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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
FalloutAssault rifle
Fallout 2Assault rifle
Assault rifle (exp. mag.)
H&K G11
H&K G11E
Fallout 3Assault rifle
Chinese assault rifle
Xuanlong assault rifle
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Fallout 3: TPInfiltrator
FO: New VegasAssault carbine
Gun Runners' ArsenalAssault carbine (GRA)
Fallout 4Assault rifle
Fallout 4: NWHandmade rifle
Fallout 76Assault rifle
Handmade rifle
FO TacticsAK47
Ruger AC556F
Fallout ShelterRusty assault rifle
Assault rifle
Enhanced assault rifle
Hardened assault rifle
Armor piercing assault rifle
Fallout: BoSAssault rifle
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An assault rifle is a selective fire rifle that uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine. Assault rifles are the standard infantry weapons in most modern armies. Assault rifles are categorized in between light machine guns, which are intended more for sustained automatic fire in a light support role, and submachine guns, which fire a pistol cartridge rather than a rifle cartridge.



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The AK-47 is a selective-fire, gas-operated assault rifle developed in 1944 by Izhmash. It fires 7.62mm and utilizes a 24-round magazine. The main advantages of the AK-47 is its simple design, fairly compact size, inexpensive to manufacture, and easy to clean and maintain. The large gas piston and tapered cartridge case design allow the gun to endure large amounts of foreign matter and fouling without failing to cycle.

The bore and chamber, as well as the gas piston and the interior of the gas cylinder, are chromium-plated, dramatically increasing the life of these parts by resisting corrosion and wear. As each bullet travels through the barrel, a portion of the gases expanding behind it is diverted into the gas tube above the barrel, where it impacts the gas piston. The piston, in turn, is driven backward, pushing the bolt carrier, which causes the bolt to move backwards, ejecting the spent round, and chambering a new round when the recoil spring pushes it back. Its reliability, ruggedness and accuracy have earned it the reputation of being the best assault rifle ever made.

Gunsmiths in Appalachia and at Nuka-World managed to replicate the legendary weapon, creating a durable, versatile rifle that can be adapted for a multitude of purposes, including a squad automatic weapon, close quarters battle carbine, and sharpshooter rifle.


Gray paragraphs are based on Project V13 and were not confirmed by primary sources An even more dependable variant, the AKA-47, has been developed by wastelanders and has a reputation for being even more durable than its older brother.[1]

AK-112 assault rifle

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The AK-112 assault rifle[2] is a military assault rifle from the AK series originating from the USSR. The AK-112 was in service during the early 21st century but was replaced by more modern models. Chambered for the 5mm round, it utilizes a 24-round magazine. The AK-112 was eventually considered aged and was no longer in use prior to the Great War.[2]

H&K G11

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The H&K G11 is an assault rifle developed during the late 1960s by Heckler & Koch.[3] It has revolutionized assault weapon design and fires 4.7mm caseless cartridge, a round consisting of a block of propellant with a bullet buried inside.[4] The loading and feed mechanism is physically very complicated but exceptionally fast and reliable. Rounds are fed into the weapon from a magazine that lies above and parallel with the barrel.[3]

The rounds are oriented vertically (at 90 degrees to the bore) and are fed downwards into the rotary chamber so that they can be rotated 90 degrees for firing. Because the H&K G11 uses caseless ammunition, there are no extraction and ejection steps.[3] The resultant weight and space savings allow the H&K G11 to have a very high magazine of 50 rounds.[4]

H&K G11E

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A variant of the standard G11 designed for special operations and squad level support. The G11E retains the base weapon's compact dimensions and exceptional fire rate, but adds a regulated low-light scope, suppressor, and offers an increased fire rate and better damage characteristics.[5]


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The M16A1 is an assault rifle developed in 1967 by Colt. The intention was to create an innovative firearm design that incorporated many of the new materials being used in aerospace design. The M16A1 is composed of durable aluminum alloy and hearty plastic, fires 5.56mm with a 24-round magazine. The M16A1 also has distinctive sights, consisting of a simple round screw-in front sight post. Through the years, it remained a very reliable assault rifle and was the standard rifle used by the US Army from 1970 and during the middle part of the 20th century, succeeding the M-14.[6]

M199 assault rifle

M199 is the designation of the service rifle of the United States Army, firing 5.56mm ammunition. It is notable for being called The Backtalker by soldiers, due to the unusual ejection report.[7]

Paratrooper assault carbine

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The assault carbine is an air-cooled, gas-operated compact assault rifle, with a rotating bolt, actuated by direct impingement gas operation. The standard unit comes with a synthetic furniture and a carrying handle mounted on the receiver.[8] Chambered for the high velocity 5mm ammunition, it was created specifically for use by American airborne units.[9] Its small size and weight give it a very high rate of fire, burning through entire clips in seconds. However, its compact design makes it easy to control, resulting in high accuracy and low spread.

R91 assault rifle

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Manufactured by civilian defense contractor Stent Security Solutions, the R91 assault rifle is a conventional design chambered for 5.56mm ammunition. Employing a roller delayed blowback system, it is a very sturdy design, with simple iron sights that consist of a rotary rear drum and hooded front post, a fire selector switch with three settings (safe, fully automatic fire, single shot), and a flash suppressor. The final touch is the wooden stock and handguard.[10][11]

The R91 was manufactured by Stent as part of its R series, superseding the manufacturer's own M series of combat assault rifles in the early 21st century. While other models and variants were developed, the R91's combination of ruggedness, firepower, and low manufacturing costs resulted in its adoption as an assault rifle of the National Guard and issuance to troops on the Anchorage front.[11][12]

The number of working units is particularly high in the Capital Wasteland, as the National Guard units deployed there used it widely. It remains a popular sight among the inhabitants of the region, particularly slavers and raiders, though it is also available for purchase from traders and weapon dealers.[11]

R91 assault rifle (infiltration variant)

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This weapon is the carbine variant of the R91 assault rifle. Its modifications, including an extended box magazine, suppressor, scope, and lack of stock, suggest it was created to be used for special operations forces. The weapon fires 5.56mm rounds and utilizes a 24-round magazine.

Despite its scope, the weapon still suffers from the typical inaccuracy of carbines at long-range combat, limiting its suitability only for short and mid-range combat. It is one of the favored weapons of the raiders in The Pitt and in 2281, Mick is known for having one in his secret collection in Freeside.

Ruger AC556F

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Gray paragraphs are based on Fallout Tactics and were not confirmed by primary sources The Ruger AC556F, created in the 1970s by Ruger, is a development of the Ruger Mini-14, an old assault rifle originally used only by police forces. The Ruger AC556F replaced it and was marketed for military and law enforcement use. It has a reflex scope, fires 5.56mm with a 20-round magazine. As a heavy-duty automatic weapon, the Ruger AC556F was designed to for rough handling in the militaristic environments of combat zones or in pulling security duties.

Steyr AUG

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Gray paragraphs are based on Fallout Tactics and were not confirmed by primary sources The Steyr AUG is a bullpup assault rifle created in 1977 by Steyr Mannlicher. It's a selective fire weapon with a conventional gas piston operated action that fires from a closed bolt. It uses 5.56mm with a 40-round magazine. Designed as a rifle that could be quickly adapted to a wide variety of roles, the Steyr AUG is a modular configuration rifle that employs a high level of polymer and advanced alloy components, consisting of six main assemblies: the barrel, receiver with integrated telescopic sight, bolt and carrier, trigger mechanism, stock and magazine.

Type 93 Chinese assault rifle

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The Type 93 Chinese assault rifle[13][14] was designed and manufactured by a Chinese industrial conglomerate for the People's Liberation Army during the Resource Wars, for the purpose of equipping the Chinese infiltrators and American fifth-columnists. To this end, it was chambered for the abundant 5.56mm round and utilizes a 24-round magazine. Its iron sights consist of a rear ramp with a range scale, paired with a front post sight. It also has a simple safety, with only two settings: safe and fire. A disassembly lever is placed on the right side of the weapon.[15]

Thousands of these weapons were smuggled into the US for use by Chinese operatives and sympathizers on the East Coast, and many remain functional even two hundred years after the Great War. These rifles are also proven to be ready for manufacturing in post-War conditions.[16]

Vault-Tec assault rifle


Gray paragraphs are based on Fallout:Brotherhood of Steel and were not confirmed by primary sources A post-War scoped assault rifle designed by Vault-Tec in the Secret Vault. The Vault-Tec assault rifle fires 9mm, has a vertical foregrip, a good rate of fire and fires bullets with great accuracy.

Water-cooled assault rifle

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This assault rifle is one in name and caliber only, sharing more characteristics with a light machine gun than any other firearm. Although it discharges a common assault rifle caliber, it is particularly bulky, uses an antiquated cooling system dating all the way back to the turn of the 20th century, and is fed by a side mounted, high capacity magazine.


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The XL70E3 was an experimental assault rifle developed in the late 21st century just before the Great War. Manufactured, primarily, from high-strength polymers, the XL70E3 is almost indestructible. It is light, fast firing, accurate, and can be broken down without the use of tools.[17] It is equipped with a scope, fires 5mm ammunition and utilizes a 20-round magazine.[18]

See also


  1. Armageddon Rag, Vol. 4
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fallout and Fallout 2 item description: "{2300}{}{Assault Rifle}"
    "{2301}{}{An AK-112 5mm Assault Rifle. An old military model, out of use around the time of the war. Can fire single-shot or burst, using the high velocity 5mm rounds. Min ST: 5.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Based on real world equivalent
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fallout 2 item description: "{35200}{}{H&K G11}"
    "{35201}{}{This gun revolutionized assault weapon design. The weapon fires a caseless cartridge consisting of a block of propellant with a bullet buried inside. The resultant weight and space savings allow this weapon to have a very high magazine capacity. Min ST: 5.}"
  5. Fallout 2 item description: "{39100}{}{H&K G11E}"
    "{39101}{}{This gun revolutionized squad level support weapon design. The gun fires a caseless cartridge consisting of a block of propellant with a bullet buried inside. The resultant weight and space savings allow it to have a very high magazine capacity. Min ST: 6.}"
  6. The weapon is fully canon as the M16 is mentioned by name in the Fallout Official Survival Guide.
  7. Museum of Technology placard: "Perhaps the most well-recognized weapon in the modern U.S. Military arsenal, the M199 earned its nickname "The Backtalker" from the unusual report the firing mechanism makes as it ejects a spent shell. Firing standard 5.56mm rounds, the M199 is still the official infantry weapon of the U.S. Army.
    On loan from the International Ordnance Museum, these cases display the various types of weapons and ammunition used by the military in past conflicts all over the globe."
  8. How the weapon the assault carbine was patterned after works.
  9. Formspring
  10. Weapon appearance and patterning after the CETME C rifle.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Citadel terminals; Terminal, R91 5.56mm Assault Rifle
  12. Appearances in Operation Anchorage, and Mothership Zeta.
  13. Texture, left side denotes T-93
  14. Fujiniya Intelligence Base terminals#Shipment Status
  15. Weapon functionality.
  16. Context in which the weapons appear.
  17. Fallout 2 item description: "{35300}{}{XL70E3}"
    "{35301}{}{This was an experimental weapon at the time of the war. Manufactured, primarily, from high-strength polymers, the weapon is almost indestructible. It's light, fast firing, accurate, and can be broken down without the use of any tools. Min ST: 5.}"
    Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel: "name_enfieldRifle = {XL70E3 Enfield}"
    "desc_enfieldRifle = {This was an experimental weapon at the time of the war. Manufactured, primarily, from high-strength polymers, the weapon is almost indestructible. It's light, fast firing, accurate, and can be broken down without the use of any tools.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG, Items.txt)
  18. In-game attributes