Weapons in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) are an important component of the game, enabling significant portions of the plot, combat, and open world experiences. For this reason, there is an array to choose from, and access within the game.
Weapons in RDR2
While following in its predecessor's footsteps by bringing back the weapon wheel, Red Dead Redemption 2 will have an adjustment on it, to be more in line with the realism they are focusing on. Whereas previously you were able to access all your weapons via the weapon wheel, by choosing them from the different categories, you are now limited to 2 main weapons, 2 side arms; the weapon wheel still includes slots for throwing weapons, a hunting knife, a lasso, and fists. Weapons can also be stored on your horse and can be retrieved in between gunfights, if you so choose to.
An extension has been added to the weapon wheel so that players can switch between a weapon wheel and item wheel, to access your items.
To add to the realism of weapons, your arms are now susceptible to clogging and lose effectiveness, if they are not maintained. Wear and tear, and environmental conditions can contribute to this; if you enter the water or a muddy area, with your gun out, it will clog your weapon and will need to be cleaned. Even using your firearms too much will cause the rate of fire to slow down, so inspecting your weapons after every other mission is probably your best bet to keeping them in mint condition.
However on the other hand, using the same weapon over a long period of time while successfully cleaning and oiling it can result in a more potent weapon than the one your purchased initially.
Weapon customization has been implemented into Red Dead Redemption 2 to a great degree, in relation to the original. Previously a specific amount of headshots with a specific weapon, would grant you a gold skin on the weapon. But that was it. In this new addition, customization is present in all areas, and not only for aesthetic purposes.
You're able to augment the stock, the magazine, the barrel, and more to do with functionality. In terms of aesthetics, engravings are making a debut. You can also change the material and color of the parts of the guns.
List of All Weapons in RDR2