Old Guns

How to Unlock: Complete a few quests for Minutemen and meet with Preston Garvey (M7,1).

Quest Objectives:

  • Return to the Castle
  • Talk with Ronnie Shaw in the Castle
  • Get to the closed armory
  • Build and prepare the castle artillery
  • Go to the marked location
  • (Optional) Don’t turn the receiver off and listen on the Freedom Radio frequency
  • Talk to Preston Garvey

Meeting with Ronnie Shaw

Ronnie Shaw can be found on the castle yard.

To start this quest, you must first complete the Taking Independence main quest (as described on the previous page) and start completing new side quests for Minutemen until Preston Garvey informs you that Ronnie Shaw wants to meet with you in the Castle. Find Ronnie Shaw in the Castle and talk to her. She will need your help in finding the castle armory.

Important: Do not start this quest until you have developed your character enough. Bring your best weapons for this mission, particularly those that are effective in destroying enemy machines (as you will face a very strong robot, among other opponents).

Getting to the Castle Armory

You can easily unlock the collapsed passage.

Walk with Ronnie and listen to a short conversation with her. After a while, you will reach a collapsed passage. Go towards the rubble, interact with it, and confirm that you want to transform it into scrap (you will gain a few pieces of concrete). You can now proceed and open the door leading to the tunnels under the Castle. When traveling through the underground tunnels, be mindful of the automatic turrets placed nearby and the mines hidden in the ground. The mines will explode when you get close to them, so avoid them or sneak up to them and disarm them.

Use your best weapons to defeat Sarge.

In one of the next chambers, you will encounter Sarge, a very strong robot. Begin the duel with this mechanic boss and use the narrow corridors during the battle to jump to the sides whenever the robot is preparing to attack (the robot has trouble moving through these corridors as well, so he can stop or even block himself and become an easy target). Use your best weapons and explosives to weaken your enemy. Avoid harming your allies, as they can greatly assist you while they are at their full strength. Do not stand too close to Sarge when he is destroyed because the robot will explode and you could easily die or sustain serious damage. Continue through the tunnels, and in one of the further rooms, you will find the body of General McGann (who has some valuable items). Open the door leading to the western part of the stronghold.

Exploring the Castle Armory

Locate the artillery schematic in the armory

Once you pass through the previously examined gate, you’ll come to the armory. Take your time to search the area and collect useful items, including the Fat Man, a powerful weapon that fires mini nukes. Your main objective is to find the artillery schematic on one of the tables.

Constructing and Staffing the Artillery

Assign a private minuteman to operate the artillery

Return to the main courtyard and access the workshop window. Under the Special Projects tab, select the Artillery Piece and place it wherever you desire in the courtyard. Keep in mind that the weapon requires an operator. Neither Preston nor Ronnie can do the job, and the minuteman working at the radio transmitter is also unavailable. You must assign another resident of the castle to the task.

Testing the Artillery

Identify the target for the artillery

Accompany Ronnie Shaw to the designated area for testing the artillery. Activate the Pip-Boy and tune in to Radio Freedom for the quest’s side objective. You’ll need the Artillery Smoke Grenades you recently acquired. Toss one in the direction of the target and retreat to a safe distance. Wait for the bombardment to commence. From now on, you can rely on the artillery backup to defeat powerful enemy groups when you’re within range.

Finally, meet with Preston Garvey to complete the quest and receive a new, random quest. You’ll also earn experience points as well as a random side quest.


1. What are old guns?

Old guns are firearms that were produced decades or even centuries ago. They may range from antique muskets and flintlock pistols to early revolvers and rifles. Many old guns are considered historical artifacts and are highly valued by collectors and enthusiasts around the world.

2. Why do people collect old guns?

There are many reasons why people collect old guns. Some may be interested in the historical significance of the firearms, while others may appreciate the intricate craftsmanship and design. For some, collecting old guns is a way to connect with the past and preserve a piece of history. Additionally, many collectors enjoy the challenge of finding rare and unique firearms and adding them to their collections.

3. Are old guns still functional?

Yes, many old guns are still functional and can be fired safely with the proper precautions and maintenance. However, it’s important to note that some antique firearms may not be safe to shoot due to their age and condition. It’s always recommended to consult with a professional gunsmith before attempting to fire an old gun.

4. How do you care for old guns?

Caring for old guns requires special attention and care to ensure their preservation and longevity. It’s important to store them in a cool, dry place with low humidity to prevent rust and corrosion. Regular cleaning and maintenance are also crucial to preventing damage and preserving their value. Additionally, it’s important to handle old guns with care and avoid excessive handling or disassembly, which can cause damage or wear and tear.

5. Where can you find old guns for sale?

Old guns can be found for sale at a variety of places, including antique stores, gun shows, online marketplaces, and auctions. It’s important to do your research and ensure that you’re purchasing from a reputable seller to avoid scams or purchasing counterfeit firearms. Additionally, it’s important to check local laws and regulations regarding the sale and ownership of antique firearms.

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