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For the Red Dead Redemption 2 variant, see Mauser Pistol (RDR 2).

Fully automatic German pistol. Chambers some very powerful ammunition, and a lot of it. Hold the trigger for rapid fire.

–Gunsmith description

The Mauser Pistol is a pistol featured in Red Dead Redemption.


The Mauser Pistol is one of four pistols in the game, alongside the Semi-automatic Pistol, High Power Pistol, and Volcanic Pistol. It is also one of the five rare weapons that must be obtained in order to reach 100% Completion in the game (each weapon contributes 0.5%).


Single Player


  • The Mauser Pistol is unlocked into the player's regular Inventory upon reaching Rank 49.
    • The "Mauser Murder" Weapon Challenges are unlocked at the same level. Completion of these challenges turns the weapon golden for the player.
  • It can also be obtained by killing another player who has the weapon equipped.
  • In Free Roam, it can be found in the small house within the Twin Rocks gang hideout.
  • It is seldom found being used by players in Free Roam, due to it being unlocked at Level 49 (the penultimate level of experience) and the fact that players entering Legend Mode lose access to the weapon until returning to level 49.

Undead Nightmare

Tips and Tricks

  • The Mauser Pistol is a fully automatic gun, meaning that if the fire button is held down, the gun will shoot continuously until the magazine empties, making it the only automatic weapon that is not mounted. Its rate of fire is drastically reduced in Multiplayer, although it is still a very effective weapon against any other player, due to its large magazine size and relative high fire rate.
  • The player can fire the Mauser Pistol more quickly in multiplayer by firing it as a semi automatic gun, and rapidly tapping the fire button.
  • Having the largest magazine capacity of any pistol makes the Mauser an excellent choice for Dead Eye Targeting, as well as dueling.
  • Although it is not the most powerful handgun available, the large magazine and blistering rate of fire enables the user to "double-tap" multiple targets; two torso hits from a Mauser will kill any NPC, and all but the biggest animals.
  • The player can get the Mauser pistol and all other rare weapons in Blackwater at the beginning of the game by getting arrested in a certain area north of MacFarlane's Ranch and being transported to Blackwater, given you have the funds and are able to make the jump back across Dixon's.
  • The Mauser Pistol, when used with Dead Eye, has enough shots for the player to put two or more bullets into each respective body part (2 head, 2 chest, 2 left arm, 2 right arm, 2 left leg, 2 right leg, 3 extra shots).
  • Due to its large magazine (holding 15 rounds) and medium power, it is very effective on horseback. It is also very useful when used in Dead Eye, allowing the player to mark and execute many enemies. The large magazine also makes this gun very effective with some of the upper levels of the Sharpshooter Challenges Ambient Challenge.


  • The Mauser Pistol is based on the real world Mauser C96, specifically the M712 Schnellfeuer ("Fast Fire") variant. The Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer however was not manufactured until the late 1920's, which is little over a decade after the last playable time period in game (1914).
  • John Marston is shown holding a Mauser in some of the game's loading screens.
  • Marston and Dutch are the only two characters in the game to use this weapon. 
  • An advert in the 1914 newspaper states that it remains acceptable to buy Mauser pistols from the gunsmith in Blackwater despite the outbreak of the First World War in Europe.
  • In Multiplayer, it fires slower in full-auto than if the player fired it semi-automatically.
  • The Mauser is one of the only pistols not reloaded through a magazine, the other being the Volcanic Pistol, instead using stripper clips.



The Mauser Pistolcan be used to unlock the following Trophies/Achievements.

20 gamerscoregamerscore
Bronze bronzebronze
Get 250 headshots in any game mode.

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10 gamerscoregamerscore
Bronze bronzebronze
Purchase a rare weapon from a gunsmith.

20 gamerscoregamerscore
Silver silversilver
Kill 500 enemies with any pistol or revolver in any game mode.

5 gamerscoregamerscore
Silver silversilver
Get a headshot while in Expert Mode in Singleplayer.

100 gamerscoregamerscore
Gold goldgold
Attain 100% in the Single Player Game Completion stat.

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