|Rate of Fire||1.4|
|Accurate Range||75 ft.|
|Maximum Range||150 ft.|
|Ammunition||12 gauge buckshot shells|
|Type of Damage||Ballistic|
|Ammunition||12 gauge sabot shells|
|Type of Damage||Armor-piercing|
|“||The assault shotgun (sometimes referred to as a 'street sweeper') combines the best traits of a normal shotgun with a fully automatic feed that can clear an area of hostiles in a matter of seconds. Particularly effective in urban combat, the assault shotgun accepts either buckshot or sabot shells.||”|
|- description of Assault Shotgun, Deus Ex|
The assault shotgun is a rifle skill weapon appearing in Deus Ex.
This shotgun model has a rotary cylinder-type magazine similar to that of a revolver.
The assault shotgun does less damage per pellet than the sawed-off shotgun, making it do less damage per shot, it is also less accurate. If you don't aim for the head, it's very likely that your target will survive. Even if you do aim for the head, there's still a real chance that he could survive if not all pellets hit. For best results, try and hit the upper body; this way you can hope for some of the pellets hit the head as well because of the assault shotgun's rather large spread.
With sabot shells, the assault shotgun can quickly take out the Spider Bots, which are by far the most numerous and annoying bots in the game. It can also be used to destroy cameras and is one of the few firearms which can potentially take on a Karkian, depending on your skills and mods.
An unmodded assault shotgun is not nearly as powerful as it seems. While its magazine and automatic fire should allow you to shred through enemies with ease, its recoil and inaccuracy makes it impossible to use past very short range, and even then a pellet or two might miss. In addition, its reload time makes you vulnerable for 4.6 seconds, which is way too long in sustained combat. Fortunately both reload time and recoil can be reduced using weapon mods, and the already impressive magazine size can be further increased. Accuracy can be increased by raising your Rifle weapons skill, maxing out at 85%.
It appears to be based on the custom-built automatic shotguns that appears in The Matrix movie.
|Weapons in Deus Ex|
|Low-Tech||Baton • Combat knife • Crowbar • Dragon's Tooth Sword • Pepper gun • Riot prod • Sword • Throwing knives|
|Pistols||Mini-crossbow • Pistol • PS20 • Stealth pistol|
|Rifles||Assault rifle • Assault shotgun • Sawed-off shotgun • Sniper rifle|
|Heavy||Flamethrower • GEP gun • LAW • Plasma rifle|
|Demolition||EMP grenade • Gas grenade • LAM • Scramble grenade|