|For an overview of shotguns in the Fallout series of games, see shotgun.|
|The following is based on Fallout 3 cut content.|
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.[Fallout 2d20 1] 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."
It looks identical to its regular version, the double-barrel shotgun, but differs in damage, price, and other characteristics. It can only be repaired with combat shotguns.
Pa's Fishing Aid can fire a total of about 125 shots from full condition before breaking.
This weapon deals the same damage in a non-critical hit as The Terrible Shotgun but has a much smaller ammunition capacity (2 round chamber). Critical hit damage outside of V.A.T.S., however, is much larger due to the larger number of pellets.
Behind the scenes
The name is a reference to the commonly known idiom "shooting fish in a barrel" or a method of fishing known as "shotgun fishing," in which a fisherman simply fires a large rifle or shotgun into a pond, using the shockwaves to kill fish.
- Fallout 2d20 Rulebook p. 98: "Before the Great War, double-barrel shotguns were mainly used for hunting and home defense, and this has changed little. They are break-action and come in an either a side-by-side or over-and-under barrel configuration. Simple to make and maintain, these shotguns are seen frequently in the Commonwealth and the rest of the wasteland."