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For an overview of 10mm pistol models in the Fallout series of games, see 10mm pistol.

The Shanxi Type 17 Chinese pistol is a weapon in Fallout 3.


Originally produced in 1929 by the Taiyuan Arsenal for the army of Yan Xishan, this pistol is now a relic of the Sino-American War. The Shanxi Type 17 was a mass-produced sidearm before the Great War.

It shares a strong resemblance with the late 19th century Mauser C96 pistol, with the addition of the manufacturer's stamps and the text on the sides, but using 10mm instead of the original Mauser's 7.63mm, or Shanxi's .45 calibers.


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While the Chinese pistol is not very useful as a weapon, they are relatively lightweight and can be collected, repaired, and sold to provide an early source of caps, or simply saved to repair the Zhu-Rong v418 Chinese pistol.


The Chinese pistol can fire a total of about 1250 rounds, the equivalent of 125 reloads, from full condition before breaking.


  • Zhu-Rong v418 Chinese pistol - While the Zhu-Rong does the same base amount of damage, it is unique due to the fact that it fires incendiary rounds, which deal fire damage over time.
  • Sim version Gametitle-FO3 OA - A simulation-only version of the weapon which differs primarily in health, with item HP so high that it is essentially non-degrading. This version also has a slightly different appearance, lacking the rust found on various parts of the standard weapon.
Icon cut contentThe following is based on Fallout 3 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • Chinese Dragoon Pistol - A cut version of the weapon is included in Operation: Anchorage, apparently intended for use in the normal game after completion of the simulation. This version has identical stats to the Fallout 3 version, but has the same appearance as the simulation version of the weapon. This version is not used anywhere within the add-on and can only be acquired through the use of console commands.
Icon cut contentEnd of information based on Fallout 3 cut content.


Icon melee- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Icon sequence- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Icon gun- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Icon action- Action point cost
Icon damage- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon dap- Damage per action point
Icon dps- Damage per secondIcon spread- Weapon spread
Icon explosion- Area of effect damageAssault carbine extended magazines- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Icon effect- Effect damage & durationIcon repair- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Icon bonus effect- Bonus effectsIcon weight- Weight
Icon attack- Attacks per secondIcon merchant- Value in caps
Icon chance- Critical chance % multiplierIcon ratio- Value to weight ratio
Icon critical damage- Critical damageIcon ability- Skill required
Icon crit effect- Critical effect damage & durationIcon fist- Strength required
Icon plus- With all mods attached
Icon gunIcon damageIcon dpsIcon effectIcon attackIcon chanceIcon critical damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon spreadAssault carbine extended magazinesIcon repairIcon weightIcon merchantIcon ratio
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Zhu-Rong v418 Chinese pistol 4
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  • Republic of Dave - One can be found in the Museum of Dave, though it must be stolen.
  • Cryo lab Gametitle-FO3 MZ - One can be found in a storage room here, on a table surrounded by other wasteland objects.
  • Ahzrukhal, Alejandra Torres, Flak, Jabsco, Rosie, Sister, and Zimmer all carry the Chinese pistol.
  • Raiders throughout the wasteland often carry them, but less commonly at higher levels.
  • Traders usually have one or two Chinese pistols in their inventory, those includes vendors that may not specialized in selling weapons.
  • They are sometimes found in locked safes.
  • Regulators sometimes carry one.


  • The full name of the weapon in ancient Chinese characters can be seen in the texture file. They are inscribed "Type 17" on the left hand side of the pistol, while the right side is marked "民國十八年晉造; Republic Year Eighteen, Made in Shanxi." A number "1861" also appears but it can't be the date of manufacture since the Shanxi Type 17 was produced in 1929 and the Mauser C96 in 1896. The Republic year/民國 on the pistol is actually the abbreviation of Republic of China/中華民國, which is the Nationalist Chinese government that retreated to Taiwan after they lost the civil war in 1949. It's highly unusual that this is inscribed on a Communist Chinese weapon.
  • The weapon model has no firing pin.
  • Fallout: New Vegas includes a brief appearance of the Chinese pistol, seen on the far wall of the "hidden" weapons room in Mick & Ralph's. This version of the weapon is a non-interactive static mesh (i.e. a decoration) rather than a working weapon. Most of the other resources for this weapon remain in the game's files, but no actual, working version of the weapon exists within the game itself.




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