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Maula pistol (Dune board game 1979 Avalon Hill)

Maula pistol - illustration from the 1979 Dune board game "treachery card"

Maula pistol (Dune Chronicles of the Imperium RPG)

Maula pistol - illustration from the tabletop roleplaying game Dune: Chronicles of the Imperium

A Maula pistol was a hand-held weapon, used to fire poison darts. It had a range of approximately 40 metres. Maula pistols usually maintained a spring-loaded mechanism. They were popular weapons during the Wars of Assassins in the days of the Faufreluches.

These weapons were especially effective on Arrakis (where shields were rarely in use), and were often used by the Fremen.

Appearances in the Dune series[]

Appearances in adaptations[]

  • Dune (1984)
  • Frank Herbert's Dune (2000)
  • Dune (2021) - This version has a foldable pistol grip, for easier storage in a stillsuit tool pouch.


  • Length: 15 - 20 centimeters (barrel)
  • Mass: 0.5 - 1 kilogram
  • Range: 5 - 40 meters
  • Ammunition: 10 rounds per clip

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