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The Abilene Kid LE BB gun is a unique weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


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The Abilene Kid LE BB gun is a variant of the standard BB gun, on both sides of the weapon's stock is the inscription "Abilene Kid ~Limited Edition~ 1 of 200." Although it shows no significant differences to the standard version when examined in the Pip-Boy 3000, it has a slightly higher Critical Chance and a significantly higher critical damage bonus, boasting an astounding 70 points of added damage for a critical hit. With the Better Criticals perk, a critical hit from the Abilene Kid LE BB gun is on par with one from a sniper rifle, doing 109 damage total compared to the sniper rifle's 113, and if the perk Just Lucky I'm Alive is also picked, the critical hit gets a boost of 125% of damage, making the Abilene Kid LE BB gun deal 157 points of damage.

Due to its relatively low critical chance multiplier, the Abilene Kid LE BB gun cannot be relied upon to be effective in normal combat without additional critical chance modifiers, such as the Finesse perk or the True Police Stories skill magazine. It can be considered more useful for stealth-based player characters who can rely on achieving Sneak Attack Criticals regularly, further enhanced by the fact that the weapon is classified as silent.

Like the standard BB gun, the Abilene Kid LE BB gun has a comparatively (to other rifles) high spread, which makes the weapon somewhat impractical to use for anything beyond mid-range attacks.


The Abilene Kid LE BB gun can fire a total of about 495 BBs, the equivalent of 5 reloads, from full condition before breaking.



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  • It can be found in Fields' shack, southwest of Nellis Air Force Base. The shack is right next to the main road leading into the base. The gun is sitting on one of the shelves on the left wall.
  • If the Wild Wasteland trait is active, the gun will instead be located inside a well that appears in front of the shack. The well appears after talking to Rex upon him saying "aroo" and asking him if someone fell down a well. Doing this will activate a map marker denoting the location of Jimmy's well.


  • After obtaining the gun from Fields' shack, it is possible to receive another gun at Jimmy's well by using the Auto-Doc in The Sink in the add-on Old World Blues to add the Wild Wasteland trait.
  • If the gun is obtained from Field's shack it will be at 90% health, whereas the version found in Jimmy's well will appear at 100% health.
  • Unlike the common BB Gun, the Abilene Kid LE BB Gun can cause decapitations and explosions of limbs.
  • With a relatively high critical chance (~25%, which can be achieved with 10 Luck, Finesse, Elite riot gear, the 1st Recon beret, and the Better Criticals perk), the Abilene Kid LE BB gun can out DPS the Bozar (GRA) and the Anti-materiel rifle (GRA) against targets with a Damage Threshold of around 25.

Behind the scenes

  • The "Abilene Kid" was the youngest lead role in the 1948 movie 3 Godfathers, William Kearney, played by Harry Carey Jr.
  • The Abilene Kid LE BB gun was conceived by Joshua Sawyer, and is a throwback to the Red Ryder LE BB gun.[1]
  • This itself is a reference to a trope related to the television series Lassie. The trope has a character deciphering Lassie's barking to mean that her owner Timmy fell down a well. In actuality, the series never featured this particular situation though Lassie did regularly have to get help for the accident-prone boy.


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes the gun will drop through the floor of the shack, or just simply isn't there, rendering it unobtainable in some cases. [verified]
    • On PC the issue can sometimes be resolved by using the console command tcl and moving beneath the floor.
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Player character's finger blocks the iron sights if player character is male, but not if player is female. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sneak attacks with the Abilene Kid LE BB gun will not inflict critical damage unless that attack is a head shot. This tends to happen more often if the target has more DT than the base damage of the weapon. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Perform a sneak attack critical on any companion (preferably their head) and knock them unconscious. (Hardcore mode must be off) As soon as they get back up, do this again and the physics glitch activates, thus hurtling the companion up into the sky and practically out of visual range. They will land nearby. When this was tested on ED-E, however, after its landing and recovery, its antennae were 'broken,' hovering over it in different positions. It may be necessary to reload a save in order to fix its appearance, alternatively, you can restart the game to fix its appearance. [verified]



  1. Who came up with the Abilene Kid in New Vegas? It's surprisingly useful for some situations.
    Joshua Sawyer: I did, though it was really just a throwback to the Red Ryder LE. The Abilene Kid isn't particularly accurate, but if you have a critical hit-oriented build, it can be really powerful from a hidden state.
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