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For an overview of this weapon platform throughout the Fallout series, see .223 pistol.
.223 pistol
Fo1 .223 Pistol.png
Fo SMG Sprite.png
Damage & attacks
Damage20 - 30
Damage TypeNormal
Attack Modes
Single ShotAction pointsIcon action.png AP: 5
RangeIcon range.png Range: 30
AimedAction pointsIcon action.png AP: 6
RangeIcon range.png Range: 30
Assault carbine extended magazines icon.png Burst size: rounds
Ammo Type.223 FMJ
Value$ 3500
weapon perkWeapon Penetrate
Prototype id00000241
Message FilePRO ITEM.MSG

The .223 pistol is a small gun in Fallout.


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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]

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 .223 pistol is the top of the line pistol, perched at the top. High damage and Weapon Penetrate make it one of the best weapons in the game. Its only flaw is the small magazine capacity, but with the power of each shot, that's not a big problem.

As it uses the submachine gun sprite, it can be used by Ian.


Behind the scenes

Bladerunner gun


  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. 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."