Fallout: Wasteland Tales
45 Caliber Weapons and Ammunition
The .45 is iconic among American firearms, due to the legendary stopping power of the big-bore .45 bullet, and the historic weapons and time periods it’s associated with. The .45-70 is a potent single-shot manstopper that is most often found in lever-action rifles and single-action revolvers. The .45 ACP gives up some of the penetration and raw damage of its elder cousin, but its lower recoil and significantly shortened cartridge length make it suitable for rapid fire from submachineguns and semi-automatic pistols.
Colt M1911 The .45 caliber Colt M1911 Semiautomatic Pistol was used by the U.S. military in every major war of the twentieth century, and gained a cult-like following as a potent manstopper. It has a few drawbacks that potential users should consider; its recoil is significant enough to make rapid fire difficult, its penetration is lower than any other combat handgun, and its ammunition capacity is little better than a revolver.
Thompson Submachinegun The “Tommy Gun”, as it came to be known, was originally designed for military use but made its name as a 1920’s-era gangster’s weapon before becoming the U.S. Army’s primary submachinegun of World War II. The Thompson is a highly effective weapon that excells at short range work; the high-caliber “bullet hose” can fire at rates of 660 to 780 rounds per minute, and can feed from 20 or 30-round box magazines or 50 and bulky 100-round drum magazines. The more common version of the Thompson found in the Wasteland is the simplified military-issue version; in the New Reno area the deluxe “New Reno Special” (which sports a vertical forward grip, detachable stock, heat-dispersing barrel, increased rate of fire, and improved sights) is a favorite among the city’s crime families.
M3A1 “Grease Gun” The “Grease Gun”, as the M3A1 came to be known due to its unique shape, was the result of efforts to design a cheaper, easier to make alternatine to the Thompson submachinegun. The weapon made extensive use of simple sheet-metal parts and was so undemanding to produce that its primary manufacturer was best known for making headlights. Although it only had half of the Thompson’s rate of fire, the Grease Gun was lighter and far less expensive and complicated to make. The weapon was reliable, easy to maintain, and could be outfitted with a conversion kit that allowed it to fire 9mm rounds. These factors make the Grease Gun a natural choice for use in the Wasteland.
45-70 Single Action Hunting Revolver When fired through a handgun-length barrel, the .45-70 round effectively becomes a “.45 super-magnum”. The .45-70 cartridge’s immense power requires a very strong gun to handle it, which results in this weapon’s beefy frame, 5-round cylinder, and single action firing mechanism. Although the weapon’s single-action operation means a shooter wishing to fire more than one round per turn must resort to advanced shooting techniques like “fanning” or “thumbing” the gun’s hammer, the weapon’s hefty recoil makes rapid fire an experts-only proposition anyway.
45-70 Lever-Action Brush Gun The .45-70 was originally designed by the U.S. Army as a black powder single shot manstopper; the cartridge’s conversion to more powerful smokeless powder has only made it more effective in that role. The terminal effectiveness of the .45-70 Brush Gun is unequalled by any wasteland firearm short of a .50 caliber anti-materiel sniper rifle, but the Brush Gun’s lever action allows for quick follow-up shots just in case.