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« Starter pistol is a revolver commonly used to start competitive races. Only the sound of the shot is used as the starting signal. This pistol uses flares, and a cloud of smoke can be seen when the gun goes off.
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The Starter Pistol.

The Starter Pistol is a 10 mm flare gun used by Altian racing marshals in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Karts DLC.


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The Starter Pistol is a double-action revolver chambered to fire 10 mm signal flare slugs.

It loads from 6-round cylinders and has both a fire rate and muzzle velocity of 240 rounds per minute/240 m/s. The Starter Pistol does not support being fitted with any accessories or muzzle attachments.

Designed solely as a non-combat weapon, the Starter Pistol can launch either red or green (harmless) short-range signal flares into the air to mark the start of racing matches. Or alternately, it can also serve as a way of marking locations for friendly forces to see as an improvised flare gun in emergencies.



The Starter Pistol does not provide the user with a pair of ironsights. It cannot be manually zeroed.


Flare duration (seconds) Initial velocity (m/s) No. of flares
10 240 3

Both red and green flares are identical aside from their colours. They have a weight of 12 "mass" each:

6Rnd Signal Cylinder (Red)[]


Pale red coloured flare. The dummy shell will split into three individual and smaller flares 0.9 seconds after being launched.

6Rnd Signal Cylinder (Green)[]


Light green coloured flare. Functionality identical to red flares.


  • The Starter Pistol appears to be based on the real-world "Judge" revolver manufactured by Taurus International Manufacturing Incorporated.
    • Unlike its in-game counterpart, however, the real Judge is chambered to fire a variety of (lethal) revolver and shotshell rounds ranging from .45 Colt to .410 bore rounds.[1]
  • Along with the Zubr, it is currently one of the only two revolvers that are available in ArmA 3 (excluding those from third party-developed Creator DLCs).
  • Prior to Game Update 1.32, the Starter Pistol lacked a reloading sound and would remain completely silent.[2]
  • The engraving on the side of the frame states that the Starter Pistol was made in a country named "LAZBIR" which is an obvious scrambling of "BRAZIL", referencing the real Starter Pistol's origins.



  1. Johnson, S 2010, 'Taurus’s new Raging Judge Magnum', The Firearm Blog, 9 February, viewed 5 March 2023, <>.
  2. van 't Land, J.J. 2014, SPOTREP #00034, Arma 3, viewed 24 October 2023, <>.

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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.
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