How to Install and Use Modern Sidearms - A Modern Firearms Addon for Fallout 4 on PC
If you are looking for a way to spice up your Fallout 4 gameplay with some realistic and customizable weapons, you might want to check out Modern Sidearms - a Modern Firearms addon. This mod adds a bunch of new pistols to the game, ranging from .22LR to .50 AE, that you can modify at a workbench to suit your needs and preferences. Whether you want to shred enemies in close quarters combat, or snipe them from afar with a DMR, Modern Sidearms has something for you.
In this article, we will show you how to install and use Modern Sidearms on your PC, as well as some tips and tricks to get the most out of it.
Before you install Modern Sidearms, you will need to have Modern Firearms installed first. Modern Firearms is a massive overhaul of the vanilla weapons system, adding hundreds of new guns and attachments to the game. You can download it from its official website[^2^], or from Nexus Mods[^3^]. Make sure you follow the installation instructions carefully, and use a mod manager like Vortex or Mod Organizer 2 for easier management.
Once you have Modern Firearms installed, you can download Modern Sidearms from its Dropbox link[^1^], or from Bethesda.net[^1^] if you are using an Xbox One. The mod is currently not available on Nexus Mods or PS4. Extract the zip file and copy the contents to your Fallout 4 Data folder, or use a mod manager to install it. Make sure you enable the plugin in your load order, and place it below Modern Firearms.
How to Use Modern Sidearms
Modern Sidearms adds 16 new pistols to the game, each with its own unique model, texture, sound, and stats. You can find them in various locations throughout the Commonwealth, such as vendors, loot containers, enemies, and quest rewards. You can also craft them at a chemistry station under the Utility category, using various materials and perks.
Once you have a pistol in your inventory, you can modify it at a weapon workbench. Modern Sidearms uses the same customization system as Modern Firearms, so you can choose from a wide variety of barrels, receivers, magazines, sights, stocks, muzzles, and more. Each attachment will affect the performance and appearance of your weapon, so experiment with different combinations to find your ideal setup.
Modern Sidearms also supports Mod Configuration Menu (MCM) and scripted hotkeys for dynamic gameplay. You can access MCM from your Pip-Boy menu, and tweak various settings for the mod, such as damage scaling, leveled list integration, ammo crafting, and more. You can also assign hotkeys to quickly switch between different fire modes (semi-auto, burst, full-auto), toggle suppressors on and off, and check your ammo count.
Tips and Tricks for Modern Sidearms
Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of Modern Sidearms:
Modern Sidearms uses real world ballistics and recoil physics, so be prepared for some kickback and bullet drop when firing your weapons. You can reduce recoil by using attachments like compensators or grips, or by using perks like Steady Aim or Commando.
Modern Sidearms also uses realistic magazine capacities and reload animations, so be mindful of how much ammo you have left in your chamber and magazine. You can check your ammo count by pressing the hotkey (default is X), or by looking at the HUD indicator when aiming down sights.
Modern Sidearms adds new ammo types to the game, such as .22LR, .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .50 AE, 5.7x28mm, 9x19mm Parabellum, 9x18mm Makarov, 10mm Auto, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .45 GAP, 5.56x45mm NATO (pistol), 7.62x39mm (pistol), 7.62x51mm NATO (pistol), .300 Blackout (pistol), and .50 Beowulf (pistol). You can craft these ammo types at a chemistry station 29c81ba772