|DPS (reload)||50.6 (100.5)|
|Crit Dmg||20||Crit % Mult||x2|
|Ammo Type||9mm round|
|Ammo Cap.||13||Reload Time||1.7 (1.3)|
Maria is a unique weapon in Fallout: New Vegas and also appears in the graphic novel All Roads.
The M&A 9mm pistol is a semi-automatic handgun manufactured by M&A Guns Manufacturers. It is a recoil operated, locked breech pistol with a linkless barrel-to-slide locking system and an external hammer. It is a single action pistol, meaning the slide must be pulled manually to cock the weapon and make it ready to fire. The most common wasteland variant of the weapon has a dark grey finish and checkered wooden grip panels, with staggered magazines offering a tremendous 13 round capacity.
Thanks to its low price and ruggedness, it is the standard sidearm of the New California Republic Army and a common sight in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.
A heavily customized model owned by Benny, head of the Chairmen, Maria is a true work of art. The entire body of the weapon is damascened with decorative floral patterns and a polished nickel finish. The normal checkered grips were replaced by pearl panels, with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, considered as a representation of the Woman of the Apocalypse. The weapon has also been reassembled with the use of improved internal parts, giving it improved performance and durability.
It, along with Chance's knife, was responsible for a great amount of Fiend deaths in the pages of the graphic novel All Roads. It is also the gun used by Benny to shoot the Courier in the Fallout: New Vegas introduction cutscene.
Maria is the unique variant of the 9mm pistol. Apart from the unique appearance, it offers greater accuracy, a higher rate of fire, improved damage per shot, and, of course, it is more durable. The downside is that it cannot mount any weapon modifications.
It is considered an improved holdout weapon (requires Sneak skill 50 or greater).
- The Tops: Benny carries it. The weapon can be pickpocketed from him in the Casino or the presidential suite. Alternatively, killing works just as well.
- The Fort: If Benny survives the encounter at the Tops, he will be captured by Caesar. If the player kills him while he is bound in the tent or in the arena, Maria will be present on his corpse. However, crucifying Benny will preclude gaining the weapon.
Note that it is possible to obtain two copies of Maria in both of the above encounters.
Official screen of Maria in use.
The manufacturers on the border of the classic and unique variant
- ↑ "Crafted by M&A Guns Manufacturers" is engraved on the slide of the 9mm pistol and Maria in Fallout: New Vegas. 
- ↑ Weapon appearance and behavior.