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See also: Heavy Pistols, Pistol Guide
Pistols refers to both a type of weapon and the talent that gives proficiency in them. Pistols are close- and mid-range weapons designed for a variety of situations, particularly shooting on the move. They lack the automatic fire of assault rifles, and do less damage compared to shotguns or sniper rifles.

This talent is available to all classes except Sentinels, who get bonuses to pistol proficiency from their class skill (see below), Asari Scientist, who has no weapon talents whatsoever, and Krogan Battlemaster and Turian Agent, which instead use assault rifles as their "basic" weapon.

However, even with a low number of points or none whatsoever, pistols are significantly more accurate than any of the other weapons. For this reason they are generally reserved as backup weapons for biotic and tech specialists as their main skills recharge. Moreover their high accuracy, particularly in the early levels, should not be overlooked by Soldiers as an alternative to assault rifles, especially if the Shotgun talent is going to gain investment much later in the game.

Pistols have a rate of fire of 4 shots per second. When Master Marksman is active, they will out-perform assault rifles of the same rank.

Talent Ranks Edit

Level 1: Increases damage by 5%. Increases accuracy by 10%.
Level 2: Increases damage by 8%. Increases accuracy by 14%.
Level 3: Marksman
Level 4: Increases damage by 10%. Increases accuracy by 17%. Unlocks Shotguns (Soldier).
Level 5: Increases damage by 12%. Increases accuracy by 20%. Unlocks Sniper Rifles (Infiltrator).
Level 6: Increases damage by 14%. Increases accuracy by 22%. Unlocks Shotguns (Vanguard, Quarian Machinist), Basic Armor (Engineer).
Level 7: Increases damage by 16%. Increases accuracy by 24%.
Level 8: Advanced Marksman
Level 9: Increases damage by 18%. Increases accuracy by 26%.
Level 10: Increases damage by 19%. Increases accuracy by 28%.
Level 11: Increases damage by 20%. Increases accuracy by 30%.
Level 12: Master Marksman

Marksman Edit

For the Mass Effect 3 power, see Marksman.
Marksman is a talent gained from the Pistols skill tree. It improves the weapon's fire rate and accuracy, as well as reducing overheating.

MarksmanEdit

Boosts accuracy by 60%, increases rate of fire 1 round/sec, reduces heat 30% to compensate.

Duration: 10s.

Advanced MarksmanEdit

Boosts accuracy by 60%, increases rate of fire 1.5 rounds/sec, reduces heat 40% to compensate.

Duration: 13s.
Recharge Time: 45s.

Master MarksmanEdit

Boosts accuracy by 60%, increases rate of fire 2 rounds/sec, reduces heat 50% to compensate.

Duration: 16s.
Recharge Time: 45s.

Specialization Edit

Commandos gain Assassin Specialization at level 12.

Level 12: Assassin Specialization: Reduces the recharge time on Assassination and Marksman by 25%.

Classes Edit

These classes have access to the Pistols talent:

The Sentinel class can also use pistols, but Sentinels do not have access to the specific Pistols talent. The Sentinel class talent provides smaller bonuses to pistol accuracy and damage, and at level 6 provides the first level of Marksman (for Shepard, though not for Kaidan).

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Raikou P

Raikou Pistol

Raikou line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Ariake Technologies
Damage: - - - 163 173 182 192 202 211 221
Shots Before Overheat: - - - 17.7 18.6 19.5 20.5 21.7 23 24.4
Accuracy Rating: - - - 63 64 65 66 66 67 68
 


Brawler P

Brawler Pistol

Brawler line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Armax Arsenal
Damage: - - - - - - 208 218 229 239
Shots Before Overheat: - - - - - - 24.6 26.3 28.3 30.5
Accuracy Rating: - - - - - - 77 77 78 79
 


Judgement P

Judgement Pistol

Judgement line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Batarian State Arms
Damage: 112 120 128 136 144 152 160 168 176 184
Shots Before Overheat: 14.4 15 15.5 16.2 16.9 17.6 18.5 19.4 20.4 21.5
Accuracy Rating: 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61

The Judgement pistols can only be acquired through console commands.

 


Harpy P

Harpy Pistol

Harpy line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Cerberus Skunkworks
Damage: 157 168 179 190 202 213 224 235 246 258
Shots Before Overheat: 14.4 15 15.5 16.2 16.9 17.6 18.5 19.4 20.4 21.5
Accuracy Rating: 86 86 86 87 87 87 87 88 88 88

The Harpy pistols can only be acquired through console commands.

 


Stinger P

Stinger Pistol

Stinger line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Devlon Industries
Damage: - - - 150 158 167 176 185 194 202
Shots Before Overheat: - - - 18.6 19.5 20.6 21.7 23 24.5 26.2
Accuracy Rating: - - - 66 67 68 69 69 70 71
 


Striker P

Striker Pistol

Striker line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Elanus Risk Control Services
Damage: 101 108 115 122 130 137 144 151 158 166
Shots Before Overheat: 13.9 14.4 14.9 15.5 16.1 16.8 17.6 18.4 19.3 20.3
Accuracy Rating: 47 48 49 51 52 53 54 55 56 57
 


Kessler P

Kessler Pistol

Kessler line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Hahne-Kedar
Damage: 90 96 102 109 115 122 128 134 141 147
Shots Before Overheat: 14.4 15 15.5 16.2 16.9 17.6 18.5 19.4 20.4 21.5
Accuracy Rating: 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61
 


Cobra P

Cobra Pistol

Cobra line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Hahne-Kedar Shadow Works
Damage: 123 132 141 150 158 167 176 185 194 202
Shots Before Overheat: 15.3 15.9 16.6 17.3 18.1 19 19.9 21 22.3 23.6
Accuracy Rating: 57 58 59 60 60 61 62 63 64 65

The Cobra pistols can only be acquired through console commands.

 


Stiletto P

Stiletto Pistol

Stiletto line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Haliat Armory
Damage: 146 156 166 177 187 198 208 218 229 239
Shots Before Overheat: 15 15.6 16.2 16.9 17.7 18.5 19.4 20.5 21.6 22.9
Accuracy Rating: 57 58 59 60 60 61 62 63 64 65
 


Pinnacle P

Pinnacle Pistol

Pinnacle line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Jormangund Technology
Damage: 134 144 154 163 173 182 193 202 211 221
Shots Before Overheat: 17.9 18.7 19.6 20.7 21.8 23.1 24.6 26.3 28.3 30.5
Accuracy Rating: 76 77 77 78 78 79 79 80 80 81

The Pinnacle pistols can only be acquired through console commands.

 


Razer P

Razer Pistol

Razer line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Kassa Fabrication
Damage: - - - - - - 224 235 246 258
Shots Before Overheat: - - - - - - 23.1 24.5 26.2 28.2
Accuracy Rating: - - - - - - 75 75 76 77
 


Karpov P

Karpov Pistol

Karpov line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Rosenkov Materials
Damage: - - - - - - 240 252 264 276
Shots Before Overheat: - - - - - - 21.7 23 24.5 26.2
Accuracy Rating: - - - - - - 73 73 74 75
 


Edge P

Edge Pistol

Edge line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Elkoss Combine
Damage: 112 120 128 136 144 152 160 168 176 184
Shots Before Overheat: 13.4 13.8 14.3 14.9 15.5 16.1 16.8 17.5 18.4 19.3
Accuracy Rating: 38 39 40 42 43 44 45 47 48 49
 


SpectreBasic P

HMWP Basic Pistol

HMWP Basic line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Spectre Gear
Damage: 112 120 128 136 144 152 - - - -
Shots Before Overheat: 14.4 15 15.5 16.2 16.9 17.6 - - - -
Accuracy Rating: 52 53 54 55 56 57 - - - -

The HMWP Basic Pistol can only be acquired through console commands.

 


SpectreAdv P

HMWP Advanced Pistol

HMWP Advanced line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Spectre Gear
Damage: - 126 134 143 151 160 168 176 - -
Shots Before Overheat: - 16.6 17.3 18.1 19 20 21.1 22.3 - -
Accuracy Rating: - 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 - -

The HMWP Advanced Pistol can only be acquired through console commands.

 


HMWP P

HMWP Master Pistol

HMWP Master line of Pistols
Weapon Level: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X
Manufacturer: Spectre Gear
Damage: - - - 218 230 243 256 269 282 294
Shots Before Overheat: - - - 20.1 21.2 22.4 23.8 25.4 27.2 29.3
Accuracy Rating: - - - 87 87 87 87 88 88 88

Only The HMWP Master Pistol VII and X sophistication level can be found in-game. The rest can be acquired through console commands.

 
























































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