This baby is arguably the hardest .45 ACP ever made, for the hardest community ever assembled. If you're going trick-or-treating, don't go home without it! This gun won't expire, and you'll have access to it as long as you're a member of the PAYDAY 2 Steam group.
The Interceptor 45 is very similar to the Crosskill, with near-identical handling and accuracy. However, it has less visual recoil, making it easier to hit repeated head shots on a moving target. It also possesses a higher standard magazine capacity (13 vs 10), giving one a greater margin of error for missed shots or more endurance in shootouts. However, it is less threatening, and has fewer modifications.
The value of the Interceptor 45 is debatable once the player has amassed most of the weapon modifications. A fully modified Crosskill has much better handling and damage than a fully modified Interceptor. However, the Interceptor's greatest strength over the Crosskill is its total ammo, which is twice the size. Combined with the potential for high accuracy, very large magazine size (21 rounds with extended magazine), short reload times, high stability and a fairly low visual recoil, a fully-upgraded Interceptor 45 can be a reliable and versatile backup weapon that will last much longer in an extended fire-fight than the Crosskill, Bronco and Deagle.
While the damage can be somewhat improved through modifications, it is highly recommended to aim for headshots as much as possible to make full use of ammo and exploit the pistol's strengths.
The One Handed Talent and Gun Nut skills from the Fugitive tree are useful for all kinds of handguns. They increase DPS and reduce downtime for mag changes.
The Extended Mag modification is always useful, but since they reduce concealment, one may prefer to leave them off the weapon when building for a stealth role. One will probably find the difference negligible.
Either Expert Slide or Match Slide are pivotal in increasing weapon accuracy. Both are favorable, although they fulfill different roles:
The Expert Slide should be used with a suppressor, Flash Hider, or Ventilated .45, to maximize accuracy and/or damage.
The Match Slide should be used with either the Velocity .45 or Champion's Silencer, whose bonus accuracy make expert slide redundant, or if trying to maximize stability.
The item is the decorative front bit of the WE-Tech Tenderizer, a full-metal muzzle brake designed for airsoft M1911s.
The original model name (Meat Grinder) helps confirm the link.
Tenderizers can be utilized in close quarters in the same manner as a bayonet, albeit dealing blunt trauma instead of impalement. Despite this, the weapon butt animation and damage for pistols modded with this part remains unchanged.
The point of a pronged flash hider like this is to split the single bright muzzle flash into a wide four-way cross for the shooter's comfort. Not only is it slightly dimmer overall to avoid blinding the shooter in a dark environment, but it also prevents the flash itself from obscuring the target between shots. By this account, it should help with accuracy more than anything. It might appear more intimidating, or possibly alter stability by changing the center of gravity, but it certainly shouldn't alter the speed and thus damage of the weapon it is mounted on.
The Champion's Suppressor is based on the Knight's Armament Co. Mk23 .45 caliber Suppressor. The real life suppressor is designed to fit only the MK23, suggesting that the in-game suppressor is custom.
A "Monolith" is commonly a single massive monument of stone or rock, often carefully and uniformly carved into shape. A typical monolith possesses a lot of perpendicular and parallel lines and surfaces, similar to the shape of this suppressor.
The suppressor is, in fact, simply an oil filter with a bullet hole on one end used as a makeshift sound suppressor. This is somewhat alluded to by its name, as a "budget" item is a cheap, most commonly homemade substitute of dodgy quality for something currently not available.
The "Jungle Ninja Suppressor" weapon mod is a reference to the game Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. It is used on Naked Snake's custom M1911A1. In the description of the weapon mod it says, "...this suppressor was wielded by a great warrior during the legendary sneaking mission in the 60's." This is a reference to Naked Snake and the mission he did in the 1960's dubbed Operation Snake Eater.
If combined with a Laser Grip (STRYK 18c, Gruber Kurz, Chimano Compact, Chimano 88, Chimano Custom), activation will cycle through the laser on the Laser Grip, the laser on the Combined Module, the light, and then off, in that order. This effect has no practical application but the STRYK 18c, Chimano 88, and Chimano Custom get improved stats from both attachments.
The Expert Slide was based on the slide of the Heckler & Koch USP Expert, with the most evident features being the elongated, front-protruding slide and the "Expert" branding on the left side of the slide.
The Match slide and barrel compensator, along with the whole USP Match series, was discontinued by Heckler & Koch in 1999, which hints at the attachment being an exotic blackmarket item.
The compensator provided by the Match Slide upgrade is compatible with sound suppressors due to its design: the compensator block only goes around the (extended) barrel and is hollow in the middle, thus any and all follow-up extensions will be connected to the barrel itself and not the compensator.
The Interceptor 45 is based on the USP45 Tactical as evident by the protruding threaded barrel and the marking on the left side of its slide.
With the Match Slide attachment it becomes the USP Match variant that was discontinued in 1999, which may hint at the attachment being an exotic black market part.
With the Expert Slide it becomes the USP Expert.
The in-game Interceptor features a jet funnel that is meant to be used in conjunction with extended magazines. It is not a particularly strange feature except for the fact that no funnel types were made to suit .45ACP USP magazines, the device was only created for 9mm and .40S&W models.
The Interceptor 45 is the first weapon to be added post-launch to PAYDAY 2.
When it was added, the only barrel extension modifications available for the Interceptor 45 were suppressors. The other two were added in a later update.
The Interceptor .45 is, so far, one of the only two weapons in the series, aside from the B9-S, to be able to accept both a silencer and a recoil compensator at the same time, with the compensator being part of the Match Slide upgrade and the silencer can be fitted in front of it.
The USP/Interceptor .45 was the preferred sidearm of Neil McCauley in the 1995 film Heat.
The Interceptor is available at reputation level 0. It is one of 4 pistols available at reputation level 0, and one of 6 secondaries available. However, in order to access it, one must be a member of the Steam Official Payday 2 Group.
The Interceptor with its externally-threaded barrel is among a small handful of in-game weapons to actually have a component to directly interface with Barrel Extensions.