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"This is an old-fashioned police revolver. Most police agencies have switched over to automatic pistols but a few officers continue to use revolvers."
―Inventory description.

The Handgun is a starter weapon in The Evil Within.

It first became available during the early minutes of Chapter 2, found just several yards away from its previous owner.

Overview

The handgun is the first firearm available to Sebastian Castellanos, and remains a capable mainstay throughout the whole game due to its very manageable recoil, small spread and reasonably deep ammo pool compared to the rest of the obtainable weaponry. Handgun bullets are the most common type of ammunition found in the game's world, so the player is unlikely to ever run dry unless they fire recklessly.

Natural for a starter weapon, the handgun is rather weak and performs somewhat poorly at longer ranges prior to upgrades. It is best used at mid-to-close ranges on lesser enemies like The Haunted, due to their generally lower health and threat level compared to the likes of Sadists or The Keeper. To compensate for its low power, headshots are recommended, as not only will that deal more damage, but the handgun itself is capable of a whopping 50% chance to instantly score a headshot kill if upgraded enough, making it a viable weapon until the late game. Alternatively, the player could go for a kneecap and run up to the enemy to burn them with a match, thus conserving ammo and potentially taking out more than one hostile if they happen to bunch up.

Burst Handgun

"This burst-capable automatic pistol has a high rate of fire and can do a lot of damage to enemies."
―Inventory description.

A burst-firing variant of the handgun used by Joseph Oda and Juli Kidman appears as the unlockable Burst Handgun. It is unlocked for a New Game+ save after collecting all 28 Map Fragments and is identical to the normal Handgun in every way stats-wise, with the only added effect of firing three rounds in rapid succession with each trigger pull.

Upgrade progress are shared between the normal and Burst handguns.

Upgrades

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Firepower

100%

120%

green Gel 2,500

140%

green Gel 6,000

160%

green Gel 12,000

200%

green Gel 20,000

 
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Fire Rate

1.00s

0.80s

green Gel 1,000

0.65s

green Gel 2,000

0.50s

green Gel 5,000

0.30s

green Gel 7,000

 
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Reload

2.48s

1.93s

green Gel 500

1.58s

green Gel 1,000

1.33s

green Gel 4,000

1.16s

green Gel 10,000

 
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Capacity

6

7

green Gel 1,000

8

green Gel 2,000

9

green Gel 5,000

12

green Gel 10,000

 
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Accuracy

5.0°

4.5°

green Gel 500

4.0°

green Gel 1,500

3.5°

green Gel 2,500

2.5°

green Gel 5,000

 
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Critical

0%

10%

green Gel 1,500

20%

green Gel 3,000

40%

green Gel 9,000

50%

green Gel 20,000

 
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Max Stock

10

15

green Gel 1,000

20

green Gel 2,500

25

green Gel 5,000

50

green Gel 10,000

 

Tips

  • Upgrading the critical chance at least once as soon as possible is immensely helpful early in the game, as each headshot will have a chance of killing an enemy instantly, preserving both Matches and ammunition.
  • The weapon is useful for "tripping" the Haunted, if Sebastian can reliably aim for their kneecaps, which knocks them down and exposing them for an instant kill with a match.
  • The Handgun bullets, while still slightly scarce, are the most common ammunition type found in the game. As such, it is recommended to upgrade the Handgun's firepower and maximum ammo stock to get the best out of it.
  • Using the weapon against bosses is not recommended as it lacks the needed punch to stun them. The player can, however, use a Freeze Bolt first, and then unload the Handgun at the immobilized target.
  • In hit-and-run situations the player can fire without aiming down the sights, especially when evading bosses.

Trivia

  • The normal handgun is modeled after a Colt M1917 revolver with the barrel group and sights of the Smith & Wesson Model 25, which is appropriate seeing how the standard pistol ammo featured in the game are .45 ACP cartridges.
    • The Burst variant is instead a modified parkerized M1911A1 with a squared trigger guard and lacks the traditional bearvertailed grip safety, and the grip body is additionally machined with finger grooves. Despite the extended magazine, it holds the same amount of ammo as the revolver prior to upgrades.
  • The revolver usable by Sebastian is the service pistol once belonged to Oscar Connelly, who allegedly never got that many chances to actually use it.
  • Sebastian holds the default handgun in an improper teacupping stance instead of the Weaver stance that's been standard for police and law enforcement since the 1950s. He does use the proper stance when equipped with the Burst Handgun, however.
  • The handgun is present in all cutscenes where Sebastian is supposed to have a weapon out, regardless of whatever he has equipped at the moment. He would also automatically equip it at certain points during gameplay. During these sequences, especially those where he has to shoot something to progress (e.g. scripted scenes where a boss grabs Sebastian), the game will automatically give the Handgun some ammo, so that the game cannot become stuck if the player were being wasteful with their resources. This ammo is not retained after said events are over, however.
    • It is also the only firearm in the game that the player cannot deliberately miss, apart from the mandatory Rocket Launcher sequence of Chapter 15, since it is acquired as part of a cutscene, and its use is required at multiple points throughout the story. The other firearms can be deliberately avoided if the player so choose.
  • Replaying Chapter 2 on a New Game+ still has Sebastian retrieving the pistol from the ground despite him already having one. This does not give him another pistol to use. Rather, it adds the gun's 6 rounds worth of ammunition to the player's inventory.
  • The revolver version of the Handgun returns as an unlockable weapon in The Evil Within 2. Once the player completes all three of the optional Anima encounters in a single playthrough, the revolver will appear in Sebastian's hands after the vision in the Restricted Labs.
  • Both obtainable variants of the Handgun would always have their hammers up and uncocked, despite being single-action firearms. Trying to dry fire them produces the sound of the hammer clicking with every attempted shot, though this is not reflected by the weapon models themselves nor is mechanically possible for a firearm of their design.

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