Quick switching between weapons in RDR2, or something that resembles it, has been shown of in the trailers prior to launch. However, people have been having trouble figuring out how to quickly swap weapons in Red Dead Redemption 2. AT least, not without quickly going in and out of the weapons wheel, as you normally would. In our Red Dead Redemption 2 Quick Switching Between Weapons guide is going to attempt to help you with this problem.
How to Quick-Swap Weapons in RDR2?
The sad fact is, there doesn’t seem to be any way to quick-swap weapons in Red Dead Redemption 2. Yes, they have shown something that resembled quickly switching between a rifle and a pistol in the trailers, but it doesn’t appear to be actually in the game; at least, as far as we can tell. The only way to toggle between the guns and melee weapons you’re carrying is the trusty old weapons wheel. Maybe the trailers didn’t have the HUD on, maybe it was just for show, we can’t say for sure. Either way, naughty Rockstar. Don’t make people work hundred-hour weeks.
As Reddit user boredgamelad points out, there is something in the game that does kinda resemble the quick-swapping of weapons. You can tap L1 while holding a rifle. This should trigger the holstering animation, and Arthur will pull out his pistol. When that happens, you can hit L1 again quickly to switch back to the rifle. However, this might not work properly if your timing is off, and, to be honest, it doesn’t really seem like the real deal. If you’ve managed to figure out quick-swapping weapons in RDR2, please do tell us in the comments.
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