The Wild West epic RDR2 has a total of 60 weapons with very different characteristics. Our Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Weapons Guide will show you which ones are the best and where to find them. For your convenience, we have sorted them by type.
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1) The Best Revolvers
The best revolver you can find in Red Dead Redemption 2 is the Schofield Revolver. It has a lower rate of fire than other weapons, but it does the most damage. It’s also very accurate and you can improve its stats at the gunsmith.
It can be bought from any vendor after the “Blessed are the Meek?” mission in Chapter Two. Alternatively – and not quite as legally – you can find it from Valentine in the Doctor’s back room.
Calloway’s Revolver is a unique weapon that can’t be customized. It can be found next to the body of Jim “Boy” Calloway. If you play the mission “The Noblest of Men, and a Woman” and kill the four gunslingers, Jim will become your fifth opponent. The weapon he drops is great for small and medium-sized animals.
The double-action revolver seems to be one of Rockstar’s favorites. You can find it not only in RDR2 but also in its predecessor and in GTA Online. It doesn’t have as much firepower as the Calloway’s or the Schofield Revolver, but it has a very high rate of fire. You can buy it from the gunsmith after completing the “A Strange Kindness” mission in chapter 3.
2) Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Weapons: The Best Pistols
The Volcanic Pistol is a pistol that reloads slowly but is very accurate and extremely powerful. The magazine holds eight rounds and you can use different types of ammo. The Volcanic can be purchased from all gunsmiths in Red Dead Redemption 2 after the “Eastward Bound” mission.
Midnight’s Pistol is one of the most unique weapons in the game. It has a black wooden grip, engravings, and gold plating. If you want it, you’ll have to shoot the gunslinger Billy Midnight on the train to Rhodes in the side mission “The Noblest Men, and a Woman”. Pick up the gun right after the duel. If you leave it, it will be lost and can’t be recovered later.
This pistol was designed to fire many shots in rapid succession. It has an ammunition capacity of eight rounds and considerable penetrating power. It can use Regular, High Velocity, Split Point, Express, and Explosive pistol ammo.
Once you’ve completed “The Joys of Civilization” in the main story of Red Dead Redemption 2, you can buy it from the gunsmiths in Valentine and Saint Denis.
Like the semi-automatic, the Mauser pistol is a German weapon, making it a rarity in RDR2. There are only three in total. The third is the Elephant Rifle. The damage of the Mauser isn’t as high as other pistols, but it has both a high reload speed and a remarkable rate of fire.
During the “Revenge is a Dish Best Eaten” mission, Angelo Bronte will throw you one, which you can pick up. Alternatively, you can buy it from the gunsmiths in Saint Denis and Valentine after the “That’s Murfree Country” mission.
3) The Best Shotguns
With five rounds of ammunition in the magazine, the Semi-auto Shotgun is well-equipped. In addition, it has a fast reloading speed and strong firepower. Of course, it’s not suitable for long range, but at close range, it will send any opponent to kingdom come.
The semi-automatic shotgun can be found in Watson’s Cabin in Red Dead Redemption 2. You can reach it by walking a little west from Wallace Station. Talk to the old lady there. She will send you through a hatch in the back room to the basement. There you just have to pick up the rifle.
The magazine of the Lancaster Repeating Shotgun is even larger than that of the semi-automatic shotgun. It holds a full six rounds. You can choose between Regular Buckshot, Incendiary Buckshot, Slug, and Explosive Slug shotgun ammo. After completing the “Visiting Hours” mission in the sixth chapter, you can buy it from any gunsmith in the game world.
Its advantages are above-average damage and accuracy. It’s relatively expensive and available late in the game, but once you have it, you won’t want to be without it.
4) The Best Rifles
Bolt Action Rifle
With the B.D. & Co. Bolt Action Rifle is a true all-rounder. The rifle is powerful, has a high rate of fire, and short reload times. It’s best used when you want to take out multiple enemies from a distance. You can choose from Regular, High Velocity, Express, Split Point, and Explosive rounds.
The Bolt Action Rifle can be purchased anywhere after completing the “Preaching Forgiveness as He Went” mission in the third chapter. It also sometimes appears during “The First Shall Be Last” in chapter two.
The Lancaster Repeater may not do the most damage. But it makes up for it with a high rate of fire and amazing accuracy. Its magazine holds 14 rounds, and in our Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Weapons Guide, we want to show you three ways to get it.
The easiest is to simply buy it from a gunsmith. It’s available from every gunsmith from the beginning of the game. You can also get it during the “An American Pastoral Scene” mission in the second chapter, or find it during the gunsmith’s robbery in Rhodes.
The best way to hunt in Red Dead Redemption 2 is with the Litchfield Repeater. It does the most damage of all repeating rifles and will take down any animal quickly. The rate of fire and reloading speed are a little slow, but in melee and medium-range combat, you’ll have the upper hand against a few enemies with this weapon.
You’ll get it as part of the “Goodbye, Dear Friend” mission in the sixth chapter. Alternatively, you can buy it from any gunsmith after completing the mission, or pick it up – also in the sixth chapter – during the mission “Mrs. Sadie Adler, Widow II” at the Hanging Dog Ranch.
The Springfield rifle, also known as the Lancaster Springfield, is extremely accurate. Its magazine holds only one shot, but at long range, you’ll be accurate and do a lot of damage. Once you’ve completed “Eastward Bound” in the first chapter, it will be available from any gunsmith.
5) The Best Sniper Rifles
Rolling Block Rifle
For hunting or long-range combat, the Rolling Block Rifle is a trusty companion in Red Dead Redemption 2. The multiple zoom levels make aiming easier, and the damage it deals can take down a large mammal with a single hit.
You’ll get it during the “The Sheep and the Goats” mission in chapter two when you select the free rifle from the gunsmith at the behest of John Marston.
The Carcano is a sniper rifle with a relatively large magazine. It can hold a full six rounds and has a fast reload speed. This makes it the best choice for ranged combat against larger groups of enemies.
To get your hands on one, you’ll need to complete the “Goodbye, Dear Friend” mission in chapter six. After that, it can be purchased from any Gunsmith.
6) Best Projectiles
The ancient Tomahawk is one of the most practical throwing weapons in Red Dead Redemption 2. It has a leather-wrapped shaft and a sharp blade.
You can acquire this projectile from various vendors, including all fences and the trapper, once you’ve completed the “The First Shall Be Last” mission. However, if you prefer to obtain it earlier, you can visit Six Point Cabin before starting the “Paying a Social Call” mission. The hideout will be unoccupied at that point, allowing you to obtain the projectile. Additionally, you may come across it on broken and abandoned stagecoaches scattered around the Southern Cumberland Forest.
The Viking hatchet is part of the Viking set you can find in Red Dead Redemption 2. It also includes an Ancient Viking Comb and a Viking Helmet. All three items can be found at the Old Tomb in Roanoke Valley in New Hanover. The axe is stuck in a skull.
7) Best Melee Weapons
After completing “Fleeting Joy” in the fifth chapter of Red Dead Redemption 2, you can buy the machete from any fence in the game. You can also get it in the second chapter. To get it, kill the bounty hunter in the “The First Shall Be Last” mission and search his corpse. It can also appear during a random mission and can be looted from the corpses of Night Folk.
Broken Pirate Sword
The Broken Pirate’s Sword is a rare cutlass with a broken blade that has a long range. You can find it in an abandoned boat wreck in the swamps of Saint Denis. It’s located south of the railway bridge on a small island. The matching pirate hat can also be found on a shipwreck. A little west of the camp in Clemens Point.
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