The Hand Gun is a weapon in Resident Evil 2. The gun is identified as a Heckler & Koch VP70. It is an polymer pistol that served as Leon Scott Kennedy's R.P.D. police firearm.


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VP70 Burst

"H&K VP70. Manufactured by H&K, Germany. It uses 9mm parabellum rounds."
— Hand Gun

"H&K VP70 Burst. VP70 with a stock holster. Capable of firing three round auto bursts."
— Custom Hand Gun

The Hand Gun holds eighteen-shots. Leon can find Handgun Parts which upgrades the gun to the VP70 Burst. The upgrade does not increase the power nor its ammo capacity, but a single burst can knock down a zombie, useful in close quarter fights with them. Upgrading the weapon will also automatically reload it, which gives more ammunition that the player would not actually have. The Burst Handgun can also be set to either Semi-Auto Mode or 3-Shot Burst Mode in the menu.

Main game

During the main game in Leon A and Leon B, Leon starts with this in his inventory. It is a useful weapon early on, with a larger magazine than Claire's Browning HP handgun.

Leon's Handgun is a preferred choice when fighting the lesser enemies of the game such as zombies and Zombie Dogs. However, it is a bit weak against lickers, and inadequate for tough opponents like T-00. The upgraded VP70 can now effectively take on tougher opponents such as lickers with ease when using the Burst Mode, but with the disadvantage of a much heavier ammunition usage.

The 4th Survivor

In The 4th Survivor, HUNK has the Hand Gun in his starting inventory. It is best recommended to use it against Zombies, Zombie Dogs and Ivy B.O.W.s.

Extreme Battle Mode

in Extreme Battle, Leon's main weapon in the mini game is the VP70 Handgun. There is a 50% chance that the Handgun Parts will appear in Leon's game, inside the Sleeping room in Lab B4F. It will enable Leon to acquire the VP70 Burst via upgrading. The parts appear in all three levels.

Other appearances

The VP70 has also made appearances in the following games: