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Pistol: Semi-Automatic. Versatile sidearm with moderate damage, good rate of fire and large magazine.
— In-Game Description

The Pistol is a Pistol in Fortnite: Battle Royale. It was added in The Pre-Season alongside the Battle Royale game mode.


The Pistol is a semi automatic, high fire-rate cap, any range weapon, but it excels at close to medium range combat. The Pistol has first shot accuracy, meaning it is capable of consistent damage at longer ranges.


Pistols range from dealing 24-29 damage per shot (162 - 195.75 Damage per second). All Pistols use Light Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Light Bullets. The Pistol has a Headshot Multiplier of 2.0x.

Pistol Pistol Pistol
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Common Uncommon Rare
DPS: 162 DPS: 168.7 DPS: 175.5
Damage: 24 Damage: 25 Damage: 26
Fire Rate: 6.75 Fire Rate: 6.75 Fire Rate: 6.75
Magazine Size: 16 Magazine Size: 16 Magazine Size: 16
Reload Time: 1.54s Reload Time: 1.47s Reload Time: 1.4s
Pistol Pistol
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Epic Legendary
DPS: 189 DPS: 195.7
Damage: 28 Damage: 29
Fire Rate: 6.75 Fire Rate: 6.75
Magazine Size: 16 Magazine Size: 16
Reload Time: 1.33s Reload Time: 1.26s

The Pistol is a hitscan weapon, with First Shot Accuracy enabled.


Sound Type Rarity Audio
Pullout Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary
Shooting Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary
Reload Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary
Pickup Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary
Drop Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary


From when the weapon was last obtainable in Chapter 2: Season 8 (Before update Content Update v18.30)

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Strategy Guide

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The risk was calculated... but man am I bad at math.
This section outlines a strategy. Feel free to add tips, tricks and general advice about the topic.

  • The Pistol is more deadly the faster you can fire it. If you have good trigger finger, the pistol will have a DPS almost on par with the Assault Rifle.
  • Landing headshots is very beneficial with this weapon. At a decent fire-rate and mixing in headshots gives the pistol a higher DPS than the Assault Rifle.
  • The Epic and Legendary Pistol can be used as an assault rifle. As it has very good accuracy and almost the same DPS as the Assault Rifle, it is useful at mid to long range, but also useable in close range scenarios.
  • Even though the Pistol has a slightly lower DPS than most of the SMGs, it can still be beneficial due to better range, higher damage, speedier reload times, first shot accuracy, and a higher headshot multiplier.



Season 4

Season 5

Chapter 2: Season 1

  • Update v11.00: Epic and Legendary variants introduced. Rare variant unvaulted.

Chapter 2: Season 2

  • Update v12.10: Common, Uncommon, and Rare pistol sounds adjusted.

Chapter 2: Season 4

Chapter 2: Season 5

Chapter 2: Season 6

Chapter 2: Season 7

  • Update v17.00: Unvaulted the Pistol in all rarities.
    • Epic and Legendary rarities can only be found by purchasing them or upgrading into them.
  • Update v17.21: Legendary rarity of the Pistol can be crafted into a Plasma Cannon using Alien Nanites.

Chapter 2: Season 8



  • Prior to Chapter 2: Season 6, the Pistol held the record alongside the Assault Rifle for the only weapon in Battle Royale to never be fully vaulted. This was broken however, with the full vaulting of the weapon with the launch of Chapter 2: Season 6.
  • Picking up a Common Pistol in Chapter 2: Season 1 would award the player a unique Legacy.


  • The Common, Uncommon, and Rare Pistol is based on the American Colt M1911 with altered iron sights.
    • The real life Colt M1911 has an unmodified magazine size of 7 or 8 rounds, making the 16 round magazine of the Pistol impossible for the size of its magazine.
    • The weapon also has an incorrectly modeled trigger, as the real M1911 does not have the standard curved trigger of most weapons, but uses a sliding mechanism to fire the weapon.
  • The Epic and Legendary Pistol is based on the STI Combat Master 2011, which is based upon the M1911 itself.
    • Alongside the Heavy Assault Rifle, the pistol is one of the few weapons to have its High Tier version be an actual upgraded version of the low tier one, rather than a different weapon entirely.
  • The Chapter 1 version of the Pistol used comically large and stylized iron sights for the pistol, much larger than they would be in real life. These sights were scaled down for the Chapter 2 version of the gun. The size of the end of the barrel was also reduced for its remodel.
  • The Epic and Legendary Pistol have the same model as The Turncoat from Fortnite: Save the World.
    • The Chapter 1 Common, Uncommon, and Rare Pistol shared its model with the Vigilante.