Kommando LDP

     Notes: The story of the Kommando LDP begins in Rhodesia, and a small submachinegun dubbed the “Rhuzi.”  The Rhuzi was based on the VZ-25.  The design seems to have disappeared after the Rhodesian Revolution, but reappeared in semiautomatic form as the Kommando LDP.  The LDP stands for LaCoste Engineering (the manufacturer), DuPless (the designer), and Ponter (the financier).  However, many owners of the pistol insisted that the “LDP” stands for “Land’s Defense Pistol.”

     The LDP is, depending on how you look at it, a very large pistol or a submachinegun that has no automatic fire provision.  It looks very much like the VZ-25, but smaller.  The LDP is a mess, a weapon that jams often and sometimes fires automatic bursts instead of the semiautomatic fire it is supposed to produce.  (An automatic fire burst recoil is provided below for this problem; the weapon has a 1 in 10 chance to produce a burst instead of semiautomatic, rolled by the GM.)  The LDP has a submachinegun-style folding wire stock.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Kommando LDP

9mm Parabellum

2.7 kg

25

$302

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Kommando LDP

SA (3)

2

Nil

2/4

1

(2)

20

 

Republic Arms RAP

     Notes:  The RAP (Republic Arms Pistol, for its manufacturer, the Republic Arms Company) was designed in the late 1990s in response to a South African Police request for a new compact, concealable pistol.  The RAP-401 was first designed for these needs, with the RAP-440 being manufactured later.  The two RAP pistols were also later sold on the civilian and export markets. 

     The RAP pistols appear to have been heavily-influenced by the Astra A-75 in their design, and they look rather similar to the A-75.  They use an almost unmodified Browning action based on short recoil.  Construction is almost entirely of steel; therefore, despite the small dimensions, the RAP pistols are relatively heavy.  The RAP pistols are, however, known for reliability and the weight helps keep felt recoil and muzzle jump down.  There are several passive safeties including a hammer safety, a firing pin safety, and a mechanism to prevent firing if dropped; in addition, the RAP pistols have a slide-mounted safety which also functions as a decocker and their double-action mechanism.  Sights are fixed and low-profile, and use aiming surfaces painted in high-contrast white (while the rest of the pistol is dull black).  They use lightweight single-stack magazines, which also allow for easy use by those with small hands.  Barrel length is a mere 3.5 inches.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The RAP-401 is very rare in the Twilight 2000 timeline; the RAP-440 does not exist.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

RAP-401

9mm Parabellum

0.92 kg

8

$232

RAP-440

.40 Smith & Wesson

1.07 kg

7

$306

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

RAP-401

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

8

RAP-440

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

8

 

Truvelo ADP Mk II

     Notes:  This was originally a pistol made by a company named Aserma.  This is an update of the earlier ADP (Automatic Defense Pistol); it has been redesigned from the earlier model based on user responses.  It is a medium pistol with a composite frame, and is generally similar to a Glock.  For import to the US post-ban, there is a 10-round magazine available; otherwise, the ADP Mk II in 9mm Parabellum takes a 15-round magazine.  In 1997, the predecessor of Truvelo, RDI, introduced a version in .40 Smith & Wesson, it is slightly larger and very slightly heavier than the 9mm Parabellum version.  After Truvelo took over the company in 1998, they introduced versions in .380 ACP and a new proprietary caliber, .45 ADP; they also changed the specifications on the other calibers to make them easier to manufacture and sell, and renamed them the ADP-380, ADP-9, ADP-40, and ADP-45.  Truvelo, in effect, turned the ADP Mk II into a compact pistol.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: These weapons do not exist outside of South Africa.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

ADP Mk II (Aserma Version)

9mm Parabellum

0.53 kg

10, 15

$235

ADP Mk II (RDI Version)

.40 Smith & Wesson

0.53 kg

10

$312

ADP-380

.380 ACP

0.51 kg

10

$214

ADP-9

9mm Parabellum

0.57 kg

10

$234

ADP-40

.40 Smith & Wesson

0.59 kg

8

$308

ADP-45

.45 ADP

0.59 kg

6

$365

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

ADP Mk II (9mm, Aserma)

SA

1

Nil

1

4

Nil

9

ADP Mk II (.40, RDI)

SA

2

2-Nil

1

4

Nil

10

ADP-380

SA

1

Nil

1

4

Nil

8

ADP-9

SA

1

Nil

1

4

Nil

8

ADP-40

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

9

ADP-45

SA

2

Nil

1

5

Nil

9

 

TZ-99

     Notes:  This is a standard-format large-frame pistol.  The main point that Tressitu used to sell the weapon was its “self-cleaning” feature – dirt is supposedly expelled with the round.  This did not work so well in reality and it is basically just another pistol. 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon does not exist.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

TZ-99 (Steel Frame)

9mm Parabellum

0.95 kg

15

$240

TZ-99 (Alloy Frame)

9mm Parabellum

0.93 kg

15

$241

TZ-99 (Steel Frame)

.40 Smith & Wesson

1.14 kg

11

$314

TZ-99 (Alloy Frame)

.40 Smith & Wesson

1.11 kg

11

$316

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

TZ-99 (9mm)

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

10

TZ-99 (.40)

SA

2

2-Nil

1

3

Nil

11

 

Vektor CP Series 

     Notes: The Vektor CP is a weapon with smooth contours designed for easy drawing.  It is made of black polymer and with a black matte or nickel slide, with an ergonomic grip.  The CP features a manual safety in front of the trigger guard, and a trigger safety.  Adjustable sights are optional.  The CP-1 is in 9mm Parabellum, while the CP-2 is in .40 Smith & Wesson. 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon exists only in small numbers.

     Merc 2000 Notes: This is a very popular weapon with civilians worldwide.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

CP-1

9mm Parabellum

0.66 kg

10, 12, 13

$152

CP-2

.40 Smith & Wesson

0.72 kg

10, 12, 13

$189

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Vektor CP1

SA

1

Nil

1

4

Nil

10

Vektor CP2

SA

2

Nil

1

4

Nil

10

 

Vektor SP

     Notes: The SP is a South African copy of the Beretta M-92.  It is smaller than an M-92 and has a smaller magazine capacity, but is easier to carry and draw due to smoother features and the less-exposed hammer.  The safety is ambidextrous, and the magazine release reversible for left-handed shooters.  Other differences include a tighter rifling twist, a firing pin safety, a light alloy frame, and a cold-forged 4.6-inch barrel.  Other than South Africa, the SP is license-produced in the Philippines.  Two calibers are available.

     The General Officers’ Model is identical to the standard SP1 and SP2, except for the smaller size and better manufacturing.  They were designed for South Africa's general officers, but are also used by field grade officers of countries who also used the standard SP series, as well as special operations personnel.  They are basically smaller versions of the SP1, except for the addition of recoil buffer which somewhat mitigates the extra recoil that would normally caused by the lower weight.  They are also general issue in the Philippine military, where they are license-produced.

     The SP1 Sport is a version designed for competition; it has a longer barrel, a three-port compensator attached to the muzzle, a combat-style sight, and ambidextrous controls.  The trigger action may be switched between single action and double action modes. The Ultra-Sport version is an even deeper dive into the competition pistol market, with the 5.8-inch barrel being equipped with a muzzle brake and an equipment rail under the duct cover (including an unusual scope mount that is similar to that on the AK series for form and function). When a scope is mounted, a cocking knob can be added to the side or rear of the slide.  The scope comes with the pistol for purposes of this entry, The SP-2 is a .40 caliber version.

     The SP-2 Competition Pistol is designed for ISPC Limited competition; it is at its core much like the Ultra Sport, but has less accouterments due to the Limited class in which it is intended to compete. The 5.8-inch barrel is polygonal rifled, the controls are enlarged for quicker manipulation, the frame is thickened to form a more secure scope mount, the beavertail and trigger guard are undercut, and the trigger is straight.

     Twilight/Merc 2000 Notes: The General Officers’ models were sought-after war trophies among South Africa’s enemies.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

SP-1

9mm Parabellum

0.88 kg

10, 15

$245

SP-2

.40 Smith & Wesson

1.04 kg

10, 11

$320

SP-1 General Officers’

9mm Parabellum

0.77 kg

10, 15

$239

SP-2 General Officers’

.40 Smith & Wesson

0.91 kg

10, 11

$314

SP-1 Sport

9mm Parabellum

1.08 kg

10, 15

$299

SP-1 Ultra Sport

9mm Parabellum

1.18 kg

10, 15

$506

SP-2 Ultra Sport

.40 Smith & Wesson

1.39 kg

10, 14

$580

SP-2 Competition Pistol

.40 Smith & Wesson

1.19 kg

10, 14

$331

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

SP-1

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

SP-2

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

12

SP-1 General Officers'

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

10

SP-2 General Officers'

SA

2

Nil

1

3

Nil

10

SP-1 Sport

SA

1

Nil

1

2

Nil

12

SP-1 Ultra Sport

SA

2

Nil

1

2

Nil

14

SP-2 Ultra Sport

SA

2

1-Nil

1

2

Nil

18

SP-2 Competition Pistol

SA

2

1-Nil

1

3

Nil

19

 

Vektor Z-88

     Notes: This is one of the pistols designed in South Africa during the arms embargo of the 1980s and early 1990s.  Though designed starting in 1985, production did not begin until early 1989.  It is based on the Beretta M-92, and was made to the requirements of the South African police forces (though originally conceived for SANDF use), just as the SP-1 and SP-2 series was made from the M-92 for the South African Defense Forces.  The design of the Z-88 is little changed from the M-92, except that the double-action mechanism is improved, the magazine release is reversible for left-handed shooters, and the sights have tritium inlays. 

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Z-88

9mm Parabellum

0.88 kg

15

$248

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Z-88

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

12