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We expect most - if not all - of the weapons from Redemption to appear in Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar Games has stated there are "over 50 unique usable weapons" but didn't specify if this includes environmental things such as lanterns or explosive barrels (or even animals).

Pistols, rifles, shotguns, melee, and the popular lasso will return. Gatling/Maxim guns will see an appearance too. Cannons are rare but there.


Hand-to-hand combat is always a backup. Bow & arrow has been added for quieter, cleaner kills.

  • Fist
  • Bow & arrow - kept with rifles and other longarms
  • Fishing Pole (unknown if able to use outside of fishing)


Give your punches a little extra.

  • Hunting Knife
  • Talon Knife (name unconfirmed)
  • Wide Knife
  • Gravel Knife (name unconfirmed)
  • Knife with Horn Handle
  • Machete
  • Broken Pirate Sword
  • Hatchet
  • Stone Hatchet
  • Double Ax
  • Rusted Double Ax
  • Chop Ax
  • Viking Ax
  • Hunter Ax
  • Rusted Hunter Ax
  • Butcher's Knife
  • Light - lantern to light the way

Thrown Weapons

Silent kill or mass execution? Lasso is included in this section.
  • Lasso
  • Throwing Knife
  • Tomahawk
  • Ancient Tomahawk
  • Fire Bottle
  • Dynamite

Pistols & Revolvers

Small but mighty machines.


  • Cattleman Revolver
  • Flask Revolver
  • Grangers Revolver
  • Double-Action Revolver
  • Algernons Revolver
  • High Roller Double-Action Revolver
  • Schofield Revolver
  • Calloways Revolver
  • Otis Millers Revolver
  • Volcanic Pistol
  • Semi-automatic Pistol
  • Mauser Pistol
  • Midnight Pistol (name unconfirmed)


Close-quarters destruction.


  • Double-barreled Shotgun
  • Rare Shotgun
  • Sawed-off Shotgun
  • Pump-Action Shotgun
  • Semi-automatic Shotgun
  • Repeater Shotgun


Long guns for long reach.


  • Varmint Rifle
  • Springfield Rifle
  • Bolt-Action Rifle
  • Carbine Repeater
  • Lancaster Repeater
  • Litchfield Repeater

Scoped Rifles

Enemies will feel your presence before they see you.
  • Rolling Block Rifle
  • Rare Rolling Block Rifle
  • Carcano Rifle

Mounted Weapons

New technology can make quick work of enemies. Or keep it old school with cannons.
  • Maxim Gun
  • Cannon


Upgrade your weapons in numerous ways from stocks and scopes to metal finishes and engravings. Every option has benefits and will make your guns unique to you.


Carrying Capacity

Unlike previous games you will not be able to carry every single weapon you pick up and have them magically appear as needed. You will only be able to carry a small assortment of weapons but your horse can be used as storage for more plus other items you may need out in the wilderness.



In Red Dead Redemption 2 your weapons are not standard tools that always work. In order to have them function properly you will need to clean and maintain them. Newer weapons will also need to be broken-in so make sure to test them out after purchase - or however you acquired them.


Dual Wield

Red Dead Redemption 2 will allow you to dual wield pistols or include a sawed-off shotgun in the mix.



Weapons play an important role in hunting - not only for their stopping power but also how clean they kill. Larger guns will fall your target but foul the hide with large, bullet riddled holes. This means less money when trading the fur. Cleaner weapons such as the bow & arrow will yield better results.