The Cow Mangler 5000 is a primary weapon of the Soldier class from Team Fortress 2, being a bazooka-like ray gun that fires rockets solely constructed from atom-dissipating energy.


As its ammo is just concentrated rockets of energy, the Cow Mangler can never run out of ammunition, but must be reloaded by cocking a small handle on the ray-gun's barrel. It can also fire charged shots which disables Engineer buildings for four seconds and sets opponents on fire. Killing an enemy with the Cow Mangler makes their corpse completely evaporate into the cosmos, but it does have its balancing flaws, such as no random crits, inactive with crit boosters, and is very ineffective against buildings.


  • Its name and build is a reference to aliens, who stereotypically use ray guns and kidnap/mutilate cattle.