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For an overview of .223 pistols, see .223 pistol.

 
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The 5.56mm pistol is a weapon added with the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Gun Runners' Arsenal.

Background[edit | edit source]

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The original .223 pistol that became one of the iconic weapons of New California, was originally a full sized .223 revolving rifle, belonging to Irwin, a farmer outside of the Hub. He cut his rifle down to the size of a large pistol, leaving the bolt handle and the original, vestigial trigger intact.[1] This unique weapon offered firepower comparable to a hunting rifle in the compact package of a pistol. Five rounds of .223 ammunition were more than enough to deal with most dangers out in the wastes.[2]

This iconic sidearm caught the eye of gunsmiths and by 2241, and the pistol was deemed profitable for mass production.[3] Vestigial elements were shed to smooth the weapons' profile, and to help further improve performance. The internal mechanisms are retained from the original .223 revolving rifle, modified as needed to create a powerful double-action revolver.[4]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

5.56 pistol expanded

The 5.56mm pistol is the base variant of That Gun. When compared to That Gun, it is cleaner, has a more intact black finish, two small red LEDs on the side, and a large pale green LED on the back. Just like That Gun, the 5.56mm pistol is a heavily modified, pared-down .223 pistol, successor to the same weapon from Fallout and Fallout 2. It weighs a hefty 5 pounds and has a motorized cylinder and crane for quicker shooting and reloading than a typical revolver. The green light on the left side turns yellow while reloading then turns green and makes a ringing noise once the weapon has reloaded. The two variants of this weapon share the capability to use dedicated armor piercing rounds, a trait that is unique among pistols.

Unlike That Gun, the 5.56mm pistol is considered an improved holdout weapon, and thus can be concealed with a Sneak skill of 50 or higher. Along with its unique variant, it is the only pistol in the game that loads armor piercing ammunition that does not require the Hand Loader perk to fabricate.

Durability[edit | edit source]

The 5.56mm pistol can fire a total of about 870 standard rounds, or 174 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeDurability
ShotsReloads
Standard, HP, AP & match870174
Surplus28758
.223 caliber round1089218

Variants[edit | edit source]

  • That Gun, the unique version of the 5.56mm pistol found in the base game.

Comparison[edit | edit source]

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Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Attacks in V.A.T.S.- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Action point cost- Action point cost
Damage per attack (damage per projectile)- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per action point- Damage per action point
Damage per second- Damage per secondWeapon spread- Weapon spread
Area of effect damage- Area of effect damageMagazine capacity (shots per reload)- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Effect damage & duration- Effect damage & durationDurability (number of attacks before breaking)- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Bonus effects- Bonus effectsWeight- Weight
Attacks per second- Attacks per secondValue in caps- Value in caps
Critical chance % multiplier- Critical chance % multiplierValue to weight ratio- Value to weight ratio
Critical damage- Critical damageSkill required- Skill required
Critical effect damage & duration- Critical effect damage & durationStrength required- Strength required
With all mods attached- With all mods attached
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per secondAttacks per secondCritical Chance % multiplierCritical damageAction Point costDamage per action pointWeapon spreadMagazine capacity (shots per reload)Durability (number of attacks before breaking)WeightValue in capsValue to weight ratioSkill requiredStrength required
5.56mm pistol Gun Runners' Arsenal28
772.75x228211.30.6587051200240506
That Gun 30
903x2.530191.60.55112051750350506

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fallout and Fallout 2 item description: "{24100}{}{.223 Pistol}"
    "{24101}{}{A .223 rifle modified and cut down to a pistol. This is a one-of-a-kind firearm, obviously made with love and skill. Min ST: 5.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout))
  2. Unique weapon in Fallout.
  3. The weapon is available in multiple copies in Fallout 2. Although it uses the same sprite, none of these are the original pistol.
  4. Weapon appearance and behavior.
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