The Distress Pistol is a weapon the player can find in The Long Dark. Unlike the Hunting Rifle, the Distress Pistol is always and only found in three places: The summit of Timberwolf Mountain, the Ravine Basin, and the Fallen Lighthouse in Bleak Inlet. In the Tail Section of the crashed plane, an orange suitcase with a gun motif is lying on the floor. Inside is the pistol and six flare shells that can be used as ammunition.
The Distress pistol is required to complete the Hopeless Rescue challenge.
The distress pistol should be used to detour hostile wildlife rather than to hunt