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Gas-operated, short stroke piston, rotating bolt
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Medium to high
Short to medium
Other submachine guns
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The MP7's appearance and function resembles that of the real world MP7. It has two fire modes; primary fire is fully automatic, with a high rate of fire, but poor accuracy, while the secondary fire launches a non-rocket propelled contact grenade, coming from an attached M203 Grenade Launcher.
The MP7, along with the OSIPR, forms the bulk of the Combine's small arms and is often carried by Overwatch Soldiers and Metrocops. It is also widely used by members of the Resistance as a standard issue firearm.
In Half-Life 2, Gordon Freeman acquires his first MP7 in the chapter Route Kanal from a Metrocop who rappels down into the storm drain system to intercept him. In Episode One, the MP7 is obtained from Overwatch Soldiers in the chapter Urban Flight. In Episode Two, the MP7 is found in Griggs and Sheckley's outpost, in the chapter This Vortal Coil.
Freeman can first acquire ammo for the grenade launcher in the chapter Route Kanal as part of a secret cache under the steam pipes. In Episode One can be acquired in one of Supply Crate before Combine Supply. In Episode Two acquired first in a supply cache in the chapter This Vortal Coil along with MP7 itself.
- Because of the MP7's poor spread at medium to long range, it should be used mostly at short range. While it can kill an enemy at medium range, it will usually take about a full magazine or so to kill one enemy, which is a waste of ammo (although this is counterbalanced with the often abundant supply of SMG ammo lying around, especially in urban areas).
- The MP7's primary fire is very useful if combined with the built-in grenade launcher. Enemies that are wounded by the launcher can be easily finished off via the primary fire, even if the target is at medium to long range.
- Since fully automatic fire depletes ammunition quickly, ammo count should be closely watched.
- The secondary fire grenades are excellent for hitting targets that are behind cover or large groups of targets. Most humanoid enemies will die in one shot if they are either hit directly by the grenade or are very close to the point of impact.
- Grenades can do damage to enemies that are only harmed by explosives, such as Striders and Combine Gunships. This can be useful when the player believes that an enemy is almost dead, but does not want to run back and grab more rounds for the RPG.
- The SMG grenades themselves are rare and therefore should generally be used as a last resort or against a close group of enemies. Care should be taken to avoid self-inflicted damage, which can be dangerous if a grenade detonates too close. Since the grenades have no time-delay fuse that would prevent premature explosions, there is a high risk of self-damage if enemies or allies move into the grenade's arc before the player can react.
- Aiming for enemies' head does actually kill them quicker, so it is recommended to do so to save ammo.
- The back end of the Scout Car has an ammunition box, which holds unlimited SMG ammo.
Behind the scenesEdit
- In early versions of Half-Life 2, there were two submachine guns in the game; the SMG1, which was based on the H&K MP5K, and the SMG2, which was based on the H&K MP7 (and was somewhat more closely based on the real gun than the final MP7 is). The SMG1 had a 30 round magazine, a lower rate of fire and better accuracy, while the SMG2 had a larger magazine, a higher rate of fire, and poorer accuracy. At some point before the E3 2003 presentation, the MP5K-based SMG1 was dropped in favor of the final MP7.
- The SMG's grenade launcher function was originally intended to be a feature of the OICW, but when the OICW was cut in favor of the OSIPR, the grenade launcher feature was "transplanted" onto the MP7, presumably for balance purposes and to make the SMG more useful.
- According to the MP7 Grenade's spawn code, it was going to be for the AR2 (OSIPR), as the entity code is
- In the chapter Point Insertion, one of the metrocops can be seen aiming the MP7 at a citizen in a small room, this is the first time the MP7 is seen.
- When the weapon is reloaded, the magazine is never ejected; Freeman's hand just slaps the bottom of the gun.
- Even though many Rebels and Overwatch Soldiers use the MP7, Freeman is the only one who ever uses the grenade launcher.
- NPC's seem to reload their MP7 incorrectly, as they put the magazine in the hand grip.
- A red holographic weapon sight sits on top of the upper barrel, but is never used.
- Despite using bottlenecked ammunition (as the real MP7 does), the spent casings are what the USP Match ejected in the beta version.
- In earlier versions of Half-Life 2, the SMG used to fire faster. When Episode Two was released, the SMG rate of fire was slightly lowered; this change was implemented in the 2010 versions of Half-Life 2 and Episode One.
- The MP7 in Episode One uses the leaked MP7's base textures, but the other textures (such as the normal map) are based on that of the final.
- While sometimes called the "MP7" it actually resembles the prototype of it; Heckler and Koch PDW Prototype.
List of appearancesEdit
- Half-Life 2 (First appearance)
- Half-Life 2: Deathmatch (Non-canonical appearance)
- Half-Life 2: Lost Coast (Non-canonical appearance)
- Half-Life 2: Episode One
- Source Particle Benchmark (Game files only) (Non-canonical appearance)
- Half-Life 2: Episode Two