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Fully automatic shotgun with 8 round magazine and high rate of fire.
Grand Theft Auto V description on Ammu-Nation and Social Club.

The Assault Shotgun is an automatic shotgun that appears in The Lost and Damned, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Vom Feuer in GTA V and GTA Online.


The Lost and Damned

The Assault Shotgun is modeled after the Penn Arms Striker-12, an American copy of the Armsel Striker.

The Assault Shotgun differs from the other shotguns in having a cylindrical magazine where the shells are loaded and a grip on the front, as well as a folded stock. The Assault Shotguns has markings on the sides that read "Liberty City Armory".

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Assault Shotgun returns with a new design, based on the Turkish shotgun UTAS UTS-15. However, the Assault Shotgun does not have a Pump Action (although the pump handle is visible) nor is it in a bullpup configuration like the UTAS UTS-15 and instead performs more akin to the TLAD version (full-auto), with visual and mechanical traits from TBoGT's Automatic Shotgun. Additionally, the Assault Shotgun has small Picatinny rails on the sides of the handguard. The weapon is fitted with a box magazine (as opposed to the real UTS-15's internal magazine, with the available magazine sizes based on the smallest and largest sizes available for the MPS AA-12, at 8 and 32 shells respectively. The muzzle is tipped with a slotted flash suppressor. The top picatinny rail has two iron sights placed, one at either end. The pistol grip is a relatively old design, lacking the notch found on newer lower receivers.


The Lost and Damned

This fully automatic shotgun is extremely powerful and fires off shells constantly. This weapon is very effective at taking out multiple targets at once and can take down vehicles quickly.
The Lost and Damned website description.

The Assault Shotgun boasts high firepower, allowing it to deal with crowds of enemies, vehicles and even low flying helicopters with ease. It is extremely effective in short range, but its usefulness diminishes over distance. It holds eight shells in each drum, and the player can hold a total of 250 shells. Due to its extreme power, it is easily capable of setting almost any vehicle on fire in around a full drum. Lighter street cars do not stand a chance against the Assault Shotgun, and are set on fire almost instantly. Heavier police trucks and pickup trucks can take a little more damage, but they too are destroyed extremely fast.

It is distinguished from other shotguns of its class due to its fully automatic capabilities, and its reload speed is fast, comparable to the Assault Rifle and Carbine Rifle.

TLAD Overview

Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(per shot)
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
1233 35 / 115 8 N/A 2933
In-game Statements / Markings
Lethal (Close range) 500 RPM

50 RPM [?]
60 RPM [?]
300 RPM [?]

Cannot be determined 8-shell drum magazine Charging handle 1.1 seconds (Standing)
2.3 seconds (Crouching)

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Assault Shotgun possesses relatively high damage per pellet for a shotgun (higher than that of the Pump Shotgun), dealing 32 damage per pellet. The amount of pellets per shot is 6, unlike the usual 8, allowing the player to deal a full 192 damage, assuming all pellets hit the target. This damage profile makes the Assault Shotgun powerful in close-quarters. Like most shotguns, the pellet spread is large, meaning the damage dealt to an enemy at mid-range is likely to be low, due to fewer pellets hitting the target and damage drop off (starting at 5 meters).

The Assault Shotgun's unique property is the fully-automatic firing mode. This, combined with the high damage, makes the Assault Shotgun very effective in terms of damage-per-shot, and gives the weapon more efficiency at mid-range and in blindfire as the player can quickly fire follow-up shots, allowing them to score a higher amount of hits. The fire rate is an average 240 rounds per minute, which is higher than that of handguns (minus the AP Pistol), but not extraordinary either.

The Assault Shotgun initially has a heavy drawback of poor magazine capacity. Each magazine by default holds eight rounds. This, combined with the full-auto fire mode, makes frequent reloading common in combat. Equipping Extended Clip counters the drawback of low magazine capacity. The reload time is nearly two seconds, which is quite short compared to other shotguns.

The Assault Shotgun benefits from the usual attachments selection. The Grip is an helpful attachment to maintain high accuracy, which renders the weapon more effective at medium range. Extended Clip gives a large bonus to the magazine capacity, by increasing the capacity by a notable 300%, allowing each mag to hold 32 rounds. This high magazine capacity is very helpful as it allows the player to fire a high amount of shots before reloading. The Suppressor allows the player to fire suppressed shots, in exchange of lower pellet damage and range. Due to the Assault Shotgun's relatively poor effectiveness at medium range, it is recommendable not to use a suppressor, to avoid reducing the chances of one-hit kill at medium-to-close range. The Flashlight is also available which helps the player to engage targets in dark areas or during nighttime.

In conclusion, the Assault Shotgun is a strong CQB weapon, and like the AP Pistol, It is able to easily outclass other weapons of its class.

GTA V/GTA Online Overview

Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
16 (x6) (96)

25.6 (x6) (153.6)
24 (x6) (144)
32 (x6) (192)

0.3 40 / 131 8 N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A 240 RPM Cannot be determined 8-shell standard magazine
32-shell drum magazine (Extended clip)
Charging handle 1.95 seconds
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
Fire Rate/Speed
Clip Size


Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Rounds GTA V GTA Online (Unlock) Image
Cartridges (16) $8 $24 (Rank 37)
Default clip (8 rounds) Default Default
Extended clip (32 rounds) $347 $9,625 (Rank 38)
Grip (increased accuracy and stability) $375 $4,275 (Rank 39)
Flashlight (provides ilumination when aiming) $562 $2,200 (Rank 40)
Suppressor (silences but slightly reduces damage and range) $2247 $12,350 (Rank 41)
Black Default Default
Army $100 $5,000 (Kill 100 players)
Green (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $200F $5,250 (Kill 200 players)
Orange (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $400F $5,500 (Kill 400 players)
LSPD $600 $5,750 (Kill 600 players)
Pink (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $800F $7,500 (Rank 50)
Gold (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $1,000F $10,000 (Rank 75)
Platinum (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $1,500F $12,500 (Rank 100)
F Free for players that have the Special/Collector's edition of the game.

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The Lost and Damned

  • The Assault is first introduced in the storyline mission "Heavy Toll", where Johnny Klebitz is given one to stop a drug convoy. Later on, he wields one during the events of "Shifting Weight", using it to fight off the pursuing LCPD while escaping with Malc.
  • After the mission "Heavy Toll", it can be purchased from Terry's gun van for $3,500, plus an additional $25 for each eight shells.
  • Spawns at the player's safehouse after completing 40 gang wars.

Grand Theft Auto V

Weapon pickups map including the Union Depository Assault Shotgun location in Grand Theft Auto V.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Unlocked at Rank 37 can be bought from Ammu-Nation for $10,000.


The Lost and Damned

  • The Assault Shotgun is called "Sweeper" and "Sweeper Shotgun" in the game files; this might have been the beta name for the Assault Shotgun, and a reference to a variant of the real Striker called the "Street Sweeper". During the mission "Heavy Toll", Johnny Klebitz also asks: "This what they call a street sweeper?"
  • Clay will equip the Assault Shotgun when he becomes hardened enough.
  • The Assault Shotgun has a much faster firing rate than the Automatic Shotgun from The Ballad of Gay Tony, even though the AA-12 has a faster firing rate than the Street Sweeper in real life.
  • If the player blind-fires with the Assault Shotgun, they will be seen "pumping" the weapon after every shot is fired, even if there is no pump on the shotgun. This glitch applies to all shotguns, and limits the blindfiring speed to the Pump Shotgun. This is due to re-used animations.
  • Strangely, the Assault Shotgun has two reload animations. When Johnny is standing while reloading, he will pull the charging handle, but when crouching while reloading, he takes "out" the magazine, puts "another" in and pulls the charging handle. There is no confirmed reason for why there are two reload animations, but it is speculated that it is for balancing reasons, as the player is much more effective while crouched. This oddity is also present on the Assault Rifle and the Carbine Rifle.
    • Interestingly, the Assault Shotgun uses a different animation than the Assault Rifle and Carbine Rifle, which creates a high recoil when firing, while the Assault Rifle and the Carbine Rifle have much lower recoil. It is possible that Rockstar reused the Carbine Rifle animation to create the animation for the Assault Shotgun.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Performance-wise, the Assault Shotgun is essentially an AA-12 (previously depicted as the Automatic Shotgun in The Ballad of Gay Tony).
  • From a mechanical point of view, the Assault Shotgun makes little sense. The UTS-15's original loading port is used in-game as the weapon's ejection port. However, the weapon's magazine is loaded ahead of the ejection port, resulting in a quite odd arrangement.
  • The Assault Shotgun originally fired eight pellets per shot, as with most shotguns in-game (bar the Heavy Shotgun), which allowed the weapon to score a maximum of 256 damage per shot. The amount of pellets was later reduced to six after the Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1 update to balance the weapon's effectiveness at longer ranges.

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