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For the Red Dead Redemption 2 variant, see Semi-auto Shotgun (RDR 2).

The Semi-auto Shotgun is a weapon featured in Red Dead Redemption.


The weapon is relatively inaccurate, but it is still a very powerful and efficient weapon in its own right. It is one of 5 Rare Weapons in the game that must be acquired to achieve 100% Completion.


Single Player

  • The Semi-auto Shotgun can be purchased at the Gunsmith in Escalera for the base price of $1000. Additionally, with a high enough Honor, the price is reduced to $500, and with the Savvy Merchant Outfit this can be reduced to $250.

Undead Nightmare

  • It can be found during the mission A Civilized Man at the end of a short, dead-end hallway in the Escalera Catacombs.
  • If the player failed to pick it up in the Catacombs, it can later be found on a pile of burning bodies whilst free-roaming. Picking it up will spawn a group of undead to attack, however.
  • It can sometimes be found before the final mission when zombies attack a person and kill them. The dead person's gun will be on the ground near his body. A good place to find a person in distress like this is on the north side of the Frontera Bridge.


  • The Semi-auto Shotgun is obtained at Level 26.
  • It can also be found in a weapon crate when playing in Las Hermanas.
  • The Semi-auto Shotgun can also be dropped by the Bollard gang or Walton's gang.
  • It is one of the 3 weapons that can be found during an Undead Overrun match, and is also a part of the "mauler" loadout.

Tips and Tricks

  • The Semi-auto Shotgun is great for playing on Expert Mode because of its wide spread and above-average magazine capacity.
  • Up close, the Semi-auto Shotgun is capable of killing most players and animals in a single shot to the head or torso. However, like all shotguns, the Semi-auto drastically loses power when firing at distant targets.
  • The Semi-auto Shotgun is one of the best choices for going lone wolf in Gang Hideouts.
  • The Semi-auto Shotgun is also arguably the best mid-range weapon, because when shooting a person at mid range they will stagger, giving the player the opportunity to come up close for the kill.
  • This gun is especially good in Advanced Cooperative Missions, as you do not have to aim so much, and you can fire multiple rounds in rapid fire.
  • Like almost every other weapon in the game, combining Dead Eye with this shotgun drastically increases its range. It should be noted that the shot still has a wide spread, meaning aiming for the head in Dead Eye of a target very far away will not guarantee an instant kill.
  • The Semi-auto Shotgun is a superior weapon when going hunting for big game. It is extremely damaging and will assure you a kill with one or two well placed shots.




The Semi-auto Shotguncan be used to unlock the following achievements.

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10 gamerscoregamerscore
Bronze bronzebronze
Purchase a rare weapon from a gunsmith.

20 gamerscoregamerscore
Bronze bronzebronze
Get 250 headshots in any game mode.

5 gamerscoregamerscore
Silver silversilver
Get a headshot while in Expert Mode in Singleplayer.

20 gamerscoregamerscore
Silver silversilver
Kill 500 enemies with any rifle, repeater, or shotgun

100 gamerscoregamerscore
Gold goldgold
Attain 100% in the Single Player Game Completion stat.

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