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This is an overview article which contains background information and cross-game comparisons. For game-specific information and stats, see the articles linked on the right.
Gameplay articles
FalloutCombat shotgun
Fallout 2Combat shotgun
Pancor Jackhammer
Fallout 3Combat shotgun
The Terrible Shotgun
Charon's shotgun
Fallout: New VegasRiot shotgun
Fallout 4Combat shotgun
Le Fusil Terribles
Fallout 76Combat shotgun
Fallout TacticsNeostead Combat SG
Pancor Jackhammer
Fallout: BoSCombat shotgun
Van BurenBroken combat shotgun
Fallout ShelterCombat shotgun (rusty, enhanced, hardened, double-barrel)
Charon's shotgun

A combat shotgun is a weapon appearing in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, Fallout 76 and Fallout Shelter.

Background[edit | edit source]

A combat shotgun is a shotgun that is intended for use in an offensive role, typically by a military force. The earliest shotguns specifically designed for combat were the trench guns or trench shotguns issued in World War I.[citation needed] While limited in range, the multiple projectiles typically used in a shotgun shell provide increased hit probability unmatched by other small arms.[citation needed] Most combat shotguns are fully automatic and have a drum magazine, giving them a definite advantage over break-action double-barrel shotguns.

Models[edit | edit source]

Winchester City-Killer[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay articles: Fallout, Fallout 2

A Winchester City-Killer 12 gauge combat shotgun, bullpup variant. In excellent condition, it has the optional DesertWarfare environmental sealant modification for extra reliability.

H&K CAWS[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay articles: Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics

The Heckler & Koch HK CAWS (H&K CAWS) is a prototype automatic shotgun—designed as a combat shotgun—co-produced by Heckler & Koch and Winchester/Olin during the 1980s. It was Heckler & Koch's entry in to the U.S military's Close Assault Weapon System program.

Pancor Jackhammer[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay articles: Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics

The Pancor Jackhammer, despite its name, is an easy to control shotgun, even when fired on full automatic. The popular bullpup design, which places the magazine behind the trigger, makes the weapon well balanced and easy to control.

Drum-magazine combat shotgun[edit | edit source]


This unnamed model has a large drum magazine, a fire selector switch located inside the trigger guard, and a protruding muzzle-brake of the barrel and is found mostly on the East Coast.

Riot shotgun[edit | edit source]

Gameplay article: Fallout: New Vegas

This model is similar to the East Coast combat shotgun, however it has a much higher rate of fire, and a stockless pistol grip design.

Neostead[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

An automatic, 12 gauge military shotgun. The best weapon for close quarters, except for a flamethrower.

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SPAS-12[edit | edit source]

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The SPAS-12 was designed in the late 1970s by the Italian company Luigi Franchi Spa as a special purpose, military and police close combat weapon (SPAS originally stood for "Special Purpose Automatic Shotgun"; it was later renamed "Sporting Purpose Automatic Shotgun" in a failed bid to get import approval to the United States). This two-handed shotgun rapidly fires a thick, deadly blast of pellets.

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