Machine pistol

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Machine pistol

Machine pistol

"A micro-submachine gun. It is short-ranged, but very light in the hands. Its rate of fire tends to make up for its weakness.

Base Stats

Market Value
220 Silver
2.5 kg

Ranged Combat

6 dmg (Bullet)
Armor penetration
30 ticks (0.5 secs)
54 ticks (0.9 secs)
19.9 tile(s)
90% - 65% - 35% - 15%
Avg. accuracy
55 (m/s)
Burst Count
3 (per burst)
Burst Ticks
ticks (0.12 secs)
(514.29 RPM )
11.02 (7.91)
Stopping power

Melee Combat

Melee Attack 1
9 dmg (Blunt)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Attack 2 
9 dmg (Blunt)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Attack 3 
9 dmg (Poke)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Average DPS
Melee Average AP


Crafted At
Machining table
Required Research
Blowback operation
Skill Required
Crafting 4
Work To Make
11,000 ticks (3.06 mins)
Resources to make
Steel 45 + Component 3

The machine pistol is a slightly lighter, multi-shot firearm in RimWorld which fires 3-shot bursts of rounds which deal a low amount of damage each; a slightly shorter delay between each shot; a very short time between bursts; slightly shorter range and slightly higher overall accuracy.


Machine pistols can be crafted at a machining table once the blowback operation research has been completed; from Steel 45 Steel, Component 3 Components and 11,000 ticks (3.06 mins) of work. A crafting skill of at least 4 is required.

Machine pistols can also be purchased from outlander and orbital combat suppliers, outlander settlements, or obtained from the following raider kinds:

Raider Kind Chance Average Quality Health
Scavenger Gunner 25.20% Normal 40-110%
Pirate Gunner 22.26% Normal 70-230%
Villager 5.32% Poor 20-200%
Town Guard 17.63% Normal 60-200%
Mercenary Gunner 10.38% Normal 70-320%
Ancient Soldier 8.61% Normal 100%


Despite its low per-shot damage, the machine pistol still has a respectable damage output owing to its excellent rate of fire, easily outclassing the autopistol, and even going toe-to-toe with the more expensive pump shotgun. Its very high close-up accuracy and the aforementioned fire rate also makes the machine pistol an excellent weapon for low-skilled shooters, as well as general close-quarters combat. The machine pistol's also very easy to acquire due to earlygame raiders often using it as well as its relative ease of manufacture.

However, unlike the pump shotgun or even the revolver, the machine pistol isn't able to stagger advancing humans or human-sized mechanoids. The machine pistol also unsurprisingly has poor armor penetration which somewhat limits it towards the midgame onwards, but it still manages to keep up with the pump shotgun. Almost every other ranged weapon in the game also out-ranges the machine pistol - exceptions including hand-thrown weapons and shotguns.

Another result of the machine pistol's low per-shot damage is that it's very unlikely to outright kill humans, but any human that gets downed by a machine pistol will usually have many bleeding gunshot wounds that need tending. Therefore, it's advisable to use at least herbal medicine to be able to patch up multiple wounds per tend, unless you're confident that your doctors can patch each individual wound quickly enough.

The machine pistol is best suited as a close-quarters engagement weapon due to its high close-up accuracy and good damage output, and it's also a good weapon for hit-and-run tactics due to its burst-shot nature and very short warmup/cooldown cycle. Due to its low per-shot damage though, as well as its relatively short range, it's ill-advised to use the machine pistol as a hunting weapon since it'll easily send animals into a manhunting rage.

Against an unarmored human, a machine pistol can kill with 7 hits to the torso, 5 hits to the head or 4 hits to the neck; cripple or destroy limbs in 5 hits; and cripple or destroy eyes and digits with 2 hits. A single hit to the brain will cause debilitating brain damage, but typically won't kill unless the victim's consciousness hits 0%. It'll generally take around 11 hits (~8.3 seconds average) to incapacitate that human from pain shock.

Overall, the machine pistol is best paired with a careful shooter up to level 12, then with a trigger-happy shooter beyond that point.

Weapons that would typically supplant the machine pistol include the chain shotgun and heavy SMG.

Quality table

  • Quality Damage AP Accuracy
    Market Value
    Awful Machine pistol 5.4 8.1% 72% 52% 28% 12% 9.92 7.14 5.16 2.78 1.19 110 Silver
    Poor Machine pistol 6 9% 81% 59% 32% 14% 11.02 8.93 6.5 3.53 1.54 83 Silver
    Normal Machine pistol 6 9% 90% 65% 35% 15% 11.02 9.92 7.16 3.86 1.65 83 Silver
    Good Machine pistol 6 9% 99% 72% 39% 17% 11.02 10.91 7.93 4.3 1.87 103 Silver
    Excellent Machine pistol 6 9% 100% 78% 42% 18% 11.02 11.02 8.6 4.63 1.98 155 Silver
    Masterwork Machine pistol 7.5 11.25% 100% 88% 47% 20% 13.78 13.78 12.12 6.47 2.76 385 Silver
    Legendary Machine pistol 9 13.5% 100% 98% 53% 23% 16.53 16.53 16.2 8.76 3.8 1935 Silver
    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.
  • Melee Combat

  • Tool Attack Damage Type Power AP Cooldown Likelihood Base DPS
    Overall - - 9 13% 2.00s - 4.50
    Grip Blunt Blunt 9 13% 2.00s 50.00% 4.50
    Barrel Blunt Blunt 9 13% 2.00s 25.00% 4.50
    Barrel Poke Blunt 9 13% 2.00s 25.00% 4.50
  • Machine Pistol vs. Comparable Weapons

    This section goes over how well the machine pistol fares against comparable weapons (similar value, tech level or similar characteristics) in 1 vs. 1 combat.


    • All testing is semi-automated which allows for large sample sizes to be gathered per set of results with ease
    • All pawns have skill levels of 14 in ranged and melee
    • No pawns have any traits that affect combat performance
    • All pawns are of at least 18 years of age and completely healthy
    • Pawns are divided by walls to prevent stray shots from skewing results in any way
    • Weather is always kept clear
    • No cover is used for either team

    Results in the tables below are the percentages of battles that machine pistols either won or tied against the weapon listed in the first column of said tables, with a sample size of 2,000 battles per result. Higher percentages are better.


    For the unarmored testing, all pawns wore normal quality plainleather pants, plainleather button-down shirts, plainleather dusters and plainleather cowboy hats.

    Other Weapon 3 7 12 18 25 32 40
    Heavy SMG 37.43% 38.81% 36.61% 38.85% - - -
    Pump Shotgun 76.44% 66.34% 51.12% - - - -
    Autopistol 80.66% 74.18% 66.93% 63.80% - - -


    For the armored testing, all pawns wore normal quality flak pants, flak vests, plainleather button-down shirts, flak jackets and steel simple helmets.

    Other Weapon 3 7 12 18 25 32 40
    Heavy SMG 35.69% 34.13% 33.68% 35.79% - - -
    Pump Shotgun 77.37% 69.13% 51.76% - - - -
    Autopistol 81.49% 75.64% 66.35% 62.92% - - -


    The graphs assume a normal quality machine pistol against an adult human that's out in the open in clear weather. For DPS, projectile speed has also been factored into the equation, with the weighting based on the base amount of attacks that it'll take to put the aforementioned target into pain shock.

    Machine pistol's accuracy with various shooters without any trait. Machine pistol's DPS with various shooters without any trait.

    Machine pistol's accuracy with various shooters with careful shooter. Machine pistol's DPS with various shooters with careful shooter.

    Machine pistol's accuracy with various shooters with trigger-happy. Machine pistol's DPS with various shooters with trigger-happy.

    Version history

    • ~2015 - renamed from Uzi to PDW and texture updated
    • A15 - renamed PDW to Machine Pistol.
    • Beta 19 - texture replaced with one that had previously been used by the Heavy SMG.
    • 1.0 - It received an accuracy buff in close ranged combat.