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For an overview of combat shotgun models in various games, see combat shotgun.
The Heckler & Koch 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.Fallout 2 description

The H&K CAWS is a small gun in Fallout 2.


This is the superior version of the combat shotgun, but also a fair bit more expensive. It has longer range and more shells per burst, but at the cost of a smaller magazine capacity. It does more damage per shot than the FN FAL, but deals less damage per burst. Additionally, it is very lightweight weapon.


  • There are many locations this weapon can be found, but the earliest opportunity where one can acquire it is during a random encounter with a slaver outside Vault City.
  • A raider in Vault 15 also has this weapon.
  • It is used by some of the attackers during the quest Complete brahmin drive.
  • Toad Morton carries one of these weapons.

Behind the scenesEdit

Outside of the Fallout universe, the H&K CAWS was a recoil-operated, bullpup-configuration shotgun prototype designed to fire high-impulse shotshells using tungsten buckshot or flechettes with an effective range of 100–150 meters and a 10-round box magazine. It had a fire selector switch similar to the G11, with a full-automatic firing rate of approx. 240 rounds per minute. It never reached production due to the cancellation of the CAWS project by the US.



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