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


« The PDW2000 is a widespread submachine gun favored for its size and low recoil. The weapon has a conventional submachine gun layout with the magazine housed in the pistol grip and mirrored controls to achieve a truly ambidextrous use. Its low weight and small profile can be compared with some larger pistols. Two rails for mounting sights and tactical accessories underline the weapon's utility.
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The PDW2000 9 mm submachine gun.

The PDW2000 is a 9 mm submachine gun used by the AAF, L'Ensemble guerillas and Altian/Livonian criminal groups in ArmA 3.

Overview[]

The PDW2000 is a compact submachine gun that uses a delayed blowback operation and is chambered to fire the 9×21 mm round.

It loads from 30-round plastic magazines, and can attain a rate of fire ranging from 900 up to 1,100 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 420 m/s. It only accepts optical sights on its top rail but can mount attachments onto its muzzle.

The PDW2000 is an easy-to-wield SMG that has negligible recoil even when firing on full auto, especially when compared to its NATO and CSAT counterparts. As the lightest and most compact out of all the SMGs, the PDW2000 inflicts the least amount of inertial penalties on the user even when fitted with a suppressor.

However, in spite of all these upsides the PDW2000 also shares many downsides as well. Being an SMG, this renders it virtually useless for any firefights beyond 100 metres, as the effectiveness of its 9 mm round drops off rapidly beyond this distance (even more so due to its short barrel length).

Lastly, while its high rate of fire is impressive at first sight, this also means that the PDW2000 will deplete a magazine rapidly. Aside from necessitating frequent reloads, this can result in wasted ammunition as the user will potentially overkill their target by firing more rounds than necessary.

Ironsights[]

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The PDW2000's ironsights can be manually zeroed, though it can only be set to two ranges of either 100 metres or 200 metres (it is set to 100 metres by default). The front sight post is illuminated and can be used in low-light conditions.

If an optical sight is attached onto the rail with a zeroing limit greater than that of 200 metres (e.g. MOS), the PDW2000 will only allow it to be set to an absolute maximum of 400 metres.

Ammunition[]

Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s) Penetration depth (mm)
5 -0.0016 370 6.66

PDW2000s can be loaded with either 30- or 16-round magazines. The former clock in at a total "mass" of 10 units, while the 16-rounder pistol magazines only weigh 6 units instead:

9 mm 30Rnd Mag[]

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

9 mm 30Rnd Reload Tracer (Red) Mag[]

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Identical to 30-round magazines, but the last four rounds will always consist of visible red tracers.

Remains identical in all other aspects.

9 mm 30Rnd Reload Tracer (Green) Mag[]

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Similar to regular magazines, but the last four rounds will always be green tracers.

9 mm 30Rnd Reload Tracer (Yellow) Mag[]

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Similar to regular magazines, but the last four rounds will always be yellow tracers.

9 mm 16Rnd Mag[]

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16-round pistol magazine. Does not contain any visible tracers.

Rounds fired from this magazine specifically have greater initial velocities of 410 m/s instead.

9 mm 16Rnd Reload Tracer (Red) Mag[]

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Identical to regular 16-round magazines, but the last four rounds will always consist of visible red tracers.

Remains identical in all other aspects.

9 mm 16Rnd Reload Tracer (Green) Mag[]

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Similar to regular magazines, but the last four rounds will always be green tracers.

9 mm 16Rnd Reload Tracer (Yellow) Mag[]

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Similar to regular magazines, but the last four rounds will always be yellow tracers.

Trivia[]

  • The PDW2000 is based on the real-world "CPW" designed by ST Kinetics of Singapore.[1]
  • It was not originally featured as a usable weapon in the Alpha and were only added in the Beta's final patch (coinciding with the game's full launch as part of Game Update 1.00).[2]
The information below details unused, pre-release or removed content.
  • Arma3-icon-pdw2000

    Pre-1.96 icon with no grip and a collapsed stock.

    Prior to Game Update 1.96, the PDW2000's inventory icon depicted it without a grip and a collapsed stock (despite the fact that the in-game stock cannot be retracted).[3]
  • The PDW2000's original reload animation depicted the user's right thumb and parts of their right hand clipping into the receiver and pistol grip. This was eventually fixed after the release of the free Nexus Update.[4]

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. Johnson, S 2008, 'ST Kinetics CPW (Compact Personal Weapon)', The Firearm Blog, 4 September, viewed 4 March 2024, <https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2008/09/04/st-kinetics-cpw-compact-personal-weapon/>.
  2. van 't Land, J.J. 2013, SPOTREP #00010, Arma 3, viewed 18 September 2023, <https://dev.arma3.com/post/spotrep-00010>.
  3. van 't Land, J.J. 2019, SPOTREP #00091, Arma 3, viewed 15 May 2022, <https://dev.arma3.com/post/spotrep-00091>.
  4. van 't Land, J.J. 2015, SPOTREP #00049, Arma 3, viewed 15 May 2022, <https://dev.arma3.com/post/spotrep-00049>.

External links[]

See also[]

Weapons of comparable role and configuration[]

Weapons of ArmA 3
Handguns 4-five .45ACP-C2 .45P07 9 mmPM 9 mmRook-40 9 mmStarter Pistol 10 mmSpectrum DeviceZubr .45
Submachine guns ADR-97 5.7 mmPDW2000 9 mmProtector 9 mmSting 9 mmVermin .45
Shotguns Kozlice
Carbines AKU-12 7.62 mmAKS-74U 5.45 mmKatiba Carbine 6.5 mmMk20C 5.56 mmMXC 6.5 mmTRG-20 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-12 series (AK-12, AK-12 GL) • AKM 7.62 mmCAR-95 series (CAR-95, CAR-95 GL) • Katiba 6.5 mm (Katiba GL) • MX series (MX, MX 3GL) • Mk20 5.56 mm (Mk20 EGLM) • Promet series (Promet, Promet GL, Promet SG) • SDAR 5.56 mmSPAR-16 series (SPAR-16, SPAR-16 GL) • Type 115 6.5 mmTRG-21 5.56 mm (TRG-21 EGLM)
Designated marksman rifles ASP-1 Kir 12.7 mmCMR-76 6.5 mmCyrus 9.3 mmMk-I EMR 7.62 mmMk14 7.62 mm (Classic) • Mk18 ABR 7.62 mmMAR-10 .338MXM 6.5 mmPromet MR 6.5 mmRahim 7.62 mmSPAR-17 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles GM6 Lynx 12.7 mmM320 LRR .408
Squad automatic weapons CAR-95-1 5.8 mmLIM-85 5.56 mmMk200 6.5 mmMX SW 6.5 mmRPK-12 7.62 mmSPAR-16S 5.56 mmZafir 7.62 mm
Machineguns Navid 9.3 mmSPMG .338
Launchers 9M135 VoronaMAAWS Mk4PCMLRPG-7RPG-42Titan MPRLTitan MPRL Compact
Static M2Mk6 MortarMk30Mk32Remote DesignatorStatic Titan Launcher (AA, AT)
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Karts DLC | Marksmen DLC | Apex DLC | Tanks DLC | Contact DLC
Arma3-factionicon-aaf AAF - Armoury (ArmA 3)
Handguns ACP-C2 .45
Submachine guns PDW2000 9 mm
Carbines Mk20C 5.56 mm
Assault rifles Mk20 5.56 mm (Mk20 EGLM) • SDAR 5.56 mm
Designated marksman rifles Mk18 ABR 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles GM6 Lynx 12.7 mm
Squad automatic weapons Mk200 6.5 mm
Launchers MAAWS Mk4 Mod 0PCMLRPG-42Titan MPRLTitan MPRL Compact
Static M2Mk6 MortarMk30Mk32Static Titan Launcher (AA, AT)
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Apex DLC | Tanks DLC
Arma3-factionicon-syndikat L'Ensemble - Armoury (ArmA 3)
Handguns PM 9 mm
Submachine guns Sting 9 mmPDW2000 9 mmProtector 9 mm
Shotguns Kozlice
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mmAKU-12 7.62 mm
Assault rifles AK-12 series (AK-12, AK-12 GL) • AKM 7.62 mmSPAR-16 series (SPAR-16, SPAR-16 GL)
Designated marksmen rifles Mk14 Classic 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons LIM-85 5.56 mmRPK-12 7.62 mm
Launchers RPG-7RPG-42
Static M2
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Apex DLC | Contact DLC
Western Sahara
Arma3-factionicon-wsion ION Services - Armoury (Western Sahara)
Handguns P07 9 mm
Submachine guns ADR-97C TR 5.7 mmPDW2000 9 mmVermin .45
Shotguns AA40
Assault rifles XMS 5.56 mm (SG, GL)
Squad automatic weapons Mk200 6.5 mmXMS SW 5.56 mm
Designated marksman rifles Mk18 ABR 7.62 mm
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Arma3-factionicon-wssfia Sefrawi Freedom and Independence Army - Armoury (Western Sahara)
Handguns ACP-C2 .45P07 9 mm
Submachine guns PDW2000 9 mmSting 9 mm
Carbines Velko R5 5.56 mm
Assault rifles Galat ARM 7.62 mmSLR 7.62 mm
Machineguns SA-77 7.62 mm
Launchers RPG-42Titan MPRL
Static M2Mk6 MortarZU-23-2
Arma3-factionicon-wstura Tura - Armoury (Western Sahara)
Submachine guns PDW2000 9 mm
Assault rifles Galat ARM 7.62 mm (Old) • SLR 7.62 mm
Machineguns SA-77 7.62 mm
Launchers RPG-42
Static M2Mk6 MortarZU-23-2
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
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