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The Survivalist's rifle is a weapon in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Honest Hearts. It is the unique variant of the service rifle.


Chambered for the 12.7mm round, the weapon was issued from the Long Branch Arsenal in Ontario, USA territory. It once belonged to Randall Clark, a former US soldier and survivalist who took refuge in Zion National Park after the Great War. The gun reads, "PROPERTY OF U.S. GOVT CHKPNT CARBINE 12.7MM CAL." and "LONG BRANCH ARSENAL ONTARIO, USA TERRITORY." The stock has "STOP!" carved on one side and "ARRÊT!" on the other.


Survivalist's rifle expanded

The rifle has a high rate of fire, relatively low spread, respectable AP cost and high damage that can be raised considerably with the Grunt perk. When looking through the iron sights to aim, the forward sight is bent out of line with the rear channel on top of the carrying handle, thus not creating the sight picture seen when using an undamaged service rifle. However, using the upper right side of the bent front sight as the aiming point corrects this.

The damage stat of the Survivalist's rifle is slightly higher than This Machine when loaded with regular .308 rounds if the Grunt perk is taken, but the former fires nearly twice as fast and far more accurately. Even if This Machine is loaded with .308 JSPs, the difference in damage is not substantial and can be mitigated by using 12.7mm JHPs from the add-on Gun Runners' Arsenal.

The rifle uses rare 12.7mm rounds which generally must be bought from vendors. The Damage Threshold multiplier from 12.7mm JHP rounds and lower damage from normal 12.7mm rounds may also cause the Survivalist's rifle to be less than optimal against armored targets.


The Survivalist's rifle can fire a total of about 2,495 standard rounds, the equivalent of 250 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeDurability
Standard, HP & JHP2495250



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


  • The Red Gate: The rifle is found in a duffle bag marked "the Survivalist's duffle bag." At the summit of the Red Gate, the Courier will see three trees and the bag containing the weapon is wedged between some boulders underneath the trees, propped up on the rocks. Alternately, it can be reached by climbing up the backside.
  • Non-player characters such as White Legs will automatically scan the contents of the bag and collect the weapon to use it. The player will have to kill them in order to retrieve it.
  • If Honest Hearts is completed before retrieving the rifle, and a non-player character has picked up the rifle, it cannot be acquired, as all non-player characters apart from enemies disappear from Zion upon completion of the add-on.


This weapon does not count toward the Gun Runners' Arsenal "Against All Tyrants" challenge, as the add-ons cannot overlap without causing substantial bugs.

Behind the scenes

  • Joshua Sawyer commented that the Survivalist's rifle was "loosely based on the .50 Beowulf AR-15 platform conversion,"[Non-canon 1] and that it was intended to be a checkpoint carbine.[Non-canon 2] The word "arret" written on it was an attempt to explore less often mentioned details regarding Canada.[Non-canon 3]
  • When asked if the iron sights being misaligned was a bug, Sawyer stated that it was not and that the bent front sight was due to wear and tear, having been used and repaired in an improvised fashion for decades.[Non-canon 4]




  1. Question: "Was the Survivalist's Rifle based off anything in particular? Like the M4 .50 Beowulf?"
    Joshua Sawyer: "Yes, it was loosely based off of the .50 Beowulf AR-15 platform conversion."
    (Joshua Sawyer on Formspring)
  2. Fallout: New Vegas 10th Anniversary Charity Stream (reference starts at 4:48:32)
    Joshua Sawyer: "'Was there a specific reason for the Survivalist's rifle in 12.7?' Um, yeah, it's based on the Beowulf...there is an actual checkpoint carbine, like there's a 50 caliber Beowulf. It's actually intended to be a checkpoint carbine, like a real-world weapon like that. And 12.7 is essentially supposed to be like 58 or whatever, so, yeah."
  3. Fallout: New Vegas 10th Anniversary Charity Stream (reference starts at 6:10:57)
    Joshua Sawyer: "You liked the...ehr, the service rifle with 'arret' written on it - French for stop, as in the stop sign. Yeah, Canada doesn't get talked about much, and so I thought with that service rifle, it would be kinda need to explore that a little bit."
  4. Question: "will the bug with the survivalist rifles iron sights not being aligned be fixed and how could such happen?"
    Joshua Sawyer: "It's not a bug. The Survivalist's Rifle was used by the Survivalist for decades and shows signs of improvised repair (the clamps on the foregrip wood, the mismatched wood furniture, etc.). The bent front sight is damage that the Survivalist couldn't or didn't repair and just adapted to using as-is. If you aim at the right front post, that's where the bullets are going."
    (Joshua Sawyer's Formspring)