| ||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 lead or steel balls of varying sizes, greatly increasing the weapon's hit potential. This makes it very effective at hunting game. 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."