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What’s the best pistol to start with in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive?
How many times have you as a player have looked up videos on the internet poring through tutorials and spend countless hours trying to perfect your aim and master that pesky spray pattern, only to realise that you lose your first rounds constantly and have too little economy to get that rifle early?
Winning the first round is impeccable in CS: GO as it gives the team that won the round an economic advantage which would allow them to take the following two rounds with relative ease. This is useful in a competitive match where the first team to win 16 rounds would obtain victory. Having three or four rounds on the board in your team’s favour would also do wonders to team morale and will probably make winning the game easier.
This article will help you understand the most economically sound choice to make on your first round, as well as secure a few early rounds to make winning easier.
Starting things off with the Terrorist side, the guns available are by default the Glock-18, which is free and is automatically given to you on spawn. The rest include the Tec-9, the Desert Eagle, the P250, the Dual-Berettas, the CZ-75, and the R8 Revolver.
The Glock-18, or as most players refer it to affectionately as the ‘Super-Soaker’, is the T-Side starting pistol that has two firing modes, semi-automatic and a three-round burst-mode. This gun has a moderately large magazine size at 20 rounds and a high rate of fire yet still having low recoil and allows the user to run faster than most of the other pistols. The reload time on the Glock-18 is also fairly short when compared to its other counterparts.
However, this starter gun has pitiful damage per shot, is the most accurate pistol on the Terrorist side and has poor Kevlar penetration properties. The Glock-18’s damage output slightly increases when in burst-mode, but at the sacrifice of even more accuracy. Most Terrorists discard this weapon in favour of other pistols that are similarly affordable. Although the pistol sounds horrible, many professional players stick to using the gun while buying armour and grenades. The Glock-18 is still modestly accurate when fighting in close to mid-range, so try to aim for headshots when using this pistol.
The Tec-9 costs 500 dollars and is probably the most popular T-sided pistol in the game. This gun boasts a 24-round magazine with an amazing rate of fire. It is especially useful in a close-quarters fight but lacks overall accuracy. Despite this, the gun has amazing jumping accuracy so you can surprise an enemy that you know is hiding around a corner while still landing the crucial shots you need.
The P250, costing 500 dollars, is a pistol that is like the Glock-18 but packs a whole lot more punch. While it is less accurate than the Glock-18, the damage output of the P250 means that it would only usually take 3-4 bullets to take down enemies in close range combat. The P250 is also a one shot kill to the head if you can land it in mid to close range.
The Desert Eagle
The Desert Eagle, also known as the Deagle, is an infamous pistol known for its insane stopping power and is always seen as overpowered in the hands of a professional. The catch? It costs a whopping 700 dollars; that’s pretty expensive for a starting gun.
The Deagle is almost always a one shot kill to the head at any range and is extremely accurate, but is problematic to control if you’re a trigger-happy kinda player. The best way to use this beast is by controlling your shots and pacing them out properly.
The Dual-Berettas (a.k.a Dualies) cost 500 dollars. While wielding two guns seem amazing and cool, there are drawbacks to this. The Dualies have fickle accuracy; bullet hits are mostly 50-50. To use them effectively, utilize the ‘run-and-gun’ technique where you try to get as close to the enemy as possible, then shoot until they’re dead.
The CZ-75 is a fully automatic pistol that replaces the Tec-9 when equipped. The CZ-75 costs 500 dollars and has quite the small magazine with only 12 rounds, and these rounds disappear very quickly when holding down the trigger. The CZ-75 is the only fully automatic pistol in the game and can kill an enemy with one shot to the head when in extreme close quarters, thus, it is very popular among snipers as a backup pistol should an enemy stray too close for comfort.
The R8 Revolver
The R8 Revolver is a recent addition to the game and It replaces the Desert Eagle when equipped. It costs 850 dollars and holds 6 rounds in one magazine and while firing, it requires the player to hold down the firing button for a second or so to fully cock the hammer and fire a shot. The R8 Revolver is extremely accurate when using the primary fire button but as mentioned above, there is a slight delay before each shot.
To fully utilize the priming time, professional players start holding down their primary fire button before they peek a corner and time it well so that they exit cover the very moment the animation for priming the shot is done. The R8 Revolver also lets players ‘fan the hammer’ where the player can use their secondary fire button to fire a shot instantly. However, the shot is wildly inaccurate and should only be used in extreme close-quarters combat.
As of 24th March 2017, the R8 Revolver has been removed from Competitive Matches.
The CTs share some weapons with the Terrorists like the P250, the Desert Eagle, the CZ-75, and the Dual-Berettas. That’s where the similarity ends: the CT’s exclusive starting pistols are the USP-S, the Five-Seven, and the P2000.
The USP-S is the starting pistol of the CTs and unlike its counterpart, it is extremely accurate and does a reasonable amount of damage per shot. However, the USP-S has a small magazine size so you must make every shot count. Most professional players stick with this gun because it has superior armour penetration and accuracy. In other words, this gun kills off non-armoured combatants with a headshot.
The P2000 is a hybrid of the Glock-18 and the Desert Eagle. It has more accuracy than the former but less than the latter. The P2000 also does slightly more damage than the Glock-18 but has a lower magazine size. Between this starter pistol and the USP-S (via your loadout screen), you can have the choice between having a silenced pistol with less recoil or a more accurate pistol with more ammo. It’s like having the best of both worlds. Almost.
The Five-Seven is a pistol that closely resembles the Desert Eagle and costs 750 dollars. It has an impressive magazine size and has high damage per shot. It also guarantees a one shot kill to the head within 14 metres even if its target is wearing helmet and armour. The Five-Seven is still accurate even with all this firepower, thus making it a popular choice among CTs.
The CZ-75 replaces the Five-Seven when equipped.
In summary, the use of each pistol depends on your personal preference of playstyle. For example, the Glock-18 or the Dual-Berettas require the player to “Rambo” in and charge forward to make full use of their running accuracy. Pistols like the P250, the Five-Seven and the USP-S requires the player to sit behind a corner and aim at head height to surprise the enemy with a bullet in the back of the head.
All in all, just practice shooting with each of these pistols and figure out which ones suit your playing style.
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