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"Extremely powerful shotgun. Could stop an elephant. And has. Used in Vice City on other things. With devastating results."
―GTA Vice City Website.

The Combat Shotgun is an automatic shotgun that appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Grand Theft Auto IV.

Design

3D universe

In the 3D Universe, the shotgun takes the form of a Franchi SPAS-12. This weapon is spelled as "Spaz 12" in the original PS2 version of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories; and as "S.P.A.S. 12" in later versions of GTA Vice City.

The Combat Shotgun always features a stock, but only the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories rendition has the stock extended. All renditions hold seven shells in the magazine tube.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Combat Shotgun takes the form of a Remington 1100 Tactical 4 semi-automatic shotgun. The general appearance is reminiscent of the Pump Shotgun from the 3D Universe, but with a modernized design and semi-auto feature.

In The Lost and Damned, the Combat Shotgun has been changed to have a pistol grip and tactical stock, similar to that of the Carbine Rifle (although the Combat Shotgun retains its earlier form in Terry Thorpe's gun van). This design is not carried on to The Ballad of Gay Tony, which instead features the original design.

The Combat Shotgun holds 10 shells in the magazine, and 70 in reserve.

Performance

3D universe

The Combat Shotgun is fully automatic in the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City rendition, however this feature was removed in later installments, presumably to balance the weapon. The gas-powered repeater system allows the weapon to destroy a standard car quickly, since it usually surpasses the capabilities of any non-automatic shotguns.

The Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas rendition has far less damage, but makes up for its increased pellet spread. In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the SPAS-12 is the only weapon whose strafing speed does not increase when the weapon is leveled up from 'Poor' to 'Gangster'.

3D Universe Overview


Weapon Statistics - 3D Universe
Damage Fire Rate
(Rounds per minute)
Range Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
Weapon.dat
100 (x3) (300) (GTA Vice City)
15 (x8) (120) (GTA San Andreas)
250 (GTA Vice City) 30 (GTA Vice City) 7 (All games) N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined 7 independent shells (All games) Pump Handle N/A

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Combat Shotgun is significantly better than the Pump Shotgun, having a quicker fire mode, a few more rounds and less time to take between shots. However, it is not always lethal, as it requires 2-3 shots at close quarters (unless aiming on the target's head). Its range is somewhat better, but still lacks power to sort enemies with mid/long-range weapons.

GTA IV Overview


Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Damage Fire Rate
(Rounds per minute)
Range Ammo Specifications/
Capacity
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed
Internal files
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A Cannot be determined 10 independent shells Pump Handle N/A

Gallery

In-game model

HUD icons

Artworks

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

CombatShotgun-LocationsMap-GTASA

Combat Shotgun's locations map

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Ocean Beach - Available to buy at the Ammu-Nation store costing $4,000 but decreased to $3,000 after completion of Phil's Shooting Range.
  • Ocean Beach - North of the helipad by Lance Vance's home next to a house surrounded by bushes on all sides.

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes from Liberty City

General

Broker

  • Schottler - Can be found on the ground floor of an apartment building on Cassidy Street, leaning against the wall behind a staircase. It will more than likely be encountered during the mission Blow Your Cover.

Dukes

Bohan

Colony Island

  • Can be found next to the front door of the old hospital building south of the big parking lot. This gun may be useful in the mission The Snow Storm.

Algonquin

  • Lancaster - Can be found atop the roof of the RON gas station across the street from the LCPD precinct on Topaz Street.
  • Castle Gardens - Can be found in a vacant room in the Castle Gardens construction site. This gun may be useful in the mission Deconstruction for Beginners. The room is difficult to find: it is to the northeast of where the helicopter lands during the mission, down a ladder. The last contractor is usually killed on the ladder opposite.

Alderney

  • Alderney City - Can be found by the West River between the western support beam of the Hickey Bridge and the wall of Alderney. This shotgun can be reached by a ladder at the rear of the electrical substation on Applewhite Street.
  • Alderney City - Can be found atop an air conditioning tower on top of a building, behind a Science of Crime billboard off Applewhite St.
  • Acter Industrial Park - Can be found underneath the flight of stairs in the old, decrepit warehouse featured in the mission Pegorino's Pride.

Trivia

General

  • In all games, the combat shotgun has an unrealistic reload animation, as the player pumps it during the animation. The player should instead pull the charging handle located on the right side, as the SPAS-12's pumping handle is locked when it is being used semi-automatically. Furthermore, the Remington 1100 from GTA IV does not even have a pumping handle in reality, since it is semi-auto only.

3D Universe

  • In real life, the SPAS-12 is illegal to import (but not to own), so it is likely that Ammu-Nation sells it illegally, alongside the also illegal Sawn-Off Shotgun. Also, the SPAS-12 only accepts 2¾ inch gauge shells, while in-game it shares same ammo with other shotguns.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, if the player interrupts firing, the character will pump the shotgun, even though it is used in semi-automatic mode.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, CJ will always fire the SPAS-12 from the hip regardless of his weapon skill, unlike other weapons.

HD Universe

  • The reloading animation differs in GTA IV from its two expansion packs. In GTA IV, two shells are loaded into the right side ejection port, whereas in The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony they are inserted in the bottom loading port.
  • Blind-firing the shotgun from behind cover results in the character pumping the shotgun after each shot, as if he was using a pump shotgun, likely an oversight due to reused animations. This also applies to the Sawn-off Shotgun, Assault Shotgun and the Automatic Shotgun.
  • The actual SPAS 12 shotgun is seen in GTA IV's loading sequences; artwork shows two NOOSE officers, one holding a SPAS 12, and the other holding an MP10. This suggests that the weapon was meant to reappear in GTA IV but was cut.
  • Despite the fact that the player gets the combat shotgun when entering an LCPD or NOOSE vehicle, the LCPD and NOOSE officers use Pump Shotguns.
  • The icon for the Combat Shotgun in GTA IV is incorrect, as there is no thumbhole stock on the icon.
  • On the combat shotgun in GTA IV, there is TAC-700 written in small letters. This also applies to the TLAD variant. The images for the model's texture contain "tac_700" in their titles.
  • When purchasing weapons from Little Jacob in GTA IV, the Combat Shotgun is simply referred to as "Shotgun". This was fixed in TLAD and TBoGT (respectively from Terry Thorpe and Armando Torres).

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