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Police pistol
Police pistol icon.png
SkillGuns 0
Strength Req.4
Attack statistics
30 (35.7)
60 (100)
DPS (reload)
30 (48.8)
Crit Dmg
Crit % Mult
2 (2.8)AP19
Ammo & reloading
Ammo Type.357 magnum round
Ammo Cap.6
Reload Time
3 (2.3)
Item HP225
Police pistol
.357 magnum revolver
One-handed guns
Editor ID?
Base IDxx00bbc2
Perk Effects
Perks (dam.)
Lord Death
Perks (Att.)
Fast Shot
Perks (Rel.)
Rapid Reload
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The police pistol is a weapon in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Dead Money.


Police pistol expanded

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.[1] 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 Sneak skill. A police pistol can fire 1121 regular .357 rounds or about 186 cylinders before breaking.


  • .357 Magnum revolver, a common variant found throughout the Mojave Wasteland.
  • Lucky, a unique variant of the .357 Magnum revolver.


Name Type Dmg/shot DPS Att/sec Crit mult Crit dmg Spread AP cost Ammo Ammo cap Weight Item HP Value Stat Req.
.357 Magnum revolver Single-action revolver 26 45.5 1.8 x1 26 0.5 26 .357 Magnum round 6 2 200 110 Guns:0 Strength:3
Lucky Single-action revolver 30 82.5 2.8 x2.5 30 0.3 17 .357 Magnum round 6 2.5 225 1500 Guns:0 Strength:3
Police pistol Double-action revolver 30 60 2.0 x1 45 0.5 19 .357 Magnum round 6 3 225 1000 Guns:0 Strength:4


Like many other Dead Money weapons, the police pistol cannot be obtained outside the Sierra Madre. Within the Villa and its environs:


Icon cut content.pngThe following is based on Fallout New Vegas cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • 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.
Icon cut content.pngEnd of information based on Fallout New Vegas cut content.
  • The UV map for the police pistol has several unplaced points stacked on top of another, which cause some texture stretching on the model.
    • There is a mod to fix this very problem.

Behind the scenes

  • It is loosely based on the Colt Police Positive,[2] a gun used in the film Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which was mostly the inspiration for Dead Money.[3]


  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Despite being a revolver, the police pistol is not affected by the Cowboy or The Professional perks.
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png 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.
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png The police pistol lacks the typical pick up and drop sounds for pistols.