Ready or Not can be a challenging game, but there are plenty of features that you can use to your advantage. Having a decent pistol can save your life in a dire situation, and it is important to know which one to bring. Today, we will delve into the best pistol that you can use in your loadout and what to use alongside it. You are bound to be successful with this pistol loadout, especially when you run out of ammo with your primary weapon.
So, whether you want to run with your pistol as your primary weapon or you just want a reliable backup to your rifle, this article will cover everything you need to know to make your pistol build highly effective in Ready or Not.
Brief Overview of Pistols in Ready or Not
Most first-person shooter games tend to have weak pistols, but the ones you’ll find in Ready or Not are not to be taken lightly. Even 9mm handguns can take out a foe with just one hit if used correctly!
Of course, guns of this caliber won’t do much damage against armored opponents; however, that’s far from being their intended purpose. So even though they may seem small and unassuming at first glance, don’t let them fool you. Pistol loadouts pack plenty of punch in Ready or Not!
There are also a lot of pistols in Ready or Not that are chambered in other, more powerful calibers. These are usually best left for missions and maps that include armored opponents. Now, as previously mentioned, pistols pack a serious punch. You should not only use them after you have run out of ammo for your primary weapon, but also for clearing very tight corridors and rooms.
Sidearms, in general, are very useful. I think we’re all familiar with the saying that it’s better to swap to your secondary than it is to reload. That holds true in nearly every first-person shooter game. Yet, it’s even more true in Ready or Not.
Furthermore, pistols can also have attachments in Ready or Not. Although the list of attachments is not that big, every attachment has its clever uses. All of this combined makes true pistol loadouts in Ready or Not stand out on their own, giving you much more versatility in every mission. Searching for the ideal pistol to arm yourself with on each mission can be quite intimidating, but we are here to help make your choice simpler by showcasing the perfect pistol build in Ready or Not.
Top Pistol Loadout in Ready or Not
Not every playstyle or map will accommodate the use of pistols solely, which is why you should look into what suits you. Obviously, if you plan on only using your pistol, you’ll be at a disadvantage since it won’t have as much firepower as a primary assault rifle. With that being said, here is our pick for the best pistol in Ready or Not.
Primary Weapon for this Ready or Not Pistol Loadout
Although the primary weapon of this loadout won’t be used much, there are still options to consider for pistol raids or missions. Non-lethal weapons like the R7 Launcher or Beanbag would be your best bet when building a pistol loadout. Additionally, you could bring a lethal shotgun that should only be used in dire situations.
The R7 Launcher is widely known as the perfect weapon for pacifists. It launches small pepper bombs that cause irritation upon impact, and it softens up your enemies quite a bit. The same applies to the Beanbag shotgun, which launches heavy beanbags. The reason why we went for non-lethal weapons in this loadout is that you won’t be using them as much, and including them in your Ready or Not pistol loadout gives you more operational flexibility.
Pistol of Choice in this Ready or Not Loadout
We’ve talked a lot about this pistol in our previous best loadout guides. It is, by far, one of the best and most versatile handguns in the game, which says a lot considering how many handguns there are. This pistol is based on the real-life Five-Seven and even performs like its real-life counterpart: the 57 USG pistol.
The main things that make the 57 USG good are its big magazine size and good bullet penetration. The fact that you can use this pistol to compete against highly-armored opponents is astonishing. This is why people tend to gravitate toward the 57 USG for any real pistol loadout in Ready or Not – it has everything going for it. There aren’t many cons that you can find when analyzing it, which also plays into its general versatility as a handgun.
Best Pistol Attachments for this Ready or Not Loadout
The 57 USG pistol doesn’t have a lot of attachment options in Ready or Not. But, there are enough options to where you can build it to suit certain situations and playstyles. Here’s an attachment build that we’d recommend for the 57 USG:
- Optic: SRO Dot
- Muzzle: Tundra Suppressor (Optional)
- Underbarrel: Laser Pointer / Flashlight
We’re going with the SRO Dot optic for just general visibility. The Tundra suppressor in Ready or Not, although optional, will eliminate a lot of visual muzzle flash and recoil. It’s not a necessity by any means, but it’s better to have it on in case you’re going on a stealthy raid mission. Now, as for the under-barrel attachment, we’d recommend both the laser and flashlight. Once again, it largely depends on what type of mission you’re on.
Best Tactical Equipment
There is a lot of tactical equipment that you can utilize in Ready or Not. Yet, not all of them suit someone looking to exclusively use a pistol. The tactical equipment we have decided to go with for this pistol build is the ballistic shield.
Having already done a guide on the best ballistic shield loadout in Ready or Not, we know how important a pistol is when you’re using shields. The ballistic shield grants you partial immunity to ballistic damage, whilst also allowing you to fire your pistol. That is mostly why we went with the ballistic shield again. It’s the absolute best piece of equipment you can bring when using a pistol only.
Similar to our best shotgun loadout build, we went with heavy armor again. Although quite heavy, it’s a must-have when carrying shields and pistols only. Enemy AI is really trigger-happy in this game, especially if they hear you coming from the other room. They’re bound to hit you at least once per game, and having heavy armor can save you from an early loss.
As for the armor material, there’s no right answer here for every situation. Pick whatever you feel like you’d need depending on the mission. You can also refer to our in-depth armor and headgear guide for Ready or Not to learn more about your options.
Munitions & Deployables
Ammunition in Ready or Not will take you a long way. You have to manage it carefully though, as you can always run out of it prematurely if you don’t pay attention to how much you’ve spent. Furthermore, we’ve compiled a list of specifically how many slots you should dedicate to ammunition and deployable items for this loadout:
- Primary Ammunition: x2 Beanbag Shells (7x) or 2x Pepperball Magazines
- Secondary Ammunition: x5 AP Magazines
- Grenades: x2 Flashbang
- Deployables: x2 Door Wedge
If you are looking for an extra punch to your sidearm, it is possible to replace the beanbag shells with other supplementary ammo. This strategy serves as our general recommendation when it comes to munitions and deployable slots. When picking out which deployable items will work best, door wedges appear perfect in line with what we desire this build delivers.
Although if you’re feeling daring, then C2 explosives may be a suitable option too. However, let’s stick with two deployables just so there isn’t any additional confusion!
If you’ve followed our best-of-loadout guides for Ready or Not, you’ll see that we nearly always go for the NVGS when it comes to headwear. We still stand by the fact that it is the most useful piece of headwear. That is mainly because there isn’t any other headwear that comes close to its general usefulness.
All other headwear is highly situational, and you won’t really find yourself in situations that warrant the use of something like a gas mask or anti-flash goggles.
Final Thoughts on the Best Pistol Loadout in Ready or Not
Many first-person shooter games tend to miss the mark when it comes to pistols. They are usually not expanded upon, and one can rarely do well with them. We are glad that Ready or Not addressed this issue, giving us pistols that we can actually utilize.
Ready or Not seems to be growing at a rapid pace, and there are a lot of newer players entering the fray. If you’ve picked it up recently, then we’d recommend checking out our guide on how to finish a mission in Ready or Not.
For our more veteran readers, we suggest you look into the best Ready or Not mods to mix up the game or our list of the greatest tactical FPS games like Ready or Not to find other terrific options worth playing!
Additional Frequently Asked Questions about Pistols in Ready or Not
Pistols in Ready or Not are equipped prior to embarking on a mission. You can change up your build by going into the Locker Room area of the Headquarters map. From there, you can choose your weapons, including your sidearm.
Pistols can be a lot of fun. They offer an additional level of challenge as they are less powerful than most other primary weapons in the game. That being said, they also tend to have much less recoil.
Therefore, players looking for a challenge that eases with skill development will be right at home when playing with a full pistol build in Ready or Not.
Yes. There are several ready-to-equip pistol attachments that can be found in the Locker Room during pre-match setup. You can find attachments, such as extended barrels and compensators, which can help increase accuracy. Additionally, scopes and laser sights can also be added to pistols for improved target acquisition and aiming.
Yes. Although pistols are powerful and can be used to great effect, they tend to lack the range of more robust weapons like assault rifles or SMGs. Additionally, pistol damage is usually less than their counterparts, making it difficult for players to take down armored enemy targets in one hit.
That being said, with enough skill and practice, having a pistol loadout in Ready or Not can be just as effective as one with more powerful weapons. You will need to put in more practice to develop improved aim for weak points and lightning-fast reaction times. Good luck!
Currently, Ready or Not’s controller support is not official. The game’s developers (Void Interactive) have said that they intend to fully support popular controllers. However, until then, you can use some unofficial methods (such as going through Steam’s controller support; details in the linked guide).
Aiming with controllers is slightly harder than with a mouse and isn’t recommended for competitive gameplay. Yet because Ready or Not is still only cooperative, there should be not large loss to using a controller with your pistol loadout in Ready or Not.