7 Days to Die: How to Get and Use Handgun Parts

Learn how to obtain Handgun Parts and what they can be used for

Modern firearms are built from many small, precision-machined parts that are extremely difficult to make by hand. This is especially true for compact weapons like Handguns, which have even tinier parts by comparison. So, if you are planning to craft your handguns in 7 Days to Die, you will need to find Handgun Parts manufactured before the apocalypse.

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about finding Handgun Parts in 7D2D and how they can be used best.

How to get Handgun Parts in 7 Days to Die

Handgun parts are rare, specialized components specifically for small firearms. They cannot be crafted, so there are only a few ways to get your hands on these valuable materials:

1. Scavenging

Looting Handgun Parts from a Gun Safe in 7 Days to Die
Looting Handgun Parts from a Gun Safe

As with all advanced weapon parts, you can search for Handgun Parts anywhere you’d expect to find a functional firearm. Gun safes, weapon bags, hardened chests, gun racks, and weapon crates are all great locations to find these components.

2. Scrapping

Scrapping Spare Pistols for Parts in 7 Days to Die
Scrapping Spare Pistols for Parts

Waste-not, want-not. If you need Handgun Parts, you can also scrap existing non-pipe Handguns to reclaim a portion of their parts. These weapons can be found in the same locations as their parts, including the Pistol, .44 Magnum, SMG-5, and .44 Desert Vulture.

3. Trading

Buying Handgun Parts from Trader Hugh in 7 Days to Die
Buying Handgun Parts from Trader Hugh

Some traders will carry weapon parts in their inventory for sale. This is typically the most costly method of collecting these components, but it can be much faster than trying to search for them if you have dukes to spend. Trader Hugh in the Snow Biome of Navezgane is typically your best bet to find what you need, as he specializes in weapons and ammo.

Tips for farming Handgun Parts in 7 Days to Die

These parts are not easy to find by any means. Fortunately, you’ll probably only need a few unless you’re crafting many turrets. But we’ve got you covered if you need tips to make your search more effective.

1. Handgun Perks

The Gunslinger Perk in 7 Days to Die
The Gunslinger Perk

With the addition of the crafting skill system in the A21 Update, players can now increase their chances of finding specialized parts for a certain weapon or tool by investing in its relevant perk. For Handgun Parts, players should consider putting points into the Gunslinger perk to increase the odds of finding what they want.

2. Gun Shops and Factories

Walking into the Shooting Range in 7 Days to Die
Walking into the Shooting Range

Navezgane is dotted with numerous gun shops of various sizes, shooting ranges, and the coveted Shotgun Messiah Factory in the Wasteland Biome of Navezgane. These locations are great places to search for weapon parts of any kind in addition to ammo, armor, and explosives.

Remember: The all-in-one brand for firearms in 7D2D is “Shotgun Messiah,” so any buildings or crates with that logo will likely carry weapons and ammo containers.

3. Government Buildings and Military Bases

Looking Down into a Military Base Outpost in 7 Days to Die
Looking Down into a Military Base Outpost

Governmental buildings (such as police stations, fire stations, etc.) can be found inside and near the outskirts of cities and often conceal at least one gun safe or an entire armory in some cases. Additionally, the abandoned military bases dotting the countryside are bound to carry at least a few high-value weapon containers. Be careful, however, as these locations are often well-defended and swarming with armored and feral undead.

Using Handgun Parts in 7 Days to Die

Handgun Parts are specialized components specifically designed for use in compact firearms. As such, they are used for crafting any modern handguns and turrets utilizing small-caliber ammunition. The following 5 recipes can be crafted using this resource.

1. Pistol

Pistol Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
Pistol Crafting Recipe

The Pistol is a tier 2 semi-automatic handgun chambered in 9mm Ammo. Though it may appear simple, this weapon is mobile, accurate, and supremely versatile. Its only major downsides come from a lower damage value and a lack of range.

2. (.44) Magnum

.44 Magnum Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
.44 Magnum Crafting Recipe

The .44 Magnum is a high-powered tier-3 revolver chambered in .44 Magnum Ammo. This devastating hand cannon might be slower to reload and can only carry 6 shots, but it is powerful enough to take out most enemies with a single shot to the head.

3. SMG-5

SMG-5 Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
SMG-5 Crafting Recipe

The SMG-5 is a tier-4 weapon with decent damage, range, and an extremely high rate of fire. Though not a handgun by definition, this fully automatic weapon can use a simple 9mm Ammo to deadly effect in close quarters.

4. (.44) Desert Vulture

.44 Desert Vulture Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
.44 Desert Vulture Crafting Recipe

The .44 Desert Vulture is a monstrous tier-5 handgun chambered in .44 Magnum Ammo. Deadly, agile, and quick on the draw, this weapon combines the power of the .44 Magnum with the agility of the Pistol.

5. SMG Auto Turret

SMG Auto Turret Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
SMG Auto Turret Crafting Recipe

The SMG Auto Turret is an advanced Trap that automatically targets and fires at enemies within its range of vision. These are easily some of the most useful traps in the game and are well worth the piles of ammunition and power these turrets require to function.

Final thoughts on Handgun Parts

If The Fun Pimps have taught us anything through 7D2D, rip it out of somewhere else if you can’t make something you need. Gunsmithing might be a lost art in the apocalypse, but that isn’t going to stop us from disassembling and reassembling various handguns until something works well enough to kill zombies.

If you’re looking for more tips to help you get started in Navezgane, check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started or our 7 Days to Die Beginner’s Guide.

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