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Alright, So let me start off by saying i have loved alot of the shotgun play with in tarkov thus far and as such i have been taking notes on things with could be impoved apon.

Barrel type

So first off I would like to start with barrel types. Here in the states we have both smooth bore and rifled barrels, now more offten then not most people use smooth bore shotgun barrels as they can handle both non rifled slugs and other kinds of shotgun shells. But there is also the Rifled barrel, as we all know a rifled barrel is meant to put spin and stabilize a bullet in flight Creating a flatter strighter flight for the bullet, This same concept is true about rifled barrels for shotguns, These barrels are ment more so for slugs. this dose not mean you could not shoot other shells through it but it is ill advised for the health and safety of the barrel.

What dose this have to do with tarkov? Well as it is in game currently Slugs have a vary limited use and dose not get must love in the game, A rifled Barrel could enable slugs fired from the rifle to be not only more accurate but also have a better range.


At the moment Chokes dont seem to do too much to limit the spread of a shotgun, But more so decrease there recoil. Furthermore We only seem to have one Shotgun choke in the game.

There are many kinds of chokes available for use on the market.  The idea of the choke is ment to tighten the spread of Shot through the barrel of the shotgun dependent on what kind of choke as used, This graph gives a much better idea of what i mean in comparing such an idea. The tighter the choke, the further out the spread should be able to reach. the only shotgun choke in game dose not seem to cause such an effect.


Sights and iron sights

At the current moment with in EFT, shotguns are limited to a few kinds of sights they are able to use be it a a holo sight, or perhaps a mirco sight. Why i say this is the current rendering of the sight on the shotgun is quite poor indeed, being unable to see the iron sight on the shotgun most times just aiming the barrel at the target and hoping something hits. The iron sights need to be reworked so they are more easily visible and could be used for proper target acquisition.

Second, Scopes on shotguns. I have used a shotgun personally with a scope on it for hunting boar and dear and i have never had the issue that i am with in EFT. I will explain with this pictures.











What I am seeing is this large black ring through each and every scope is Eye relief or lack there of. Eye relief is the distance you must hold your shooting eye from the rear lens of a scope in order to see the entire image produced by the scope. The problem is, Every scope dose not have the proper eye relief distance causing this effect with means the camera needs to be focused in more or pulled back more. This is the same for every Scope but 2, pso dovetail mount scopes, with are on the saga 12, and the nspu Scope with also mounts on the saga 12. If you used any of these other scopes on any of the shotguns including the saga 12 with the long foregrip mount, This is what you will see through these scopes.

shotgun shell types

How can i not make a Topic on this. In the world there are many, many, many kinds of shotgun shells so here i wish to make a list of a few with could be viable in EFT, I point this out because currently many other weapon types have many kinds of ammo available to them and it feels the shotgun is left lacking here even tho there is a wide arrangement of shells at its disposable be it 10 gauge, 12 gauge, 16 gauge, 20 gauge, and 28 gauge or any other kind of gauge we get in game.

  • Mini shells.

These are a shotgun shell with i could only seen in the m133,m155, and the m870, This is becouse shells are not ment for magazine use but rather tube fed shotguns. What this would do for most shotguns in the game would allow pump, and semi auto tube feed shotguns to hold any were from one and a half to two times the amount of shotgun shells that a normal shotgun would have. Why would this be good? Well this would give shotguns alittle more punch for the price in with they are sold. It would allow more shotgun shells per stack size, but most impotently This is the downside it would also incress reload times, Rather then just filling it back to 4-6-8 rounds, it would be far more then that with means a full reload could take twice as long as a normal reload.image.png


  • Bird shot,

While not as ideal for shooting large game like humans, Bird shot should not be forgotten. Often times bird shot is used for what its meant with is hunting birds mid flight,  This is preformed by useing many smaller lead or steel balls inside of the shotgun shell. Tho it may not be as lethal at range like buck shot may be, Bird shot can pepper an entire area with smaller rounds allowing for effective suppression fire. Tho in close range Bird shot can be down right lethal. I am not sure about the forum rules on pictures nothing in the following pictures are illegal But are from medical documentation , after reading it i didn't see anything about the next set of images i will post but if requested to remove them i will. This is two pictures of Bird shot one at range one at close range....

[Picture removed as it is against the rules]


  • buck shot,

We do already have buck shot in game as it stands, Currently i can assume that it is 00-buck shot, But there is many more kinds of buck shot out there. #00, #0, #1, #2, #3, and so on and some with fewer balls then 00 as well. What this means is the higher the number the more shot the buck shot has, 00 as 6 were 03 has 18. Why this matters is two reasons, If we were allowed to by the type of shot we wished We could fire at longer ranges more effectively or perhaps land more shots at close range more effectively.

  • Slugs.

There are many kinds of slugs in the world just like buckshot, and knowing the kinds of slugs can help when adding new ones to the game. The slug in game i could only guess is your run of the mill smooth bore shotgun slug. 

  • Rifled shotgun slugs

These kinds of slugs expand to fit the barrel and spin as they exit to mimic a rifled barrel, This dose wear on the barrel and will require a replacement barrel over many uses of this kind of ammo.

  • Hallow point slugs

There Are hallow point slugs with exisit that once they hit the target they are to mushroom out and cause a rather nasty wound cavity, these are normal lead slugs, But we have something similar in game already to these with come in the form of RIP slugs, hallow point slugs can also come in rifled form as well.

  • Steel slugs

These slugs are the nasty big brother to slugs, You see these slugs are made out of hardened shell are are often used by law reinforcement around the world to destroy the engein block of feeling cars and defeat hard body armor. These boys are not meant to be be messed around with.

  • sabot  slugs

This is quoted from the Wiki page because i cant quite find the proper words at the moment to impact Sabot slugs.

"Saboted slugs are shotgun projectiles smaller than the bore of the shotgun and supported by a plastic sabot. The sabot is traditionally designed to engage the rifling in a rifled shotgun barrel and impart a ballistic spin onto the projectile. This differentiates them from traditional slugs, which are not designed to benefit from a rifled barrel (though neither does the other any damage). Due to the fact that they do not contact the bore, they can be made from a variety of materials including lead, copper, brass, or steel. Saboted slugs can vary in shape, but are typically bullet-shaped for increased ballistic coefficient and greater range. The sabot is generally plastic and serves to seal the bore and keep the slug centered in the barrel while it rotates with the rifling. The sabot separates from the slug after it departs the muzzle. Saboted slugs fired from rifled bores are superior in accuracy over any smooth-bored slug options with accuracy approaching that of low-velocity rifle calibers."

At the ment That is all i have for shotguns. But given time i will come back to this and add more to the list of things with i think could benefit  EFT

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2 hours ago, KaelTheInvoker said:

This guy really love shotguns.

OH im not even done yet with it. But thank you for comment, i would love to see more love for the shotgun and see them be a more viable weapon beyond just what they are.

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+1 for everything but Birdshot (until wildlife is implemented) 

I'd like to see some kind of fléchette with sabot (breneke style). 

Oh lord TAOFLEDERMAUS, hear our prayers! 

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Thank you for this post. I too found the issue with the scopes and searched for a solution. Alas I found your post and assume there is no fix. AP20 Rifle shotgun will have to compromise on eye relief I suppose. 

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