Sawed-Off Shotgun

Sawed-Off Shotgun #22
Loads and fires two cartridges at a time. If you hit your opponent, you will open up a huge hole.
Buy Price
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Weapon Info
Weapon Type
12 Gauge Cartridge
Damage Range
41 - 46
Accuracy Range
63 - 68

Sawed-Off Shotgun is a Primary Shotgun weapon that can be purchased from and sold to Big Al's Gun Shop, and is the cheapest Shotgun and Primary that can be purchased from shops in the game.

The Sawed-Off Shotgun was one of the items available at the launch of Torn on 15 November 2004, having been introduced during the Torn City Beta. [1]

The Sawed-Off Shotgun has a base fire rate between one to two rounds per turn and can fire two rounds (over one to two turns) without reloading. It has a stealth rating of 2.4.


Some players use a Sawed-Off Shotgun with the Bleed, Blindside, or Eviscerate bonuses in the opening turns of a long fight to increase damage against an opponent. Due to the weapon's lower stats and ammo capacity, Sawed-Off Shotguns with less desirable bonuses are commonly traded in at Big Al's Bunker for Bunker Bucks.


The Sawed-Off Shotgun is most commonly obtained as a purchase from Big Al's. It can also be found through city finds, be given as a mystery gift from the Wheel of Lame, and can be obtained as a result of the "Tool Shed" Burglary subcrime if a player has Lockpicks in their inventory.

1,000 Sawed-Off Shotguns will be restocked at Big Al's after being sold out. The amount of time before a restock occurs is half the time it took the item to sell out, rounded to the nearest 15 minutes.

Sawed-Off Shotguns can be bought from other players through the Item Market, Bazaars, or Trades, but as Primary weapons do not stack they must be purchased one by one, making it time consuming to buy in bulk.

A high quality Sawed-Off Shotgun with a Weapon Bonus can be obtained by opening a Medium Arms Cache. A Sawed-Off Shotgun obtained this way can have a Damage stat up to 56 and an Accuracy stat up to 78.


The Sawed-Off Shotgun cannot use Extended Magazine style weapon mods. It can use all four types of 12 gauge special ammo.

Players can gain Weapon Experience on Sawed-Off Shotguns once the "CBT3870 Bachelor of Military Arts and Science" Education course has been completed. Sawed-Off Shotguns and all primary and secondary weapons gain a 20% damage boost from the "Firearms Expert" 10* special and an extra clip from the "Bandolier" 7* special at Gun Shops.

Sawed-Off Shotguns, along with all primary and secondary weapons, receive a 20% and 5% bonus to Ammo conservation from the "MTH3330 Bachelor of Mathematics" and "MTH2310 Discrete Mathematics" courses respectively. The "CBT2125 Study of Shotguns" course gives +1 accuracy to all shotguns.

The Sawed-Off Shotgun is affected by all universal buffs such as the 1% damage boost from completion of the "BIO2350 Evolution" course or the +3 accuracy from the "Seasoned Poacher" 10* Zoo special.

Related Awards

Sawed-Off Shotgun Related Awards
Image Name Requirements
367511662.png Cartridge Packer Achieve 100 finishing hits with shotguns
388620477.png Dragon's Breath Use a 12 Gauge Incendiary round

Historical Notes

All Sawed-Off Shotguns used to have the same damage and accuracy stats. Unique stats for each Sawed-Off Shotgun were revealed in a December 2015 update. [2]

In the old Ammo system prior to the Attacking 2.0 update, ammo for the Sawed-Off Shotgun costed $70 per clip. The icon for the ammo ( phkbHeY.png ) was a shotgun shell. [3]

Image History

Sawed-Off Shotgun Image History
Years Used Image
2006* to July 2012 [4] 22.0.png
July 2012 to 12 September 2023 [5] 22.1.png
12 September 2023 to present [6] 22.2.png

* Items did not have images prior to 2006.


With an ID of 22, the Sawed-Off Shotgun was the first Primary weapon added to the game's code.

Patch History

Released in Patch list #

Patch list #204 : 10/08/21
- Fixed the mod compatibility list for Extended Mags including some shotguns which were in fact not compatible


  1. TornCityHistoryMuseum, Primary Weapons (With citations) (27/05/23)
  2. Chedburn, Unique weapons and armor (08/12/15)
  3. Torn City Basic, All Items (21/11/09)
  4. TornCityHistoryMuseum, Primary Weapons (With citations) (09/01/23)
  5. TornCityHistoryMuseum, Primary Weapons (With citations) (19/03/24)
  6. TornCityHistoryMuseum, Primary Weapons (With citations) (19/03/24)