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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. While limited in range, the multiple projectiles typically used in a shotgun shell provide increased hit probability unmatched by other small arms.
Most combat shotguns are fully automatic and have a drum magazine, giving them a definite advantage over break-action double-barrel shotguns.
A Winchester City-Killer 12 gauge combat shotgun, bullpup variant. In excellent condition, it has the optional DesertWarfare environmental sealant modification for extra reliability.
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.
The 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
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.
- For the unique combat shotgun found in Fallout 3, see: The Terrible Shotgun.
- For the non-player character version of the combat shotgun found in Fallout 3, see: Charon's Shotgun.
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.
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An automatic, 12 gauge military shotgun. The best weapon for close quarters, except for a flamethrower.
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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.