Red Dead Redemption II
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The following weapons appear in Red Dead Redemption II:
Like the eighth generation versions of Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption II has both first-person and third-person modes that can be switched at the press of a key. This page will ideally cover both first-person and third-person views of weapons.
Similar to Red Dead Redemption, ammunition is generalized by weapon type, but with more sub-variety this time. Normal ammo comes in regular, high velocity (boosts damage and range), express (bigger boost to damage), split point (higher damage and accuracy), and explosive variants (some of these ammo types are bought, others are crafted), while shotgun shells come in buckshot, slugs, and also incendiary buckshot and explosive slugs. Barrels, triggers, frames, hammers, sights, and stocks can all be visually customized.
Weapons can become dirty with extended use, which reduces weapon stats, and player character Arthur Morgan can clean them in the weapon menu by purchasing oil from shops or by paying a gunsmith to fix them. When firing single-action revolvers, Arthur needs to manually cock the hammer by pressing the fire key once before pressing it again to fire the weapon. Pump-action, bolt-action, and lever-action weapons also need to be manually cycled by the player with the fire key. Arthur can also fan some of the revolvers when rapid firing, and can also dual-wield handguns and the sawed-off double-barreled shotgun.
The in-game weapon names are a mix of generic names and some fictional weapon names. Weapon descriptions in the compendium provide many fictional firearm makers for the real guns, such as D. D. Packenbush, Hutton & Baird, and Peeters & Janssens.
The Borchardt C-93 returns from the first game as the "Semi-Automatic Pistol." It is first available for purchase in Chapter 5 and, due to its detachable box magazine, has a much faster reload speed over the Mauser Pistol.
The Colt 1851 Navy was added to Red Dead Online in the "Moonshiners" update under the name of "Navy Revolver", the same name it appeared in Grand Theft Auto Online. The reload animation is extremely simplified compared to real life, as the player character simply replaces all the percussion caps without bothering to load the balls, as opposed to the reload animation in the weapon's GTA:O counterpart, where the entire cylinder is replaced during a reload. A variant called "Lowry's Revolver" (likely named after side character Edmund Lowry Jr.) is covered in bloody inscriptions, just like the weapon's appearance in GTA Online.
The Colt New Army & Navy returns from the previous game as the "Double-Action Revolver", and can be unlocked for early use upon the game's release by completing a series of tasks in GTA Online. The "High Roller" skin for the revolver is one of the four early access DLC items. The revolver has a short barrel by default, which can be extended up to 6" in length through customization.
Colt Single Action Army
The Colt Single Action Army returns from Red Dead Redemption, again referred to as the "Cattleman Revolver". It is probably the most common handgun in the game and is commonly carried by lawmen, bandits, bounty hunters, and civilians. Customizing the gun with a long barrel turns it into a "Cavalry" model. Early in the game, (Chapter 2) if the player does the Stranger side-mission "The Noblest of Men and a Woman", the player has a chance at collecting two unique versions of the Colt that come with various increased stats.
FN Model 1900
The FN Model 1900, appearing as the "M1899 Pistol" (obviously, in order to represent the FN 1899, although it is still clearly modeled on the Model 1900), was originally exclusive to the PC release of the game. It was later made available on consoles through patches. The pistol's model is modeled a bit differently from reality - the grip is much more angled and the trigger does not sit rearwards into the frame as a real M1900 would. Do note, however, that the weapon's icon is accurate and exactly like a real example of a Model 1900. It currently only appears in the campaign, making it the only weapon to not appear in Online at present.
An advertisement for the LeMat Revolver is seen on a wall in the Blackwater police station. It was added as a usable weapon with the May 2019 update in Red Dead Online. It holds 9 normal revolver rounds and a single shotgun round.
The Mauser C96 returns from the previous game as the "Mauser Pistol", described as being designed and manufactured by the fictional "Mühlberg" company in Germany ("Mauser" instead of being relegated to the weapon's given name, apparently). Unlike in Red Dead Redemption, the gun is correctly depicted as a semi-auto only version rather than an anachronistic machine-pistol. It also holds a correct 10 rounds rather than 15 in the first game. By doing the Stranger quest "The Noblest Men, and Woman," the player can get a gold plated version of this gun off the body of Billy Midnight. The standard version does not unlock for purchase until much later in the game (though a free one can be grabbed during a mission late in Chapter 4).
Smith & Wesson Schofield Model 3
The Smith & Wesson Schofield Model 3 revolver appears as the "Schofield Revolver." Dutch owns a pair of these revolvers as his personal firearms. After a particular mission in Chapter 4, the player can conclude "The Noblest of Men, and a Woman" Stranger quest and acquire a unique variant called Calloway's Revolver. Two unusable S&W "Wells Fargo" Schofield revolvers can be seen in a Showcase in Tumbleweed; the gun in the game can get a barrel of analogous length through customization.
The Volcanic Repeater returns from the previous game. When firing, Arthur Morgan performs a subtle flip cock between shots. The weapon holds eight shots, but oddly, adding the extended barrel (with tube magazine) does not increase capacity. Amusingly, the weapon, which is known to have had very poor power and terminal ballistics in reality, is the pistol with the highest base damage in-game. In-game this is justified by a blurb in the gunsmith brochure advertising the weapon, which mentions that this version of the Volcanic has been modified to use more powerful cartridges than rocket ball ammunition.
The anachronistic Carcano M91/38 Short Rifle returns from the previous game instead of an accurate M91 Long Rifle. Oddly enough it has a rear sight of a long M91. It is only available with a mounted scope. The player receives the weapon during a mission in Chapter 6.
Introduced with the RDO Naturalist update is a high caliber double rifle, named as the "Elephant Rifle." Its design resembles the Bentley and Playfair Double Rifle, although the in-game catalogue description states that the rifle is produced by the fictional Mühlberg company, indicating that it is supposed to be of German origin. The tremendous recoil will knock the player character down if fired while crouched.
Evans Repeating Rifle
The Evans Repeating Rifle is available with the March 2019 update in Red Dead Online. Unlike the Evans in the prior Red Dead game, which held an incorrect 22 rounds, the Evans in RDRII has a partially-correct capacity of 26; while this is the correct capacity for the magazine itself, 2 more rounds could be stored in the rifle altogether - one in the chamber, and one in the space between the magazine and chamber.
The Christmas 2020 event included a cosmetic variant with a unique extended handguard. It is free to use, just requiring the base Evans to be purchased.
The Henry 1860 appears as the "Litchfield Repeater" and is depicted with an enlarged lever loop. The weapon is first available during a mission in Chapter 6.
A hybrid Krag-Jørgensen comprised of the US and Danish variants appears as the "Bolt-Action Rifle" and is Bill Williamson's weapon of choice. The weapon is unlocked for use by the player in Chapter 3. Unlike in Red Dead Redemption, Arthur Morgan reloads five rounds quickly into the breach instead of using an incorrect stripper clip.
Remington Rolling Block
The Remington Rolling Block Sporting Rifle returns as the "Rolling Block Rifle."
Spencer Model 1860 Carbine
The Spencer Model 1860 Carbine appears as the "Carbine Repeater," inverted from its designation in Red Dead Redemption. The Spencer 1860 is among the most common long guns in the game and is used by numerous NPCs. An interesting feature of the rifle is that to make up for its slow fire rate, the weapon's magazine is fully topped up on every reload via the use of Blakeslee tubes, rather than Red Dead Redemption's strange breech-loading animation.
Springfield Trapdoor 1873
The 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle appears in the game as the "Springfield Rifle." Unlike the previous game, the Springfield is now the full-length rifle and correctly holds a single round instead of four. A Civil War monument in Rhodes consists of a platform atop which stands a Confederate soldier holding a Springfield Trapdoor Rifle.
Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy"
The Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" appears as the "Lancaster Repeater." This is a rather odd choice as by 1899, Winchester rifles like the Model 1873, 1892, and 1894 would have been more widespread. Customizing the frame with steel makes the gun look like the Winchester Model 1873. U.S. Army soldiers are seen with the Winchester Model 1866, which is wildly inaccurate as they should be using the Krag-Jørgensen, and unlike the previous game, there's no "it's not included in the game!" excuse to fall back on this time.
Winchester Model 1890
The Winchester Model 1890 appears as the "Varmint Rifle." Being a .22 Caliber weapon in-game, it comes with its own ammo type.
The Browning Auto-5 returns from the previous game as the "Semi-Automatic Shotgun". The game takes place in 1899, making the Auto-5 technically anachronistic - while John Moses Browning began designing the shotgun in 1898, production did not officially begin until 1902. A free one can be found in the cellar at Watson's Cabin in the Big Valley region of West Elizabeth.
Double Barrel Shotgun
A 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun with exposed hammers appears in the game and is commonly used by NPCs, the Murfree Brood in particular. Though available from any gun shop right from the start of Chapter II, it can be picked up from a number of places in the game world for free; including from Six Point Cabin during the mission "Paying a Social Call", looted from the old hermit woman in an unmarked cabin in the Big Valley region of West Elizabeth, and from Algie Davidson's house at Catfish Jacksons in the Scarlett Meadows region of Lemoyne.
Charles Smith uses a Sawed Off Shotgun as his weapon of choice. It is acquired by the player early in the prologue and is occasionally used by NPCs. Unlike the first game, it has exposed hammers. It can be dual-wielded in pairs or with another weapon.
Winchester Model 1887
The Winchester Model 1887 appears as the "Repeating Shotgun". It's possibly the 10 gauge version, as it is the most powerful shotgun in the game. It also has a capacity of six shells, the most out of all shotguns. It's first available for purchase during Chapter 6.
Winchester Model 1897
The Winchester Model 1897 is available as the "Pump-Action Shotgun". Unlike Red Dead Redemption, the weapon is available from one of the early chapters, rather than being a late-game weapon. A free one can be found at Chez Porter, an isolated ranch in the Grizzlies West region of Ambarino
Two long 1874 model Gatling Guns mounted on artillery carriages with ammunition boxes make an appearance in Fort Mercer. Unlike the first game, it comes with a top-mounted magazine.
Replacing the previous game's anachronistic Browning M1917, the far more period-appropriate Maxim 1895 is used throughout the story. Characters in the game continuously refer to this weapon as a "Gatling Gun." This is either intentional period specific slang meaning "machine gun" or it's an oversight by the developers who possibly had Gatling Guns planned for certain story missions.
Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon
On Guarma island, Arthur can use a Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon to sink a Spanish armored ship.
Hotchkiss Mountain Gun
Several Hotchkiss Mountain Guns can be seen on Guarma island. The player has the option of using one to blow open a wall in a later mission during Chapter 6. It's also the standard artillery for the U.S. Army.
Arthur Morgan can also utilize a bow. It is a useful weapon for silent kills and can also be used for clean hunting kills on animals. The bow is capable of utilizing multiple types of arrows, including poison, incendiary, and always-fun dynamite arrows.
FN Model 1903
The FN Browning 1903 pistol is seen as a Sharpshooter award symbol.
Colt Paterson 1836
A Colt Paterson 1836 revolver can be seen on a collectable cigarette card image.
U.S. Johnson Model 1836
A low detail U.S. Johnson Model 1836 is seen in a mission given by Jeremiah Compson. Interestingly, characters call this pistol a revolver and the icon when acquired appears to be a Colt 1851 revolver, but the model is clearly that of a flintlock.
Sharps 1874 Buffalo
When the player's tent is upgraded, an unusable rusty Sharps 1874 Buffalo rifle with spike bayonet can be seen. Another one, seemingly the same model, can also be seen driven by its bayonet into a tree near the old church in Lemoyne.
Model 1841 6-Pdr Smoothbore Field Gun
Several destroyed Model 1841 6-Pdr Smoothbore Field Guns can be seen on the former battlefield of Scarlett Meadows. At "Riley's Charge," there are also intact and destroyed Field Guns.
The cigarette card for gunslinger Emmet Granger depicts him with an unknown variant of the Martini-Henry rifle.
The Browning M1917 makes a cameo in the combat awards.
Red Dead Series
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