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Backwater rifle
Lever Rifle
Lever-action rifle icon
Requirements
skillSmall Guns
Attack statistics
dmg/attack
45 (52.3)
DPS
33.8 (39.2)
DPS (reload)
27 (31.4)
crit dmg
45
crit % mult
x5
attacks/sec
0.8AP30
projectiles1spread0.25
Ammo & reloading
ammo type10mm round
ammo/shot
1
shots/rel.
10
ammo cap.10
reload time
3.3
Other
weight7value
250
item HP700
repair
Lever-action rifles
questsThe Velvet Curtain
base idxx00ed14
 
Gametitle-FO3 PL
Gametitle-FO3 PL

The Backwater rifle is a unique lever-action rifle which is added to Fallout 3 with the Point Lookout add-on.

CharacteristicsEdit

The Backwater rifle boasts the highest damage-per-shot of all 10mm weapons in Fallout 3, while also possessing the second-highest damage-per-shot of all rifle-type weapons, the highest being Lincoln's repeater.

It should be noted, however, that despite this weapon's attacks and critical bonuses each being 5 damage lower than those of Lincoln's repeater (resulting in 10 less damage total on a critical hit), the backwater rifle's 5x crit-chance multiplier is capable of offering up to a 90% chance to critical for a character with a maxed-out base critical chance (10 Luck, the Finesse perk and the critical chance version of Survival Expert), where Lincoln's repeater, with its lower 2x multiplier would only offer a 36% chance to critical with the same stats.

In this light, the Backwater rifle may be more powerful in practice for high-Luck characters, as it offers a base damage of 45 (assuming no bonuses) with a 90% chance to achieve a 90 damage critical hit, as opposed to Lincoln's repeater which causes a base damage of 50, but only has a 36% chance of achieving its 100 damage criticals. This also makes the backwater rifle an effective alternative against tougher enemies, against whom Sneak attack criticals may not guarantee a kill.

It can only be repaired by using other lever-action rifles, vendors, or alien epoxy.

DurabilityEdit

The Backwater rifle can fire a total of about 519 rounds, the equivalent of 52 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

VariantsEdit

ComparisonEdit

Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Icon gunDamage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon damageDamage per secondIcon dpsAttacks per secondIcon attackCritical Chance % multiplierIcon chanceCritical damageIcon critical damageAction Point costIcon actionDamage per action pointIcon dapWeapon spreadIcon spreadMagazine capacity (shots per reload)Assault carbine extended magazinesDurability (number of attacks before breaking)Icon repairWeightIcon weightValue in capsIcon merchantValue to weight ratioIcon ratio
Lever-action rifle fo3plGametitle-FO3 PL40
300.75x540301.30.2510250820025
Backwater rifle fo3plGametitle-FO3 PL45
33.80.75x545301.50.2510519725035.7
Lincoln's repeater 50
37.50.75x2502520.0154005500100

LocationEdit

The Backwater rifle is found on a shelf next to the door in the room downstairs in the Chinese Intelligence bunker.

Related questsEdit

NotesEdit

It is stated in the Fallout 3 Prima Official Guide that the Backwater rifle can be repaired with hunting rifles; however, this is false.

Behind the scenesEdit

Backwater is a type of river that has no current.

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