What are the best Red Dead Redemption 2 weapons?

Rockstar Games have done it again with the highly-anticipated follow-up to their hit Red Dead Redemption game. Red Dead Redemption 2 is bigger, better-looking, and comes with a killer soundtrack. It wouldn't be a proper Western game without the guns so here the best weapons to aim for in the game.

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    #1Schofield Revolver

    Schofield Revolver

    The Schofield Revolver is one of the best Red Dead Redemption 2 weapons with high damage and accuracy. Despite a slower firing rate and reload speed, when compared with other revolvers, it can still be dual-wielded to great effect.

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    Zachary Evans
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "When customized, this gun becomes one of the most well-rounded Red Dead Redemption 2 weapons that you can use. It also doesn't hurt that it's one of the most beautiful revolvers in the game."
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    #2Bolt Action Rifle

    Bolt Action Rifle

    The Bolt Action Rifle is a strong and versatile RDR rifle weapon for any environment. The bolt-action mechanism allows for quick firing and reloading, making this rifle an ideal choice for long-range combat with multiple targets.

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    Liu Hou
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "One of the best Red Dead Redemption 2 weapons for mid-to-long range distances. Slap a scope on it and with its near max damage output make for a potent combination for gunfights."
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    #3Carbine Repeater

    Carbine Repeater

    The Carbine Repeater Red Dead Redemption 2 weapon provides medium damage, decent firing rate, and quick reload speeds thanks to the tube-loaded magazine in the weapon's stock. A good, balanced choice for hunting and medium-range combat.

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    Albert Hansen
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "You get it pretty early in the game but it also happens to be the best repeater that you can get in RDR2. Fully customized, its range gets better and if you combine with its great damage and reload speed, you get a balanced weapon fit for various scenarios."


The first form of guns recognized by historians were Chinese fire lances? They came out in the 10th century and were bamboo or metal tubes that fired flames and shrapnel at targets. Canons arrived in the early 1300s and were in heavy use in warring European nations. The arrival of the lock - the mechanism used to fire a gun - made the invention of handguns possible. Guns have replaced weapons of old such as swords and the bow and arrow.

A time when guns became the law was the time of the Wild West. Men of this time would live and die by their guns. The days of cowboys and outlaws have been a favorite among Hollywood filmmakers for a long time. This was also the case with games with the Red Dead Redemption series. These games have always delved deep into the lore of cowboys and outlaws. The recently released Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2), one of the best open-world games today. In particular, the game has made sure that the guns are as real and authentic as possible. The best weapons in Red Dead Redemption 2 are from their real-life counterparts. At least, as close as the developers of the game could make it anyway. Guns play a big role in modern games today. From the FPS genre to the rising popularity of the Looter Shooter sub-genre. The latter, in particular, has a heavy emphasis on guns. So if you like guns, check those types of games.

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    #4Springfield Rifle

    Springfield Rifle

    The Springfield Rifle is an ideal breech-loading Red Dead Redemption 2 weapon designed for medium to long-range combat. This gun is a single-shot weapon and with its high accuracy makes it effective against large mammals as well.

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    Justin Hu
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "If you're like me and you like picking off enemies from a distance, this is the gun for you. It has max range and damage when upgraded. It has a low rate of fire and reload speed but that's par for the course with sniper rifles."
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    #5Double-Barreled Shotgun

    Double-Barreled Shotgun

    The Double-Barreled Shotgun is a powerful and deadly RDR2 weapon at close range. This gun is capable of firing off two shots in quick succession, dropping nearly any target instantly and has an ammo capacity of two rounds. 

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    Henry Lynch
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "For those encounters that require a close and personal touch, this weapon has got you covered. It has the fastest rate of fire and highest damage out of all shotguns in the game. Its reload speed is good too so get one for yourself now."
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    #6Semi-automatic Pistol

    Semi-automatic Pistol

    The Semi-Automatic Pistol deals less damage than revolver sidearms but makes up for it by doing away with the need for weapon cocking, as well as an expanded ammo capacity and quicker magazine reloads.

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    Ai Feng
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "It doesn't have the highest damage but it more than makes up for it with a great rate of fire and reload speed making it a better and more adaptable weapon in the long run."
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    #7Sawed-off Shotgun

    Sawed-off Shotgun

    The Sawed-Off Shotgun is a versatile shotgun that can be used easily with one hand or dual-wielded to great effect. Rough and deadly, but widely inaccurate, this weapon is ideal for close quarter combat on foot or on horseback.

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    Carl Daniels
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "This weapon has a very specific type of use case i.e. finishing off wounded enemies or a quick back-up gun when you find yourself out of ammo and need to switch quickly. A good gun to have around just in case."
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    The Tomahawk comes with a lightweight wooden shaft and thin blade. This strong and fast projectile weapon is deal for quickly thrown attacks, or it can be used as a close-range melee weapon against enemies if needed.

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    Zhou Zhu
    Written on August 8, 2019
    "There will be some missions and parts of the game that require stealth and discretion. That is where melee weapons come in handy so you might as well carry the best one you can. That would be the Tomahawk, of course. Pair it with a Homing Tomahawk recipe and you have an amazing throwing weapon at your disposal."


Best What are the best Red Dead Redemption 2 weapons
1Schofield RevolverGame Elements 18 Paid
2Bolt Action RifleGame Elements 11 Paid
3Carbine RepeaterGame Elements 10 Paid
4Springfield RifleGame Elements 4 Paid
5Double-Barreled ShotgunGame Elements 3 Paid
6Semi-automatic PistolGame Elements 2 Paid
7Sawed-off ShotgunGame Elements 1 Paid
8TomahawkGame Elements 1 Paid

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