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Burst Rifle
"Guardsman AR" Burst Rifle
"Guardsman AR" Burst Rifle






Clip size

55 Rank 5 Clip Size

Pickup Ammo


Ammo Cost




Used By


Appears in

Saints Row IV

Burst Rifle is a weapon in Saints Row IV.[2]

Trades full-auto ability for accurate burst fire.
— Weapon Description[3]


The Burst Rifle, like its name suggests, is a Burst-Fire rifle as opposed to a Fully-Automatic weapon. This helps the weapon with ammo consumption. The Burst Rifle has an excellent magazine size and only has 5 fewer rounds than the Automatic Rifle when both have fully upgraded magazine sizes, and upgrading the gun reduced the burst delay so it's rate of fire reach near fully-automatic levels.

The Let the Good Times Roll ultimate upgrade is an excellent upgrade while The Protagonist is leveling up, as the upgrade prevents The Protagonist from running out of ammo and allows for sustained use. It becomes redundant when "Ammo - Rifle 4" upgrade is purchased, as all rifle ammo becomes infinite.

An issue with the Burst Rifle is that despite the Burst-Fire fire mode, accuracy when fired in rapid bursts, deteriorates extremely rapidly. Both the Automatic Rifle and Alien Rifle are more accurate and have superior rates of fire.

Unfortunately, the Burst Rifle is generally inferior to the AR-55 from Saints Row: The Third. Unlike its predecessor, the Burst Rifle's accuracy deteriorates even at full upgrade, while the Level 4 AR-55 easily reaches extreme ranges with precision. It also cannot scope in, although given that the Burst Rifle is significantly less accurate than the AR-55, a magnified scope would be rendered worthless. The Burst Rifle does have a higher rate of fire and less delay which makes it's more effective at close range, but the AR-55 is better at range and is generally more effective overall.


Clip Size, Damage, Rate of Fire and Reload Speed can all be upgraded 5 levels each, with a separate Let the Good Times Roll "ultimate upgrade".[4]


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  • Reasonable magazine size.
  • Let the Good Times Roll upgrade provides additional ammo.
  • Burst fire MANDATORY, cannot fire semi-auto or full-auto.
  • Lag between bursts, unless upgraded.
  • Ultimate upgrade becomes useless when Ammo - Rifle 4 upgrade is purchased.
  • Accuracy can deteriorate if fired in rapid bursts.


There are 3 costumes for the Burst Rifle: Guardsman AR, Impulse Rifle and Soakmaster.

Guardsman AR Skin
SRIV Rifles - Burst Rifle - Guardsman AR - Default.png Default
Military grade stopping power
— Guardsman AR - Default skin[5]

SRIV Rifles - Burst Rifle - Guardsman AR - Freckle Bitch's.png Freckle Bitch's
The bitch is back!
— Guardsman AR - Freckle Bitch's skin[6]

SRIV Rifles - Burst Rifle - Guardsman AR - Red Plaid.png Red Plaid
Aye, lad, 'tis a bonnie plaid gun
— Guardsman AR - Red Plaid skin[7]

SRIV Rifles - Burst Rifle - Guardsman AR - Digital Camo.png Digital Camo (Unused skin)
Impulse Rifle Skin
SRIV Rifles - Burst Rifle - Impulse Rifle - Default.png Default
Remember: Short, controlled bursts.
— Impulse Rifle - Default skin[8]

SRIV Rifles - Burst Rifle - Impulse Rifle - Black Gold.png Black Gold
It's black. Also, gold.
— Impulse Rifle - Black Gold skin[9]

SRIV Rifles - Burst Rifle - Impulse Rifle - Blue Plaid.png Blue Plaid
You've gone to plaid!
— Impulse Rifle - Blue Plaid skin[10]

Soakmaster Skin
SRIV Rifles - Burst Rifle - Soakmaster - Default.png Default
This ain't no kid's toy.
— Soakmaster - Default skin[11]

SRIV Rifles - Burst Rifle - Soakmaster - Steampunk.png Steampunk
Manufactured by Currey Fluidistics, Ltd
— Soakmaster - Steampunk skin[12]

SRIV Rifles - Burst Rifle - Soakmaster - Heavy Metal.png Heavy Metal
Rock on!
— Soakmaster - Heavy Metal skin[13]


  • The Burst Rifle was first revealed in the Gamesradar E3 gameplay footage.[14]
  • The description of the Blue Plaid color for the Impulse Rifle is a reference to the movie Spaceballs.
  • The Guardsman AR resembles the Beretta Mx4 Storm, although the Beretta Cx4 Storm is a semi-automatic 9mm carbine.
  • The magazine depicted in-game is too small to have 30 rounds. In real-life, a 30 round magazine is about twice the length of the pistol grip.
  • The Impulse Rifle's name, appearance and description of Default skin are reference to the film Aliens and the M41A Pulse Rifle.
  • The Heavy Metal skin for the Soakmaster uses Eddie Van Halen's "Frankenstrat" guitar design.
  • The "Freckle Bitch's" skin is a reference to Freckle Bitch's, the red logo and yellow background colour are both from the Freckle Bitch's sign.[15]
  • The falling tiles motif is from Saints Row 2 vehicle decals.[16]


The Main description

The Upgrade list

Burst Rifle - Guardsman AR - Default

Burst Rifle - Guardsman AR - Freckle Bitch's

Burst Rifle - Guardsman AR - Red Plaid

Burst Rifle - Impulse Rifle - Black Gold

Burst Rifle - Impulse Rifle - Blue Plaid

Burst Rifle - Impulse Rifle - Default

Burst Rifle - Soakmaster - Default

Burst Rifle - Soakmaster - Heavy Metal

Burst Rifle - Soakmaster - Steampunk


  1. Mission: Batteries Not Included
  2. YouTube: All weapons, costumes and skins
  3. Image:

    Weapon Description

  4. Image:

    Upgrade list

  5. Image:

    Guardsman AR - Default skin description

  6. Image:

    Guardsman AR - Freckle Bitch's skin description

  7. Image:

    Guardsman AR - Red Plaid skin description

  8. Image:

    Impulse Rifle - Default skin description

  9. Image:

    Impulse Rifle - Black Gold skin description

  10. Image:

    Impulse Rifle - Blue Plaid skin description

  11. Image:

    Soakmaster - Default skin description

  12. Image:

    Soakmaster - Steampunk skin description

  13. Image:

    Soakmaster - Heavy Metal skin description

  14. YouTube: Gamesradar E3 gameplay
  15. Image:

    Freckle Bitch's sign

  16. Image:

    Magma with falling tiles decal

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