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This is a lore summary, presenting intradiegetic or in-universe information about the subject. For game characteristics and similar data, consult the table on the right.
Game-specific articles
FalloutWinchester Widowmaker
Fallout 2Sawed-off shotgun
Winchester Widowmaker
Fallout 3Sawed-off shotgun
The Kneecapper
Pa's fishing aid Cut contentIcon cut.png
Fallout 3: PLDouble-barrel shotgun
FO: New VegasCaravan shotgun
Hunting shotgun
Lever-action shotgun
Riot shotgun
Sawed-off shotgun
Single shotgun
Sturdy caravan shotgun
Fallout 4Double-barrel shotgun
FO TacticsBeretta 470 Silverhawk
Ithaca Model 37
Fallout ShelterRusty shotgun
Enhanced shotgun
Hardened shotgun
Double-barrel shotgun
Farmer's Daughter
Rusty sawed-off shotgun
Sawed-off shotgun
Enhanced sawed-off shotgun
Hardened sawed-off shotgun
Double barrel sawed-off shotgun
Fallout: BoSDouble-barrel shotgun
Van BurenCombat shotgun
Sawed-off shotgun

The shotgun is a weapon that appears in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel, Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel and Van Buren.


A shotgun, also called a "scattergun", is a firearm designed to shoot a multitude of projectiles with a single pull of the trigger. 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".


Winchester Widowmaker 12 gauge double-barrel

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Gameplay articles:

A Winchester Widowmaker double-barreled 12 gauge shotgun. A short barrel, with mahogany grip.[1]

Unnamed double-barrel shotgun


An unnamed model with a longer barrel and stock than the sawed-off shotgun.

Unnamed single-barrel shotgun

Gameplay article:

A single-shot, break-action, 20 gauge shotgun with a very quick reload speed along with surprisingly high accuracy and damage.

Sawed-off shotgun

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Someone took the time to chop the last few inches off the barrel and stock of this shotgun. Now, the wide spread of this hand-cannon's short-barreled shots make it perfect for short-range crowd control.

Hunting shotgun

Gameplay article:

The hunting shotgun is a long range precision shotgun used for hunting big game. This shotgun was built for accuracy and power, and is one of the best shotguns available, using rare but powerful 12 gauge shells. It's pump-action, which means there's a longer than average delay between shots. It also loads through the bottom.

Caravan shotgun

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Gameplay article:

The caravan shotgun is a short shotgun in which one barrel is mounted on top of the other, also known as an 'over/under' shotgun. The iron sight is a screw which holds the action release lever to the receiver.

Lever-action shotgun

Gameplay article:

This shotgun has a lever action and fires a 20 gauge shotgun shell. Used with slugs, this weapon is a powerhouse against difficult armored opponents.

Beretta 470 Silverhawk

Mini-FOT Logo.pngThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
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Gameplay article:

A good looking Italian double barrel weapon, produced by Beretta. A low rate of fire, but potentially devastating if both barrels are fired together.

Ithaca Model 37

Mini-FOT Logo.pngThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
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Gameplay article:

Found everywhere in the Midwest, the Ithaca Model 37[2] is a popular means of self-defense due to its wide area of effect and large ammunition capacity.

See also


  1. Fallout and Fallout 2 Item description: "{9400}{}{Shotgun}"
    "{9401}{}{A Winchester Widowmaker double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun. Short barrel, with mahogany grip. Min ST: 4.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))
  2. Fallout Tactics Official Strategies & Secrets