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Callahan's Magnum is a weapon which was added to Fallout 3 with the Broken Steel add-on.


Callahan's Magnum is a unique scoped .44 Magnum that surpasses the Blackhawk (another unique scoped .44 Magnum) in damage, damage per second, and AP Cost. It's the most powerful Small Guns handgun in the game used by the player, surpassed only by the Mysterious Stranger's .44 Magnum (which is unavailable to the player without console commands).


Callahan's Magnum can fire a total of about 205 rounds, the equivalent of 35 reloads, from full condition before breaking, roughly 23 rounds fewer than the normal scoped .44.


  • Scoped .44 Magnum
  • Blackhawk - While it's much stronger than the regular .44, it is also the weakest of the unique versions. However, it is the best version in the original game with no add-ons.
  • Paulson's revolver Mothership Zeta (add-on) - Drawn by space cowboy Paulson in the hostile confines of Mothership Zeta, it lacks the scope and fires a slew of pellets instead of a single bullet.
  • Wernher's scoped .44 Magnum The Pitt (add-on) - An unobtainable version of the scoped .44 Magnum carried by Wernher. It has significantly higher health but is otherwise identical to the standard variant.


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 ratio
Scoped .44 Magnum 35
Blackhawk 55
Callahan's Magnum Broken Steel65
Paulson's revolver Mothership Zeta (add-on)45


It can be found in a hard safe within the ruins of the Citadel if one chooses to destroy it while on-board the Enclave mobile base crawler during the quest Who Dares Wins. Enter the door at the bottom of the crater, head up the stairs, and enter the cubicle against the far wall. The safe requires a Lockpick skill of 75, alternatively one can hack a terminal with a Science skill of 75.

This weapon is unobtainable if one does not choose to destroy the Citadel, unless console commands are used.

Behind the scenes

The weapon's name is a reference to Harry Callahan from the Dirty Harry movies who carries a Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum as his signature weapon, even though in the films it was never scoped. Indeed, if one uses Callahan's terminal to unlock the safe, it is revealed that this certain Callahan's first name was "Harold".


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