In Hunt: Showdown, there are quite a few options you can choose from as your sidearms, such as shotguns, rifles, pistols, or different melee weapons. However, dual-wielding allows you to hold two pistols instead of one, increasing your ammo capacity and firepower.
To dual wield in Hunt: Showdown, the player has to combine a pair of pistols by equipping two of them. Dual wielding is available from Rank 1 at any prestige and does not require the use of any Traits.
During a game, dual-wielded pistols can not be broken up, so you’re stuck with them until extraction. When equipping the second weapon for dual wield, the slot will change to medium size. If you want to use a regular large slot rifle/shotgun combined with a pair of pistols, you need to unlock the Quartermaster Trait for your Hunter.
Quartermaster allows you to equip a medium slot weapon in addition to a large slot weapon.
Pros and cons of dual-wielding in Hunt Showdown:
Like many other mechanics or strategies in Hunt, Akimbo (aka dual-wielding) has some advantages and disadvantages. Significant advantages would be an increased bullet capacity, which is handy for long-ammo weapons such as the Mosin-Nagant or Sparks LRR.
However, dual-wielding also has disadvantages that you definitely should know about. First of all, you can’t use Fanning or Bulletgrubber with dual wield. Also, you can’t aim down sight anymore, but you can aim a little bit to increase the accuracy of your shots.
Remember that reloading a pair of pistols takes longer than usual. If you run a pair, I highly recommend the use of the Ambidextrous Trait for faster reloads.
Note: Your shots become even more accurate while being stationary or while crouching.
|Increased ammo capacity||Unable to use Bulletgrubber|
|Slightly enhanced rate of fire||Unable to aim down sight|
|More firepower compared to small shotguns||Decreased accuracy|
|Unable to use Fanning|
|Slow reloading speed (can be increased with the Ambidextrous Trait)|
Which weapons can be dual-wielded?
There are many sidearms that have the potential for dual wield. However, not every pistol performs as well as the others, like the Uppercut or Dolch 96. The Uppercut definitely packs a punch while dual-wielding but shines more as a long-range sidearm.
Here is a list of all available handguns that can be used for dual-wielding:
- Pair of Nagant M1895
- Pair of Nagant M1895 Silencer
- Pair of Caldwell Conversion Pistol
- Pair of Caldwell Conversion Chain Pistol
- Pair of Caldwell Conversion Uppercut
- Pair of Caldwell Pax
- Pair of Caldwell Pax Claw
- Pair of Bornheim No.3
- Pair of Bornheim No.3 Extended
- Pair of Nagant M1895 Officer
- Pair of Nagant M1895 Officer Brawler
- Pair of Lemat Mark II
- Pair of Dolch 96
Compared to all options, the Caldwell Pax, Caldwell Conversion, and the Nagant M1895 are the most popular ones for dual wield. The Pax and Conversion count to the most accurate ones. Check out this post for a list of the best weapons in Hunt: Showdown.