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For an overview of shotgun models in the Fallout series of games, see shotgun.

The Big Boomer is a unique weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


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A shotgun, also called a "scattergun," is a firearm designed to shoot a multitude of lead or steel balls of varying sizes, greatly increasing the weapon's hit potential. This makes it very effective at hunting game. However, the accuracy and power found at close range starts to diminish as the target gets farther away. Shotguns designed for the military's use are often called "combat shotguns."


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Big Boomer expanded

The Big Boomer is a sawed-off shotgun with the same break action, 12 gauge that fires both shells at a time, delivering 14 pellets at a time instead of the typical 7 of other shotguns.

As compared to the standard sawed-off, the Big Boomer has a much darker color scheme with heavier rusting, and the words "Big Boomer" stenciled onto the grip in faded white paint. It excels over its default counterpart when it comes to sheer damage, delivering 20 more points of total possible damage. In addition, Big Boomer also has a slightly tighter spread, lower AP cost, and fires slightly faster. The only major drawback is that the common sawed-off shotgun is classified as a holdout weapon, whereas the Big Boomer is not.


Big Boomer can fire a total of about 395 times, or 790 standard rounds, the equivalent of 395 reloads, from full condition before breaking. This is exactly the same amount as its common variant.

Ammunition typeDurability
Standard, 4/0 buck, slug, coinshot, bean bag, flechette, Dragon's Breath & pulse slug395395
Magnum & 4/0 buck Magnum343343



Icon melee- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Icon sequence- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Icon gun- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Icon action- Action point cost
Icon damage- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon dap- Damage per action point
Icon dps- Damage per secondIcon spread- Weapon spread
Icon explosion- Area of effect damageAssault carbine extended magazines- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Icon effect- Effect damage & durationIcon repair- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Icon bonus effect- Bonus effectsIcon weight- Weight
Icon attack- Attacks per secondIcon merchant- Value in caps
Icon chance- Critical chance % multiplierIcon ratio- Value to weight ratio
Icon critical damage- Critical damageIcon ability- Skill required
Icon crit effect- Critical effect damage & durationIcon fist- Strength required
Icon plus- With all mods attached
Icon gunIcon damageIcon dpsIcon attackIcon chanceIcon critical damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon spreadAssault carbine extended magazinesIcon repairIcon weightIcon merchantIcon ratioIcon abilityIcon fist
Sawed-off shotgun 100
Big Boomer 120


The Big Boomer is carried by Old Lady Gibson, who resides in the Gibson scrap yard.

Behind the scenesEdit

Icon cut contentThe following is based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

Within the game's files exists an unused texture for the Big Boomer.[1] It uses the Fallout 3 model and only differs from that in the color of the wood and the words Big Boomer written down the side of the handgrip.

Icon cut contentEnd of information based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content.


  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 When in first person view, the weapon looks fine, but when in third person view, the grip of the gun can be detached from the two barrels. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360 In unpatched versions, it can be bought from Mick at Mick & Ralph's. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Big Boomer does not contribute to the "I've Got Shotgun" damage challenge. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Occasionally after you kill Old Lady Gibson she will not have the Big Boomer in her inventory. [verified]



  1. Unused texture for the Big Boomer \textures\weapons\1handpistol\
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