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The classic Sawed-Off deals very heavy close-range damage, but with its low accuracy, high spread and slow rate of fire, you'd better kill what you hit.
―Official description

The Sawed-Off is a pump-action shotgun featured in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive & Counter-Strike 2. It is exclusive to the Terrorists. The counterpart of this weapon for the Counter-Terrorists is the MAG-7.


The Sawed-Off is a modified Remington 870 shotgun with a shorter, 'sawed-off' barrel. The term "Sawed-Off" (also called Sawn-off in the UK and commonwealth countries) means shortening the barrel and the stock of a rifle and shotguns, making them easier to use at tight quarters. Sawed-off shotguns typically have a weapon length less than 18 inches and the shortened barrel will also give the gun a greater scatter effect if the user fires buckshot. Sawed-Off shotguns are infamously used by bank robbers because of their small size and ease of concealment.

In-game, the gun holds 7 rounds of 12 gauge ammunition with 32 shells held in reserve. Being a pump-action shotgun, it has a very slow rate of fire, but inflicts very high damage, which can kill an enemy with just one shot at close range with at least 5 pellets hitting.

At medium range however, two to three shots are needed due to the shotgun's high spread, the highest among the shotguns. Its high spread means that very few pellets will land on target at even slightly longer ranges and beyond 1408 hammer units, the pellets will actually disappear, further restricting its range potential.

Despite its appearance, it is also heavier than any other shotgun. However, it loses little accuracy while moving, which means it can be used effectively while running.

The reloading process involves individually loading new shells into the weapon's loading port. It is possible to interrupt the reload and fire mid-reload by pressing the primary attack key during the reload.

The weapon is inexpensive at $1100, almost being the cheapest shotgun, second only to the Nova. It has a 3x kill award multiplier, rewarding $900 per kill in Competitive, allowing it to easily recoup its price.

The Sawed-Off originally required the primary attack button to be used for each shot unlike other shotguns in Global Offensive, which can be fired automatically when the primary attack can be held down for sequential shots. This was fixed in an update, making all pump-action shotguns fire when the primary attack button is held down.


Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 128 96
Chest & Arm 32 24
Abdomen & pelvis 40 30
Leg 24 24
Each shot contains 8 pellets.
Red signifies a fatal hit.
Movement speed in hammer units per second
Running 210
Walking 109
Crouch walking 71

Update History

March 13, 2019
  • Price reduction for some shotguns: Nova ($1050), Sawed-Off ($1100), MAG-7 ($1300).
  • Range increased to 1400.
  • Single shell shotguns in the middle of their reload sequence will no longer automatically continue to reload after a player holsters and deploys them.
February 8, 2018
July 1, 2014
  • Penetration power increased
  • Pellets reduced to 8
  • Individual pellet damage increased to 32
  • Reduced maximum range slightly
  • Spread increased slightly
October 1, 2012
  • Reduced all shotguns' price by $300.


  • Take into account of the weapon's superb per-pellet damage and X-shaped spread pattern. Oftentimes, it's better to aim for center mass instead of the head as doing so doesn't demand you to be overly precise.
  • It's generally regarded as better to avoid buying the Sawed-Off because of its difficulty of use. Players on T side looking to use a shotgun for an anti-eco setup would be better off with the Nova. Which has a much farther effective range and tighter, more consistent pellet group.
  • The best strategy to use with the Sawed-Off is to lure defending CT's into your comfortable killing range rather than engage them directly.
  • If you do manage to score a crucial kill using the Sawed-Off, immediately drop it for the better weapons that the CT's usually carry.


Weapon Specialist
Sawed-Off Expert csgo Sawed-Off Expert
Kill 50 enemies with the Sawed-Off.


  • While modeled after a sawed-off Remington 870 shotgun, the name "Relphington 808" can be seen engraved on the side of the shotgun. This is most likely intentionally done to avoid licensing/copyright issues.
  • The weapon is modeled after a 4 round tube, but holds 7 shells in-game.
  • Despite a sawed-off shotgun being intended to make the shotgun more maneuverable, the Sawed-Off ironically has the slowest movement speed for a shotgun in-game.
  • The Sawed-Off uses the beta animations of the Nova.

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