Ammunition

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Ammunition is any material fired, scattered, dropped, or otherwise projected from weapons to fulfill their function. The term also encompasses explosives like grenades or mines.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Barring low-tech melee weapons or the rare self-powered ranged implement, ammunition is an essential part of survival in the wasteland and one in constant demand. As stocks of easily accessible pre-War ammunition depleted, this demand led to the emergence of cottage industries focused on supplying wasteland warriors with munitions, together with the necessary supply chains. For example, Adytum in New California relied on ammunition as one of its primary exports in 2161; Miles, the local chemist, would turn chemicals obtained from imports or fungal farms into gunpowder and primer, while Smitty, the blacksmith, would manufacture brass, bullets, and produce the final product. Similarly, the Gun Runners made a living using their machining skills for producing weapons and ammunition for a living, as did the Brotherhood of Steel.[1]

These industries only grew, with the Gun Runners becoming one of the most prominent ammunition suppliers in New California. New centers of manufacture emerged across the North American continent, including The Pitt and Diamond City on the eastern seaboard, alongside amateur reloaders focusing on small-scale production for domestic production. Particularly talented machinists and scientists even figured out ways to recharge spent cells to provide a consistent supply of ammunition for energy weapons.[2]

List[edit | edit source]

Conventional ammunition[edit | edit source]

Name Image Caliber Type Subtypes Brands/manufacturers
.22LR
22LR round.png
5.6×15mmR Handgun Plinking

Hollow point

Ranch Defender
.223
223fmj.gif
5.56x45mm Intermediate
.303 Fallout TacticsGametitle-FOT.png
303.gif
7.7×56mmR Rifle
.308 caliber
308 round.png
7.62 mm Rifle Armor piercing

Jacketed soft point

Hollow point

Grandad's

Circle G

.32 caliber
32 Caliber Round.png
8 mm Handgun
.357 Magnum
357 magnum round.png
9×33mmR Handgun Hollow point

Jacketed flat point

.38 Special

Big Chief
.38 caliber
38AmmoFO4.png
9×29.5mmR Handgun Big Chief
.44 Magnum
44fmj.gif
10.9×33mmR Handgun Hollow point

Semiwadcutter

.44 Special

Circle G
.45 caliber
45AmmoFO4.png
11 mm Handgun Overpressure

Hollow point

.45 Super

Federal Cartridge

Southern Cartridge

.45-70 Government
Fo4FH 4570.png
11.6 mm Rifle Hollow point

Semiwadcutter

Circle G

Silver Star

.50 caliber
50 MG icon recreation.png
12.7×99mm Rifle Full metal jacket

Armor piercing

Explosive

Incendiary

Match

2 mm EC
GaussRifleAmmo.png
2 mm Coilgun
4.7mm caseless
4 7MM.gif
4.73×33mm Intermediate
5 mm
5mmAmmoFO4.png
5mm Intermediate Full metal jacket

Armor piercing

Jacketed hollow point

Jacketed soft point

Hollow point

Surplus

5.56 mm
Fo4 556mm.png
5.56x45mm Intermediate Full metal jacket

Armor piercing

Hollow point

Match

Surplus

Circle G
7.62 mm
762mm Nuka.png
7.62 mm Intermediate Circle G
9 mm
9mmRound.png
9×19mm Handgun Full metal jacket

Jacketed hollow point

Armor piercing

Overpressure

Hollow point

Donaustahl GmbH
10 mm
10mm.png
10 mm Handgun Full metal jacket

Jacketed hollow point

Armor piercing

Hollow point

Circle G
12.7 mm
127mmRound.png
12.7 mm Handgun Full metal jacket

Hollow point

Junk

Hauer Premium
14 mm
14mmap.gif
14 mm Handgun Armor piercing
15 mm EC Van BurenGametitle-VB.png
15mmEC.png
15 mm Coilgun
30.06 Fallout TacticsGametitle-FOT.png
30.06.png
7.62×63mm Rifle
12 gauge shotgun shell
Shotgun Shell.png
18.5 mm Shotgun Buckshot

4/0 buck

4/0 buck Magnum

Bean bag

Coin shot

Dragon's Breath

Magnum

Pulse slug

Flechette

Rubber

Junk

Purebore
20 gauge shotgun shell
20 gauge shotgun shell icon recreation.png
19.7 mm Shotgun Buckshot

Magnum

Slug

3/0 buck

3/0 buck Magnum

Pulse

Junk

Masterson

Directed-energy ammunition[edit | edit source]

Name Image Type Subtypes
Small energy cell
Energy Cell.png
Energy storage
Cryo cell
CryoCell.png
Electron charge pack
ElectronChargePack.png
Microfusion cell
FusionCellFO4.png
Fusion core
FusionCoreFO4.png
Gamma round
Fo4 Ammo 12.png
Converted capacitor
Flamethrower fuel
FlamerFuelFO4.png
Combustible fuel
Microfusion breeder N/A
Plasma cartridge
PlasmaCellMagazine.png
Hybrid matter storage
Alien blaster round
AlienBlasterAmmoFO4.png
Alien energy
Alien power cell
Alien Power Cell.png
Alien power module

Explosives[edit | edit source]

Name Image Caliber Type Subtypes
25mm grenade
25mmgrenade.png
25 mm Grenade launcher round
40mm grenade
40mmGrenade.png
40×46mm
Mini nuke
AmmoFatManFO4.png
140 mm[3] Micronuclear bomb Nuka-nuke

Big Kid

Tiny Tots

Missile
MissileFO4.png
72 mm[3] Launcher round
Rocket
Nvdlc04 redglare-canister.png
Tank shell
Tank Shell.png
75 mm Tank ammunition

Other[edit | edit source]

Name Image Type Subtypes
Acid concentrate
AcidConcentrateAmmunitionFallout4(Nuka-World).png
BB
BBs.png
Cannonball
FO4CannonballNifskope.png
Flare
Harpoon
HN Needler cartridge
Modified bowling ball
FHBowlingBallNifskope.png
Nails
Paddle ball string
Railway spike
FO4RailwaySpikesNifskope.png
Speargun bolt
Sunlight
Syringes
SyringerAmmo.png

Special and no ammunition required[edit | edit source]

A few weapons in the Fallout games do not use ammunition in the traditional sense at all. These are:

References

  1. See Fallout articles for references.
  2. Crafting and manufacturing options in the games.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Measured from the in-game model using a yardstick.
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