Hunt: Showdown has an almost anxiety-inducing amount of weapons, items, and variations. When looking for the “best” gun, look for a gun that is strong in PvP, reasonably priced for what it does, and has a distinct edge over similar guns in the same class. We have done some of the research for you: here are the best guns in Hunt: Showdown.
Caldwell Conversion Uppercut
This was easily the best PvP gun in Hunt: Showdown back when it released in 2018, and will most likely be the best PvP gun when the servers close. Article over.
In all seriousness though, this is the only long ammo pistol in the game. You have a gun that can do it all as far as having top-tier damage, range, and bullet penetration…and it fits in a small weapon slot. If that’s not insane value, you can Fan or dual-wield this gun. It’s not even that expensive, given how scary it can be.
This monstrosity looks like something you’d use in Bloodborne. The Bomb Lance can match its crazy appearance with some equally crazy melee damage. It’s a 1-hit kill if you’re able to connect on other hunters, even with a light attack. The Bomb Lance also nukes most monsters, and melts through bosses quickly. Its projectile harpoon one-hits hunters and all monsters except Water Devils. This is a super beefy weapon, in close range anyway.
Springfield 1866 Compact Striker
We’ve been spoiled with the first two weapons. With that said, don’t sleep on the Springfield 1866 Compact Striker. This gun is the complete package with strong damage and range, good bullet penetration, good ammo bank, and a trowel attached to the barrel making it an exceptional melee weapon. If you find yourself surrounded by a group of Infected, expect to cleave them with ease using its wide arc of a light attack.
If you aren’t sold yet, note that the Striker packs all that value in a very cheap, medium-sized package.
Winfield M1873 Talon
The Winfield is the quintessential jack-of-all-trades weapon, and the Talon variant is the most jack-of-all-trades Winfield. There’s no downside to using this gun, as it’s just all around one of the best guns in Hunt: Showdown. Massive magazine, good damage output, solid accuracy, and a brutal melee attachment. There’s no gimmick or niche to this gun, just results.
The Talon’s little sister, the Winfield Vandal Striker, is shorter, cheaper, and almost equally deadly.
Sparks LRR is the rifle of choice for hunters who specialize in guerilla tactics. It has pinpoint accuracy over long range, massive damage, and Silencer and Sniper variants for maximum sneakiness.
Nagant M1895 Officer Carbine
Rolled a fresh hunter? Slap a Nagant M1895 Officer Carbine on them. It’s a fast-firing rifle that’s shockingly accurate over mid-range, and has great iron sights to boot. It feels like a Winfield M1873C with built-in Levering, except it fires quickly even when aiming down sights. It’s held back by its small ammo supply, but don’t let that deter you from using it.
Nagant M1895 Deadeye
This gun isn’t a world-beater, just a flexible, cheap addition to any loadout. The Nagant M1895 Deadeye (and the scopeless variant, the Precision) has a faster fire rate than most pistols, a medium-range scope, good ammo bank, and makes a serviceable melee club in a pinch. Due to the higher headshot multiplier on compact ammo guns, the sniper pistol can secure one-tap kills from preposterously far away.
While the Deadeye and Precision are optimal for fresh recruits, the Winfield M1893C Vandal is the superior choice for hunters with Levering.
Honorable mention: LeMat Mark II
How does this gun hit so hard? LeMat Mark II is a close range beast, unloading 9 shots and a shotgun blast before needing a reload. Dual-wield it to quickly melt a boss, or Fan it against hunters. While the Caldwell Conversion Chain may be slightly more bang for your buck, the LeMat is more accurate, and the surprise shotgun pop should not be underestimated.