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An ideal pistol for the Terrorist on the move, the Tec-9 is lethal in close quarters and features a high magazine capacity.
―Official description

The Tec-9 is a semi-automatic pistol featured in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, exclusive to the Terrorists. The counterpart for the Counter-Terrorists is the Five-SeveN.


The Tec-9 is a Swedish-made semi-automatic pistol manufactured by Intratec. It gained notoriety in the 80's and 90's for being easy to modify and convert into full-auto due to its open-bolt system, leading these modified versions to be the main weapon used in shootings and crime. Therefore, it was listed as one of the weapons in the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban.

In-game, the weapon is semi-automatic and has an 18 round capacity. The recoil is a bit wild when spraying bullets but usually accurate enough when tapfired when not moving. It has excellent penetration power and damage (it can kill a player even when wearing a helmet with one shot to the head), as well as a decent magazine capacity, average reload time, and a faster rate of fire compared to other pistols in the PC version (it has a low rate of fire on the Console versions of CS:GO).

Its disadvantages are its high recoil which discourages rapid firing, and a strong moving inaccuracy that makes it much harder to use on the move. Overall, it is one of the more favorable pistols used during the pistol and eco rounds.


Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 130 118
Chest & Arm 32 29
Stomach 40 36
Leg 24 24
Red signifies a fatal hit.


  • The Tec-9 is best tapfired aiming at the head, due to its above-average first-shot accuracy and ability to one-hit headshot kill helmeted enemies. Although the Tec-9 can unleash a high rate of fire, spamming the weapon will result in heavy inaccuracy and recoil.
  • The Tec-9 has a very high running accuracy. Combined with the ability to one-shot kill to the head with armor, tapfiring while running is an effective strat even at medium to long ranges.
  • It is rather best not to engage groups of enemies without a teammate providing cover fire as the Tec-9's high spread when firing quickly may not save the player.
  • The Tec-9 is an acceptable sidearm for a player armed with a sniper rifle.

Update History

April 10, 2020
  • Reduced firing inaccuracy
August 8, 2017
  • Shipping initial changes to pistols with the goal of emphasizing skilful use of the weapons, beginning with the Tec-9.
  • Tec-9: The Tec-9 has been adjusted to emphasize aiming while retaining the weapon’s high mobility. The current changes include:
    • slightly improved accuracy when taking a single shot
    • significantly reduced accuracy when firing rapidly
    • magazine and reserve ammo reduced to 18 and 90, respectively
December 15, 2015
December 8, 2015
March 31, 2015
  • Increased Tec-9’s damage fall-off to reward players that close engagement distance.
  • Lowered Tec-9’s magazine size to 24 to reward more discriminate firing.
December 10, 2014
  • Updated the Tec-9 firing sound
February 20, 2013


Weapon Specialist
Tec-9 Expert csgo.png Tec-9 Expert
Kill 100 enemies with the Tec-9.


  • The Tec-9 is the only weapon that both uses 9mm Parabellum and can kill fully armored players in a single headshot.
  • When Operation Breakout was introduced, the Tec-9 was extremely accurate from long ranges but was later patched.
  • Despite being a Terrorist exclusive weapon, the Tec-9 | Sandstorm is wielded by a Counter-Terrorist on the Operation Phoenix announcement and title images.
  • The HUD icon of the Tec-9 has a shorter magazine.
  • Before the March 31, 2015 update, the Tec-9 had a magazine size of 32 rounds, the largest of any sidearm, before being reduced to 24 to promote ammo conservation.
    • The Tec-9 magazine size is still 32 rounds on the Xbox 360 version of CSGO.
  • Prior to the August 14, 2015 update, the Tec-9 was only able to have a total of three stickers applied.
  • Prior to the July 1, 2014 update, the Tec-9 was wildly inaccurate and had extreme recoil, in addition to having a different firing animation. However, it only cost $400. In spite of this, it was a very uncommon purchase due to its relative ineffectiveness.
  • Markings on the gun describe the weapon as being made by "Infratoc", a spoof on the name of Intratec, the maker of the Tec-9 in real life.

Behind the scenes

  • The Tec-9 was originally conceived as a submachine gun instead of a pistol in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Alpha.
    • Even though the Tec-9 appeared as a pistol in the beta, a model duplicate in the game files, w_smg_tec9.mdl still made an appearance.
  • The Tec-9 alpha model had a color closer to blue than the current grey/black.

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