my brother and I had difficulties aquiring the handcannon in the mercenaries missions but after a few days of practice and devotion we finally got it and it only took 3 days. first off get used to the feel of the merc. missions and be able to fight under pressure. Also to win you must face difficulties and fears. And finally give it your best, I will give you the specifics of each level with each character. Notes: 1. you will die many times but dont loose heart I tried only a few times to get into the rhythm of the mission levels. 2. Every character has their own special moves for killing enemies and their own weapons too. use that to your advantage. 3. every level has its own miniboss that usually kills you in one hit (excluding the jj's). The parasites that come out of their heads appear at random. on the castle level Enemies: 1. ganados the basic goons of the game they are the islanders, the zealots, and the villagers 2. special zealots they are in purple skirt like clothing and have scythes that if you are not careful you may be decapitated. 3. minibosses (bella sisters) as long as you stay away from them and dont let them get too close you will be fine. stunning them and chucking a grenade on top of them is your best bet. (Garrador) he is very difficult to kill but incendiary grenades and frags should stun him, constant bullets should put him down or throw grenades at his back. (jjs) they are the only minibosses that are not a pain in the @$$ to kill you can usually use a powerfull weapon to stun them, the way you know when they are going to attack is when they lift their minigun up and grunt. also if you have a crowd of regular goons following you and you encounter a jj they will shoot through the goons just to hit you. (Dr. Salvador A.K.A mr crazy chainsaw goon) first off these peeps look hard but they are easy, shoot them in the leg to stun them if they are stunned blast em in the face or chuck grenades they are not fast enough to dodge them so they usually step on them. Use the fact that they are slow to your advantage. In the waterworld level I encountered one when I opened a door and if you can shoot them in the back with a powerful weapon they wil almost always get off balance giving you more time to blast em. The Village: the easiest level the basic thing to do in the village is to get supplies fast and hunker down in the two story barn with the ladder. also if you start loosing goons to kill then walk around the village to conjur up some more. but now for the specifics. Leon: his blacktail is effective when you shoot them in the leg areas or the chest.