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The MX8 Snub Pistol was the standard sidearm for Coalition of Ordered Governments personnel. Though it lacked range and power, the Snub's quick fire rate made it reliable in certain situations.
The Snub Pistol has been used by the COG army for years, and it's reliability has been proven many a time on the battlefield. It is also carried by many COG officials- even Chairman Prescott carries it as his chosen sidearm. 
For a small weapon, the pistol packs quite a punch, thanks to the miniature rifle rounds it fires (12-per magazine). It is not as powerful as its Locust counterpart, the Boltok Pistol, but it can still bring an enemy down in very few shots. It is also very accurate at distances up to 50 meters.
This weapon is not often used due to the relatively low damage per hit and a small magazine size. However, in the hands of experienced users, this weapon can often save their lives; if used properly, the Snub can down an enemy faster than a Lancer Assault Rifle (melee and firing). The Snub is also headshot capable but it requires extreme aim. It has a small magazine of twelve rounds with a semi-automatic firing mode, but the user can fire as fast as they can squeeze the trigger.
The Snub pistol has a higher ammo capacity and rate of fire than the Boltok Pistol at the cost of power per shot. An important aspect, however, is the accuracy of the Snub. It's extremely accurate, allowing for precise critical shots on an enemy. By pushing down on the right thumbstick, one can activate a small zoom, making the Snub an effective long range weapon, should the player be lacking a Longshot Sniper Rifle. This can also be used in close quarters with its slightly faster and longer reach melee when compared with Locust sidearms, so it can be used to easily double melee to down an opponent.
In Multiplayer, this weapon is extremely deadly when in experienced hands. The Snub is semi-automatic; it fires as fast as the wielder can pull the trigger. If one isn't confident enough in his pistol abilities, the player should use it only in critical fire-fights when ammunition for other weapons has been used up. However it is oftentimes useful to pull out the pistol after shooting the enemy once with the Longshot and downing an enemy with only a few shots.
It is also recommended, like with the Gnasher Shotgun, to fire off a single round anywhere to spend the bullet (it is unnecessary to fire more than one round) and perform a perfect reload with the Snub pistol to achieve more power per shot in any fire-fights. The Snub pistol is also very good at quickly silencing downed enemies at longer ranges due to its moderate scope setting, accessed by holding the left trigger and then clicking down the right thumbstick, when the player does not have a Longshot at hand. In other cases, the Snub pistol should be saved for one-on-one situations, where the integrated scope and its fast melee can give the user an advantage.
The most common technique with the Snub is the pistol-whip, an extremely deadly and effective attack. Here, the wielder fires two rapid shots into an enemy, quickly following up with a melee swipe. If done quickly enough, a player can down an enemy in a split second (the Snub can melee nearly immediately after firing, which is unique). It is also possible to melee first and then fire, but the general idea is the same. Like the Longshot, Hammerburst II (Except in Horde or Multiplayer), the Gnasher Shotgun and the Boltok Pistol, the Snub pistol is able perform headshots (resulting in the head being completely blown off), but only in campaign and Horde in Gears 2, however it can get headshots in any gametype in Gears 1 and Gears 3.
In Execution modes, the Snub pistol can kill a downed enemy from a distance by shooting them in the head, but it may require a few shots.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- The Snub pistol is similar to the real-world FN-5.7 pistol in the fact that it fires miniature rifle-rounds.
- According to Concept art, the pistols full name is the Snub MX-8.
| Weapons of Gears of War|
|COG||Mk 1 Lancer Assault Rifle · Mk 2 Lancer Assault Rifle · Gnasher Shotgun · Longshot Sniper Rifle · Snub Pistol · Bolo Grenade · Smoke Grenade · Hammer of Dawn · Chain Gun · Mortar · Longspear · One-Shot · Sawed-Off Shotgun · Incendiary Grenade · Molotov Cocktail · Rocket Launcher · Machete|
|Locust Horde||Hammerburst Assault Rifle · Hammerburst II · Boltok Pistol · Boomshot Grenade Launcher · Torque Bow · Troika Heavy Machine Gun · Gorgon Burst Pistol · Ink Grenade · Boom Shield · Mulcher · Scorcher · Digger Launcher · Butcher Cleaver|