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So near the beginning of the 2012 movie...

Judge Dredd: A rookie Judge on assessment is likely to be involved in armed combat. One in five don't survive the first day. You may be required to carry out on-the-spot executions of convicted felons.

Anderson: Yes, sir.

Judge Dredd: Incorrect sentencing is an automatic fail. Disobeying a direct order from your assessment officer is an automatic fail. Losing your primary weapon or having it taken from you is an automatic fail.

Anderson: Yes, sir.

Dredd later into the film is down on ammunition. I didn't seem him reach for a secondary weapon hopefully not just out of ignorance. Not to suggest that having a primary weapon means you have another. I feel like it is strongly implied. Anderson also has her, from what I saw, only weapon relinquished.

Do Judges have secondary weapons that are more than just resorting to pugilistic tendencies? I am looking primarily for a movie based answer but I am more than willing to accept comic references for this.

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Judge Dredd's "primary weapon" is undoubtedly his Lawgiver gun but he does also carries some secondary weapons as part of his standard arsenal:

  • A Daystick cudgel; titanium-reinforced, capable of blocking blows and dispensing skull-cracking justice

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  • A Bootknife; A sharpened blade typically carried in the boot. Used as a backup/melee weapon. We see Judge Anderson's in the 2012 film.

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  • I am not crazy though in that I didn't see Dredd use a secondary weapon in the movie at least. I also wonder if Karl Urban got cramps from frowning so much. – Matt Oct 20 '15 at 16:31
  • @Matt - No. We see him punching people a lot, but I can't recall any time he uses a weapon other than his lawgiver. – Valorum Oct 20 '15 at 18:18
  • @Valorum He uses two grenades - one gas grenade, and one stun grenade. Further, although the Lawgiver is a judge's "primary" weapon, that doesn't stop a judge from using anything else as a secondary or improvised weapon, as Anderson does when she loses her sidearm. – lunchmeat317 Nov 12 '16 at 3:59

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