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This article is about the secondary weapon in PAYDAY 2. For the akimbo version, see Akimbo Parabellum.
Parabellum

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High powered but low capacity

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High powered but low capacity

Gameplay
Unlock Level
Inventory Slot Secondary
Weapon Type Pistol
Firing Mode(s) Semi-automatic SemiIcon.png
Cost $557,000
Statistics
Magazine 8
Total Ammo 56
Rate of Fire 400
Damage 180
Accuracy 76
Stability 24
Concealment 29
Threat 9
Extra Weapon Statistics
Reload Time Tactical Empty
Base time 1.33s 2.1s
Desperado 0.89s 1.4s
Ammo Pickup Rate Min Max
Base pickup 1.4 1.96
Walk-in Closet 1.89 2.65
Fully Loaded Aced 2.45 3.43
Damage Per Mag Total
Damage total 1,440 10,080
Damage/second 1,200 505.26
Damage Falloff Range Damage
Mid Range 0m-17m 180
Long Range 18+m 144
Bullet Spread Standing Crouching
Sights 1.15 0.46
Sights + moving 1.15 1.15
Hipfire 1.44 0.58
Hipfire + moving 1.44 1.44
Recoil Min Max
Recoil vertical 2.88 4.32
Recoil horizontal -1.20 1.20
Other
Internal name breech
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The Parabellum pistol is a secondary weapon available in PAYDAY 2.

The Parabellum is unlocked after completing the Knife Legislation side job.

Overview[]

The Parabellum is an incredibly powerful pistol, with damage on par with the Castigo .44, Peacemaker .45 and Matever .357. It is also highly accurate and possesses stellar Concealment.

After thorough comparison, the Parabellum is objectively a superior alternative to the revolver family of pistols, with similar accuracy and damage, much quicker reloads, and more shots per reload (which, unlike the revolvers, can be further increased with Gun Nut basic). The Bronco .44 can reach 1 point higher Concealment, however, at the cost of Accuracy and Stability.

It has its drawbacks, however, in the form of its complete inability to use gadgets and barrel extensions, meaning it is a poor stealth weapon despite its nigh-perfect Concealment. It also has exceedingly tiny iron sights, which can be a hassle to use against distant targets or in the dark. this issue becomes even worse while firing, since the breech mechanism actively blocks the iron sights. All this can be remedied with an optic attachment, however.

Summary[]

Pros:

  • Very high stopping power
  • Good base accuracy that can easily reach 100 with mods and skills
  • High base concealment that can be upped to 32
  • Fast reload
  • Decent ammo pickup for its high damage

Cons:

  • Low stability
  • Limited mod options
  • Small magazine capacity
  • Nearly unusable iron sights
  • Cannot be silenced

Available modifications[]

Reinforced Barrel

WWII Weapon Pack
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Reinforced Barrel (Parabellum).png
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy +8 Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Short Barrel

WWII Weapon Pack
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Short Barrel (Parabellum).png
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy -8 Stability -
Concealment +2 Threat -
Cost: $9,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Concealment

Base game
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment +1 Threat -
Cost: $9,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Stability

Base game
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Accuracy

Base game
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy +4 Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Team Boost

Base game
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Special Effect(s): +3% Experience & money reward for you and your crew.

Engraved Grip

WWII Weapon Pack
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Engraved Grip (Parabellum).png
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Pistol Red Dot Sight

Gage Mod Courier
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy +4 Stability -
Concealment -1 Threat -
Free
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SKOLD Micro Reflex Sight

Cartel Optics Mod Pack
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy +4 Stability -
Concealment -1 Threat -
Cost: $44,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Riktpunkt Holosight

Cartel Optics Mod Pack
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy +4 Stability -
Concealment -1 Threat -
Cost: $44,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Skins[]

  • "Little Georg" is a reference to Georg Luger, the designer of the Luger pistol that the Parabellum was modeled after.

Trivia[]

  • The Parabellum is based on the Luger P08 pistol, with its in-game name being derived from either the P08's alternate name (Pistole Parabellum), the name of the ammo type it fires (9x19mm Parabellum), or the Latin quote after which the 9x19mm cartridge was named ("Si vis pacem, para bellum" lit. "If you seek peace, prepare for war"). Incidentally, the Latin quote was also used as the motto of DWM, the manufacturer of the Luger in real life.
    • This also means the Parabellum is one of the few weapons in game to use a real life designation.
    • It appears as 'Luger' on the WW2 Safe announcement site.
  • The Parabellum's damage is unrealistically high for a 9x19mm pistol, as it is on par with a .44 Magnum revolver, which is far more powerful in real life.
  • The Parabellum is the first pistol to be used entirely one handed and the second to be used with a technique other than the Weaver Stance, the first being the Peacemaker .45.
  • The Parabellum is the only non-revolver pistol that cannot be silenced, nor can it have any barrel extension attached in general.
  • The Parabellum, along with the MP40 and Galant, are the joint second weapons to require a side job to be completed before they are usable, the first being the Arbiter.

Gallery[]

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