The Rider is a unique sniper rifle manufactured by Gearbox.

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Special Weapon Effects

Careful... you might put someone's eye out. – Magazine Size of 20, high Fire Rate, reduced base damage, no scope.

Usage & Description

The Rider is a scopeless sniper rifle suitable for shooting near to mid-range targets. Due to its limited farming options, where it cannot be obtained beyond a narrow window of Playthrough 1 and Playthrough 2, it is frequently regarded as a poor choice of weapon.

Drop Guide


The Rider gets its effect from the Ryder_mag5 magazine, which is responsible for the increased fire rate and ammo capacity. All other aspects are defined by the predetermined parts: sight_none, body5, barrel2, and stock2. The only un-defined part of the Rider is accessory. The Rider is made of Ryder_Material, which has absolutely no modifiers. Please see stat modifiers for an explanation on how to interpret all of these modifiers.

Ryder_mag5 mag5
Accuracy Maximum: -50%
Accuracy Regen Rate: -3
Clip Size: +15
Reload Speed: -50%
Fire Rate: +100%
Damage: -200%
Recoil: -400%

Clip Size: +2
Reload Speed: -50%
Fire Rate: +21%


  • With the right accessory spawning, along with high sniper rifle proficiency, taking class mods that boost sniper rifle bullet damage and taking the Caliber perk and Deadly perk in Mordecai's skill tree, this weapon can be an effective weapon for Mordecai, as it can act as a cross between a pounder combat rifle with it's close to mid-range capability, while retaining the high crit damage of a sniper rifle. Even then, it uses sniper rifle ammo rather fast, draining that ammo that would otherwise be used by a stronger sniper rifle.


  • This gun is a reference to A Christmas Story. The main protagonist, Ralphie, continually tells everyone that he wants a Red Ryder BB Gun, to which everyone (including Santa) responds, "You'll shoot your eye out."
  • Aside from the pre-order "Mercenary Guns Pack" code, the Rider is the only weapon appearing in Borderlands that is manufactured by Gearbox. However, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx adds several more Gearbox-manufactured weapons.
  • The various parts that compose the Rider in the weapon code have inconsistent spellings — some use "Rider", while others use "Ryder".

See also