"Twin short barrels give a greater spread and double the stopping power: Knocking'em down, and keeping'em down!"
— Description in GTA CW.
A tool built for close combat superiority, the Stubby Shotgun displays fearsome power at close ranges. In all its appearances, the weapon is modeled after a short-barreled shotgun; the Vice City and Liberty City Stories version is modeled after an Ithaca 37 "Stakeout", while it appears as a shortened Mossberg 500 in Vice City Stories. According to its HUD icon, the model featured in Chinatown Wars is implied to be a sawed-off shotgun.
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. Likewise, it is able to quickly set a vehicle in flames. Its strengths are countered by a poor range and a lengthy pump sequence (compared to other shotguns), leaving it at a disadvantage in firefights at medium ranges, except in GTA LCS, where it fires faster than the standard pump-action shotgun.
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.
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 firing sound with the Shotgun, whereas in the PS2 version of GTA Vice City Stories it shares firing sound with the SPAS 12.
One must take care while destroying vehicles with this weapon, as it's powerful enough to destroy most vehicles in two shots, with some taking one shot. Given this weapon's poor range, it's possible to take a lot of explosive damage while using it.