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This article is about the Spy's stock secondary weapon. For other revolvers, see Revolver (disambiguation).
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The Revolver is the default secondary weapon for the Spy. It is a double-action, six-shot revolver with ivory grips and a swing-out cylinder.

The Spy's only ranged weapon, the Revolver serves as a reliable way to fend off enemies from a distance, and also often serves as an excellent backup plan for failed backstab attempts or as a means to finish off low-health enemies.

Like the Pistol and the SMG, the Revolver fires a single, perfectly accurate shot before "bullet spread" takes effect. Waiting 1.25 seconds will reset the accuracy and provide another accurate shot.

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% 60
Base damage 100% 40
Maximum fall-off 52.8% 21
Point blank 55-60
Medium range 35-45
Long range 20-25
Critical 120
Mini-crit 54-81
Function times
Attack interval 0.5 s
Reload 1.133 s
Spread recovery 1.25 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.


Strange variant

Related achievements

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

Update history

October 9, 2007 Patch
  • Spies can no longer reload their Revolver while cloaked.

July 12, 2011 [Item schema update]

February 7, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed the Spy's Revolver using the incorrect reload sound.

December 22, 2014 Patch (Smissmas 2014)

  • Added Festive variant.
  • [Undocumented] Converted the Revolver model to the c_models system.

July 2, 2015 Patch (Gun Mettle Update)

  • Spy no longer smacks himself in the face while reloading a Revolver (New Spy Revolver reload animation that does not block cross hair).

July 15, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed an issue with Unusual Revolvers where the unusual effect would sometimes not disappear when the Spy would feign death, disguise, cloak, etc.

August 19, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed an issue with the Festive Revolver not drawing correctly.

October 6, 2015 Patch (Invasion Update)

  • Fixed an issue with the Festive Revolver not drawing correctly.


  • The Revolver bears a striking resemblance to the real-world Colt Diamondback and Colt Python.
  • The Spy reloads this weapon by using a device called a speedloader. As the name suggests, this allows for all six chambers in the cylinder to be quickly reloaded all at once, as opposed to having to insert each cartridge individually.
  • A popular custom modification to various Revolver models made in the late 1960s (when Team Fortress 2 takes place) was to remove the original barrel from the frame, and replace it with the barrel from another Revolver, typically a Colt Python. These weapons were considered to be much more accurate than their non-modified counterparts, and it is feasible that the Spy's Revolver is modeled after one such custom weapon.
  • The Festive Variant of the Revolver seems to re-use the original design, shown in Illustrative Rendering in Team Fortress 2.
    • Notably, this does not apply to the Festivized variant.


See also