 for each additional magazine
  • Magazine Size : 10 rounds
  • Damage : 75
  • Rate Of Fire :
    • Standard : 150 RPM
    • When falling or being burned : 140 RPM
  • Locations

The Combat Sniper is semi-automatic, allowing for a deliverence of more rounds on a target than the Sniper Rifle, however it is not as powerful. This weapon is very rarely seen in-game in the hands of NPCs.

Launchers

RPG (RPG-7)

Rl 4

RPG-7

  • Cost (gun shop): $15,000 + $5,000 for each additional rocket
  • Cost (contact): $10,000 + $3,500 for each additional rocket
  • Magazine Size: 1 rocket
  • Carrying Capacity: 8 rockets (7 + 1)
  • Rate of Fire:
    • Standard: 20 RPM
    • When falling or being burned: 30 RPM
  • Locations

The RPG can be blind-fired while in cover and is a largely devastating weapon, destroying all vehicles in the game, bar the NOOSE APC, in one direct hit. Its high splash damage will likely destroy or maime other vehicles in the vicinity. The weapon is aimed from an over-the-shoulder perspective, allowing the player to move while aiming, unlike in the GTA III era where the player was forced into a stationary first-person perspective. Also unlike the GTA III era, the player does not need a direct hit on the fuselage of a helicopter to take it down as the force of the detonating rocket can cause a helicopter pilot to lose control and crash. It is, by far, one of the deadliest weapons in the game, however, misuse of the RPG can result in the player's own death.

Thrown Weapons

Thrown weapons are useful when engaging groups of enemies. They are more versatile in GTA IV are more than they were in the GTA III Era; they can be thrown forwards with precision aim, dropped by pressing the fire button without holding the aim button, or thrown from vehicles. Carelessness with thrown weapons, such as overcooking a grenade or walking into flames caused by a Molotov, can result in the player's death.

Carrying capacity for thrown weapons is 25 units.

Molotov Cocktail

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The Molotov Cocktail.

The Molotov Cocktail, named after 1920s Soviet politician Vyacheslav Molotov, is a crude but effective weapon that creates a large burst of flames on the target. The player can toss Molotov's behind themselves to fend off pursuers or use it to set vehicles on fire, weeding opponents out of cover. Any target caught in flames is defenseless and offenseless while burning, allowing the player to finish off the target easily or focus on others.

The player must be careful not to get burned as exposure to the fire loses a large portion of health or armor and Niko will be left thrashing on the ground until he puts himself out, vulnerable to further attack the entire time.

Grenades (M26A1)

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The Grenade.

  • Cost (Gun Shop): $1,000 per unit
  • Cost (Contact): $700 per unit
  • Rate of fire:
    • Standard: 30 RPM
    • When Drive-By shooting: 50 RPM
  • Locations

The grenade is excellent at clearing rooms full of enemies and taking out vehicles. They can be tossed underhanded, thrown overhanded, or dropped from behind while running. The player can shorten the detonation timer by cooking a grenade, which is done by holding the fire button. When cooking a grenade, it begins beeping if held for too long. The grenade is an effective drive-by weapon, as a well timed grenade can disable or destroy a pursuing vehicle, but the player must be careful not to catch their own vehicle in the explosion.

BETA Weapons

full article: Beta Weapons

The MP5 was seen in a pre-release screenshot for GTA IV with a 15-round magazine

In game art for the game, a NOOSE Tactical Response Unit officer is seen using an M16A1. Mods allow for the Carbine to be replaced with this weapon; in this case, with an added scope [1].

The Python was going to be featured and was shown in a screenshot before GTA IV was released. A similar weapon is featured in The Ballad of Gay Tony DLC, but modeled after a semi-automatic AMT AutoMag.

Just like the Python, a Silenced Pistol was spotted in a pre-release screenshot, but was cut before the game's release. A sound file and the texture still exist in the game files, and the pistol can be re-enabled via mods.

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