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 Criticalsperk, 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 Storiesskill 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.
If the Wild Wastelandtrait 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.
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.
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.
Player character's finger blocks the iron sights if player character is male, but not if player is female. [verified]
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]
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]
↑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. Josh Sawyer Formspring answers