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For an overview of sniper rifle models, see sniper rifle.

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


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This sniper rifle is an older model of the famed DKS-501. Chambered for .308 ammunition, it's also extremely fragile and requires regular repair and maintenance to keep it in working condition.


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The sniper rifle is a semi-automatic rifle, designed primarily as a long-range weapon, it deals reasonable damage, has a scope with 3.5x magnification and very little weapons spread.

Once modified with a suppressor, it becomes the perfect weapon for an assassin when "hidden" in sneak mode, alerting only those fired upon by the player character at no loss of faction reputation even if the death is witnessed by nearby non-player-characters. With the added bonus of sneak attack criticals, most targets are easily eliminated with a single shot. Due to the rifle's decent rate of fire, any target that survives the first shot can be killed quickly with a second shot before alerting any nearby non-player-characters.


The sniper rifle can fire a total of about 395 standard rounds, the equivalent of 79 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeDurability
Standard, HP, & AP39579



  • Gobi Campaign scout rifle, a unique sniper rifle that produces more damage-per-shot, has less spread, degrades slower, uses less Action Points, sports a reduced weight, has a faster rate of fire and includes a larger magazine.
  • Gametitle-FNV OWB Christine's CoS silencer rifle, a unique sniper rifle that comes with 21 more base damage, a lower rate of fire, and a suppressor attached.


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
Sniper rifle 45
Sniper rifle Icon plus 45
Christine's CoS silencer rifle Gametitle-FNV OWB62
Gobi Campaign scout rifle 48



  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 When aiming, nothing is shown but a blank terminal screen instead of the scope reticle. This glitch can occur after logging onto a terminal in which the terminal screen does not show. Loading a previous save or quitting has no effect. Shutting off the console and then loading a save fixes the problem on Xbox 360 and PS3. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Sometimes while aiming with the scope, brightly colored shapes will appear instead of the standard scope image, obscuring 3/4 of the screen. Turning off your system and reloading save will fix this. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Sometimes the game will freeze when equipping the rifle. Turning off the system and loading a save will fix this. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Carbon fiber parts modification sets the sniper rifle weight to 3 Lbs., but will still take 8 Lbs. from your carry capacity. This was fixed in patch [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 When holding the aim button in third person view while switching to the sniper rifle, the end of the barrel will be visible in the bottom right corner of the scope. This also affects the anti-materiel rifle. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Sometimes after changing ammunition type, reloading animation plays twice. [verified]




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