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For the version that is featured in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Gun Runners' Arsenal, see Bozar (GRA).
For an overview of machine gun models in various games, see Machine gun.

 
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The ultimate refinement of the sniper's art. Although, somewhat finicky and prone to jamming if not kept scrupulously clean, the big weapon's accuracy more than makes up for its extra maintenance requirements.Fallout 2 description

The Bozar is a Big Gun in Fallout 2.

Background

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Sarcastically referred to as the "ultimate" refinement of the sniper's art, the Bozar is a scoped, accurate, light machine gun with an ammunition capacity of thirty 5.56mm rounds that delivers phenomenal firepower with great precision and can easily pierce the strongest of defenses.The large collapsible stock, front handguard, muzzle brake, and the bulk of this large weapon ensure it remains under the operator's control despite the long recoil operation. The scope ensures accurate fire at medium distances, while the detachable 30 round 5.56mm box magazine allows for quickly reloading by an infantryman on the move.[1]

A notable downside is that the Bozar requires extra maintenance and can be prone to jamming if not kept scrupulously clean. If one gives it the care and attention it needs, it will be a powerful, accurate tool no matter when and how it is used.[2]

Judging by both its appearance and in-game description, the Bozar seems to have been originally intended as a heavy sniper rifle similar to the Anti-materiel rifle seen later in New Vegas. The idea was scrapped either due to an error or difficulties in implementing a big sniper rifle that has relevance in a game that was already going to feature a new, accurate, high-powered long-range rifle.

So it was that the Bozar became a machine gun. Whether intentional or a holdover from a developmental stage where it was still intended as a heavy sniper rifle, the Bozar has a significantly higher Damage Per Round than the actual Sniper Rifle appearing in the game. At a rate of 15 such rounds per burst and combined with the .223 FMJ's penetrating power, the Bozar became a devastating machine gun that fares exceptionally well against even the heaviest armor.

Characteristics

Due to its high base damage and the armor-piercing properties of its ammunition, the Bozar's effectiveness is less affected by armor than that of any other machine gun in the game. This weapon averages well over 100 Hit Points per burst even on the best armor in the game, and over 250 HP per burst on standard combat armor. With two ranks of the Bonus Ranged Damage perk, these averages climb to 130+ and 300+ HP, respectively. Thus, there are few types of enemy in the game that the Bozar cannot reliably mow down in a single point-blank burst.

At 15 high-damage rounds per attack, the weapon's ammo consumption is significantly more economical than the other high-power machine guns. As an added benefit, the .223 FMJ ammunition used by the Bozar is among the most plentiful in the game. The Bozar is very accurate and has a reasonably long range for a burst weapon, often delivering killing bursts at ranges of 30 hexes and more, even on such tough creatures as wanamingos and centaurs. The weapon's only drawback is the magazine capacity which allows only 2 bursts per reload -- less than any other machine gun in the game.

The Bozar is one of only three player-obtainable weapons in the game that, when used with the right perks, can kill the End Boss in a single combat turn without the help of action-point boosting drugs.

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Notes

  • The Bozar is surprisingly inexpensive for its high combat value. It costs 5250 caps, less than some shotguns, and 10,000 caps less than the Vindicator Minigun
  • Though not a bug peculiar to this weapon, all the burst weapons in Fallout 2 suffer from a bug whereby dead creatures obstruct burst fire as if they were standing up. Thus if a dead entity is located between the player and the intended target of his/her burst fire, that dead entity will block the majority of the rounds fired.

Behind the scenes

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Guys, let me walk you through my design logic on implementing the Bozar.
  • The Bozar in Fallout 2 was, functionally, an accurate, fast burst fire weapon.
  • Its icon looked cool and very distinctive.
  • Presumably, people like the Bozar because of how it actually worked and how its icon looked, not because of what its description said or how it looked on the Chosen One's tiny avatar.
  • Fallout: New Vegas has scoped semi-auto/bolt/lever rifles dropping out of the sky. From Ratslayer to All-American to La Longue Carabine to the Anti-Materiel Rifle, they are well-represented.
  • Scoped automatic weapons in F:NV: not that many. The K9000/FIDO are the only two I can think of, and those fire .357 Mag/.44 Mag at a relatively low rate of fire (though the Resla Roil increases this dramatically) with a moderate spread.
Based on these factors, I thought the best course for implementing the Bozar was to make it an accurate, fast burst fire weapon -- essentially a unique scoped Light Machine Gun -- that looked more or less like the icon from Fallout 2.
— J.E. Sawyer[3]
  • Although its sprite in Fallout 2 resembles a large sniper rifle, it has been implemented as an automatic heavy weapon apparently by mistake and even uses the wrong sound effects, shared with the minigun.
  • The Bozar was planned to be included in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky as an easter egg, along with the .223 pistol and generic .223 ammunition, but only remains partially implemented in the game's resources.

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  1. Bozar appearance and function.
  2. Fallout 2 item description: "{35000}{}{Bozar}"
    "{35001}{}{The ultimate refinement of the sniper's art. Although somewhat finicky and prone to jamming if not kept scrupulously clean, the big weapon's accuracy more than makes up for its extra maintenance requirements. Min ST: 6.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))
  3. "Bozar?!?!" at the Bethsoft Forums (archived)
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