Apex Legends Gets A New Gun, 30-30 Repeater, For Season 8
Season 8 of Apex Legends is almost upon us. Starting next Tuesday we’ll have a new Legend, a refreshed Kings Canyon, and a brand new weapon to pop people’s heads off.
That weapon is the 30-30 repeater, a lever-action rifle that’s modeled after the classic Winchester Model 1894, America’s first small-bore hunting rifle that used a smokeless cartridge. You probably saw a lot of these rifles in Red Dead Redemption, and you’re probably also wondering what an ancient design like a lever-action rifle is doing in the sci-fi universe of Apex Legends.
Apex Legends YouTuber Dazs is here to answer that burning question. He was given early access to Season 8 materials and did a full analysis of the 30-30 Repeater so that we can learn all of its secrets before the next season arrives on February 2.
What makes the 30-30 Repeater worthy of hanging with all the other futuristic designs of Apex Legends is the fact you can charge your shots. Using technology that goes well beyond our current firearms, holding down the trigger using the 30-30 charges a shot to do more damage. A fully-charged 30-30 shot deals 100 damage to the head and 57 to the body, while a non-charged shot deals 74 damage to the head and 42 to the body.
In general, the 30-30 Repeater sits between the G7 Scout and Longbow DMR in terms of damage and performance. It’s best for mid-to-long-range engagements and accepts a scope from 1x to 3x, but not the 4x or 6x scopes used on sniper rifles. It has the added flexibility of being relatively accurate and quick-firing from the hip so you can panic spam some headshots if you get caught out of a position, but has the downside of an extremely long reload animation. Since the 30-30’s magazine is reloaded one bullet at a time by slotting them in through the breach, a fully upgraded 30-30 can take quite a while to reload a 12-round magazine.
The 30-30 takes heavy rounds, so it’s best paired with a close-range weapon that takes light rounds such as the Alternator or R-99.
Take a look at the video above to see how the 30-30 performs, and check out our breakdown of Fuse’s abilities here. Season 8 of Apex Legends arrives on February 2.
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