|For an overview of combat shotgun models in various games, see Combat shotgun.|
|The following is based on Fallout Tactics and is not canon.|
The CAWS (Close Assault Weapons System) is the major find of Mardin. It instantly replaces the NeoStead as the combat shotgun of choice, but the minimum Strength of 6 (same requirement as the NeoStead) may be beyond the average sniper. The CAWS is an unprecedented close range weapon until the next mission, when you discover the M249 SAW.
- Carried by a Beastlord in Mardin.
- Bought from the merchant found in a special encounter.
- Can be stolen from a man in Bunker Delta.
- In the Great Bend mission, the gun is found on a dead citizen inside a cabin, inside a small factory with two conveyor belts.
Behind the scenes
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.