Assault rifle

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Assault rifle

Assault rifle

"A general-purpose gas-operated assault rifle for field or urban combat. It has good range, decent power, and good accuracy."

3.5 kg
Dmg Type
Armor penetration
60 ticks (1 sec
102 ticks (1.7 secs)
30.9 tile(s)
60% - 70% - 65% - 55%
70 (m/s)
Burst Count
3 (per burst)
Burst Ticks
10 ticks (0.17 secs)
10.88 (Expression error: Unexpected / operator.)
"Expression error: Unexpected / operator." is not a number.
Stopping power
Steel 60 + Component 7
Silver 480

The assault rifle is a moderately heavy, multi-shot firearm in RimWorld which fires 3-shot bursts of rounds which deal a moderate amount of damage each; a slightly shorter delay between each shot; a moderate time between bursts; moderate accuracy and slightly longer range.


The assault rifle is somewhat middle-of-the-road in many aspects, with the exception of a decent range - the longest range out of all multi-shot firearms (barring the single-use triple rocket launcher), but not as long as the bolt-action rifle's. Unlike more specialized weapons such as the aforementioned LMG and bolt-action rifle, the assault rifle is more of a jack-of-all trades; master of none. Interestingly, as a result, the assault rifle's biggest strength which in turn sets it apart from other weapons really is just its versatility. Single-target damage output is respectable: consistently higher than the LMG's, though lower than the heavy SMG's until beyond short distance.

Given its respectable rate-of-fire and somewhat consistent accuracy profile, the assault rifle is a somewhat skill-friendly weapon, though it's advisable to use cheaper weapons for inexperienced shooters such as the machine pistol.

The only real thing that the assault rifle lacks is stopping power, only being high enough to stagger smaller creatures such as tortoises and boomrats. Production is also quite expensive, and you won't see raiders use assault rifles until the midgame.

The assault rifle can be used to effect in virtually any use case, whether in close-quarters or on the field - though slightly weaker as a support weapon due to its low stopping power. Hunting is also a viable option with the assault rifle due to its moderate per-shot damage and decent range.

Against an unarmored human, an assault rifle can kill with 4 hits to the torso, 3 hits to the head or neck, or 1 hit to the brain; cripple or destroy limbs in 3 hits; and cripple or destroy eyes and digits with a single hit. It'll generally take around 6 hits (~9.3 seconds average) to incapacitate that human from pain shock.

Overall, the assault rifle is best paired with a careful shooter up to level 17, then with a trigger-happy shooter beyond that point.

Melee Combat

Tool Attack Damage Type Power AP Cooldown Likelihood Base DPS
Overall - - 9 13% 2.00s - 4.50
Stock Blunt Blunt 9 13% 2.00s 50.00% 4.50
Barrel Blunt Blunt 9 13% 2.00s 25.00% 4.50
Barrel Poke Blunt 9 13% 2.00s 25.00% 4.50


Assault rifles can be purchased from outlander and orbital combat suppliers, outlander settlements, or obtained from the following raider kinds:

Raider Kind Chance Average Quality Health
Mercenary Gunner 9.17% Normal 70-320%
Elite Mercenary 53.37% Normal 100%
Ancient Soldier 10.81% Normal 100%

Assault rifles can also be crafted at a machining table once the precision rifling research has been completed; from 60 steel, 7 components and 40,000 ticks (11.11 mins) of work. A crafting skill of at least 6 is required.


The graphs assume a normal quality assault rifle against an adult human that's out in the open in clear weather. For DPS, projectile speed has also been factored into the equation, with the weighting based on the base amount of attacks that it'll take to put the aforementioned target into pain shock.

Assault rifle's accuracy with various shooters without any trait. Assault rifle's DPS with various shooters without any trait.

Assault rifle's accuracy with various shooters with careful shooter. Assault rifle's DPS with various shooters with careful shooter.

Assault rifle's accuracy with various shooters with trigger-happy. Assault rifle's DPS with various shooters with trigger-happy.