The police pistol is a double-action .357 revolver with a swing-out cylinder. It features a short barrel and a worn matte black (blued) finish. It lacks rear sights and has a short hammer with a flat, textured spur.
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'sSneakskill.
Xbox 360 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 360 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 3 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 3 Furthermore, if using 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 first person view. [verified]
PCPlaystation 3Xbox 360 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 360 When equipping the pistol or hot key equip, instead of the pistol click sound it has a rifle shunt sound. [verified]
Xbox 360 When firing it you may not pull back the hammer making it shoot two bullets at a time. [verified]
Xbox 360 When firing the gun in VATS, it may keep you in iron sights after leaving VATS. [verified]
PC Sometimes it can be bought from Vendortron or Stacey at the Mojave Outpost at very early levels (1-6) before completing the Dead Money add-on.[verified]