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A Light Shining in Darkness

A Light Shining in Darkness is a unique weapon in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Honest Hearts.


A unique variant of the .45 Auto pistol with a shortened barrel, it features etched text "καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει" on the right side and "καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν" on the left side.

Like most unique weapons, weapon modifications cannot be added to this firearm. Compared to its standard counterpart, it has greater DPS, less spread, greater critical chance and damage, a greater rate of fire and greater durability, albeit having one less round in the magazine. Unlike the .45 Auto pistol, when aiming down the trench sights, the weapon zooms in more than a regular, un-scoped pistol, making longer-range encounters much easier. As with the .45 Auto pistol, it is considered an improved holdout weapon, and can be concealed and taken into weapon-free locations so long as the player character's Sneak skill is 50 or greater.


A Light Shining in Darkness can fire a total of about 1,245 rounds, the equivalent of 208 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeDurability
Standard & HP1245208



Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted) Weapon name (melee or unarmed) Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted) Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)
Damage per attack (damage per projectile) Damage per attack (damage per projectile) Damage per second Damage per second
Area of effect damage Area of effect damage Effect damage & duration Effect damage & duration
Bonus effects Bonus effects Attacks per second Attacks per second
Critical chance % multiplier Critical chance % multiplier Critical damage Critical damage
Critical effect damage & duration Critical effect damage & duration With all mods attached With all mods attached
Attacks in V.A.T.S. Attacks in V.A.T.S. Action point cost Action point cost
Damage per action point Damage per action point Weapon spread Weapon spread
Magazine capacity (shots per reload) Magazine capacity (shots per reload) Durability (number of attacks before breaking) Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Weight Weight Value in caps Value in caps
Value to weight ratio Value to weight ratio Skill required Skill required
Strength required Strength required
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per secondAttacks per secondCritical Chance % multiplierCritical damageAction Point costDamage per action pointWeapon spreadMagazine capacity (shots per reload)Durability (number of attacks before breaking)WeightValue in capsValue to weight ratioSkill requiredStrength required
.45 Auto pistol 29
.45 Auto pistol With all weapon mods attached 29
A Light Shining in Darkness 33


It is carried by Joshua Graham and can be retrieved if he is killed. Alternatively, it can be found in a footlocker at the Southern Passage in Zion Canyon after completion of the Honest Hearts main questline.


  • Although it does not have luminescent sights like the standard .45, the frame of the gun will glow, even in complete darkness.
  • It is the lightest handgun in the game, and is one of the four affected by the Pack Rat perk, the others being the .45 Auto pistol, the 9mm pistol, and Maria.
  • It is the smallest pistol in the game.

Behind the scenes

  • Joshua Sawyer stated that the weapon is "loosely based on various 'Officer'-sized compact M1911s, though a compact M1911 like that should probably have a reversed recoil plug."[Dev 1] He also stated, "The Colt New Agent is the closest equivalent" and that "One detail we did not reproduce in-game is the reversed recoil plug (found on many, if not all, Officer-length M1911s)."[Dev 2]
  • The phrases engraved on the slide of the pistol are Greek and translate as "and the light shines in the darkness" followed by "and the darkness did not grasp it." They refer to John 1:5 in the Bible.[Ext 1]