| ||For an overview of combat shotgun models in the Fallout series of games, see combat shotgun.|
|The following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.|
A shotgun, also called a "scattergun", is a firearm designed to shoot a multitude of projectiles. This makes it very effective at hunting game, greatly increasing the weapon's hit potential. However, the accuracy and power found at close range diminish rapidly as you get farther away from the target. Shotguns designed for military use are often called "combat shotguns".