/tg/ Station 13 - Modules - Types

Balistic gun icon states explained

For a unknown period of time, /obj/item/gun/ballistic used the wrong icon state for it's bolt_type and so, if you tried to copy how it worked to make your own gun, you'd get a broken sprite. This documentation is intended to explain in detail what some of the variables and functions do, and how to make your own gun subtypes that work properly.

Bolt Types

The easiest thing to screw up. For a long time, /obj/item/gun/ballistic had bolt_type set to BOLT_TYPE_STANDARD when the sprite was configured to use BOLT_TYPE_LOCKING sprites. Nobody noticed, because it wasn't obtainable through normal gameplay, and the Mosin which was broken by it only has like 3 pixels missing.


This is for guns that don't lock their slides back. Visually, it usually means guns that have an internal bolt that isn't visible, like the c20r or ARG Boarder. The base icon state is all you need to make it work.


Pretty much like the Standard, but it takes rounds directly from the magazine without holding them in the chaimber first. This means that when you remove the mag, there isn't going to still be a bullet in the chaimber.


This is your revolvers and some(?) break action shotguns. When you click to reload them, they'll drop all the bullets inside of the gun, unspent or not.


The complicated one. This is what most pistols and bolt action rifles are. When you cycle (or fire) it on empty, it will lock back the slide, and you'll have to click it again to send the slide home. For rifles with semi_auto = FALSE, they don't feed automatically, so you have to rack the slide after every shot. (Like the Mosin)

Now, for the sprites, your base sprite should be the gun without a slide or bolt. Take a look at the APS, deagle, or Mosin sprites. If your icon state is handcannon you need to have a sprite for the slide as handcannon_bolt, and then a sprite for the bolt being locked back as handcannon_bolt_locked.

Sawing off

For guns that have can_be_sawn_off = TRUE, you'll need to make an entire second set of sprites. For BOLT_TYPE_LOCKING, this will look like the Mosin. If you're making a sawn off version of handcannon, you'll need hancannon_sawn for the base, and then hancannon_sawn_bolt and hancannon_sawn_bolt_locked.

Ammo display

You'll need mag_display = TRUE and a sprite called handcannon_mag to show the gun as having a magazine inserted into it. It's set to true by default, though.

Perhaps you want to make some kind visual depiction of ammunition feed. You can overlay over top of the magazine sprite of 100%, 80%, 60%, 40%, and 20% by having mag_display_ammo = TRUE. Use handcannon_mag_100, handcannon_mag_80, ect... to display these. There is no zero. You can use a overlaying sprite for showing the gun as empty called handcannon_empty. Take a look at the c20r as an example.