Personal Defense Weapons, or PDW for short, are compact, magazine-fed weapons that fire pistol-caliber cartridges. PDWs are only available to the Scout Class.
During World War II, a request was issued to the U.S. Army Ordnance Department received for a light rifle to be issued to certain soldiers that found the typical M1 Garand rifle too cumbersome for their general positions. Although at first rejected, the request was reconsidered and admitted after German attacks using gliders and paratroopers were victorious. The M1 Carbine was deployed to the U.S. armies, and is seen as the forerunners to modern Personal Defense Weapons
Later on, in the 1980's, a request for the concept of a Personal Defense Weapon was introduced to serve as a replacement for Submachine guns, most notably the 9x19mm Parabellum. The Personal Defense Weapon was designed to defeat body armor and perform well in Close Quarters Combat (CQC). The FN P90 was the answer to the request. The P90 featured a unique design, placing the 50-round magazine horizontally above the weapon. The weapon was extremely compact, no longer than a man's shoulder width, allowing it to be held with ease. In 2001, Heckler & Koch created the MP7, and it was a direct rival to the P90. It featured a more standard design, taking the appearance of a smaller Assault Rifle. Heckler & Koch would go on to create many more Personal Defense Weapons as time progressed.
Personal Defense Weapons are CQC oriented weapons, possessing the needed traits that allows them to perform exceptionally well in close range. These traits, however, harm PDWs at longer ranges, and they perform weaker at said ranges than other weapons. Therefore, PDWs are best used where CQC is common, such as at Hills or common passages, where PDWs will shine.
Generally, Personal Defense Weapons possess a very high Rate of Fire (RoF) and a good maximum damage, allowing these weapons to perform exceptionally well in close range. PDWs, compared to other weapons, typically sport good hipfire statistics as well, so PDWs will be better suited in hipfiring than other weapons such as Assault Rifles. If one wishes to concentrate on utilizing the hipfire capabilities of a PDW, using attachments such as a Vertical Grip or Laser will help increase the effectiveness of hipfiring. Still, PDWs sport a very low accuracy at longer ranges, either aiming or hipfiring. To top it off, the minimum damage of a PDW drops off at very fast rate, and the damage is very low, making it very ineffective to fire past medium range.
When using a PDW, the recommended strategy is to participate in CQC, although most PDWs are viable for mid-range combat. Due to the good hipfire accuracy, PDWs are very effective in dealing with enemies in a short amount of time, increasing their effectiveness in CQC. If a PDW user finds themself out in an open area, it is best if that user tries to find cover, as a PDW will not hold well if used in long range engagements. Instead, one should try to take participation in one-on-one fights in a close area.
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