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The service rifle is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


The New California Republic service rifle is a pre-War[Non-game 1] lightweight, air-cooled, magazine-fed, gas-operated rifle that uses the direct impingement gas principle with a rotary bolt locking mechanism.[1] It is semi-automatic and uses 20 round magazines of 5.56mm ammunition, giving NCR troopers good firepower in the field. The service rifle can also be easily broken down for cleaning or replaced with a new unit manufactured by the Gun Runners.[2]


Service rifle expanded

A semi-automatic medium power rifle, this rifle is chambered in the common 5.56mm cartridge and has a magazine capacity of 20 rounds. The rifle is simple yet well made, and since it requires relatively low strength and Guns skill to use accurately, it makes a very reliable weapon often used by New California Republic troopers.

As of patch, the weapon fires at a much greater rate with increased accuracy. This makes it a much more viable weapon for low level players with its high DPS. Likewise, this also means NCR troopers are far more effective in combat, with a squad able to project a greater amount of firepower.

One trait of the service rifle is its ability to repair high-end weapons like the light machine gun, sniper rifle and assault carbine using the Jury Rigging perk.

The service rifle can be modified with a forged receiver to increase durability and an upgraded spring to increase the rate of fire even further. Two other modifications that were cut from the game, a bayonet and a reflex sight, were to be available but were left as unfinished models before the release.


The service rifle can fire a total of about 1,995 standard rounds, the equivalent of 100 reloads, from full condition before breaking. When modified with the forged receiver, it can fire a total of about 2,995 standard rounds, the equivalent of 150 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeUnmodifiedW/ Forged receiver
Standard, HP, AP & match19951002995 150
Surplus66234995 50
.223 caliber round24951253745 188


Icon cut content.pngThe following is based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content.
Icon cut content.pngEnd of information based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content.



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
Service rifle 18
Service rifle With all weapon mods attached 18
Survivalist's rifle Honest Hearts48



  • The service rifle has a rear butt stock sling mount, but no forward sling mount, which would be attached to the front sight post.
  • The service rifle has the same style of iron sights as the assault carbine.
  • When experiencing a malfunction with the service rifle (or any other weapons which share its reload animation) the Courier will use proper procedure and utilize the forward assist to fully seat the bolt carrier group.
  • The service rifle is the standard infantry rifle of the NCR Army, being carried by the majority of troopers.

Behind the scenes

The service rifle is based on a cross between the AR-15 and the AR-10.[Non-game 2][Non-game 3]


  • Icon xbox360.png Sometimes in V.A.T.S., the service rifle will disappear from the player character's hands; the animation will continue, however, which will waste ammunition, and do no damage to the enemy. The gun will reappear when the V.A.T.S. animation ends. This glitch may happen outside V.A.T.S. as well, when crouching, but can be fixed by simply standing up. [verified]
  • Icon xbox360.png When completing the aid for Camp Guardian a loop can be created through dialogue with Private Halford to obtain 1 service rifle, 15 armor piercing 5.56mm rounds and 32 5.56mm rounds by going through the top dialogue options repeatedly. [verified]
  • Icon pc.png When upgraded with both the upgraded springs and the forged receiver, shooting with surplus ammunition makes the Condition jump to 100% before it starts to decline. The condition drops to a certain point around the 75% mark on the scale and then jumps to 100% Condition making 5.56mm surplus ammunition much more valuable as a repair exploit. The process is repeatable. [verified]



  1. Weapon appearance and mechanics.
  2. Alexander: "The orders for service rifles and ammunition have been pouring in from McCarran so fast we can't keep up. Hell of a fight is coming."
    (Alexander's dialogue)
  1. Where does the NCR get the wood for it's service rifles?
    Joshua Sawyer: It doesn't. Those are Pre-War rifles.
    Josh Sawyer Formspring answers
  2. J.E. Sawyer on Formspring
  3. J.E. Sawyer