The James Bond: 007 Role Playing Game was written back in the early 1980s, and while it remains an excellent engine for espionage roleplaying, some of the mechanics are getting a bit like Roger Moore in A View to a Kill — a bit too long in the tooth.

One thing I’ve noted is that the firearms damage ratings, much like the structure points for electronic do-dads and performance modifiers for modern vehicles, do not take into account well the serious improvements in technology. I thought I would address the first in this post.

There’s one way to correct for this: hit the interwebz and find out what the ammunition the character is using has for muzzle energy. For instance, most modern 9mm is going to be running in the 330-360 ft/lbs. range. Using the Q Manual as a guide, you’ll see that most 9mm firearms of service weapon size (4″ to 5″ barrels) should be throwing lead with a DC of G. The Walther PPK in either .32 or .380 would have an E. Both 10mm and .40S&W run in the H range, etc… +P and other hot loads push this even further, but should lower the S/R by at least one due to recoil, and depending on the weapon, might increase the JAM rating, as the weapon takes a heavier beating than was intended.

For instance, running .32 +P through a Kel-Tec P32 is pretty inadvisable. It might do alright for the occasional firefight, but a steady diet with kill the weapon pretty fast. You might kick the JAM from a 98+ to a 97+ and add a GM Information tag that the weapons suffers a malfunction on 99 and 100, instead of just 100. Another good rule of thumb is that if the pistol has longer than a 3″ barrel, bump the DC up one. This holds pretty true for rifles, as well.

Now if game balance is your thing, you might find a close analogue to a weapon being used in the Q Manual or Black Campbell’s own Q2 Manual (and yeah, you’ll find it pirated on other sites…it’s my work) and riff on that. I’m planning a new gear manual in the future that addresses some of the changes the world has wrought on this venerable game system.


My new acquisition made me check the blog to see if I had covered this before, a lo! I had not. So without further ado…

Walther PPQ 9mm


Introduced in 2011 as a follow on to the P99, the new PolizeiPistole Quick Defence, or Police Pistol, Quick in English is a 9mm striker-fired semiautomatic pistol with a 15 round capacity. Unlike the P99, there is no “single action” mode, rather the pistol functions similarly to most striker fired pistols. The trigger safety is modeled on the Glock, with a small trigger lock that is depressed when the trigger is pulled, but which should not catch on clothing and cause an accidental discharge. This trigger is exceptional for a striker pistol — the weight is about four pounds, with an incredibly short reset that makes it is very fast to string follow up shots. The polymer frame is topped by a heavy slide which mitigates much of the felt recoil, and the grips have palm swells with slight finger grooving to improve handling. The backstrap is interchangeable with three different sizes to adjust for the shooter’s hand size. The magazine release was originally a German styled paddle on the trigger guard (now the M1 version), and a later M2 release swapped this for the American-style magazine release…because learning a very easy manual arms was too hard. Extended ambidextrous slide releases and large gripping grooves on the slide make this easy to use with gloves and along with the paddle-style magazine release make it easy to use with either hand.

The accuracy of the pistol, out of the box, is hard to beat, and the speed and ease of follow up fire makes this an excellent combat handgun. The grip shape and thin width of the weapon make it easy to conceal. Magazines with longer buttplates allow for a 17 round capacity.

PM: +1   S/R: 3   AMMO: 15   DC: F    CLOS: 0-3   LONG: 8-18   CON: +1   JAM: 99+   RL: 1   COST: $550

GM Information: With the extended magazines, the AMMO is 17 and CON: 0.

In .40S&W the PPQ stats are as follows:

PM: 0   S/R: 2   AMMO: 12   DC: G   CLOS: 0-3   LONG 8-19   CON: +1   JAM: 99+   RL: 1


Hudson manufacturing in Temple, Texas wanted to combine the best features of the old 1911, striker fired pistols, and create a firearm with a very low bore axis to aid in mitigating recoil and muzzle flip. they succeeded with the H9, a 15 round 9mm semi-automatic with a crisp, straight-pull trigger, excellent grip angle, and a unique locking system that helped get the recoil impulse channeled into the shooter’s hand. The result is a highly accurate pistol capable of quick follow-up shots. The weight of the pistol is on par with a 1911 or CZ-75 steel service firearm, but it does have a larger front end. The Hudson features an accessory rail for tactical light or laser on the underside of the recoil spring chamber, and it uses the easy to find S&W 5906 magazines.

Hudson_1.jpgPM: +2   S/R: 3   AMMO: 15   DC: F   CLOS: 0-4   LONG: 12-18   CON: +1   JAM: 99   DRAW: -1 COST: $1200

Note: Aaaaaand like all good things, this too shall pass. Hudson has declared bankruptcy, which is a damned shame, because I got to shoot one of these and it was fantastic. Keep an eye peeled; the prices will plummet, then tick up hard in a few years as they become a collector’s item, like the Bren Ten.

I previously posted on the SIG_Sauer P320, the handgun platform that the new M17 Modular Handgun System is based on, but with the official acceptance of the M17 by all of the US services as the replacement to the M9, I figured I’d give it another showing…

The new M17 MHS is based on the P320 family of handgun and features interchangeable grip modules and panels, has suppressor support with a threaded barrel, interchangeable slide lengths, and an integral optics mounting plate and a rail system. Instead of the double/single action hammer-fired mechanism of the M9 pistol, the M17 uses a much simpler striker-fired design pioneered by the Glock.


M17 Modular Handgun System 9mm — PM: +1   S/R: 3   AMMO: 17   DC: F   CLOS: 0-6   LONG: 12-18   CON: +1   JAM: 98+   DRAW: 0   RL: 1   COST: $700

Here’s a little something from the way-back machine for those of you who set your campaign in the classic era of the early Cold War. The Maserati A6 was a fantastic example of Italian grand touring cars from the 1950s, and was a popular platform for taking a car and having custom coachwork made for it. The most popular variant for this was the A6G two-seater coupe, which had bodies from Zagato, Pininfarina, Pietro Frua, and Ghia, to name a few.

Made from 1949 to 1956, it featured a 1.5 liter, and later a 2 liter inline-six cylinder motor that turned out between 80 and 100hp, depending on the model year. The 2L version was used in the A6GCS and produced 170hp that, through a 4-speed manual transmission, had a top speed of about 130mph.1024px-Maserati_A6G_2000_Zagato_white_vl_TCE.jpg1953 Maserati A6GCS

The car above is a prime example of a Zagato-bodied A6GCS with the larger motor.

PM: +1   RED: 5   CRUS: 60   MAX: 130   RNG: 200   FCE: 2   STR: 5   COST: (new) $2,050; (in 2017) ~$2.3 million


Wilson Combat has long been associated with producing high-quality combat and competition 1911-style pistols. The new XDC X9 was specifically created for concealed carry, and is an excellent choice for law enforcement and other agencies requiring concealability, the accuracy of the 1911 platform, and the high capacity of modern firearms.


The XDC is essentially a double stack 9mm 1911 using a widened aluminum frame. The pistol has a 4″ cone barrel with fluting in the ejection port area and a 4″ long extractor to ensure function. Loaded with 15 rounds of 9mm, it comes in at just over two pounds, a full pound lighter than it’s closest rival, the Rock Island and Para-Ordinance 2011A1 style handgun (but they pack another two rounds…) Light, small, and highly accurate, this is a great choice for those who want the ergonomics of the 1911.

PM: +1   S/R: 3   AMMO: 15   DC: F   CLOS: 0-7   LONG: 10-18   CON: -2   JAM: 99+   DR: 0   RL: 1   COST: $3000

GM Information: Magazines on this pistol are proprietary and rare. If the agent were to lose one, it would require a 50XP to have them replaced, and it would still take 24-48 hours.

On 19 January, it was announced the US military would be switching from the venerable M9 pistol (or for the civilians out there, the Beretta 92) to the SIG-Sauer P320. The P320 is based on the same concept the rather execrable P250 was — it is a completely modular design: the pistol has not just the usual Picatinny rail for a light or laser, it also has interchangeable backstraps found on many polymer-framed guns, it has a reversible magazine catch, it has kits which allow interchangeable barrel/magazines to allow a caliber swap from 9mm, to .357 SIG, .380 to .40 or .45, much like the Tanfoglio Witness. The length of the barrel/slide can be swapped out, as can the grip section from full size, to “carry”, to compact and subcompact sizes. The trigger assembly for this striker fired gun can be swapped out.


The Modular Handgun System — the military version — features an ambidextrous safety, as well as the ambidextrous slide stop (making this one of the first SIGs a lefty can use easily.) The P320 has comparable accuracy and recoil to its metal-framed cousin, the P226.

SIG-Sauer P320 9mm (MHS variant) — PM: +1   S/R: 2   AMMO: 17   DC: F   CLOS: 0-6   LONG: 12-18   CON: +1   JAM: 98+   DRAW: 0   RL: 1   COST: $700