How To Get The Unique “Cram Opener” Bladed Gauntlet In Fallout: New Vegas
How To Get The Unique “Cram Opener” Bladed Gauntlet In Fallout: New Vegas

The Cram Opener is a unique Bladed Gauntlet that you can get from Little Buster at Camp McCarran.

Quick tips before you go off to get the weapon:

  • Little Buster dies after Three-Card Bounty. A few days after you finish the quest “Three-Card Bounty”, Little Buster will go to Freeside instead and die.
  • Reverse pickpocketing the Cram Opener. The Cram Opener can be reverse pickpocketed from Little Buster, eliminating the need to kill him. Guide to reverse pickpocketing here.

Acquisition

As mentioned in the tips section, there are 2 places where the Cram Opener can be:

  • Camp McCarran. Before you complete Three-Card Bounty, Little Buster can be found punching a training dummy in the Camp McCarran courtyard.
  • Freeside. Several days after you complete Three-Card Bounty, Little Buster will go to Freeside and die in the Alleyway next to the Old Mormon Fort.

Camp McCarran

Make your way to Camp McCarran, located south of the Strip.

Camp McCarran on the world map | Fallout: New Vegas
Camp McCarran on the world map

Enter through the main gate.

Entrance to Camp McCarran | Fallout: New Vegas
Entrance to Camp McCarran

Go straight from the entrance until you reach the courtyard.

Camp McCarran courtyard | Fallout: New Vegas
Camp McCarran courtyard

Look to the right, you should see a man in metal armor punching a training dummy. 

Training dummy | Fallout: New Vegas
Training dummy

Approach him and either reverse-pickpocket it from him or kill him.

Little Buster punching a training dummy | Fallout: New Vegas
Little Buster punching a training dummy
Cram Opener inside Little Buster’s inventory | Fallout: New Vegas
Cram Opener inside Little Buster’s inventory

Freeside

Enter through Freeside’s northern gate, located west of the Crimson Caravan company.

Freeside’s North Gate on the world map | Fallout: New Vegas
Freeside’s North Gate on the world map
Freeside North Entrance | Fallout: New Vegas
Freeside North Entrance

Walk down the street and take the first left, going into an alley, following a railroad.

Alleyway to go into | Fallout: New Vegas
Alleyway to go into

You’re likely going to get attacked by two thugs, deal with them, and follow the train tracks.

Body on the train tracks down the alley | Fallout: New Vegas
Body on the train tracks down the alley

Eventually, you’ll see a man in metal armor lying dead on the tracks. He has the Cram Opener on his body.

Closer view of the corpse | Fallout: New Vegas
Closer view of the corpse
Cram Opener inside Little Buster’s inventory | Fallout: New Vegas
Cram Opener inside Little Buster’s inventory

Comparing The Cram Opener To The Bladed Gauntlet

  • The Cram Opener deals slightly more damage (28 damage vs 25 damage).
  • It attacks slightly faster (1.7 attacks/second vs 1.57 attacks/second).
  • It’s slightly more durable (370 attacks before breaking vs 295 attacks before breaking).

Gameplay Tips

  • In unpatched versions of the game, the weapon is far more powerful, as it ignores enemy DT and DR.
  • Thanks to its relatively easy acquisition, high damage, and decent attack speed, it’s a competitor for the place of best early-game unarmed weapon.