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Ol' Painless is a unique hunting rifle in Fallout 3.


Ol' Painless does slightly more damage per shot and has a higher rate of fire than the regular hunting rifle. It can be repaired with hunting rifles, making it easy to maintain due to its commonality. Ol' Painless is one of the few weapons with 0 spread, meaning with a 100 Small Guns skill, non-V.A.T.S. shots go exactly where they are aimed.


Ol' Painless can fire a total of about 556 rounds, the equivalent of 112 reloads, from full condition before breaking, roughly 111 shots less than the regular hunting rifle.



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 ratio
Lever-action rifle Point Lookout (add-on)40
Backwater rifle Point Lookout (add-on)45
Lincoln's repeater 50
Hunting rifle 25
Ol' Painless 30


Even though Dave claims he lost his hunting rifle while stalking mirelurks, Ol' Painless is located in his safe right next to his chair. Dave's special key is required to open the safe and is carried by Dave. One can complete the Election Day unmarked quest to get it, or they can get it through dialogue options and Speech checks during the quest You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head.[1] Taking the rifle will cost Karma in any event and residents will see it as stealing, even if the key was given to the player character.

Related quests


  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Even when given permission to access Dave's safe, it will still be marked "red" as private property. Therefore, if one drops Ol' Painless, it will be marked as an owned item. Non-player characters will not turn hostile and one will not lose Karma when it is taken. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Be careful storing this weapon because any unowned item may disappear from one's storage. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 If one gets caught pickpocketing Pronto, Smiling Jack, Knick Knack, or Moira, they will take Ol' Painless like any stolen item, then have it for sale in their store. [verified]
    • To avoid, just "fence" the item by selling it and buying it back.
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes, Ol' Painless will disappear from one's inventory, even when equipped. This happens when exiting buildings, fast traveling etc. It could happen in an in-game day, week or immediately after leaving the building. [verified]


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  1. The Lone Wanderer: "A gift of the key would be a strategic diplomatic move, Mister President."
    Dave: "Hmm. Of course it would. I knew that. I was just testing you to see if you would realize it. Here, take the key. It is a gift from the Republic of Dave to the Wasteland."
    (Dave's dialogue)