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From where you're kneeling it must seem like an 18-carat run of bad luck.— Benny just before he fires Maria at the Courier

Maria is a unique weapon in Fallout: New Vegas and the graphic novel All Roads.


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The M&A 9mm pistol is a semi-automatic handgun, designed by M&A Guns Manufacturers. It is the standard issue sidearm of the New California Republic Army and a common sight in the Mojave Wasteland.


Maria expanded

A custom model of an M&A 9mm pistol made by M&A Guns Manufacturers, this weapon has an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a well known Catholic figure and a representation of the biblical Woman of the Apocalypse, painted on the pearl grips of the firearm. The entire body of the pistol is damascened with ivy and floral details, with a polished nickel finish and a golden trigger. It, along with Chance's knife, was responsible for a great number of Fiend deaths in the graphic novel All Roads. It is also the gun used by Benny to shoot the Courier in the Fallout: New Vegas introduction cinematic, and as such is owned by him.

Maria is a unique variant of the 9mm pistol, that has a higher rate of fire, more damage per shot, is more accurate, and has higher durability than the standard variant. Like most unique weapons, weapon modifications cannot be used on Maria. Like the standard 9mm pistol, Maria is also a concealable holdout weapon, so long as one's Sneak skill is 50 or greater.


Maria can fire a total of about 995 rounds, the equivalent of 77 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeDurability
Standard, HP & JHP99577


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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
9mm pistol 16
9mm pistol With all weapon mods attached 16
Maria 20


  • It can only be found in 100% condition on Benny if the Courier decides to kill him either during Ring-a-Ding-Ding! or Render Unto Caesar. It may also be pickpocketed from him. This weapon cannot be obtained if the Courier has Benny crucified.
  • Two can be obtained by first pickpocketing Maria from Benny while in the Tops when one first meets him and then obtaining another from him by several means while he is inside the Fort.


Behind the scenes

As with the 9mm pistol, Maria is based on the real-world Browning Hi-Power pistol.[1]





  1. J.E. Sawyer on Formspring:
    In my opinion, the BHP is a timeless design and its form is quite distinctive when compared to Fallout's 10mm pistols. Also, since I knew we weren't going to implement an M1911-style .45, the BHP-based 9mm design gives an extremely similar aesthetic (so similar that a lot of people assume it IS an M1911) while fitting into the 9mm/10mm/12.7mm semi-auto handgun progression in F:NV.