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Big Ben
SCOP desert Eagle
General Characteristics
In-game code

wpn_eagle_m1

Type

Pistol

Feeding and cartridge
Weight

1.7 kg (empty)

Statistics
Shadow of Chernobyl
  • Accuracy: 80
  • Handling: 70
  • Damage: 67
  • Rate of Fire: 200 RPM
Clear Sky
  • Accuracy: High
  • Handling: Great
  • Damage: >55%
  • Rate of Fire: 200 RPM
[Source]
A gun that is already powerful, reworked to fit rifle bullets. Truly a killing machine for close-range combat.
- In-game description

The Big Ben is a unique weapon featured only in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. It was also cut from S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky.

Shadow of ChernobylEdit

DescriptionEdit

This modified Black Kite is modified to fire the 9x39mm rifle rounds, resulting in higher damage and higher armor penetration than any other pistol. Aside from the more effective caliber, the Big Ben receives a large increase in damage, from overall 55 per shot to 67 per shot.

Easily the most powerful pistol of the game, its stock damage matches that of the Vintar BC sniper rifle. This makes the weapon very valuable as a sidearm as its stopping power is quickly capable of taking down enemies thanks to high bullet penetration and damage. Like a regular Black Kite, it has heavy recoil and a quite low fire rate, although this is balanced by the fairly high damage per shot.

LocationEdit

This weapon is located in the underground tunnel in the Wild Territory, in a sealed box near Gordon Freeman's corpse in the vicinity of Hunter's Family Rifle. It is sealed along with a couple of 9x39mm SP-6 boxes. It is always found in perfect condition, making it a very valuable item for further adventures.

Clear SkyEdit

Doc "It is just an illusion, manufactured in a lab next to the sarcophagus..."
The subject matter of this article was cut from the final version of a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game.
A true Goliath among pistols. Its already lengthy barrel is additionally extended with a special permanent attachment. Provides outstanding stopping power and uses .45-caliber ammo.
- In-game description

The Big Ben was scheduled to make a return in Clear Sky, but did not make it to the final version. Name (st_wpn_eagle_m1) and description (st_wpn_eagle_m1_descr) still exist in the st_items_weapons.xml file, however. Unlike in Shadow of Chernobyl, it still fires .45 ACP rounds, albeit with a better stopping power.

TriviaEdit

  • The name is a possible reference to Valve's Gabe Newell, specifically his famous email "gaben@valvesoftware.com" and his corpulent weight. Given the weapon's proximity with "Gordon Freeman", who is another reference to Half-Life, the reference is very likely.
  • In the unpatched or unmodded (original) version of the game, if the player puts the Big Ben into some corpse, (Freeman as an example, since he is the closest one and he will not disappear) instead of 9x39mm PAB-9 assault rounds which the pistol uses, for some reason the 7,62x54mm 7N1 sniper rounds will be spawned instead every time the player visits the map (Wild Territory, in this case), ironically making the Big Ben an average supply for sniper rifles (just do not put it into corpse that will disappear after some time), since their ammo cannot be found or bought almost anywhere else until the game is patched, except for few rare stashes which also contain a small amount of it. The spawning of sniper ammo is either a bug, or it is most probably due to the fact that the pistol was firstly intended to use the 7,62x54mm round, but later it was obviously decided that it will use 9x39mm instead. Of course, that will also cause the Big Ben (which is in excellent condition by default) to become randomly worn like any other weapon in a corpse, but if the player does that, it would logically mean that they do not want to use the pistol, but to make themselves a sniper ammo supply of it, so its randomly shattered condition should not be a problem in this case.

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