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L'Etranger publicity blurb

The L'Etranger, pronounced /le.tʁɑ̃.ʒe/, is a community-created secondary weapon for the Spy. It is a stylish, narrow-barreled revolver with an ivory handle design.

This weapon deals 20% less damage than the default Revolver, making it less suitable for direct combat. However, a successful hit will fill the Spy's cloak meter by 15%, regardless of which cloaking device is equipped. Equipping this weapon also extends the maximum duration of the Spy's cloak by 40%. Players can therefore use the gun to charge their cloak, and then use the added cloak duration to perform an escape or traverse a guarded area. This is especially useful when there are no ammo supplies nearby.

The kill icon for the L'Etranger was contributed by Psyke.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Shot type Hitscan
Damage type Bullet
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Maximum ramp-up 150% 48
Base damage 100% 32
Maximum fall-off 50% 16
Point blank 44-48
Medium range 28-36
Long range 15-18
Critical 96
Mini-crit 43-65
Function times
Attack interval 0.58 s
Reload 1.16 s
Spread recovery 1.25 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.
A graph detailing the drain rates of different Spy watches with and without the L'Etranger

Item set

The Saharan Spy
Backpack The Saharan Spy Bundle.png

Extra effects when taunting.



See also: Crafting


Dead Ringer Reclaimed Metal L'Etranger
Item icon Dead Ringer.png + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon L'Etranger.png
Class Token - Spy Slot Token - Secondary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Spy.png + Item icon Slot Token - Secondary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Ambassador.png Item icon L'Etranger.png Item icon Enforcer.png Item icon Diamondback.png

As a crafting ingredient

Refined Metal Saharan Spy weapon Familiar Fez
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon L'Etranger.pngItem icon Your Eternal Reward.png = Item icon Familiar Fez.png
Reclaimed Metal Scrap Metal L'Etranger Enforcer
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png + Item icon L'Etranger.png = Item icon Enforcer.png
Reclaimed Metal Conniver's Kunai L'Etranger Big Earner
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Conniver's Kunai.png + Item icon L'Etranger.png = Item icon Big Earner.png
Reclaimed Metal L'Etranger Widowmaker
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.pngx2 + Item icon L'Etranger.png = Item icon Widowmaker.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class spy.png Spy

A Cut Above
A Cut Above
Kill a gun-wielding Spy with your knife.

Update history

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)
  • The L'Etranger was added to the game.

October 8, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The L'Etranger was added to the crafting blueprint for the Familiar Fez.

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed players getting set bonuses applied on tournament servers when the server is restricting the player's weapons using the item_whitelist.
  • [Undocumented] Fixed players getting set bonuses applied on Medieval maps for items that are not allowed in medieval mode.

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

  • [Undocumented] The L'Etranger was added to the crafting blueprint for the Enforcer and the Big Earner.

July 22, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The damage bonus attribute was changed from "-20% damage done" to "-20% damage penalty".

August 18, 2011 Patch (Manno-Technology Bundle)

  • [Undocumented] The L'Etranger was added to the crafting blueprint for the Widowmaker.

October 25, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange Quality.

July 10, 2013 Patch

  • Changed attribute:
    • Added 40% increased Cloak duration.


  • Like all of the Spy's secondary weapons except the Revolver and the Enforcer, the Spy does not actually put any bullets into the cylinder while reloading.


  • L'Etranger is the French title of an existentialist novel, written by Albert Camus, in which an emotionally-detached French Algerian murders an Arab with a handgun.
    • The main character of the book is widely considered a sociopath due to his cold nature, similar to the Spy's cold and murderous actions.
  • L'Etranger is French for "The Stranger", "The Outsider", "The Foreigner" or "Abroad", tying in with the Spy's mysterious nature and his origins in France.
  • The weapon is modeled after the Nagant M1895 revolver. However the L'Etranger, like the Revolver and Ambassador, reloads with a speedloader and flip-out cylinder, whereas the actual Nagant uses an Abadie gate and hand ejector to load one cartridge at a time. Also, the Nagant has a 7-round cylinder, as opposed to the L'Etranger's cylinder holding 6, like the Spy's other revolvers. In addition, the Nagant M1895 features an unusual feature known as a Gas-Seal feature, which is used to close the gap between cylinder and barrel, increasing the muzzle-velocity and giving the Revolver the capability to be silenced. However the L'Etranger isn't silenced and can be heard normally like any other gun.
  • The weapon's name is technically misspelled, and should start with an accented É instead of an E.


See also