The police pistol is a double-action .357 revolver with a swing-out cylinder similar to that of a .44 magnum revolver instead of a loading gate like the .357 magnum revolver. Though it is a double-action, it is fired by the Courier in single-action form with the hammer being cocked back after each shot to increase accuracy. In comparison to the .357 magnum, it features a shorter barrel and a worn matte black finish. It also lacks rear sights and has a shorter hammer with a flat, textured spur as opposed to the smooth, rounded spur of the .357 magnum revolver.
The police pistol outclasses the .357 revolver in three key performance areas. It produces a much higher damage output with critical hits (it inflicts even more damage than the .44 magnum revolver with such a hit) especially so with the Better Criticals perk, has a faster fire rate, and due to its swing-out cylinder, it can fully reload almost a full second faster. Additionally, it is considered a holdout weapon, and can be concealed and taken into weapon-free locations regardless of the Courier's Sneakskill. A police pistol can fire 1121 regular .357 rounds or about 186 cylinders before breaking.
In the police pistol's texture, there is an unused facet of the texture that appears to be a silencer. No part of the UV map is placed on this part texture, nor is there any model for a silenced version of the Police Pistol. This likely means that mods of some kind were planned for the police pistol but were cut for time or resource reasons.
PCPlayStation 3Xbox 360 If loading a saved game from the main menu in which you have police pistol equipped and drawn, the reload animation takes twice as long as normal. This can be solved by simply switching to another gun and then back again.
PCPlayStation 3Xbox 360 The police pistol lacks the typical pick up and drop sounds for pistols.