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.357 Magnum

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.357 Magnum Revolver
Production information

Colt Python Elite[1]



Technical specifications

40 (75 in HL2DM)

Magazine/reload type

6 round speedloader clip

Max ammo
  • 36 (HL)
  • 12 (HL2)
Weapon category

2: Hand guns

Ammo type

.357 Magnum

Rate of fire

Medium to low



Projectile speed





All distances (best overall for long range)

Used by
Game information
  • weapon_357
  • weapon_python

The .357 Magnum Revolver is a powerful handgun: more accurate and powerful than the Pistols, though with less common ammunition and considerably slower fire and reload times. It is featured in most of the Half-Life series' titles.


The Magnum is a double-action revolver that fires one round. Whilst it is very powerful, it has a long reload time and a low rate of fire. It has near-perfect accuracy, but rapidly firing shots will cause accuracy to significantly decrease because of the weapon's fair amount of recoil.


The .357 Magnum's first appearance, in Half-Life.
  • In Decay, two magnums (one for each player) can be found in the mission Resonance in a security station. Both players will spawn with the weapon in all following chapters, bar Xen Attacks.
  • In Episode Two, whilst in the Antlion caves in the Victory Mine, the Magnum can be found in one of the Antlion's nests, with ammunition available throughout the caves.


  • In the multiplayer maps of Half-Life, the secondary fire button triggers a zoom which may be used for long-range sniper shots.
  • Since it has no built-in scope in Half-Life 2, the HEV Suit zoom can be used to aim for long-distance shots. It is advised to zoom into the target and have it in the center of the crosshair, then quickly release the zoom, then fire. Alternatively, the primary fire button may be held down while the zoom is being released to instantly fire a round and diminish jolting.
  • Ammunition for this weapon is very rare in all of the games, so players should use this weapon only when its pinpoint accuracy and stopping power is required, such as against Alien Grunts or Combine Elite soldiers standing far away.
  • Using this gun in the deathmatch modes can result in many easy kills at any range as long as the gun is aimed at the head.
  • This is the most effective firearm against Hunters. The source code for Episode Two states that this is because players perceive the weapon as the strongest in the game.[4]
  • This gun is very effective against HECU marines, as a headshot kills them instantly while they take 2 shots to be killed. Headshots can be a bit difficult to hit howeever, as the marines often move a lot and attack you aggressively.

Behind the scenes[edit]

Half-Life viewmodel, multiplayer version, with non-functional laser sight addon under the barrel.
  • As heard in an unused Half-Life sound file for the HEV Suit and as seen on the cut ammo box model, the Half-Life Magnum was originally to be a .44 Magnum revolver.
  • The Magnum in Half-Life was based on the real Colt Python chambered for .357 Magnum. The High Definition model was based on the Colt Anaconda which is chambered for the .44 Magnum cartridge.
  • The Half-Life Deathmatch Magnum model features an attachment under the barrel that resembles a laser pointer but acts as a scope and emits a fake laser (as a small red dot in the center of the screen). While that scope is absent in Half-Life Deathmatch: Source, its function remains. This attachment was originally to appear in Half-Life's single-player mode as well.


  • In the Half-Life 2 games, all six cartridges of the Magnum's cylinder are reloaded together. Still, there is no speedloader (the cartridges just float in mid-air as a circular group). The animation is instead more suited for the application of a moon clip. Overall, this is merely a design oversight.
  • "Colt Python Elite" can be seen on the weapon's Source viewmodel. However, the worldmodel has the words "Colt Anaconda" on the side.
  • In the Half-Life 2 series, on the weapon's viewmodel cartridges "Federal 357 Magnum" headstamps can be seen. Taking into consideration cartridges in ammo boxes, it can be concluded that Gordon uses Federal .357 Magnum JSP ammunition, although the design of the .357 Magnum boxes themselves could be based on PMC ammunition boxes.
  • The worldmodel used in Half-Life 2 is the same as the worldmodel used in Half-Life, just with different textures.


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