A comparison for the first and last released skin of every CS:GO pistol
Topic: Every CS:GO Pistol’s First vs. Latest Released Skin
Last week, we compared the first and most recently released skins for every rifle in CS:GO. This week, we're back to compare the first and most recent pistols available in the game.
While many Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players put their trust in the combination of their aim and movement with the pure firepower of rifles, the difference between the good and the great CS:GO players lies in the hands of pistols. Pistols are vital to the success of both an individual as well as their team. For example, the pistol round may just be one of the most important rounds in a game of competitive Counter-Strike. The winner of the pistol round is guaranteed to be set up with a better economy and mental state, while the loser is forced to claw its way back into the game. Along with this, eco rounds almost always rely on pistols to get enough frags to provide the team with solid cash for the next round’s buy, and when a powerful rifle fails even the best of players and they run out of ammunition, they resort to their secondary pistol and aim away.
With all of that out of the way, let's take a look at some of the pistol skins Valve has added to Global Offensive since the initial release of weapon skins in August 2013. We have compiled the original and newest skins for each pistol and provided short descriptions of each weapon skin, the collection they originate from, and the price range they typically go for. All price ranges are noted from Battle Scarred to StatTrak/Souvenir Factory New unless otherwise noted.
Glock-18: Dragon Tattoo vs Winterized.
The Glock-18 | Dragon Tattoo is known throughout the community not only as being a part of the notorious CS:GO Weapon Case of 14 August, 2013, but as an integral part of the famous AK-47 | Case Hardened trade up. The skin features a simple gray base with a small painting of a black dragon. The skin has an extremely low float cap of 0.08 and ranges from a price of $63 to $154.
Unlike the detailed design of the Dragon Tattoo, the Glock-18 | Winterized is a simple camouflage pattern of beige and blue with a black slide(top part of the pistol) that features white text. Despite being a Mil-Spec pistol from the recent Recoil Case, which was released on 1 July of this year, the skin still has a decent price range of $0.11 to $3.42.
P2000: Scorpion vs Lifted Spirits
The P2000 | Scorpion was released in the original Dust II collection of August 2013. The skin features a simple black base with an anodized gold slide and a red scorpion decal on the handle. Like many of the original skins released in the Arms Deal update, the Scorpion has a low float cap of just 0.08, and ranges from a price of $2.73 to $6.61.
The Dreams and Nightmares case of January 2022 saw the release of 17 unique skins, all of which either featured a disturbing(nightmares) or pleasant(dreams) pattern. The P2000 | Lifted Spirits falls under the category of nightmares, with its tan slide featuring a forest with ascending bodies. The skin ranges from a cheap price of just $0.11 to $0.82.
USP-S: Dark Water vs Printstream
Like the Dragon Tattoo, the first ever USP-S added to CS:GO released in the CS:GO weapon case of August 2013. The USP-S | Dark Water features a chrome finished aquatic array in a charcoal theme. Like the other Dark Water skins, the USP-S has a unique float range of 0.10 to 0.26, and ranges from a price of $51 to $106.
The most recently released USP-S in Global Offensive is an incredibly popular addition that happens to be the most expensive USP skin in the game by a significant margin. The Prinstream set of skins is loved by the community, and the much awaited arrival of the USP-S | Printstream was met with great interest from the community. The skin features a simple white base with black lettering and pearlescent highlights, and ranges from a price of $50 to $650.
Dual Berettas: Demolition vs Flora Carnivora
The simple design of the Dual Berettas | Demolition was released as part of the original Vertigo collection of August 2013. The skin features a basic black base with select parts being painted orange, most notable the handle and the slide. It has a unique float range from 0.26 to 0.6 and ranges from a price of $2.99 to $6.17.
Unlike the simple design of the Demolition, the most recent Dual Berettas skin released into CS:GO is a busy and intricate design featuring colorful carnivorous plants. One of the most recognizable and unique features of the Dual Berettas | Flora Carnivora is the purple vine that runs down the handle and across the trigger guard. The skin was released as a part of the Recoil Case of July 2022, and ranges from a price of $0.84 to $8.51.
P250: Splash vs Visions
The P250 | Splash happens to be the first of the skins on our list that was released as a part of the Esports Collection in the Esports 2013 Case. The skin features a simple black base with a splash of orange spreading from the tip of the pistol. It ranges from a float of 0.06 to 0.18, making Factory New versions extremely rare, and ranges from a price of $14 to $77.
The P250 | Visions of the Recoil Case which released in July of 2022 features a colorful and busy psychedelic display of lines. On the handle of the skin one can identify the face of a woman, and just above her is a barely discernible drawing of an eagle. The skin typically goes for a price range between $5 and $42.
Tec-9: Nuclear Threat vs Safety Net
Like all of the first skins on our list, the Tec-9 | Nuclear Threat was released on August 2013. The skin, which is a part of the original Nuke collection, features a green and grey base with a painted on nuclear warning sign. Because the float ranges from 0.06 to 0.8, Factory New versions of the Nuclear Threat are rare, causing the cost to range from just $19 to an impressive $483.
Funnily enough, the Tec-9 | Safety Net of the 2021 Train Collection, which released on 22 September 2021, somewhat matches the vibe of the Nuclear Threat. The skin features a simple gray and white background with an orange mesh painted on top. It has a maximum float cap of 0.6 and ranges from a price of $0.18 to $0.74.
Five-SeveN: Candy Apple vs Scrawl
The Five-SeveN | Candy Apple was the first of the 6 candy apple skins released in CS:GO, being added to the game alongside many others in this article in August 2013. The skin features a black handle and stock with a solid red slide. It’s float is capped at a maximum of 0.3, causing the Battle Scarred condition of the skin to be the most expensive. It ranges from a price of $49 to $59.
Like the P2000 | Lifted Spirits, the first ever Five-SeveN released in Global Offensive was released as one of the “nightmares” skins in the Dreams and Nightmares case of January 2022. The skin features a yellow and teal base with disturbing drawings of scary faces and eyes. The skin ranges from a price of $0.11 to $1.97.
CZ75-Auto: Victoria vs Syndicate
The first ever CZ75-Auto added to CS:GO wasn’t released until the addition of the CS:GO Weapon Case 3 on 12 February, 2014, as the weapon itself didn’t arrive until that date. While the case came with four new CZ75-Auto skins, the engraved pattern of the silver and gold Victoria is considered the original due to it being both the most popular and the only Covert Pistol of the bunch. The skin remains the only Covert CZ75-Auto to this day, and ranges from a price of $3 to $69.
Like the Tec-9 | Safety Net, the CZ75-Auto was added to Global Offensive as a part of the 2021 Train Collection of September 2021. The skin features a gold base made up with interlocking triangles as well as a black painted handle and a beautiful shiny blue trigger. The skin is capped at a maximum of 0.7, and ranges from a price of $0.69 to $3.50.
Desert Eagle: Hypnotic vs Ocean Drive
The first ever Desert Eagle released in CS:GO is widely recognized not only for being a classified skin in the notorious CS:GO Weapon Case, but also for being a result in an attempt at a AK-47 | Case Hardened trade up. The skin features a pearlescent beige base with increasingly larger black circles starting at the hammer(top right) of the gun. It has an extremely low minimum float of 0.08 and ranges from a price of $90 to $109.
The Desert Eagle | Ocean Drive is the oldest of the most recently added skins on today’s article, being released as a part of operation riptide in September 2021. The skin features a range of bright colors with overlaid patterns of different shapes. Being one of the more expensive Desert Eagles available for purchase, the Ocean Drive ranges from a price of $8 to $434.
R8 Revolver: Fade vs Crazy 8
The R8 Revolver was not added to CS:GO until December of 2015, when it was added alongside the Revolver case, which featured two skins for the new weapon. The R8 Revolver | Fade features the common Fade pattern which ranges from yellow to pink, and is the only Covert R8 Revolver in the game. Despite being covert and the second most expensive R8 Revolver, the Fade has a relatively cheaper price range from just $4 to $45.
Unlike the R8 Revolver | Fade, the Crazy 8 is a unique pattern that was never used before being added as a part of the Recoil Case of July 2022. The skin features a black base with the number 8 displayed on the handle and a purple barrel with a hand drawn skull, and the rotary magazine of the skin also features a row of small arrows on each cartridge. The skin ranges from a price of $0.81 to $9.75.
Since the release of the first weapon skins in the Arms Deal Update of August 14, 2013, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has never been the same. The incredible range of pistol skins available in the game is constantly increasing, and we hope you enjoyed our list comparing the first and most recent weapon skins for each pistol. Want to see an article like this for a different weapon type? Let us know which class of weapon you want next on Twitter by tagging @CarkyssCS and @esportfirecom.