Pistol or LMG?

AcidophilusAcidophilus Members Join Date: 2004-10-17 Member: 32307Posts: 9
The pistol.. or the light machine gun... decisions, decisions..
When you run around, knowing that your kharaa fodder, what weapond do you prefer to have out as your primary? Your pistol for those quick shots, or just a plain light machine gun for the spray and pray?


  • enigmaenigma Members Join Date: 2004-09-11 Member: 31623Posts: 391
  • im_lostim_lost TWG Rule Guru Members Join Date: 2003-04-26 Member: 15861Posts: 3,925
    LMG. I only use my pistol if there's an alien camping at a distance (in a vent or something like that), and I'm hoping I can kill them before they have a chance to move. It isn't worth using at close range because I probably won't hit anything with it, so I'm better off reloading than switching to the pistol.
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  • DeadzoneDeadzone Members, Reinforced - Shadow Join Date: 2003-07-03 Member: 17911Posts: 934
    Depends on the size of the room and what I'm up against... but more often than not it'll be the lmg. smile-fix.gif
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  • PetcoPetco Members, Constellation Join Date: 2003-07-27 Member: 18478Posts: 1,724
    LMG. Maybe if you were going up against one skulk at a time(having time to reload), it's better to use the pistol.

    But since you'll rarely play a 1v1 game in NS, using the LMG primary is better than the pistol.

    When a skulk ambush comes, 50 bullets, that's enough to kill 5 one hive skulks without carapace. If you only miss a shot or two that is.

    But the pistol can only kill two skulks per clip, making it really bad for situations where skulks ambush you.
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  • Garet_JaxGaret_Jax Members, Constellation Join Date: 2003-02-23 Member: 13870Posts: 832
    It's satisfying to pistol whip a skulk in 0s flat, but the LMG offers more flexibility.

    Only time you'd genuinely need to run about with your pistol is at the start of the game- when you know where skulks will be peeking out from to parasite you.
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  • BodyGuardBodyGuard Members, Constellation Join Date: 2005-02-13 Member: 41012Posts: 103 Advanced user
    LMG to begin the fight, then cut / pistol to end it smile-fix.gif depends on the range, but I always starts with the lmg.

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  • SwiftspearSwiftspear Custim tital Members Join Date: 2003-10-29 Member: 22097Posts: 7,019
    Depends on range. I usually run around with the LMG because most maps are tight and it's the better weapon for responding to immediate threats, but if I have to row kill 4 skulks I'd rather start with the pistol because I need those accurate shots at the long range since the LMG will miss like no tommorrow. Also, pistol is much better if you know where the skulk is and he's waiting to ambush you, you can drill the skulk in half the time the LMG takes to kill on average. Difference between one bite hitting and no bites hitting. Pistol has the fastest reload rate in the game, so it's really not at all any trouble to reload after every kill unless you have like a million skulks incoming, I'd rather switch out an empty pistol to a full LMG then have to try to reload an empty LMG with only a full pistol to back me up, the reload rate will be much longer and I can kill less skulks if they rush me while I'm reloading.
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  • cheesehoundcheesehound Members Join Date: 2003-08-03 Member: 18826Posts: 20
    I definitely favor the LMG for bigger enemies because, despite the poor accuracy and low damage, I'll tend to stick a lot of bullets into the larger targets, which makes up for it.
    I only tend to switch to pistols when my clip's empty and I have to take down an approaching skulk before they it gets in bitin' range.
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  • MrMakaveliMrMakaveli Members Join Date: 2004-05-06 Member: 28509Posts: 216
    I would PREFER the pistol, but it's usually safer to carry your LMG. So LMG.
  • PetcoPetco Members, Constellation Join Date: 2003-07-27 Member: 18478Posts: 1,724
    I really don't see how LMG is more inaccurate than the Pistol.

    If you hold the button and shoot with the LMG at stuff, some shots may miss since you're firing at a rate of 10 bullets per second. But that doesn't mean the LMG is harder to aim with than the pistol. The missed shots can be solved by aiming at the target, shooting a bit. Then aiming at it again (assuming the target moves) then shooting again.
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  • MrMakaveliMrMakaveli Members Join Date: 2004-05-06 Member: 28509Posts: 216
    No. The pistol is more accurate than the LMG. The cone of fire of the LMG is actually pretty big, so even if you're crosshair is directly on the alien, some bullets will stray too far and miss.
  • ArmageddonArmageddon Members Join Date: 2005-01-07 Member: 33055Posts: 259
    lmg unless you are really good with the pistol (usually that requires a pistol script).
  • That_Annoying_KidThat_Annoying_Kid Sire of Titles Members, Constellation Join Date: 2003-03-01 Member: 14175Posts: 5,583 Advanced user
    I believe I lead with my pistol and then switch to LMG when they get close but thats only at the start of co, or long corridors or when I can hear them coming / know of a skulk in an ambush spot

    if I'm just running around deaf dump and blind it's the LMG then the pistol to pollish them off

    or if If I'm being a smug ******* it's pistol out then 2 shots then a knife swipe.
  • LaggasaurusLaggasaurus Members, NS1 Playtester Join Date: 2003-11-13 Member: 22773Posts: 226
    Well it's kinda lifeform and situational dependant, lmg allows for greater trackable aim due to not needing to click repetively, however pistol is very good for detering lerks that come into bite, it can really pack a punch.
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  • Lt.RealnessLt.Realness Members Join Date: 2004-03-17 Member: 27379Posts: 740 Fully active user
    I even prefer the LMG over a Shotgun. It's my favourite weapon beside the HMG and the Pistol.
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  • SloppyKissesSloppyKisses omgawd a furreh&#33; VirginiaMembers, Constellation Join Date: 2003-07-05 Member: 17942Posts: 1,069 Advanced user
    pistol all the way imo, except for extremly close range which im still fairly decent at. All you gotta do is take note of how messed up the hitboxes are and what not when the skulks are running around you if you have the pistol, take some good guesses and shoot lol
  • DepotDepot The ModFather Members Join Date: 2002-11-09 Member: 7956Posts: 6,411 Fully active user
    The lmg - I suck with teh pistol. sad-fix.gif
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  • EdcrabEdcrab Members Join Date: 2002-11-02 Member: 4324Posts: 393
    Yeah, although I've seen plenty of people who have become pretty damn efficient with the pistol, I've always preferred the LMG...

    Well, not over the HMG, but that's a different story biggrin-fix.gif
  • SLizerSLizer Members, Constellation Join Date: 2003-11-07 Member: 22363Posts: 1,301
    The thing that is that you cant wield a pistol and face the unknown, you get easilly killed by 2 skulks. With LMG if you get ambushed in fishy spot you always have chance of getting them with bursts and if the situation is under control then you can get that lovely pistol and whip those 3tails!
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  • tjosantjosan Members, Constellation Join Date: 2003-05-16 Member: 16374Posts: 1,335
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    I've found that, for me, a 8-10 bullet pistol magasine is somewhat equivalent to a 20 bullet lmg mag under normal cirumstances (ie killed one skulk waiting for the next to come in). A full LMG just provides far too much redundancy to not be chosen as primary weapon. A pistol is normally a one-shot deal, with the LMG you can get medpacked and get him on the second batch of shots. Not to mention (I think) the ###### time of the pistol is lower than that of the lmg, further establishing the lmg as the given primary.

    edit: wth, ###### time isnt ok to say?
  • ZammaZamma Members, Constellation Join Date: 2004-05-04 Member: 28458Posts: 256

    Pistols have a better Rate Of Damage while LMG's have more damage per clip.

    As a primary weapon id prefer lmgs due to the fact you can kill anything but fade and onos in one clip. Although with pistol you can kill things faster its not as good for killing multiple aliens.

    LMG > pistol

    although with a script a pistol is great weapon even in close range.
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  • Garet_JaxGaret_Jax Members, Constellation Join Date: 2003-02-23 Member: 13870Posts: 832
    Argh, I dislike my pistol script but I'm too lazy to remove it.

    It never plays the animation or sounds on the "-attack" shot. And I press it too fast for the -attack shot to register, anyway- so it acts like normal.

    However, catalyst + pistol script = mucho fun.
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  • ZydecoZydeco Members, NS1 Playtester Join Date: 2005-03-06 Member: 43794Posts: 105
    NS needs a LMG that shoots pistols that shoots bullets. Obviously
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  • scratchiescratchie Members Join Date: 2006-11-01 Member: 58167Posts: 19
    Ìf youre really pro, you shoot 3 pistol bullets and knive the alien. marine.gifbiggrin-fix.gif
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  • BadMouthBadMouth It ceases to be exclusive when you can have a custom member titl Members Join Date: 2004-05-21 Member: 28815Posts: 1,018
    LMG. With that much ammo in the clip, don't have to spend half my time reloading. And it's a lot easier to use cos I'm a newb at pistol. although pistol is good for long range accuracy shots or big creatures with low hp cos they deal dmg a lot faster than LMG.
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  • MrMakaveliMrMakaveli Members Join Date: 2004-05-06 Member: 28509Posts: 216
    QUOTE(scratchie @ Nov 1 2006, 09:50 PM) »

    Ìf youre really pro, you shoot 3 pistol bullets and knive the alien. marine.gifbiggrin-fix.gif

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  • splintersnakesplintersnake Members Join Date: 2006-10-22 Member: 58085Posts: 14
    LMG on classic
    Pistol on combat

    Probably should be the other way around, but i don't care confused-fix.gif
  • wankalotwankalot Members Join Date: 2005-02-05 Member: 39872Posts: 156
    save those pistol bullets for when the fade/ lerk is running away. u may b lucky enough to kill the player and cause him to say "WTH i was already round the corner wat #$&#$^&*@!;!!!" lol. (seriouly though that is annoying when ure a fade hahaha.. it like "phew that was cl... #%$^!!") can someone who knows about this sorta stuff explain y the illusion that bullets follow u around corners can occur, due to poor fps?
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