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Submachine Gun
Black Market Submachine Gun (JC2).png
As seen in the Black Market.
Weapon in Just Cause 2
Type Submachine gun
Usage Single handed
Maximum ammunition carried Up to 240
Maximum ammunition in the weapon Up to 40
To unlock 255000 Chaos points
Cost $ 35000
List of owners Long list. See in the locations section.

The Submachine Gun is a weapon in Just Cause 2. See SMG - disambiguation for any other SMGs in the Just Cause game series.


It is a stockless SMG that appears to be largely based on the FAMAE SAF or the H&K MP5.

At a quick glance, some players could misidentify this weapon as the Nova 9 from Just Cause (1).


The weapon has an extremely high rate of fire and can empty 180 rounds in less than 10 seconds. In fact, its fire rate is second only to the Minigun. Therefore, it is advisable to upgrade this weapon all the way to the 6th star, which will give it more ammunition, an even higher rate of fire, and increased magazine size. The SMG is a widely available weapon. It has the ability to be dual-wielded and used on motorcycles and ATVs. It's drawbacks are poor accuracy and low damage. However, ammunition is plentiful, as lots of grunts carry these. Ammunition can also be obtained at many Military bases in Panau.

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6
Magazine capacity 30 32 34 36 38 40
Maximum ammunition (not including bullets in the magazine) 180 192 204 216 228 240
Minimum number of shots to kill a grunt 6 5 5 4 4 3
Minimum number of shots to kill an elite 14 13 11 10 8 7

It is rather a shame that the ability to upgrade this weapon comes so late in the Black Market unlock sequence, as its combined ammo capacity, availability of ammo, firepower and accuracy easily make it the best one-handed weapon available. If firing against soldiers at medium to long in very short bursts, it maintains a surprisingly good accuracy while also preventing you from wasting shots. You only need to go full auto against structures and vehicles.

Note: although you can dual wield this weapon, both will share the same ammunition pool (which does not increase its maximum by using two) so you'll burn through your ammo twice as fast. And honestly, one of these when upgraded is quite devastating enough so you're far better off picking a different weapon for the other hand to have better conservation of ammo.

Dual wielding level 6 versions of this gun means instant death to most grunts and elites.


  • It's equipped to about a quarter of Panauan soldiers.
  • Provided for a lot of faction missions.
  • In boxes, at most military bases in Panau.
  • It's among the last of the Black Market items to be unlocked and costs $35,000, in conjunction with the Machine Gun, which is very odd, considering how available this weapon is from other sources.
  • At the Reapers HQ.
  • At the broken cargo ship. During the mission The White Tiger two of them spawn there but after the mission only one spawns there. This is a good place to replenish your ammo (if you want to) since this place gives you no heat other than during the mission.



  • This is the successor to the Nova 9 from Just Cause (1).
  • Despite being listed as a one handed weapon (for Rico), allies and opponents normally hold it with two hands. The exceptions being when they fire while on a vehicle. Realistically this weapon would be very difficult to aim single handedly.


Just Cause 2 - Fully upgraded SMG (range demo):


Just Cause 2 - Fully upgraded SMG (range demo)

Just Cause 2 - Fully upgraded SMG (power demo):


Just Cause 2 - Fully upgraded SMG (power demo)