Fallout: Wasteland Tales
Firearms in the Wasteland
Guns are the ranged weapons of choice for most characters in the wasteland. The four most common types of guns are pistols, submachineguns, shotguns, and rifles. The skills used to use each type are closely related, so gun users have a lot of flexibility and choice as to the weapons they use. Pistols are the least powerful class in general, but they are also the lightest, most concealable, and easiest to put on target quickly. Submachineguns, a.k.a SMGs, hit harder than pistols and can fire in bursts or full auto, but can use the same ammo as pistols. Shotguns are versatile and relatively inexpensive guns that can fire a variety of projectile types, such as small clouds of buckshot that give a bonus to hit a target, or large caliber slugs that can punch big holes through targets, even though light or medium armor. Rifles excel at hitting targets at a distance, penetrating armor, and inflicting fight-stopping damage.
The Gun Runners are the premiere weapons manufacturers in the Wasteland. Circa 2130, they made the transition from gang members inhabiting the Los Angeles Boneyard into a company of machinists, craftsmen, and merchants. The Fortress, as they call their headquarters, is a fortified machine shop and weapons factory located in the Boneyard. The Gun Runners fabricate, assemble, and sell a full line of firearms based on pre-war schematics and recovered weapons.
The Gun Runners also manufacture and sell the corresponding ammunition for their guns and are the primary source of ammunition on the Wasteland. They load and re-load well over a dozen types of ammunition, most with several loadings offering varying projectile options.
In the Wasteland, the firearms and ammunition produced by the Gun Runners are the standard by which all others are judged. Their products are made to the highest available level of quality; while this means that may of their offerings carry a high price tag, their wide selection of products includes a gun for just about any budget. Their ammo may not be cheap, and cartridges in less popular calibers may not be available everywhere, but the Gun Runners do a very good job of keeping ammo available and affordable in the wasteland.