Automatically wielding picked up weapons in Borderlands

I’ve only really started playing Borderlands (i’m at level 17) and sometimes when I pick up a new weapon it is automatically wielded by my character even if it’s much worse than the one I was currently using. I was wondering if there was a pattern or rule because it seems inconsistent?

One occasion was particularly annoying when I picked up a shotgun with no ammo during a firefight and subsequently died trying to switch guns.

Answer

If I remember correctly, holding the pickup button longer will auto-equip the weapon, pressing it shortly will just pick it up.

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