The Executor Pistol, also known as the Executioner Pistol, is a special weapon only employed by the Eversor Assassins of the Officio Assassinorum. This Combi-pistol is rarely seen in Imperial space, despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that it is used by some of the Imperium’s most dangerous killers. The Eversor Assassins, the skull-faced murderers of the Officio Assasinorum, carry these weapons in addition to their lethal array of close-combat gear. The Executor is an unusual example of a Combi-weapon. Instead of being one weapon grafted crudely onto another, it is a seamless joining of two individual firearms. The Executor is a Bolt Pistol with an under-slung Needle Pistol beneath the barrel, allowing the wielder to choose between the destructive power of the Bolter weapon, or the quiet lethality of the needle weapon. As a result, the Assassin can fire both explosive Bolts or needles composed of a crystallised neurotoxin, sedative or interrogation narcotic into his victim, as the situation demands. The weapon's Needle Pistol toxins are so potent that whenever a target is hit by a shot it kills the victim almost outright.
It is this versatility, combined with the exquisite craftsmanship of every Executor Pistol, that makes it such a popular choice for one of the Imperium’s sanctioned assassins. The weapon incorporates the heights of arcane tech-lore in its construction. It possesses a bi-stabilised targeting sight, and its polymorphic grip is genetically coded to the individual Assassin. Thus, even if an opponent were somehow to gain control of an Executor Pistol, he would be unable to fire it. Changing the weapon’s programming to recognise a different user requires access to secret Officio Assassinorum facilities, something that is almost impossible even for most members of the Inquisition.
An Executor Pistol can always be fired as either a Bolt Pistol or a Needle Pistol, although the bearer may only fire it in one mode or the other.
- Codex: Assassins (2nd Edition), p. 19
- Codex: Daemonhunters (3rd Edition)
- Codex: Witch Hunters (3rd Edition)
- Dark Heresy: Ascension (RPG), p. 138