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The brush gun is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


"Brush gun" is an informal umbrella term used to refer to any large-caliber, lever-action hunting carbine.


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One of the main rifles of the NCR Veteran Rangers, the brush gun is a lever-action rifle firing .45-70 Gov't ammunition. The brush gun has two types of sights on it. Due to the gun's tubular magazine, it is reloaded by hand one bullet at a time, allowing the player character to interrupt reloading mid-way. This allows the weapon to be fired before reloading is complete.

High damage output, low spread, and a moderate firing rate make this gun a very powerful and accurate weapon. It chambers the .45-70 Gov't round, one of the rarest ammunition types in the game. In spite of this, the brush gun uses this ammunition quite efficiently: it has the highest damage per shot and damage per second of all the weapons that use this ammunition. The iron sights are somewhat large and obstructive, meaning that it is difficult to track fast-moving enemies like cazadores. When loaded with hand loaded semi-wadcutter rounds, this can be a very effective weapon to use against high-level targets, such as deathclaws and super mutants.


The brush gun can fire a total of about 745 standard rounds, the equivalent of 125 reloads, from full condition before breaking. When modified with the forged receiver, it can fire a total of about 1120 standard rounds, the equivalent of 187 reloads.

Ammunition typeUnmodifiedW/ Forged receiver
Standard & HP7451251120 187
SWC24541370 62




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
Brush gun 75
Brush gun With all weapon mods attached 75
Medicine Stick Gun Runners' Arsenal78



  • Its damage is on par with that of the anti-materiel rifle loaded with armor piercing rounds and boasts almost three times the damage-per-second when used with the Cowboy perk. It can be a much more effective weapon to use as it does not feature a large scope and has a much faster cyclic rate of fire.
  • The rifle uses the texture of the unused 'Trail Carbine Custom Stock' for its in-game appearance with the addition of a leather buttstock cover and an adjustable rear sight.
  • Although there is a butt-stock cartridge holder on the stock of the weapon, no cartridges will appear to be placed inside it, regardless of the player character's ammunition count.
  • As long as the main storyline for the Honest Hearts add-on has not been completed, the White Legs can provide an unlimited supply of brush guns to moderate level player characters (level 20-25+).
  • Even after completing the Old World Blues add-on, it is possible to continuously loot brush guns from lobotomites, who commonly carry them.
  • The rounds inserted into the rifle differ in appearance to the .45-70 Gov't cartridges loaded into the hunting revolver and its variants.

Behind the scenes

The brush gun is not based on a particular rifle, but is influenced by guns such as the Winchester 1886[Non-canon 1] and Marlin Guide gun.[Non-canon 2]


  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes when reloading the weapon in third-person view, one may not see the usual lever action. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes a serious bug will affect the weapon's shooting capabilities, making every bullet hit about 20 feet to the right of where the player character is aiming. Also, this bug affects the iron sights, as the player character cannot see them when zooming in. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 When changing ammunition types this weapon could be caught in a reload loop, this is also common on the cowboy repeater and trail carbine and also happens when giving this weapon to a companion. This can be fixed for the player character by changing the ammunition type again. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 As with all lever-action weapons, a bug exists where if one changes ammunition types twice consecutively, the weapon returns to having a full magazine in the ammunition type that was selected. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 When modding this weapon with the brush gun forged receiver, and repairing it with a Weapon Repair Kit to full condition, the condition will rise to 150%, instead of making it degrade at a slower rate. basically making it 100% for much longer (Fixed in 1.06). [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 A brush gun with the forged receiver mod attached will actually degrade in the condition when a weapon repair kit is used on it. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes the lever may remain downward if holstered immediately after firing. Simply drawing and holstering the weapon again will fix this. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Reloading in third-person mode while moving even at a snail's pace will show the reload animation without cycling the lever once reloading is finished. This happens even if the reload was interrupted mid-way. Also, the lever will remain in a lowered position until you zoom in, put it away, etc. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Sometimes firing multiple shots in V.A.T.S. will cause the brush gun to rapidly fire all shots while still zoomed on the player, resulting in zero damage to the enemies. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 In V.A.T.S. mode when firing multiple shots, the brush gun will randomly miss enemies with each shot even with multiple two-handed weapon perks, 100 to Guns skill, and aiming at the same body part. This is especially common when dealing with up-close enemies such as night stalkers, and cyberdogs. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 The reload animation of lever-action weapons does not have a corresponding jam animation, so the weapon will not jam, even at near-breaking conditions. [verified]