A real battlefield workhorse, the GECKO rifle design borrows heavily from the AK family, with a gas-operated rotating bolt mechanism, but improves on the original with several design features (notably a milled steel receiver, and an ambidextrous cocking handle). The weapon is heavily modifiable, and can be customised to fit most scenarios.
The Gecko 7.62 is an excellent all-rounder. With the correct upgrades, it will perform better than most assault rifles in the game. The only downsides would be low concealment, fast ammo drainage, and to some players, lower ammo.
It has a fairly high rate of fire and is capable of performing headshots from the hip with incredible accuracy.
Although it only stores 150 rounds maximum (188 with Fully Loaded Basic), it is very efficient with ammo pickups. For hold-out heists such as Rats Day 1, players may have difficulty managing ammo levels, however on more mobile combat heists such as Hoxton Breakout Day 1 this issue is largely negated, especially with the Walk-In Closet perk.
Due to the wide array of mods available for it, the Gecko 7.62 is incredibly adaptive and versatile. When correctly upgraded, it becomes ideal for any heist except stealth missions.
Although the main flashlight has a toggle switch, the laser sight component of the LED Combo is pressure-activated, meaning the laser will stay on as long as the pressure switch is depressed. This switch is not placed where it should be, however (on foregrips, magazine wells, etc...) and is instead ziptied to the main taclight, leaving no plausible mean for the user to toggle it without awkwardly moving their off hand off the weapon and gripping the attachment itself.
Requires a pre-installed sight mod to mount. The magnification level can be changed while aiming down the sights, and the aiming FOV will automatically adjust itself. Not compatible with the Acough Optic, Military Red Dot, Milspec Scope, Combat Sight, Reconnaissance Sight, Theia Magnified Scope, Box Buddy Sight, the JP36's Original Sight, the Raven's Flip-up Sight or the GROM and Platypus 70's iron sights. Currently bugged and not appearing as intended on certain weapons, for a list see here. They're still listed below even if broken.
Upon release, the default reticle of this sight was a chevron instead of the retail version's red dot. After the release of the Gage Mod Courier DLC, it was reverted to the regular sight's red dot.
It is functionally the same as the standard Military Red Dot Sight, but the sight's casing is tan instead of black with the line "A-10" scrawled on near the adjustment knob. The sticker on the lens cap's interior also says "I <3 Payday" instead of having a picture of an American flag.
This sight was based on the Aimpoint CompM2 optic. While it is portrayed as a high-zoom scope in-game, the CompM2 is actually a reflex sight, meaning it offers no magnification in reality.
It is based off of the IMI Galil ARM 7.62, as pointed out by the bipod, the old wooden handguard, and boxy magazine.
The rifle was prominently displayed in the movie Heat, one of Payday's main sources of inspiration, being wielded by Michael Cheritto during the bank heist. The only difference to the source material was the caliber - the rifle in the movie was chambered for the more common 5.56x45mm round.
Strangely, the 25-round straight box magazine of the Galil 7.62 holds 30 rounds in-game. The magazine was also one of the few to show bullets inside it when reloading before Update #65 (First Person Animations Update).
Peeking into the Gecko's magazine during a reload shows it being loaded with precisely one round, with a plainly-visible baseplate underneath.
The Gecko 7.62 is one of a number of assault rifles in the game that can reach 40+ damage, maximum accuracy, and maximum stability simultaneously.
It is one of the three assault rifles in the game that don't have their Threat levels completely nullified by adding a suppressor. The M308 is left with 8, Gewehr 3 is left with 4, and the Gecko retains 2 Threat.
Until the addition of functioning bipods for the LMG's, the Gecko was the only gun in the game with a deployed bipod. Unlike the LMG bipods, the Gecko's is still completely decorative.
The Gecko 7.62 has the highest number of unique mods in the game at a remarkable 11, beating the previous #1 Falcon by 2 items.
The Fabulous Foregrip and Stock are both a reference to FAB-Defense, the aftermarket manufacturer responsible for the parts. The rails belong on an AR or ARM, the stock is from an older MAR.
The Wooden Stock and Plastic Stock are both original ARM accessories from IMI. The stats reflect their intended purpose - the plastic cheekpiece assists head positioning with a scope and the wooden block is more suitable for general LMG usage.