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"The weapon to reach for when you absolutely need to make a horrible mess of the room. Best used near easy-wipe surfaces only."
Rockstar Games Social Club description.

The Shrewsbury Heavy Shotgun is a weapon featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Last Team Standing Update.

Design

Grand Theft Auto V

The weapon is mainly based on the Russian Saiga-12, a semi-automatic shotgun version of the well-known AK-47. The variant seen in-game is a Saiga-12K, a modernized version equipped with a shorter barrel and a folding stock, which is used by law enforcement forces in the United States.

The Heavy Shotgun shares the same receiver with the Assault Rifle and the Compact Rifle, as they are all based on derivatives of the AK-47.

Performance

Grand Theft Auto V

Compared to other weapons of its class, the Heavy Shotgun has a unique property of firing slugs instead of pellets. This means that a shot, if it hits the target, it always deals 117 damage. While this has the drawback of reducing the weapon's max potential damage, it significantly increases the firepower at medium and long ranges, as a shot (assuming the shot hits the target) is powerful, whereas pellets shotguns are not very effective at medium range, due to the fewer pellets hitting the target at medium range, dealing lower damage. The Heavy Shotgun is semi-automatic, and fires at 200 shots per minute, which is slightly lower than the fully-automatic Assault Shotgun's 240 RPM.

The Heavy Shotgun can be equipped with various attachments. The grip is a very helpful attachment if the player intends to use the weapon at medium and long ranges, as it increases the accuracy, making hitting a target easier. The suppressor is also an effective attachment, as the weapon's different ammunition type makes the damage and range nerf less penalizing than on pellets shotguns, however it is more recommendable to use it if the player uses the weapon is close-quarters, as it reduces the weapon's effectiveness at longer ranges. The flashlight can help the player at night or in dark areas. Finally, Extended Clip allows each magazine to hold 12 total rounds, making reloads less frequent. As an improvement, the drum magazine boosts mag capacity to 30 rounds.

In conclusion, the Heavy Shotgun is a very unique weapon. It easily outclasses other shotguns at longer ranges due to increased accuracy and the slugs used. However, pellets shotguns are more effective at close range as they have a higher maximum damage at close range and they are more likely to hit.

As a bonus, the Heavy Shotgun deals triple damage against vehicles, making it extremely effective against them due to the already high base damage per shot. It can critically damage most unarmored street vehicles in as few as 6 shots to the engine area, causing fire to erupt from under the engine hood, disabling the vehicles and setting any NPCs inside the car on fire, with the vehicle exploding a while later.[1]

GTA V Overview


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Damage
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
Weapons.meta
58.5 (93.6)

87.8
117
351

0.3 50 / 164 6 N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A 200 RPM Cannot be determined 6-round standard magazine

12-round standard magazine (Extended clip)
30-round drum magazine (Drum magazine)

Charging handle N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
HeavyShotgun-GTAV-RSCStats-0
Damage
85%
Fire Rate/Speed
45%
Accuracy
30%
Range
25%
Clip Size
8%

Customizations

Grand Theft Auto V

Rounds & magazine GTA V GTA Online (Unlock)
Rounds (12) $18 $18
Default clip (6 rounds) Default Default
Extended clip (12 rounds) $9,900 $9,900
Drum Magazine (30 rounds) N/A $26,200
Attachments
Grip (improves accuracy and stability) $4,375 $4,375
Flashlight (provides ilumination when aiming) $2,400 $2,400
Suppressor (silences but slightly reduces damage and range) $12,475 $12,475
Tints
Black Default Default
Army $5,000 $5,000
Green (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $5,250F $5,250
Orange (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $5,500F $5,500
LSPD $5,750 $5,750
Pink (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $7,500F $7,500
Gold (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $10,000F $10,000
Platinum (Collector's and Enhanced Edition) $12,500F $12,500
F Free for players that have the Special/Collector's edition of the game.

Image Gallery

In-game model

HUD icon

First-Person View

Locations

Grand Theft Auto V

Original version
Enhanced version

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Available on Ammu-Nation at Rank 1, for $13,550.

Trivia

Grand Theft Auto V

  • The lettering on the left side of the gun in first-person misspells 12 gauge as "guage". [2]
  • Its unsuppressed firing animation shows a pellet spread, despite this weapon fires slugs.
  • There is a visual error with the drum mag, appearing to contain rifle rounds rather than shotshells.

References

  1. weaponheavyshotgun.meta, <VehicleDamageModifier value="3.000000" />
  2. Heavy Shotgun-GTAV-Markings


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