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NOTE: This article is about the PDW submachine gun in ArmA 2's Operation Arrowhead expansion pack. For the PDW2000 used by various factions in ArmA 3, see PDW2000.


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PDW 9 mm
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Type Submachine Gun
Calibre 9×19 mm / 9×19 mm SD
Magazine
capacity
30
Dispersion 0.02 rad (semi)
0.02 rad (full)
Variants PDW SD
Games
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The PDW 9 mm submachine gun.

The PDW is a 9 mm submachine gun used in limited numbers with U.S. Army forces in ArmA 2. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.

Overview

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The PDW is a blowback-operated submachine gun that uses an open bolt design. It is chambered to fire the 9×19 mm round.

It primarily loads from 30-round box magazines, but is also able to load the same box/curved magazines used by the G17/M9 pistols and MP5A5 SMG. It can attain a maximum fire rate of up to 800 rounds per minute, and has a muzzle velocity of 400 m/s. The PDW does not support being fitted with any optical sights or accessories, but has a sub-variant fitted with a sound suppressor.

Compared to the Czech-made Sa-61, the PDW is far superior in almost every aspect. Not only does it have a larger magazine size (30 rounds versus the Sa-61's 20/10 round cap) but it can load the same magazines used by other 9 mm firearms. It also has far less recoil and is slightly better accuracy-wise at longer ranges, though it is still limited to a maximum effective range of just 150 metres.

Altogether, this renders the PDW a much more useful sidearm to wield in comparison to the Sa-61, and is actually helpful at serving as a backup weapon for snipers or vehicle crews.

Variants

PDW SD

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PDW SD 9 mm
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Type Submachine Gun
Calibre 9×19 mm SD
Magazine
capacity
30
Dispersion 0.02 rad (semi)
0.02 rad (full)
Variants PDW
Games
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The PDW SD 9 mm submachine gun.

The PDW SD is simply a suppressed version of the baseline PDW.

The main difference with the PDW SD is its sound suppressor, which causes it to have a reduced muzzle velocity of just 320 m/s. It is also unable to load non-subsonic magazines, and can only fire subsonic 9 mm ammunition.

Ammunition

Round name Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s)
9×19 mm 5 -0.001513 400
9×19 mm SD 5 -0.001312 320

The unsuppressed PDW is capable of loading seven types of magazines, but the suppressed model only supports being loaded with three of them. They all take up one secondary weapon inventory slot apiece:

PDW Mag.

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Standard 30-round box magazine. Does not contain any visible tracers.

PDW SD Mag.

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30-round box magazine loaded with specialised subsonic ammunition, intended for use with the PDW SD (though it can be loaded by the unsuppressed PDW as well).

Rounds fired from this magazine have a lower muzzle velocity of 320 m/s.

MP5 Mag.

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30-round curved magazine used by the MP5A5. Identical to the PDW's regular box magazines in all aspects aside from appearance.

MP5SD Mag.

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Curved magazine used by the MP5SD6. Also identical in all aspects to subsonic PDW magazines aside from its appearance.

This magazine can be loaded by the PDW SD.

G17 Mag.

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17-round pistol magazine used by the G17. Rounds fired from this magazine have a lower muzzle velocity of 360 m/s.

M9 Mag.

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15-round pistol magazine intended for use with the M9. Rounds fired from this magazine have a lower muzzle velocity of 398 m/s.

M9SD Mag.

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Special 15-round pistol magazine loaded with reduced velocity ammunition. Rounds fired from this magazine have a muzzle velocity of 315 m/s. Remains otherwise identical to regular M9 magazines.

This magazine can be loaded by the PDW SD.

Trivia

  • The PDW is based on the real-life "Micro Uzi" variant of the "Uzi" family of SMGs designed by the Israel Weapon Industries (IWI).
  • Like the Sa-61, the PDW is technically classified as an SMG but is treated as a sidearm in-game. It cannot be equipped as a primary weapon.

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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA 2
Handguns CZ 75 9 mmG17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mmRevolver .45
Submachine guns CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 9 mmMP5 9 mmPDW 9 mmPP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Shotguns M1014Saiga 12KAA-12
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm* • G36 series* (G36C*, G36K*) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203, M4A3, M4A3 M203) • Mk16 CQC 5.56 mmXM8 Compact 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-107 5.45 mm (AK-107 GP-25) • AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25*, AKS-74*) • AKM 7.62 mmAKS 7.62 mm* • CZ 805 BREN A1 5.56 mm (CZ 805 A1 G1, CZ 805 BREN A2, CZ 805 B1 G1) • FN FAL 7.62 mmG36A 5.56 mm* • L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL) • M16A2 5.56 mm* (M16A2 M203*) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203) • SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM) • Sa-58 7.62 mmXM8 series (XM8, XM8 M320)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmL86A2 LSW 5.56 mmM14 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mmVSS Vintorez 9 mmXM8 Sharpshooter 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles AS50 12.7 mmCZ 550 9.3 mmCZ 750 S1 M1 .308KSVK 12.7 mm* • Lee-Enfield .303LRR .338M107 .50* • M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm* (M40A3) • SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm*
Squad automatic weapons L110A1 5.56 mmM249 SAW 5.56 mm* • MG36 5.56 mm* • RPK-74 5.45 mmXM8 Automatic Rifle 5.56 mm
Machine guns L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mmMk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mm* • M240 7.62 mm* • M60E4 7.62 mmPKP 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mmUK-59 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32M79Mk13
Launchers 9K32 Strela-29K38 Igla9K115-2 Metis-MFGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136M47 DragonMAAWSNLAWRPG-7VRPG-18SMAW
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMIgla AA PodKORDL111A1L134A1M119A1M2M252Mk19Metis AT-132B14 PodnosRBS-70SearchlightSPG-9StingerTOWZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic
Arma2-factionicon-usarmy.png U.S. Army - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns G17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mm
Submachine guns PDW 9 mm
Shotguns M1014
Carbines Mk16 CQC 5.56 mm
Assault rifles SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM)
Designated marksman rifles M14 7.62 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles M107 .50M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns Mk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mmM240 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32Mk13
Launchers FGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136MAAWS
Static M2M252Mk19M119A1SearchlightStingerTOW
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
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