The automatic rifle is a powerful support weapon firing .308 caliber rounds. The weapon holds 20 rounds in a box magazine, has a higher base damage per shot than any other fully-automatic projectile weapon, and a comparatively high critical chance.
Although it is a rifle with a very long barrel and high-powered rifle ammunition, it suffers from poor spread when compared to bolt-action and semi-automatic rifles, having the highest spread of any fully-automatic weapon in the game. Even when upgraded, it has the lowest fire rate of any automatic weapon, and its low durability means it will degrade rapidly with frequent use and require regular maintenance. The automatic rifle fires two round bursts with each separate attack in V.A.T.S.
Villa Police Station - one can be found to the left of the main entrance through the locked contraband store room door, along with boxes of .308 caliber rounds. (The contraband room cannot be picked and can be only accessed via a computer terminal on a desk next to the door - Scienceskill of 75 required).
Villa - can be found next to one of Dean's secret stashes on a rooftop, in a courtyard covered with the Cloud. (See Dean's Secret Stash for detailed location.)
Villa - in a footlocker inside a courtyard a short distance northwest of the doors to the Residential District. The footlocker is behind the northwest pillar.
pcps3xbox360 If loading a saved game from the main menu in which you have an automatic rifle equipped and drawn, the reload animation takes twice as long as normal. This can be solved by simply switching to another gun and then back again. [verified]
pc If kneeling and reloading the automatic rifle, it will reload in a standing position rather than a kneeling one.[verified]