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Basic form of a hand cannon.

Hand cannons are a class of primary weapons in Destiny. They are capable of dealing heavy precision damage at close ranges, but very inaccurate at longer ranges.



The following table illustrates the performance of each hand cannon archetype in the Crucible:[1][2]

Archetype Damage Per Hit Time-to-Kill (seconds)
Crit Body Crit Body
High-Impact 95 64 0.5-1.00[Note 1] 1.50
Mid-Impact 86 57 0.86 1.30
Low-Impact 77 51 0.73 1.09


  1. Time-to-kill varies depending on the opponent's Armor attribute. Guardians with more than 190 HP will take one more shot to kill.


  1. Reddit "In-depth weapons sats spreadsheet 2.0 (Time To Kill, Damage, RPM), featuring all new weapons from The Taken King Expansion!". Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  2. Reddit "Mercules' Massive Breakdown Weapon Stats Spreadsheet, Including Stats and Times-to-Kill". Retrieved June 12, 2016.

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