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. It is one of the most powerful guns in the game in terms of DPS.
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 rounds with each separate attack in V.A.T.S.
The automatic rifle can fire a total of about 995 standard rounds, the equivalent of 50 reloads, from full condition before breaking.
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Villa Police Station - one can be found immediately to the left through the locked contraband store room door, along with boxes of .308 caliber rounds. (The contraband room is accessed via a computer terminal on a desk next to the door - Scienceskill of 75 required).
Villa - can be found next to a Dean's Secret Stash on a rooftop, in a courtyard covered with the Cloud. (See Dean's Secret Stash for detailed location.)
Sierra Madre Casino - can be found across from a gun cabinet on the second floor. Another can be found in a gun cabinet in the cashier's office on the first floor.
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.
pcps3xbox360 Using this weapon does not count towards the Click challenge, despite it being a machine gun.