Service rifle

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For an overview of Battle rifle models in various Fallout series games, see Battle rifle.
Service rifle
Service rifle icon.png
skillGuns 25
strength req.2
Attack statistics
18 (25.9)
75.6 (152.4)
DPS (reload)
53.2 (105.8)
crit dmg
crit % mult
4.2 (5.9)AP15
Ammo & reloading
ammo type5.56mm round
ammo cap.20
reload time
2 (1.5)
item HP400
Service rifles
Two-handed automatic guns
base id000e9c3b
Perk effects
perks (dam.)
Lord Death
perks (att.)
Fast Shot
perks (rel.)
Rapid Reload

The service rifle is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


The service rifle is a semi-automatic battle rifle, chambered in the 5.56mm round and has a magazine capacity of 20 rounds. The rifle was first used by the United States Armed Forces, but thanks to the rifle's simple yet rugged design, the service rifle has been made the standard issue rifle for New California Republic Army (NCRA) troopers.


Service rifle expanded

The service rifle is a moderately powerful mid-tier rifle using the common 5.56mm round as ammunition. As of patch, the weapon has dramatically increased rate of fire along with increased accuracy. Additionally, it has low skill and strength requirements, making it a very viable weapon for low level players. This also means NCR troopers are far more effective in combat, with a squad able to project a much greater amount of firepower.

One extremely useful trait of the service rifle is its ability to repair high-end weapons like the light machine gun, sniper rifle, and assault carbine using the Jury Rigging perk.

It also has two swivels, located on the bottom of the stock and ahead of the handguard, which would be used for a sling, but no such sling is present.


Icon cut content.pngThe following is based on Fallout New Vegas cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • Service rifle reflex sight, cut from the game. It likely would have added an alternative sight with enhanced zoom.
  • Service rifle bayonet, cut from the game. This would have added a melee aspect to the firearm, but the system was never created.
Icon cut content.pngEnd of information based on Fallout New Vegas cut content.



Name Type Dmg/shot DPS Att/sec Crit mult Crit dmg Spread AP cost Ammo Ammo cap Weight Item HP Value Stat Req.
Service rifle Semi-auto rifle 18 75.6 4.2 x1 18 0.55 15 5.56mm round 20 8.5 400 540 Gun:25 Strength:2
Survivalist's rifle Semi-auto rifle 48 187.2 3.9 x1 48 0.08 20 12.7mm round 10 8.5 500 5396 Guns:75 Strength:4


Behind the scenes[edit]

  • The service rifle is based on a mishmash of the AR-15 and the AR-10.[1]
  • The reflex sight and bayonet mods were cut because they couldn't be coded to work properly.[2]


  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes when you go into 3rd person with the gun in your hands, your hands will be about the size as a pair of deathclaw hands.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes in V.A.T.S., the service rifle will disappear from the PCs hands; the animation will continue, however, which will waste ammunition, and do no damage to the enemy. The gun will reappear when the V.A.T.S. animation ends. This glitch may happen outside V.A.T.S. as well, when crouching, but can be fixed by simply standing up.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png When completing the aid for Camp Guardian a loop can be created through dialog with Private Halford to obtain 1 service rifle, 15 armor piercing 5.56mm rounds and 32 5.56mm rounds by going through the top dialog options repeatedly.



  1. J.E. Sawyer on Formspring
  2. J.E. Sawyer: "The Service Rifle initially had different mods, but we couldn't get them to work as designed, so we switched over to mods that didn't change the model but had a practical effect."