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The best pistols in Red Dead Redemption 2

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There are just a handful of pistols in Red Dead Redemption 2, and out of them, three pistols are best, including the Volcanic and the Semi-Automatic pistols. Follow this RDR2 Best Pistol guide to know how to unlock the best pistols.

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Best pistols and how to get them in RDR2

There are not many pistols in Red Dead Redemption 2 as compared to the revolvers, but among this limited selection, three of them are the best and players must look to unlock them as soon as possible in the game.

1. Volcanic Pistol

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You will have to purchase Volcanic Pistol from Gunsmith by paying $75. It will be available after the Chapter 1 mission called “Eastwood Bound.” If you have bought the Ultimate or Special Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 then this will be available to you free of cost. It has great damage and accuracy stats, but a slightly lower rate of fire.

  • Damage: 2.3 / 4.0
  • Range: 2.0 / 4.0
  • Accuracy: 3.0 / 4.0
  • Fire Rate: 2.0 / 4.0
  • Reload: 2.3 / 4.0

2: Semi-Automatic Pistol

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You can buy the Semi-Automatic Pistol from either the Valentine or Saint-Denis gunsmiths by paying $210. The semi-automatic pistol will be available for purchase at these gunsmiths after Chapter 4 Mission called “The Joys of Civilization.” The semi-automatic pistol has high damage, rate of fire, and reload stats, making it possibly the best pistol in Red Dead Redemption 2.

  • Damage: 3.3 / 4.0
  • Range: 2.0 / 4.0
  • Accuracy: 2.5 / 4.0
  • Fire Rate: 3.3 / 4.0
  • Reload: 3.1 / 4.0

3: M1899

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You can buy the M1899 from Saint-Denis gunsmith for $350. The M1899 is the modern sidearm for the modern gunslinger and this gun can easily become Arthur’s best friend. The M1899, while comparable to the Mauser, boasts superior reload and accuracy which can be improved further through customization. Dual-wielding M1899s in the late game is such a joy in Red Dead Redemption 2.

  • Damage: 1.5 / 4.0
  • Range: 2.0 / 4.0
  • Accuracy: 2.8 / 4.0
  • Fire Rate: 3.1 / 4.0
  • Reload: 3.2 / 4.0

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