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"A finicky, inelegant weapon used by UIR cowards."
Fort Reval military museum plaque

The Markza Mk 1 Marksman Rifle was a semi-automatic rifle manufactured and used by the Union of Independent Republics during the Pendulum Wars against the Coalition of Ordered Governments. It was almost identical to the GZ18 Markza Sniper Rifle, but possessed a shorter barrel, and iron-sights instead of a long-range scope.


The Markza Mk 1 Marksman Rifle was in use by Union of Independent Republics Infantry during the Battle of Aspho Fields. Following the end of the Pendulum Wars, two Markza "Assault Rifles" were put on display at the Fort Reval military history museum as part of an exhibit commemorating the Coalition of Ordered Governments' victory. The rifle was still in use long after the end of the Locust War.

Gears of War 4[]

The Markza Mk 1 first appears during the initial flash back of the Pendulum Wars used by the opposing UIR forces. James Dominic Fenix is later seen using a Markza during the raid on Settlement 5, but later abandons the weapon for a Shock Enforcer. It can be found at certain points during the campaign and from replicators.

Gears 5[]

The Markza Mk 1 returns in Gears 5, this time with a magazine holding ten rounds instead of five. A Markza can be found in an ammo cache in the Riftworm Village during the Siege of Riftworm Village. Another Markza can be found in a garage where Oscar Diaz kept his skiff. The Markza does not appear again until reaching the Nomad base in Vasgar Air International in Vasgar. Three can be found while making your way to the skiff, with several others being found throughout the deserts of Vasgar.

Gears: Hivebusters[]

A Markza is one of the weapons carried by Leslie Macallister at the beginning of every mission.


The Markza Mk 1 is a formidable weapon, capable of downing an opponent in 5 shots, but you'll have to keep your aim true in Gears 4, because the magazine only holds that much. An active reload will reduce this to 4 shots. The weapon's true ability lies in its headshot damage, with 3 headshots capable of killing an opponent, and a perfect active reload reducing this to 2 headshots. The range of the Markza is impressive, but a slight pause between shots is recommended to retain accuracy, especially at longer ranges.


The Markza's execution involves lifting the downed enemy to his knees, flipping the rifle so that the barrel is in the player's hands, and smashing the grip of the rifle into the enemy's head.


The Weapons and Equipment of Gears of War
Melee Weapons Chainsaw Bayonet · Combat Knife · Commando Knife · Machete · Powersaw
Rifles Designated Marksman Rifle · EMBAR Railgun · Enforcer Submachine Gun (Shock variant) · GZ18 Markza Sniper Rifle (Marksman variant) · Hunting Rifle · Musket · Longshot Sniper Rifle · Mark 1 Lancer Assault Rifle (Police variant) · Mark 2 Lancer Assault Rifle (Custom variant) · Mark 3 Lancer Assault Rifle (GL variant) · UIR Belt-fed Machine Gun
Shotguns Gnasher Shotgun · Overkill Shotgun · Sawed-Off Shotgun
Sidearms MX8 Snub Pistol · Talon Autopistol · Zapper
Grenades Beacon Grenade · Bolo Grenade · Cytostatic Gas Grenade · Flashbang · Incendiary Grenade · Molotov Cocktail · Shock Grenade · Smoke Grenade · Stim-Gas Grenade
Heavy Weapons Auto-Turret · Booshka Grenade Launcher · Buzzkill · Chain Gun · COG Machine Gun · Cryo Cannon · Dropshot Munitions Launcher · Laser-Guided Rocket Pod · Longspear Rocket Launcher · Mortar · Mulcher · One-Shot · Rocket Launcher · Salvo Rocket Launcher · Scorcher Flamethrower · Silverback Rocket Launcher · Stomper · Tripwire Crossbow · Tri-Shot Chain Gun · Twin-Barrel Turret · UIR Machine Gun · UIR Minigun · Ultra-Violet Turret · Vulcan Gatling Gun
Super-Heavy Weapons Asp SAM Turret · Ball Turrets · Brader · Defence Missile System · High Velocity Main Cannon · Flechette Guns · Fortress Artillery Cannon · Industrial Staple Gun · Kestrel Missile Launcher · Mega Mech Gatling Gun · Naval Gun · Pariah Cannon · Railgun · Torpedo · UIR Artillery Battery · UIR Anti-Air Turret
Weapons of Mass Destruction Hammer of Dawn · Imulsion Countermeasure Weapon · Lightmass Bomb · Lightmass Missile · Nuclear Missile · Venom Bomb
Equipment Adrenaline Injector · Barrier · Blow Torch · COG/UIR Ammo Crates · Cloak · COG Armor · COG Tag · Fire Extinguisher · Gas Mask · Gut-Puncher · Propane Tanks · Pulse · Remote Targeting System · Stim · UIR Armor · UIR Tag
Other Bow · Flash · Hijack · Shock Trap
Melee Weapons Butcher Cleaver · Breaker Mace · Combat Knife · Crystal Tooth Bayonet · Dual Chainsaw Staff · Explosive Flail · Serrated Knife · Staff · Tremor Hammer
Rifles Breechshot · Claw Light Machine Gun · Hammerburst Assault Rifle (Gorgon variant) · Hammerburst II
Shotguns Elite Sawed-Off Shotgun
Sidearms Boltok Pistol · Gorgon Submachine Gun
Grenades Bolo Grenade · Ink Grenade · Kryll Grenade
Heavy Weapons Boomshot Grenade Launcher · Canker · Digger Launcher · Multi-Turret · Nemacyst · Reaver Chain Gun · Torque Bow · Troika Heavy Machine Gun (RAAM's variant)
Super-Heavy Weapons Brumak Rocket Launcher · Wrist-Mounted Chain Gun · Brumak Rocket Mortar · Corpser Mine Layer · Hydra Missile Pod · Hydra Rocket Pod · Locust Defense Tower · Reaver Rocket Launcher · Siegebeast Catapult
Weapons of Mass Destruction Riftworm
Equipment Boom Shield · Imulsion Explosive Canister · Imulsion Injection Harness · Immune System Booster · Locust Ammo Crates · Locust Armor · Locust Emblem · Swarm Armor · Thumper · Torture Pod
Other Ticker
Easter Egg Weapons
Melee Weapons Elemental Cleavers · Fish Stick
Rifles A Real Gun
Shotguns Raging Buccaneer
Sidearms Despicable You · Memento Mori
Grenades Dom's Toms
Heavy Weapons Cluckshot · Trackshot
Other Relic Weapons