Red Dead Redemption 2 Weapons: Details, Dead Eye & New Screenshots!

Rockstar has revealed some of the firepower in Red Dead Redemption 2. With over 50 unique and useable weapons that will be at our disposal, plus a massive amount of customization and extra ammunition types to improve your shot. From rifles to shotguns, to revolvers and repeaters, check out some of the weapons that you'll be getting your hands on for your adventures across the western frontier.

Plus information on the new and enhanced Dead Eye system, brand new screenshots, clips and more!

Detail, depth and choice define every aspect of Red Dead Redemption 2, and weapons are no exception. There are over 50 unique usable weapons, a massive range of options for customization, and a wide selection of different ammunition types to improve accuracy, range or damage.

The more a gun is used, the better it will perform, but it will also start to degrade over time if not looked after, so a trusty sidearm needs to be kept oiled and clean.

Weapon Choice & Customization

With a myriad of customization options ranging from visual upgrades like new metals, woods, varnishes and engravings to performance upgrades like new barrels, grips, sights and scopes, you can design an entirely unique weapon that looks and handles exactly the way you want it to. Every weapon’s performance varies in terms of damage, range, fire rate, accuracy and reload speed so it’s important to pick wisely depending on the situation. 

The high fire rate of a Double-Action Revolver lends itself well to shooting on the move from horseback. If you’re carrying something in one hand, like a lantern or small animal, consider using a Sawed-Off Shotgun which packs a much bigger punch at close range than other one-handed weapons. The Varmint Rifle is perfect for hunting small game because it’s far less likely to damage the quality of the skin and meat than a firearm with a bigger shell size. 

When faced with just one or two enemies, you might want to go for a Springfield Rifle which has a slower fire rate but delivers much higher damage. For range, a sniper rifle of some kind is obviously a good choice, but scopes can also be fitted to all other types of rifle enabling you to switch between regular view and scope view at any time.

  • Metals and engravings are customizable per component - select different colors and engravings for the trigger guard, barrel, frame and more. You can also choose from a variety of inlay metals for the engravings on each part.
  • For extra stopping power, purchase and craft a variety of ammo types such as Split Point, High Velocity or Explosive ammo.
  • Your horse’s saddle will store all of your weapons. Be sure to select and carry the weaponry you’ll need when leaving your horse behind.
  • Carry single handed pistols, revolvers and the single handed Sawed-Off Shotgun in your holsters. Upgraded and reinforced holsters will protect the weapons from degradation against the elements while Off-Hand Holsters give you the ability to dual wield.

Dead Eye System

Dead Eye is a powerful weapon of its own, temporarily slowing down time during combat so you can pick off your enemies with more precision. 

The new Dead Eye system gradually expands and becomes more sophisticated over the course of the game, from automatically selecting targets in your crosshairs, to allowing you to manually place shots on multiple targets, to being able to shoot at will in slow motion, and ultimately to pinpointing the weak spots on your enemies for even deadlier accuracy. The system grows with you and your experience and can often provide the critical edge in a life or death situation.

  • Preserving and unleashing Dead Eye in gunfights with multiple enemies can be a critical strategy for turning the battle in your favor.
  • Paint your enemies with targets and unleash a rapid-fire hail of bullets.
  • As Dead Eye progresses over the course of the game, you will be able to see critical and fatal points on your enemies, such as the heart, brain and lungs.
  • Dead Eye drains over time as you use it, you can replenish it quickly in combat scenarios by consuming provisions or tonics.

Weapons In Action

Here are 4 short videos showing of the Carbine Repeater, the Cattleman Revolver, the Bolt-Action Rifle and the Pump-Action shotgun.

The Bolt-Action Rifle is strong and versatile, with an ammo capacity of five rounds; an ideal choice for long-range combat with multiple targets.

The Carbine Repeater is a reliable repeating rifle, with a solid firing rate and quick reload speed thanks to the tube-loaded magazine in the weapon’s stock.

The Cattleman Revolver has an ammo capacity of six rounds and is a great all-around revolver with a good balance of damage, accuracy and fire rate.

The high-powered Pump-Action Shotgun is a powerful weapon should you find yourself confronted by a wild beast or enemy in close combat.

 

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