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Survivalist's Rifle

The Survivalist's Rifle is a unique weapon in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Honest Hearts.


This weapon was issued from the Long Branch Arsenal in Ontario, USA territory.[1] It once belonged to Randall Clark, a former U.S. soldier who took refuge in Zion National Park after the Great War. The gun reads, "PROPERTY OF U.S. GOVT CHKPNT CARBINE 12.7MM CAL." and "LONG BRANCH ARSENAL ONTARIO, USA TERRITORY." The stock has "STOP!" carved on one side and "ARRÊT!" on the other.


The Survivalist's Rifle is a unique variant of the Service Rifle. It uses 12.7mm Rounds instead of 5.56 Rounds, and has much greater damage per shot, tighter spread and greater durability. The downsides to the weapon are that it has half the magazine capacity of the standard variant and uses more AP in V.A.T.S.


The Survivalist's Rifle can fire a total of about 2,495 standard rounds, the equivalent of 250 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition TypeDurability
Standard, HP & JHP2495250


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
Service Rifle 18
Service Rifle With all weapon mods attached 18
Survivalist's Rifle Honest Hearts48


The Red Gate: The rifle is found in a Duffle Bag marked "the Survivalist's duffle bag." At the summit of the Red Gate, the Courier will see three trees and the bag containing the weapon is wedged between some boulders underneath the trees, propped up on the rocks. Alternately, it can be reached by climbing up the backside.


  • Non-player characters such as White Legs may automatically collect the weapon to use it. The player may have to kill them in order to retrieve it. If Honest Hearts is completed before retrieving the rifle, and a non-player character has picked up the rifle, it cannot be acquired, as all non-player characters apart from enemies disappear from Zion upon completion of the add-on.
    • Repair This is fixed in version 1 of YUP.
  • This weapon does not count toward the Gun Runners' Arsenal "Against All Tyrants" challenge.
  • When looking through the iron sights to aim, the forward sight is bent out of line with the rear channel on top of the carrying handle. However, using the upper right side of the bent front sight as the aiming point corrects this.

Behind the scenes

  • Joshua Sawyer commented that the Survivalist's Rifle was "loosely based on the .50 Beowulf AR-15 platform conversion,"[Dev 1] and that it was intended to be a checkpoint carbine.[Dev 2] The word "arret" written on it was an attempt to explore less often mentioned details regarding Canada.[Dev 3]
  • When asked if the iron sights being misaligned was a bug, Sawyer stated that it was not and that the bent front sight was due to wear and tear, having been used and repaired in an improvised fashion for decades.[Dev 4]



Developer Statements
  1. Question: "Was the Survivalist's Rifle based off anything in particular? Like the M4 .50 Beowulf?"
    Joshua Sawyer: "Yes, it was loosely based off of the .50 Beowulf AR-15 platform conversion."
    (Joshua Sawyer on Formspring)
  2. Fallout: New Vegas 10th Anniversary Charity Stream (reference starts at 4:48:32)
    Joshua Sawyer: "'Was there a specific reason for the Survivalist's Rifle in 12.7?' Um, yeah, it's based on the Beowulf...there is an actual checkpoint carbine, like there's a 50 caliber Beowulf. It's actually intended to be a checkpoint carbine, like a real-world weapon like that. And 12.7 is essentially supposed to be like 58 or whatever, so, yeah."
  3. Fallout: New Vegas 10th Anniversary Charity Stream (reference starts at 6:10:57)
    Joshua Sawyer: "You liked the...ehr, the Service Rifle with 'arret' written on it - French for stop, as in the stop sign. Yeah, Canada doesn't get talked about much, and so I thought with that Service Rifle, it would be kinda need to explore that a little bit."
  4. Question: "will the bug with the survivalist rifles iron sights not being aligned be fixed and how could such happen?"
    Joshua Sawyer: "It's not a bug. The Survivalist's Rifle was used by the Survivalist for decades and shows signs of improvised repair (the clamps on the foregrip wood, the mismatched wood furniture, etc.). The bent front sight is damage that the Survivalist couldn't or didn't repair and just adapted to using as-is. If you aim at the right front post, that's where the bullets are going."
    (Joshua Sawyer's Formspring)