|Manufactured:||2007 (First appears in Halo 3)|
|Type:||7.62x51mm Full Metal Jacket rounds|
The Type-52 Pistol, more commonly known as The Mauler, is a Jiralhanae sidearm used by the Infantry and Security forces of the Covenant Loyalists during the Human-Covenant war. It functions as a handheld shotgun.
The Mauler is based on the Jiralhanae's Pre-Covenant technology and has been in use since they first developed firearms. The magazine holds 5 shells of an unknown type of ammunition. The Mauler is equipped with a small blade underneath, making it a formidable melee weapon.
While a single Mauler is not as powerful as the UNSC M90 Shotgun by itself, the Mauler is still a lethal weapon up close. One shot to a light-armored or non-armored target will result in an instant kill, and the blade on the bottom of the weapon makes it an effective melee weapon. When dual-wielded by a Spartan or Elite, the Mauler's power is doubled and will kill a heavily armored or shielded target in one or two shots if fired at the same time.
Using a single Mauler against a heavily-armored or shielded target is risky, but still results in a kill if the user fires off a shot and follows up with a bladed melee attack. Also, as well as having a faster reload than a Shotgun, it has a faster fire rate. Lastly, the Mauler is the only close-range weapon that can be dual-wielded, so the user will not have to waste valuable seconds switching to another weapon.
The Mauler is generally unable to inflict the one-hit kill damage that the M90 Shotgun is capable of, unless dual wielded.
The spread of the Mauler's shell severely limits its range, and any weapon that can be used outside of close range can take down a user with a Mauler.
Ammunition is often rare to come by, and its five shell magazine can be used up rather quickly.