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.


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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