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Published November 14, 2017

Many gamers come across many powerful and destructive weapons in games; weapons like a Grenade Launcher, Desert Eagle, Regular Grenades, Rocket Launcher and Shotgun to name a few. However, the ultimate downside to these weapons are their limited ammo which can present a problem to gamers trying to save that particular weapon to quell an ambush.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Ten times out of ten, gamers don’t realize that many weapons with limited or low ammo are not meant to serve no other purpose than to be used at that moment or where they are particularly in that part of the level. For example, I could find a Rocket Launcher with 3 shots next to a grave in a cemetery along with 3 snipers who emerge from my left, right and center.


After I use that Rocket Launcher to kill those snipers, it’ll have no ammo left which means that it’s not meant for me to leave that cemetery with it because it’ll be several stages before I get another Rocket Launcher; most times there is no avoiding that. So having said that, here’s my advice for using weapons with low ammo.

Don’t abandon your primary weapon

A lot of times in games where guns are the primary weapons, you’ll start out with either a revolver, a handgun or a hand cannon; depends on the game like in the Uncharted games. Don’t be so quick to abandon or drop that primary weapon that you started with for that Rocket Launcher or Desert Eagle because of it’s power and damage output. The reason, that powerful new gun’s ammo will not last you the entire level; from experience.


One of my best pieces of advice for using weapons with low ammo is to keep using your primary weapon and save your low ammo weapon for challenging situations or if you’re ambushed. The worst thing you can do is trade or ignore your primary weapon because you feel it lacks power, a weapon with low damage will usually last you longer than a weapon with high damage output.

I can recall a time when I was playing Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and I found the Grenade Launcher and it only had 6 shots while my handgun had a little less than 50; I was able to take out the enemy forces which consisted of 20 guys, with shots to spare. The Grenade Launcher only killed 4 of those 20 which goes back to my point; keep and use your primary weapon.

Make the Best of It

Sometimes enemies will drop a Grenade Launcher or Rocket Launcher or even a Shotgun and when they do, you owe it to yourself and your enemies to make the best of it. This is a crucial piece of advice for using weapons with low ammo; it can be lifesaving and keep enemies off your tail long enough to make an escape.

007 Everything or Nothing

For example, you find a Desert Eagle in a shed a few inches from an enemy camp that can drop your enemies with one shot; make the best of that Desert Eagle and start eliminating those guys so you can move on. Some weapons are only meant to last you long enough to get out of an area unless you find ammo refills which, if you’re pinned down, is not going to happen unless you get some breathing room.

Make use of any weapon you find in that part of the level or in that moment to wipe out the enemy masses because at the end of the day, your survival is the only thing that matters unless you want to keep starting over at a checkpoint in the level and I know you don’t want to do that.

Pay attention to placement

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This is really important. Weapons are placed in places where there is a lot of enemy activity particularly areas where there are enemies on all sides including abandoned buildings. Sniper Rifles are usually in areas like this and if you happen to find a particular weapon in a particular area, use it because 9 times out of 10 you’ll be prompted to anyway because whatever weapon you have won’t level the playing field like the weapon you find. Unmoot point: Read the between the lines.

This piece of advice for using weapons with low ammo got me through a lot of bad areas in a lot of hard games including the Contra games for the NES. One of the best ways to use a weapon with low ammo to its full potential is to pay attention to where it is in a level because it’s meant to be there for your enemy killing pleasure not to mention lessen enemy ranks.

One could argue that weapon placement on many levels is a mere coincidence, I’ve been playing video games like this for the past 27 1/2 years and I can assure you, it’s not.

It’s not a bad thing

If you’re a gamer like me that likes using powerful weapons, you’re also the type to feel like you’ve been robbed or jipped when your oh-so-powerful weapon runs out of ammo. Generally, advice for using weapons with low ammo would lie in not getting too used to that weapon; it’s not a bad thing to use a weapon with limited ammo because it takes the challenge factor out of the game if used consistently.

Uncharted 3

Look at it like this, as long as weapons with low ammo are in places where they are needed, it doesn’t matter how often or how little they’re used. Most times, a low ammo weapon is only useful for getting to other parts of a level or area; it can be saved until later on but that would also mean that you’re depriving yourself of becoming versed using other weapons which can and is more versatile than the one you’re trying to save or keep.

It’s not a bad thing to abuse a weapon with low ammo while you’re where you are in an area because that’s why it’s there, to keep enemy advances to a minimum.



A lot of games give gamers access to a lot of weapons, some with a lot of ammo, and some with very little. However, gamers can make that weapon with low ammo work to their advantage by making the best of it within that moment, not dropping or abandoning their primary weapon, paying attention to placement.

Remember, it’s not a bad thing to have or use a weapon with low ammo, a temporary use can go a long way in destroying your enemies especially if those enemies are in places your primary weapon can’t reach unless you’re close to your enemies.

If you have any questions about my advice for using weapons with low ammo or want to leave me a comment then please feel free to reach out to me.









  1. John Rico John Rico

    Hello there! I found your article very informative and helpful. I pay call of duty black ops 3 and there’s a zombie mode on it. IT’s kinda hard for me since the gun has limited ammo even though it’s powerful. I read your article and it is helpful since I don’t know what to do once my ammo is gone. I will try to follow these tips to last longer on survival. Thank you for sharing this information.

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Thank you John Rico you honor me, I am humbled by your comment on my article. I’ve been in this situation myself consistently so I always fall back on these tips and yes, I will start doing videos soon; I’m making the time little by little.

  2. Gav Gav

    I like this type of article. Anyone who has played a shooter had come across this situation, and as a gamer I know people need these type of articles. I think the information here is spot on giving different options but also the progression. I would suggest making videos, I think these type of “tutorial” type articles may seem more fluid hearing you speak. Well done regardless and keep up the good work!

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Thank you Gav you honor me, I’m glad that my article could help you out. Don’t be afraid to reach out to me when you need more help, I’m here 24/7

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