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The PDW is a sidearm that isn't very powerful, but has a high rate of fire and is quiet for zombies. Additionally, it can use 5 different types of magazines, making it easier to find ammo for it.

Because of it's rapid rate of fire, it is one of the best sidearms to use when fighting survivors. Using MP5SD Mag. and M9SD Mag. makes the gun audible only to players, allowing you to shoot survivors without worry of zombie interference. Even without subsonic rounds, the PDW is still quieter than some sidearms. The only downside is that it takes 4 shots to kill a zombie without a headshot and that it would take a full M9SD Mag. or M9 Mag. to kill a player even if every bullet hit.

By lopan on 2012/07/07 at 7:05pm

Great Gun due to versitility in ammo pickups, has one of the largest convertable ammo selections

By Completionism on 2012/07/19 at 4:12am

The iron sights on this leave a lot to be desired, but its unique (for a sidearm) ability to spray'n'pray might get you out of a tight spot. The relatively low damage per round is somewhat compensated by the high rate of fire, but as always with the sidearms it's still best to try for a single headshot.

It has the same audible range as the rest of the 9mm pistols (G17, M9, M9SD), which means you can open up on full auto in the middle of a crowded city without too much concern.

By Fisher on 2012/07/07 at 5:19pm

This is not MAC-10. This is Micro UZI.

By NewClearWinter on 2013/03/07 at 8:44am

I'm better off carrying 30 round mags rather than a bunch of 6 round speed reloaders. Now I can carry a lot more bandages.

By intheshadows on 2012/08/21 at 7:40am

@Thaua There sure is, i just found one up a deer stand

By MxLionheart on 2012/07/27 at 2:02pm

This is currently my sidearm of choice - it has a wide amount of ammo usable and kills Zeds in just as quick a time as anything else.

By Webbers on 2013/11/20 at 10:18am

Best side arm for capacity and tenacity. 30 to a mag, that means 30 zombie headshots. Fully automatic is great for killing bandits and scaring them. Bravo to the UZI!

By bassking31 on 2013/01/28 at 10:35am

I used to use this gun above every other sidearm in the game, due to the fact that ammo is so ridiculously common. I loved it so much, until I actually got into a fire fight, that is. With my primary out of ammo, I was forced to switch to my PDW, and when I leaned out of cover and looked down the sights, they were out of alignment, with the front sight titled a good 2 cm above the rear sight. Since then, this has happened multiple times, in many different situations. Now I use the G17. This gun is fine, as long as you don't plan on using it it a desperate situation.

By Falco on 2012/09/13 at 4:28am

may not be very accurate and damage is low but it can fit most secondary ammo types and it has a full automatic firemode if needed

By BadDeadBodies on 2012/08/25 at 11:47am

Practiced with PDM on "Shooting Range" mod, went into ARMA again and was getting steady headshots at 200m (~1/2in raise). 9mm is so plentiful. Wonderful find.

By Beez on 2012/08/23 at 3:35pm

@Thaua, @intheshadows

To the contrary, the PDW Silenced is in ArmA2, but not in the DayZ mod. Using the PDW with SD magazines for either the MP5 (30rd, 1 primary inventory slot) or the M9SD (15rd, 1 secondary inventory slot) will eliminate its audibility to zombies, but players will still hear it normally, as with other SD mags in non-suppressed weapons. The PDW Silenced and it's associated subsonic ammo magazine are not present in the DayZ universe and will not spawn without script manipulation.

If you find one, it's a hacked weapon/magazine.

By Mkvenner on 2012/08/09 at 9:07pm

@Delonge and Fisher:

Fisher, you're right, it's the Uzi not the MAC, easy way to tell is the caliber

Delonge there's a whole range of weapons, not just concealable. The idea being it's something that can be used not so much by security forces or bodyguards, but by rear echelon troopers, vehicle crews, outriders, heavy weapon teams, etc. That's what the P90 and one of the newer short pattern "M4"-alike are designed for.

By xFordy on 2012/09/14 at 9:56pm

Great pistol the best in the game. One in the head three in the chest which is a bummer. Full auto option takes all pistol mags accept makarov and m1911. really good gun overall.

By pwnage13371 on 2012/07/30 at 4:38am

Love this gun.

Edited by pwnage13371 on 2012/07/30
By Delonge on 2012/07/07 at 10:44am


Maybe your unfamiliar, but PDW means Personal Defense Weapon.

This can be almost any concealable gun, (which it is) as shown by the size.

But perhaps it is a MAC-10.


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