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The Vault - Fallout Wiki
Mentioned-only faction
Bureau of Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, Firearms and Lasers
BADTFL logo.png
Notable MembersChief
Sergeant Dave Mallory
Detective Nick Valentine
Agent Godwin
Agent Mitchell
(Former) Agent Curtis Wilson
Notable LocationsBADTFL regional office
Relations and associations
ParentUnited States of America
Federal government

The Bureau of Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, Firearms and Lasers (BADTFL) was a specialized federal law enforcement and regulatory organization of the United States of America.


Among other things, BADTFL offices were responsible for issuing special permits for the civilian use of combat armor, because this kind of equipment was designated for military and police use.[1] It also issued firearms licenses and conducted firearms licensee qualification and compliance inspections.[2]

In the 21st century, 10mm was the standard ammunition caliber of the BADTFL, used in 10mm pistols and 10mm submachine guns, whereas the military was primarily concerned with Energy Weapons.[3] The agency also involved itself in preventing and apprehending gun runners and rings throughout the nation, with a notable bust occurring in 2075.[4]

Behind the scenes

The Bureau of Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, Firearms and Lasers seems to be a combination of both the real Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration.


  1. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.5-17: "Combat Armor is advanced personal armor for the 22nd century police officer or military grunt. This is about the best armor a Vault Dweller is likely to see in their lifetime. Combat Armor is highly effective against most types of damage, is light weight (for it’s protective value), and is, unfortunately, not available without a special permit. Interested parties should contact the BADTFL office near them."
  2. The name of the agency and real-life auspices.
  3. Chris Taylor interview for
  4. See Curtis Wilson for details.