Primary Weapons – the G3KA4, Homeland 37 and M1903
G3KA4 – Originally a German weapon manufactured by Heckler and Koch, the carbine G3 isn’t a very reliable choice for an assault-rifle faring poorly in almost every aspect of guerrilla combat. This is of course reflected in-game, which features a high level of realism. It will likely jam right in the middle of an important action, and the firepower is nothing compared to the AK or the AR rifles. It is still popular, particularly at the beginning of the game, and it will be likely that it will be the first assault rifle you will pick up. Just gather these weapons from dead enemies or from merc-posts; due to their unreliability and quick deterioration it is not recommend you buy them unless you need to (the only case is the shop in the tutorial missions).
A G3 costs 6 diamonds brand new. The Accuracy and Reliability Upgrades are 3 Diamonds and you can add more ammo with 10 Diamonds. They are available at the start of the Leboa-Sako campaign.
Homeland 37 – This weapon is a pump-action shotgun of American origin, originally designed by Browning although reworked into a modern firearm. It is normally used for civilian self-defence (hence the ‘Homeland security’ in the model) and would only be useful against one or two enemies at a short range. It’s cheap and can prove useful in one-on-one situations; it is reliable and doesn’t jam until overused. However I still suggest that you don’t take on a group of mercenaries solely armed with your shotgun; it is likely this won’t meet your expectations.
The Homeland 37 is very cheap at 4 diamonds. Both the Accuracy and Reliability upgrades are only 1 diamond, while 10 diamonds buy you a ‘Shotgun Bandolier’, the standard ammo-expansion but for a pump-action. This shotgun is available at the very start of your campaign.
M1903 – An American bolt-action rifle manufactured by Springfield and loaded with .30 calibre shells. Bolt-action simply means manual ejection of spent shells via a lever, which takes time than an automatic spring mechanism. This shows in the game as well, where it takes sometime to load and unload it. Overall it is accurate although not as powerful as other rifles because of its calibre. It is a good training sniper-rifle before you move onto a more powerful weapon of this type.
An M1903 will cost 10 Diamonds. The Accuracy and Reliability Upgrades are 3 Diamonds and ammo-expansion will cost 15. Its capacity is 5 rounds and you will find it at the beginning of the campaign.
This post is part of the series: Far Cry 2: Guide on weapons
A guide offering insight and detailed description of the most important weapons in the game, in each subsequent weapon category.