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Rare weapons are five unique weapons found in Red Dead Redemption.


John Marston doesn't happen upon many of these weapons until very late in the game, but when acquired they can be invaluable, despite their often large price tags. They are found in Gunsmith stores around the map and only appear once the player has completed key missions in the story.

All five of these weapons can be purchased for a rather high price, although it may go up or down depending on Marston's honor and whether or not the Savvy Merchant Outfit is equipped. Obtaining one will award the player with the Exquisite Taste achievement/trophy, while getting all five Rare weapons contributes to 100% game completion.

Each weapon has their own distinctive properties among other similar weapons:

List of rare weapons

Rare Weapons
Weapon Gunsmith Price Notes
LeMat Revolver Escalera $1250 "An Appointed Time" must be completed.
Semi-auto Shotgun Escalera $1100
Carcano Rifle Blackwater $1100 "An Appointed Time" must first be completed.
Evans Repeater Blackwater $1000 "An Appointed Time" must first be completed.
Mauser Pistol Blackwater $800 "An Appointed Time" must first be completed.

Multiplayer Unlocks

Marston buying a Mauser Pistol.

Players can get these guns at specific levels in multiplayer. Once they reach level 49, the player has unlocked all of the rare weapons.

Weapon Level Unlocked
Semi-Auto Shotgun 26
Carcano Rifle 28
Evans Repeater 43
LeMat Revolver 46
Mauser Pistol 49
For more information on Multiplayer Weapon unlocks, see Redemption Multiplayer.

Undead Nightmare

Rare Weapons can also be obtained in Undead Nightmare, however they are not bought, they are found either through random events, missions or through completeing challenges.

Weapon Obtained In
Semi-Auto Shotgun Random Event, mission "A Civilized Man"
Carcano Rifle Undead Sharpshooter Rank 5
Evans Repeater Undead Hunter Rank 5
LeMat Revolver Undead Hunter Rank 5
Mauser Pistol Undead Sharpshooter Rank 5 Challenge


  • Even though the Evans Repeater and the Semi-auto Shotgun are considered rare weapons, they are actually fairly common among enemies once obtained by the player.
  • The Mauser Pistol and Evans Repeater can be obtained early by committing a crime at MacFarlane's Ranch and luring the lawmen to a location near the river to the north that is technically in Tall Trees. If the player surrenders, they will be taken to the Blackwater Police Department jail. Upon release, they can purchase the weapons should they have sufficient money.
  • Strangely, the icon for the Exquisite Taste achievement/trophy, which requires to buy a rare weapon, does not show any of the firearms which qualify: instead, the picture shows a Volcanic Pistol.


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

100 gamerscoregamerscore
Gold goldgold
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.

These weapons can also help to achieve:

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

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

20 gamerscoregamerscore
Silver silversilver
Kill 500 enemies with any rifle, repeater, or shotgun

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

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