Instrument of Pain

This week we return to the civilian sector in the world of firearms to check out the scrappy small caliber hornet that is the colorfully-named Trumpet. Forced to work extra hard in order to make a name for itself, this rifle is far more useful than its low slot on the food chain would suggest, and may just surprise you with its capabilities.

This essential .22 became a DayZ ingredient in the 0.54 update all on its own, and few rifles before or since have been quite as unique. Join me as I talk about why you may want to keep carrying this rifle even long after you’ve found replacements, and find out what makes it more than just a coastal fighter’s tool of choice.

FN Trombone

Though “Trumpet” may seem like a silly name for a weapon, it’s really a play on the rifle’s real and equally humorous name: the FN Trombone. The design was penned in 1919 by John Browning, and the rifle was produced from 1922 to 1974, being sold primarily in Europe due to an agreement between FN and Remington regarding market territory.

This rifle of course fires .22 Long Rifle ammunition fed via an 11-round internal tubular magazine, but is capable of firing .22 Short and .22 Long as well. It is somewhat uncommon in having a pump action design, and is the only rifle to make it into DayZ with such a feature (besides shotguns). They are known for having very tight tolerances and slick action of their various parts, making them enjoyable to use and reliable over time. Late production models even included a dovetail notch for the mounting of scopes, much like the one we have in-game.

The Trombone is somewhat well known for another unique feature: it can be broken down into its two main parts in the field, using nothing more than a coin. This makes it incredibly portable, and indeed makes it safer for transport by separating crucial parts from each other in addition to being easier to clean.


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No Pretense

There is no bullshit with the Trumpet — it does not pretend to be anything other than what it is. It was made to kill small animals and pests, not to strike fear into the hearts of men. Should you encounter another player, this rifle is unlikely to deter them from trying to inflict harm upon you, and even fresh spawns with nothing but their fists may be emboldened to try their luck.

The brazenness that this gun inspires in other people also tends to make them careless, which can be leveraged to your advantage. When people let their guard down, making critical hits on them usually becomes easier as well, so carefully aimed successive shots to the head go a long way in claiming victory for yourself.

Hunting Pedigree

This is a small game hunting rifle, and it excels tremendously at the task for which it was born. Chickens, rabbits, and even foxes should fear for their lives. It is not, however, all that proficient at downing larger animals and should probably not be used for that purpose. A cow, for example, can soak up quite a few .22 shots even when you’re going for the head.

Human targets can be just as difficult as large game, particularly if you’re up against someone who is well equipped to take some damage. Headshots are your best friend, and it pays to develop your muscle memory to allow for quick use of the pump action where quantity of shots can help make up for the lack of sheer power.

Not a Toy

Though it resembles an oversized BB gun and even kind of sounds like an air rifle, the Trumpet is not to be seen as an ineffective decoy. It has legitimately useful attachments at its disposal, the ammunition capacity to deliver a lethal amount of damage in short order, and ammunition is both common and highly passed over making it easy to acquire in bulk.

Those who would underestimate this rifle’s abilities may find themselves staring at a black screen with the three dreaded words.

Urban Stalker

Due to the low caliber ammunition that it fires, the Trumpet is not ideal at long ranges. The scope that can be attached makes it useful for scouting fields, but its actual ability to dish out damage at those ranges is quite limited. Instead, it does best in urban areas where it becomes easier to dole out multiple accurate shots to one or two targets.

When equipped with a scope, it can be deployed from a rooftop or tower to great effect in both a first alert role and also as suppressing fire for friendlies on the ground.


There are only two attachments available for use with the Trumpet, and one of them can greatly enhance its capability. The long range scope transforms this rifle from being a short range only novice level weapon into a full-fledged rifle. It is useful in scouting for threats and animal targets over longer distances, and also makes it easy to land every shot when operating in tighter urban areas.

The suppressor is less useful, as it is for all of the .22 weapons. Since they are quiet by nature and don’t yet have a unique suppressed sound of their own, they do not really benefit from the use of a suppressor at this time.

.22 Stings

While bee stings may be nothing more than an annoyance individually (unless you’re allergic!), enough of them together will kill you. Such is the same principle with the .22 weapons, and the Trumpet is no exception. Particularly against human targets, a single bullet is almost never going to get the job done. Multiple shots will be necessary to down a target, and you would be lucky to get two kills from a single magazine.

That being said, the action on the Trumpet can be cycled quite quickly if you take the time to get familiar with it, making it easy to deliver several shots in rapid succession. When used like this, other players have reason to be afraid of your “little” .22.

Shared by Tatanko on August 2, 2016

The twenty-third in a many-part series covering the different weapons found in DayZ Standalone.

Many thanks to official forum user SGTHornet for assisting with the album, and thanks to forum user Red Ensign for providing materials.