- "So this is the UIR sniper rifle..."
"This isn't a gun. It's a comrade."
- —Damon Baird and Garron Paduk upon finding a discarded Markza
The GZ18 Sniper Rifle, nicknamed "Markza", was the UIR counterpart to the COG Longshot during the Pendulum Wars. While it wasn't as powerful as the Longshot (which was created by the COG to counter the Markza), it had a higher rate of fire, faster reload and larger magazine. However, its scope was also not as powerful as the Longshot's.
After Emergence Day, the Locust Horde captured many Markza rifles and re-purposed large numbers of them after the Fall of Gorasnaya to create the Breechshot rifle. They re-chambered it for larger-caliber rounds, replaced the magazine, stripped out the gas system that made it a bolt-action, and added a blade to the pommel in exchange for losing its scope.
- In Gears of War: Judgment's OverRun mode, the COG Scout comes equipped with a Markza as his primary weapon.
The execution of this weapon consists of holding the rifle by its barrel and using it like a golf club, hitting the downed enemy in the abdomen, sending him flying into the air, while also shattering the victim's ribs.
Behind the scenes
- The Markza debuted in the fourth installment in the series Gears of War: Judgment.
- The reload animation for the Markza is the same as the Lancer.
- Besides the Mark 1 Lancer Assault Rifle, Mark 2 Lancer Assault Rifle and the MX8 Snub Pistol, the Markza is the only firearm in the Gears of War franchise that has a military designation.
- On the sides of the weapon, under the scope, it says "dignu".
- In game information