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. 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'sSneakskill.
The police pistol can fire a total of about 1,120 standard rounds, the equivalent of 187 reloads, from full condition before breaking.
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
When equipping the pistol or hotkey equip, instead of the pistol click sound it has a rifle shunt sound. [verified]
When firing it you may not pull back the hammer making it shoot two bullets at a time. [verified]
When firing the gun in VATS, it may keep you in iron sights after leaving VATS. [verified]
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]