HARDWARE HANDBOOK VOLUME 1
A supplement for Powergame 5th Edition
Edition 1.1 (12 March 1999)
Copyright © 1998, 1999 by Mikko Kauppinen
All rights reserved, except as noted in the text
Several people have asked for an equipment list for Powergame. While I think it should be fairly easy
to rate weapons, vehicles and other items with the help of the Universal Power Level Tables, I
understand that some examples would come in handy. Thus, without further ado, I present the Hardware Handbook.
The weapons and vehicles described in this supplement illustrate the possibilities of modern firepower by
offering game statistics for some of the most common models.
Using the Universal Tables and comparing to similar weapons on this list it should be easy to assign
stats for any other weapon you want to use in your campaign. Besides, within the compressed power
scale of Powergame most items belonging to a given category (such as pistols or main battle tanks)
have similar game stats.
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- Beretta 92F (9mm): A large-capacity Italian design popular with moviemakers. The US Army
service pistol since the 1980s.
Damage 2, Range 1, Magazine 15, Weight 1 kg
- Colt M1911A1 (.45 ACP): A legendary combat pistol which is still popular and still manufactured.
Damage 2, Range 1, Magazine 7, Weight 1.1 kg
- Colt Python (.357 Magnum): A double-action revolver of superb quality and high price.
Damage 2, Range 1, Magazine 6 (revolver), Weight 1 kg
Eagle (.50 Action Express): Another moviemaker favorite. It seems no
action film can be complete without one of these large pistols. Not
recommended for people with small or weak hands. Rarely
encountered in real life (which Powergame is not, mind you).
Damage 3, Range 1, Magazine 7, Weight 1.8 kg
- Glock 17 (9mm): A polymer-frame pistol which is just as easily caught by metal detectors as other
guns. It is available in a wide variety of calibers and sizes.
Damage 2, Range 1, Magazine 17, Weight 1 kg
- Makarov (Russian 9mmX18): The Soviet Bloc service weapon since the 1950s. It is at best a
mediocre design, but the Soviet military thinking never considered pistols to be that important.
Damage 2, Range 0, Magazine 8, Weight 0.7 kg
- Smith & Wesson 1076 (10mm): After the infamous ‘Miami Shoot-out’ the FBI wanted a more
powerful handgun than the 9mm automatics they had. They settled on the 10mm round and S&W
produced a pistol to fire it. The result is a hard-hitting handgun, which differs from the civilian 1006
model by having a decocker lever instead of a conventional safety.
Damage 2, Range 1, Magazine 9, Weight 1.1 kg
- Smith & Wesson Bodyguard (.38 Special): The classic snub-nose pocket revolver. It has a shrouded
hammer to guarantee snag-free drawing. This also means it can be fired in the pocket without the
hammer getting tangled with the cloth and causing a jam.
Damage 2, Range 0, Magazine 5 (revolver), Weight 0.6 kg
Super 14 Contender (.44 Magnum): A single-shot pistol for hunting and
silhouette shooting. It breaks open for reloading like a shotgun. Lance
Henriksen’s character carried the Contender in the film Hard Target.
Damage 2, Range 2, Magazine 1 (internal), Weight 1.3 kg
- Walther PPK (.32 ACP): James Bond’s choice of weapon. Still one of the best hideout guns.
Damage 2, Range 0, Magazine 7, Weight 0.6 kg
2.2. Sub-Machine Guns
- Heckler & Koch MP5 (9mm): Probably the best SMG currently manufactured. There are lots of
different models, including compact and silenced versions. The number one favorite SMG of police and special forces.
Damage 2, Range 2, Magazine 30, Weight 3 kg
- Ingram MAC 10 (9mm/.45 ACP):
A highly compact SMG which is seen far more often in movies
and TV shows than in real life. It has a ludicrously high rate of fire (around 1100 rounds per minute).
The weapon was designed from the ground up to take a silencer, and when one is attached the recoil
becomes more manageable.
Damage 2, Range 1, Magazine 32/30, Weight 2.8 kg (3.4 kg with the
- Model 61 Skorpion (.32 ACP): A small Czech SMG (also called a machine pistol) which is
popular among terrorists.
Damage 2, Range 1, Magazine 10/20, Weight 1.6 kg
- Uzi (9mm):
A famous Israeli SMG which is used almost everywhere in the world.
Damage 2, Range 2, Magazine 25/32, Weight 4 kg
- Franchi SPAS-12 (12 gauge):
An impressive-looking semi-automatic/pump-action shotgun. Arnold
carried one in The Terminator.
Damage 3, Range 1, Magazine 7 (internal), Weight 4.2 kg
- Remington 870 (12 gauge):
One of the most widely-used pump-action shotguns ever. More often than not this is what you find in a typical police squad car.
Damage 3, Range 1, Magazine 7 (internal), Weight 3.6 kg
- Striker (12 gauge): A unique revolver-type combat shotgun.
Damage 3, Range 1, Magazine 12 (revolver), Weight 4.2 kg
2.4. Assault Rifles
- AKM (7.62mmX39):
A Russian weapon which is the most widely manufactured military rifle of all
time. The current Russian service rifle is the AK-74, which fires a smaller 5.45mm round and incorporates a few improvements.
Damage 3, Range 3, Magazine 30, Weight 3.2 kg
- FN FAL (7.62mm):
One of the most widely-used military rifles around the world despite its age
(over 40 years old now). Its chief competitor, the Heckler & Koch G3, is for all game purposes
Damage 3, Range 3, Magazine 20, Weight 4.3 kg
- M16A2 (5.56mm): An improved version of the US service rifle. The older M16A1 is used
worldwide (by Chile, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Vietnam and oth
ers). It is interesting to note that British special forces used the M16 in the Falklands and in the Gulf War.
Damage 3, Range 3, Magazine 30, Weight 3.5 kg
- Steyr AUG (5.56mm):
A futuristic-looking and extremely reliable Austrian rifle. A 1.5X telescopic sight is an integral part of the weapon.
Damage 3, Range 3, Magazine 30, Weight 3.6 kg
2.5. Sniper Rifles
- Heckler & Koch PSG 1 (7.62mm):
A high-tech German sniper rifle. It is supplied with a 6X Heinsoldt telescopic sight.
Damage 3, Range 3, Magazine 5/20, Weight 7.5 kg
- Model 82A1 Barrett (.50 Browning):
The best-known of modern large-caliber rifles.
Damage 3, Range 4, Magazine 11, Weight 13.4 kg
- Steyr SSG (7.62mm):
A popular bolt-action sniper rifle from Austria. It is used by numerous police and security forces. The factory scope is the 6X Kahles ZF84.
Damage 3, Range 3, Magazine 5 (internal), Weight 4.6 kg
- SVD Dragunov (7.62mmX54R):
A simple, sturdy, self-loading sniper rifle from Russia. It comes with a 4X PSO-1 telescopic sight.
Damage 3, Range 3, Magazine 10, Weight 4.3 kg
2.6. Machine Guns
- M2HB (.50 Browning): The standard Western heavy machine gun for over 70 years and counting.
Damage 3, Range 4, Magazine 105 (belt), Weight 39.1 kg (72.6 kg when loaded and mounted on a M3 tripod)
- M60 (7.62mm):
A mediocre machine gun which is widely used nevertheless. The US Marine Corps
uses an improved version called M60E3, which is more reliable and over two kilograms lighter.
Damage 3, Range 3, Magazine 100 (belt), Weight 10.5 kg
- PK (7.62mmX54R):
A widespread Russian machine gun which is actually better designed than the M60.
Damage 3, Range 3, Magazine 100/200/250 (belt), Weight 9 kg
- RPD (7.62mmX39):
An obsolete light machine gun used by most Russian-supported countries and
movements, particularly in Africa and Central/Southern America.
Damage 3, Range 3, Magazine 100 (drum), Weight 7.1 kg
2.7. Heavy Weapons
- AT-4 ‘Spigot’ missile launcher (Russia): This man-portable anti-tank missile system can also be fitted to vehicles.
Damage 5, Range 4, Magazine 1, Weight 40 kg (launcher 30 kg, missile 10 kg)
- Kilgore/Schermuly grenade: This is a stun hand grenade which produces a blinding flash (1,000,000 candela) and a deafening bang (175 db). It incapacitates anyone within 10 meters for 1D6 combat rounds unless they succeed in a PL 4 Psyche task.
Damage 4 (see the description), Range 1 (thrown), Weight 0.2 kg
- L16 mortar (UK):
This 81mm mortar has been widely exported; even the US Army has adopted it. It is
usually operated by a three-man crew.
Damage 4 (area effect), Range 4, Magazine 1, Weight 37.8 kg (bombs weigh 4.2 kg each)
- M67 grenade (USA): This is the standard issue fragmentation hand grenade for US forces. Most hand grenades have identical game effects.
Damage 3 (area effect), Range 1 (thrown), Weight 0.4 kg
- M72 LAW rocket (USA): This is a disposable anti-tank rocket which is very widely used. It is not very
effective against tanks anymore, but APCs, bunkers and other targets remain fair game.
Damage 4, Range 3, Magazine 1 (disposable), Weight 2.1 kg
- M203 grenade launcher (USA):
This is a 40mm grenade launcher which is fitted underneath a M16 rifle (the later,
product-improved version can be fitted to other rifles and fired separately as well). Its operation is
similar to a pump-action shotgun.
Damage 2 (area effect), Range 3, Magazine 1, Weight 1.6 kg (launcher 1.4 kg, grenade 0.2 kg)
- RPG-7 rocket launcher (Russia/China):
This muzzle-loaded, shoulder-fired rocket launcher is used by dozens of
armies and irregular forces (including terrorists).
Damage 4, Range 3, Magazine 1, Weight 10.2 kg (launcher 8 kg, round 2.2 kg)
- TOW missile launcher (USA):
This highly successful anti-tank missile is usually mounted on a light vehicle or
helicopter due to its heavy weight.
Damage 5, Range 4, Magazine 1, Weight 121 kg (launcher 93 kg, missile 28 kg)
3.1. Ground Vehicles
- Leopard 1
main battle tank (Germany)
Speed 2 (65 kph), Protection 4, Weight 40 tons, Crew 4, Range 500 km
Armament: 105mm main gun (Damage 5, Range 4), two 7.62mm machine guns (Damage 3, Range
Description: Leopard 1 was the first major armored vehicle designed in West Germany after WWII. It is
horribly underarmored on a modern battlefield, but it is nevertheless a widely exported tank (users
include Germany, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands).
- M1 Abrams main battle tank (USA)
Speed 2 (72 kph), Protection 5, Weight 54.5 tons, Crew 4, Range 460 km
Armament: 120mm main gun (Damage 5, Range 4), .50 machine gun (Damage 3, Range 4), 7.62mm
machine gun (Damage 3, Range 3).
Description: The M1 series is the finest tank in service today. It is fast, well-armored and equipped with
a powerful main gun. Unfortunately it is also the most expensive.
- T-54/55 medium tank (Russia)
Speed 2 (50 kph), Protection 5, Weight 36 tons, Crew 4, Range 500 km
Armament: 100mm main gun (Damage 5, Range 4), 7.62mmX54R machine gun (Damage 3, Range
Description: More tanks of this type have been built than all NATO models put together. The design is
badly showing its age, but T-54/55s still soldier on in the service of nearly 50 armies. Even though its
game stats are almost identical to the M1, it is a vastly inferior machine and the GM should take this
- T-72 main battle tank (Russia)
Speed 2 (60 kph), Protection 5, Weight 41 tons, Crew 3, Range 480 km
Armament: 125mm main gun (Damage 5, Range 4), two 7.62mmX54R machine guns (Damage 3,
Description: The T-72 has been widely exported. Its armor is lighter than that of modern Western tanks.
- AMX-13 light tank (France)
Speed 2 (60 kph), Protection 4, Weight 15 tons, Crew 3, Range 350 km
Armament: 90mm main gun (Damage 4, Range 4), 7.5mm or 7.62mm machine gun (Damage 3, Range
Description: The AMX-13 entered production in 1952 and it was built until the late 1980s. It is still in
service with the armies of Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Indonesia, Lebanon, Morocco, Peru, Singapore
and Tunisia, among others.
- BRDM-2 scout car (Russia)
Speed 3 (100 kph), Protection 4, Weight 7 tons, Crew 2+4, Range 750 km
Armament: 14.5mm machine gun (Damage 3, Range 4), 7.62mmX54R machine gun (Damage 3, Range
Description: This amphibious (water speed is 10 kph) and highly mobile reconnaissance vehicle is used
by more than 50 armies around the world.
- Ferret scout car (UK)
Speed 3 (93 kph), Protection 4, Weight 4.2 tons, Crew 2, Range 300 km
Armament: 7.62mm machine gun (Damage 3, Range 3).
Description: The Ferret was introduced in the 1950s. Many of the 4,000 vehicles manufactured remain
in service, especially in Africa. The Ferret is too lightly armored and armed to enter serious combat.
- M109 self-propelled gun (USA)
Speed 2 (56 kph), Protection 4, Weight 25 tons, Crew 6, Range 350 km
Armament: 155mm gun (Damage 5, Range 5, area effect), .50 machine gun (Damage 3, Range 4).
Description: The M109 is one of the most commonly used self-propelled guns in the world, despite its
dating from the early 1960s.
- SO-122 (2S1) self-propelled gun (Russia)
Speed 2 (60 kph), Protection 4, Weight 16 tons, Crew 4, Range 500 km
Armament: 122mm gun (Damage 5, Range 5, area effect).
Description: This amphibious (water speed 4.5 kph) artillery piece is used by several former Soviet allies.
- ZSU-23-4 self-propelled AA gun (Russia)
Speed 1 (44 kph), Protection 4, Weight 20.5 tons, Crew 4
Armament: Four 23mm cannon (Damage 4, Range 4, Fire control: smart/radar-guided).
Description: The ZSU has a good combat record, even though the system is starting to show its age. The
radar in particular is rather primitive with its vacuum technology, and it can be jammed by Western
electronic counter-measures. The system has been widely exported.
- BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle (Russia)
Speed 2 (65 kph), Protection 4, Weight 14.6 tons, Crew 3+7, Range 500 km
Armament: 30mm cannon (Damage 4, Range 4), 7.62mmX54 machine gun (Damage 3, Range 3), one
AT-5 missile launcher (Damage 5, Range 4, Fire control: user-guided).
Description: The BMP-2 is fully amphibious and well armed. Its main drawback is the cramped troop
compartment: the accommodations are even worse than in other APCs.
- M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle (USA)
Speed 2 (66 kph), Protection 4, Weight 22.5 tons, Crew 3+7, Range 480 km
Armament: 25mm cannon (Damage 4, Range 4), 7.62mm machine gun (Damage 3, Range 3), two-tube
TOW launcher (Damage 5, Range 4, Fire control: user-guided) for which 7 missiles are carried.
Description: The M2 Bradley IFV entered service in 1982. It is much more capable than the M113,
though it is also much more expensive. The M2 can achieve a speed of 4.5 kph over water.
- M113 armored personnel carrier (USA)
Speed 2 (67 kph), Protection 4, Weight 11 tons, Crew 2+11, Range 483 km
Armament: .50 machine gun (Damage 3, Range 4).
Description: The M113 series is used by more than 50 armies. It is undergunned compared to more
- Land Rover 110 (UK)
Speed 3 (about 130 kph), Protection 3, Crew 1+10, Range 560 km
Cargo: 1100 kg if troops are not carried.
Description: This rugged and dependable cross-country vehicle is used all around the world.
- M998 HMMVW ‘Hummer’ utility vehicle (USA)
Speed 3 (104 kph), Protection 3, Weight 2.2 tons, Crew 1+3 (1+8 as a troop carrier), Range 580
Armament: A machine gun or an Mk 19 grenade launcher (Damage 3, Range 4) can be fitted.
Cargo: 1134 kg if troops are not carried.
Description: The successor of the famous Jeep. The basic design has been modified to serve various
purposes from battlefield ambulances to anti-tank missile carriers.
- Aérospatiale SA 342 Gazelle utility/combat helicopter (France)
Speed 4 (260 kph), Protection 3, Weight 2 tons (max. take-off), Crew 2+3, Range 710 km
Armament: Can be fitted with two 7.62mm machine guns (Damage 3, Range 3) or up to 6 HOT anti-
tank missiles (Damage 5, Range 4, Fire control: user-guided).
Description: This light helicopter is used by more than a dozen countries, including
Angola, Egypt, France, Iraq, Ireland, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, United Kingdom and Yugoslavia.
- Aérospatiale Super Puma transport helicopter (France)
Speed 4 (280 kph), Protection 3, Weight 9.3 tons (max. take-off), Crew 2+25, Range 635 km
Armament: None, although military versions can mount guns, rocket pods, torpedoes or naval
Cargo: 4500 kg if troops are not carried.
Description: This versatile transport is used around the world.
- Boeing Helicopters CH-47D Chinook transport helicopter (USA)
Speed 4 (291 kph), Protection 3, Weight 22.7 tons (max. take-off), Crew 2/3+44, Range 370 km
Cargo: 12.7 tons on a sling load if no troops are carried.
Description: This versatile twin-rotor transport built up a solid reputation in the Vietnam War. Entry
into the main cabin is via a rear ramp. Countries using the Chinook include Argentina, Australia,
Canada, Egypt, Iran, Italy, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom and the USA
- McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache attack helicopter (USA)
Speed 4 (294 kph), Protection 4, Weight 9.5 tons (max. take-off), Crew 2, Range 482 km
Armament: 30mm chain gun (Damage 4, Range 4, Fire control: smart/IHADSS; see below), 16 Hellfire
anti-tank missiles (Damage 5, Range 4, Fire control: laser-guided).
Description: The most sophisticated attack helicopter ever, the Apache can fly and fight in any weather,
day or night. Information from the helicopter’s sensors (which include a low-light TV, forward-looking
infra-red, telescope optics and laser rangefinder) is displayed on the monocle of the Integrated Helmet
and Display Sight System. This enables the pilots to point weapons at a target just by looking at it.
- Mil Mi-8 ‘Hip’ transport/fire support helicopter (Russia)
Speed 4 (260 kph), Protection 3, Weight 12 tons (max. take-off), Crew 2/3+32, Range 465 km
Armament: Can be fitted with up to six UV-32-57 rocket pods, which contain 32 57mm rockets
(Damage 4, Range 4, area effect) each. Can also carry 4-6 anti-tank missiles or machine guns.
Cargo: 4 tons internal or 3 tons slung if troops are not carried.
Description: Over 10,000 Mi-8 helicopters have been built since the early 1960s. One of the most
successful Soviet designs, its users include China, Egypt, India, Nicaragua and many former Warsaw
Pact countries and allies.
- Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ assault transport helicopter (Russia)
Speed 4 (300 kph), Protection 4, Weight 11 tons (max. take-off), Crew 2+8, Range 160 km
Armament: Four UV-32-57 rocket pods (Damage 4, Range 4, area effect), four AT-6 ‘Spiral’ anti-tank missiles
(Damage 5, Range 4, Fire control: user-guided), four-barreled 12.7mm machine gun (Damage 3, Range
Description: The Hind is mainly intended to support ground troops. It can carry a large amount of
weapons and even 8 soldiers, which makes it a rather large machine, however.
- General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon multirole fighter (USA)
Speed 5 (Mach 2), Protection 3, Weight 17 tons (max. take-off), Crew 1, Range 925 km
Armament: Typical air-to-air load includes two AIM-9 Sidewinders (Damage 5, Range 4, Fire control:
self-guided/infra-red), two AIM-7 Sparrows (Damage 5, Range 5, Fire control: self-guided/radar) and a
six-barreled 20mm Vulcan rotary cannon (Damage 4, Range 4).
Description: The highly maneuverable F-16 is in service with some 20 countries. The USAF mostly
uses it as a ground-attack and close support machine.
- Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transport aircraft (USA)
Speed 4 (602 kph), Protection 3, Weight 70,3 tons (max. take-off), Crew 4+92 (or 64 paratroops),
Range 3790 km
Armament: None, except for the AC-130H Spectres used by the USAF Special Operations Wing. Those
carry a 105mm howitzer, a 40mm cannon, two 20mm cannon and two 7.62mm Miniguns.
Cargo: 19.3 tons if troops are not carried.
Description: The incredible success story of the Hercules began in the 1950s and shows no signs of
slowing down. More than 50 nations fly this transport plane.
- Lockheed F-117A stealth fighter (USA)
Speed 5 (above Mach 1), Protection 3, Weight 23.8 tons (max. take-off), Crew 1, Range 2000 km
Armament: Internal weapons bay can take two 2000-lb bombs (Damage 5, area effect), Maverick air-to-ground
missiles (Damage 5, Range 5, Fire control: laser-guided) or HARM anti-radar missiles (Damage 5,
Range 5, Fire control: self-guided).
Description: Despite its fighter designation, the F-117 is purely an attack aircraft. Its sharply angled
airframe is coated with radar-absorbent material. These and other factors result in an unbelievably small
radar cross-section (the data is classified, but the plane is said to look like a medium-sized bird on the
radar screen). In game terms, the plane has a PL 5 stealth ability (this is used in PL contests against
enemy radars). The avionics suite is also state-of-the-art.
- Mikoyan MiG-23G ‘Flogger’ fighter (Russia)
Speed 5 (Mach 2.35), Protection 3, Weight 18.9 tons (max. take-off), Crew 1, Range 900-1300
Armament: One 23mm two-barreled cannon (Damage 4, Range 4), two AA-6 ‘Acrid’ (Damage 5,
Range 5, Fire control: self-guided/radar or infra-red) and four AA-8 ‘Aphid’ missiles (Damage 5,
Range 4, Fire control: self-guided/radar).
Description: This plane has been widely exported. There is a dedicated ground attack version as well; it
is known as MiG-27.
A number of books and other publications were used as source material. They include:
- The Directory of the World's Weapons (Blitz Editions 1996)
- Edge of the Sword Vol. 1: Compendium of Modern Firearms by Kevin Dockery (R. Talsorian Games Inc. 1991)
- Encyclopedia of Modern Military Aircraft by Michael Taylor (Bison Books 1993)
- Guns & Ammo 1995 Annual (Petersen Publishing 1994)
- Guns, Guns, Guns 3rd Edition by Greg Porter (BTRC 1991)
- Military Small Arms by Graham Smith (Salamander Books 1994)
- Modern American Fighters and Attack Aircraft by Mike Spick & Barry Wheeler (SMITHMARK Publishers 1992)
- Modern Tanks & Fighting Vehicles by David Miller (SMITHMARK Publishers 1992)
Each and every book is an essential addition to any home library. I would also like to thank all those people and organizations
who contributed images for this supplement without knowing it. If you happen to read this and object to the usage of your files,
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