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The Weapons of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

By Andrew Burgon / phoenix@projectfellowship.com
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May 29, 2014

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The Weapons of Uncharted are Modeled from Those in the Real World

I just recently finished playing Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. I usually play sci-fi games like Mass Effect, Halo or Star Trek and don’t give the weapons much thought. Knowing though that the guns in Uncharted are based on real weapons I found myself curiously checking them out on-line. I have decided to devote some space on my site for brief profiles of these guns. I’m starting with the AK-47 and will slowly add other weapons when I have time. I personally have very little experience with guns so if any of you gun aficionados notice a mistake let me know!

The AK-47

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Even though the venerable and distinctive AK-47 assault rifle made it’s appearance just after World War II it remains along with all it’s variants the most widely used and popular assault rifle in the world. This is due to it’s legendary durability and reliability, low production costs, it’s availability in many parts of the world and the fact that it’s fairly easy to use and maintain. It has been given the grim title of Lord of War as it has no doubt brought more death than any other weapon system in the world.

The AK-47 is a gas-operated weapon utilizing a breech-block mechanism and a rotating bolt. It employs a curved 30 to 75-round magazine and is capable of both semi- and fully-automatic fire. It’s capable of firing 600 rounds a minute with a muzzle velocity of 2,346ft./sec and it’s effective range is between 330-440 yards. Some estimates put the total amount of Ak-47’s produced including it’s variants at a staggering 100 million.


Video Courtesy of American Heroes Channel

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Smith & Wesson Model 29 Classic .44 magnum

Image Credit: Motorrad-67 at Wikipedia

Image Credit: Motorrad-67 at Wikipedia

The Smith & Wesson Model 29 Classic .44 magnum will forever be remembered as the signature weapon of Inspector “Dirty Harry” Callahan. At the time of it’s production it was considered the most powerful production handgun in the world.

The Smith & Wesson model 29 is a six-shot, double-action large N-Frame revolver chambered for the .44 Remington Magnum catridge. The revolver came in a blued steel version as well as limited runs of bright nickel plated guns. The gun comes with different barrel lengths that are 3, 4, 6, 8⅜ and 10⅝ inches long.

It is well-regarded by gun enthusiasts who consider it a real pleasure to shoot and is noted for it’s good accuracy. The excellent grip design gives you greater control of the gun and making it comfortable to shoot. A well-crafted fine revolver that functions flawlessly, instantly firing and ejecting the fired cases smoothly.

The character Sully from Uncharted has a gun referred to as a Wesson-44 which is actually based on the Smith & Wesson Model 629 Classic with a 8 3/8 inch barrel (pictured above). The 6 in front of the 29 simply denotes that it’s a stainless steel version of the Model 29.


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MP40

Quickload at en.wikipedia / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Quickload at en.wikipedia

The iconic Schmeisser MP40 was developed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by paratroopers, platoon and squad leaders and other troops during World War II.

The MP40 is an open-bolt, blowback-operated submachine gun. The bolt features a telescoping return spring guide which acted as a pneumatic recoil buffer. Though it’s fully automatic a single shot could be fired with a quick pull of the trigger thanks to it’s relatively low rate of fire. With a muzzle velocity of 1,312 ft/s churning out 550 rounds of 9mm Luger parabellum pistol bullets per minute it made quite an entrance on the battlefield even though it was limited to 32-round bursts per magazine.

The bulge of the resting bar under the barrel was used to help steady the gun when firing over the side of open-top armored personnel carriers.

While generally reliable the MP40 wasn’t without it’s flaws. The barrel had no insulation causing burns if a soldier held the submachine gun incorrectly. It’s forward-folding metal stock wasn’t durable enough for hard combat use. The double-column, single feed insert of it’s 32-round magazine sometimes resulted in feed failure.

During World War II it’s estimated that a million of them were made.

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References

My thanks to the Youtube community, Wikipedia and other sources for all the information they have provided.

Smith & Wesson Classic Series Model 29 .44 Magnum
By Jeff Quinn

Smith & Wesson Model 29
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MP40
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