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The Rifle or Country Rifle is a basic lever-action repeater rifle featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Design

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

The Rifle takes the form of a Marlin Model 336 and is depicted as a scope-less sniper rifle, based on its in-game categorization.

The Rifle may be easily mistaken as an air rifle rather than firearm, possibly due to the quieter noise it makes.

Performance

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

Hitting the aim button with this won't invoke an auto-target reticule, but instead skips straight to a free-aim mode. Its per-bullet damage rate is behind only to the Sniper Rifle, Minigun, and Desert Eagle (at Gangster level and up), where it mostly takes 2 hits to kill enemies in normal health. However, given its lack of a lock-on feature and slow reloading, it is not a good choice for beginners, but it does earn its keep in the hands of a decent marksman. The lack of the scope may possibly mean a disadvantage on long-range assaults, but this allows for a better field of view when aiming, allowing the player to detect any oncoming enemies.

This rifle is surprisingly very accurate, despite the lack of usable scope. In PS2 version, CJ can also move while aiming the gun (a feature that isn't featured to the Sniper Rifle there). However without expert use and timing, this rifle is relatively hard for hitting moving targets at longer distance, especially since muzzle velocity (bullet's travelling speed) is also applied during free-aim mode (where the bullets will take time to land on targets depending on the range's length), forcing the player to aim the reticule ahead the enemy's predicted movement for successive shots.

The rifle sometimes fail to detect enemy's "hitboxes", where players may have aimed and fired the gun precisely on target but the bullet will just pass through them, missing the shot. This bug is less likely to occur if fired on enemy's chest and stomach however.

One signature advantage of this gun is if it hits the center part of the enemy's chest or back, it will knock them to the ground (similar to shotguns in close range), giving players valuable time to retreat or to finish them off with another shot before they stand up again. Doing this against crouching enemies might be difficult.

GTA San Andreas Overview


Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
Weapon.dat
75 N/A N/A 1 N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined Single round Charging handle N/A

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

Locations

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

Rifle-LocationsMap-GTASA

Rifle's locations map

Trivia

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

  • The Rifle has three weapon skills defined in the game's files, however only one is used in the game. But if the player uses the "Max Weapon Stats" cheat, a notification will say "Rifle - Hitman level reached."
  • The rifle lacks the cocking animation. Instead, a cocking sound is played and the shooter just stands still until it is ready to fire again. Also, no shells are ejected in each "cock".
  • There is a glitch where if the player presses the aim button and then enters a motorcycle, the close-up aim view stays on, and the gray reticle stays in place in the middle of the screen. Exiting the motorcycle makes the view go back to normal.
  • In the game's internal files, the Rifle is called "cuntgun". It may be a possible misspelling of "country/county gun" or a sexual joke, which is part of Rockstar's tradition.
  • Interestingly, the Rifle cannot be aimed in first person view, but it is possible on the mobile version by tapping the target button.

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