secondary weapon

secondary weapon

[′sek·ən‚der·ē ′wep·ən]
(ordnance)
A supporting or auxiliary weapon of a unit, vehicle, position, or aircraft; generally, it is a gun of smaller caliber than the primary weapon, and its purpose is to protect or supplement the fire of the primary weapon.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Ideally, it would be best to have a primary weapon be a rifle with an 8x to 6x scope and the secondary weapon to be an SMG, like the Tommy.
Table II gunnery for the BFV is conducted in a simulator, where the crew is certified on commands during specific engagements with the 25-millimeter main gun and secondary weapon system.
You are a German soldier out to stop the world from ending at the teeth of the rotting nasty Nazis, armed with your trusty sniper rifle and a secondary weapon such as a pistol or shotgun.
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For a secondary weapon or backup, I can see the benefit.
That is a waste of resources; a 12-gauge shotgun is a very versatile weapon that can be used effectively as a vehicle gunner's secondary weapon.
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Several new weapons like the Pasic weapon SAIGA 12 and the Secondary weapon Makarov and their ammo are introduced.
There is a two player mode but it's really no fun for the second player who is limited to controlling a secondary weapon that has limited ammunition and a fairly narrow scope of fun.