- "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.
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.
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.
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.