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The automatic rifle is a weapon in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Dead Money.


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. at the cost of 35 Action Points.


The automatic rifle can fire a total of about 995 standard rounds, the equivalent of 50 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeDurability
Standard, HP, & AP99550



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  • 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 - Science skill 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.
  • Sierra Madre Casino - can be found across from a gun cabinet on the second floor.
  • Sierra Madre Casino - another can be found in a gun cabinet in the cashier's office on the first floor.
  • Puesta del Sol switching station - can be found to the left of Ennis's locker. On the ground next to it are several dozen armor piercing rounds.
  • Salida del Sol courtyard - next to a corpse and a Dean's Secret Stash, in the water with all the Sierra Madre chips.
  • Salida del Sol South - in a gun cabinet on the ground floor of a building south of the building with the upturned pool table.
  • Salida del Sol South - east of the Salida switching station, on a second floor balcony next to a beeping radio.


  • In its Pip-Boy icon, the automatic rifle is shown with the bipod unfolded. In-game the player cannot unfold the bipod.
  • It has one of the game's longest weapon barrels, almost hitting the ground at times in a similar way to the anti-materiel rifle.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • This weapon is based on the M1918 Browning automatic rifle or BAR with some modifications.[1]
  • This is another weapon in the game based off a weapon made by John Browning.


  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 If loading a saved game from the main menu in which one has 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]
  • pcIcon pc If kneeling and reloading the automatic rifle, it will reload in a standing position rather than a kneeling one.[verified]





  1. J. E. Sawyer on Formspring