Service rifle

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The service rifle is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


A semi-automatic medium power rifle, this rifle is chambered in the common 5.56mm and has a magazine capacity of 20 rounds. The rifle is simple yet well made, and since it requires limited gun skills to use accurately, it makes a very reliable weapon often used by New California Republic troopers.

As of patch the weapon fires at a much greater rate with increased accuracy. This makes it a much more viable weapon for low level players with its high DPS. This also means NCR troopers are far more effective in combat, with a squad able to project a much greater amount of firepower.

One extremely useful trait of the service rifle is its ability to repair high-end weapons like the light machine gun, sniper rifle, and assault carbine using the Jury Rigging perk.

The service rifle can be modified with a forged receiver to increase durability and an upgraded spring to increase the rate of fire. Two other modifications that were cut from the game, a bayonet and a reflex sight, were to be available but left as unfinished models before the release.

It also has two swivels, located on the bottom of the stock and ahead of the handguard, which would be used for a sling, but no such sling is present.


The service rifle can fire a total of about 1995 standard rounds, the equivalent of 100 reloads, from full condition before breaking. When modified with the forged receiver, it can fire a total of about 2995 standard rounds, the equivalent of 150 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeUnmodifiedW/ Forged receiver
Standard, HP, AP & match19951002995 150
Surplus66234995 50
.223 caliber round24951253745 188


Icon cut contentThe following is based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
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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 ratioSkill requiredIcon abilityStrength requiredIcon fist
Service rifle 18
Service rifle With all weapon mods attachedIcon plus 18
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Behind the scenes

  • The service rifle is based on a mishmash of the AR-15 and the AR-10[1].


  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Sometimes when you go into 3rd person with the gun in your hands, your hands will be about the size as a pair of deathclaw hands.
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Sometimes in V.A.T.S., the service rifle will disappear from the PCs hands; the animation will continue, however, which will waste ammunition, and do no damage to the enemy. The gun will reappear when the V.A.T.S. animation ends. This glitch may happen outside V.A.T.S. as well, when crouching, but can be fixed by simply standing up.
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 When completing the aid for Camp Guardian a loop can be created through dialog with Private Halford to obtain 1 service rifle, 15 armor piercing 5.56mm rounds and 32 5.56mm rounds by going through the top dialog options repeatedly.
  • pcIcon pc When upgraded with both the Upgraded Springs and the Forged Receiver, shooting with surplus ammunition makes the Condition jump to 100% before it starts to decline. The condition drops to a certain point around the 75% mark on the scale and then jumps to 100% Condition making 5.56mm Surplus Ammunition much more valuable as a repair exploit. The process is repeatable.



  1. J.E. Sawyer on Formspring

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