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This single-barrel, sawed-off shotgun compensates for its low range and ammo capacity with devastating efficiency in close combat.
Grand Theft Auto V description on Ammu-Nation and Social Club.

The Sawed-Off Shotgun, also known as the Sawn-Off Shotgun, is a Shotgun available in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Lost and Damned, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Shrewsbury in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Design[]

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[]

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the gun is based on the Stoeger Uplander with a shorter gun barrel and often a shorter or deleted stock, compared to a standard shotgun.

The weapon comes with wooden detailings and twin barrels, able to hold two shells at once.

The Lost and Damned[]

This shotgun has a short gun barrel producing a wide blast and is deadly at close range. Fires only 2 shells but automatically reloads and can be fired from your bike.
The Lost and Damned Official Website.

In The Lost and Damned, the gun is based on a sawed-off 12-Gauge Coach Gun, with two hammers and two triggers, which is also known as the Lupara.

The general appearance of the weapon is roughly the same as the GTA San Andreas rendition, only with better details and an enlarged stock.

Grand Theft Auto V and Online[]

In Grand Theft Auto V, the Sawed-Off Shotgun is based on a shortened Mossberg 500 and thus, shares a similar receiver and grip design to the Pump Shotgun. The Sawed-Off Shotgun somewhat partially resembles the Pump-Action Shotgun featured in Grand Theft Auto IV. This is because the Serbu Super Shorty was designed as a compact version of both the Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" and Mossberg 590. The Mossberg 590 was also designed to replace the Ithaca 37. The Sawed-Off Shotgun can hold eight shells at once, an inaccurate capacity for a weapon of its type (its correct capacity would be 2+1 shells).

Aside from the key differences like the shortened barrel, magazine tube and pump handle, the weapon also lacks the heat shield mounted on top of the barrel, the collapsible stock on the rear, the rails on the pump handle and different iron sights, while the gun itself seems to adopt a gray finish in contrast with the bluish finish of the Pump Shotgun. It also has different markings, including "2G PASPE" on either side.

Performance[]

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[]

Despite being a shotgun, it is held like a Pistol and the player can even sprint while holding it. It is double barreled and can fire two shells before a rather lengthy reload. Depending of the weapon skill, some of the weapon's attributes change:

  • At 'Poor' (default) weapon skill, the Sawn-off Shotgun has average range and fire rate.
  • After reaching the 'Gangster' weapon skill with the Sawn-off Shotgun, the weapon slightly improves in accuracy and range (both lock-on and weapon).
  • After reaching the 'Hitman' weapon skill with the Sawn-off Shotgun, Carl Johnson will use them dual-wielded, making them even more effective with firing four shells instead, also doubling its fire rate. Lock-on range also improves slightly, and matches with the overall range. With hitman skill and unlimited ammo, the Sawn-off Shotgun is almost as powerful as a Rocket Launcher, as it will blow up a car with about six shells and a helicopter with about 24. It can also easily move vehicle wrecks, and therefore is a good choice to push wrecks into a garage.

GTA San Andreas Overview[]


Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
Weapon.dat
10 (x13) (130) N/A 'Poor' skill:

25 / 82 (Lock-on)
30 / 98.4 (Weapon)
'Gangster' skill:
30 / 98.4 (Lock-on)
35 / 114.8 (Weapon)
'Hitman' skill:
35 / 114.8 (Lock-on & Weapon)

2
4 (Hitman weapon skill)
N/A N/A
Observed
N/A Poor/Gangster:
200 RPM

'Hitman' skill:
400 RPM

Cannot be determined 2 shells Break-Action N/A

The Lost and Damned[]

The Sawn-Off Shotgun holds two shells per reload and has a short effective range, but it is very powerful at close ranges. This can be used to instantly set a vehicle on fire by shooting the rear tires. This weapon is usually a one-hit kill at close range, but at a bit further ranges, it might take two hits or more.

Being a compact weapon, it can be used while riding motorcycles to perform drive-bys. The weapon takes 3-4 seconds to reload another two shells, but if the player releases the firing button and presses it again, they can shoot again in a second, which is useful for quick assaults and in the early stages of the game. It is also an excellent choice for enemy bikers as well, as both the rider and the bike will be heavily exposed and a few shots can either kill the occupant/s or set them aflame with the bike's flaming engine when damaged enough.

TLAD Overview[]


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Damage
(per shot)
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
WeaponInfo.xml
30
150
1233 35 / 114.8 (Lock-on & Weapon) 2 N/A 1001
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
Lethal (Close range) 75 RPM

140 RPM [?]
50 RPM [?]
50 RPM [?]

Cannot be determined 2 independent shells Break-Action 1 second

Grand Theft Auto V and Online[]

The Sawed-Off shotgun benefits from the highest damage per pellet of all shotguns, being 40. If the player manages to hit a target with all eight pellets, the player can score an exceptional 320 damage per shot. This makes one-hit kills very easy to obtain within its effective range. This is offset, however, by a mediocre fire rate of 70 rounds per minute, making firing follow-up shots more difficult against enemies using fast-firing weapons.

Compared to other shotguns, the effective range is lower, making pellets hit a target at medium range more difficult. On the other hand, however, the high damage per pellet makes scoring a one-hit kill easier than on other shotguns, as fewer pellets are required to attain a one-hit kill – the player can one-hit kill weak NPCs once four pellets hit a target, and destroy a bulletproof armor with five pellets.

Another drawback is that the weapon cannot mount any attachment. This is not a large drawback, as the weapon's eight-round capacity is effective enough, the accuracy is quite good, although it cannot benefit from the effects of a flashlight.

Just like its previous iteration, the Sawed-Off Shotgun can be used for drive-by, albeit in a limited range of vehicles, namely motorcycles. At short range, the sawed-off shotgun is among the most powerful weapons to use, as the pellet spread and high damage allow the player to easily kill a driver or a pedestrian, and deal serious damage to a vehicle.

The Sawed-Off Shotgun is a very powerful weapon, but only in its effective range. At medium range, the short weapon range makes other weapons such as submachine guns more effective.

GTA V and Online Overview[]


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
Damage
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft) [?]
Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
Weapons.meta
20 (x8) (160)

32 (x8) (256)
30 (x8) (240)
40 (x8) (320)

1 (60 RPM) 35 / 114.8 (Lock-on)

40 / 131.2 (Weapon)

8 N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A 70 RPM

36-45 RPM [?]
50 RPM [?]

35 / 114.8 (Lock-on)

40 / 131.2 (Lock-on)

8 shells Pump handle 1.76 seconds
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
SawedOffShotgun-GTAV-RSCStats
Damage
96%

96%

Fire Rate/Speed
20%

20%

Accuracy
20%

20%

Range
15%

15%

Clip Size
10%

10%

Customizations[]

Grand Theft Auto V and Online[]

Rounds & magazine GTA V GTA Online (Unlock)
Cartridges (16) $8 $24
Special
Gilded Gun Metal Finish $34,250 $34,250
Tints
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.

Gallery[]

In-game model[]

HUD icons[]

FPS Gallery[]

Artworks & Screenshots[]

Locations[]

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[]

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Sawn-Off Shotgun's locations map

The Lost and Damned[]

  • Given to the player at the beginning of the game, with 100 rounds of total ammunition for it.
  • Can be bought at Terry's gun van for $600, plus $5 for each two shells.
  • Available at the player's safehouses after completing 10 Gang Wars.
  • Seen during the mission Buyer's Market. It can be found behind cover when escaping from the building and the cops.
  • One can call Jim and ask for one (until the mission Was It Worth It?).
  • Used by the Angels of Death during the missions they are featured (or Gang Wars if they are the targets).

Grand Theft Auto V[]

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Weapon pickups map including the Sawed-Off police station location in Grand Theft Auto V.

Grand Theft Auto Online[]

  • Available at Ammu-Nation for free after the player links a Rockstar Games Social Club account, which is required to start the game.

Trivia[]

General[]

  • As its name implies, the Sawn-Off Shotgun is usually produced by home-made modification of a standard shotgun. In countries where firearms and ammunition are rare due to legal restrictions or high price, criminals are known to convert legal or stolen hunting weapons into concealable weapons, even modifying non-firearm weapons such as air guns.
    • However, sawn-off shotguns are not always home-made, as they will be individually produced by factories as well. Also, unlike the sawn-off shotguns portrayed in-game, factory-made examples do not compromise their overall range or effectiveness, and are mostly on par with their full-sized counterparts.
  • The weapon also makes an appearance in Red Dead Redemption, and Max Payne 3, other games by Rockstar Games.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[]

  • Oddly, if looked upon closely while firing the sawn-off shotgun, it ejects shells after every shot. This would not happen in real life, as the shotgun depicted in-game is a break action, and the shells would stay in the chamber and would need to be manually removed.
  • Oddly enough, the Sawn-off Shotgun has increasing strafe speeds defined for the player's proficiency with the weapon, like all two handed weapons and unlike the other single handed weapons.

The Lost and Damned[]

  • The name "Sawn-Off Shotgun" is quite confusing, because "Sawn-Off" or "Sawed-Off" is a term to refer a shotgun which the barrel is shortened to increase the spread, even it is an automatic or pump action shotgun. Usually, break-action Sawn-Off Shotguns are referred to as "Lupara", especially by the Sicilian Mafia.

Grand Theft Auto V[]

  • In the enhanced version, when viewed in First-Person View, the markings on the gun read "2G Paspe", which could be interpretated as "2 gauge". Theoretically, a 2-gauge shell would require a 2-inch-diameter (51 mm) bore. Weapons like the Punt gun have this kind of cartridge. It is probably a developer mistake or that it is supposed to be "12 gauge" (with the "1" apparently hidden by the weapon's bolt/rivet).
  • In the original (PS3/Xbox 360) editions of the game, it is possible to use this weapon for drive-bys in a Bus. It is unknown whether this is intentional or the result of a bug, as it is the only large vehicle where this is possible. This feature was removed in the enhanced editions.

Grand Theft Auto Online[]

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"Is It Quiet?", painting by Nilsson.

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