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The police pistol is a weapon in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Dead Money.


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The police pistol is a double-action .357 revolver with a swing-out cylinder similar to that of a .44 magnum revolver instead of a loading gate like the .357 magnum revolver. Though it is a double-action, it is fired by the Courier in a single-action form with the hammer being cocked back after each shot to increase accuracy.[1] In comparison to the .357 magnum, it features a shorter barrel and a worn matte black finish. It also lacks rear sights and has a shorter hammer with a flat, textured spur as opposed to the smooth, rounded spur of the .357 magnum revolver.

The police pistol shines in three key performance areas: it has a high damage output with critical hits, especially so with the Better Criticals perk; it has a fast fire rate; and, due to its swing-out cylinder, it can be reloaded quickly. It is considered a holdout weapon, and can be concealed and taken into weapon-free locations, regardless of the Courier's Sneak skill.


The police pistol can fire a total of about 1,120 standard rounds, the equivalent of 187 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeDurability



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 attackIcon chanceIcon critical damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon spreadAssault carbine extended magazinesIcon repairIcon weightIcon merchantIcon ratioIcon abilityIcon fist
.357 Magnum revolver 26
.357 Magnum revolver Icon plus 29
Lucky 30
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  • The cylinder appears to already be cycled before the hammer is cocked to fire the next round.
  • Like many other Dead Money weapons, the police pistol cannot be obtained outside the Sierra Madre.
  • This pistol is not affected by the Cowboy and The Professional perks.
Icon cut contentThe following is based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • In the police pistol's texture, there is an unused facet of the texture that appears to be a silencer. No part of the UV map is placed on this part texture, nor is there any model for a silenced version of the Police Pistol. This likely means that mods of some kind were planned for the police pistol but were cut for time or resource reasons.
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Behind the scenesEdit

It is based on the Colt Official Police,[2] and loosely based on the Colt Police Positive,[3] a gun used in the film Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which was mostly the inspiration for Dead Money.[4]


  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360 When entering V.A.T.S. with the revolver, it may be invisible during V.A.T.S. but will return to normal once V.A.T.S. is exited. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Sometimes in V.A.T.S., if firing multiple shots into the same limb or target, the player character will fire all the shots in exactly the same place, even if the target has moved after the first shot. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 The police pistol lacks vertical aim in V.A.T.S. so you will be aiming as if nothing was wrong then move to the default forward-facing position when firing. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Furthermore, if using a third-person view, regardless of using V.A.T.S. or not, the police pistol has no vertical aim. To fix this, just change to the first-person view. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 If loading a saved game from the main menu in which you have police pistol equipped and drawn, the reload animation takes twice as long as normal. This can be solved by simply switching to another gun and then back again. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360 When equipping the pistol or hotkey equip, instead of the pistol click sound it has a rifle shunt sound. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360 When firing it you may not pull back the hammer making it shoot two bullets at a time. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360 When firing the gun in VATS, it may keep you in iron sights after leaving VATS. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Sometimes it can be bought from Vendortron or Lacey at the Mojave Outpost at very early levels (1-6) before completing the Dead Money add-on.[verified]




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