The SMG-46 Armistice is the Terran option for a submachine gun with an incredibly high damage output, competing primarily with the AF-4 Cyclone. Though the Armistice may have a lower calibre round loaded, the weapon's blazing fast rate-of-fire more than makes up for the damage deficit, though this does come at the expense of ranged potency through high bloom-per-shot for the calibre and wild recoil, combined with a lower damage-per-magazine.
The SMG-46 Armistice's brother, the PDW-16 Hailstorm, sacrifices a fair chunk of fire rate compared to the Armistice in exchange for a much larger, 60-round drum magazine without slowing its reload speed, for which it additionally trades off access to an Extended Magazine and suffers a slightly less controllable horizontal recoil in spite of the slower rate-of-fire.
The SMG-46 Armistice, alongside the AF-4 Cyclone and Eridani SX5, is part of the so-called 'first generation' of submachine guns, as the three were the first wave of faction-specific weapons to be released in the class.
A compensator redirects gases upward, reducing vertical recoil. The increased sound pressure will cause the player to show on the minimap from farther away, and increased weapon bulk reduces accuracy when firing from the hip.
The weapon's muzzle flash and noise generation is reduced, and the player no longer appears on the minimap when firing. In exchange, the weapon's damage falls off 20 meters sooner, and bullet velocity is reduced by 15%.
It is possible to earn both Ribbons and Medals while using the SMG-46 Armistice. Each ribbon is a standard reward for achieving a set amount of kills with the submachine gun. Medals are awarded upon reaching kill milestones with the weapon.