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Say you have two things: a perfectly good hand, and a brilliant inventor for a grandfather. One day you stumble across a blueprint for an amazing-as-hell robot hand meant to replace an arm-stump. Wait, you have three things: the hand, the grandfather, and a saw.
— Blog post introducing the Gunslinger[1]

The Gunslinger is an unlockable melee weapon for the Engineer. It is a robotic prosthetic hand which replaces the Engineer's right hand.

The Gunslinger grants the Engineer an additional of 25 maximum health, raising his total health to 150, at the cost of disabling random critical hits with the weapon. However, the player is able to perform a three-part combo attack on enemies. Should the player score 3 melee hits with a maximum of 1 second[2] between punches, the third punch (a swift downward motion with a clenched fist) scores a guaranteed critical hit which is capable of casting the victim's ragdoll a considerable distance away. Any missed punch or waiting longer than 1 second resets the combo. However, as long as there is no miss and no pause in the attacks, whether all three punches hit the same target, two different targets, or three different targets, the third hit scores a guaranteed critical hit on whichever enemy player is hit.

​Even though this weapon does not deal random critical hits, the Gunslinger can be crit boosted by regular means; but being a body location, it does not glow when crit boosted. Similarly to the Fists, the fingers only show sparks to indicate the crit boost.

Using the Gunslinger replaces the Engineer's standard Sentry Gun with a Combat Mini-Sentry Gun. The Mini-Sentry builds, rotates, and fires much faster than the standard Sentry Gun; however, it cannot be upgraded, and each shot deals lower damage compared to that of a standard Level 1 Sentry Gun. The gibs from a destroyed Combat Mini-Sentry Gun do not grant the Engineer any metal when picked up.

Switching to a different melee weapon destroys the Combat Mini-Sentry Gun, if it is built. Similarly, switching to the Gunslinger from a different melee weapon will cause the original Sentry Gun to be destroyed, if built, regardless of upgrade progress.

Taunting with the Gunslinger equipped results in the Arm Blender kill taunt.

The Gunslinger is automatically given to any player who obtains 11 Engineer achievements.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Identical to: Wrench
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100% 65
Critical 195
Mini-crit 88
Damage repaired per hit 102
Upgrade amount per hit 25
Metal cost per repairing hit 1 + damage / 3
Metal cost for reloading ammo 1 / bullet
2 / rocket salvo
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.


Main article: Health
Class Health Overheal Quick-Fix Overheal
Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer 125 185 158
With the Gunslinger equipped 150 225 189



See also: Crafting


Class Token - Engineer Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Engineer.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Gunslinger.png Item icon Southern Hospitality.png Item icon Jag.png Item icon Eureka Effect.png

As a crafting ingredient

Reclaimed Metal Scrap Metal Gunslinger Short Circuit
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png + Item icon Gunslinger.png = Item icon Short Circuit.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

Engineer to Eternity
Engineer to Eternity
Kill an Engineer as he repairs his sentry gun while it's under enemy fire.

Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

Built to Last
Built to Last
Help a single building tank over 2000 damage without being destroyed.

Circle the Wagons
Circle the Wagons
Repair 50,000 damage to friendly buildings constructed by other players.

Doc, Stock, and Barrel
Doc, Stock, and Barrel
Repair a sentry gun under fire while being healed by a Medic.

Fistful of Sappers
Fistful of Sappers
Destroy 25 sappers on buildings built by other team members.

Get Along!
Get Along!
Manage to get to, and then remove, a sapper placed on your building while you were several meters away.
Land Grab
Land Grab
Help a teammate construct a building.

Quick Draw
Quick Draw
Kill a Spy and two sappers within 10 seconds.

Rio Grind
Rio Grind
Perform 50 repairs and/or reloads on a Sentry gun being Wrangled by another Engineer.

Silent Pardner
Silent Pardner
Upgrade 50 buildings built by other team members.

The Wrench Connection
The Wrench Connection
Kill a disguised spy with your Wrench.

Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

Midwife Crisis
Midwife Crisis
Heal an Engineer as he repairs his sentry gun while it's under enemy fire.

Update history

July 8, 2010 Patch (Engineer Update)
  • The Gunslinger was added to the game.

July 9, 2010 Patch

  • The Gunslinger 3 hit combo now only increments the combo count when hitting enemy players.

July 13, 2010 Patch

  • Fixed an exploit where Engineers could create level 3 mini-Sentry Guns.

February 3, 2011 Patch

  • Engineers who hit teammate Sentry Guns with their Wrench now get kill assists from that Sentry Gun.

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed Engineer's first-person arms using the wrong bodygroup when having a renamed Shotgun or Pistol equipped with the Gunslinger.
  • Fixed melee attacks not destroying remote detonation pipes (Stickybombs).

April 14, 2011 Patch (Hatless Update)

  • Changed attribute:
    • Replaced the no-crit attribute with -25% damage on the Gunslinger.

April 15, 2011 Patch

  • Changed attribute:
    • [Undocumented] Replaced the -25% damage attribute with no-crit.

August 18, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] This weapon was added to the crafting blueprint for the Short Circuit.

September 6, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a bug that would cause the Gunslinger to draw a normal Engineer hand first-person sometimes when wielding other weapons.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • Gunslinger given a unique swing line.
  • [Undocumented] Added Strange Quality.

January 11, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed some cases where strange wrenches would fail to correctly count kills.

October 9, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed the Gunslinger not accepting "Sappers Removed" strange parts.

July 10, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed a bug that caused mini-Sentry Guns to heal while being constructed.

September 3, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed the Gunslinger's taunt kill not counting towards taunt kills on a Strange Gunslinger.

November 12, 2013 Patch

January 9, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed Killstreak sheens for the Gunslinger.

June 11, 2014 Patch #1

  • [Undocumented] Dispensers Now only cost 70 metal to build.

June 11, 2014 Patch #2

  • Fixed being charged the incorrect amount of metal for a Dispenser when The Gunslinger is equipped.

March 12, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed an exploit related to the Gunslinger and hitting teammates to generate a guaranteed third hit that is critical.
  • Updated the description for the Gunslinger to include the three hit combo.

July 2, 2015 Patch #1 (Gun Mettle Update)

  • Updated description to better detail the weapon's features.
  • Changed attributes:
    • Mini Sentry Guns can now be repaired.
    • Mini Sentry Guns can now be Wrench construction boosted.
    • Mini Sentry base build speed decreased. Mini Sentry Guns that are Wrench boosted build slightly faster than previously.
    • Mini Sentry Guns start at 50% health on construction and gain health during construction instead of starting at 100%.
    • Metal gibs from destroyed Mini Sentry Guns no longer grant any metal.

October 20, 2017 Patch #1 (Jungle Inferno Update)

  • Fixed the Engineer being able to store the Gunslinger's melee crit for a future melee attack.

Unused content

  • The Engineer model has an attachment point named "exhaust" which is located where the exhaust port for the Gunslinger is. At one point, the Gunslinger may have have been planned to give off exhaust particles.


An Engineer holding both the Southern Hospitality and the Gunslinger at once.
The Gunslinger using Engineer's glove viewmodel.
  • Weapon switching glitches can occur with the Gunslinger and any Wrench, which creates a glitched client view model of the Gunslinger holding the selected Wrench at the same time (which should be impossible as they are both melee weapons, and thus could not be used together). It is also possible for the Gunslinger to appear as the Engineer's default glove.
  • The right-hand gib of the gibbed Gunslinger-wearing Engineer still shows his regular glove.
  • If an ÜberCharge is deployed on the Engineer using the Gunslinger, it shows a wrong skin position of the invulnerable Engineer.
  • If the player dies with the Gunslinger as the active weapon, they do not drop a weapon or ammo on death.
  • If connection to the item server is lost while equipped with the Gunslinger, the Engineer's right arm becomes invisible on all weapons.
  • Occasionally, the Gunslinger does not load in-game and the melee weapon slot goes missing. This glitch can be fixed by switching to a wrench of any kind.
  • If the player has the Short Circuit and the Gunslinger both equipped, the two items may sometimes glitch and show a distorted Engineer hand when first deployed.
  • The hit detection for counting consecutive hits is not lag compensated.[3]
  • If the player has a killstreak primary or secondary weapon equipped, the sheen on the weapon also shows up on the Gunslinger while the weapon is deployed.
  • After equipping the Gunslinger, if a player walks outside of spawn, equips a different Wrench, takes out a Mini-Sentry, does not place it, and goes to a resupply cabinet while still holding the Combat Mini-Sentry Gun, they switch to a new wrench, but have the ability to still place the Combat Mini-Sentry Gun.


  • The Gunslinger, along with the Frontier Justice, the Wrangler, and the Southern Hospitality, appears to have been designed by Radigan Conagher, the Engineer's grandfather. This is shown via a hidden link on the Engineer Update page.
  • The critical hit animation for the Gunslinger is a punch being swung downward. After playing the critical hit animation, and if left idle, the Gunslinger jerks and produces a mechanical twitching noise, before resuming the normal idle animation. This is only a visual effect.
  • The Gunslinger shares traits with the P.D.Q., an Engineer weapon from the closed beta. Both items share the ability to construct non-upgradable Sentry Guns in a shorter time span than normal. In contrast, the Gunslinger's 4x construction rate for the Mini-Sentry beats the P.D.Q.'s 1.5x construction rate for all buildings.
  • The term "gunslinger" is used to refer to a person, commonly in the American Old West, who was dangerous and skilled with a gun.
  • The concept of a robot arm item was added based on community feedback of the background blueprints in the Engineer Update teaser trailer.[4]
  • A promotional advertisement featured for Brütal Legend shows the Gunslinger second to the left.


See also