.223 pistol

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This is a lore summary, presenting intradiegetic or in-universe information about the subject. For game characteristics and similar data, consult the table on the right.
Game-specific articles
Fallout.223 pistol
Fallout 2.223 pistol
FO: New VegasThat Gun
Gun Runners' Arsenal5.56mm pistol
Van Buren.223 autoloader
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.223 pistols are ballistic firearms that can be found, bought and obtained in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout: New Vegas and were to make an appearance in Van Buren.


.223 pistol

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The original .223 pistol that became one of the iconic weapons of New California, was originally a full sized .223 revolving rifle, belonging to Irwin, a farmer outside of the Hub. He cut his rifle down to the size of a large pistol, leaving the bolt handle and the original, vestigial trigger intact.[1] This unique weapon offered firepower comparable to a hunting rifle in the compact package of a pistol. Five rounds of .223 ammunition were more than enough to deal with most dangers out in the wastes.[2]

Mass produced 5.56mm pistol

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This iconic sidearm caught the eye of gunsmiths and by 2241, and the pistol was deemed profitable for mass production.[3] Vestigial elements were shed to smooth the weapons' profile, and to help further improve performance. The internal mechanisms are retained from the original .223 revolving rifle, modified as needed to create a powerful double-action revolver.[4]

The pistol's most interesting system is its cylinder. Protected by an external gate with LEDs signalling the weapon's status (red safe, yellow reloading, green ready to fire), it is mounted on a mechanized crane. When all five shots are fired (or the operator triggers the reload sequence), the firearm automatically opens the gate and the cylinder extends on the crane outside, allowing for fast, easy reloading with a speedloader.[4]

For the unique versions that appear in Fallout: New Vegas, see: That Gun.

.223 autoloader

Gametitle-VB.pngThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
Gameplay article:

A large, bulky pistol chambered for .223 caliber.

Behind the scenes

Bladerunner gun
  • The pistol is modeled on Deckard's blaster from Blade Runner by Gary Platner.[5]
  • That Gun is named as such because players would often refer to the original .223 pistol as That Gun.
  • A .223 pistol was intended to be available as an Easter egg weapon in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, alongside the Bozar, but it never made it out of development stages.


  1. Fallout and Fallout 2 item description: "{24100}{}{.223 Pistol}"
    "{24101}{}{A .223 rifle modified and cut down to a pistol. This is a one-of-a-kind firearm, obviously made with love and skill. Min ST: 5.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout))
  2. Unique weapon in Fallout.
  3. The weapon is available in multiple copies in Fallout 2. Although it uses the same sprite, none of these are the original pistol.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Weapon appearance and behavior.
  5. Chris Taylor: "That's a great gun. Gary Platner modeled it and nailed the design exactly right. I didn't do the Turbocharged Plasma Rifle, which I think was ultimately not-balanced. But it is fun."