Syringe Gun

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This article is about the stock primary weapon for the Medic. For other syringe guns, see Syringe Gun (disambiguation).
Ooh hoo hoo, your gun shoots medicine! It's intimidatin'.
The Scout's last words.

The Syringe Gun is the default primary weapon for the Medic. It is a custom-built stylized gun that uses air pressure to fire syringes from a transparent cylindrical case.

The weapon fires syringes at a rate of ten per second, with a velocity of 990 Hammer units (approximately 18.86 meters or 61.88 feet) per second. The syringes are subject to gravity as they travel, making it necessary to lead moving targets and aim upward to compensate for distance. The Syringe Gun is reasonably accurate when the trajectory is taken into account, but the extremely slow speed of the projectiles makes it ineffective outside of close range. Unlike most other projectiles, syringes cannot be reflected.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Shot type Projectile
Damage type Bullet
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Maximum ramp-up 120% 12
Base damage 100% 10
Maximum fall-off 52.8% 5
Critical 30
Mini-crit 14 - 16
Function times
Attack interval 0.105 s
Reload 1.305 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.


Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

Does It Hurt When I Do This?
Does It Hurt When I Do This?
Kill 50 Scouts with your syringe gun.

Update history

December 20, 2007 Patch
  • Fixed occasional misreporting of Syringe Gun damage distances to the stats system.

December 31, 2007 Patch

  • Fixed Syringe Gun projectiles sometimes pushing players high up into the air, allowing them to reach bad map locations.

August 18, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

March 1, 2012 Patch

  • Refined Syringe Gun crit recoil forces.

July 20, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Updated the Syringe Gun model.

June 18, 2014 Patch (Love & War Update)

  • Converted the Syringe Gun models to use the c_models system.

January 5, 2023 Patch

  • Fixed a memory leak when firing syringes as Medic
  • Fixed some instances of syringes being invisible around corners and in transitions between water and air (both directions)
  • Fixed syringes triggering false hits on the client when minimal view models are enabled or a custom view model FOV is set

Unused content

  • In their initial testing of the Gold Rush Update, Valve added 3 items to the game's files. These were later removed as part of the Mann-Conomy Update. The secondary and melee weapons use the Kritzkrieg and Ubersaw images respectively, but with the names and stats of the standard weapons. However, the Syringe Gun image was that of the standard weapon with a different angle.


  • The weapon script file for the Syringe Gun uses the name "SuperSMG".


See also