The AEP7 laser pistol was put into service to replace the AEP5 model. With a generous battery size, tight shot grouping at range, resilience to extended use, and fairly decent damage output, it is a very good choice for a sidearm and is used extensively in this role by the Brotherhood of Steel and the Enclave in the Capital Wasteland.
As the successor to the AEP5, it boasted a redesigned focusing crystal pattern, an improved photonic focusing chamber, and selectable laser focus, wavelength, pulse energy and repetition rate. In addition, it was lighter and less bulky than its predecessor and was perceived as a step toward replacing the N99 10mm pistol with a laser weapon as the standard issue sidearm for military forces.
The AEP7 was produced in large numbers thanks to newly developed manufacturing technologies in the United States, although logistics and supply issues (caused by prolonged war with China) prevented its wide-scale deployment.
Like other energy weapons, the laser pistol has a multiplier on critical chance, making critical hits more frequent with this weapon over most others. Critical hits that are fatal reduce enemies to smoking piles of ash, but this process does not damage any equipment or items the victim was holding or wearing prior to their death.
By nature of firing a beam projectile, its shots will instantly hit, negating any need to lead the shot, and the beam will ignite any gas leaks that it passes through.
Laser pistols are somewhat scarce early in the game. Shops and merchants that sell weapons are the most reliable source of laser pistols. The ammunition for the laser pistol is reasonably plentiful. Energy cells can often be found in ammunition boxes, other various containers, and on destroyed robots. One can find copious amounts of energy cells in the National Archives sub-basement or in the RobCo facility.
The laser pistol can fire a total of about 729 shots, the equivalent of 25 reloads, from full condition before breaking.
- Colonel Autumn's laser pistol - A unique variant carried by Colonel Autumn prior to the release of the add-on Broken Steel.
- Colonel Autumn's laser pistol (Broken Steel) - A unique variant carried by Augustus Autumn with the add-on Broken Steel installed.
- Cross' laser pistol - A unique, non-playable version used by Cross with identical stats to the regular version.
- Protectron's Gaze - A unique variant given by the Mechanist.
- Smuggler's End - A unique variant carried by Elder Lyons.
|- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)||- Attacks in V.A.T.S.|
|- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)||- Action point cost|
|- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)||- Damage per action point|
|- Damage per second||- Weapon spread|
|- Area of effect damage||- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)|
|- Effect damage & duration||- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)|
|- Bonus effects||- Weight|
|- Attacks per second||- Value in caps|
|- Critical chance % multiplier||- Value to weight ratio|
|- Critical damage||- Skill required|
|- Critical effect damage & duration||- Strength required|
|- With all mods attached|
|Colonel Autumn's laser pistol||10||120||12||x0.08||22||2||17||1.2||0.0||30||1250||2||420||210|
|Colonel Autumn's laser pistol||18||108||6||x1.5||18||1||17||1.1||0.0||30||694||3||420||140|
- Two in poor condition can be found in the deli to the right of the cash registers at the Super-Duper Mart.
- There is a laser pistol with several energy cells on a table just inside the entrance of Vault 92.
- Another decent condition pistol can be found in the Farragut West Metro Station tunnels, in a safe that is unlocked by a nearby terminal. It can be found during the Following in His Footsteps quest.
- It can also be found on Initiate Jennings while aiding Lyons' Pride in their defense of Galaxy News Radio.
- It is commonly used by both the Brotherhood of Steel and Enclave as a sidearm.
- The dead Regulator will have one.
- Armitage, Ben Canning, the Mechanist, Tinker Joe and William Brandice all use them.
- Paladin Gunny carries one.