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The SMG-45 is a submachine gun manufactured by LWRC International (Land Warfare Resources Corporation), and first displayed at SHOT Show 2015. It is ergonomically based on the AR-15 platform, and uses UMP magazines. It entered full-scale production in 2019 when, in addition to the select-fire military/LE models, pistol braced civilian semi-auto versions became available as well.

The SMG-45 appears in Battlefield 2042 as the PBX-45.

Battlefield 2042[]

"Developed in the private sector for potential foreign military and NGO clients, the PBX-45 offers a powerful .45 ACP alternative to lighter submachine guns. The delayed blowback operating system reduces barrel rise."

— In-game description

The PBX-45 is a weapon featured in Battlefield 2042, first seen in the reveal trailer. It is the default SMG avaliable to all players.

The PBX-45, being the default SMG, is a reliable weapon in any hand. Its fast fire rate, controllability and accuracy makes it a great choice, even for experienced players.

Firing at 630-730 RPM, the PBX-45 is in the middle of the SMGs when it comes to fire rate. Unlike the faster firing SMGs like the K30 and the AC9, the PBX's fire rate contributes to the ease of use of the weapon. While relatively fast, it is easy to control and will not run ammunition dry as quickly as other SMGs. The default capacity of the PBX-45 is 30 + 1 rounds, which is quite average. This can be increased to a 40 + 1 rounds capacity via the Standard Issue / Extended. As with the other weapons, it can chamber more varieties of cartridges to adapt to different situations. These include Close Combat, High-Power and Subsonic rounds.

Close Combat rounds increase effectiveness in close engagements, increasing the fire rate by 50 RPM, the magazine by 5 rounds to a 35 + 1 capacity, and extending its first damage range up to 19 meters. Within those ranges, Close Combat rounds are able to reliably earn a 4-shot kill to the body. After 40 meters, however, this damage deteriorates faster than Standard Issues.

High-Power rounds extend the damage range further, thus making ranged engagements easier. They also reduce the fire rate down to 630 RPM, which can be useful to accurately hit long-distance enemies. The drawback to these ammo is that they have 10 less rounds, and a lot less reserve magazines, making them less versatile.

Subsonic ammunition works well when paired with Suppressors, as they hide the player's presence on the minimap. Other than that, they hit for damage similarly to High-Power rounds, up until 75 meters.

The velocity of the weapon is quite slow, at 480 m/s for Standard Issue ammunition, which make leading shots at longer distances being more difficult.

This weapon pairs well with Support specialists, as they get a faster draw time.


Damage Chart[]

Ammunition types 0-9m 10-19m 20-29m 30-39m 40-49m 50-74m 75-99m 100-149m >150m
Standard Issue
Standard Issue / Extended
28 22 22 18 18 15 15 13 13
Close Combat 28 28 22 18 15 15 13 13 12
High-Power 28 22 22 22 18 18 18 15 15
Subsonic 28 22 22 22 18 18 15 15 13

Gallery[]

Retail[]

Pre-release[]

Skins[]

Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Factory Factory
Default
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Carbon Mixed Carbon Series
PBX-45 Mastery 1 (T5)
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Electro Wrap Electro Wrap
Logitech G promotion
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Collateral Collateral
300 BFC (Weapopn Skin)
1,750 BFC (Yatagara Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Taiga Taiga
Escalation Premium Battle Pass tier 45
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Tier 1 Tier 1
PBX-45 Mastery 40 (T1)
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Boom Hazard Boom Hazard
Level 84
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Downpour Downpour
Gold Edition, Year 1 Pass or Ultimate Edition owner
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Ballista Ballista
500 BFC (Weapon Skin)
1,000 BFC (Urban Ops Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Flood Gauge Flood Gauge
Escalation Premium Battle Pass tier 80
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Cataclysm Cataclysm
500 BFC (Weapon Skin)
2,400 BFC (Twilight Strike Bundle)
Earn 60 ribbons during the second week of Battle of Nordvik: Redux in any official game mode
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Incendiary Incendiary
500 BFC (Weapon Skin)
1,400 BFC (Nordvik Gunner Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Spiker Spiker
500 BFC (Weapon Skin)
1,400 BFC (Midnight Sun Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Purifier Purifier
Eleventh Hour Premium Battle Pass tier 6
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Particle swarm Particle swarm
500 BFC (Weapon Skin)
1,400 BFC (Ascendant Weapon Bundle)
2,400 BFC (Arkangel Bundle)
Earn 60 ribbons during the second week in Arkangel Directive (2024) playlist
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Deepwater Deepwater
500 BFC (Weapon Skin)
1,400 BFC (Tidal Fire Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Protective Resolve Protective Resolve
1,000 BFC (Year of the Dragon Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 PBX-45 Tar Pit Tar Pit
750 BFC (Weapon Skin)
1,400 BFC (Heavy Fuel Bundle)



Trivia[]

  • The text "DICE SWE STOCKHOLM" is visible on receiver just above the selector switch, referencing the main DICE studio in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • The PBX-45 was originally named the PBX-9, as seen in the Gameplay trailer.
  • Carbon Series weapon skin was originally called Carbon Mixed. This was changed in Update 1 (Season 1).
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