Iron Curtain

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For the achievement of a similar name, see Heavy achievements.
The Heavy has spared no expense in crafting this historic tribute to the mother land. Forged from Soviet iron and inlaid with the remaindered mahogany from Alexander II's favorite chair, each kill is not only for "pride of team," but for the Republic.
Iron Curtain publicity blurb

The Iron Curtain is a promotional primary weapon for the Heavy. It is a minigun made out of wood and metal, with identifiable features such as a hammer and sickle emblem visible on the ammo casing and a smoking vent on the side. It was supposedly crafted by the Heavy himself.

This weapon functions identically to the Minigun.

This item is awarded to players of Poker Night at the Inventory for defeating the Heavy during a round in which he has bought in with the item instead of cash. As of May 23, 2019, the game has been removed from sale. However, owners of that game may still obtain its promotional items.

The kill icon for the Iron Curtain was contributed by Psyke .

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Identical to: Minigun
Damage and function times
Shot type Hitscan
Damage type Bullet
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Maximum ramp-up 150% 13.5 / bullet
Base damage 100% 9 / bullet
Maximum fall-off 52.8% 4.752 / bullet
Point blank 50-54 / 1 ammo
475-513 / second
Medium range 5-30 / 1 ammo
48-285 / second
Long range 5-10 / 1 ammo
48-95 / second
Pellet spread 25:1
Critical 27 / bullet
Mini-crit 12-18 / bullet
Function times
Attack interval 0.105
Wind-up time 0.87 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.


Related achievements

Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy

Heavy Industry
Heavy Industry
Fire $200,000 worth of minigun rounds in a single life.

Kill 10 enemies in mid-air with the minigun.
Permanent Revolution
Permanent Revolution
Kill 5 enemies without spinning down your gun.

Kill an enemy with your shotgun while you're out of minigun ammo.

Poker Night Icon.png Poker Night at the Inventory

Special Item: The Heavy
Special Item: The Heavy
Knock out The Heavy after he's bought in with his special item.

The Great Steam Treasure Hunt

Up the Ante
Up the Ante
Unlock The Iron Curtain in Poker Night at the Inventory.

Update history

November 19, 2010 Patch

December 7, 2010 Patch

  • Fixed a bug that enabled players to weapon switch away from the Iron Curtain during spin down.

January 7, 2011 Patch

  • The Iron Curtain was given a unique kill icon.
  • [Undocumented] The spin-up and spin-down animations of the Heavy's miniguns were changed.

January 19, 2011 Patch

  • Updated model with optimizations and LODs.
  • [Undocumented] The textures of the Iron Curtain were updated.

June 3, 2011 Patch

  • Added community contributed response rules to the Iron Curtain.

February 7, 2014 Patch

June 18, 2014 Patch (Love & War Update)

  • All mini-guns now have damage and accuracy ramp up after they start firing. Full accuracy and damage is reached 1 second after firing.

July 8, 2014 Patch

  • Minigun: Winding up via secondary attack now counts toward reducing the one-second accuracy penalty.

February 11, 2015 Patch #1

  • Fixed not being able to switch away from the Minigun while spinning down.

July 2, 2015 Patch (Gun Mettle Update)

  • Minigun damage penalty on Level 2 and Level 3 Sentry Guns slightly decreased. Level 2 Sentry resistance changed from 20% to 15% and Level 3 changed from 33% to 20%.
  • [Undocumented] Made the Iron Curtain obtainable by crafting.

July 3, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed being able to obtain the Iron Curtain by crafting.

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

  • The 1-second damage and accuracy penalty now applies to the first second of spun-up time, whether or not the Heavy is firing. Previously, the 1-second damage penalty would only be removed after 1 second of firing.
  • Accuracy and damage penalties now reset when the Heavy spins down, rather than when the Heavy stops firing. This means if you stay spun-up beyond one second, and fire in bursts, damage and accuracy will remain at 100%.


  • The muzzle flash coming from the end of the Iron Curtain is further out than the actual barrel.
  • If a player's internet connection is lost then regained while the Iron Curtain is being wound up, the sound of the Iron Curtain being wound up is heard, but the barrel does not spin up.
    • This can easily be corrected by winding up the Iron Curtain again.
  • Immediately revving after taunting causes the barrel to not spin. This can be fixed by firing the gun.
  • When holding the primary fire button during a taunt, the Iron Curtain's muzzle flash turns invisible.


  • The item's name is a reference to a quote from the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in which he said the "Iron Curtain" would divide the Soviet Union's territory from the Western Democracies.
  • In Poker Night at The Inventory, the Heavy refers to this gun as Sasha (as opposed to the default Minigun) when buying in with it, saying; "I have no choice but to buy in with Sasha, so I can keep honor."
  • In the official blog post it is stated that Iron Curtain is Heavy's first Minigun and also his first love.


See also

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