In GTA: San Andreas, there are a selection of weapons to purchase from the Ammunation Gun Store, such as Pistols, Heavy, Assault Rifles and Shotguns. Below is a list of each weapon and some information about them.
The camera was first seen in GTA: Vice City used in a mission. In San Andreas however, the camera is not only used in a few missions, it is actually available as a ‘weapon’ as such. You can’t exactly go around beating people up with it or killing them by snapping an image of them, but by holding R1, the screen switches to a view grid where you can aim with the right stick In mission where you’re required to take pictures, the circle button takes the picture and you’re done. If you’re so desperate to actually save the picture to your HDD or Memory Card, using L1 will allow you to save the image where you can access it via the gallery in the pause menu any time you want.
While not actually a weapon, the Brass Knuckles can certainly do some heavy damage when beating the crap out of someone with your fists. They’re great if you don’t have any ammo and want to keep low-key and not alarm the LSPD.
Normally used for sport, the Baseball Bat, if you prefer it, is a fantastic weapon if you want be stealthy. A few bashes to the head and your opponent is sure to hit the ground unconscious.
The Nightsick is just like the Baseball Bat, however is used as a default melee weapon for the LSPD. It does the same amount of damage as the Baseball Bat and is also a great weapon for being stealthy.
You’d expect to see the Pool Cue in a bar, or better still, a pool table. You can play pool in San Andreas as a mini-game, but when you’ve finished you can also use your Pool Cue to beat the shit out of your opponent and any other people you feel like taking to the ground without making gunfire.
Here’s another sports weapon for your pleasure. You can normally find them at the Golf Course or in a Gold Caddy. Not the best, but it gives you some entertainment at least.
As you should know, GTA isn’t a gardening game. Never has and (hopefully) never will be. However Rockstar obviously found it amusing to include a Shovel as a weapon in San Andreas. You can’t dig a grave with it, but you can smash someone over the head with it and knock them to the ground!
The knife is the main weapon used for steal, especially if you creep up behind someone, target them with R1, and when CJ raises his arm up, hit the circle button to slash their neck, killing them.
Time to bring out your inner Japanese style, or you piss on thousands of years of Bushido tradition to brutally demolish people, this sword is a great option as a stealth weapon. Tapping the circle button a few times uses a quick combo, but you can learn new moves from the Cobra Martial Arts dojo in San Fierro.
There isn’t really an option or ability to cut some wood down in the countryside, but with this super-powerful weapon you can cut through a limb like cutting through butter. If you want to get even more adventurous, you might like to try using it on a car too.
The Colt 9mm is a seriously cheap handgun of which allows you to dual-wield when your Hitman Skill Level has reached a certain point. This pistol is also the default pistol used by the LSPD, as is easily accessible by killing on of their officers. Be careful, as doing so will result in a wanted level.
The Silenced 9mm is exactly the same as the gun above, but, you guessed it, a silenced version. It can only be purchase, not found on the cops, but great if you want to use a gun and keep low-key at the same time.
The Desert Eagle provides some awesome firepower and even has an awesome sound when fired. It’s very powerful and looks bloody awesome! It’s a fantastic gun even when used on free aim.
This is your typical shotgun you’d expect the LSPD or some crazy-ass farmer to have. It delivers a powerful hit on enemies but best used for close range gunfire. If you want to find one of these, just steal a Police Car and you’ll find it in your inventory when you get out.
This shotgun is really for those with the best strategies as it has only 2 shots before a lengthy reload which can be rather slow and annoying in large gun battles. It’s powerful, but best to stick with someone that can let out more than 2 bullets at a time.
The Combat Shotgun is GTA’s version of the Italian Spas-12. The power and range in this shotgun is slightly better than the Standard Shotgun, but not by much. It is however a great gun for ripping through your enemies, especially in large quantities.
The Tec-9 is used by almost every gang members in Los Santos, it is a relatively cheap and made with low-grade stamped metal. CJ can dual wield Tec-9s too by increasing his Hitman Skill Level.
This little sub-machine gun has a serious punch. It’s pretty much the same as the Tec-9 as it even shares the same machine pistol stat), but does fire a bit faster. When using either these or the Tec’s at Hitman level, you’ll need double the ammo as you would have beforehand as you’ll be able to have 2 of these guns in your hands.
This SMG is based on the real-life MP5 which the Navy Seals, Military and SWAT use. The MP5 is considered to be the world’s best sub-machine gun. It has amazing stopping power, accuracy, and range which put it nearly in the assault rifle section. Unlike the other 2 sub-machine guns, this one is a bit bigger so you won’t be getting dual-wielding at higher levels.
The M4 is a modified version of the M-16, used normally by the US Army. The rifle will allow the player the pinpoint accuracy to target an opponent’s specific body part or vehicle tires. It is extremely powerful and sounds awesome, a definite weapon to us in a heavy battle!
The AK-47 is one of the most popular varieties of assault rifles in the world. Originally developed for the Soviet army, it has a rugged but simple design which makes it both cheap to produce and highly versatile on the battlefield. It works just like the M4 in the game, only with a smaller magazine size. After reaching Hitman status with either the M4 or the AK-47, you’ll be able to move about and strafe a bit while firing, with an extended lock-on range to boot.
With the Molotov Cocktail, take a glass bottle, fill it with some petrol or gas, shove a rag in the top, light the rag on fire, and give it a toss, preferably not at your feet. Expect some major chaos. One of the new features found in San Andreas is the ability to set the environment on fire, and the ability for that fire to continue to burn- and even spread in most cases. The Molotov is a great weapon to heat things up!
I’m pretty sure I don’t need to explain to you what a Grenade is. Pull the pin, let go of the trigger and throw. Just make sure you throw it far away so you don’t blow yourself up as it makes a rather large hole.
In real life, tear gas is normally seen to be a non-lethal weapon, but in GTA’s world anything is illegal. The Tear Gas is great as it stops people from what their doing while they cover their face and cough, which gives the great opportunity to then pick them off.
Satchel Charges, which a now known as Sticky Bombs, are a charge which can be stuck to a surface and then detonated to create a large explosion. They’re great for setting up a trap and taking out a large amount of enemies.
The basic concept behind a flame thrower is a tank filled with napalm which is sprayed through a nozzle and ignited by a pilot light on the way out. The Flame Thrower is used in a mission from The Truth who you meet just before travelling to San Fierro.
The Minigun, probably every GTA fan’s favourite weapon. This can create some fricking damage I will tell you that! Super fast rate of fire with a shit load of damage, this will clear out all of your enemies easily for certain!
I don’t really need to explain how awesome this weapon is. It goes boom and makes a huge explosion. Nuff’ said.
Heat Seeking Rocket Launcher
RPGs are one thing, the Stinger goes to the next level. Lightweight and portable, this shoulder-fired guided missile system is designed to shoot down low-altitude jets, propeller-driven aircraft and helicopters.
There’s nothing much to say about this weapon. It’s a standard repeater which you would expect a farmer to use to shoot some birds out in the desert or countryside.
From assault rifles to rocket launchers, at some point in time, you’re going to need a sniper. Whether that’s to pick someone off in a mission or to get someone at a long distance, the Sniper Rifle is a vital weapon to the GTA Series and provides an immense amount of fire power.