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The following information mainly concerns Bolt pistol manufactured by/ for and/ or used by the various human factions and organisations, not for bolt pistols manufactured by Xenos - for the latter please see the corresponding paragraph at the end of the article.
The Bolt Pistol is a smaller handheld version of the venerable Bolter. Assault Marines in particular favor the Bolt Pistol, frequently using them alongside the Chainsword. Imperial Guard Commissars and Officers also favor the weapon.
Outside of Space Marines and other elite Imperial forces, bolt pistols are rare and are signs of status and power. They are only manufactured in specialized facilities on Mars and Space Marine homeworlds due to the advanced technology inherent to them.  Only a minority can afford them because of the high cost of maintenance and ammunition. Sometimes they are passed down through the generations of noble families as heirlooms and relics detailed with elaborate scrollwork and family crests.
- 1 Imperial Bolter designs
- 1.1 Adeptus Astartes
- 1.2 Adepta Sororitas
- 1.3 Other Bolt pistols used by Imperial or human factions and organisations
- 1.4 =Hesh Pattern M38 Mk.II Bolt Pistol
- 2 Ammunition types
- 3 Sources
Imperial Bolter designs
Note that some of these are only used by specific Space Marine Chapters.
Absolvor Bolt Pistol
The Absolvor Bolt Pistol is a newer generation of Bolt Pistol seen wielded by Primaris Space Marine Chaplains. This heavy weapon would seem like a fully sized rifle in non-augmented Human hands and has significant stopping power.[13b]
Absolvor Bolt Pistol wielded by a Primaris Chaplain
Guardian Bolt Pistol
The Guardian Bolt Pistol is a distinction awarded to Deathwatch Space Marines regardless of rank for conspicuous gallantry, courage under fire, or actions above and beyond the call of duty. Therefore they also serve as a status sign for veterans and the bearer's name and his deed are inscribed on the weapon during the awarding ceremony. Each weapon is tailored for its wearer and he is allowed to keep it, even after leaving the Deathwatch to return to his Chapter. However if these pistols are not buried with their owner but are found somewhere they are taken back to the Deathwatch where they are enshrined along with the recorded deeds of it's previous owner. These pistols are not re-issued.
Note: due to the ambiguous labelling of the images it is not possible to say if the weapon shown here is a "Godwyn Ultima" or an "Ultima".
Godwyn Ultima or Ultima (see above)[7c]
Heavy Bolt Pistol
The Heavy Bolt Pistol, also called the Special Issue Bolt Pistol[17b] is a larger variant of the standard Bolt Pistol used by Primaris Space Marines, most notably Reivers[13a] and Assault Intercessors.
Tigrus Pattern Bolt pistol was first discovered in the depths of Forge World Tigrus and the STC data for it was quickly disseminated throughout the Imperium before the beginning of Horus Heresy. Tigrus is now lost, yet the bolt-pistols that bear its name, though no longer produced, continue to see service in the 41st Millennium.
Note this pattern is also spelled as the "Tigris" pattern
Ultima Bolt pistol
This design is known to have been used by the Mantis Warriors[7a] and the Fire Hawks[8a] during the Badab War.[7a] The Minotaurs are known to have used Ultima bolt weapons during the Badab War - it is unclear if these are Boltguns or bolt pistols.[7c]
Godwyn Ultima or Ultima (see note below)[7c]
Note: due to the ambiguous labelling of the images it is not possible to say if the Minotaurs weapon shown here is a "Godwyn Ultima" or an "Ultima".
Umbra Bolt pistol
The Umbra Bolt pistol is one of the oldest patterns used by the Astartes. This pattern lacks many of the more advanced sensory and other power armor interfaces used by later patterns. Despite this, the pattern was known as reliable and effective. This pattern is known to have been used by Fist Exemplar's First Captain Zerberyn during the War of the Beast, and by the Executioners during the Badab War.[7b]
Umbra-Magnus Bolt pistol
The Godwyn-De'az Pattern Bolt Pistol is the standard model for the Adepta Sororitas.
Other Bolt pistols used by Imperial or human factions and organisations
Garm Pattern Service Bolt Pistol
Cinder Crag Forge "Mauler" Bolt Pistol
Mauler bolt pistols are designed for "normal" humans (not like the much heavier and bulkier Adeptus Astartes variants) and are manufactured using the best alloys and components. Each sophisticated copy is hand-made by the Servitor-savants of the Cinder Crag and unique as it has to be tailored to the client's precise biometric data.[4a]
Cinder Crag Forge "Mauler" Bolt Pistol[4a]
=Hesh Pattern M38 Mk.II Bolt Pistol
Rare outside the ranks of the Adeptus Mechanicus hailing from the shrouded Lathe Worlds of the Calixis Sector, the Hesh-pattern M38 MkII was never widely adopted by the Departmento Munitorum due to its temperamental nature, difficult to maintain even by the standards of bolt weaponry. The M38 MkII almost seems as if it was designed to be used by individuals more knowledgeable of firearms than even those august members of the Imperial Guard who wield such weapons. Nevertheless, the Tech-Priests of the Lathes Worlds appreciate the weapon’s effectiveness, and do not have the same trouble with its machine spirit as those less attuned to the mysteries of technology. The MkII’s distinctive drum magazine allows for a higher rate of fire than other bolt pistols, but is also prone to more frequent malfunction.
Sacristan Bolt Pistol
The Sacristan Bolt Pistol is manufactured for the Ordo Calixis by the Fane of Orthlack on Scintilla. This model is based on the Godwyn-De’az patterns of the Sisters of Battle and the weapons are marked with the Inquisition's brand and seal.[4c]
Volg "Spitfire" Bolt Pistol
More bolt pistol designs
Due to the fact that in most cases specific bolt pistols images are not labelled, unnamed designs are collected here, grouped by outward similarity.
- 1: Dark Heresy Rulebook, pg. 133
- 2: Rogue Trader Rulebook, pg. 122
- 3: Imperial Munitorum Manual, pg. 65
- 4: Dark Heresy: The Inquisitor's Handbook
- 5: Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), pg. 97
- 6: Deathwatch: Rites of Battle, pg. 134
- 7: Imperial Armour Volume Ten - The Badab War - Part Two
- 8: Imperial Armour Volume Nine - The Badab War - Part One
- 9: Codex: Imperial Guard (5th Edition), pg. 68
- 10: http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/New_Stuff/TIGRUS_PATTERN_BOLTER_SET.html
- 11: The Horus Heresy Book Two pg.76
- 12: The Horus Heresy Book One pg.19
- 13: Codex: Space Marines (8th Edition)
- 14: Echoes of the Long War (Novel), Chapter 1
- 15: Only War: Hammer of the Emperor pg.112
- 16: Only War: Faith and Coin pg.82
- 17: Codex: Space Marines (9th Edition) pg.23
|Imperial Guard Weaponry|
|Melee Weapons||Chainsword • Combat Knife • Hunting Lance • Power Weapon|
|One-Handed Weapons||Bolt Pistol • Laspistol • Hellpistol/Hotshot Laspistol • Plasma Pistol|
|Two-Handed Weapons||Lasgun • Flamer • Grenade Launcher • Hellgun/Hotshot Lasgun • Lascarbine • Long-Las • Meltagun • Plasma Gun • Shotgun • Sniper Rifle|
|Heavy Weapons||Autocannon • Heavy Bolter • Heavy Flamer • Heavy Stubber • Lascannon • Hotshot Volley Gun • Missile Launcher • Mortar • Sun Gun • Ripper Gun • Grenadier Gauntlet|
|Grenades||Frag Grenade • Krak Grenade • Melta Bomb|
|Adepta Sororitas Infantry Weapons|
|Melee Weapons||Chainsword • Eviscerator • Power Sword • Power Maul • Power Blades • Neural Whip • Arco-Flail • Blessed Weapon • Dialogus Staff • Chirurgeon's Tools • Staff of Belief • Null Rod • Rod of Office • Sarissa|
|One-Handed Projectile Weapons||Bolt Pistol • Plasma Pistol • Hand Flamer • Inferno Pistol • Condemnor Boltgun|
|Two-Handed Projectile Weapons||Bolter • Flamer • Meltagun • Storm Bolter • Combi-Weapon|
|Heavy Weapons||Heavy Bolter • Heavy Flamer • Multi-Melta|
|Grenades||Frag Grenade • Krak Grenade • Melta-Bomb|