"Twin short barrels give a greater spread and double the stopping power: Knocking'em down, and keeping'em down!"
―Description in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

The Stubby Shotgun is a weapon available in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.


3D Universe

"Extremely powerful short-range weapon. Very dangerous in the wrong hands: anyone's but ours."
GTA Vice City Website.

In all its appearances, the weapon is modeled after a short-barreled shotgun; the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories version is modeled after an Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" with a black finish and a folding grip, while it appears as a shortened Mossberg 500 in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, complete with wooden detailings.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

According to its HUD icon, the model featured in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is implied to be a sawed-off shotgun.


3D Universe

The Stubby Shotgun's power allows it to take down most enemies, with or without protection, in a single shot. Only armored foes like SWAT and FBI agents are able to survive an impact; even then, they will suffer severe damage, and can even be killed with one hit at extremely close range due to the tighter pellet spread. Likewise, it is able to quickly set vehicles in flames.

Its strengths are countered by a very poor range, leaving it at a disadvantage in firefights at medium ranges. It also has a lengthy pump sequence in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories compared to other shotguns. In GTA Liberty City Stories however, the pumping sequence is much shorter, to the point that the fire rate is doubled and surpasses than that of the Pump Shotgun. One must take care while destroying vehicles with this weapon, as it is powerful enough to destroy most vehicles in two shots at close range. Given this weapon's poor range, it is possible to take a lot of explosive damage while using it.

3D Universe Overview

Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
120 (x5) (600) (GTA Vice City) 250 (GTA Vice City) 15 / 49 (GTA Vice City) 1 (GTA Vice City) N/A 750 (GTA Vice City)
N/A GTA Vice City:

50 RPM (standing)
55 RPM (crouched)

GTA Liberty City Stories:
100 RPM

GTA Vice City Stories:
50 RPM

Cannot be determined 1 (All games) Pump handle 0.75 seconds

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

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Image Gallery

In-game model

HUD icon


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Little Haiti - Behind the hangar at the northwest part of the Vice City Junkyard.
  • North Point Mall, Vice Point, Vice Beach - Available to buy from Ammu-Nation after completion of The Chase for $600.
  • Malibu Club, Vice Point - Can be obtained by killing the bartender. She will try to kill the player with one if they fire a gun inside the club or go past the bar; she will drop it only if she has it in her hands. The bartender will be unarmed once the club is bought.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars


3D Universe

  • The Stubby Shotgun in GTA Vice City is another of the game's many references to the TV series Miami Vice – the weapon in the game is based on the customized, shortened shotgun frequently used by Ricardo Tubbs, one of the show's main characters.
  • This shotgun fires rounds similar to that of the original pump-action shotgun featured in Grand Theft Auto III, in which each shell spreads 5 shots.
  • In GTA Vice City, Liberty City Stories and the PSP version of Vice City Stories, the Stubby Shotgun shares the firing sound with the Pump Shotgun, whereas in the PS2 version of Vice City Stories it shares the firing sound with the SPAS 12.

See Also